Wednesday in a few words: A {very belated} Halloween costume recap.

According to the calendar Halloween is over. According to my 2.5 year old, Halloween is still going strong, evident over the past few days in her repeated requests to watch Hotel Transylvania. I don’t mind. Halloween has been on the top of my favorite holiday list for as long as I can remember.

I used to spend months planning out the perfect costume for myself and now for the past couple years I’ve been enjoying putting all my efforts into cool costumes for my kiddo. Her first year she was a squishy little unicorn. Then last year my advertising-nerd love shone through in her Morton Salt Girl costume. (Pun completely not intended with the “salt” thing.) I mentioned in that post that she won her age group at Zoo Boo so this year I was obviously going for a repeat because I am crazy competitive over weird things. I was facing a new challenge though. This year she has OPINIONS.

Soooo many opinions.

Rather than being a cute little doll for me to dress up, she will protest loudly if I put her in anything she doesn’t agree with. Luckily my kid is rad. She came up with this idea by herself completely unprompted by me.

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Nightmare Before Christmas is one of her favorite movies which means I’ve seen it 300 times since September. I’m not complaining because it’s awesome.

Anyway, I crossed my fingers that she wouldn’t pull a two year old and change her mind and went to work on it. I wish I could take credit for her dress, but it was custom made for her by someone I found on Etsy. I almost got her a really cool wig on Etsy as well, but if there is one thing that Betty is not tolerant of it is things on her head for a prolonged period of time. The rest of the ensemble I put together myself. I used a colored hair spray on her hair. Her makeup is eyeliner and a little bit of white cream makeup to enhance the stitches.

To say that she was pleased with herself would be the understatement of 2014. (I’m pretty pleased with myself too.)

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Her pail says “Deadly Nightshade”. It’s made out of an oatmeal container.

We attended Zoo Boo again and of course signed up for the contest. She answered all the emcee’s questions about her costume, twirled around the stage, and then proceeded to hug one of the judges. What a HAM. I have no idea where she could have gotten it.

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And she won. 🙂 WIth her good ideas, I’m pretty sure we can three-peat next year!

As for me, I wasn’t going to dress up, but she insisted and I had fun being her prop this year.

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The Jack Skellington to her Sally. I hope she remembers how much fun we had. ❤

What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? 

xo,

Salt

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It’s Like Magic. {Kohler review}

Over the past year I have been asked to review some things. Sometimes these things are running related, but sometimes they are not due to the nice nod I got from Parenting.com. Sometimes they are things that are obviously very useful to me and then sometimes they are things that I never would have imagined I would need. Or even that I knew existed.

Such was the case with Kohler Touchless Technology.

Yep. It’s a magic toilet.

At first I was like….

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But then the more I thought about it, it made perfect sense. Because:

  • I have a potty trained toddler.
  • When I asked said potty trained toddler to flush the toilet when she was done using it, she would attempt to touch literally every square inch of the toilet. Somehow this never included the flush handle.
  • Ummmm MAGIC TOILET. Did I really need any other reason?

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The kit arrived to my house and I handed it over to a very skeptical Mr. Salt who was able to easily set it up in a matter of minutes. You do have to have a compatible toilet for it to work, but I would think that most of them would be compatible by this point. Basically if your toilet has one of those big rubber ball contraptions, you’re out of luck. Or one of those toilets with a push button flush on top, but does anyone really have one of those?

Anyway the set-up included removing that pesky handle that Betty never seemed to want to use and then installing a sensor inside the tank. That’s pretty much it. Now if you use the bathroom at my house you would only need to wave your hand over the back of my toilet and TAH DAHHHHHHH! It flushes! Mr. Salt proceeded to flush the toilet about 20 times because he was so fascinated with it. I can’t blame him.

Betty already knew how to take herself to the bathroom when we installed the Kohler, but from a potty training standpoint I am pretty sure this would trump any sticker chart around. I’ve suggested it to quite a few friends who are so deep in potty training drama that M&Ms just don’t work anymore. B quickly became so used to her “magic potty” that I had to explain why she can’t flush all the toilets with a wave of her little hand although I’m now of the belief that every public bathroom should have these installed. Much better than those handle toilets that I always flush with my foot and those fully automatic ones that give you a heart attack when they go off without any warning.

Because Kohler is apparently a friend of all parents of potty training parents and people who like to go to the bathroom in the dark everywhere, they also hooked me up with another amazing invention that I never would have thought I needed until it arrived to my house.

Meet the Toilet Nightlight.

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I know you all want to come over now. I have the most fun toilet on the planet.

Installation of the nightlight is no more difficult than switching out your regular seat. The result is a pleasant, blue LED lit toilet that keeps my daughter from falling in the bowl when she gets up in the middle of the night. Or me from falling in because Mr. Salt forgot to put the seat down again.

Just like the touchless flush, the nightlight runs on 4AA batteries and you can set the cycle so that it only turns on when you need it. As a result we are still on the same original set of batteries. We have had to swap the touchless batteries once – probably because Betty likes to flush the toilet so much  – but the system gives you plenty of warning that the power is running low. If you get caught with a non-flushing potty because you didn’t change the battery…well that would be on you.

Additionally it’s worth mentioning that among other options, Kohler also has a fantastic transition seat that would also be extremely useful for potty training, but it is not available with the cool nightlight.

Before I started potty training my child, toilets were about one of the last things I ever thought about. Now that I have a toddler I feel like I’m always hyper aware of them…location, cleanliness, ease of use for my daughter. I can’t change every potty on the planet, but it’s nice to know that at least the one we have at home is extra user-friendly for her.

THANK YOU, KOHLER!! 🙂

xo,

Salt

My little gymnast, a baseball game, a new big girl room, and a Bondi Band winner!

So much stuff to talk about!! This weekend was a whirlwind, but it pretty much rocked.

It all started out with a nice 8 mile run on Saturday morning and aside from some seriously tight calves I realized I was starting to feel a little bit more like myself again. After that it was off to Betty’s gymnastics class and SHOW WEEK! Basically what this entails is that family can attend and the kids show off skills they have learned on the beam, bars, and mat. Betty was all about participating and she did such a great job. I was so proud! But then of course I am a total mom fail and really I had completely forgotten it was SHOW WEEK! so I wasn’t prepared to take photos. Luckily a friend of mine was there to get some of Betty receiving her ribbon. (Please thank your husband again for me, Sara!!)

This is how we stand on the podium.

And this is how we stand on the podium.

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We hung her ribbon up in her room along with a medal she received from running in a kids race last year, just like how mommy has her medals hanging on the wall. 🙂

Then it was off to a birthday party where we got to hang out with some wonderful old friends that I haven’t seen in a VERY long time. Like so long that we hadn’t even met each others’ kids yet and the oldest of these kids are 4! As is her MO, Betty charmed the pants off of everyone. At cake time she opted for the gluten free, all natural mango and coconut option that they had and who am I to argue with that? Eat all the cake you want, kiddo.

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Saturday night we had tickets to the baseball game and no babysitter so Mr. Salt kindly offered to stay home so I could go with my best friend, Favorite.

These seats were cool because they were right next to the bullpen, but we ended up going to sit in my friend's seats after one inning which were behind the O's dugout.

These seats were cool because they were right next to the bullpen, but we ended up going to sit in my friend’s seats after one inning which were on the opposite side of the stadium behind the O’s dugout.

Baseball selfie.

Baseball selfie.

AND WE ACTUALLY WON!!! We hardly ever win when I go to the game! I just posted on Friday how much no winning tends to occur when I’m there! When I got home, I told Mr. Salt that it must be him because it’s definitely not me. I think I still feel bloated today from drinking beer – I never ever ever drink beer and I’m pretty sure my body was like WTF where’s the wine? – but it was still so much fun.

Yesterday I had kind of a headache in the morning (thanks, beer!), but was able to mostly sweat it out at the gym and then we went to one of my most favorite places on the PLANET…

All they need is a Starbucks, a wine bar, and a Target next door and I would never have to leave.

All they need is a Starbucks, a wine bar, and a Target next door and I would never have to leave.

…for OPERATION BIG GIRL ROOM.

Betty has been in a big girl bed since February, but the rest of her room still had all the makings of a nursery; changing table, her rocker, her big dresser. Basically a whole bunch of big people furniture. Since she was very small, I’ve been interested in making her room into a Montessori style room*.

*In case you don’t know what that is, the basic premise is having everything on her level so that she can explore and use things in however way she wants. In a true Montessori room, everything would be at her eye level including pictures on the walls, but as you’ll see in a sec we didn’t go to all that great length yet (although I’d like to once we find a house to move into).

We picked out all sorts of new shelving and fun extras too like a folding tumble mat because as you know she’s an award winning gymnast now and needs someplace to practice her somersaults.

Here’s the final result!

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What I should have done was taken a video of her running around in circles yelling “MY NEW ROOM!! MY NEW ROOOM!” because that was her awesome reaction to all our hard work. Then I think I had one of the most restful nights of sleep that I’ve had in a long time because her new room is also a lot safer this way.

Oh and then after Betty went to bed I watched some of the Miss USA pageant and was subsequently very ashamed of myself.

Now…on to the WINNERS of my Bondi Band giveaway!

DitdsvHnrjR8Y6IhVr4RWt-Fj8HSq2NrDRS02WcRMAAThree winners were picked at random, and those people will get to choose based on the order that they were picked which band they would like for me to send them.

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A great big thanks to Bondi Band again for providing me with the bands to give away and a big thanks to all of you too for entering! And the winners are:

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CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!!! I will be in touch with the three of you this morning to coordinate your prizes! And if you didn’t win and still would like to get a great deal on a Bondi Band, don’t forget to use coupon code SWEATPINK at checkout for 10% OFF your order!

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever heard of a Montessori Room? When was the last time you went to a baseball game?

xo,

Salt