The Children’s place kids clothing haul summer 2021!

My friends at the children’s place set the bar high for summer vacation style!

My family is no stranger to Children’s place as we’ve always loved their styles & durability not to mention how affordable they are!

For this haul, we got 18 items, well over $300 USD in merchandise for less than $80! And free shipping thanks to their always free shipping 24/7 365 guarantee with no order minimum EVER!

They always have sales running especially online so quality for a great price is always consistent! 

These clothes always wash and wear super well, my kids love them and they fit true to size on my tiny but tall daughter and my off-the-charts two-year-old son!

They also offer mommy & me and daddy & me matching dresses & shirts as well as countless family wear opinions to make sure your whole crew; parents, grandparents aunts & uncles included! Show up in style!

Got kids in schools that require uniforms? 

Do kiddos need a new backpack & lunchbox? No problem Children’s place is a one-stop shop for back-to-school apparel!

Need church or special occasion dress clothes for your littles? They got you covered there too!

We love children’s place from head to toe! (Literally, from hats & headbands to socks & shoes)

They also have accessories to match their pieces and even display combinations on their website for paring inspiration!

We needed birthday party shirts for Sawyer’s first birthday they had us covered!

Kids all grow super fast, why spend a fortune when you can get clothes, shoes & accessories you and your kids will love? When you can shop with children’s place for a fraction of the cost for the same (sometimes better quality than you would at high-end department stores 

To top it off every dollar you spend works in your favor! Earn points for the money you’re already spending and cash in those rewards for money off your next purchase, and you’re not paying to ship so that means FREE PRODUCTS, just for spending what you already do!

Their customer service is great, if you ever have a problem you can reach out and they’ll handle it, AND if you get something for your kids or yourself that doesn’t fit or you don’t like it as much in person you can return in for free in-store, you really can’t lose! RUN! Download the my place app on iOS or Android and create an account. Shop those deals y’all! 

Back to school deals coming soon that you DON’T wanna miss!

https://www.childrensplace.com/us/home

Thank me later.

Xx -Tator

Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat Product Review!


When you hear “fisher price” what’s the first thing to come to mind?

It may be your own memories of childhood toys, their commercials, or their quality but the company founded more than 9 decades ago is so much more than the toys they develop that surely became a staple in most of our lives as parents and children ourselves. 

In honor of fisher prices 91st anniversary on June 19th I’m showcasing two incredible FP products that aren’t toys! Are they a toy manufacturer? Absolutely, are they education & development oriented? Of course! But they’re also makers of baby & toddler gear such as swings, high chairs, booster seats, bath tubs & so much more!

My son and daughter who most of you know are 14 months apart used the same multi directional swing made by none other than Fisher-Price! 

Having kids so close in age has its perks for sure & was perfect for our family although it’s not for everyone, but just when I thought our house couldn’t be more overrun by at least 1 of everything Fisher-Price I realized, we NEEDED something that Raiden & Sawyer didn’t have, high chairs we could take on the go!

Don’t get me wrong we had high chairs, Three of them to be exact. before we ever purchased our take along set however they were at home seats Two Graco brand, one of which is a multi piece table height adjustable traditional high chair that is portable but not small space friendly we learned this the hard way hauling it to and from Raiden’s first birthday party at almost 7 months pregnant  and one 6-in-1 high chair, booster and table combo which Raiden got at his first birthday party that very same day. Both are great but have their drawbacks and they’re more suitable for at home use, at least for our family specifically.  Sawyer’s home high chair however, was a baby shower gift and it’s a fisher price in chair booster too! But that’s not the one we’re featuring today.. as great as it is and as much as we love it it wasn’t feasible to transport that seat everywhere we went either. The fabric seat cover would get easily dirty, it’s bulky and doesn’t make sense to drag it everywhere we went either especially not during a pandemic. 

We needed something safe to use at home as well as something sturdy, compact, and lightweight for on the go once we  re-emerged after a year inside but easy to clean was also a must to cut down on germs. 

Which brings me to today’s review! 

(Finally right?! Tator get to the point!)

I found everything I was searching for and then some! And it’s no surprise they’re FP products!

**Below I will include stock product photos and IRL use photos taken of my kids, living their best lives thanks to FP. **

Fisher-Price® Healthy Care™ Booster Seat (Sawyer’s on the go seat)

Product#: BMD93

Released in 2013

The Fisher-Price® Healthy Care™ Booster Seat has a feeding tray you can sanitize right in the dishwasher, all of the surfaces can easily be wiped and disinfected, there are no crevices to hide crumbs or spills therefore the seat harbors no bacteria! Front and rear seat straps adjust to help you fit the seat on almost any chair! Folds compactly for portability, with a carry strap so you can take everywhere baby goes and this Tray and seat back remove for easy conversion to a portable toddler booster seat! 

•A great fit for most dining and kitchen chairs.

•Dishwasher-safe feeding tray. 

•Adjustable 3-point harness, so your precious little one is always snug!

•Folds for portability with convenient over-the-shoulder carry strap, which comes in handy especially when you’re carrying more than one seat, or child! (speaking from experience here!)

Item arrives in frustration-free, easy-to-open packaging that’s 100% recyclable. which I think is great but the packaging appearance leaves something to be desired, but recyclable cardboard is cardboard so I really can’t complain. It definitely doesn’t take away from the item itself or the gift ability of the item! These things are a baby shower staple gift now, coming from someone who’s had multiple showers herself!

This seat is perfect for Sawyer, gender neutral colors, easy to clean, set up, & fold down and it’s even better for accommodating her size! Sp is a very tall yet light and small statured baby girl at 19lbs and more than 32 inches. (she turned ONE, the day before FP turned 91!)

Fisher-Price® Healthy Care™ Deluxe Booster Seat 

(Raiden’s on the go seat)

Product#: BMD97

Released:  2013

The Healthy Care™ Deluxe Booster Seat has a feeding tray you can sanitize in the dishwasher, with a snap-on lid so the tray stays clean wherever you go! Three height adjustments allow for a custom fit to any table; front and rear seat straps adjust to fit almost any chair! Folds compactly for portability, with a carry strap so you can take it anywhere. Tray and seat back remove for easy conversion to a portable toddler booster seat. 

•Snap-on lid keeps feeding tray clean.  

•Built-in cup holder.  

•Removable compartmented serving space. 

•3 height adjustments. 

IN  ADDITION TO all the qualities listed for Sawyer’s seat! 

These seats are essentially the same, one just has additional features and therefore is the upgraded version but for all intent & purposes we got both!

we love Raiden’s seat because like Sawyer‘a booster accommodates her the deluxe booster accommodates Raiden! My nearly 4-foot-tall, almost 40lbs 2 year old. (27 months to be exact)

we love that these boosters are versatile and either seat can be used by either child!
we used them multiple places & events in addition to the fact that my wonderful mother in law currently has the seats so that the kids are 100% prepared to go hang out with Mimi & papa at any time!

I’ve made a lot of great purchases as a parent but I have to say, these are probably two of the best products we own for them!

This just proves fisher price has been on their A-Game for a very long time! Yes these seats were released in 2013 but they have stood the test of time! And yes we have family members that had these seats as well as earlier models so clearly they’re worth the $27 & $35 USD respectively! 

If you’re interested in purchasing either model you can find them both on Amazon and at target as well as directly from

Fisher-Price.com!

You can find these boosters and several other models including sp’s at home booster by clicking on the link below! ⬇️⬇️ (You’re welcome!)

https://www.fisher-price.com/en-us/shop/category/baby-gear/high-chairs-and-boosters

Grove collaborative subscription product review

Y’all I have got to rave about Grove collaborative! This is one bandwagon I had to jump on and let me tell you why, wow our family is very blessed we still have some serious obstacles we have to maneuver around unfortunately cleaning products that are available on the open market such as the ones you find in your grocery store or other big box stores are not friendly to our lungs I am heavily asthmatic, my son has had collapsed lungs and my daughter has an upper airway condition that we have to closely monitor so that complicates things in the cleaning department (not that I would have it any other way, because I obviously love my kids and sometimes myself.)

but that got me looking into other options I kept seeing commercials for Grove Co. and I finally just caved and said what have I got to lose?! The answer of course was absolutely nothing let me tell you this was probably one of the best choices I could’ve made for my family. Now, this is not me saying that it works for everyone I’m just speaking from our experience and what works for my household. but when I caved I caved big my order had so many things in it, SOO MANY!

my order included;

  • 1 grove co matte cleaning Caddy {$14.95}
  • 40ct unscented seedling by Grove tree-free compostable kitchen wipes 100% Bamboo. {$3.95}
  • 2 Grove go reusable glass cleaning spray bottles with silicone sleeves (cream & light blue) {$14.95 each}.
  • *2ct Grove Co multi-purpose cleaner concentrate {$6.95}.*
  • *1 Grove co glass cleaner concentrate streak-free formula refill {$3.95}*
  • *1 Grove co all-purpose household cleaner concentrate refill {$3.95}*
  • 1 set of Grove co microfiber cleaning cloths in cream {$7.95}.
  • 1 pack 2ct Grove co walnut scrubber sponge {$4.95}.
  • 1 Method brand 24-ounce toilet cleaner spearmint scent {$5.49}
  • 1 Method brand citron scented 28 ounce all-purpose + anti-bac spray cleaner {$3.99}.
  • 1 16 ounces Mrs. Meyer’s brand Lemon verbena scented Multi-surface cleaner {$5.30}.
  • 1 method brand all-purpose cleaner 28-ounce bottle in lavender scent {$5.49}
  • 1 Mrs. Meyers 8 ounce room freshener in geranium scent {$5.49}.
  • One package seventh generation brand 35 count disinfecting multi-surface wipes In lemongrass Citrus scent {$4.49}.

**Items marked with an(*) we’re all purchased in the same scent, Orange & rosemary.**

14 items = $106.90 USD before tax. I know it sounds like a lot and believe me it is I now have a favorite cabinet in my house!

It’s of course in my laundry room way up high and baby-proofed so no toddlers or infants or curious monkey children can possibly harm themselves or waste product. 

Of course, we all know I am an advocate for doing whatever works for you and your family just as I advocate and do what works for myself and mine. 

But I can honestly tell you these products I would definitely order again maybe not on the frequency they suggest because I don’t run out as quickly but definitely keeping them on my roster of favorite things to use! I like that most of these products are safe to use in kid-centric areas, And so far none aggravate my asthma. I don’t think anything will ever change the fact that I’m a huge fan of cleaning with white vinegar but this grove subscription is a trick to keep up my sleeve it’s been a blessing to my family and I love being able to clean without putting myself at risk or potentially harming my children’s airways. Thanks to Grove I no longer have to clean while my children are out of my home or completely separated from the rest of the house. 

These things are even safe to use on their highchairs. We even use the geranium scented room spray as my son’s calm-down spray! Bye-bye multicolored single-use plastic bottles from the supermarket the Warren‘s won’t be needing you anymore! I love that grove is sustainably friendly and eco-conscious not only am I providing my family with a clean home I’m also leaving my kids with a better earth! Little steps like that we can all take & they make a huge difference!

They’re always running promotions for free/reduced-priced products and their customer service is top-notch if you have any questions feel free to reach out!

Grove Co. brings the clean to you! We could all use a little more sanitation in our lives especially amid a global pandemic so why not start somewhere that is kinder to the earth we leave behind, those we love the most, and to ourselves?!

Tatorthoughts has gone Grove and we are not looking back!

Go do something great today!

XOXO Tator. 

Lyons Den Designs – custom timeout chair product review.

Tatorthoughts recently collaborated with Samantha from Lyons den designs and y’all have got to see the magic she’s got up her sleeves!

I had the pleasure of working with her to customize two IKEA MAMMUT Time out Chairs.  They are ADORABLE! Samantha did her thing and took two basic white chairs and make them something any parent could be proud for their child to have even if it is for time out. 

Fear not, these chairs are a blank slate for Lyons den designs you can personalize them to fit your child’s interests, if you can think it Samantha can make it. Her attention to detail is impeccable. Her dedication to her work is top-tier! But just when you think it can’t get any better it does! Her customer service is incredible, seriously one of the best I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. 

Assembly was a breeze. 

It took me less than 12 minutes to assemble both chairs even with my dexterity and coordination that more often than not leaves much to be desired. 

No tools required, they truly are align, click & go. 

If these chairs can fairly comfortably hold a 5”5 adult woman I have no doubt they’ll take almost any beating a child of time out chair age (let’s say 2-8 years old for the sake of the review) can deliver. 

These are chairs any child would be proud to own. Though they may be for time out they don’t have to be ugly. 

Unlike Agatha Trunchbull, we don’t believe time out should be in a dark damp corner or the infamous “chokey.”

Timeout is a time of self-reflection used to discern how a child can make better decisions but it surely doesn’t have to always be an ugly or even a completely negative thing. After all, children are just small people, learning to navigate the world the same way we as adults do. 

Around here we do 1 minute for every year of age for the length of timeout. We explain, sit and explain again. It’s more of a constructive teaching opportunity than punishment.  Samantha has you covered though! With the option of a removable, working timer you can set it without worries of forgetting it! She went so far as to include velcro command strips in our package! (Talk about customer service!)

Cut, peel, stick DONE! 

We’ve placed ours on the back of the chair, out of sight and fairly well out of reach of those that will sit in these little seats. 

They’re sturdy, visually appealing, super easy to assemble, and a constructive learning tool for growing minds and big hearts with big emotions. These are a perfect addition to our quiet thinking spot & you really can’t go wrong. You can personalize them any way you like to best fit your family’s needs. Send her a pm.

But these aren’t all she makes! Head on over to Lyons Den designs and let her make you something fabulous, tell her Tatorthoughts sent ya!

https://m.facebook.com/lyonsdendesigns/

As always my email is open, let me know what YOU guys wanna see from Tatorthoughts next!

Hey guys! New things are in the works at Tatorthoughts!

We have several exciting things coming your way in the weeks and months ahead!

you can look forward to:

• An entire blog post about our recent family adventure to Disney On Ice – Dream big Complete with professional pictures provided to me by field Entertainment!

• More faithful product reviews on items and brands YOU guys asked for!

& The unveiling of NOT ONE but TWO brand new segments! One of which being…

  • Tator’s Top Picks!

the other is top secret so you gotta stay tuned to find out!

much love,

xx Tator.

Function of —tator: The function of beauty shampoo & conditioner product review

So April is C-section awareness month & anyone knows whether they’ve been here for a week or since I started in 2018 that that C-sections are a part of my story. 

I’ve birthed two very beautiful now healthy babies via C-section but, what also goes along with motherhood or at least should is self-care so in honor of my journey and total transparency April is getting real at tatorthoughts.  

I’ll be the first to admit that since having kids anything but them and my marriage has been put on the back burner or labeled as less important including self-care. 

I’m the mom that stares burnout in the face daily and this is why.  I pour all I have into others and have but a few drops left for myself. After more than TWO YEARS of this, I realized that was my problem. An investment in myself is NOT money or time wasted.  So yes. I have been the mom with the chronic hot mess bun, the mom whose skincare routine consisted of baby wipes, the mom who felt soul-crushing guilt for taking 30-minute showers every other day. 

I didn’t feel this way because I was taking things away from my kids, my kids have always had everything that they needed and then some but I felt guilty because the 30 minutes I spent on myself in the shower which was needed believe me it still could have been time I spent with my kids and I’m sure any mom knows what I’m talking about.

but I’ve realized that my selflessness wasn’t doing anyone any favors I was a mess and I knew it I felt bad because of how much of a mess I was, how little of my life I actually had together or felt like I did anyway. all my kids were getting was the burnt-out mom zombie that I had become from such a long time of putting myself last and everyone else first.

so you’re probably thinking “what the heck do shampoo and conditioner have to do with any of that?”

well, a lot for years I have used nothing but the colorful crap you find on drugstore and grocery store shelves I made very little investment in myself because I figured that’s what everybody uses. if they didn’t they wouldn’t make it right?

I was damaging my hair and I didn’t even know it I was just showering because it filled a basic need washing my hair because it needed to be done and thinking nothing else of it. Then I started seeing function of beauty mentioned in YouTube videos of the families that I follow (shout out to Phil & Alex)

and every time I saw it I thought more about it I started looking into the things I was already using but it took me ordering my own custom formula ~introducing function of tator~ to see the real difference and oh my god there is a difference. my hair is lighter, it looks and feels healthier it’s not so oily, it has shine & volume, it’s not dull anymore and all my build up from the years of unknowing damage is gone it turns out I don’t have straight hair at all my hair is wavy y’all!

yes, shampoo and conditioner did this for me!

I love the fact that I get to pick the scent I want! I picked peach (obviously lol)

I can choose to have them colored or have no dye at all. I may do that one day but for now, for the effect, I chose my two favorite colors offered. 

you can even choose scent strength and believe me, I maxed it out because I deserve it. 

honestly investing in myself feels pretty good and I’m thankful that I have a husband that supports it’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever had ordered for me and yes it’s JUST shampoo and conditioner

so here’s to April and C-section awareness month. Here’s to April and self-care. Here’s to a better Tator behind Tatorthoughts.

Goodbye to the mom zombie one day, one step one milestone at a time. I owe it to myself, my kids. My husband to be me in grace rather than a crumbling me in distress. 

This company is great and I can’t thank them enough for giving me part of myself back. Their package is fantastic and the free stickers are fabulous. But let’s face it raiders will end up with those. All in all a total win!

If you wanna invest in yourself and give healthy hair a try use my referral link for 20%off!

https://605cfa53ab50e.functionofbeauty.com

MTAMCHORECHARTS & GIVEAWAY!!!

Guys! I’m back with an awesome collaboration and our very first giveaway!

Tatorthoughts has partnered with more than a memory! I’m excited to bring you a review of a hanging chore chart and 12 magnet set!

Anyone who knows me knows I have lists everywhere, new goals everyday calendars on my fridge, reminders on my phone. THE WORKS! because that’s what it takes to keep my house ticking like a clock instead of exploding into chaos like a bomb. Well let me tell you this hanging chore chart was everything I didn’t know I needed! 

It’s the perfect lively addition to any decor and it’s functional y’all! You even have dry erase options!!

She has errand magnets, picture magnets and even school subject sets! You name it, they’ve got it and I’m willing to bet if they don’t she’s open to the idea!

This thing rocks!

I don’t know what I was doing before this but it doesn’t matter now because seeing task after task be moved to the complete side of my board makes me happy! No matter how small the task it’s a physical representation of how well I’m holding down the fort for my family!

She is the SWEETEST Etsy shop owner I’ve worked with. I was very specific how I liked my board to be and she made it all that and more!!! She even sent a sweet little note with it!

But WAIT.. it gets better!

We’ve teamed up to do our very first giveaway on the site!

Thanks to our friends at MTAMChoreCharts on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/MTAMChoreCharts

We’ll be giving away 3 prizes!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS FREE!

*many will enter few will win*

We will have a 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winner!

The giveaway items will be a custom chore chart & magnet set, an errand magnet set and a school subjects magnet set!

To enter this giveaway you must:

•favorite  MTAMChoreCharts on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/MTAMChoreCharts

And subscribe to & hit the notification bell on tatorthoughts.com!

It’s THAT SIMPLE. 

ENTRANTS NAMES WILL BE ADDED TO A WHEEL and WINNERS WILL BE RANDOMLY SELECTED!

Share with your friends! You don’t wanna miss this!!

Once you’ve entered comment done here!!

We’ll have 3 winners but if you don’t win don’t worry! You can get your own customs done over on her Etsy! Tell her tatorthoughts sent ya!

MTAMChoreCharts on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/MTAMChoreCharts

Little yeti review revisit 2020!

There are certain things in life that take your breath away, the birth of your children is definitely a big one.  

I’m back with another review from little Yeti, a wonderful company that makes custom personalized books that follow a baby penguin being told a bedtime story by the moon about their very first day!

Now, you as parents will know this penguin’s story quite well because it is the story of your child! Including all the special little details from birth weight and name to the day of the week, astrological sign, and everything in between!

These books are offered in both hardback and paperback formats with vibrant colorfully printed pages with options for both boys and girls! During customization, you’re also given the option to personalize the dedication of the book with a special note for the recipient.

I personally own both types, a paperback purchased for my son last year and a hardback purchased for my daughter this year. 

These are MUST HAVE BOOKS for any child in any family from all walks of life! 

These are made to fit the child so whether in foster care, in their biological families, or touched by adoption THIS BOOK IS FOR EVERYONE. 

I’m so proud to say that I’ve worked with a company that does something so special. 

Hats off to little Yeti for creating books that are the perfect reminder of how incredible our stories are!  

If you’d like to purchase books for your loved ones or yourself, you can do so here:

https://www.little-yeti.com/en

Custom home decor from Justine’s words that stick!

Double hitter day!

Hopefully my hubby doesn’t see this before I can show him in person & boy keeping this gem to myself HAS NOT been easy!

Justine’s words that stick has hit it out of the park again with my new favorite addition to my home decor! Commemorating the day skeeter & I officially got married! There may not have been a dress, cake or a crowd and we may have gotten married during a global pandemic when I was exactly 12 weeks from giving birth but not even life at its craziest & most unexpected can stop love!

This perfectly done piece captures that & so much more. This is something that will transform any future house into a home, and be in the background of countless more memories made. This beautiful statement piece will one day tell the story of our love long after we’ve gone on to a better place. 

There really are such few limitations on what Justine can do. Let her talents help your crafting dreams become a beautiful reality!

Join her vip group and contact her today!

Justine’s words that stick is Such a personal and artistic place to turn to for unique gift ideas, company needs and all things custom!

Check out her Facebook page and vip group here:

Facebook business page:

https://m.facebook.com/justineswordsthatstick

VIP group:

http://Facebook.com/groups/justineswordsthatstick

Here’s where new traditions start: a Justine’s words that stick

Hey guys! I’m back with another review with Justine from Justine’s words that stick!

We’re huge on Christmas traditions (really any traditions) around here, so it’s no surprise that I turned to Justine for all our custom one of a kind holiday needs, she made us this custom Christmas ornament of our 2019 family photo, And Raiden’s first Christmas!! I love it, it’s a perfect representation of our personality as a family! It’ll most definitely hang on our Christmas tree for years to come & most likely become one of THOSE embarrassing ornaments as Raiden grows. (I don’t mind that one bit!)

I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have her make one every year, yeah I’m THAT mom & super proud of it! 

It’s almost September, Is it still too soon to break out the tree??! I mean 2020 has been insane so I say I should get a free pass on this one! Who’s with me?!

Go order your ornaments ASAP! Thank me later!

Check out her Facebook page and vip group here:

Facebook business page:

https://m.facebook.com/justineswordsthatstick

VIP group:

http://Facebook.com/groups/justineswordsthatstick