Welcoming the 2022-2023 school year in style with Mibasies

I can’t believe I’m saying this but summer is rapidly drawing to an end and the 2022 – 2023 school year is right around the corner that means like millions of other students my baby will be going to school..

FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 3 YEARS OLD!

Of course, we had to do back to school right, and thanks to the great people over at Mibasies we did just that! 

We’ve decked these kids out in adorable, extremely well made very functional back-to-school items everyone needs from backpacks fit for the smallest of students to lunchboxes pencil cases, and elementary school-sized backpacks for everyone.

Entire MATCHING SETS of fabulous back-to-school staples!

This year we chose:

•1 dinosaur print preschool/ kindergarten backpack 

•1 dinosaur print lunch box

•1 dinosaur print soft zip pencil case

•1 rainbow mermaid elementary age backpack

•1 Rainbow Mermaid Lunchbox

•1 Rainbow soft zip Pencil Case 

I love how well-constructed these items are as well as their beautiful print options. 

Yes, some things are made to match but there are so many different options that you could comfortably mix and match to suit your child’s likes and desires. 

You can tell that there is a lot of attention to detail and durability as well as ease of use and parent-child peace of mind. 

We know kids will sit things down and lose them and this detail-oriented company has thought about that. Their items have name labels on or inside them preventing total loss should something be dropped, misplaced, or left behind which I LOVE!

The lunchboxes even have buckle handles, exterior water bottle pocket access, and sturdy zippers even the smallest children can use with ease without worrying they’ll break or won’t be able to access their lunch without a struggle. Made from strong and water-resistant polyester fabric with an insulated interior and reinforced stitching these are top-tier lunch bags to fit ANY STYLE! They come in different liter sizes to suit the age of your child and even have interior mesh zipper pockets with three-layer insulation!

(Seriously, as an adult I’m living for some of these products myself and my kids are just as excited!)

The sparkling unicorn lunchbox suits my Girl SO WELL & the adorable positive affirmations listed on the back of the lunchbox are a bonus. it even has a carrying strap she can use to carry it like a purse!

The pencil cases are crush-proof and made of The same sturdy durable material and stitching we’ve come to expect from mibasies as it Carries nicely across all of their products, with an interior removable divider and mesh pocket there is more than enough room! Trust me parents skip those bulky plastic pencil boxes this year we all know they fall and break every chance they get!

I love that you can even label the exterior with your children’s names these were made with PRACTICAL use in mind and I as an educator and parent am totally here for it all!

I love these backpacks and I’m super pleased with the quality and versatility, you don’t find many kid’s backpacks that are both entertaining and aesthetically pleasing while simultaneously being sturdy and functional. 

There are several pockets even with the backpack geared towards preschool & kindergarten age and all are well embroidered with the mibasies brand that doesn’t detract from the quality or cute factor.

During my youngest son‘s recent surgery we even took his new Mibasies dinosaur print preschool backpack to the hospital with us! We got so many compliments and it served us so well even on such a chaotic day. Holding everything we needed for him including snacks in the front insulated lunchbox pocket that is attached as one piece to the backpack itself. Which is something we thoroughly enjoy. our Dino lover was not disappointed!

Really words or product photos don’t do this much justice! Even the glitter products are made with STAY PUT GLITTER so your child gets all the glam and personality with none of the fallout mess! 

You’ve got to see these products for yourself I could talk all day about the aspects that I love but nothing compares to seeing them in person or seeing your children regardless of age light up with excitement for the upcoming school year. 

We are so grateful for our continued partnership with such great companies and so thankful to add the amazing people at mibasies to that list. 

Thank you again for the opportunity to post this with permission and share my experience with your products with all who will benefit. These products are worth EVERY PENNEY. We will be long-term customers of Mibasies in every avenue!

If you weren’t already convinced One of my new favorite retailers for all things school can be found on Amazon and even hosted impeccable deals as part of this year‘s prime days. 

These products are stylish, functional and giftable we will definitely be purchasing more products from them as the need and desire arises. 

Shop mibasies products on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/stores/mibasies/page/A71306A4-75CE-47F6-9F2A-F9CD074B55C5?ref_=ast_bln&store_ref=bl_ast_dp_brandLogo_sto

Shop the Mibasies website here: https://mibasies.com/discount/YAY0101

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Swiffer Heavy-Duty Duster 6-foot Extender Starter-Set Review

Being part of the disabled and advocate community I encourage people to ask me questions about myself and my experience rather than make assumptions and I’m grateful that they do!

However, you would not believe how many people just assume that because I have cerebral palsy I can not do the mundane albeit necessary things everyone else does like cleaning. 

While it’s true I have limitations and don’t do some things or do things differently one thing I have complete control over in my home is cleaning because for the most part I enjoy it and I do it well. As they say, I work smarter not harder this is especially important when I’m limited on “spoons” and they vary by the day. 

(Shout out to my fellow spoonie community! If you’re not familiar with the spoon theory I probably sound crazy. But I encourage everyone to look into it and revisit this post and many others.)

I use ibotta and LOVE IT so when I was planning for my household restock recently and saw the offer for the Swiffer heavy-duty 6-foot extender starter pack I jumped on it!

I have zero regrets! 

Now before I continue let me say that every disability brings different challenges and no Cp case is the same just like anything else everyone and their experience is unique. 

With that being said,  where balance and stability are concerned for me personally we are in dangerous territory.  It’s less a than ideal thought to have to stand on things or lift things of substantial weight above chest height.  So dusting with traditional dusters was either a task I delegated to someone else or dangerously attempted myself with as mu caution possible. 

I stand 5 foot 6 inches tall. With my new 6-foot extending Swiffer duster I can reach 11 feet 6 inches off the ground with multi-directional swivel head options fully acceptable! I can reach everything while standing flat on the floor out of harm’s way!

This duster works disgustingly well and locks in all the allergen-causing dust and debris. I’m not even mad about how gross this thing gets because now I KNOW it’s clean!

The handle is ergonomically friendly and doesn’t strain my hands, it’s easy to adjust the length to fit the reach needed. It’s easy to slide on the dusters and they stay secured!

My kit includes one reusable handle with a hanging slot. And 4 dusters, (2 applications). 

I’m so happy to finally have disability-friendly cleaning products like this! It’s a total game-changer for me and allows me to be proud of something I can control and enjoy knowing I do it effectively and safely. I’d like to believe this was created with people like me in mind because it truly feels like it was. 

I would buy 100x over and recommend this for everyone!  The only thing I would change would be making dust covers for the wand that are reusable / machine washable that are a car detailing cloth type of material. As far as I’m aware, no reusable dusters are available for the extender set. 

Good job Swiffer, THANK YOU!

If you’re new to ibotta and want to get started receiving cash back for things you already buy from places you love use this link to sign up! https://ibotta.onelink.me/iUfE/8cc13c64?friend_code=jurdwlv

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Happy shopping!

Soap and water are not enough: The Seint skincare routine that changed everything.

As most of you have already read I have written previously about Saint and the products offered by this company however the skincare collection is something we’ve not yet covered. 

Makeup is an important tool for many people looking to enhance their natural beauty, cover blemishes, and improve overall confidence Seint does a wonderful job of all of the above with quality low impact ingredients and high-quality products of all types in cream & powder. 

Seint also offers makeup tools such as brushes apparel and storage solutions. 

But none of that does its job as well as it could without a strong well cared for foundation. The skin is your largest organ.

Just let that sink in. Think about all the things that we do in a day that could possibly be damaging to our skin.

Chemicals from cleaning, overuse of body products, The impact of laundry detergents, and of weather and sun exposure. 

These products have done my skin so much good and they’ve made the already amazing makeup application even smoother and simpler for me! As a busy mom with a demanding lifestyle I don’t have 2+ hours for self-care to get ready everyday and thanks to Seint I don’t need 2 hours, nor do I have to sacrifice myself for the sake of time. 

It takes me 30 minutes to do everything from skincare and clothing to makeup & hair CONSISTENTLY.  Yes, you read that right this ISN’T A FLUKE!

The Seint skincare collection consists of a three-step system and four items. 

•Cleanser (100 ml)

•Toner (100 ml)

•Creme (50 ml)

•Microfiber Cloths (Set of 3)

(The previously mentioned 50 count refresh wipes that I love so much are sold separately)

It really is as simple as 123. 

Wash your face with cleanser, wipe away makeup and any oils and residue with the buttery soft microfiber cloths,

Gently spray your clean, dry face with toner

And lastly, moisturize with milk cream to lock in all the healthy self-care effects!

DONE!

The microfiber cloths wash extremely well and the toner and cleanser can be refilled. 

You can use them all as a system or at separate times as needed for your schedule and for your skin the sky is the limit with Seint!

The packaging is classy and consistent always giftable and welcoming.

The microfiber cloths even come individually packaged and housed in a pull drawer box which is wonderful for storage!

If it works to breathe new life into my neglected tired-mom skin it can do wonders for anyone willing to pick it up and try it. 

I deserved the self-care and you do too. 

There’s no longer any guilt surrounding me taking care of myself because I’m giving my children and my husband the best of me not just what’s left of me and I’m not having to sacrifice tons of time with my family and doing the things they need me to do to take care of myself I can do them simultaneously things are still getting done and I feel better no one loses here! As cliché as it might sound it’s truly been a blessing to me so if you’re ready to jump on the Seint bandwagon, I’m genuinely glad I did shop with my favorite artist at the link below under the skincare tab. 

https://tamlynn.seintofficial.com/en

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind: Spring cleaning – A purchase I wish I’d made sooner

If you know the family behind tatorthoughts at all, & if you’ve been here for a while you do you know that our go to for large purchases or important appliances & electronics is Best Buy. 

This week was no exception. 

After more than 3 years In our all hardwood home with the exception of the plethora of rugs we own I was absolutely burnt out over struggling to sweep.  Those with wood floors know the struggle needless to say sweeping multiple times a day was much more than a chore. 

I headed into Best Buy kid free for a moment 

Which rarely happens with only my husband and dreams of spotless floors in tow. 

I was a mama on a mission:

Obtain the thing that would decrease my ever growing daily to do list by at least 3!

I thought I wanted a bissell to match my hand held pet pro that I’ve loved since I got it only to discover something that better fit our needs & to my surprise at a better price!

This delightful creation being The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind with Allergen Block

I opened it as soon as the box touched our living room rug

-It was well packaged and in several pieces.

-Smelt very strongly of new plastic and rubber which I didn’t mind because I’m one of the few who enjoy that smell (comparable to the smell of new tires.)

-packaging was informative and attractive on all sides which was a plus for me as someone who values marketing and aesthetic graphics on product packaging. 

-even with my physical limitations and dexterity challenges it took me less than 6 minutes to assemble everything by myself. 

I used it for the first time that same day and was both delighted and oddly disgusted over how well it worked on what I thought to be clean floors.

The cord has an incredible reach, and the fact that it is tangle free and retractable living within the machine is a major plus for us.  It’s a Super convenient feature!

I didn’t find the vacuum to be too bulky or heavy like reviews of others have stated and

I wasn’t too bothered by the noise level although it was louder than I initially expected, both my toddler and preschooler slept through it completely unbothered.

I like that I can change suction and performance type by using a dial and go from rugs to hardwood seamlessly. 

It comes with multiple attachments that work well for their intended purpose and there’s no loss of suction with use. 

It’s easy to empty the contents and allergen filter Maintainance is simple. 

All in all for a $180 purchase I’m extremely satisfied. 

It won’t replace my desire to mop daily with my O-Cedar ProMist MAX Microfiber Spray Mop, but that’s simply by personal preference and the fact that I have small children who spend more time than most in our floors. 

Tatorthoughts is now a proud addition to Hoover nation and the Hoover whole house rewind family! 

Tatorthoughts 2022 Easter Basket Breakdown

This years Tatorthoughts Easter baskets include:

•Two dinosaurs from the target Dollar-spot

•Two grab and go color packs from the target Dollar-spot

•Two Crayola bath books from the target Dollar-spot

•One light up flamingo bubble gun from the target Dollar-spot

•Some bunny loves you book

•Leapfrog Leapland adventures video game

•Two sets of bunny ears from Pop shelf

•Two Usborne phonics books

•everyday kids brand satin-trimmed blanket

•American baby satin-trimmed blanket

•First years Take and toss cutlery set

•Two 2pack sets Chicco Insulated Rim Spout Trainer Spill Free Sippy Cup 9oz sets

•Two pairs of K KomForme Toddler Light Up patterned Rain Boots with Handles

These baskets were SO MUCH FUN to build!

The baskets themselves were made custom by Two incredible small businesses, both previous features on Tatorthoughts.com.

I guess you could say this mama is a little “EGG-stra”, but the way I see it is god gave ME the precious gift that is these incredible kids & I only get so much time with them young. It brings me so much joy to be doing the things I dreamed of and prayed for right now. 

I’m living my answered prayers!

Time moves so quickly and that fact is bittersweet but I’m thankful I get to simultaneously spoil my babies as I savor that precious time with them and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus this weekend. 

To many, it may seem like Easter baskets filled to the brim with small trinkets. For me, it’s a way of giving praise and thanks to the one who made it possible and speaking my love language of gift-giving and acts of service & togetherness to two small humans that light up my life. 

With that being said let’s dig into these baskets.

I chose these four retailers because they met both theme and functionality needs.

As per my latest post you know I’m new to pop shelf so the ears were a bonus but they were included in the baskets so they had to be featured here. 

We aren’t huge Usborne book readers however every once in a while we do make an exciting splurge purchase and I felt these phonics books made a great inclusion in their Easter baskets with “raccoon on the moon” being the phonics book for the letter R and “shark in the park” being the phonics book for letter S

Amazon is my go-to for a lot of things because it comes to me and if I have any issues I can make fairly simple returns so the fact that the majority of these items came from Amazon is a no-brainer.

I have no regrets on quality or prices here and I’ve got to say when it comes to these rain boots these shoes are pretty incredible!

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t trying to figure out a way to wicked stepsister my feet into these boots before my kids saw them I suppose it’s time for me to find some nice glitter rain boots for myself even if mine most likely won’t light up from heel to toe as theirs do. 

my kids love blankets and reading books so you really can’t go wrong there and for some strange reason we can never have enough silverware for adults or children.

I don’t get to shop at Target as much as I would like to but I do try to go at least a few times a year and Easter is always one of them the target Dollar spot is where it’s at for many things but Easter especially. 

We also got our entire family’s Easter outfits from target this year so it was easy during that shopping trip to grab and drop on our kid-free shopping spree to fill out those baskets. 

Don’t worry about the lack of candy pictured here, they will be getting plenty even if it’s not kept inside their baskets or hidden underneath what can only be described as the glitter of Easter decorations also known as plastic Easter grass. 

I guess I should HOP off here now and prepare for everyone’s favorite bunny to make his arrival and take all the credit for this show of love and pride that mom & dad put into things, ah but the years are so short so I digress. I suppose I don’t mind sharing credit for a while longer. 

I just hope I have some very happy grace-filled toddlers on Easter.

*I’ll report back with a quality update on any of these products later should one be needed.*

Happy Easter!

All my love, Tator. 


Tatorthoughts Takes on Seint!

Welcome to the first of several reviews that we are calling – “Tator’s take on Seint Beauty”

I recently unearthed the gem that is Seint Beauty, (formerly mascara beauty) but to be completely honest with this one I feel as if I was living under a rock! I’m not sure how it took me so long to discover Seint but now that I have I doubt that I’ll ever go back.

I’m extremely picky when it comes to the feel of product on my face and I can say that  seint sits so well on my face I forget it’s there,  seint is light, smooth and gentle. Created by Cara Brook to accentuate and enhance your natural beauty, therefore improving the lackluster beauty industry as a whole. 

Seint (formerly mascara beauty) as a company is less than five years old, and since it’s a rival has taken the market by a storm!

I have the pleasure of working with an amazing seint artist, Tammy Minard Who prides herself on making the entire process quick and painless. No more trips to the mass market beauty store ladies!

Not only will this save you time, effort and stress switching to Seint saves you money!

Seint products are very affordable in comparison to their counterparts that just Can’t quite measure up. 

It all started with a clean face natural light selfie used for an accurate color match and when I tell you it’s that easy I mean it. 

That’s all I had to do!

And receiving my color match from Tammy opened my eyes to how far off base my traditional makeup colors really were for my skin. 

Your makeup should fit you not the other way around!! Seint is made to enhance your face. Not to hide it.

With that being said you can achieve different degrees of coverage from light to full depending on your needs NOT product specifications like most drugstore foundations. 

Seint gets better with every application! And when you need an adjustment in shades from seasonal changes or just different ways to apply that work for you there’s always a Seint artist ready and willing to help. 

There’s several diagrams & graphics that help as well a few of which I found particularly helpful I’ll be posting below!

Seint is for every age & every stage from professional makeup artists to young ladies just starting out on their cosmetics journey. Seint is ageless!

We all know some makeup brands don’t photograph well no matter what you do but I’m happy to report seint does!

It is the perfect way to ditch the bulky makeup bags and trade in your tubes for tins! Seint is the all in one makeup collection where that once bulky bag becomes a sleek, slim BEAUTIFUL compact that holds all your makeup from eyeshadows to bronzers & contour! Truly becoming grab & go.

Seint offers everything you need in individual items and collections. 

•Brushes

•Skincare 

•Attire (that your artist doesn’t earn on)

& makeup

Seint makes the perfect self care products as well lad incredible gifts!

I started with the basics SPECIFICALLY MATCHED FOR ME!

1 highlight-linen

1 highlight-candlelit 

1 Contour – Astoria

1 Lip + Cheek – Hollywood

1 IIID Palette 12 – Poolside

1 IIID Brush

1 Perfector

1 Eyeshadow Brush

Anyone who is familiar with make up knows, add a major retailer for all that’s listed above you are spending hundreds of dollars well friends I’m here to tell you when I purchased my Saint makeup I spent less than $200!! With my regular use this make up will last me months. This is a very cost-effective move for us. 

I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally be using clean make up, it glides on so smoothly and takes less than five minutes to apply unless you want a higher glam look which I usually don’t. 

The setting spray I won as a prize, got me started on my journey with Seint and I’m so glad it did! It doesn’t mist like most would but it does work better than any I’ve tried before so I just apply it to my perfector and apply to my face from there after I’ve finished my look. 

These brushes are the bomb and the perfector is better than any beauty blender I’ve used, they all come so clean and I love it!

I trust my Seint make up so much that I even had professional pictures taken with Seint instead of my normal go-to And this only scratches the surface! You guys are not going to believe what comes next stay tuned!

(There’s also a review coming on JCPenney portraits too!)

In the meantime, to get color matched just as I did reach out to my favorite seint artist Tammy Minard!

***HURRY! BLACK FRIDAY SALE RUNNING NOW WHILE SUPPLIES LAST 30% OFF EYESHADOWS AND ILLUMINATORS! ***

CHRISTMAS GIFTS AVAILABLE!

You can shop seint with her here:

https://tamlynn.seintofficial.com/en

Bow Babies: The Showcase & Product Review

Y’all, Tatorthoughts has done it again and partnered with someone so sweet just in time for Halloween!

Mrs. Dametra Thompson-Thomas the owner and operator of bow babies Has partnered with us to bring fashionable hair accessories and infant barefoot sandals with matching bows to our audience’s attention and let me tell you they steal the show!

She’s also been so kind as to create a beautiful hanging now holder to help display her quality alligator clip bows!!

She was so gracious as to send us so many of her amazing creations!

I’ll drop an itemized list here:

  • 1 Breast cancer awareness ribbon alligator clip bow
  • 1 delightfully spooky spiderweb Halloween themed alligator clip bow
  • 1 Cartoon turkey Thanksgiving-themed alligator clip bow
  • 1 Candy cane Christmas themed alligator clip bow
  • 1 cupcake ribbon birthday-themed alligator clip bow
  • 1 Red and green glitter print Christmas bow that I am calling “The poinsettia bow” it also has an alligator clip
  • 1 pair of jeweled light purple flower barefoot sandals and a matching bow headband 
  • 1 pair of red flower & checkered barefoot sandals with matching headband bow that remind me equally of the wizard of oz or something a small child would wear on a Georgia bulldogs game day but since not everyone is a Georgia fan I’ve coined them “Dorothy slippers”. 
  • 1 BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED, initial S letter bow hanger for display, adorned in vibrant rainbow colors and butterflies both hold very significant meanings with us and I love that she includes such special details in everything she does!

Her craftsmanship is incredible these bows are well-made and they will stand up to almost any beating from the most tomboyish of girls, and long outlast any love that they are given! These bows are definitely keepsake worthy and I think I speak for everyone when I say most any bow babies product will be retired once outgrown and passed down when the time comes!

This bow holder will be hung on my daughter’s wall for years to come and fits with anything that her room might change into which we LOVE! Versatility for the win!

Not only are the bows and barefoot sandals well-crafted they’re made with love by a mom herself using high-quality materials, made to last, and made to make a statement!

Moms and their dreams & passions are limitless! Amiright?

Her products however aren’t the only things that make a statement. 

Her incredible customer service, attention to detail, openness to custom orders or ideas, drive and quality packaging & presentation skills are bar none!

When I opened the shipping box that arrived just when expected I was surprised to find a second well-packaged box inside complete with an outside twine tie & rainbow sticker. 

Items on the inside were well packaged & protected neatly ordered together and wrapped in a nice light lavender tissue paper separating item types as to not have the alligator clips scratch the beautiful paint on the bow organizer in transit. 

These products are perfect holiday additions, great gifts for special occasions & birthdays and perfect for everyday staples also!

I’m very proud of this partnership and all the meaning behind it, so thankful for incredible partners like Mrs. Thompson-Thomas. 

I’m extremely proud to associate myself with such kind wonderful people as it reminds me good is in the world and it’s uplifting other moms, other people with real dreams that matter most to me. 

I’m thankful for this opportunity and Tatorthoughts would like to welcome bow babies to the team! I very much look forward to working with this company in the future and showcasing the next & newest of her wonderful creations!

To order your own bow babies creations & start your collection visit the link below:

let her know we sent you!

https://www.facebook.com/mrs.thomaz04/

Back to School with Handcraft!

Buckle up y’all, this review is going to be a long one. as most of you know my partnership with handcraft has been long-running. we’re talking nearly since the creation of Tatorthoughts long!

And just when I thought it couldn’t possibly get any better they prove me wrong!

When you think handcraft by now you probably think potty training genius, children’s underwear and convenient on the go change kits. And if that’s what you think about you would be absolutely right! But they are so much more than that, of course potty training with confidence is a big priority but evidently so is generosity. This review is proof of that.

My good friends at handcraft have completely out done themselves, in honor of back to school they have generously sent me thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. (see detailed list below) but let’s discuss why. You’re probably thinking “what’s the big deal?, it’s just underwear.”

But it’s so much more than that many children have nervousness and anxiety over starting back to school, or starting school, or changing schools, or even just change in general. A change like this is huge! 

And even the best potty trained of us will experience an accident at some point regardless of age. So handcraft and I have partnered together to end the stigma around accidents of all kinds & For kids of any age regardless of the circumstance!

You might be thinking to yourself “my child is “too big” for that” you would be wrong.

en·u·re·sis

/ˌenyəˈrēsis/

noun

involuntary urination, especially by children at night.” See also nocturnal Enuresis.

Nocturnal Enuresis commonly referred to as bedwetting is most recognized in smaller children however it can affect people of any age, regardless of gender. However the inability to control your bladder especially in tense upsetting situations isn’t as commonly recognized and it’s nowhere near talked about enough! 

This can affect people of any age regardless of how long they have been or even how well they were potty trained.

27% of parents whose children presented a problem sought medical attention for it, it is seen in nearly 29% of all children. It is more common in males and you are more likely to have it if you have a prevailant family history of it, But with so few willing to talk about it how would we know?

I am a mother before I am anything but I take being an educator very seriously. It is my duty to not only advocate for my own children, but all children. 

I’m open enough to discuss that this is something that directly affects my family. I’ve also seen it heavily affect the children that I’ve taught. There is no shame. There is no stigma, not with me, within my family or in my teaching environment because THERE SHOULDN’T BE!

If it’s up to me to advocate and educate then I will, but clearly I won’t be doing it alone. The amazing folks at handcraft stand with me!

And we haven’t even scratched the surface this is only talking about diagnosed Enuresis, but what about the fear of a new place, being too afraid to ask for permission to go to the bathroom or even for directions to a bathroom, anxiety or any other chronic medical condition that could cause any type of incontinence whether it’s urinary or otherwise. 

If it’s not us who shows these children grace regardless of their age, my question to you is who will? No bodily function warrants scolding and it might be an unpopular opinion but I stand by it. Sheets and clothes can be changed, messes can be cleaned, but you cannot undo emotional damage from scolding a child for something that they have no control over. Parents and teachers please be mindful of this as your children are sent back into the world of education no matter what that looks like for your family. 

Advocacy is clearly very important to me as well as this amazing company. they were so kind to send me so many wonderful things and I can’t wait to share them all with you! 

I’m sure everyone is familiar with Champion brand authentic athletic wear but did you know that champion is handcraft?! Until our partnership I had no idea I knew I loved their products on the shelves but I had no idea whatsoever just how many things handcraft as a company has a hand in! 

(pun intended)

They were so kind as to send me not one not two.. but FORTY-ONE PAIRS of authentic champion athletic socks!!

Needless to say there will be no cold or Barefeet around me anytime soon!!

This in and of itself blew me away, but they didn’t stop there and the box that arrived at my door May as well have been the Mary Poppins bag of all shipping boxes!

They sent me 73 pairs of underwear! Ranging in size from 18 months to medium 10/12!

They also sent me 6 Handcraft change kit plus packs as well as 7 original handcraft change kits.

Guys they sent me the equivalent of an entire washing machine load! Needless to say when any accidents do occur on my watch and believe me they will. there will be no shortage of preparedness, we will not only be ready we will be proud! Accidents signify being human although they might be slightly embarrassing I can tell you one thing that definitely eases that sting..  The incredible print options they sent me! (Honestly I wish I could wear some of these.)

But.. THERE’S MORE! 

We all know we’ve been living in The COVID-19 pandemic, for quite some time.

Handcraft sent me 3 packs of kids facemasks! While my children may be too young for masks themselves, I know more than enough children who aren’t that actually need masks!They’re washable!, super cute and all kid friendly!

And just when you think we’re done.. we’re not!

Not only did they send me everything above they continued to show they care about their partners and the community by sending me several promotional products!

Handcraft sets the bar extremely high especially in the generosity department!

Potty training and crappy days in general can be quite stressful they sent me 14 custom branded poop emoji stress balls And 2 incredibly squishy handcraft underwear logo shaped stress balls.

My friends at handcraft had no way of knowing about my Neurodivergence or the Neurodivergence in my family but they hit the nail on the head with this one! Not only are these incredible for sensory purposes they make great additions to any classroom treasure box. 

They sent me three individual prize packets containing a very well-written congratulatory letter, A three pack of primary colored crayons, two potty training genius custom coloring pages, A company product informational slip, and a very unique punch out magnet photo frame for when your child becomes a potty trained genius!  I look forward to giving these to three special families!

Along with those they so kindly sent 30 additional potty training genius magnets and something that made my 90s kid heart flutter with complete unadulterated joy!..

They sent me a handcraft branded pin art board in the shape of their underwear logo! 

Needless to say everything is appreciated but I will proudly display the pin art board on any desk I have until the end of time!

To recap here’s an entire list of this seemingly endless cornucopia that I am extremely grateful for, it seems like Thanksgiving and Christmas came early this year!

-14 Poop emoji handcraft branded stress ball squishes

-2 underwear shaped handcraft branded stress balls squishes

-30 potty training genius Photo frame magnets

-3 Handcraft potty training genius care kits with coloring pages and crayons

-2 Handcraft potty training kits

-6 sets of 2 pair signature orange youth crew champion socks in size 3 years – 5 years

-4 sets of 2 pairs youth crew champion brand authentic athleticwear socks In white and champion symbol red. 

-One set of 2pairs 3-5 year sized youth crew socks in white and black with black champion brand logo

-3 sets of two pair packs 3-5 year youth crew champion authentic athletic wear socks

-Six pairs youth crew 3-5 year sized champion athletic wear black socks

-Two sets of champion youth crew 3-5 year gray and white socks with embroidered embossed logo

-1 three pair set of youth grippy no show champion socks in 6 to 12 months

-3 individual handcraft change kit plus packs in 3T-4T boys & 3 girls 3T-4T change kit plus packs

-7 individual boys original handcraft change kits 3t-4t 

-1 pack 4ct medium boys 10-12 tek gear dry tek  moisture-wicking boys boxer briefs

-3 packs 3ct boys briefs in size 6 Star Wars print

-2 packs  3ct girls panties size 6 in Disney’s frozen print

-1 pack 4ct girls briefs size 6 in LOL surprise print with bonus coloring page

-1 pack 3ct boys briefs in size 6 marvel Spiderman print with bonus coloring page

-2 packs 3ct girls panties size 4 in Disney’s frozen print

-1 pack toy story Disney Pixar print size 4  3ct boys briefs

-1 pack 3ct Disney’s frozen print girls panties in size 8

-1 pack 3ct girls training pants Disney princess  print size 3T with bonus potty training chart and stickers included

-1 pack 3ct girls training pants Disney jr Minnie Mouse print in size 3T with bonus potty training chart and stickers included

-1 pack Disney Junior Mickey and the roadster racers print toddler boys training pants size in 18 months with bonus potty training chart and stickers included

-1 pack Disney Junior Mickey and the roadster racers 3ct toddler boys training pants with bonus potty training chart and stickers

-2 packs 3ct marvel superhero adventures print toddler boys briefs 4t

-1pack three count toddler girls panties size 2T-3T Disney’s frozen print

-1 pack toddler girls panties size 4T Disney frozen print 3ct

-1 pack 3ct toddler girls training pants size 4t Disney Junior Minnie mouse print with bonus potty training chart and stickers

-1 hanger style pack size 6 Jurassic World print 4ct boys athletic boxer briefs

-1 hanger style pack size 8 super Mario print 4ct boys athletic boxer briefs

1 pack 3ct washable children’s facemask in nickelodeon JoJo Siwa print

1 pack 3ct Nickelodeon SpongeBob SquarePants print washable children’s facemask

1 pack 3ct washable children’s facemask in DC Batman print

Now that we’ve gotten into the specifics of their overwhelming generosity, everything this review includes & why this review is as necessary as any other back-to-school feature you’ll see this season, let’s discuss quality. handcraft sets the bar sky high and not only do I think that’s a great example for our children I think we as parents and caregivers can take pride in knowing that our families use, support and value their products with ease and peace of mind. even from the tiniest of tush that’s ready to potty train they’ve got you covered! Their thick absorbent , Soft and nearly plush potty training underwear are exactly what any child needs to have the independence of big kid status with the protection that they may need as they learn.

their potty training change kits give grab-and-go simplicity to preparedness, giving parents peace of mind and one less thing to worry about so that no matter where your adventure takes you your family is always ready. 

The all-inclusive potty training Genius kit gives a child all the tools they need to succeed, in a fun interactive and easy to understand way. Just add praise and support from loved ones and watch them flourish!

Their underwear of all types accommodate all shapes and sizes. Giving kids regardless of age or gender comfort that comes adorned with their favorite characters!

Their socks regardless of style give comfort and confidence and parents can take heart knowing that their children are covered from head to toe in the Best. these high-quality socks are the right fit for all with varying thickness options and cuts you’re sure to find what works best for you.

The partnership with my friends at handcraft has been one of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences I can say that I’ve ever had. they’ve been so kind and shown so much support for not only me but for my dreams over the last two years and I could never repay that of course I will always be a proud supporter of any product they create because I know without a doubt it will be great.  They have been nothing short of an absolute joy to work with and a blessing in my life. I find myself short of the words to accurately describe the feeling so simply put it’s pride. Not only am I overflowing with gratitude I’m proud of the work that we’ve done together and the work that we could continue to do and my only hope is that they as a company are equally as proud of what we’ve managed to do together. The change we’ve been able to create,the awareness we’ve been able to give and the incredible products I’ve been able to display in front of all of you thanks to their generosity and Faith in my abilities. 

Thank you to both Julia and JoAnn from the bottom of my heart, from all of us at Tatorthoughts and every family who has benefited from your company’s existence. 

so I challenge you next time you visit your local preferred store look around I promise you’ll see handcraft products that you and your children love.

If you take away anything from this review please let it be that being prepared is simple, being kind is easy, and no matter your story, background ,or need handcraft has you covered. I hope all families regardless of the path that this year takes for them have an incredible school year, whether you’re starting school this year or you’re graduating for the final time here’s to the class of 2022!

Please visit their website embedded below for more information!

xx Tator

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