Month: May 2017

The Rock and Roll Mom’s Guide to Toilet Training Toddlers

This post has been a long time coming. A lot of you have asked me about the twins and if we started potty training yet. Today I’m going to share a couple of tips that have helped us toilet train them relatively easy.

First of all if you’re scared of starting potty training your child, don’t be. If you’re patient and keep a positive attitude you’ll see that eventually everything works out for the best.

I don’t know how it is to potty train a single child, but when it comes to toilet training twins, 3 days is all it took for both of them, Jeremy and Ryan, to pickup on using the potty by themselves.

I know this is a best case scenario and probably most will have a more difficult experience but here’s what I think has helped us.

In the beginning we tought about training them one at a time but in the end we decided on teaching them both at once, and as it turned out it was better that we did it that way.

I say it was better because Jeremy got the hang of it sooner than Ryan this made him want to copy his brother so the positive influence from Jeremy played a huge role in speeding everything up.

One thing that I feel it was extremely important and a big factor is that we had everything prepared. From buying 2 potties, one for each child, to scheduling the toilet training days a month and a half in advance. If you’ve read any blog post on potty training you’ve probably noticed that almost everyone talks about how important it is to have every little detailed sorted so that when you start you make as fewer mistakes as possible.

When it came to shopping for potty training supplies we mostly let the boys pick what they liked. They chose the potties, the potty training underwear, books, dvds, etc.

The biggest mistake we made was trying the same approach with both. But just because they’re twins does not mean they’re the same. This slowed things down for us until we figured out how to approach each of them and try to get them to use the potty.

This is a very common mistake that parents make, which is comparing their child with other children who had already been potty trained. Just because a method worked with one child does not mean it will work with all. You need to base your training approach on your child’s personality and temper.

I’m not expert, but the one thing I think you should take away from this blog post is to arm yourself with a lot of patience. Your child will figure it out eventually. Just encourage him and stay positive.

How to rock and roll your home workout sessions

For my music plays a huge role in my workout routines. I don’t want to do anything if I don’t have something playing in the headphones while I’m exercising.

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel that most people who like working out are more motivated when they have their favorite music playing.

I’m a rock fan so in this post I’m going to share my new workout playlist that has helped me stay focused on my goals and also kept me motivated to push myself everytime.

By the way if your workouts are like mine, meaning at home workouts, I hate the gym, here’s a cool website me and my husband found when we were looking to buy a rowing machine, www.homeworkoutmag.com. It has some good reviews if you’re looking for workout machines that are good for home.

It’s not yet a huge playlist, there are just 10 songs on it but I think you’ll enjoy it.

  1. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
  2. Last Resort – Papa Roach
  3. Run DMC – It’s Tricky
  4. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
  5. Testify – Rage Against The Machine
  6. Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC
  7. AC/DC- Back in Black
  8. Led Zepplin- Achilles Last Stand
  9. Highway To Hell – AC/DC
  10. Animal – Pearl Jam

That’s my playlist that I use daily when I’m on the rowing machine.

And if these are not enough here are another 50 songs to get you pumped up.

I was more into running but for the last 2 years I’ve really enjoyed using an indoor rower for my cardio workouts. If you want a full body workout, rowing machines are amazing. We bought a Concept2 but you can get a very good rowing machine at a more affordable price. If I were to make a recommendation, I would tell you to go with the Stamina Air Rower, one of the best models under $500.

If you’re past your youth and your joints started to ache, rowers let workout but without putting to much pressure on your knees or hips.

So, probably I’ll update this post with more songs as I add them to my list. You should bookmark it for future referance and if you want me to write about something particular just let me know in the comments of on my Facebook page where I’m really active.

Ohh, and one more thing. Since most of you, my readers workout at home just like me, let’s make a poll on what workout machines you use. Like I said my favorite is the rowing machine but we also have an elliptical, but we don’t use it that often, mostly my husband works out on it.

So, leave a short comment with what exercise machine you’re currently using and why you like it. Thanks.