Potty Training with the Newton Baby Mattress

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Over the summer, I once again found myself frantically night-time potty training while pregnant…hoping we could be successful in time to move the toddler out of the nursery and into a “big-bed.”  There isn’t much worse at 2am than having to change queen-sized sheets in the dark after your three-year old has wet through everything.The Newton Baby Mattress is 100% breathable and washable, making it perfect for infants working on Tummy-Time and toddlers working on night-time potty training! @newtonbabyrest #newtonbaby #wakeuphappy #adSo when I got the opportunity to try out the brand new Newton Baby Mattress, I jumped at the chance to finish night-time potty training on a completely waterproof mattress.  When it arrived on my doorstep, it looked like any other crib mattress.  The crisp white mattress cover zips all the way around, but has a lighter weave, making it completely breathable.The air pockets in the polymer and the loosely woven fabric of the mattress cover make the Newton Baby Mattress 100% breathable and washable @newtonbabyrest #newtonbaby #wakeuphappy #adInside the mattress cover, I was surprised to find that the composition of the actual mattress reminds me of my daughters’ “jelly” sandals.  The squiggles of polymer have so many air pockets, that you can rinse the whole mattress in the shower or bathtub and let it air dry for a few minutes to clean it.  So any time we had an accident, we were able to just throw the cover in the wash and simply rinse the mattress off.  And although we just have the white one, Newton Baby also has pink, gray, and blue covers to match any nursery decor.The air pockets in the polymer make the Newton Baby Mattress 100% breathable and washable @newtonbabyrest #newtonbaby #wakeuphappy #adLuckily, Lincoln has been great about potty training and was surprisingly enthusiastic about giving up his toddler bed and room for the new baby.  He got to move into what was our guest room and now has a big bed and real furniture, while Hudson took over the nursery.#pottytraining has never been easier with the completely washable Newton Baby Mattress @newtonbabyrest #newtonbaby #wakeuphappy #adThe Newton Baby mattress has been fantastic for Hudson too.  Although we don’t have to worry about accidents for a while, it’s nice to know that we have a 100% breathable mattress for tummy time and in case of any accidental flip-overs at night.  And since there is no foam latex, or glue in the mattress, I know that it’s non-toxic and doesn’t harbor any allergens.The Newton Baby Mattress is 100% washable and breathable....not to mention nontoxic @newtonbabyrest #newtonbaby #wakeuphappy #adThe Newton Baby mattress is 100% breathable and nontoxic...perfect for tummy-time fails! @newtonbabyrest #newtonbaby #wakeuphappy #adBut all that matters to Lincoln is that it’s still bouncy enough to jump on, and comfy enough to snooze on!New Post! #pottytraining with the completely breathable Newton Baby Mattress @newtonbabyrest #newtonbaby #wakeuphappy #adCheck out the Newton Baby website for more information, videos and for a 20% off discount when you join their mailing list.

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DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

I’m going to let you in on a little blogging secret today.  Sometimes, it takes me a year to get a post up.  Often, I have the blog all written, photos edited and ready to go…but the timing just isn’t right.  Today’s post is an example of just that.  Last year, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what candy bags my kids used the previous year.  It was the day before Halloween and I had nothing for them to fill up.  So I decided to (in true last-minute-Shara fashion) to “whip up” some cute Halloween trick or treat bags for them.  Luckily, I happen to have a craft room full of supplies perfect for last-minute projects.

Unfortunately, no one is interested in a trick or treat bag tutorial AFTER Halloween.  So the post sat.  For a year.  Until now.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI wanted to keep the bags simple, but also experiment with Heat Transfer Vinyl a little bit, since I was new to using it.  And now, I love it!! I use it with my Silhouette, but you could totally just trace a design and use an Exact-o knife to cut it out if you don’t have a cutting machine.  Although I’m loving my Silhouette more and more every time I use it!A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylSo I just made Jayna’s letters in PicMonkey and saved them as .png so I could import them into the Silhouette program.  Then I cut them out and weeded around each letter, leaving the clear plastic protector on top….because it’s sticky, it also helped with positioning the words on the bags.  Then I covered it with my Teflon Heat Pressing Sheets {or a scrap piece of fabric} and put my iron on the cotton setting.  Then I pressed down with the iron for about 15 seconds before lifting straight up to move to another area and repeating the process.  Don’t slide the iron!  Then, just peel up the plastic and you’ll see that your Heat Transfer Vinyl will stick to your fabric!  Done!

 I left Lincoln’s bag alone, with just his spooky letters.  I made some ruffles out of scrap fabric and sewed them onto Millie’s bag.  And I decided to put a big bow on Jayna’s bag.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI cut three rectangles out of my fabric, keeping in mind that the fabric will be folded in half and sewed together.  The sizes totally depend on the size bag that you are using, but you’ll want your middle piece of fabric to be about 2 inches shorter than your bigger piece.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylThe smallest piece will be the middle part of the bow that wraps around the bigger parts, so it just needs to be proportional.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylThen I folded and ironed along the long raw edges and sewed the two shorter raw edges together to make a tube.  I did this for all three pieces.  Turn them right side out.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylA DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylYou’ll put the middle-sized piece on top of the largest piece and scrunch them together in the middle with your fingers.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI ended up tying a string around the middle to keep the pieces in place so I could kind of arrange them to how I wanted them to lay.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylThen wrap the smallest piece of fabric around the middle of your bow.  It just needs to overlap to your preference on the back of the bow, so trim off any excess.  Then hot glue it around the middle of the bow.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylA DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI added a large safety pin to the back of the bow to attach it to the bag, but ended up also hot gluing the bow on…it was a little top heavy on the bag to stay looking nice.  But a little dab of hot glue on each of the bow’s corners makes it more secure on the bag, and definitely looks better!A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylA DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI love how these turned out, and can’t wait for the kids to use their Halloween Trick or Treat bags every year!

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