I Love You, Gro-Clock

I swear my 3 & 5 year old boys were farmers in their past lives. Every morning the little boogers were up before the sun. I loved their enthusiasm for the day, I just wished they could be enthused a little more quietly.

I began to understand though, that they just had no concept of time. They were awake and wanted to party. I tried explaining to them that they were up way to early, but they just didin’t get it… until I bought their Gro-Clocks.

It’s like something clicked when we set their clocks up – which is ridiculously easy by the way! The visual of seeing a blue star at night and a yellow sun in the morning really helped their cute little brains grasp the concept of what a decent wake-up time is.

I was able to set the time when “the sun would come up” letting them know it was cool for them to get up and party. Until that sun came up though, they were to remain in their rooms and play quietly.

Instead of the typical twelve numbers around the clock, there are twelve stars. As each hour passes at night, a star disappears. So eventually my boys understood that if they woke up and there were a bunch of stars, it was still the middle of the night and they had to go back to bed. This helped my younger boy, Joshua with his frequent night wake ups – little dude just didn’t know it was still the middle of the night.

The Gro-Clock really helped them understand the concept of time. I swear by these things! If your toddlers get up a lot at night or are early risers GET THIS CLOCK!!! It has seriously made a difference for us.

I got both of ours at Amazon. They’re cheaper here than other places I have looked and they shipped in no time at all – and shipping’s free after $25 – score! Get your Gro-Clock Sleep Trainers today. Sweet dreams, Mammas!

What are some of your favourite products that actually helped make life easier? Please share them with me!!



Hello my loyal followers! I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU for following my blog posts, commenting with heartfelt messages and offering tips and advice. We celebrated Jacob’s first birthday last Sunday and I had a chance to look back on the past year.

I started Stay Sane Mommies when I was experiencing the terror of being a new mother. I needed somewhere to write down my feelings and share with other parents who were going through the same life change. I needed to be heard and comforted by the knowledge that I wasn’t alone.

Within a week of starting my blog I had over 500 followers and was so grateful to all the feedback and support I was getting. It’s so touching that you’re all willing to be so honest about your struggles; to let me and all my readers know that we’re not alone when it comes to our imperfections and worries.

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for helping this Mamma stay sane another day 🙂

With Love,


I Won!!!


Know what a Liebster Award is? I didn’t either until I was nominated for it. A BIG thank you to Sarah from In Your Corner for this nomination and her kind words!

Once looking into this award I realized that it isn’t really an award, but instead recognition for my writings. That’s even better!

The idea of the Liebster Award is for us bloggers to find each other, be inspired and learn stuff about the person behind the posts.

I guess you can call it a chain letter of sorts – but not the bad things will happen to you if you don’t continue this chain kind.

How It Works

I’ve answered Sarah’s questions for me below so you can get to know me a little better. In turn, I have nominated 11 bloggers who inspire me with every post they write. I then listed 11 questions further below for them to answer. Then they nominate 11 bloggers and list a different set of 11 questions for them to answer. Just make sure you let the blogger know you’ve nominated them! Done and DONE!!

So let’s get to know each other a little better, shall we? It’s nice to be recognized isn’t it?

Sarah’s Questions for Me with My Answers:

  1. What is one thing you are better at than anyone else in your family? Stressing out.
  2. Ketchup or mustard? Ketchup, hands down.
  3. What did you get into trouble for the most when you were young? Talking too much in class and playing to loud at home.
  4. If you were a radio dj, what type/genre of music would you play? Oldies for sure!
  5. What would be the name of your radio show (i.e. Saxophones at Sunrise with Sarah (dibs!))? Cozy Classics with Cris.
  6. If you were limited to imparting only one piece of wisdom to your children, but it was guaranteed to stick, what would you choose to teach them? Be positive – even when it hurts, try to find something good in tough situations.
  7. Does size matter? In reference to my clothing size, no because SPANX makes it all better. 
  8. What is your least favorite thing(s) about being a parent? Since I’m a first-time parent with an infant, I can’t really comment on the toddler, tween and teen years just yet. But for now, it’s sleep deprivation, guessing what Jacob is trying to tell me when he’s crying, being puked on up to four times a day, sleep deprivation and…not getting enough sleep.
  9. What is your love language? Right now it’s Baby Babble
  10. What would be a really good flavor for toothpaste? Hmmm, this is a good one. I’d likely brush my teeth every 30 minutes if the toothpaste tasted like chocolate fudge.
  11. If you could shop for free at one store which one would you choose? Oh! Another good one. I’d say The Bay. It’s got everything.

My Nominees!!

1)      Faking Picture Perfect

2)      Parenting and Stuff

3)      Postcards From My Guilt Trip 

4)      Now at Home Mom

5)      Daily Writings

6)      Melinda Foshat

7)      This Life After Single

8)      Keeping It Real

9)      Motherhood Is An Art

10)  Musings from Mommy Land

11)  Serenity Now

Questions for my Nominees:

Copy and paste these questions to your post. Answer them and come up with 11 questions of your own for your nominees. Enjoy!!!

1)      Why did you start your blog?

2)      When you were little and someone asked you: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” what did you tell them?

3)      Cats or dogs?

4)      If you were standing in front of your thirteen-year-old self, what advice would you give you for the years ahead?

5)      What was the last book you read?

6)      If you could be paid a lot of money to do what you absolutely love, what would you be doing?

7)      If a story about your life was written, what genre would it be filed under? (i.e. Horror, Drama, Thriller, etc.)

8)      What animal would you be?

9)      What song title best describes the relationship with your first love? (i.e. “Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi haha!)

10)  Have a nickname or short version of your name? What is it?

11)  If you could give any advice to a novice blogger, what would you say?

Congrats to all my nominees for their great work and for inspiring others. Keep the great posts coming!!!

Ten Terrific Blogs to Check Out

Besides writing, I love to read. And there are some amazing bloggers out there. I’m highlighting ten that I love. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

1)      Rosie Says – I love reading this blog for its bluntness. She doesn’t beat around the bush or sugarcoat anything. She says what’s on her mind about everything from sex to body image, politics to media and more.

2)      Shackled and Crowned – I get excited when I’m emailed one of her posts. I know I’m in for a deliciously provocative read. And sometimes, I can feel a pinch of pain – as though she’s looked into my soul and dug up some bitterness from my past. I’m instantly inspired to write poetry when I read her work.

3)      In Your Corner – I feel a little less crazy when I read her posts. She offers a lot of great advice for marriage and parenting. And her writing style is light and easy to read. I never feel like I’m reading a how-to article. It’s more like getting great advice from a close friend.

4)      Mom Times 4 – I usually get her posts first thing in the morning while I’m enjoying a coffee. I’ve learned to not take a sip while reading her work. I’ve pulled a take-a-sip-read-and-choke because what I’ve read made me laugh. And her little illustrations are awesome.

5)      Reluctant Mom – When I first started blogging, it was because I was having some serious baby blues after Jacob was born. I needed a place to permanently store my feelings. I started cruising WordPress for mothers who wrote about tough stuff so I could feel less alone. This blog was one of the very first I followed. I can relate to all her posts and love how honest she is. She’s a great writer, and her work is a pleasure to read.

6)      Parenting and Stuff – How can you not be drawn to a woman sharing her struggles with a teen who cuts? In a short time, she’s reached over 1000 followers. I bet with every post written, one more parent feels less alone in similar struggles.

7)      Keeping It Real Mom – It never fails, I read one of Anka’s posts and I’m uplifted and lighter. Her posts make me laugh out loud, and smile till it hurts. She’s got a great sense of humor and isn’t afraid to make fun of herself. Her blog reminds me to laugh more and not take my job as Mom so seriously.

8)      Chester Maynes – His poetry is enchanting. No matter where I am when I’m reading one of his poems from my phone, I’m transported into his world. I could be standing outside in a snow storm, but the cold has no effect on me if his poem is about the sun.

9)      The Boston Mom – After reading her fun posts about activities with her kids, I am filled with all these great intentions for Jacob. I can’t wait till he’s a bit older so I can start taking part in some of the activities this woman  comes up with… one of them includes fake snow! Whaaat?! That’s right, there was no snow and her kids were disappointed, so she bought some. That’s the kinda mom I wanna be.

10)  Postcards From My Guilt Trip – If you’ve ever had a thought that you vowed to NEVER say out loud because people would think you’re a bad person, this blog will teach you that everyone has those thoughts! It’s just that most people don’t discuss them. Well, this blog does. I LOVE reading her posts. Every single one reminds me that I’m human.

Hope you visit some of these blogs and get inspired, feel less alone, and laugh so hard you pee a little.