Thursday, 17 January 2013
Moms (and Dads) you’ve come to the right place to learn about the Joovy Blogging Program. Joovy loves partnering with blogging professionals to review our products. We also love to learn about you, your blog’s focus, your expertise and passions.
We’d love to learn why you want to blog about Joovy, our brand and products and how they fit with your blog. There’s just a little bit of information we require of you and it’s all listed below. Please tell us about your site and the traffic. This helps us determine which item is best for your blog. Samples are for review and giveaway only, not for resale.
Presently, we are looking for bloggers to review all Joovy products especially our newer introductions: moonRoom, Roo, TwinRoo, Spoon, Loo and StepTool. Existing favorites are also available: Caboose Ultralight, Groove, Nook to name a few. Take a visit to our website to see what product fits your family presently.
If one of the above products is of interest to you to review, please note this on your application with your color of preference.
Next step? We’ll visit your site and take a look at previous reviews you have done. If we feel that we have a good fit, you’ll be hearing from us.
The Joovy Blogging Program will serve you, your readers and fans of Joovy products with valuable information about our product features and cool new introductions and we look forward to working together.
Please submit your application only once. Thank you for your submission!
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Actress Christie Lynn Smith is best known for playing Deardra Farnum in the recent remake of the film “The Crazies.” Her latest projects, include two feature films, “Assumed Memories”, starring with Casper Van Diem and “The M Word” starring Frances Fisher due out 2013. She has also Recurred and Guest Starred on some the hottest TV shows such as Bones, NCIS, Justified, House, Weeds, 90210, Castle and General Hospital just to name a few….
Christie Lynn and her actor husband, John Fortson, are expecting their second child in early January. We were grateful to spend time with Christie to chat about motherhood, being a working mom and pregnancy the second time around.
Christie, can you tell me what you are working on currently?
I just wrapped Guest Starring on Paging Dr. Freed, a new comedy pilot for USA network. I play Karen, a pregnant woman who is 10 months pregnant and beyond livid that my doctor is sending me home when I am ready to POP! and want the baby out! It was a blast! It’s very funny how life imitates art. I know in about 3 months I could feel the same way! I got to work with Joel David Moore from Avatar again. We worked together a few years ago on a Ray Liotta film called Ticket Out and Annie Potts also stars in the pilot.
Christie Lynn, as an expectant mother of your second child due January 3rd, what is different about your pregnancy this time around?
People always say you “POP” much earlier, and it’s true. I definitely started showing much earlier than with my first. Right now it looks like a swallowed a basketball.
And it’s been harder to sleep this time around and for the first time the other night, I had heart burn! OH MY! I thought I was having a heart attack! I made John, my husband, get up and grab the pregnancy book… and sure enough it was heart burn! And I just heard that “heart burn” = “lots of hair on the baby’s head.” HA! I wonder if that is true! We will find out soon….
And I feel like this pregnancy is flying by, I’m really not sure where almost 7 months have gone. I’m sure it’s because I have a little girl to also take care of. We are constantly busy with so many things… I’m really trying to find the time to rest – much harder this time around.
What are you most looking forward to upon the arrival of this new bundle of joy?
I want to meet the little guy who has been kicking me all this time! It’s such an amazing experience to feel that sensation and kinda unbelievable at the same time… that a human is growing inside me. I still am in awe about that! I can’t wait to hold him and my arms and see his sweet little face and look into his eyes and smile and tell him I love him. I’m also very excited to see the bond that Abby and the little guy will have. Abby’s is going to be an amazing big sister.
You and John are great parents to Abby Ryder. How are you preparing her for her new little brother’s arrival?
We are including her in everything, from name picking to picking out clothes for him. We are taking her to the hospital where she was born for a “Big Kid’s Maternity Tour.” She will get to see where she was born and where this baby will be born. They talk with the kids about when mommy goes away for a couple days and they get to play with some pretend babies. It sounds very sweet.
We also have been talking to her about becoming a big sister and how important her role will be. She’s very excited about her baby brother’s arrival. She’s always kissing my belly, singing and talking to him. Abby’s an amazing girl. She’s so sweet, caring, smart, strong and playful.
And I have told her that she will always be mama’s baby girl no matter what!
How does work play into motherhood for you? What is the secret to balancing family and parenthood?
Doing it all can be tough sometimes, but I love being a mom, wife and a working mommy. Sometimes I feel bad if I have to go to work to shoot a TV show or out of town to do a film, but I know I will be a better mommy if I continue following my dreams and my heart. I love what I do, acting is in my blood and I hope to instill in Abby and my little guy on the way how important it is to continue to do what you love. I really talk to Abby about “quality time verus quanity” and I make an effort to give myself fully when I am off and not working. Also, I try to keep it in perspective. Family is the most important thing in my life, not working… and the memories I have with them will last a lifetime.
Are you planning on breastfeeding this time around? If so, what do you like best about nursing your baby?
Yes! Breastfeeding your baby is so important if you can do it. I loved the bonding experience that it created between Abby and I. She was rarely sick when she was little or now and I think it’s from breastfeeding. I remember having to pump out of town when I shot a few films and carrying my breast milk through security at the airport… Having to take it out and have them “inspect it” was pretty funny!
Abby has been pretending to breastfeed her doll, Uda. I think she’s preparing for the baby coming and what I will be doing all day long…
As a Joovy Mom, how do Joovy products fit into your home life and your active family’s lifestyle? What product(s) are your favorite?
I love Joovy! I wish I had learned about Joovy when Abby was first born. Joovy’s products are all high quality while being functionable and stylish as well. They just seem to have thought of everything.
We have really enjoyed using the Cocoon! We pull it behind us when we go bike riding down by the beach. It’s so nice to put the cooler in the back with Abby’s toys and ride for an hour and stop and picnic. Then we convert it into a jogging stroller and use it to go on walks or runs around the neighborhood. Abby loves riding in it since she feels like she’s a princess in a carriage.
Abby LOVES her Bicycoo Balance Bike. She rides everywhere and has developed a great since of balance without ever using training wheels. Which is great because I think Santa is bringing her a BIG girl bike this year. (Shhh… don’t tell her) We love the quality here again as it’s got real rubber tires giving her a smooth sturdy ride.
Abby also loves using the Joovy Toy infant seat, playroom and stroller. Her dolls Uda and Pom Pom (love their names!) have fun riding in the stroller and Uda is sleeping in the playroom now! The products are amazing and built just like the real thing!
We are excited about the Ergo Caboose Stroller that we get to use with the baby on the way. I love the large canopy it offers and the stand/sit feature for Abby so she can ride with her little brother. It’s just an awesome looking stroller as well. Since my husband runs all the time he is going to love using the ZOOM jogging stroller! It’s super light and strong made from aircraft grade materials with super smooth wheels so your run isn’t interrupted by bumps.
Joovy just fits our life. We love them!
What’s up next for you?
Over the next few months we are in transition with our home. Making a playroom for Abby and baby to be, clearing out garage, getting ready for baby… very busy in that regard.
We are having a Baby Shower on October 21st at the COOP which is also benefiting a special charity. As children of military parents ourselves, we are honored to join with the wonderful charity Celebrate the Military Child to acknowledge and support the Military child. These children make the unknowing sacrifice of living with brave parents and service members who fight everyday to keep our America free and preserve it as the great country it is. To learn more about Celebrate the Military Child, visit www.cthemc.org
And best of all, we are so excited to welcome our little one into our family and share the joy with our friends and family. Cherish every moment…
Monday, 20 August 2012
If there were one aspect of parenting I would outsource, potty training would win hands down. It’s hard, it’s messy, and it can take a really long time.
Well, just because you’re potty training your child, doesn’t mean that life as you know it has to come to a stop. Here are a few tips that have helped us train our kids while getting out and still having some fun (because let’s face it, you’re earning it).
- Know that your kids are going to have accidents. Just because they have 3 accidents in one day doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not ready to be potty trained, it may just mean that they need more help. Don’t give up. Potty training is a process, so it’s helpful to think in terms of weeks (or months), not days!
- Treat pull-ups like underwear, not diapers. Really, they will save your life and allow you to leave the house. Don’t use them all the time, but for outings, they can’t be beat.
- Always carry a change of clothes. And I mean always. For boys, nylon windpants are our favorites and leggings are great for girls. Honestly, it doesn’t take much more room than a diaper and you’ll be grateful you have them!
- Go easy on your kids. Potty training is really hard for them. Would you want to stop playing with your toys to go to the bathroom? It’s hard for them to understand why they need to do it, so be patient. Remember, you need to work with your toddler to make this happen.
- Don’t become homebound. The first few days of potty training are helpful to stay home, but eventually you need to get out. With some kids, this means showing them where the toilet is every time you go somewhere new. Other kids need you to carry their little in the back of the car because it’s so hard for them to go in a new place (Mason). Be brave and go play, even if you are working on potty training. I can guarantee that both you and your child will appreciate the break!
Remember, even though potty training is really hard, it will eventually be over. Hopefully, you’ll be able to look back at this phase and laugh (or at least not cry anymore).
Written by Jessica Averett from bring-the-kids.com
Joovy would like to add that we take potty training seriously and we invite you to check out our potty, the Joovy Loo.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Spring is here! Are you opening doors and airing out? This blog post will hopefully give some pointers on how to approach spring cleaning, or cleaning any other time of the year with toddlers in tow.
Okay Mamas (and Dads) what do you do when you need to clean the house and you’ve got a very active baby or young toddler hanging around? Pulling out cleaning supplies is stressful when you’ve got a little guy who loves to grab the dust brush, jump into the tub and wander into your kitchen — even if you have gates and have childproofed everything possible! And don’t forget how toddlers “help” by pulling papers and toys onto the floor! Even if you are the master of childproofing, it’s hard to keep little ones safe when you’ve got to vacuum or mop…
So, what do you do?
We’ve come up with some tips to make it a little easier
1. Plan out what you are going to do first, second…and so forth.
2. Try to get as much done during nap time or after they’re sleeping at night (obviously this isn’t when you vacuum).
3. Have them “help” a little. If they can understand directions, they can help you pick up their own toys. Have large bins/baskets that they can easily put things into (and will help you organize their stuff).
4. In situations where you don’t want them helping, such as mopping or vacuuming, utilize your playard! Make sure there are soft toys inside and the sheet is clean and let him play! This way, your little one is safe, nearby, and you know they’re not getting into cleaning supplies or slipping on a freshly mopped floor.
Contributed by Nancy Johnson Horn a.k.a The Mama Maven
Monday, 26 September 2011
The right gear makes all the difference in running a 5K!
As parents, sometimes we don’t do enough for ourselves. With childhood obesity rates rising in America, the best thing we can do for ourselves to to set an example for our children. One way is to get off the couch and to run (or walk) a 5K race. You can even get your kids involved — by signing your older kids up for a shorter race or take a younger child along with you in a jogging stroller! If you are taking off, with child in tow, we have some recommendations.
1. Make your your child has good head control (babies should be over 6 months –I’d recommend over 8 months).
2. Be safe — if you are running (or walking on a straight path), lock the front wheel (wheels), make sure your child is snugly harnessed in, and loop the safety strap around one of your wrists.
2. Your child should be wearing sunscreen and sun/wind protective clothing. Make sure the sunshade is down and they keep cool. If its a really hot day, you may have to change your plans and go solo.
3. Make sure you have hydration for you and your child. Pack a small cooler, in an accessible part of the basket or in a parent console, with at least two cups or bottles for your child — you may be able to grab the open cups of water on the trail, but it’s going to be messy for your child.
4. Leave the heavy diaper bag in the car, take a large ziploc with a change of clothes, a couple of diapers, changing pad, wipes, and 1 outfit — in case you have to stop and change a diaper on the way.
5. Make it fun! Sing to your child, talk to him about what you’re seeing, have fun!
For jogging, Joovy’s got two models, the Zoom 360 and the Zoom ATS. The Zoom ATS is a fixed front wheel jogger for serious runners, and the Zoom 360 is a swivel front wheel version for maximum
maneuverability. If you want a rugged stroller that can also be used as a jogger and/or bike trailer, the new Joovy Cocoon is a great option.
Contributed by Nancy Johnson Horn