How to remove melted crayons from turf.

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Yes, this happened! Just when we thought we were getting our yard in order for Easter I realized my kids left crayons to melt outside on the turf. If you know or have turf, you know how much turf is an investment!

We had our turf installer come out to clean, re-sand, and fluff our turf, but even after he left, as beautiful as it looked there were still blotches or melted crayons…

I tried multiple household cleaners and even tried scraping, then very hot water and paper towels, until I figured out a solution! If you don’t want to watch my video here’s the quick nitty-gritty solution – canola oil and good paper towels! Also patience and an arm workout!

You’ve got this.

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Removing Tarnish from Silver Quick and Easy!

Here’s the link to my fave tarnish remover!

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Kids can help cook!

Here’s a link to our current fave kids cutting knives set!

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My Favorite Floor Cleaning Products (Old School Mop & Bucket always does the trick!)

I’ve experimented with steam cleaners and other similar products, but it’s the old school technique of just using a mop and bucket that truly has my floors feeling CLEAN to me! Until I’ve come across one that I just love more, these are the simple tried and true mopping products that works for us!

Click here for link to my fave SOLUTION!

Simple Mop (inexpensive and can easily be replaced!):

Click here for link to MOP!

Simple Mop Bucket :

Click here for link to MOP BUCKET!

My Favorite Upholstery Cleaner (Will Update Soon)

I get so many questions asking which upholstery cleaner I use to clean my sofa and dining chairs, so I’ve added the link below. I’ll come back here to give a demonstration and my thorough review when I have a moment!

In the meantime, see link below to my favorite upholstery cleaner! It’s amazing!

Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner – Corded

And Cleaning Solution

The Baby Jogger City Select Triple Stroller Hack

Hello all,

It’s been awhile…

But with the constant amount of questions I get on this particular subject from friends and strangers alike, I’ve decided to come back here to my little page to give some answers.

First off, this post is in no way an affiliate to the company Baby Jogger and their popular stroller the City Select. I actually have no idea whether they would even condone this hack or whether your stroller warranty would be voided after having done this hack. Personally I waited until my stroller had fallen out of warranty to even attempt this.

This is however perhaps an answer for those with multiples on multiples of young children (or even triplets) as a way to get around say places like the mall or theme parks like Disneyland without having to push the monstrosity of a normal triple stroller. With this Baby Jogger City Select hack you are able to get away with the length of a double stroller and still be able to fit an extra child fairly comfortably (we will get into the comforts later).

I’ve literally scoured the internet looking for this hack but could never find it… I knew it was totally possible though. I’ve even reached out to people who have done similar things to their strollers, but no one was willing to give answers. So here I am after figuring out my own hack!  (Thanks to this guy below, I love him so.)

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My hack only works with the City Select (Sorry, not LUX version). When people stop me and say they want to try this and that they have the same stroller and I see that the handle bar is different and that it’s definitely NOT the same stroller, I always feel bad… sorry can’t help you, hopefully you can figure out a different hack and even share? So make sure it’s the same stroller before you attempt this. Also, I assume you already have this stroller set to the double as I write this. P.S. This stroller is heavy to push… but what double stroller isn’t… sigh…

So here it goes! (note: you will only be able to have all seats face the person strolling… sorry, but good news you can still switch around the seats when using only two seats).

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  1. What you will need: A City Select second seat, which we will use as an extra 3rd seat, power drill, drill bit for metal (Sorry not sure the size. I will have to figure this out, but I literally took in the screw to Home Depot and someone was able to help me find the correct size. If you try this yourself please let me know so that I can share.), Loctite (optional).
  2. OK, now look at your stroller. Look at the center of your stroller. Do you see the two mounting brackets that allow for the different heights of one seat? These brackets are key! And good thing my hack is super easy! Ignore the lower mounting bracket and take a look at the top set. These are the ones you are going to remove. Remove those screws. Save those two brackets and four screws (these are the screws you will need to find the correct drill bit size for).
  3. Once you have the correct bit (make sure it’s one made to drill through metal), you can begin!
  4. First take off all the chairs and pull up the handle to the highest setting (Again, another sorry this will also be a permanent position, but hey you can fit three now).
  5. For the middle seat you will need to remove the footing bar on one of the full-sized seats, this allows for the seat to slide in and out of the middle mounting bracket already there. You will need to adjust the legs to face down. If you would like a snack tray to still fit, you will need to attach this on the seat first as well.
  6. Then take another seat. This will be your top seat. Attach the brackets you have removed. Have someone help align the seat to where you would like it to sit above the middle seat and mark the spot on the frame with a pencil or marker or something you can see. Don’t leave too much room between the middle seat and the top seat… you don’t want the top seat to tip, so keep it as low as you possibly can. Remove the brackets from the seat and place at the area you have marked on the stroller frame. Then mark dots where you will need to drill. Remove the brackets.
  7. Here’s to the drilling. You’ve got to get it right the first time! Make sure everything is aligned and start drilling.
  8. Once you have your four holes, an adhesive spray like Loctite would be a good call at this point before screwing. When you are ready screw in your brackets.
  9. Now for the fun part. Load all your seats onto the stroller. Test the top “hacked” seat for movement and make sure it is secured.
  10. You are ready to go!

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Now about the comfort… I’d say the top and bottom seats are pretty much the same comfort as you would expect normally, however the middle seat will seam a bit squished and tight to get in and out of. It doesn’t bother my children as they all prefer sitting and napping in their stroller and like the fact that they each have a seat.

Hope this answered a lot of your questions. If you plan to attempt this or have already, please share your experience, I’d love to hear!

Follow @AHomeWithWalls to see us strolling about!

Teething, Terrible Twos, Threenager and What I’ve Learned

We have our good days and our bad days. Probably true for the majority of us, kid or no kid. And I am not going to sit over pretending it’s all rainbows and butterflies with three girls three and under. Luckily, having three kids has made me somewhat of a seasoned parent, even if they are all so young. I have learned. Yes, I have definitely “learned” so much within these few years!

THE TEETHING BABY: You would think after already having gone through this trivial period twice, it would get easier and I’d have an answer to make all the annoying pain go away. But no. Well at least it doesn’t for the babies going though it. Teething is no fun. We’ve done the amber necklaces, teething tabs, teething gel, the endless chew toys, chew necklaces, etc. all of which are very temporary reliefs for baby. And when I say temporary, I’m talking a few seconds, if you’re lucky maybe even a few minutes of relief. Followed by a drool-ey wet-chested annoyed baby.

What I’ve learned from my babies is that no matter how annoyed, you and your babe are, you will have to get through this period of teething. You and your baby will both get through this together. I promise. Also, thank goodness for all the above for temporary relief! So in the meantime just hand over all the teething goodness to your sweet babe and let her nom away. Some of my favorite go-to’s are of course from Nuby USA and Bumkins. (Happy Hands Teething Mit, Teething Trends Teething Necklace, IcyBite Keys Teether, Chamomile Soothing Tablets,  Teething Gel, and Drool Bib). Also some good ‘ol love and affection can’t hurt either.

THE TERRIBLE TWO-year old: She is wild. She is fierce. She is strong(willed). She is sassy beyond measures. But she is mine. With my first child, “two” was actually a wonderful year. It had it’s ups and downs, but mostly ups! It was the year she was able to start communication and reasoning. It was the year she really took in her “responsible big sister” role and carried it through. It was the year that my husband and I agreed we couldn’t have chosen a better kid to be our first. I didn’t quite understand what all the fuss about terrible two’s were with her. Rarely a sassy moment. And then we had the sassiest of them all as our second! Our talkative, and when I say “talkative” two year old, I really mean it! Tantrums galore! Whether it’s about how she wants her hair, what clothes she wants to wear, or even the food on her plate, she has something to say when she’s not getting her way. This girl can squeeze the saddest tears out anywhere anytime and she will milk it in public!

We call her our “Spicy P” or our “Salty P” depending on the type of sass she is giving at the moment. But through all the sass, the back talking, and terribly ridiculous one-liners, she is still our “Sweet P” and we couldn’t be happier with her. So here I am telling you once again, what I’ve learned. And what I have learned is that this is yet another phase you will get through. It’s the time to stand strong to the lessons you want to instill in her. She will test you. She is looking for that soft spot, but don’t surrender. You are the parent, not her.

THE THREENAGER: This is by far the hardest of the hard when it comes to parenting so far for us, and man, it scares me! They say it’s a like glimpse into the teenage years. I swear my palms are getting sweaty just thinking about this. Our big girl has been testing us beyond our limits in ways we never expected from her. I’ve learned from some that two’s and fours were way harder than the threes, but with how hard it’s been for us at three I am praying fours will be so much better. She hasn’t been acting out so much in public or anything like that, but she has been talking back, giving attitude, even crossing her arms  and stomping her feet at times of anger and frustration. Where she has learned this is beyond me, but man do I feel like doing the same at times.

But what I’ve learned so far from this is, beneath all that facade, there is still our wonderfully smart, adventurous, strong and responsible first-born. She likes responsibility. She likes to be held accountable. She likes to be praised for a job well-done. And she loves being a big sister and all that entails. So what I’ve done and continue to do is to remind myself of who she is. Harness all those positive traits and try really hard to not get frustrated about those “threenager” things, it is not what defines her.

Hey Mom, Hold My Hand.

I’m officially 35 weeks pregnant and I can”t believe we are almost near the end of it. It’s strange to think that this might possibly be my last pregnancy if things don’t pan out for a fourth. Day to day I’ve been struggling whether with allergies, back and butt pain, or even the most recent emergency dental visits to take care of a painful root canal/gum infection (which is still going on, but luckily with the meds I’m on the pain has subsided). However even with it all, I’ve been trying my best to enjoy this pregnancy as I did the last two.

There are the kicks, the jabs, the turning, and so on in which I got to enjoy with each baby very early on (12/13 weeks is when I started to feel all three of them). However there’s something so special about this one baby in me. The connection we have already. It really all started about 31-32 weeks when I could feel her tiny little hand pressed against the inside walls of my belly. I remember reaching down the right side of my belly and actually feeling the little outline of those fingers. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is/was her hand. Gliding my hand above hers I could feel her press the inside walls of my belly out a little stronger, almost as if she were trying to grasp my hand and was telling me, “Hey Mom, hold my hand.”

Elated with the overwhelming feelings and emotions, I just couldn’t stop tears from coming. I grabbed my husband’s hand and pressed it against my belly. And of course nothing. She gave no movement for daddy. I was a bit saddened at first, literally for two weeks she showed no back and forth reaction with her dad as she had shown me. But then it happened! One night after 10 minutes of mommy and me time, I grabbed my husband’s hand once again and placed it on my belly. This time she pressed her hand against her daddy’s. She moved it around and played a sort of cat and mouse game with his fingers which ran across my belly. From that night on every time he does a little poke at the right side of my belly they would play this game for a few minutes. I really truly believe she knows the difference between the two different interactions and I’m very lucky to get to feel all this until she makes her appearance.

More New Nuby Sure Grip Tableware Review & Giveaway

Lately I have been struggling to get out of the house and get things done. My health was a bit out of wack last month and I am finally recovering and venturing out again. If you know me personally you would already know that I am usually quite active. Last night I felt over-ambitious and told myself that I would be taking the kids to Disneyland today since the girls have been feeling a bit deprived of their second home LOL!

Instead we took things easy and went to Ikea, not because we needed anything in particular but because I like the prices/food and family-friendly atmosphere and the free cup of Joe offered with their family program doesn’t hurt either – mama needs her fix!

Which brings me to our review of the new additions to the Nuby Sure Grip Tableware line. As mentioned in our LAST REVIEW with our experience using Miracle Mat Suction plate yay to no more dropped plates and fighting our babes to feed themselves. While I still prefer the size of the original Miracle Mat to take on-the-go and travel with, I had found myself in quite a predicament this morning. When I said I’ve been struggling to get things done, I also meant get things done around the house, say like washing dishes… my dishwasher has been on the fritz lately and I end up hand-washing almost everything these days…so as usual with the rush to get out of the house I tossed what I could in my diaper bag and headed out. I chose to take our new Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Feeding Placemat, Miracle Mat Bear Suction Plate and Suction Bowl (all available to purchase at Babies R Us). When I pulled out all our Nuby faves and placed them on the table as the kids played in the play area of the food court there were lots of stares and questions from onlooking parents; “Where do you get those?” “Those look awesome!” “Do they really work?” and as usual I let them watch my kids go at their food to demonstrate first hand how it all works. My youngest is always the tester if you seen our video on the original Sure Grip plate (via Instagram) you can see what I mean. The cleaning was a breeze, I just wipe the surfaced with a paper towel or baby wipes so I could stow them away and wash them more thoroughly when I get home. Some of my favorite things about the Nuby Sure Grip Feeding line is that they are BPA Free/PVC Free/100% Silicone, integrated section plate, non-slip base that sticks to flat surfaces and of course dishwasher safe (although I will honestly tell you that I feel all these products have worked best for us after hand-washing, but this maybe due to our hand water issues with our dish-washer).

And now for a Giveaway! I’ve partnered with Nuby to give TWO lucky winners a choice of either a Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Placemat, Bear Placemat, or Suction Bowl. Please let us know in the comments below what are some of your kid’s favorite meals for either breakfast/lunch/dinner?  Giveaway ends 11/6/16 winner will be announced here 11/7/16

 

 

Ella’s Bows Vintage Headband & Lace Dress

We received the most beautiful mail day with some of the prettiest things from Ella’s Bows. Just looking through EB’s Instagram feed you’ll see that these headbands make for picture perfection! There are also an assortment of rompers, ruffle butt bloomers, and more.

Just wanted to share some photos with Huntley’s new favorite dress! Can’t wait to dress it up for our next family photo session and dress it down  for casual boho look, I’m thinking with a vest? How would you style this pretty lace dress?

Go check out all the wonderful goodies at Ella’s Bows!