Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

I recently had an awesome opportunity to team up with Fashion To Figure to talk about, well, my body and how I dress it. It was awesome. I’ll be sure to update with a link, once I’m able to. For now, I’m super excited to share a mini lookbook featuring some plus size party dresses to get you through the summer.

I’m not big on wearing dresses. I have a dozen or so, but I hardly bust them out of the closet. Mostly, it’s because I spend my days with two toddlers and even when we are out and about, dresses are not the wisest outfit choice. That being said, I’m still a woman… a woman that hates making plans. Thus, I occasionally need the p e r f e c t outfit, last minute. So, I keep my closet fully stocked with last minute, knock em’ dead, style of outfits.

You never know when Robert Downey Jr. is going to need a last minute date to the Oscars. Amiright? A girl can dream- er fantasize. ;)

I’m hosting a closet sale very soon, so my dress selection seriously declined. I had no choice but to re-up my party dress selection. Fashion To Figure (whom I featured in my latest summer lookbook) has a huge selection of affordably priced clothes and accessories. It wasn’t hard to find three outfit choices for a variety of affairs.

Variety of affairs... Geez, I’m such an adult sometimes. Moving right along…

Look #1: “Family Party” = Sassy & Stylish

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

Sweet Tart Flare Dress//Fashion To Figure
Shenandoah Stone Necklace//Fashion To Figure
Gold Bangles//Fashion To Figure
Pearl Cuff//Fashion To Figure
Metallic Strap Platform Heels//Torrid (Worn Here)

Look #2: “Business Event” = Professional & Polished

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure


Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure


Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure

Okay, so this one isn’t technically a dress. It’s a crop top and skirt, but if you want to be more demure, you an easily pull the skirt up to make it look like one piece. Sexy as hell, either way. 

Elise Textured Crop Top//Fashion To Figure
Textured Skirt//Fashion To Figure
Necklace//Fashion To Figure
Gold Bracelet//Fashion To Figure
Nude Heels//Forever 21
Python Skin Bag//CUADRA (Seen here, here, & here)

Look #3: “Girls Night” = Sleek & Sexy

Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure


Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook featuring Fashion To Figure


Plus Size Party Dresses LookBook

Super Model Halter Dress//Fashion To Figure
Bangles//Fashion To Figure
Vegas Cutout Clutch//Fashion To Figure

Watch my lookbook video and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel! 


Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial Video feat. Vincent Longo

Many thanks to the folks over at BeautyStat for the opportunity to review these Vincent Longo Cosmetics. #VLbbloggerhaul #bstat 

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial with Vincent Longo Cosmetics

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of purple makeup. Purple lips and lids are a regular in my routine. My makeup collection was lacking a bit in the purple hues recently, after I got rid of a bunch of old makeup. Thankfully, some of the goodies I received from the Vincent Longo line included my favorite shades.

After testing the makeup out for a couple of weeks, I felt the need to share my new gems. Some of the products were things I’ve never tried before; like the lip and cheek gel stain (which are totally gluten free, pretty cool).

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial with Vincent Longo Cosmetics

I fell totally in love with this Pearl X Eyeshadow in Destiny Rose. It looks so beautiful in the packaging and even more gorgeous on my lids. For the makeup tutorial, I packed the color all over my lid. I intensified it by wetting my brush with a setting spray before applying the shadow.

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial with Vincent Longo Cosmetics

I’ve been on a mad hunt for new blushes recently, because I own like 2… maybe 3. This one blew me away. Again, it looks so nice in the packaging and the color payoff is great. My Dew Drop Radiant Blush is in the color Desert Rose and totally complements my light skin tone.

Pretty In Purple Makeup Tutorial

The pièce de résistance is definitely this Silk Velour Lipstick in the shade Vanguard. I am a sucker for purple lips. This super silky soft purple color was the perfect addition to my pretty in purple makeup look. I know a lot of people shy away from these deep shades or reserve them for the Fall or Winter seasons… but lipsticks this beautiful deserve their time to shine, no matter what season it is.

I tried out many products from Vincent Longo and can honestly say, I’m pleased with them, overall. If you’re interested in trying out some products for yourself, check out the Vincent Longo Website. (I mean, who can resist that eyeshadow? Seriously.)

Use the code ”BSBIBEQ” for 15% off any purchase!

For the full makeup tutorial, watch my video below and be sure to subscribe to me on YouTube for many more makeup tutorials, fashion, beauty, and body confidence!

[Plus Size Fashion] Summer Lookbook

Hello gorgeous. ♡

It’s been a little while since the last time we talked.  I’ve been incredibly busy over on my YouTube channel, Sarah Rae Vargas, and have been neglecting my blog a teeny tiny bit. But not anymore! I have some exciting new posts planned for the near future.

For now, let’s all enjoy the rest of summer before it zips on by like every other season. I made a plus size fashion summer lookbook and am so excited to show it to you. :)

Watch the video to see all 5 outfits in action.

Look #1

Plus Size Summer Lookbook

Blazer//Lane Bryant
Light Wash Ankle Pants//Fashion To Figure
Paradise Double Strap Tank//Fashion To Figure
Nude Flats//Target

Look #2

Plus Size Fashion Summer Lookbook
Polka Dot Peplum Top//Torrid
Denim Shorts//Torrid (different wash)
Accessories//New York and Company
Parella Backpack//ALDO

Look #3

Plus Size Fashion Summer Lookbook
Psychic Reader Graphic Hi-Lo Tank//Torrid
Belted Chiffon Hi-Lo Skirt//Torrid
Wedges//Steve Madden
Python Skin Bag//CUADRA (same style, different color)

Look #4

Plus Size Fashion Summer Lookbook

Top//Old Navy
Cropped Jeggings//Torrid
Sandals//New York and Company
Harry Potter Bracelet//Etsy

Look #5

Plus Size Fashion Summer Lookbook

Pascal Quote Racerback Tank//Torrid
Plaid Shirt//Torrid
Denim Shorts//Torrid
Sandals//New York and Company
Bag & Sunnies//ALDO

I’m wearing my Irresistible Me Hair Royal Remy 200g, 22″ set in Chocolate Brown #2.
Use code “IrresistibleSarahRae” for 10% off your purchase.

You might also like my previous lookbook, all about Plus Size Swimwear, click the picture below!
Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook

Many thanks to Fashion to Figure for sending out the cute tank and jeans I wore in outfit #1. ;)

Lotto Tickets, Cheap Beer, and Bruno Mars

Many thanks to the Illinois Lottery for hooking it up with tickets to an
amazing concert as part of the Anything’s Possible Music Series.

Lotto Tickets, Cheap Beer, and Bruno Mars #APMusicSeries

Lotto tickets, cheap beer
That’s why you can catch me here
Tryna scratch my way up to the top

I can relate to Liquor Store Blues, by Bruno Mars, on so many levels. I’m here for you, Bruno. I’ll even comb that gorgeous pompadour that you rock. Okay, but seriously, I love me some Bruno. When the Illinois Lottery approached me with the opportunity to go see Bruno Mars live on his Moonshine Jungle Tour, I was all over it.

Bruno is only one of the many amazing artists that are a part of the Anything’s Possible Music Series. The Illinois Lottery’s Anything’s Possible Music Series features over 30 amazing concerts, with something to please just about everyone. It includes the Vans Warped Tour, Aerosmith, Panic! At The Disco, Robin Thicke, Foreigner and a whole bunch of other great artists, courtesy of Live Nation.

Lotto Tickets, Cheap Beer, and Bruno Mars

I went to the concert with my brother and planned to get there nice and early so we could scope out the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, as I hadn’t been there in about 7 years. Turns out, traffic from the western suburbs to Tinley Park… is no joke. Especially on a Friday night. It took us about 2 hours to get there, so if you’re heading to one of the concerts at the Amphitheatre this summer, I would suggest leaving extra early.

We didn’t have much time before the show started to look around, but I did stop by the Illinois Lottery booth to see what they had going on. The folks working the booth were super helpful and their booth was pretty cool. If you bought $5 worth of tickets, you could play a little scratch off game on their iPad, and win a prize. I won some bright blue stunner shades and $2. Awww yeah.

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Also, they have an awesome sweepstakes going on, where you can win a Flyaway Trip for a Live Nation show plus $5000 cash! You also get a $1 instant ticket just for signing up at their booth.

Anywho, after visiting their booth and taking a terrifying trip into the pitch black porta potty, we headed to the VIP deck for some Bruno action. It was a nice little deck just to the right of the stage where Bruno and his hella talented band/back up dancers were getting down for a couple of hours.

Like I said, this wasn’t my first concert at the  First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, but WOW this place was totally packed. Last time I was there, I was actually able to sit down and chill out in the field (aka the cheap seats). There was not a single person sitting down for the duration of Bruno’s concert. The amphitheater was completely packed and Bruno put on one hell of a show.

I KNOW this won’t be my last concert from the #APMusicSeries this summer. There are just way too many great artists on the lineup and I can’t resist a good concert. I like to live my life in a Wiz Khalifa approved manner, just living young, and wild, and free. PS: Did I mention Wiz is a part of the #APMusicSeries, and will be here August 5th? Eeek!

Outfit of the Day: I’m So Fancy

Outfit of the Day I'm So Fancy

I love switching my style up, but sometimes I note that certain trends just won’t work for me or my body. One of those trends: joggers. I’ve seen so many people from Gabi Fresh to Nadia Aboulhosn rocking the hell out of plus size joggers buuut I just couldn’t seem to make them work.

I’ve tried on countless pairs, but none of them made it to the register with me. Then I was contacted by Pop Up Plus and they asked if they could send me their “it” item. When I saw what that item was… I wanted to say “No, thanks.” Actually, I wanted to say “hell to the nahhh.”

Instead, I said gave them my address. Challenge accepted. I may have tried at least 10 different tops and shoes with these joggers before finally settling on something that was not only totally my style, but looked fly as hell too.

The joggers are super comfortable. The shoes… are not. That’s Target for you, though. Their shoes are hell on the feet, but they look so cute, that it’s almost worth the pain. The entire outfit is really lightweight and airy, perfect for the summertime.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Iggy Azalea lately, and I’m not even going to lie.. I was feeling myself in this outfit and couldn’t stop singing…

“I’m sooo fancy. You already know. I’m in the fast lane. From LA to Tokyo!” 

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What I’m Wearing

Chiffon Long Sleeve Open Back Blouse//Torrid
Fashion Joggers//Pop Up Plus
Ankle Strap Heels//Target
Royal Chocolate Brown 22″ 200G Hair//Irresistible Me


Outfit of the Day: Crop Top & Living Doll LA Plus

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Hi there, sweets. Why do I feel like it has been f o r e v e r since my last plus size outfit of the day? I feel like my life has been flying by. I’m so busy now, with the daily vlogs that I’m uploading, and the crazy amount of videos I have recorded and waiting for editing.

Anywho, I needed to go exchange some things at the mall recently and found this awesome little leather and gold tassel belt at New York & Company. I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my new “Sicker Than Your Average” pants that I received from Living Doll LA.

I had a courtesy package sitting on my bed for me when I arrived home from my last trip and was sooo excited to rip it open and try on all the clothes. I LOVE the tanks that I got. They are graphic and super comfortable. The quality is awesome, and it’s made in the USA… double awesome.

The second I tried on these pants I KNEW that I had to feature them in an OOTD, asap. They were about 6+ inches too big at my waist, but fit my thighs perfectly. Taking them in takes only a few minutes and they look freaking gorgeous. They are really lightweight and perfect for being summertime fine. ;)

You can find Living Doll LA in Nordstroms, Dillard’s, Von Maur, Belk, and Buckle, 80% of their line is made in the USA. You can use code “ravings10″ and get 10% off anything, excluding sale items through June 30.

I’ve been obsessing over gold accessories and embellishments lately and this look really shows that. Head to the bottom of the post for all outfit details. Be sure to watch my video on YouTube and subscribe to never miss an update.

Plus Size OOTD Crop Top & Living Doll LA

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What I’m Wearing

Crop Top//Forever21+
Sicker Than Your Average Pants//Living Doll LA
Adelaide Bag//ALDO
3-Strap Open Toe Platform Heels//Torrid
Belt//New York & Company
Hoxie Sunglasses//ALDO
Watch//New York & Company
Royal Chocolate Brown 22″ 200G Hair//Irresistible Me

Bye-Bye Razor Burn! [Whish Shave Cream Review]

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Whish Body. I received a promotional item and Whish Body samples to facilitate my review. 

Bye-Bye Razor Burn! [Whish Shave Cream Review]

Shaving has always been a huge pain in the butt. I have super sensitive skin and I constantly break out in razor burn. It’s not limited to the sensitive bits like my bikini line and underarms. Nope. I get razor burn absolutely anywhere that the razor touches. It’s terrible.

I’ve tried those hair removal creams, but they stink and make my skin burn. I’ve tried waxing but it’s too expensive, too time consuming, and too freaking painful. Plus, you have to let your hair grow out before you can wax and I’m not into the Chewbacca look.

I’ve tried dozens of shaving foams and shaving creams and they’ve all resulted in burned skin. I have bought tons of pre shave and post shave serums and creams and they have fallen flat. Because it’s such a big problem for me and I’m kind of desperate, I am at the point where I’m willing to spend anything if it means that I can have smooth skin, for once.

Thankfully, I recently discovered Whish. Man oh man, I’ve never been so excited about taking something new into my shower. I was skeptical when I got the Whish Shave Cream, Ingrown Hair Serum, and Hair Inhibiting Gel. I was willing to give it a shot, but expected nothing magical.

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I love the packaging of all three products. It’s unlike anything I’ve bought before and that was kind of exciting. I read up on the shave cream before using it and learned that it was created with the power of men’s shaving cream but without any harmful chemicals. I was  surprised by how much I liked the shave cream. A little bit goes a long way and it didn’t clog up my razor, like some of my other creams.

As I mentioned, my main problem is razor burn and occasionally ingrown hairs. The Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum worked wonders. I’m not sure if it was the serum alone, or having it paired up with the shave cream and gel, but together… it was truly magical. Okay, it wasn’t magic. It was pretty awesome though.

I recently shot a swimwear lookbook and couldn’t risk having razor burn or bumps all over my skin and showing up in the pictures and video. I used the shave cream, then the hair inhibiting gel, and followed up with the serum in the week leading up to my shoot. My skin was smooth and totally devoid of any burn or bumps.

Maybe one of the reasons that my skin responds so well to Whish products is because they are all natural, paraban free, sulfate free, TEA & DEA free, and petrochemical free. Whish is conscious of their ingredients and my skin thanks me for it. :)

You can pick up Whish products at Nordstrom or They are pricier than your typical drugstore shave creams, but I think they’re worth the extra cash. The shave cream is $20, the ingrown hair serum is $22.50, and the hair inhibiting gel is $26. I have no doubt that I’ll be picking up some more Whish when I run out of my current stock. #MC

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook + Video [6 Swimsuit Outfits]

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You guys asked for a plus size swimwear lookbook, and I couldn’t help but deliver. I had so much fun looking for swimsuits to feature in this shoot. Honestly, I’ve never really worn much swimwear. I’ve always been super timid and embarrassed, but I realized it’s totally stupid to miss out on something because I’m worried about what other people are going to think of me. I think I’m pretty damn amazing, and that’s all that really matters.

So I didn’t just get one swim suit… I got six. Plus size swimwear has come a looong way in the last few years. I would have LOVED to purchase some of the suits that I mentioned in my Plus Size Swimwear post from a few weeks back, but they were all out of stock. Bummer.

Not to worry, I found lots of awesome swimsuits and coverups. Along with some fun accessories to glam up that bikini, or midkini, or fatkini, or whatever you want to wear. ;)

Outfit details are listed below each photoset. Check out the video lookbook I did for my YouTube channel.

Look #1

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Bold Cut Out Bikini Set: Forever21+
Earrings: Forever21
Ring: Forever21
Cat Eye Sunglasses: Forever21

Look #2

Plus Size Swimwear LookBook

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Plus Size Swimwear LookBook 3

Plus Size Swimwear LookBook 2

Fruit Frenzy Bikini Set: Forever21+
Gold Hoop Earrings: H&M
Sunglasses: ALDO

Look #3

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Becca ETC See It Through Bikini Top (Tart):  c/o Leigh Ann’s
Becca ETC See It Through Bikini Bottom (Tart): c/o Leigh Ann’s
Chiffon Cover Up: c/o Leigh Ann’s 
Silver Diamond Hoop Earrings: Torrid
Sunglasses: Sears

Look #4

Plus Size Swimwear LookBook 3 copy

Plus Size Swimwear LookBook 2 copy

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 4 copy

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Swimsuit: Sears
Coverup (It’s actually a top, but it totally works): c/o Leigh Ann’s
Black Hoop Earrings: Torrid
Galaxy Bracelet: Rastaclat
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers

Look #5

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Bombshell Bikini Top in Neon Coral: Forever21+ (Not listed, but stores should have it)
Bombshell Bikini Bottom Neon Coral: Forever21+
Breezy Sandstorm Kaftan: Forever21+
Dangly Earrings: OldNavy
Hair Bow: Forever21
Sunglasses: ALDO

Look #6

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Tribal Fringe Swimsuit: Forever21+ (Not listed)
Sheer Coverup: Sears
Heart Earrings (Fisherman’s): New York and Company
Sunglasses: New York and Company

HUGE Thank you to My Leigh Ann’s for their gorgeous, high quality suit. Also, to my photographer for hanging out in the sun with me for… ever. ;)

Skin Health with Neutrogena

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with NEUTROGENA and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Neutrogena Sun Up, Sun Down #ChooseSkinHealth

The summer usually means one thing to me, burned skin. I remember when I was about 16 years old, I was SO concerned with how pasty white I was going to look at my school dances and went to a tanning salon to sign up. Now, before you can tan, they give you a questionnaire to fill out to find out if it is “safe” for you.

Tanning beds aren’t safe, but anyway… the only reason I was deemed eligible, is because I was able to check the little box that said Hispanic. It gave me enough “points” to become a member. Yay, right? Nah. I may be latina, but my skin is still fair.

My skin burns so easily. Ever since I was a child, I’ve experienced horrible sun burns. I never really understood why my skin was so opposed to the sun, but I was surrounded by so many skin health myths, I didn’t learn how to protect myself until a much later age.

I remember believing that getting a tan, meant getting a sun burn and letting it fade. Um, no. Although my skin was always slightly darker after a serious sunburn, I quickly realized that “tanning” and “burning” are NOT the same thing. My skin was being damaged every time that I exposed it to the sun without some serious SPF.

Hispanics and African Americans can’t get burned. Not. While the kids father and I were still in a relationship, I remember having TONS of arguments with him about putting sunscreen on the babies. He figures because they are mixed, or because they are half black that they don’t need sunscreen. No matter how dark your skin, you NEED to protect it from the sun’s super harmful rays. Even if you don’t “burn”, your skin is still being damaged.

I’m all about protecting my kid’s skin, and I love the Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen for them. They tend to have extra sensitive skin in the summer and I’ve never had any issues when using Pure & Free.

If you’re pale, you can’t ever go in the sun. I lived by this little myth for a long time. After having my skin covered in blisters year after year after year… I gave up on the sun. I hid away every summer and dreaded going outside. Then I discovered Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen and everything changed.

I remember walking into a drugstore on the way to a Chicago Cubs game in the middle of a hot and sticky Chicago summer about 8 years ago, and seeing it for the first time. I grabbed it because I’m a big Neutrogena fan and the SPF was super high (I normally wear between 70-100SPF). It was freaking amazing. I rubbed down with it, and hung out in the sun for the entire day. The Cubs lost (shocker, I know) but I totally won that day.

You might be reading this and thinking that I’m just amping up these products because it’s a sponsored post. I assure you, I’m not. Finding sunscreen that actually protects my super fair skin, was life changing. For someone with skin as fair as mine, the sun can be an enemy. I live by Neutrogena Sunscreen. I don’t avoid the sun. I buy it in every single form. I have the kind you rub on, the one you spray on, and I’m loving the new Ultra Sheer® Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum.

I recently did a swimwear photo shoot where I laid out in the sun for over 5 hours. It was over 100 degrees. I had little clothing on, and I didn’t burn. More than just that, my skin was totally protected. I used the mess free stick to put sunscreen all over my face and body before I applied my spray on tanner. Hey, a girl still needs a little color! My makeup went on perfectly with the sunscreen as a base and it kept me protected the entire time. It’s also water and sweat resistant, which was vital because I totally ended up in the pool. ;)

I’m posting the swimsuit photo shoot tomorrow, but for now here’s a sneak peek. You’ll notice my skin isn’t burned at all and this is after about 4 hours of shooting. #Winner

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Party Time.

On 5/22 at 9am Eastern, Neutrogena kicks off the Sun Up, Sun Down social media movement using the hashtag #ChooseSkinHealth. This is a national initiative to communicate and stress the importance of sun safety for the entire family.

Join us for the “Sun Up, Sun Down” Tweet-A-Thon on May 22nd at at 5-6 PM EDT Topic:  Sun Protection Myth-Busters: Debunk some of the most common sun care myths. Also, 7-8 PM EDT Topic: Melanoma is Colorblind: Sun protection for all skin tones.

RSVP for the chance to win a pre-party prizes (Four $25 gift cards): 

Potty Training Tips for Boys

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Pull-Ups® Training Pants and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Potty Training Tips for Boys

Last week, I told you all about my experience training my little Potty Princess, Nahla Rae. She still has accidents here and there, but for the most part, she was a breeze. Maybe she was a little too easy. Because when it came to potty training my little boy, Jaden, I was in for a reality check.

Not every kid is potty trained in 3 hours.
Not every kid is ready to be training before age two.
Not every kid can sit down and pee. (Hello, this one I should’ve known)
Jaden was an entirely new experience. I tried the exact same methods on him that I did on Nahla and the results were utterly disastrous. By the middle of day one, I wanted to quit motherhood. I was ready to start making “Free to a good (eh, I’ll take decent) home.” Seriously. He made me feel like a failure and I made him feel like he was doing something wrong. It was just wrong, wrong wrong.
Potty Training Tips for Little Boys
I feel like the picture above accurately represents my experience potty training these munchkins. Nahla was a good little girl and did as she was told. No muss, no fuss with that one. Jaden did whatever he wanted, drove me insane, and eventually we figured it out… but not without a few tears – from each of us.Of course, we did manage to get it right. Now that I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of potty training little boys, I can share with you some of my tips. If you’re looking for general potty training tips, check out my post from last week.

Tips for Potty Training Little Boys

  • Potty Seats - Now, I’m a huge advocate of potty seats because potty chairs are just totally gross and unnecessary. But, I realized that not all potty seats were created equal. I have purchased THREE just for Jaden. One had a slick little raised part in the crotch area to block the pee – didn’t work. Pee everywhere. Another had an attached plastic piece in front of the crotch area to block the pee – didn’t work. Pee everywhere. The third was just a normal squishy potty seat with nothing to block the pee – didn’t work. Pee everywhere, duh.

    My solution? Jaden stands up to pee. He’s a BIG boy and can stand on his tippy toes and manage to pee without making a mess. Before you buy a bunch of seats and try every weird position (don’t ask) just see if your little man can reach the toilet on his own.

  • Do it when he’s ready - Nahle spoiled me. She wasn’t even two, she took only a few hours to get the hang of it, and she never looked back. Jaden… didn’t. Just before he hit two years old, I was determined to potty train him, because no son of mine was going to enter the twos in diapers. He wasn’t ready. I wasn’t ready. I forced it, and it failed miserably.

    Potty training is an exciting milestone, but often a long journey that takes commitment. I reminded myself that not being potty trained by two isn’t the end of the world and another few months wouldn’t make a big difference.After a disastrous attempt, we waited about 1-2 months and then he sort of warmed up to the idea and I was able to regain my sanity and give it another shot. It was successful the second time around. :)

  • Speaking of twos - It didn’t take long to dawn on me that even though we solved the peeing problem, by having him stand up, that he couldn’t do that other bodily function standing up. The potty seats still weren’t an option, because he has massive thunder thighs and they are just not meant for cushioned seats.

    So how does he do it? He sits on the regular toilet seat and props himself up. Every now and again his booty touches the water, which is disgusting, but it’s working for us. He’s able to angle his lower half so that if he has to pee and poop… he can just sit straight on the toilet seat to do it. He’s such a little champ.

    Even though Nahla was super easy to potty train, Jaden is just so low maintenance when it comes to using the bathroom that I’m almost happy we had such a rough time and discovered these little tricks.

I’m currently night and nap training Jaden. He is obsessed with his Jack and the Neverland Pirates and Cars Pull-Ups. They are super easy for him to use and he gets excited every time I bust one out for him. He is a BIG boy and the Pull-Ups fit him nice and snug, without digging into his sides like some diapers did. They also provide just the right amount of protection for training.

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