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The Sibling Age Gap War : Part 1

 
I know you have all heard it. Those comments, remarks, snares.... it kind of sucks and sometimes. And let's be honest, we all want to say to most of them, "it's none of your business!" Am I right? What am I talking about? 

The comments moms get about how close {or even} how far apart in age our children are {or AKA: The Sibling Age Gap war}. I know this subject comes up a lot. And there are some people who are very sensitive when someone makes a remark and others who say to get over your feelings and toughen up about what others say to your face about the subject. I've been seeing this topic come up a lot on Facebook and in different baby site articles. So I figured I would put in my experience with it all. I have already read three different posts about this on my Facebook feed just today. 

So raise your hand if you have ever been out in a store, walking down the street, or just having a day out at the park, and you have been the victim of this question?

"So, how far apart are they?"

As a mother of three, but two of my children are 13 months and 30 days apart, I get this one a lot. And I mean.... a lot! But I will come back to this one in a future post.

Before I had my third child, my oldest daughter was six years old when my son was born. I used to hear remarks all the time from people about the age gap. I would hear that they are too far apart. I should have been more like them and kept my children's age gap a little bit closer. It would be better for them. They would have each other to play with and they would never feel alone. They would be best friends and things are just better when children are closer in age to "just get it out of the way". I had heard that more times than I can count. "Just to get it out of the way and be done".......

But I always responded, that my brother and I were 14 months apart and it wasn't always so great. So I don't mind my children being a bit farther apart. I see it this way.... my oldest can be a big helper for me with the baby. And boy was she...as still is.

I didn't see what the big deal was. Why people were so worried that my daughter and son had six years between them. I don't see that as a big age gap. Now some people I know have siblings who are 10+ years between them. One of my friends in high school was a prime example. We were both 17 and her oldest brother was in his 30's. And why should it matter if a family has children far apart in age? What difference does it make to the commenter?

I admit that once I became a mom the first time, I didn't want to have any more children. One child was more than enough to handle for me at the time. So I had no thought about adding in another anytime soon. But once my daughter turned three, my mind started to change. I felt more comfortable being a parent and finally felt I was getting the hang of it all. I had just spent a year as a single mom while my husband was away for work halfway across the country. We didn't get to see him except four times throughout that year he was gone. By the time he returned, I felt like I wanted another baby. But it didn't seem to come that easy. It took three more years until our son was finally born. 

So if I had to have it go the way I felt, I would have been pregnant when my daughter turned three. But life doesn't always go as we want it to. So when she turned six, we welcomed our son. And of course, with that welcome, I also got a lot of comments on how they were just too far apart. And to me, that is where the sensitivity comes into play. For people being told that they should have calculated it better to have their children closer in age...well, sometimes we can't play God and things either happen or they don't. So to me, the comments about how children should be closer in age can be cruel ones and really kept to themselves.

Why do people see that they need to put you down and say stupid things about your children being a few years or more apart? I don't know about you guys, but it really bothered me at the time when I just had my daughter and son. I hated people telling me advice because my son would make my daughter's life a living hell as she entered the teenage years and he would be the "terror little brother" always in the way and getting on her nerves. I had someone ask me even why I would do that to her and torture her life with a little brother who was six years younger. Why didn't I keep them closer in age?

It just really ticks me off when people give that "oh-so-unwanted advice". Please tell me I am not the only one that it bothers around here. It shouldn't bother me. I should be able to just brush it off and say, "whatever" and walk away. But it does bother me. So tell me, have you ever heard the unwanted comments of having your children too far apart for some people's liking? I feel like I am at war with defending myself and my children's ages sometimes.

I'll be adding my thoughts and experience on other people's comments to children who are very close in age in a future post. So stay tuned for that one.


Cordskinz Review

Are you one of those that have been a victim of tangled ear buds over and over again? You are not alone. Most {and it's probably all but a few people} have experienced this problem again and again and again. The struggle is real and it's time we stand up and do something about it. And one company finally has....

Introducing Cordskinz! Cordskinz provides three main values 1) Easy Anti-Tangle, 2) Cord-Protection, and 3) Ability to style earbuds. Those are three great points. So what exactly are they? Cordskinz are basically a "skin" for your ear bud cords. It is a flexible plastic sleeve that slips right on to the cords. With the help of the Skinner, the ear bud cord slides right into the sleeve. That's basically it.

So what does it look like and what was my experience? Glad you asked! Here's how it all went down. What you get in your Cordskinz package is {2} 20 inch sleeves in color of your choice. I chose Glitter Pink because I am way too obsessed with pink to not have chosen it. Along with the sleeves, you also receive the Skinner tool and simple instructions on the back.

My first impression of this product was, "how in the world do I get these things on my ear buds?" I looked at the directions and attempted but it didn't seem to go well the first few tries. So I resulted to their Youtube video which gave me a bit better visual. I also searched a few more YouTube videos showing the process a bit more detailed and slower.



After a few failed attempts, I realized I was doing it backwards. Yea I know... how do I mess this up? But as an exhausted mommy of three.... it's easily done with the most simplest things at times. I know you have been there too.

You start off with your tangled ear buds and get them all nice and untangled. Then put them through the Skinner tool along with the Cordskinz sleeve. Gently pull the ear bud and sleeve together.

Keep pulling them together and the sleeve slides on the cord of the ear bud until you reach the end of your cord.

Once you run out of cord, you can easily cut the Cordskinz with scissors to the size. I think this may be better to do it before you apply them but I didn't think about it and had to do it after I started. It wasn't a big deal though. Wasn't hard to cut it with the skinz on the cord.

So the end result looks like this:

And so this is what my snazzy new ear buds look like thanks to my Cordskinz! I think it's rockin'

The one thing I must say after using these was I have one issue with them. My ear buds have a flat cord which makes it a bit more difficult getting the skins to stay on. My husband has head phones with a more circular cord and they went on perfectly. So my advice is that they work best with rounded cords and not flat.

All and all with my experience, I would give them an 8. Just because they are a bit harder to get around the flat cord. I think the Cordskinz need to be a bit larger perhaps to accommodate that type of ear bud cord. But for my husband's, I would give it a 10. It works much smoother and stays on better with the rounded cords.

If you would like to check out Cordskinz and purchase them for yourself, they have deal going on at their website right now. Get 3 cords for the price of 2. That's a great deal! Grab the code off their website to snag up this special offer before it's gone. You can purchase yours on their website or through Amazon.

Cordskinz retail $9.99 and come in Black, Clear, Glitter Pink, Ice Blue, Lavender, Lime Green, Neon Yellow, Red, Sky Blue, Smoky Clear, and White.

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ScentBird Perfume Subscription Review

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous day. I wanted to share with you a new subscription box that was introduced to me recently. This one is for all you perfume and fragrance lovers out there. It's called ScentBird and you get to try a new scent every month.

So what exactly is ScentBird? ScentBird is a monthly subscription that gives you a 30 day supply of a designer fragrance. Each month you get a new scent to try.  Here's how it works:
Going through the process, it goes a little like this:




It was actually pretty easy and fun as well to go through the different perfumes and find the one I wanted to try. Since I am not very familiar with all the scents and do not own many perfume, I thought this was a great way to try out and see what scents are out there that I would enjoy.

When my package arrived, I was really excited to try it out and open it. Here is my reveal:

The package was a black bubble envelope with the ScentBird logo on it. Once opened, there was a card with instructions on the back on how to use the product and also a black bag.

Inside the bag was the perfume. It is a long, slender stick that seems as though it would fit nicely in your purse or on a shelf in the bathroom or anywhere you would keep your perfume. Either in your home somewhere or on the go.

To use the spray, twist the bottle up like you would lipstick and twist it back down to close. My first impression was I had no idea how I would know what perfume I was using. I knew because I remember which one I chose when I ordered it, but wasn't sure how I would remember what it was. I could not find it anywhere on the bottle. Then I saw that you had to pull the bottle out of the case and there it was, the scent was revealed. The case is used over an over as you get your perfume each month. You just discard the old bottle and pop in the new one. I thought that was pretty cool once I figured it out.

So as you can see, I chose Clinique Happy Heart as my first choice. I loved that this was very personalized pick by using the quiz at the beginning to help choose a perfume that went with my scent preference. I had not tried Happy Heart before so this was a great way to explore and discover a new scent that fit my liking. And another great thing about your choices is that if you are just not feeling the ones that are recommended for you or you want to go out on a limb and try something totally different, you can choose from any of the scents that they have listed. That is a really nice feature. 

So, you are probably asking yourself how much this subscription is. It is $14.95/month and there are over 350 designer perfumes to try out. Ready to take a look and try it out for yourself? Head over to ScentBird to get started on your own personalized quiz.

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