Athena is going to be 1 on April 2nd! I can’t believe it! It’s truly amazing how quickly time flies by. It seems like yesterday that I was starting to worry about giving birth and now she’s walking, talking, and eating table foods. I am a mother! How the heck did that even happen? (This is a rhetorical question; please don’t comment.) I feel like a kid myself most times and now I’m completely responsible for a little human being who looks to me for comfort and care. It’s beautiful and scary and intense all at once, but here it is. Thinking about a birthday gift was overwhelming in itself. What do you get for a one year old? What is the best 1st birthday gift? I didn’t want to get her something that she’d like for a few days and then toss aside. I didn’t want to get her clothes or something completely practical; it’s still a birthday after all. I decided on the Joovy Tricycoo and it totally rocks… or should I say rolls? Regardless, it’s awesome. She can use it now with a little help from us, then on her own with us pushing, and finally like a big girl without our help. It’s a great way to introduce her to balance and coordination and it’s pink! Win, win! Continue reading
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“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Most women love purses. They spend thousands of dollars on various colors, sizes, and designers. Recently, I went into a Coach store with a friend of mine and she drooled over a purse that was $3,495! I didn’t think it looked any different from my Walmart purse and it cost more than my first car, but to her it was perfection. She explained how it was THE color of the season, the design would go universally with everything she owned, and the price was reasonable since she would no longer need any other purse. To each his, or in this case her, own but I don’t understand the infatuation. I’ve never really been one for fashion though. I shop at second-hand stores and once in a while I will go all out and buy something from Old Navy or a vintage store. What the “normal” woman spends on purses and shoes, I make up for in outdoor gear and travel. Give me a versatile backpack over a purse any day. I’ve found my Coach purse of backpacks without the hefty price tag. The Mountainsmith Phantom 40 L panel loader is built with durable, lightweight high tenacity nylon and loads of ergonomic features ensuring years of fast, light, and comfortable use. It fits all of my travel needs and can easily act as a “purse” if need be. Continue reading
With only a few items left on this year’s bucket list, it’s completely conceivable that I will finish the entire list. The most daunting task is number 9 – “Lose the baby weight”. I’m still 18 pounds away from my original weight so I need to kick it up a notch if I’m going to make it happen. Each year, I spend hours planning out the list, making it difficult but not impossible. If I can pilot a helicopter, deliver a baby, and fly a jetpack, I can lose 18 pounds by the end of December. The plan: continue with Pilates and add 30 minutes of jogging to my daily routine. Equally intimidating is the constant clothing size change as I transition back to my normal weight, but I found a good solution. Feel Fit Wear offers women’s workout shorts with CompressionFlex technology so they fit my current size, but will adjust as I lose weight. I’ve already had to buy new clothes for each part of the pregnancy. Now, I’ve found a pair of shorts that I can wear throughout the stages of weight loss and I can finally get out of my pregnancy shorts. Bucket list item number nine, be prepared to be scratched off of my list. Continue reading
The 4th of July! The biggest party day in the USA is just around the corner. As new Charlotteans, we want to ring in the celebration with recently made friends and community members, but living in a small apartment while we search for a house makes it difficult to invite people into our “home”. One benefit of living on the first floor, though, is that we have access to the grounds behind our apartment. Short of pulling our dining room table outside, we didn’t really have anywhere to put our stuff. After all, I don’t think it could be a real July 4th celebration without alcohol and BBQ. Alas, we found the GoBar, a high top bar that is ultra-portable and sets up in under a minute. With 3 interchangable options for the front skirt, the GoBar is “clumsy proof” even for a new mom who hasn’t had an alcoholic beverage in over a year. Continue reading
In California, a moving company packed my household items and the service was completely acceptable. They did their job and worked for their money, especially considering we were on the 3rd floor of a condo community. They were friendly and packed most of my furniture safely in the truck. I wasn’t disappointed with the service but there was nothing noteworthy of their performance either. Since it was the first time I used a moving company, I thought that the performance in California was typical. I expected the same when I arrived in Charlotte, but what I received was nothing short of perfection. Gentle Giant Moving Company provided a finely tuned moving experience from the first conversation on the phone to the end of unloading the truck. They’ve completely changed my view on moving companies and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the stress and worry of moving myself. Continue reading
A camping trip to somewhere completely remote without computers, television, and cell
service would be right up my alley… a year ago. With the arrival of my bundle of joy came some limitations for now. A more current reality is camping where walking back to the car to get all the good for dinner is the only hiking involved. Maybe some of you are capable of hiking Everest with a baby strapped to your front and everything you need to survive for a month strapped to your back and all I have to say about that is more power to you. As for me, I’ll stick to my campsite twenty minutes away from home. One of the advantages to this is that I can bring more than I can personally carry, including cookware. There is no better way to end a day outdoors with my family than a proper meal, and the GSI Pinnacle Camper is the ultimate, integrated cooking and eating solution. Continue reading
Athena is now 6 weeks old and it’s time I start taking bucket list item #9, lose the baby weight, seriously. Just last year, I ran a marathon; now walking up three flights of stairs leaves me winded. I want to run again, I want to see muscle on my legs, arms, and stomach rather than fat, and more importantly, I want to be healthy and active so when my daughter is ready to play so am I. Continue reading
I have fond childhood memories of playing croquet at my summer home with my family,
including my parents, my grandparents, and my siblings. Regardless of rain or shine, sun or darkness, we could be found on the front lawn playing croquet or horseshoes. Now that I have a growing family of my own, I want to instill the same sense of happiness with the outdoors in my family. My baby girl may only be 6 weeks old, but finding the right outdoors games and activities is on my mind now more than ever. Baden’s Champions Series Croquet Set is the perfect addition to my collection of outdoor family games. Its high quality and durability will ensure that my family will have years of use yet the price isn’t hard on the bank account. Continue reading
I know that some baby products are multi-purpose and Peg Perego is the master of creating innovative designs that function in various roles, but the Switch Four Modular System is even exceptional for Peg Perego. It comes with all the necessities: an infant car seat for road travel, a comfortable bassinet and bassinet stand for nursery and infant-use, a functional diaper bag, and the much-loved Switch Four stroller that holds both the car seat and bassinet. Instead of being called “switch four”, it should be called “switch ten” or more. Continue reading