Category - Dad

Dove for Daddies

Dove Men+Care

When it comes to skin, often times Dads overlook taking care of their bodies. With work, being a dad, and regular household chores sometimes DaddyB doesn’t exactly have time to worry about moisturizing. That’s why he loves Dove’s Men+Care products.

Dove’s Clean Comfort product is great for both face and body {saving the extra time of not having to use another product!}. Using his Dual Sided Shower Tool with the Clean Comfort Face Wash & Body Wash make DaddyB’s skin feel silky smooth, {in a completely manly way of course.}

Dove Men+Care

Dove also offers a great selection of antiperspirants and deodorants that smell “Dad fresh”, including clinical protection for that extra dry feeling.

No matter the skin care product you are shopping for, Dove is notorious for giving people smooth, soft skin, without the residue, and in the case of the Dads, it’s no different. To give that special dad in your life a break from itchy, dry skin, check out Dove’s Men+Care line: and check out this fun video that fits perfect for Father’s Day:


Happy Father’s Day Mom

Happy Father's Day Mom

Happy Father's Day MomFor those of you who grew up the product of a single mom home or if someone other than your father played that role you know there are kudos to be given in untraditional ways.

My mother and father divorced when I was 5 years old and my mother gained custody and from there on her duties as both mom and dad increasingly grew. Not because she wanted them to, but because she chose to. Many say that single mothers HAVE to be both mom and dad, but really they don’t even have to be either, it’s a choice to take on those roles, a conscious effort to try to give your children everything they should have. No family member can replace or fill the role that was meant for someone else, but trying to step in and provide the love, skills, and knowledge of that other parent is nothing less of exceptional.

I know that I am blessed to have a husband who not only helps me with the girls, but goes above and beyond and is a GREAT daddy. Happy Father’s Day DaddyB!! I cannot imagine what it would be like to have to be a single mom, like my mom, or how much work goes into it. I know on the times when DaddyB has work trips or is even home late those are typically my long days. I can’t imagine having to do that every night.

My heart goes out to my friends who are single parents as I see them struggle with everyday life, not to mention all of the complications that come with being on your own and having a child or children. So this Father’s Day, like many in my past, I thank my mom for being there, being mom and dad, and trying as hard as possible to give my siblings and I a great childhood despite not having a father-figure when I was younger. {I have since reconnected with my biological father.} She did an amazing job and made me into the person and mom that I am today. Love you mom!

MommyBKnowsBest Single Mom

Happy Father’s Day to all the single moms out there, the fathers who are amazing fathers, the dads who have reconnected with their children, the men who are fathers to children who are not biologically their own, men who mentor children without dads, fun father-in-laws, and most especially to God, my Heavenly Father for always being with me.

Summer Pest Control Tips {Giveaway Closed}

Amdro Ant Block Home Perimeter Ant Bait 24oz

Everyone loves the summer, watching butterflies flutter around, catching lightening bugs in the dark, hearing the crickets chirping at night. What we don’t love however are home invasions, by any little critters including ants.

You remember the fact that we had a very mild winter this year? Well, it was nice not having massive amounts of snow or ice, but that now means that insect activity is occurring two to four weeks earlier this year. This means there is an even greater chance that homes and landscapes will be infested this summer by problem pests, such as Argentine ants and carpenter ants.

What’s a family to do though?? My first thought? Check out AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait, it terminates a wide range of ant species around the perimeter of your home keeping them outside, where they belong.

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Amdro Ant Block Home Perimeter Ant Bait 24oz

I don’t mind ants as much as other insects but I feel like as soon as there is one ant in your home, you turn around and there are colonies! {I know very little about insects themselves and am not a professional, just my humble observations.}

  • AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait is highly attractive to 15 different ant species, {did you even know there were that many?} killing 50 percent more species of ants than Spectracide® Ant Shield® Home Barrier Granules.* *Compared to EPA labels published as of May 9, 2012.
  • Following application, AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait works within two to four weeks, killing the queen and the ants in the colony.
By using AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait you’ll probably save yourself some time you could spend doing other things like shopping, eating out, or going to parties this summer. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little extra spending money?? I’m giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky winner to use on anything they wish.

How to Win

Mandatory Entry {must be done first in order to get additional entries}: Tell me what insect you would prefer outside rather than in your home.

For additional entries:

1. Head to the AMDRO® website: and tell me which product you could really use.

2. Leave a relevant comment on another post on my website. (1 comment per post, no limit otherwise.)

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4. Follow AMDRO® on Twitter

5. Tweet the following: I entered to win a $50 Gift Card with @mommybknowsbest and @AMDROassistance Check out more info & enter to win  (up to 5 tweets a day)

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RulesGiveaway ends June 7th, 2012 @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.



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Life is So Good and So Sweet

So good So sweet

Before I became a mom of two I had almost 3 great years with one of my best buddies, Little Miss A. She was my world, and I was hers (and DaddyB too). Being able to be a stay-at-home mom meant we spent all day together, enjoyed time shopping, played with friends, and got lots of time for snuggles and cuddles, just the two of us. Hubby and I were excited to introduce a new little one to our family, yet at the same time I was nervous how that would work. Would I love the baby as much, would I love Miss A less, would Miss A love the baby?! I am a worrier by nature, although I’m working on it, and had so many thoughts like this constantly running through my head. I had only been away from Miss A one full night in her entire life, so when I was in the hospital, after Baby C arrived, I was missing my big girl tons and so excited to see her and for her to meet her sister. {We had done several things to get her excited to become a big sister.} When I saw this:

So good So sweet

I was pleasantly surprised and knew life was going to be alright, in fact, I knew that life was going to be amazing. Seeing my girls, together as they grow, loving each other, and playing with each other melts my heart.




It is definitely a, “So Good, So Sweet” moment in my life that will never get old. I love celebrating the little things in life.

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Creative Ways to Reveal Baby’s Gender

Boy or Girl Gender

Boy or Girl GenderThese days there are so many creative ways to make 9 months of pregnancy fun, even through morning sickness, swollen ankles, and stretch marks.

People are really going all out when it comes to announcing their pregnancy, sharing the baby’s name with friends and family, and especially announcing baby’s gender. Here are a few fun ideas on how to share your baby’s gender with friends and family that you may not have thought of yet.

If you yourself want to be surprised by baby’s gender, make sure you have your ultrasound tech write down the gender in a sealed envelope for your accomplice that is helping you reveal the gender.

Whether you decide to host an elaborate, big party, or just invite a few people over for an intimate evening it’s a celebration that you’ll want to catch on camera and video, so make sure someone you know is able to capture the moments and expressions on yours and your guests faces.

Sweet Surprises – Have your favorite baker frost the inside of your cake with pink for a girl and blue for a boy. The surprise comes with the first cut of the cake, and as a bonus everyone gets to enjoy a delicious dessert. If you’re looking for recommendations of bakers who do a great job at this in the Charlotte area email me.

Heavenly Helium – There’s just something about balloons that yell celebration. Recently I went to a gender reveal of my good friend {and Realtor} Kristi, who chose a balloon gender reveal. Kristi lost her mother to cancer not long ago, so this reveal was appropriate as the balloons came out of the box and floated up to heaven. The presence of Kristi’s mom was there as she found out that she too would have a daughter and be able to share those memories with her own little girl. It was an amazing and emotional moment, can you tell??!?! Congrats again Kristi and Z!!!!

Gender Reveal Balloons

Thank you for this photo

The Shirt Says it All – If you want to be discrete let your clothing speak for you. There are shirts and clothing for expecting moms and dads, and even older soon-to-be siblings that will let you tell the world the gender of baby on the way. Or if you really want to get creative you can make your own. DaddyB and I used this method when we wanted to reveal to our family and friends that we were expecting again, it was pretty awesome and Miss A’s shirt was pink, even before we knew we were having a girl, or maybe we subconsciously knew. 🙂

Gender Reveal Sibling Shirt

Isn't Miss A cute!! {Age 26 months}

Give a Gender Gift – It’s always fun to open presents right? How much more fun would it be to open a gift in anticipation of finding out the gender of a new baby. There are several ways to do this, the obvious would be wrapping something that is pink or blue and giving it to those attending your gender reveal party. Which is fun and does the trick. Here are an original idea I came up with that is more involved but just as fun, {if not more}.

You know those Photo Viewer Key Chains you get from theme parks? You can purchase them from most printers, those pictured here are from our friends at The Dustan Group.  Use a gender neutral color, write your last name, gender reveal and “It’s a…” on the outside of the photo viewer and get creative. You can take some couples photos and put the gender on the photo or just make a fun text image with the color/or words, “girl” or “boy.”  It’s a great souvenir of the day and a nostalgic item for when that child is older.

Photo viewer key chain

Thanks to The Dunstan Group LLC for this image


So no matter how you choose to share the gender of your unborn baby enjoy the all the little moments in pregnancy and those that follow. They go by so fast and you can never get those moments back, have fun, and congrats!!

What ideas have you used or seen for Gender Reveal Parties?

An Introduction to Paper Snaps Products

Paper Snaps Address Label

As parents, especially those of us who stay at home with little ones, often do everything and share everything with our kiddos, even going to the bathroom. Since it’s very seldom that we have our “own” things, once and a while it’s nice for me to have things that reflect just me as a person.

We have really fun family address labels, but sometimes I send mail to my readers, people I work with, and just want to have my own, professional, address labels for those specific items. Because Paper Snaps has a sophisticated line of products to choose from I had a hard time choosing just one, but ended up with the Contemporary Colorblock Address Labels, clean, but pretty.

Here’s an example:

Paper Snaps Address Label

Paper Snaps is awesome because their designs are classy, fun, and pretty, what more could I ask for?!?

I heart Paper Snaps’ contemporary look, and while they do have some really great stuff for just me, they also have great lines that cover lots of different needs from, “Save the Date” cards, to kids birthday invitations, baby announcement magnets, and more. Here’s a collage of some of my personal favorites from Paper Snaps.

Paper Snaps Collage


I encourage you to check them out too, here’s a handy-dandy list of their social sites for you to peruse:

What’s one thing that you make sure is “all yours”? 

Do you have a favorite Paper Snaps product yet??

Paper Snaps Logo I received complimentary products from Paper Snaps in order to give you my honest opinions about their products. The opinions expressed in the post above are my own thoughts and words, yours may vary.

A Healthier Me with Invisalign


Happy March, or what’s left of it 🙂 Last month I wrote about my, “Induction to the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board.” A lot has happened since then.

I met with my assigned orthodontist for my initial consultation which included:


  • Filling out dental and general health history forms
  • Meeting with the Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator
  • Having photos taken at several angles of my teeth and bite
  • An extensive consultation by the Orthodontist with explanations on how Invisalign could help improve my smile.


After my initial consultation I scheduled the next appointment for my impressions. After my x-rays I prepared myself for my impressions. I had heard they were the worst part of the Invisalign procedure, but in my opinion they were a breeze, of course the “goop” didn’t taste great, but it also wasn’t the worst thing I’d experienced in life and my technician was pretty quick too.  I even learned that some offices {including mine now} offer a new technology that scans each tooth and is “goop-free”.

Here are my pictures of the equipment they used for impressions:

Invisalign Impression Equipment

and my impressions:

Invisalign Impressions

Although it seemed like forever until I got my first set of Invisalign aligners the day finally came. The technician had me try them on and checked the fit and also explained how to remove and replace the aligners, it was actually much easier than I had originally expected. I got 3 sets of aligners, {one for each week} and here’s what I think of them so far:

They have  improved my life in a lot of ways I never expected with very minimal side effects {mild soreness, and irritation of one aligner but solved with some dental wax}.


  • My teeth are already moving – Not a whole lot but I can definitely feel and see the small changes
  • My teeth are whiter – I am brushing more than I ever have in my life AND drinking less coffee and pop {soda}
  • I am snacking a lot less, mostly because I don’t want to take my aligners out then clean my teeth and clean my aligners. A few chips isn’t worth it for me now.


Now Invisalign only claims the first reason I love my aligners – teeth straightening, and I’m excited to go to my next appointment where I’ll get my attachments, and I think I heard the Orthodontist even mention rubber bands for my bite.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress as I go. Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment here or email me with any questions you may have for yourself or your teen regarding Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.

Let the teeth straightening begin:

Invisalign Aligners MommyB

Also check out Invisalign on Facebook and Twitter:

I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

5 Things I Learned About Opera – My First Experience


Opera GlassesSaturday night my Facebook status read something like: “Heading to the Opera” I think I may have confused some people. While I am a work-at-home mom I have a few occasions when I get out of the house at night, typically it’s for a Mom’s Night Out or Night In, but sometimes I go to the movies, or even…the opera.

I was invited by Opera Carolina to attend their performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This was my first experience with opera and I learned a lot from going. I think it’s definitely something worth experiencing at least once in your life.

1. Opera Carolina provides Subtitles for their performances. My guest/friend, photographer Jamie, and I weren’t sure how much of the show we’d be able to understand from watching the actions and movements of the cast, but were delightfully surprised to see a discrete sign above the stage with subtitles in English.

2. Tickets are affordable. When I think of the opera typically I think of high-class and high prices, this is not the case. Tickets at Opera Carolina range from $15 to $135 depending on where you are sitting and when you attend. The lower pricing is great for those of you who want to “check out” the opera without spending too much.

3. Leave your tuxedos and gowns at home. Again, another misconception I had of the opera, {that was a reason I hesitated to attend} was that I had to be in a ball gown, dripping with diamonds, and looking flawless. While I did look flawless I wore black dress pants and a cute blue top and did not feel out of place, now I didn’t see anyone in cutoffs so let’s not get carried away, but don’t worry about dying your wedding dress and wearing it just to fit in.

4. They have concessions. Just like any other show they offer concessions, drinks, and snacks are available for purchase. One of my friends, frequent opera-goer Lisa Frame always gets peanut M&Ms. Unfortunately for Jamie and I, being dinner skippers would have loved a three-course meal, but love that they offer a variety since I wasn’t even aware that would be an option.

5. It can be exciting and fun. Aside from getting ready and attending the opera in itself, there were some cool moments in Eugene Onegin. The story was based on love that was raw, twisted and even led to death. Not all the moments in this opera were a little slower especially after being up at 2:00 in the morning with Baby C.

Overall, I’m really glad that I decided to overcome my objections of what I “thought” the opera would be like. I enjoyed getting ready for the show, having fun with a hilarious friend, getting out of the house, and enjoying some culture. The cast and crew of Eugene Onegin is incredibly talented and I loved the music and even a few silly parts that were highlighted.

If you want to check out Opera Carolina and see Eugene Onegin on March 22nd or March 25th, or just check out what the opera is all about head over to their website here:


Thank you to Opera Carolina and Opera Social Bytes for having me and my guest and for the complimentary items. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review and was not obligated to write this review specifically. All of the thoughts expressed above are my own honest opinions, yours may vary.

No More Moose and Zee – Nick Jr. Changes

No to Nick Jr.?

Lately Nick Jr. has been making a lot of changes, and not everyone is happy about them. First, a new Marina appeared on The Fresh Beat Band with no warning or transition, then Nick Jr. lied about when new episodes of Fresh Beat Band would appear, new show Mike the Knight aired on February 6th in the US, and now a slurry of changes have hit the channel and parents are not happy. Here are just a couple of comments from Nick Jr.’s Facebook wall this morning:

Nick Jr Facebook PagePersonally, I think that Nick Jr. should have learned it’s lesson from The Fresh Beat Band and the uproar from parents being upset about such an abrupt change with no transition or warning. Some parents hate change and will be upset regardless, however I think there are parents/viewers who would have been more receptive to the changes had Nick been more up front with things going on behind the scenes.

Sprout does a great job of introducing new characters, like one of their Sunny Side Up Show co-hosts Liz. Weeks before they broadcast Liz they showed her on breaks in-between the show, they also let children know who the host of the next week’s show will be. Disney Junior too is among children’s programming that understands that children transition better when change is slow rather than overnight. Disney Junior has been showing off commercials for one of their upcoming shows, Doc McStuffins throughout their normal programming and even recently announced that they will be airing programming for the younger crowd all day. {Which I personally am very excited for since we’ll have an alternative to other channels that we watch solely because Disney Junior changes to cater to older kids at a certain time of day.}

So it’s not that Nick Jr. couldn’t transition, however we may never know why they didn’t choose to transition more slowly or keep Moose and Zee around. No more recycling Gnomes on Ice cups, silly songs about candy canes and candy corn, and fun learning games about the hidden letters Big R and little r.

What are your thoughts? Are you bothered like so many other parents, do you want to Boycott Nick Jr., or could you and your children care less?

What programming will you and your children continue to watch?

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No to Nick Jr.?

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A Happy Green Life Natural Laundry Wash {Guest Review}

A Happy Green Life Logo

A Happy Green Life LogoDuring the last 1.5 years of my cloth diaper journey, I’ve tried at least five different brands of cloth-safe detergent.

Most recently, thanks to Mommy B, I had the opportunity to try several scents of A Happy Green Life’s natural laundry wash.

A Happy Green Life (AHGL) was started by two moms who cloth diaper their babies. They wanted a detergent that’s safe for the diapers and worked well for their husbands’ uniforms (one husband is a professional chef and the other is in the military).

Their laundry wash is made from naturally occurring chemicals and compounds – sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate and sodium percarbonate. They offer laundry washes scented with synthetic fragrance oils as well scents made with 100% natural essential oils.

Immediately upon opening the package containing the detergent samples, I was overwhelmed by the strong smell, particularly from the synthetic blends. I tend to be somewhat sensitive to strong smells and AHGL’s scents are so strong, they actually made me sneeze when I opened them. Even now, as they sit beside me as I write this review, they are irritating my nose a bit.

Having said that, the scents do smell good – including Monkey Farts, Bite Me, and Lavender Apple. AHGL offers more than 20 scents. My laundry room actually smells fantastic with the detergent sitting in there.

A Happy Green Life Laundry Wash

After washing, my clothes and diapers didn’t seem to retain such a strong scent. Some of the scents I could lightly smell after washing and some I couldn’t smell at all.

What really impressed me about AHGL’s laundry wash is how well it took the chlorine smell out of swimsuits and towels that sat overnight because we forgot to put them in the washer.

One challenge with cloth diapering is that detergent can build up in your diapers and cause stink issues. AHGL seemed to rinse well from our diapers and clothing and got them fairly clean. Stains remained on some diapers that were heavily soiled, but that’s common with most cloth diapers. I haven’t found a detergent yet that takes out all the staining. A quick way to get rid of stains (cloth diapers or any clothing) is to put them out in the sun while they’re wet. You’ll be amazed how well it works!

Like all cloth-friendly detergents, AHGL’s laundry wash does not contain optical brighteners, phosphates or soap.

You can find A Happy Green Life laundry wash and additional products they offer on their website and through select retailers. A 50/100 load bag costs $10, which seems to be on the lower end of what many cloth diaper-safe detergents cost.

Jamie BioAfter a 13+ years PR/communications career, Jamie K. recently took on her most challenging job yet – as a fulltime CFO (chief family officer). Currently, she lives in Alabama with her husband, an officer in the Air

Force, and her toddler son and infant daughter. She’s a big fan of deal sites, attempts to be eco-friendly, and struggles daily with the great balancing act of being a super mom.

Although products were provided for this review, the opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.