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After 4 tries, we were finally able to find out that we’re expecting another girl! I’m starting to get pretty psyched on the idea of two girls, you know, because they are awesome. Well, that & I’ve been going through all of the amazing little things I saved from V’s infancy.

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I just need to take a minute and say how thankful I am for the Munchkin & The First Years Brands. Up until yesterday, I had a cluttered drawer with all kinds of sippy cups, bowls, plates etc. and I finally decided I couldn’t take it anymore. We’ve been fans of The First Years ‘Take & Toss’ line for a while now, I love that not only are all the drinking & snack cups stackable, but they are cheap, dishwasher safe, BPA free & recyclable! They’ve been so handy for lunches & general wear and I’m not up all night kicking myself if I misplace or loose one. The come in all sorts of shapes & sizes and have recently started sporting different children’s characters. A 4 pack of 10 oz. drinking cups cost about 5 dollars, just to give you an idea how how cheap they are.

Last night I went through V’s drawer and got rid of (almost) everything & then I went out and got her two sets of Munchkin brand Multi bowls & two sets of Multi Plates. Holy cow, what a difference! Bowls & plates run about 5 or 6 bucks for 5 and are made of safe, non-toxic plastic. They are dishwasher safe (top rack only) and can even venture into the microwave.

So now, thanks to these guys we now have a rainbow-riffic and very organized feeding drawer for V. Yay!

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ERGObaby Carrier

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This baby is the cream of the crop when it comes to baby carries in my opinion. When I first got pregnant almost 3 years ago, I was all set to be a super babywearing mama. After I had V though it was a totally different story; The sling hurt my shoulder, my bjorn was too stiff & the mei tai was just too much for me to handle. With the Ergo Baby carrier however, I had nothing to complain about (and neither did my daughter).

ERGOBaby is a family owned & operated company located on Maui, Hawaii. Karin Frost designed the carrier in 2001 after her son was born & she is always researching and working hard to expand the ERGObaby product line. For these carries to become as popular as they have in such a short amount of time, you know it’s a quality item. The ERGO comes in all sorts of great colors and prints and even has a handful of organic options.

The ERGObaby carrier is an ergonomic soft shell carrier that’s made with 100% cotton, it’s similar in ways to the bjorn but much more streamlined & a snap, literally, to use. It has padded shoulder straps that are fully adjustable as is the waist belt and can suit people almost any shape or size. The buckles are strong & sturdy on the ERGO, reinforced with stitching and safety webbing, giving it the ability to hold almost 90 pounds. My favorite parts of the ERGO are the zip pocket & the hood. If V falls asleep I don’t have to worry about her being protected from the elements and the zip pocket allows me to always have an easy place for my keys & wallet (and the pacifier of course).

You can do a side, back & hip carry with the ERGO, they are all pretty simple and instructional videos are available on the website. Also available is an infant insert so you can start using your ERGO even earlier! My daughter is 2.5 now and she still loves to be in the ERGO. She loves when my husband carries her on his back & she gets to be “Papa’s Backpack’. We use this for quick errands to long treks, it’s especially handy in the winter when driving just isn’t an option and you NEED to get down the street to pick up that pizza. 😉 This is, hands down, my favorite carrier that I’ve ever owned and I’m looking forward to using it when #2 arrives in October!

Please do yourself a favor and stop by www.ergobabycarrier.com to see their awesome line of products and learn more about them, I promise you will be impressed!

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This is one of those things I wish I had known about when V was first born. For months during pregnancy I spent countless hours being totally overwhelmed by the choices & prices of strollers. In the last 2+ years, we’ve gone through a handful of them, never being completely satisfied.
It was then that I decided to bite the bullet & buy a BOB stroller. I’d been hearing about them and seeing them around even more. I really like the sleek look and the size is perfect. So a few months ago, our BOB Revolution arrived and I have been in love ever since.

First, the shocks on this thing are AMAZING. I can smoothy glide over anything with ease. My big gripe with almost all of my other strollers has been the wheels but with the BOB I can go from cracked pavement to gravel to high grass without any problems. It was a sinch to put together, just pop on the wheels & go! The basket is nice & roomy, we do a lot of walking and usually hit the grocery store on foot. The BOB allows me to fit quite a hefty load in there and with a 70 lb. weight limit, I can even buy milk! My daughter *loves* this stroller. She even requests that I bring it into our living room on occasion so she can sit in it while she watches television. She has no trouble climbing in & out of it and it’s nice and roomy for her. I love the two cargo pockets that are inside the seat, perfect for storing drinks or random little treasures that we find along our walks. The sunshade is excellent, it covers V almost entirely & has a peek-a-boo window to boot. We’ve used the recline a few times and it has always worked out well, V seems super comfortable in it at all times, which I really like. It’s simple to fold up, although a little heavy weighing in at 23 lbs., but it fits in our wagon like a champ. We use it so much that it hardly ever gets a chance to be folded though.

Along with coming in some really great colors (we opted for the black & tan), accessories galore can be purchased for the BOB. Some available accoutrements are the infant car seat adaptor, handle bar console, sun shield & weather shield (for you hardcore strollers out there). For more information on BOB products and strollers, check out http://www.bobgear.com

I really can’t say enough good things about the BOB Revolution. Yes, it’s a little expensive but it’s well worth the money (and you can certainly find them on sale from time to time). This baby was built to last & I have no doubt that it will probably get turned into a cargo cart once the kids are too big for it!

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Gosh, It’s really been quite a while since I last updated. We’ve been bombarded with rain & gloomy weather here in New England so it’s taken just about all of my energy to try to entertain V every day. I hope to be up and running at almost full speed very soon, so I hope you’ll keep checking back every now and then. xo

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