About Me

Im a Stay at home mother of 6 children. Myrissa is age 20, Jacub is 18, Victorea is 16, Whitnee is 12, Kirk is 9 and Alivia is 4. We are also getting ready to adopt again! Our sweet new girl is Jessica and is 17!Our newest household addition is Lexee, she is 2 years old. We also have quite a few kids who call us Mom and Dad. My husband is studying for the ministry. We are a very busy family. I want to make sure all you other busy moms, dads, ladies and gents out there get the deals I do. If you would like me to do a review and or giveaway, I'd be happy to share your product with my readers. Contact me for more information. fivelilbassintow@yahoo.com (Please note that most of my email replies go to spam folders so if you contact me and don't hear back, this could be why, please check your spam folder for my reply) You should also check out my co bloggers, if you have a chance. Nicole does book reviews and Jeffrey does outdoor related review, fishing, camping and outdoors.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Febreze In Wash Odor Eliminator

Dogs can be stinky. So can cats.

Febreze says Bring the Stink. Bring on Sweat, pet odor, smoke or mildew.

I hate when my kids leave clothes in the wash too long. It happens more often then not. I can now combat that with Febreze's newest product. This in wash odor eliminator. Just pour in your laundry detergent, like normal, then add in the recommended amount of Febreze and start your wash.

How happy does it make you to have fresh smelling clothes? I love it!

I hate coming home from the in laws, after holidays. We all smell like ash trays. It is going to be nice to come home and toss in the wash and not have to repeatedly wash. Just 1 wash and smell gone.

We have athletic kids and the smell is gone. Sweat is seriously a stench after a boy runs the football field!

We love Febreze!

Autism and the Holiday Caos- How To Lesson the Breakdowns

The coming holiday season is a joyful time of year that brings together families and friends. However, it can also be quite stressful – especially for those who have a child with autism.

With that in mind, FirstPath Autism http://www.firstpathautism.com would like to offer up tips to help handle everything from holiday party meltdowns to stress that can arise from schedule changes and holiday travels. While compiled for those with an autistic child in their lives, many of the tips work just as well for all families.

SCHEDULE CHANGES AND TRAVEL
1. Prepare for changes in home and school routines.
The holidays mean that your family’s usual routine shifts, and that causes disruption for everyone, including your child. Much as children may look forward to the season of celebrations, they may not understand that it involves trade-offs too. For example, having a holiday pageant at school may mean that their favorite art class is cancelled for the day. Be sure to discuss these changes with your child ahead of time. Your child may not infer that the pageant means that art class won’t happen as usual.

2. Assess sugar impact and decide what’s reasonable.
The holidays often mean different foods and lots of seasonal treats. Find a balance between prudence and fun. Unless food allergies or confirmed intolerances are involved, consider allowing your child space to eat some special-occasion treats. Popcorn, cinnamon-baked apples, and trail mix are perennial winter favorites for kids who need to avoid certain food products or additives.

3. Be mindful of sensory issues.
The holidays mean plenty of flashing lights, decorations, and music. Festive celebration can be challenging for individuals with autism and sensory processing disorder. Consider having your child help you either pick out decorations for the house or have him/her help you with decorating and preparing.

4. Ease into traveling and change.
If you will be traveling to see family and friends, prepare your child for what the experience will be like. To help ease your child into the trip, you may want to bring along any special foods needed and a favorite object. If you’re flying, check with the TSA regarding any rules that may apply and consider reaching out to the airline in advance. Let them know you’ll be traveling with a child with autism and include any special information that might be helpful.

5. If the traditions don’t fit, make your own!
Most of us start thinking in terms of tradition when the holidays approach. Given this, it’s easy to get caught up in how things are “supposed” to be. Holidays can include baking cookies, making gingerbread houses, and/or gathering with families and friends. But what if your child refuses to bake, is terrified of carollers, or wants to go to bed early? Remember that, as a parent, you get to do what works for you and your family. In this time of joy and closeness, go easy on yourself by letting go of comparisons, shoulds, and “What will the extended family think?” Embrace the reality of your own household, and most of all, have fun!

HOLIDAY PARTY MELTDOWNS
Picture this: You and your family have made it to your favorite annual party. Everyone’s having a great time … that is, until your child with autism gets completely overwhelmed by the festivities.
You tried to redirect her attention, but it didn’t work.

What’s your next move?

Meltdown Prevention 101
Our initial recommendation is that you do what you can to prevent a meltdown prior to its inception. Remember that behavior is learned, and that what you model during calm moments will influence what happens during stressful ones.

If you take time to teach your child appropriate self-management strategies, he or she will have a much better chance of maintaining their emotional control in difficult situations.
For example, you can:
• Remind your child of the appropriate behavior and associated reward
• Employ social stories and role-playing exercises to educate about appropriate behavior
• Prompt the identification and verbal expression of feeling states
• Review deep breathing techniques
• Use adaptive equipment to provide calming pressure or lessen the experience of sensory overload

Child psychologist Lauren Elder, Autism Speaks assistant director for dissemination science, speaks to this question in Parents of Child with Autism Seeking Help Handling Public Meltdowns. https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/12/20/parents-child-autism-seek-help-handling-public-meltdowns Elder suggests the following essential steps:

1. Stay calm
This might seem obvious to you now, but in the chaotic moments surrounding a meltdown, it won’t seem so clear-cut. When your child is struggling, it’s easy to get swept away by frustration and panic, but the calmer you can remain in the crisis, the more effective you’ll be at helping your child. Take a moment to breathe and regain a sense of calm within yourself …. Your reaction is so important. You have the power to escalate or de-escalate the situation with your words, body language, and overall approach.

2. Stop and help your child
This might seem self-evident, but parents often try to manage their child’s behavior while simultaneously working, eating, or conversing with other people? Some such parental juggling is inevitable, and even the best parents need to divide their attention at times. However, make sure that you don’t do this during a meltdown. If your child is truly out of control, you need to be fully present and attentive to what’s happening around you. Otherwise, their physical and emotional well-being is put at risk.

However, giving your full attention doesn’t mean lecturing, bargaining, or disciplining. If your child is having a true meltdown, she is in a panicked, fight-or-flight state. As such, she won’t be able to engage in new learning.

In addition, be sure not to give in to any request or demand that directly preceded the meltdown. Doing so reinforces the idea that meltdowns yield positive results, and that’s not what you want to teach!
Rather than shouting, correcting, or rewarding negative behavior, simply prioritize safety. You can work on teaching once your child has regained equilibrium.

You can also reduce stimulation levels. This may mean a quick move to a quieter, more private space. If that’s not a possibility, you can stay put and lower lights, block excess noise, and disperse a crowd if one has gathered. Which brings us to our final point …

3. Tell bystanders what you need them to do
One of the most difficult elements of a public meltdown is … the public. Even if you’re at a party where the guests know and love your child, it’s still stressful to have him melt down. That said, you can take this potential frustration and turn it around. If you’re concerned about communicating with bystanders, try talking to friends and family members ahead of time about what to expect should your child lose control.
You might consider carrying cards to hand to strangers if it helps to explain the situation. But if you’re surrounded by close friends and family, it may be easier to simply plan ahead and ask for what you need (be it space or support) in advance.

Finally, after a meltdown ends, make sure to take time to recuperate before re-entering the party. You both need to take pause and rest before getting back on your feet.

Want more guidance on this topic? These 10 Tips for Managing a Meltdown, with specific guidance from Amalie D. Holly, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst on the FirstPath Autism team can help further. http://info.firstpathautism.com/meltdown-guide-parents

Tips courtesy of FirstPath Autism:
FirstPath Autism is an organization dedicated to the education, training, and awareness of evidence-based autism treatment developed by the Founder, Romina Kiryakous at the Genesis Behavior Center in Turlock, CA. The treatment practiced at Genesis is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most widely covered treatment for autism by insurance companies. In 2015, Kiryakous developed FirstPath Autism, a personalized online education, support, and training program dedicated to the parents and caregivers of children with autism. The goal of FirstPath Autism is to offer an autism lifeline to parents and to help care givers better serve children with autism.

Web Site: http://www.firstpathautism.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firstpathautism
Twitter: @FirstPathAutism

A Very Merry Christmas Prayer



We try to teach our kids to be thankful for everything and anything. This is such a thankless world.

A Very Merry Christmas Prayer is just that. It starts out with "Here's My Merry Christmas Prayer" Each page is different things to pray and thank God for.

Such cute pictures. Although the pages made me cold, they all have snow on them. Brrrr

This 24 page board book is unique in design. The front cover is a bunch of winter dressed animals who are putting up the tree. The right side of the book is cut to look like the side of the tree. So unique.

Our little girl loves to rub the design.

It is wonderful to teach our children about all the things that God has done. Christmas isn't just about gifts, it's about the birth of Jesus.

Enjoy the Wonder of Christmas With A Thankful Heart

You can purchase this book from Amazon for $7.06

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0718030532?keywords=a%20very%20merry%20christmas%20prayer&pebp=1448028912885&perid=WSBYVP2A6XBV3G98CR92&qid=1448028912&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

You can also purchase from Thomas Nelson for $8.99

http://www.thomasnelson.com/a-very-merry-christmas-prayer

Check out all their other great books at

https://www.facebook.com/thomasnelsonfan

https://twitter.com/ThomasNelson

I received this book in exchange for my honest review


Piyo Piyo Baby Items Review

These ducklings are the cutest EVER!





You can purchase this unique, jewel colored stacker toy for $13.99

http://www.piyopiyousa.com/toys/piyo-piyo-rocking-rattle-stacker.html

The jewel colors are so pretty. Teaches colors, shapes and hand eye coordination since they have to put the toy on the post.




You can purchase this duckling rattle for $5.99

http://www.piyopiyousa.com/toys/piyo-piyo-duckling-rattle.html

Not JUST a rattle. Yes, it shakes and makes noise but at the bottom is a teether. Even my 3 year old with Sensory Processing issues, LOVES this toy!





This rolling barrel can be purchased for $10.99

http://www.piyopiyousa.com/toys/piyo-piyo-rolling-barrel.html

Each duckling is a different size and weight. The shapes fit in the corresponding shape holes at the bottom of the barrel.




You can purchase this baby starter kit for $18.99

http://www.piyopiyousa.com/gift-sets/baby-starter-kit.html

This is such a great gift! This has everything you need for starting out with a little one. Due to the color being yellow, you can buy for a boy or a girl. If you or your friend is not wanting to find out the sex of the baby, till birth, this is the perfect gift for them!

This set comes with:
1. Baby Clippers
2. Washrag
3. Nose Sucker
4. 2pk Binkie Set
5. Binkie Holder
6. Nail Scissors
7. Brush for Hair
8. Finger Brush for Teeth
9. Baby Teether

It also comes in a gift box. This set is great!



You can also purchase Piyo Piyo products from these retailers:
Walart
Target
Buy Buy Baby
Diapers.com
Drugstore.com
Macro Baby
and COMING SOON to Babies R Us

All of these items would make excellent shower gifts!


Also check out their social media sites for sales and more information on their products!

https://www.facebook.com/PiyoPiyoUSA

https://twitter.com/Piyopiyousa

https://www.instagram.com/piyopiyousa/

https://www.pinterest.com/piyopiyousa/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRrkQS0I-IWADh1TSPeCrg



Heaven Sent Six was sent this set in exchange for my honest review

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stuff4Tots Crib Mattress Pad






This Crib Mattress Pad is super soft. It is nice to be able to protect our crib mattress while keeping our little one comfortable and dry.

Our littlest has sensory processing disorder. She is very particular about the sheet material and her blankets. I was a little worried putting this on her crib. I think that she liked the fluffier feel to her mattress. She snuggled in like she was on a pillow. Now when I say this don't expect like a down comforter. But it is a much softer feel.

If our little girl takes a sippy cup of water with her to nap and it drips a little, I do not have to worry about her waking up soaked.

While being a "fluffy" cover, it does not mean that your child will get to warm. Although with it being winter that might not be so bad. But it is a breathable cotton. 200 thread count and BPA free. Safe for your child to snuggle on top of each night.

Very easy to put on. You don't have to do a lot of stretching and huffing. This goes on with ease. Fits great on almost all mattresses.

The manufacturer wanted me to make sure to let everyone know that you can wash this with the rest of your bedding but it has to be on low temps. With the bottom being vinyl type material, it would not end up coming out of the wash as nice. Low temps on washing and drying. I don't even mind just hanging it to dry.

You can purchase this product from Amazon for $18.78

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SZ9I80W?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00






Large Atomic Radio-controlled Self-setting Clock








Do you have a hard time seeing your clock numbers? This is the perfect clock for you! Large screen and large numbers.

Just put the batteries in the clock and it sets itself. No searching for that right time, have to go backwards or forwards because you went to far on the hour.

My only problem was that it doesn't have an alarm. It does not claim to, I just did not know clocks came without alarms.

Once you get a little older and those eyes begin to get bad, it is nice to find something that you can still read. I am constantly looking at the calendar on my phone to find out the date. With this clock, it is already set. Time change? Not a problem. The clock will catch it and change it for you. Just sit back and let the clock do its job!

Want to know the temp of your house? This clock will tell you that too.

The bottom of the clock has a pull out stand. Perfect for the nightstand or desk. You can also mount on the wall

Operates on 2 aa-size batteries (batteries included)

LCD size: 7.5 x 4 inches. Unit size: 9 x 1.25 x 5.75 inches

You can purchase this clock from Amazon.com for $38.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Y38026C?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

Safe Kids All Natural Mosquito Repellent Slap Bracelet






These bracelets are great for keeping those pesky mosquitos away.

This bracelet would have been great to have this summer as the little boy that I babysit for was playing outside and he came in completely covered in bites. Not such a bad thing, right? Turns out he was allergic to the mosquito bites. His poor skin welted up and looked like he had a disease. (I will be buying more of these for next summer)

When this arrived, the weather had started to cool off but those mosquitos were still out in full force. My kids were able to go outside with the slap bracelet on and come in bug bite free. The girls thought it was great since it is a fashion accessory!

Mosquitos can carry so many different germs and diseases. Keeping my kids safe is a main priority.

Why not keep your kids safe by purchasing a couple of these for those summer trips. Great for going fishing also.

You have a choice between blue, pink, orange, or red. This way boys and girls alike, can stay safe.

Safe Kids Mosquito Repellent Slap Bracelets are a lightweight solution that wraps securely around the wrist or ankle. No need for toxic-smelling sprays, creams, or wipes all over your child's skin. Each bracelet refill has a very light natural lavender scent containing citronella, which is non-toxic & 100% Deet-free!

You child can play safely every day!

You can purchase this product from Amazon for $19.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011JGC150?ref_=cm_rdp_product





Monday, November 16, 2015

Stuff 4 Tots Bloom Baby Bottle Drying Rack






This is such a unique design. When I opened the box my kids had so much fun just opening and closing the legs.

This bottle drying rack is 1 piece. All the legs at fully attached.

You can put 12 large bottles, 6 small bottles and nipples. I love that this bottle rack holds children's forks and spoons. I haven't found any others that do. You can also hang dry 6 binkies. The long legs are great for bottles and the short branches are great for nipples and binkies.

The lime green and white colors are great for boy or girl.

After you are done using, you can collapse back to its original size. Original size is 10.5 inches tall and 3.5 in width. Easy to store.

BPA free so safe for your child. Smooth edges so that it stays germ free.

To wash, just use hot soapy water or toss in the dishwasher. Do not boil this product.

You can purchase this bottle rack for $15.48

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SYW3MQ0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00