“Mommy, Are You Happy?”

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 7.44.27 PMMommy Monster has been on the prowl.

I’ve just found myself in a little funk in which I’ve been quick to anger and acting like a hormonal teenager in the way I have been snippy and quick to anger with my kids. After a middle of the night battle with our three year old not sleeping, my husband referred to me as the midnight dragon. Thanks, honey.

If that’s not an eye opener, my three year old has started asking me in the midst of my anger, “Mommy, are you happy?” The genius of this somewhat rhetorical question is that it stops me in my angry tracks and illuminates how silly I am for letting a three year old work me up this much. Making an angry person articulate why they are angry is the best counseling strategy known to man. Well done my preschool counselor. Well done.

The question, “Mommy, are you happy?” has rocked me.

up & up Products for Babies (+100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!)

Up&Up diapers and wipes
Every mother has their fair share of poop stories (what a fun way to start a blog post, huh?). But seriously, you get moms talking on this topic and the horror stories of blowouts, horribly timed leaky diapers, being found altogether diaperless in a public place, bathtub floaters, and other unmentionables come flowing out. No pun intended. I’m tempted to share my story that my husband and I call “Poopocalypse” but I’ve already shared one too many poo stores in the past month (see this post if you are interested in that one). I find you a little strange if you clicked on that. ANYWAY… I recently had the opportunity to try out Target’s up & up line of diapers and wipes.
New Target up & up Diaper Image 


Here are some factoids about them: Diapers

  • New cotton-enhanced dryness layer provides quicker absorption & is softer on the baby’s skin
  • Newborn through size 2 diapers include a wetness indicator
  • Comfort features include cotton enhanced core and soft hypoallergenic liners
  • Soft Stretch waist and sides make for a perfect fit

My review: I must admit, if someone were to have put these in my nursery from day one, I probably would have been faithfully using them. I am highly motivated by saving a buck. They worked great. I particularly liked how secure they fastened in the front AND the stretch waist. stretch waist

Wipes Factoids:


  • up & up wipes are made with botanic fibers blended with cotton creating an absorbent, ultra-soft and durable wipe
  • Botanic fibers are made from 100% plant-based materials derived from trees grown in sustainably managed forests
  • Wipes are gentle enough to use on baby’s face and hands (alcohol free)
  • Available in Sensitive, Unscented, and Scented variants
  • Individually packaged with flip top lids for ease of use.

My review: Coming fresh off a day full of dirty (and I MEAN dirty) diapers, I can confidently say that these bad boys did the trick. In my opinion, a good wipe is thick and has a little “grip” to it. I won’t go into detail why that is needed… up & up wipes fit the bill for both of my wipe qualifications. I sound snoody saying that but a mom has got to be snoody when it comes to the wipes she uses. A cheapo brand will not cut it. Anyway, I’m happy that I got to try out the up & up brand and honestly can say I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

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Top 10 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes on Thriving Home

Top 10 Must Try Pumpkin Recipes

This is one of those friend-to-friend blog posts.

Like, if I sat next to you at work or lived next door, I’d probably tell you about how great the Pumpkin Banana Bread is or Polly might gloat about mention how much her small group loved Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Hey, I might even send one of my littles over to your front door with a few samples of Pumpkin Muffins with Crumble Topping. That’s what friends and neighbors do, right?

So, friend/neighbor, here are 10 of Polly’s and my absolute, must-try pumpkin recipes on our blog. We hope you’ll pay forward some pumpkin goodness to one of your friends or neighbors soon!

Crock Pot Pumpkin-Spiced Latte

crock pot pumpkin latte recipe

Pumpkin Muffins with Crumble Topping

pumpkin muffin recipe2

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

whole wheat pumpkin pancake recipe

Blueberry Pumpkin Baked French Toast

healthy baked french toast recipe

Pumpkin Banana Bread

healthy Banana pumpkin bread recipe

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Waffles

healthy waffle recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

healthy pumpkin muffin

Pumpkin French Toast

pumpkin french toast

Brownie Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Pumpkin)

baked brownie oatmeal recipe

Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Whole Wheat Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

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