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Every morning I wake up and have to go pee, then I get the kids breakfast a cooking while I drink down my coffee. Once the kids have their breakfast in hand, I head to the bathroom with my smartphone in hand and try to get some privacy for a bit. This never happens. Ever.

My bathroom stories always involved one or more children knocking down the door, it’s seriously so bad that I rarely even shut the bathroom door, like ever. What’s the point?

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Is it just me or does this Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths dispenser actually look like it is smiling at me? The first thing I noticed was this dispenser looking awfully happy. Do you see that smile, like I do?

I have one child who always feels as if they have a clean bum after using flushable cleansing clothes, but me, I never really bought into that idea. I always thought I would dislike that wet feeling, but you actually don’t feel wet after using these cleansing cloths. You feel cleaner!

I certainly like the idea of using both the Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths for the perfectly clean as clean can be bum.

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I love the dispenser making this easier and quicker to access the flushable cleansing wipes because seriously, I am always having to be quick in the bathroom. I can not even begin to tell you how many times I have had to rush the wiping of my bum because one or more children were yelling, “Mama, Milk” or “Mama, food please” or “Mama, I’m hungry”. That is the joy of motherhood; buh bye privacy and ability to sit and enjoy a bathroom break.

My morning routine goes pretty much the same, day in and day out, I was happy to switch it up a bit by testing out both Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths, because now I am sold on the idea of cleansing clothes for my bum!

Hey, you can get yourself a coupon to try these out for yourself, because Cottonelle has a coupon for $1.50 off right now!

Many thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring today’s story, and keeping my bum clean!

Scholastic Summer Reading Program #SummerReading

This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading Under the Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY®, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer.

The day arrived, we were ready to host our Reading Under the Stars event in support and promotion of Scholastic Summer Reading Program and Summer Reading Challenge to get kids reading and ready for school! The parent packet was ready, the children packet was ready and we waited for our guests to arrive.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

My children have been trying to keep up their reading this Summer and there is an app that you can use to track how many minutes your child is reading, just like I have been using. It’s called the Reading Timer App and can be downloaded on the Scholastic Summer reading website. Each of the children who attended our Reading Under the Stars Event also went home with a flashlight, provided by EVEREADY®.

Whether you are for or against the common core standards, they are indeed there and they are encouraging schools nationwide to kick up their reading and learning requirements -

  • It has been shown that Summer Slide accounts for 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle to upper income peers.
  • Summer reading lag can accumulate up to be an approximate two-year lag in reading by the time the child reaches middle school.
  • Children in third grade who cannot read at grade level are less likely to graduate high school by age 18 when compared to proficient readers.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

It is vitally important to get children to read ahead, encouraging a love in reading is how I raised my trio here. I have read to all three children since the day they were born and now, at ages 11, 7 and 5 they are lovers of books {for the most part}. My son’s have to have a book that really intrigues them while my daughter could read any encyclopedia sized novel in just a couple of days if it were about astrology or Greek Mythology! The best way to ensure that your child doesn’t fall into that Summer Slide in the reading and learning department is to partake in reading programs all Summer long, that is why Scholastic came up with this Summer Reading Challenge – so more families could have a chance to get their kids reading while having a goal set in place in a fun, fabulous way!

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

My family decided to do our part this Summer and get some kids together for a Reading Under the Stars event, and sadly we planned it a wee bit too early to catch the stars in the sky, but everyone was at my home until about 10pm at night enjoy a wide range of fun. We started off by letting the boys get in a bit of electronic time, because my middle child has autism and is in that “routine” of when a friend comes over they do get to play on the PS3 for a bit, so we allowed that while the adults and older kids gabbed for bit.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

After that, we got all the kiddos outside and these photos were captured of the group while they waited for the fire to start; we had a camp fire to roast hotdogs over and make smores over! When we party, we party! This time it was Scholastic Book style partying though! After everyone had their smores. We played a bit more …

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

Then the kids sat down around the older two girls and the girls read a story to them. Sure, the boys were not having this “story reading time” idea, they are like “no way are we sitting to read a book!” I get it, friends are over, you want to run, you want to play. So us Moms made the deal – you sit and read this book, or at least listen to Ki and Chey read it, then you can go play tag, eat blueberries from the blueberry bushes and whatever, but we are having story time even if we don’t have stars to read under right now. The boys sat.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free, online/mobile reading program that helps prepare kids for back-to-school by encouraging them to read every day all summer long. So head over to check out the Scholastic Summer Reading Website in full details, there are things for kids, things for parents and even an area for teachers!

The parents of the children who attended my event went home with packets full of information about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and I can only hope that they take part in this fabulous program!

Like Scholastic Parents on Facebook Follow Scholastic on Twitter and Instagram Follow the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board Like the Summer Reading Challenge YouTube Playlist

So, tell me, how do YOU get your kids to continue reading during the Summer months?

I wrote more details about this program prior, so CLICK HERE to read my previous post regarding Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

His and Mine – Getting Blended Up in Here

Today we will be picking up Lee’s daughter, Chey, who will be moving in with us. After much consideration and thinking his daughter decided to give living here a try instead of moving about an hour away from all she has known with her Mom. While Chey will still see her mother, as that isn’t something we would ever stop from happening, she will be residing with us. This means, no more “mom of 3″, I am going to be “NH mom of 3 +1″ and I am excited to take this journey.

There are many emotions that come into play with this new situation; I have never been a step mother full time and I haven’t ever had another child live with my trio before. My daughter is excited because she will have the older sister she has always wanted, even if they are only a year apart and my youngest is happy because Chey will “keep sissy busy from bossing us”. It’s all around an exciting and nervous situation for everyone involved. A new chapter and new journey that will bring on transitions, learning the roles each play in this blended family scenario and much more.

I firmly believe that this will be a positive experience, after all, about a year ago we had both of his children for a week and it was so wonderful. We all got along really great and I worked with Chey on some things she had going on. I am usually pretty good at helping kids of all ages and I felt I had helped her out, then things got a little messy but family is messy sometimes.

So today, I welcome a new daughter into my life, full time. I am ready to watch as these four grow to be siblings, not of blood, but of love!

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Miss Livy Spends Most of a Day with her Auny

Yes, I spelled that correctly, Auny. The name that my niece Livy has given me is Auny, not Auntie, not Tee Tee as she had once started to say. I am now Auny. And I love it!

One day I got a chance to take Livy for most of an afternoon back to my home so that her Mommy (my sister) could catch a break to clean house, relax and get whatever done she wanted to get done. Honestly, she should just sleep when she gets that time, but she had stuff to do and so I was very happy to test out taking Livy for a bit.

Babysitting Livy my Niece

I picked up Livy and went to get my daughter from her visit with her Dad. I then traveled home with Livy and my daughter before my son’s were coming home from their Dads. It was so adorable watching Livy spend quality time with her Auny and cousins. Livy is now about a year and a half, time has flown so quickly. Come January she will be two years old!

Jenny the Pug has finally learned to be calm around Livy, they spent some time hanging out a bit as shown above. Jenny loved following Livy around and giving her puppy kisses. Simply precious.

I love the photo of Ki with Livy next to her arm in arm. We really have a strong family bond around here and so happy Livy takes to that big time too! That was a fun day, and the separation anxiety my niece has, left her within moments of her waving buh bye to her Mommy. I remember those days of my baby crying until I was out of sight, then they were fine. Thankfully  my sis knows Livy is in great hands with someone she feels safe with and who adores and loves her to pieces so it is easier for my sis to allow Livy time with me. I must admit, I am so in love with being an Auny!!!!

Livy is a true miracle baby and a blessing to have in our world.

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