Oh Crap! A potty training book review

August 2nd, 2015

I promised myself early on in this blogging adventure, that I would keep Spencer’s potty training off the internet. And except for some vague-booking and uuugghhh underpants like sub-tweeting, I succeeded. Good thing too. I could have filled books about that nightmare. I swore I wouldn’t have the same issues with Truman (still keeping his potty problems off the net, though).

I didn’t really have a plan except not what I did the other time (or failed to do. Let’s just say winging it didn’t work). Right when I was just thinking that maybe we should maybe start thinking about attempting potty training with kiddo #2 (heh), an offer to review Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right came along. Enormously long title to type non-withstanding, I said yes. Quickly.

Oh Crap! Potty Training

Oh Crap! Potty Training is a fantastic little potty training book. And trust me I have read more than quite a few.  Author Jamie Glowacki sets forth a straightforward potty training plan, with the initial focus being on consistency and commitment (from the parent.) There is also a myths and misconceptions section and I learned some things there. I totally believed that girls were easier to potty train than boys, but it isn’t true. I KNOW lots of people with girls and those girls were potty trained way earlier than Spencer so it must be true, right? Wrong. My dad used to say it best: the plural of anecdote is not fact*.

Potty training books tend to fall in a few categories, like myer-briggs for baby butts. This one is a BCNPBlock method, going Commando, No pull-ups, Little Potties. (As opposed to bootcamp methods or training pants methods or… I don’t know. I just wanted to make an acronym.) If you don’t want a naked baby butt running around your house, this might not be the book for you.

I am definitely giving it a shot though. Oh Crap! Potty Training mentions 20-30 months as the ideal age, so I have a few months to go before we start.  I’ll let you know how it goes! The book makes it seem possible and mostly not terrifying. Mostly.

I am going to end this with a quiz:

What do I regret most about this blog post?

A. Showing up in search results for “naked baby butt”

B. Not figuring out a way to naturally work “Spoiler Alert: Babies Poop” in to this post.


D. All of the above

E. A and B but not C

F. B and C but not A

G. None of the Above

H. I forget what eight was for

*I’m sure this is a really quote and my dad didn’t make it up. He was a master of the slightly off quotation.

Disclosure: I received this book for review and no other compensation. So I used an amazon affiliate link up there. PAYBACK. Make me some pennies blogpost! Heh. Also the answer to the quiz is E but mostly B

Spencer is 6!

July 28th, 2015

We went on a little weekend trip for his birthday instead of having a party. All the kid wanted for his birthday was legos, doughnuts, swimming and the IKEA ball pit for his birthday; so we went to Sacramento where they have all of those things! Plus a bonus Aunt who drove out from San Francisco. He rated it officially as “the best birthday ever,” which he says every year but is still nice to hear.


Ball pit: living the dream!


Visiting my alma mater


UC Davis Eggheads – Spencer was very pleased we found all seven.





Birthday tacos!


Birthday cake!


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Summer Fruits

July 20th, 2015

It’s going to be a light year for our backyard garden due to some high winds and a few late frosts, but the fruits are starting to come in.






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G.H. Cretors Popcorn Review

July 17th, 2015

Popcorn is by far my favorite snack food. I either make my own brown bag style or buy the pre-popped kind in a bag. When G.H. Cretors asked if I would like to review some samples I accepted their offer, delighted. Imagine my surprise when the “samples” arrived – 5 full sized bags in 5 different amazing flavors. Unfortunately, the rest of the family saw the box and I had to share. UGH.


GH Cretors Popcorn: Caramel. Cheese, Chicago Style, Olive Oil, Lightly Salted

There was only 1 unopened bag left at the end of a week. Husband – fan Me – fan Baby – superfan Kiddo – decided he no longer liked popcorn and refused to try any (aka was an almost 6 year old)

Confession: I had never had chicago style popcorn. I had seen cheese and caramel mixed in bags before and thought it looked weird and despite being Chicago-born (but not raised) and a fairly adventurous eater, I never tried it; sounded way too weird. So, I opened the caramel corn first.


So. Much. Caramel. Goodness.

It was delicious. So delicious I considered hiding the bag from my family and all of the bags of G.H. Cretors, if only I had an empty cupboard to stash it in. But I relented and shared.


Everyone loved it! Truman cried when I put it away. In retrospect, I’m not entirely sure why I wasted any on a toddler in the first place. He’s an enthusiastic fan of G.H. Creators  popcorn, though. Carmel corn – loved it. Cheese flavored – loved it. Plain – loved it. Chicago Style – clapped his hands with glee and repeated one of his favorite words over and over again – more! more! more!



World’s Youngest Popcorn Connoisseur

So about that Chicago Mix – it’s delicious. A definite would buy with my own money. AND I found it at a local store, so I know it’s out there. G.H. Creators is available nationally and there is a store locator on their website. Amazon has it too!

I kept back one unopened bag for after I finish my July Whole30. I am very excited about it. To be honest, I actually had a dream about the Chicago Mix the other night – it’s that captivating. AND it is the one flavor available in my dinko town of 3000 people so I am sure there is some available near just about everyone. Go get some today!


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