Top 15 Mommy Hacks!

Being a mom means lots of things, including having savvy knowledge about certain things that your friends who aren’t moms probably don’t have. Here are some cool mommy hacks that you can use anytime.

1. Cinnamon In The Sandbox Keeps The Bugs Away!

Yep. Sprinkle some cinnamon in that sandbox to keep buggy pests from crawling all over your kid. Sprinkle and mix a whole bottle of cinnamon in with the sand. Works like a charm. Bugs hate cinnamon, they love pepper. Everybody knows that. UGH.

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2. Use Dental Floss to Cut A Cake

This works great if you want perfectly clean slices, especially with softer cakes like cheesecake or mousse cakes. Perfect for bringing to the park and disposing after use, instead of having to carry a dirty knife back with you. Works great for soft cheeses, too!

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3. Use Bottle Nipple As Medicine Dispenser

My mom showed me this when Pearl was a baby, and my mind was blown. I would put the gripe water or colic calm in the nipple and let my child suck the liquid out. Genius! Apparently people have been doing this for quite some time, but since I didn’t know this as a new mom, there may be some of you out there that will find this one helpful!

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4. Cupcake Liner as Popsicle Drip Catcher

I can’t tell you the amount of stains I’ve had to have removed from my rugs due to Pearl’s popsicle drippings. She now has to eat them naked, outside. If I would have known this sooner, It would have saved me a lot of trouble!

Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 4.51.55 PM5. Hanging Shoe Rack as Cleaning Supply Organizer

This is a great way to get the cleaning supplies all organized and out from under the sink. How great is this?!? Could also be used to store crafting supplies.

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6. Section off Ground Meat Before Freezing For Perfect Portions

I actually have been doing this for a long time…it is really helpful! Cuts down on waste & every portion is perfect! Break off what you need and keep the rest frozen.

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7. Wrap the Ends of Bananas with Plastic Wrap to Keep Twice as Long

Not exactly sure about the science behind this, but it works! Wrap the ends of the banana bunch in plastic wrap & it will keep the bananas from over ripening quickly.

Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 4.57.50 PM8. Keep Onions in The Refigerator to Prevent Crying While Cutting

Cold onions make you produce a lot less tears when you cut them! My brother in law taught me this, and I’ve been keeping my onions in the refrigerator ever since.

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9. Pour Pancake Batter From A Squeeze Bottle For Fun Shapes

I love this! You can buy a condiment squeeze bottle practically anywhere for really cheap, or use an empty ketchup bottle. Pour the pancake batter in it and use it to make precision shaped flapjacks! Mickey mouse, hearts, letters…the possibilities are endless!Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 5.05.02 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 5.05.34 PM10. Clean Toys In the Dishwasher

This is perfect for all of the infant toys that don’t contain electronics. Put them all in the dishwasher & set on a gentle sanitizing setting, no detergent needed. Voila! Clean & sterile toys.

Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 5.09.39 PM11. Wear a Bathrobe Over Work Clothes Until Kids Leave for School

How many times has your blouse been stained before you even get out of the door? Try putting on a thin bathrobe over your clothes & removing it right before you walk out of the door to prevent anything from getting on your clothes during the morning routine with the kids!Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 5.14.09 PM

12. Make An Instant Art Bib With Glad Press n’ Seal

No washing of clothing involved! Just press and seal the plastic directly onto front of the shirt for an instant art smock.

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13. Use a Pool Noodle as a Bed Bumper for Bed Transitioning Tots

Place a pool noodle under the fitted sheet of a toddler bed or any bed for a perfect bumper to keep your child safe in the bed. I think these make the bed look like a giant changing table, but I must say, it is a very cheap alternative to the expensive guard rails that can cost over $50.

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Enjoy an ice cold glass of beer or wine in 15 minutes by simply wrapping a wet paper towel around the bottle & putting it in the freezer. Don’t leave it in too long! 15 minutes should be enough to get it ice cold.

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15. Cut A Sticker In Half to Show Toddler Which Foot Goes Where

A great visual for a toddler! It’s like a puzzle piece. Cut the sticker in half and place one side in each shoe. That way your kid will know which one goes on the left, and which one goes on the right.

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What are some of your favorite mom hacks? Share in the comments below!


Lisa O

Pearl’s Second Birthday Party!

We celebrated Pearl’s second birthday party yesterday, and it was such a blast. We had a mini petting zoo, a bounce house, face painting, and tacos! Shout out to H-Duff, cuz I basically ripped off Luca’s party from three weeks ago. It was just too much fun to not do a repeat. Anyway, the kids (and adults) loved it. It was literally the most beautiful day, with the perfect weather for an outdoor party.

Here are some of the pics, taken by the lovely Lindsay Louise Woolf …also, check out her BLOG and her STORE! She makes some pretty cool stuff for kids :)



















Thanks for all the birthday wishes! We love you!


Lisa O

It’s About Time

It’s been a hot minute since I posted anything on here. I was busy with lots of things in the last few months, and I just couldn’t find the time or will power to post anything. Here is my check in! What’s been going on the last few months hasn’t been all that exciting. I started a couple business ventures but quickly became bored and uninspired by them. Since I don’t do this for money, it was easy for me to throw my blog in the back seat. However, I’ve come to realize that I really love writing and most importantly, helping people. SO, I am going to make a way bigger effort to contribute from now on. In this post, I will be writing about some mundane sleep issues, so in-between paragraphs I will post cute pictures of Pearl to shamelessly keep your interest. Enjoy. *Note*-this post is kind of controversial with moms, so please do not be offended if I say something you don’t agree with or you think I don’t have any factual evidence to back it up. Thanks :)


Pearl is turning TWO next week. She’s running, talking in sentences, and knows all the names of every Disney princess. I know I have been pro-sleep training very much on this website, and I have gone to great lengths to talk about how to do it, when to do it etc….but I have to say, I have had a change of heart. After I posted my “18 month sleep regression: BEWARE” post, things went from bad to worse. I realized it wasn’t a sleep regression. She just started becoming more cognitive of the world around her, and she may have been feeling afraid or insecure. She just wanted to be with me. Since then, she pretty much hasn’t slept a single night (through the night) in her own room.


It just didn’t feel right to let her cry. I know if I was a toddler in a dark room, alone, and all I wanted was my mommy, I would be TERRIFIED and sad. So, Jack and I decided we would just let her sleep in our bed with us at night. We set the boundary that she has to go to sleep in her own crib at her bedtime in order to give us SOME time to ourselves, but when she wakes up in the middle of the night, she’s allowed to come in bed with us. The more thought I put into it, the more I was, like, “She’s only little once, and she’s only going to want to cuddle for so long, I may as well enjoy it.”


So, I did a lot of reading on the subject matter…it turns out most tribal people, and many families in countries around the world have their children sleep in bed with them till age 3…on a cultural level. I think the whole sleep training thing is getting out of hand. People are starting to try and sleep train their 3 month old infants and letting them “cry it out”. There is much conflicting “evidence” on the internet about the matter. Some say it’s safe, some say it’s not. It absolutely did not feel right when I tried to do it the second and third time, when my daughter couldn’t understand why I wasn’t coming to her aid to hold her when she was scared and alone.


I PERSONALLY (don’t get all fired up if you don’t feel the same way) believe that when a small infant is made to “cry it out” and fall asleep, what happens is that they are actually being traumatized, and the brain responds by just putting them to sleep. Their basic need of “I need love, care, and attention” has not been met, thus ensuing a trauma, therefore the brain goes into sleep mode as a survival instinct to shield them from further pain…. And I won’t get into what not having your basic needs met as an infant and child translate into when you become an adult. I believe that many behavioral disorders can come out of this. Babies cry for a reason. They cannot talk, so they cry to let you know they need something. If you don’t respond to that cry, you’re neglecting their basic need in that moment. It sounds harsh, but it’s the truth. Doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent, but I urge you to do what feels RIGHT….not what your sleep trainer, fellow parents, or the internet is telling you is right. To end this topic, I will close with saying that we plan on actually sleep training pearl to go to sleep in her new big girl bed when she’s old enough to COMPLETELY understand that she is a big girl and we would very much like it if she slept in her own bed….somewhere around the 2 1/2 almost 3 year age when it is much easier to implement change using a reward system.


Have a great day! I will be blogging more later on more interesting topics. I just felt the need to get this one over with since MOST of my emails and questions are concerning my readers’ children’s sleep patterns.

***Try to keep your comments on this subject matter KIND, please. Any rude, mean, or condescending comments will not even be fully read and deleted.***


Lisa O

Baby Bjorn Giveaway For Pregnant Moms!

I have some awesome products from Baby Bjorn to give away to one lucky mom to be! All you have to do to enter to win is take a pic of your baby bump decorated for Halloween! Have a cool halloween themed painting done by you, your spouse, or kids put on your bump and let’s see it! Email all entry photos to and the top 2 winners will receive prizes from Baby Bjorn!

The cutoff date to enter in this giveaway is Friday, October 25, 2013.

1st Place winner receives a Bouncer Balance Soft valued at $199  & Second Place gets a Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Miracle valued at $189!

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