Monsters in the bed

How do you handle night-time monsters?

Munchkin apparently has 2 green ones that like to lurk under the covers and scare him out of sleep in the middle of the night.

Connor's Monsters

I have tried pulling the covers back one by one and showing him there are no monsters there. I gave him a flashlight and told him the monsters don’t like the light. Still he wakes up though and if I am still awake he will join me in the living room and then it takes a while to get him back to sleep. If I am in bed, he will climb into bed with us, this isn’t so bad because he goes right back to sleep.

My Mother-in-law suggested making some Monster Spray with lavender essential oil. I think I will give that a try.

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Xlear Sparx Candy

I recently had the opportunity to review Xlear Sparx candy thanks to the Moms Meet program.

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Xlear is a company that started up in 2000. They deal with all things Xylitol related. Pretty cool stuff. They make these awesome candies, toothpaste, a nasal spray, and even xylitol crystals that you can use as a sugar substitute. You can check out their products here.

I had never heard of Xlear prior to trying out the Sparx candy, but they seem pretty cool.

We got to try the citrus flavor and the fruit flavor. Both were tasty, but I think the citrus was the bigger hit in our house. Both of the boys really liked them and so did K. They hit the spot when we needed a quick sweet fix. The added bonus is that xylitol is good for your teeth, so not only do you get your sweet fix, but you help your teeth at the same time. Score!

Wait. What? Candy that is good for your teeth? Yup! Xylitol actually helps prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth and it helps keep the Ph levels in your mouth where they should be. It also has a low glycemic index.

I’d definitely recommend trying the candies. They come in a cute little plastic container. They are bite size, so no melty mess. If you don’t have time to brush after a meal, pop in a few of these tiny, tasty, candies and you’re good to go. That happy mouth part is the real seller for me.

Sparx candies come in 3 flavors, Citrus, Berry, and Fruit and they retail for $1.49 a tube.

xlear sparx

You can check out their website here or you can visit them on Facebook here.

 

 

*Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

C’est La Vie

Sorry for my absence. Life has been zooming by. I don’t even know how long it has been since my last post. . . .

Did you all have a good Thanksgiving? We did. My mom and her husband came down for a visit. We had dinner at our house, so my in-laws came over as well. I think Munchkin was in his glory, he had all his favorite people under one roof. We took the boys to go see Wreck-It Ralph that Saturday. They did great and it was a cute movie.

I have been working on my WIC peer counselor training the last few weeks. It is exciting. I get to talk about breastfeeding with pregnant mamas. The boys have been spending a lot of time with Grandma as she has been watching them for me while I do the training and when I clean that house once a week. I am very grateful to have her so close. The boys enjoy going over there. Peanut has an easier time with my leaving then Munchkin does. As soon as I get back to bring them home though, Peanut wants his milkies (which he calls “mine”) immediately.

Peanut has been talking up a storm and repeats everything he hears. Luckily he hasn’t repeated any of the less than nice words that have escaped my mouth on occasion. It is cute listening and watching him copy everything his big brother does.

Munchkin is still in the in-between phase where he wants to be a big boy, but whines and cries because he wants you to help him do everything too. It keeps things interesting. πŸ™‚ I love it when he tries out new words he hears and new gestures too. Today he gave me a thumbs up when I asked him if something was good.

On the animal/homestead end of things, we lost two chickens. I am not sure if it was Lily, who I caught eating them, or if it was the neighbor’s dog that Hubby had chased out of the yard when he caught him going after a chicken.

Lily went into heat and we tried to be diligent, but said neighbor’s dog managed to get hold of her and so now we should have puppies around Christmas. *sigh* Not especially happy, but “c’est la vie”

I was telling Munchkin that Lily has babies in her belly so he needs to not be so rough with her. Tonight he was talking about the babies in his belly. He has 5 or 6 of them in there. We are going to be busy πŸ˜‰

My sister’s rabbit is hilarious. Nothing phases him. He quickly adjusted to the chaos that is our life. He gets free time in the house when the dogs are out. He hops onto the couch, pushes open doors if they aren’t shut tight, steals food off the kid’s table, begs when you are cutting up vegetables. He acts like a one of the dogs or the cats. I got this cute pic of him washing his face. Looks like he is saying “Oh no, what have I done”Β Bandit

As usual, things have been crazy around here.

Hubby started a new job working as a mechanic.

I started cleaning a house once a week. The boys stay with my mother-in-law, aka Grandma, while I clean. I got called back to WIC for the Peer Counselor position! I am very excited about this job. I won’t start for a little while yet though. I have also really started the process to become a LLL leader.

K is still working at the Montessori School and loves it.

The boys have been crazy πŸ˜‰

Peanut’s vocabulary has been growing in leaps and bounds.

Munchkin has been very clingy yet very independent at the same time. It is rather frustrating. When we need him to do something like get dressed, he won’t and wants help. When we don’t need his help, that is when he wants to.

Georgia, one of the golden comets, went missing a few nights ago. We thought she was a goner as she still hadn’t turned up the next day. We went to a big flea market and ended up getting a couple more golden comets/red sex link to replace her. I like getting them in pairs so they have a friend while they adjust. Well, when we got home, guess who was standing in the middle of the yard? Yup, Georgia. She was a little sniffly and limping on her left foot. I kept her in the kitchen for about 24 hours and then brought her back outside yesterday afternoon. She seems ok aside from the limp. I am keeping an eye on her foot to make sure she doesn’t develop bumble foot.

K fell in love with a California Rabbit while we were at the flea market. I told her as long as she was taking care of him, I didn’t care if she got him. So now we have Bandit the Rabbit living with us as well.

A day at the farm

Today was exhausting. In a mostly good way.

It didn’t start out great. K and I were loading the boys into the car when I realized I couldn’t find my bag.Β 

Guess what was in that bag?

Yep, my keys and my cell phone.

Hubby was working and I don’t know my mother-in-law’s number off the top of my head. I was so pissed at myself. Luckily we had everything else we needed, so we played in the backyard for a bit. Then I decided I would try to break in to the house. I succeeded. Yay! But also scary. If I can break in, then someone else could too. I am very glad Sawyer is here. He is an excellent watch dog and doesn’t like anyone on his turf.

After that fiasco we were finally on the road. We were on our way to visiting the Wise Family Farm. The drive there was uneventful. We got the boys out of the car, this involved waking Peanut up. He fallen asleep about 10 minutes prior to us arriving. He wasn’t pleased, but I tossed him into the Ergo and up to the ticket window we went.

They don’t take credit cards, we had no cash. . . . *sigh* Back into the car. Again, not a happy Peanut. We drove around and found an ATM and then drove some more and found a gas station. Then we drove some more and ended up back at the farm.

Yay! It was finally time to have some fun.

We started our visit with checking out the baby cow (yes, I know it is called calf). Peanut was happily mooing at him and Munchkin was hiding behind me. I realized I forgot the camera in the car. I can’t go anywhere without the camera. It is like a permanent accessory now. Munchkin decided that he now wanted his hat, he had refused to wear it when I offered. I told him to stay with K while I went to the car, but he was not having it. So I had to drag him with me to the car. He kept telling me he didn’t want to go fast. We made it to the car. Got camera, got hat, and made it back inside the farm.

Things started looking up for Munchkin when we discovered the little playground. I mean who can resist slides, tire swings, and a fake cow to milk? ;p

It really was a great place. We played for a while and then watched the tractor pulling the wagons full of people. The boys lit up every time they saw it. They justΒ love anything with wheels. We ate some food, listened to live music, checked out the animals again, and walked through the mazes. They have a couple of different mazes. There is a small corn maze, a sunflower maze and a large corn maze. We did the two smaller ones. Munchkin got to lead the way in the small corn maze and we played chase games in the sunflower maze. The large corn maze would have been a bit much for us.

We finally had our turn on the tractor. The boys were thrilled. I think it was probably the highlight of their day. The tractor ride brought us to the pumpkin patch and we got to pick our own pumpkins. K and I had a good time walking through the pumpkin patch, but Peanut kept getting tripped up on the vines and Munchkin was thirsty.

Munchkin got to use a port-a-potty for the first time. He was very confused by the fact that we didn’t need to flush the toilet.

Before we left we picked some cotton, zinnias, and sunflowers. They let you take home a bouquet of flowers. I thought that was cool. Some of those sunflower heads were humongous!

And now for some pictures πŸ™‚

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Hello

I figured I would say “Hi” to you all while I wait for my cup of tea to finish steeping. I should be going to bed because sleep has been hard to come by with this stupid cold making the rounds. But, I seem to have a frog in my throat that just doesn’t want to move on. So tea and Hello it is. πŸ™‚

We found Rocky a new home. He is living happily on a farm. He has his own little flock of Barred Rock hens to look after. Before we left the farm I picked up two Australorp pullets. I have no pictures yet because the girls, who we have named Dorothy and Rose, have been a little on the shy side. Yes, we have Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose. We just need a Sophia now.

Today Hubby and I started digging out the drainage culvert that divides the property. It was almost flat in some areas. We got about 40 feet of it cleared out today. There is still a lot more to go though. I am already pretty sore, I am hoping tomorrow won’t be too bad.

Munchkin has been super whiny for the last 24 hours. He hasn’t been able to verbalize why he is feeling so sad or angry. Everything has been setting him off though. I’ve been doing my best to keep my cool, it is hard at moments though. I am hoping tomorrow is a better day for him. I hate to see him having a difficult time.

Peanut started saying “sorry” today. Then when we were having some silly time before bed he started saying “I love you”! It was so sweet. That really made my night.

Blah. My throat is getting scratchier by the moment. I don’t want to be sick again! 😦