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You feel like you just finished decorating the babies room and she is already moving on to the toddler bed. Decorator Beth McMillan takes us through the stages of decorating your childs’ room from infancy to tween to teens.
To hear the interview, please click here: Beth McMillian


The newly potty trained child is much like a small animal.  Unpredictable.  Temperamental.  Filthy.

I’m pretty sure my toddler has a secret goal to use every single public bathroom our city.  I find it alarming how he doesn’t care at all about scary fecal matter as he grabs the toilet and tries to climb on top of it. I cringe when he pokes at the sanitary napkin disposal can. I practice the words “dirty” and “NO touch” to no avail.  I think I may have a Germ Addict.  As the mother of a Germ Addict, I’ve tested every sanitizing product out there. If it promises to kill salmonella and E. coli, I’ve sprayed it on my hands, and most likely on the seat of every Mexican restaurant bano in town.

Here’s my breakdown of the essential potty on the go supplies:

1. Toilet seat covers- If you’re not in a huge hurry (everything is a hurry for toddlers) and you have time to unfold the seat and peel the little stickies off the back, then this cover is GREAT! Normal seat covers don’t have the stickies, so the second you put the kid on the potty, the cover slides and exposes gross seat parts.

2. Clorox Anywhere Spray- Moms everywhere rave about this product. Now it comes in a great purse size bottle too. This has been helpful for the emergency situation… where there’s no time for seat covers. I just spray the toilet and do a quick wipe. I know it doesn’t clean the whole thing, but every little bit helps! And this stuff is safe for high chair use, so if a drop gets on my kiddo’s skin, I don’t worry.

3. Lysol Disinfectant Spray- Much like the Clorox Spray, but in aerosol form. I warn you: it is scented like fresh linen, which doesn’t combine well with public-bathroom -smell… actually made me sick to my stomach

Then there’s always the ever helpful bottle of hand sanitizer. What mom can function without that?!
Trish Bogdanchik


The hip ways to learn your letters are the following:

1. Happy letters climbing a tree? Now that’s some entertainment!  The hot ABC book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault . It’s colorful and clever; you go through the alphabet twice and the rhythm of the book makes for easy memory.

2. Potatoes shaped into letters?  Umm, yes please!  Letter shaped Tater Tots– Can you believe the brilliant minds at Ore-Ida figured out a way to smash the deliciousness of a tot into a letter shape!?!? I almost peed my pants in the freezer section of Publix when I saw them! My kid would eat a shoe if it was dipped in ketchup… so this is a definite favorite for our family.

3. Sesame Street’s letter of the day.  C is for cookie, C is also for Classic. ‘Nuff said.

4. Bathtub foam letters: cheap and easy! The first word we need to learn to spell is M-O-M. It is the most important word in the English language.

Trish Bogdanchik




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