Diaper Genie Elite – Yay or Nay?

Hello Mommas! How are we doing? And how is the sun induced tan coming along? lol… This Sun has got no chills at all, can’t wait for the rainy season!

So I was going through LIB yesterday and came across this post – Introducing Diaper Genie Elite for nursing parents


I was like are you kidding me!!! How come I never knew something like this existed???

If there is one major issue I have with Bobo’s soiled diapers, it’s the stress I go through daily trying to dispose them . So you can imagine the way my heart did a double back-flip when I read the post. Anyway, after going through all the information provided, I did my own little research to be double sure the product really does all what the manufacturer claims it does and compare price (that’s very key!). Plus reviews from co-mommas already using the diaper pail trash. So here you have it!

Ease of use


The diaper trash is easy to use because of its hands free foot pedal especially in a situation where you have unclean/full hands. Also, the diapers does not get to come in contact with the actual pail so no need cleaning it every day.


Some users’ reviews cited that the foot pedals doesn’t look strong and could easily break.

Odor Control


It does a good job at containing odor when the lid is closed. It has built-in antimicrobial protection in the pail’s plastic which inhibits odor-causing bacteria, and the activated carbon filter.


It falls behind when disposing of a dirty diaper. The same open-throat that makes it so easy to drop in a dirty diaper, provides clear access for a whiff of stinky air to emerge from the bag full of dirty diapers inside the pail every time you add a new diaper to the pot.

Ease of bag changes



Bag changing is quite easy as long as you keep your foot on the pedal during a change. It also helps to prevent the can from tipping over


The top-heavy makes it a bit cumbersome to remove a bag of diapers. Also, having to get the special refill bags to buy could be a small issue and the cost of getting them is not so pocket friendly


Over all, from what I have read from the reviews, I will say it is not a bad one and I’m already “sold out”. I will definitely try and get myself one. However, the only major challenge I foresee will be, having to get the refill. But I might have to improvise with the regular black trash bag (Will try and see how that goes).

Finally, I needed to be sure of the product availability and compare price. Thankfully it can be found here and here

SOURCE: Diaper Genie Elite Review by – Juliet Spurrier and BabyGearLab Review Team


Getting started early!!!

So bobo  has started stringing words (Sounds) together and now able to interpret simple instructions! I must admit that, he is really picking up fast!PhotoGrid_1456582215225

Truth is as excited as I am with the progress made, I’m also very mindful and cautious of the  ‘chatterbox” stage.

I am very mindful of this stage because I recently noticed him trying to articulate words used by his nanny. Since his nanny can only express herself using the native dialect, we realized the importance of fervently hand-holding him at this vital learning stage.

So with this new development, Hubby and I have agreed  to choose our words carefully around him as we both desire for him to communicate fluently and rightly so. Also I have started researching (all thanks to google) and reading up on how I can help encourage my son’s speech and expand his vocabulary.


Yeah, I know some might feel it’s still kind of early as he does not fully understand the meaning of the words during this stage. But hey!!! it never hurts to set the tone early.


Myths or Facts…which one???

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I was at the super-mall last week and could not stop myself from staring at the preggy lady right in front of me on a queue. What actually caught my attention was not really her protruding tummy (which was quite big by the way ) but the two safety pins, pinned to her skirt waist band at both sides. They kept peeping out because her top was not doing a good job of covering them up. So the “aproko” in me just had to double check to be sure it was not what I was thinking or was it?

I remember while growing up, especially when I became pregnant with my baby, I was told a lot of “Dos and Don’ts”. Truthfully, I found some incredibly amusing and some…well kind of scary. Which brings me to ask, are they for real or just some old wives’ tales? Please read through and kindly share your thoughts, and also share if you know more of the “Dos and Don’ts”.

  • When pregnant do not go out in the afternoon especially when the sun is out…It is not safe for the baby
  • Always pin a pin to your clothes (the midsection area) whenever you stepping out… To wade off evil spirits
  • Do not announce or display your pictures while pregnant… Keep the news away from as many people as possible
  • If you have a fore knowledge of your baby’s sex, do not share this information with an outsider
  • The position of your tummy tells if  your baby will be a boy or a girl
  • Try not to bend  over as much as possible…So you don’t end up having a baby that regurgitate at all times
  • Never allow anyone cross over you … If anyone does, your  your baby will take the person’s physical features
  • Never allow people refer to your unborn baby as being “big”…It drops your baby’s weight 
  • Never sleep on your back…You will have a baby with crossed eyes
  • Do not eat snail or okra…Your baby will turn out to be sluggish
  • Eat more spicy/peppered/hot food… Helps baby develop better and prevent cold or flu


Speed up and improve your child’s language skills

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Parents play a critical role in a child’s language development. Studies have shown that children who are read to and spoken with a great deal during early childhood will have larger vocabularies and better grammar than those who aren’t. Here are some simple ways to nurture your baby’s language development.


1. Talk, talk, talk. Narrate the day as it evolves. Tell your child, for instance, “Now we’re going to take a bath. Can you feel the warm water on your belly? When we dry off, we’ll get dressed and take a walk.”

2. Read, read, read. It’s never too early to read to your baby. One good predictor of future reading success is the amount of time parents spend reading with their child. Parents can start with simple board books and graduate to picture books and longer stories as their child gets older. Story times at the local library or bookstore can also help a preschooler develop a love of books.

3. Enjoy music together. Young children love music and movement. When they listen to lively songs, like “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” they learn about the world around them and the rhythm of language.

4. Tell stories. Make up elaborate stories with characters, conflict, adventure, and a happy ending. Be sure that the stories fit your child’s interests and aren’t too scary for her liking.

5. Follow your child’s lead. If your little one seems interested in a particular picture in a book, keep talking about it. If she seems intrigued by a boat, show her more boats and talk about them, too. Repeat her babbles back to her, ask questions, and interact with her. You can even try recording your child on a tape recorder and playing it back.

6. Never criticize your child’s articulation or speech patterns. Instead, repeat his statements back to him with the correct pronunciation or word usage. Give your child lots of praise for his efforts.

7. Use television and computers sparingly. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 2 not watch television at all, and that children 2 and older view no more than two hours of quality programming a day. While some educational programs can be beneficial to kids, TV shows don’t interact with or respond to children, which are the two catalysts kids need to learn language. Computer games are interactive, but they aren’t responsive to a child’s ideas.

8. Treat ear infections thoroughly. Children in group child-care situations are more prone to ear infections, which can put them at risk for hearing loss and, consequently, language delays. If your pediatrician prescribes an antibiotic to treat an infection, make sure your child takes the correct dosage each day and uses it for the full prescribed time. When your child finishes the prescription, schedule a follow-up visit with your pediatrician to make sure the infection has cleared.

9. Go on field trips. A trip to the zoo, the aquarium, or a children’s museum will open up a whole new world for your child. As an added bonus, she’ll want to learn the names of all those fascinating creatures and fun activities she experienced.

SOURCE: Colleen Davis Gardephe:9 Ways to Help Your Child’s Language Development

Some wives do have them!!!

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My precious weekends where I get to have his full attention fall within May and August. Why? Because other weekend he (hubby) is just distracted and detached. I just can’t explain why, neither can he convincingly? He looks forward to the weekend with so much glee, while I marvel at the source of the sudden excitement. It’s not far-fetched! It must be football.

I have tried several times to reason it out, I still cannot explain the joy a man derives glued to his screen as he watches some persons running after a round leather object for over an hour and a half. During those moments he is practically unalive to his responsibilities both as a father and a husband.

This horrid periods start at about noon on Saturdays and usually extends till Sundays and occasionally on Mondays. The untoward effect of this game on some of us – wives must have eluded the inventors of this game. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons it was created in the first place.

What even annoys me the most, is the science of analytics he turns on when watching his game. When he tries to involve me, I equally switch on my science and bring a few things to his attention.

  • That we are eons away from what the earnings of these footballers! So what dividends has this passion brought?
  • Your emotions are largely influenced by the win or lose situation. Are you not concerned that some persons or group of persons are in remotely in control of your life?
  • You have no personal relationship with any of the guys on the pitch. No player has given you credit for your ardent followership?
  • Sometimes, he quarrels with his friends who have a different positions from him. Is it not a source of concern to you that you are about to lose your friends and family?
  • I spend precious time and energy preparing his favourite meal, but I am not guaranteed of the deserving attention.

Oh! I forgot to mention that on certain weekdays when he comes home earlier than expected, I immediately reckon that a football match is going down. Choi! So much for this evil game – painfully at such times I get to forfeit my TV series.

By the way when he is not watching footie or at work – he is snoozing and I simply can’t understand.

Please help me understand.

25 Most Important rules for keeping your house in order


Trying to keep the house clean these days with an active toddler can be tiring at times! In a day I find myself  tidying a particular space or room again and again because my son keeps pulling things out or just throwing stuffs on the floor!!!

Recently, while surfing the internet, I came across this write up. It gives an interesting guide on how to keep your home clean and “sane”

I must admit…after reading the write up I realized that I am as guilty as my son because I do not keep to most of the rules stated *covers face*. So dear Mommas’ are you also guilty of breaking some of these rules? if you are to score yourself over ten (/10), what will it be? Please read through and share your scores.

  1. Never accept “souvenirs” you actually don’t need
  2. Somewhere, keep an entirely empty shelf or drawer.
  3. Strive to keep surfaces bare. Put away kitchen appliances you don’t use every day; don’t cram stuff onto every ledge.
  4. Get rid of newspapers and magazines as soon as possible. Never keep a newspaper overnight, and never keep a magazine for more than two months—unless you find a positive joy in keeping an orderly collection.
  5. Have an exact place for everything.
  6. Know when to give things away: books, clothes, kitchenware, toys. It’s much easier to get rid of things if you can imagine who will benefit. Figure this out before you start a major clutter-clearing effort.
  7. Fight the piles that accumulate in the hallway, in corners, on bedside tables, on the dining room table.
  8. Don’t buy things on impulse, particularly from bargain stores.
  9. Storing a thing means you don’t need to use it. So before you squirrel something away, ask yourself, “Do I really need to keep this?”
  10. Never accept anything for free, unless you’re thrilled with it. A mug, a tote bag, a hand-me-down toy, the lamp from your mother-in-law–if you don’t need it, don’t take it.
  11. According to “broken windows theory,” signs of decay like broken windows or graffiti create an atmosphere that contributes to larger crime. Burnt-out light bulbs and empty toilet-paper holders are the broken windows of the home; don’t tolerate them.
  12. Have enough hangers in every closet.
  13. Make your bed every morning.
  14. Keep your keys in the same place each day.
  15. Every night before bed, do a tidy-up to put away everything that’s out of place.
  16. If you have stacks of unopened CDs, unread books, unwatched videos of PBS series, or unopened spice jars, don’t let yourself buy any more until you’ve made a dent in what you already have.
  17. Don’t let yourself run out of necessities like envelopes, tape, toothpaste, stamps, Band-aids, batteries, and the like. If you hate to shop, buy large quantities and stockpile them.
  18. Don’t hoard huge quantities of things that you could never use up: binder clips, rubber bands, clay pots, florist vases, plastic grocery bags. Give the rest away.
  19. Buy a box-cutter. They really are handy.
  20. If you have lots of things that you’re reluctant to throw away because you’re not sure what they are (mystery cables, random remote-control devices, important looking screws that appeared mysteriously on the floor, obscure vacuum-cleaner attachment) put them all in one box. You’ll never use the stuff, but you’ll know it’s there.
  21. For extra credit, put a date on the box, and if you haven’t opened it in a year, throw it away.
  22. Never allow a drawer or a closet to get so full that it’s hard to open and shut.
  23. Get rid of things that don’t work. If you’re like me, you’ll be amazed at how many things you have around the house that are perfectly useless.
  24. Set aside a place where you put things to give away, and as soon as you realize you want to get rid of something, put it there. That way, you prevent clutter from accumulating.
  25. If you can’t find something, clean up.


Source: Gretchen Rubin – Better than before.

Momma’s Dilemma Part Two: Nanny or Crèche?

Recently I shared a post on the inner turmoil we parent usually go through each time we need to make a decision that concerns our kids. You can click  here if you missed out on the story.

Another tough decision we get to make is deciding which childcare is ‘better’ nanny or crèche?


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For me it was quite difficult as I had to resume work when my boy was three months and few days old. I finally settled for crèche and I was lucky to have my mum help babysit him some days. Now, I won’t say crèche is the ‘one’ for everyone, but for me at that particular period, it was the better option of the two.

As I said earlier, it was not an easily decision, and I had to contend with the tremendous guilt that crept up on me those initial few months. But with time it got better.

Nevertheless, the point is before selecting which child care is best, (that is, after we must have weigh the pros and cons of the two) it’s very important to consider how this decision is likely to influence our kids emotional and behavioral development. And also, to ask ourselves these questions…

  • First, do I have any family member who is willing and can help out with caring for my child?
  • Budget! This is key when deciding which childcare option to go for
  • Would I prefer my child to be in a group of children, or receive one-on-one care from a nanny?
  • What are the most important characteristics I need in a nanny or crèche?
  • Is my child in good health, or prone to getting ill (children with lower immune systems should be kept home)
  • If my child attends crèche, who will be able to tend to the child on sick days/during school holidays – do I have a granny, friend, domestic worker I can leave my child with?

These questions will help to guide you about having someone care for your baby at home, or whether taking your child to crèche is more suitable.

Source:Baby’s and Beyond: Ruth Kloppers





Valentine’s brouhaha…still on the matter!

Hello Ladies

How is the week going? Trust we are already putting things in place for the special love day. In case you have not started, it’s not too late. You can check here for different ideas on how you can celebrate Valentine’s day with your spouse (Kindly come back to say thank you if you find the tips useful)

So back to the matter! Valentine is this  Sunday, is it too early to ask what outfit we planning on putting on? I’m sure for most of my fashionista Mommas, Sunday’s outfit is already a done deal *winks*

However, for someone like me who is so confused.com in that area (Yeah that’s one of my weaknesses. I wait till the last minute, turn the whole wardrobe upside down, and then mutter to myself few hours later “I don’t have enough outing clothes”…like seriously Nike!!!) I have decided to start early and get my outfit assembled before Sunday.

Reason being that we will be attending first service and I really want to look good for my Man. Also, I have my lil classy man to dress up too. Don’t want hubby giving me “the look” that I am making him run late.

So I have decided to go with Ankara. Thank God, I just found this designer whom my spirit is so pleased with. No more “mamaish style” thank goodness! (Tailor’s wahala, another topic for another day). Ok, so I will be accessorizing this outfit with gold dangling earrings and gold sandals and my baby carrier bag. (No need bothering myself with a gold clutch because my son’s carrier bag will steal the show and attention from it…You know what I mean Mommas).

Here you go, a sneak peek at my outfit by @goziriafriquecouture!

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And in case you don’t want to do Ankara, you can click on the links below to take you to sites where you can get affordable and lovely dresses or just inspiration/reminder of that lovely piece you have in your closet

Fashion Retailer site 1

Fashion Retailer Site 2

Fashion Designer (Ankara)

Valentine’s brouhaha!!!


I saw this meme on social media and I just could not stop laughing 🙂

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Yeah the countdown to Valentine’s day is on and the frenzy just got more real…

I wonder what surprise Hobby is planning for me??? Seriously a romantic getaway trip to a beautiful resort without the little man won”t be a bad idea.

Anyway from my side, I have decided to be like Janet (Smart Chick) and surprise my darling with something special. And should in case I happen to get that lovely getaway surprise trip…well scrape mine!!! (at least I made some efforts which I believe is key)

So lovely Mommas, while stylishly waiting to see what our sweethearts will surprise us with, we can also begin to plan towards that day to make them know how much we still love them. I’ve compiled different fun ideas that you can do to make this year’s Val a memorable one!

  1. Valentine’s Day outfit! Start the day off by picking red and white themed outfits. Now if you know that your Man might not dig the whole colour thingy…you can limit it to just “a touch” of the colours. Have the whole family dress in that theme and make it a fashion show to church or mosque


  1. Make the entire day full of his favorites.+ the breakfast of his dreams, the dinner of his dreams, TV that is his favorite, his music, etc. Don’t say anything about it, surprise him all day long


  1. Get your spouse a lovely card and write on it 3 reasons why you love him and why you are thankful to have him. You can also get the Kid(s) to write 3 things they love about Daddy too.

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  1. Create a CD with songs that you know he loves. Make two copies (Car and office) and remember to present it with a good kiss.


  1. Order food from a take-out restaurant and have a picnic for all the Valentines (Kids inclusive in your living room floor… (make sure to take your mind off the mess that will come with this).


  1. Go on a date with your spouse to a restaurant that you enjoyed when you first met. After you order your meal, take some time to write down favorite memories from the past year. Then share your lists.images (22)


7.  After enjoying a lovely dinner and putting the kid(s) to bed, lit up the candles, dance               to your favorite slow songs, give your spouse a full body massage and watch a                           romantic movie.(ermm…not sure if you will get to do the last beat, but if you do lets               know *wink*)

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8.  What are your Hobby’s quirks and habits that irk you? Don’t nag about any of                            them the entire day. Then try to extend the no-nagging effort to every day of the                     year. Remember, your expression of love should not be limited to just one day.


SOURCE: FamilyLife.comShankman.comThe Balancing Act