I have to admit that I got a little bit embarrass when my 3.5 year old daughter was still not potty trained. I was embarassed because it showed my lack of ability. Am I lazy? Do I lack patience? After all, kids her age have been probably potty trained since they were 1 or 2. I felt like working mothers were sneering at me. If they can potty train their children why is it so difficult for a stay-at-home mom such as I?

By the time my daughter turned 2, I have already done enough research to begin her potty training. I did the following:

1. read plethora of articles about potty training,
2. asked other mothers how they potty trained their kids,
3. signed up to receive the potty training video in the mail from Pull-Ups.
4. purchased a potty with her then current character obsession, Lightning Mcqueen, and
5. took her to the bathroom with me when I pee to show her that I do it, too.

I was ready or so I thought. She resisted. She hated it. She didn’t even want to sit on it.

I even tried methods other moms suggested but no luck. The potty training was abandoned.

I scoured mommy forums once more, watched videos and read some more potty training articles. Fast forward 6 months later, I found a YouTube video who had her daughter sit on the potty while watching her favorite show. I tried it and it worked. She sat on the potty while playing games on the laptop. It was a success because she finally sat on the potty but she sat there playing like it was a chair! She didn’t pee, whatsoever. Potty training was abandoned was more.

I wasn’t successful because maybe I didn’t have a strategy on how to potty train her. Perhaps, I didn’t know the crap I was doing? However, last week I came across this article – link! – on how to potty train a toddler in 2 days! I thought it was crazy but the author did potty train her 3 kids using her method but, most importantly, her approach has a strategy. So I thought what the heck, I gave it a shot. Her approach is simple and this is what I did:

1. I had my daughter wear her current character obsession, Dora, undewear instead of having her naked from the waist down as the article suggested.

2. I had her sit on the potty every 10-minutes.  The article suggested a timer which was perfect because I already use a timer when she takes baths. She thinks it’s a game. I didn’t force her to sit if she didn’t want to. I just reset the timer for another 10 minutes.

3. I had her sit on the potty for 2 minutes or until she wants to sit there. I had a 2-minute timer, as well.

At the beginning of the first day, she was excited because she probably thought it was a game. By the middle of the day, she got the routine. Whenever the timer went off she knew it was time to sit on the potty. There were many accidents and I changed her underwear 10-15 times. When I saw her poopy-face, I grabbed her and put on her the potty. She was so proud of herself afterwards and I had her flush her poop away.

There were many resistance during the second day but she was already sitting on the potty on her own without the timer. It seemed like she sat on the potty whenever she felt the urge. She peed and pooped on the potty that day. There were still some accidents; I changed her underwear maybe 3-5 times.

On the third day, I am proud to say my 3.5 year old daughter is potty trained and also has bladder control at night. No accidents. I am happy.

So the moral of the story:

1. Don’t compare your child with other children. Let her/him guide you. So far this is true for me.
2. Don’t stress about it. Being a mom is stressful enough.
3. Don’t question your capabilities as a mom. You are doing your best.

Thank you Carrie Lauth of Mom Advice for sharing your potty training method.



for the home


Currently coveting these lately. I am torn between the yellow and the gray rug. Hubby dubbed the rugs I currently have with the same design as the throw as “prison rugs.” There is no doubt he will name the throw “prison throw.” ^.~))

Have a happy long weekend!


mommy habitsIf you are a mom your life is probably hectic especially if you have babies and/or toddlers. I thought I’d share this brilliant site – link! It is a list of mommy habits that can help you live just a little bit better. Here is a summary:

1.   Wake up early before your kids.
2.   Go to bed early.
3.   Prepare things for the next day in the evening.
4.   Have a meal plan.
5.   Do one complete load of laundry a day.
6.   Get dishes done at night.
7.   Take a 5 minute power bathroom clean up.
8.    Have a place for everything.
9.    Establish a bedtime routine.
10. Don’t say “yes” immediately to everything.

I am having difficulties with 1 and 2, currently working on 8, began 3, 5, 6, sort of ignoring 4 at the moment, 7 should be a 10-minute power clean-up and I’ve accomplished 9 and 10, I think.  The article suggests to begin with 3 habits because it can get overwhelming and I totally agree.  Laundry, power clean up and evening preparations are at the top of my list. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days for a habit to form so consistency is key to success.

In addition, I feel like being a mom challenges my time management skills – or lack thereof. So I created a daily schedule/routine and a daily to-do list. I use my daily schedule as a guide. It is not set in stone because a toddler doesn’t always comply when you tell her that nap time is at 1:00. Having a daily schedule helps me manage my time better and be more productive. It doesn’t take a lot to get distracted – facebook, instagram, browsing. I blame you technology but I still love you.


I have a slight obsession with lists. Jotting things down from doctor’s appointments down to things like beauty products I would like to try prevents me from going insane. That being said:

For today’s tip:
Use Evernote to jot things down without the unnecessary paper clutter and to steer you away from a chaotic mind.

Evernote is a digital notebook that does more than an ordinary paper notebook. Not only can you create notes, you can also capture photos, which is perfect for project life or a regular album, and add audio files among many things. I mostly use it for all those three purposes. Moreover, you can sync your notes with other devices and platforms, perfect for sending the hubby to the grocery store with a shopping list. However, make sure you add quantities to your list because he may just buy the whole store. ^.~))


I received my copy of Family Fun magazine the other day and was instantly drawn to the adorable paper owls! I immediately thought of creating one with my toddlers.

It was a quick craft. Well, it had to be because my kids’ attention span is short: my 3 year-old 5 minutes and my one-year old 1-2 minutes. They are made out of toilet paper tube, cupcake liners and cardstock. Here is the photo of the one from the magazine – link!

Quick Tutorial

  1. Take the toilet paper tube and fold the opposite ends of the top to create the pointy ears. Tape to secure.
  2. Cut 2 cupcake liners in half making 4 pieces for the body “feathers”. Cut off the flat bottom part of the liner.
  3. Cut 1 cupcake liner in half for the wings.
  4. Cut a long, small triangle for the nose.
  5. Cut 4 one half-inch circles but trim 2 so that it is a little smaller to create the eyes.
  6. Draw in the iris and the dots on the side of the eyes with a pen or marker on the smaller circles.
  7. Tape or glue 1 of the cupcake liner piece onto the front of the toilet paper tube starting from the bottom.
  8. Glue or tape 3 more pieces on top of each other leaving a little space each time to create the layered “feathered” body of the owl.
  9. Glue or tape 2 of the half-pieces on the back of the toilet paper tube to create the wings. You may have to trim to fit.
  10. Glue or tape the nose and the eyes.

My 3 year-old helped tape the pieces together and was very proud and excited about what she made! She loves the owl so much, she slept with it along with her Lalaloopsy dolls. My 1 year-old just watched for a bit and then doodled on the cardstock.

This was fun. I may have to look for more Halloween crafts!

ps. The owl lasted about 2 days until it was destroyed.


Today’s tip:
Put children’s toys in rotation to avoid a chaotic play area or room.

I find that my children play with new toys for several days before ignoring them completely so I hide the current unloved toys and bring them out one or two weeks later. Every time I bring “new” toys out they get really excited. This method works for me  because it keeps the play space less cluttered, giving more room for play, and I don’t have to buy more new toys. I love it.


Welcome to Tip Thursday!

For today’s tip:
Use dishwashing soap and a sponge to scrub your bath tub.

I reused a Mrs. Meyers liquid hand soap container in the above picture. I filled it with Palmolive dishwashing soap, which works well. I also found that Dawn dishwashing soap works wonders, too.

Previously, I used bleach or Scrubbing Bubbles but I couldn’t stand the potentially harmful fumes. I always had to wait for the weekends so that my husband could take the kids out of the house to prevent them from getting exposed.

I hope you try this tip and let me know if it works for you. Please share some of your easy cleaning tips.