Friday, 8 August 2014

Be Mindful of the Habits you are Teaching Your Children

Last weekend we had dinner with old friends. They are at a different stage of life. They are almost empty nesters. One son graduated from Boston University in May and one son is half way through college. It was interesting to listen to their summer adventures. They have been a bed and breakfast for many of the boy’s friends throughout the summer. They truly enjoy it.   They were saying how it was interesting that with all the visitors, the boys still get up first thing in the morning and exercise.   Our friends believe this is because that is what they have always done. For as long as the boys can remember, the parents have gotten up early and exercised. What a great habit!

 

This story got me thinking about our family and the habits we are creating, some good and some not so good. The dictionary defines habit as, “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.” There are countless books on the market about habits. Habits are important. You may not even realize something you do is a habit but if you do it everyday or most days, it is a habit. When children are young, we create basic habits such as eating, sleeping and potty training. As children grow, it’s brushing their teeth, doing homework, and household chores. Children are constantly watching us and learning from our behaviors. Do you exercise every day? Do you cook or bake a lot? Do you clean up after yourself? Do you sit down to eat dinner as a family? Do you kiss your spouse goodbye and hello? Do you read books? Do you eat ice cream directly out of the container? Do you watch movies? Do you spend time with your friends? Do you call your parents on the phone? Whatever the answers are to these questions, your children are watching you.

 

After our dinner, I watched our children for the next few days. They have many good habits and a few bad habits. This inspired me to adjust some of my own habits.

 

Can you see your habits developing in your children?

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Joovy Roo in Gemany

Traveling with an infant? Whether here in the states or traveling abroad, there’s lots to consider.  If you’ll be renting a car and driving, a car seat is an absolute necessity.  In addition, you’ll need a stroller.  But wait.  Why not a frame stroller for your infant car seat instead?  Compact, lightweight and easy for traveling.  The Joovy Roo is a great option and is compatible with Chicco, Peg Perego and Graco Classic Connect infant car seats.

Take a look at this family who recently traveled to Europe with the Roo.

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Friday, 1 August 2014

This Weekend in Boston: MommyCon

Hope to see you in Boston tomorrow for MommyCon!

Things are in full swing here as day one winds down after the hilarious Pump and Dump show this evening. Tomorrow mothers across the globe unite as MommyCon attempts to set the Human Milk World Record.

Mommy Con is happening at the beautiful and historic Revere Hotel, in the theater district of Boston. Joovy will be exhibiting and sharing their newest and latest products: everything from the glass Boob Baby Bottle to the hottest new stroller, the Qool.

Come out and help us build community! Mothers all!

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Friday, 1 August 2014

America The Beautiful…Have you seen it?

Summer was quickly approaching. My friends planned summer trips to Israel, Turkey, England, and Italy. My stepdaughter prepared for a European vacation. I planned a trip to a family reunion in Kirksville Missouri.   Even though I knew a trip to Europe was not fiscally possible, part of me wished for one as I listened to my friends share their plans. When asked what we were doing, I quietly said we were driving to a family reunion. At the time, I couldn’t get excited about it. It didn’t sound very glamorous.

 

Summer arrived and off we went on our two-week road trip. Our first stop was the Grand Canyon. I had no idea how beautiful and overwhelming it would be. The word grand doesn’t come close to describing the experience. The countless stars we saw that first night was like nothing my children had seen before. We are lucky if we can pick a few stars out of the sky where we live. From there we went to Lake Powell. I like to describe it as the Grand Canyon filled up with water. We met several Navajo Indians that still speak their native language and that really impressed our children. Then it was off to Four Corners. Although there was not much natural beauty to speak of, the expression our daughter’s face lit up the landscape as she said it was very cool to stand in four states at the same time. It was in the car again and off to Mesa Verde National Park. It was yet another breathtaking and amazing part of American History as we stepped back in time. Our next stop was Durango Colorado and it was beautiful, peaceful, and so green after driving through the Arizona desert. I decided that I could move there. As we drove across the Continental Divide I found myself singing “America, The Beautiful” because the song so perfectly describes our United States of America.

 

In the end, the experience was so much better than I imagined and seeing it through my children added special magic. We had two weeks of uninterrupted quality family time, we saw parts of the United States that we had never seen before, and it inspired us to do it all again next summer.

 

As a young girl, one of my goals was to travel the world and to set foot on every continent. I still have that goal but this trip inspired me to see my own country. I am a true patriot. I cry at the National Anthem, I cry when I see my Dad stand at attention for the National Anthem or Pledge to Allegiance and I think there is nothing more honorable than an individual that choses to join a branch of the military and defend our freedom.

 

I am sharing my new dream with you. I will see America. I will enjoy its beauty. I will share with my children the history and majesty or this country.

Have you seen America?  What is your favorite spot?

 

 

 

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Ashley & JPs Baby Travel Themed Shower

Bachelorette Ashley Hebert & JP Rosenbaum are expecting a baby boy!

Friends and family recently gathered at NYC restaurant, General Assembly for a travel themed garden baby shower.  The intimate event took place July 19 and Ashley chose the travel theme based on the couple’s extensive travel together. 
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Ashley personally received products hand delivered gifts including the Joovy Glass Boob, theBabaSling, and a custom organic blanket to match her nursery by Baby Jack & Co.  Read more about the adorable shower details at People.com

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Do They Sell Them By Cup Size?

Only on Twitter! “I was showing my husband the @joovy Glass #boobbottle – his question? “Do they sell them by cup size?” Oy. Mem. LOL.aMpUWaFOsr1JVl8rDbD8uKe-9wan_r2dqitLvclQSXA

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Freedom Cyclers: Lasting Impact

When my husband’s cousin called us and asked if her college-age son and three of his friends could “crash” at our house for a few days because they were riding their bicycles across the country…I thought it was crazy.  We have a small house, we have three young children,  it was the last week of school, I just returned from a business trip and the list goes on and on…but we said yes.  It’s family and we always try to do everything we can for family.  The funny thing is that I had never met Jeff or any of his friends and my husband hadn’t seen him since he was a little boy.  We were in for a great adventure.

The “boys” arrived and spent three days with us.  First of all, let me say that these boys were thoughtful, intelligent, athletic, considerate, spiritual young men.  They were gearing up for a long summer of riding their bikes from Laguna Beach, CA to Savannah, GA for a cause.  They were riding for freedom (thefreedomcyclers.com) the end human slavery.  We were honored to be there for the beginning of their journey.  Our daughters were inspired by the fact that we opened our home and enjoyed getting to know the boys and hearing about their ride.  Our son, Bob, loved having four big brothers for a few days.  We thought we were going to lose him one day when we saw him in the driveway “tuning up” his bike…he said he was going with them.

Anyway, I was searching for something to watch on TV the other night when I came upon the movie, Yes Man.  It is a comedy with Jim Carey (not appropriate for children.)  In the movie, his character has to say “yes” to everything.  It is amazing where his “yes” journey takes him.  Sometimes I feel like I am saying “no” all the time (especially as a mom.)  Saying yes to The Freedom Cyclers staying with us enriched our lives and the lives of our children.  It was not an inconvenience, it was a blessing.

Here is my challenge for you, start with one day and just say “yes.”  I promise you that you will say yes to things that you think are crazy but at the end of the day, you will be happier and richer for the experience.

Ready, set, JUST SAY YES!

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Harper’s BAZAAR Junior Singapore: ‘Best Double Stroller’, Joovy Caboose VaryLight

Harper’s BAZAAR Junior Singapore announces the “Most Loved Baby Care 2014″ and the Joovy Caboose VaryLight wins the “BEST DOUBLE STROLLER”.  

In the July 2014 article, Harper’s BAZAAR says, “Joovy’s Caboose VaryLight stroller is the perfect, do-all family ride.  Designed with an expanding family in mind, the VaryLIght can easily be transformed to fit two kids in comfort.  Easy to navigate, its front wheels’ full suspension support the kid’s weight and keep your journey smooth. The back wheels are strong and sturdy to support the children too.  From stroller setup options to suit all ages from newborns to preschoolers, with a removable tray, full suspension and expandable storage, it’s the ultimate vary-able family stroller.”

Our business partner, Adrian Chin from Positive Icon, submitted our VaryLight for the award.  The overarching category was “Baby on the Go” and the magazine issue was “Most Loved Baby Care 2014”.  We are very proud and excited about this wonderful acknowledgement!SB0614p57R1_J_Joovy-page-0

 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Check out this Hip ‘Thirty Mommy’ a.k.a Joovy Mom & Blogger

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We are continuing our series {Joovy Blogger Spotlight} featuring Joovy Moms and Joovy Bloggers.  This month, we are featuring Scherrie from the cool mom blog, Thirty Mommy.  Read on to learn about Scherriewho has been a Joovy Mom for about three years and be sure to check out Thirty Mommy!

Joovy: To begin, how did you get started blogging?  What was the overriding reason you started blogging?
TM:     I started blogging after I had my first son in 2009. I basically
started because I attended a number if prenatal & new parent events where
I was overloaded with lots of great information & introduced to lots of
amazing brands/products. Friends, family and even
strangers would constantly ask me about new products or for
suggestions so I decided up start a blog.

Joovy: How did you come to name your blog?  What significance does this have in your life?
TM: I came up with the name, Thirtymommy, for my blog because I became a mother at 30 years old.

Joovy: How does your blog differ from others?
TM: My blog differs from others because I focus on educational family
friendly events, activities & products  home preschooling as well as the
whole parenting lifestyle.

Joovy:  How do you balance parenting and blogging?  Is there a secret?
TM:   I attempt to balance parenting & blogging by creating calendars with
goals & deadlines in order to keep up with the demands of my blog. Also,
as a stay at home mother, it is important to set aside a block of time to
get “work” done. The secret is to also make time for yourself to relax & recharge.

Joovy:  What is your current computer?
TM:  I am currently using a PINK Sony Vaio as my laptop & my iPad for
blogging.

Joovy:  When you’re not blogging, where do you escape to on the web?
TM:  I escape on Twitter, I love attending & hosting twitter parties!

Joovy:  What’s been your most popular post or topic?
TM:  My most popular topic is usually my home preschooling projects &
activities I create for my boys.

Joovy: How do you involve your kids and family in your blog?
TM:   My blog is all about my kids & family, so they are almost always the
subjects of my posts.

Joovy:  What kind of camera do you use?
TM:  Currently, I solely use the camera on my Nokia 1020 or my iPad. I am
searching for a professional camera and am open to reccomendations.

Joovy:  How do you like to spend active time with your family?  What is your favorite family outing?
TM: I like to spend active time with my family exploring the various New
York City museums. We love a good educational adventure and usually we all learn a few new things from each outing.

Joovy:  What’s the coolest parenting tip you’ve learned from blogging?
TM:  The coolest parenting tip I’ve learned from blogging is that there is
always someone else dealing with a similar parenting dilemma as I am & I
am not alone.

Joovy:  Tell us about your ‘perfect’ day?
TM:    My one reflect day would be spent on a beach searching for seashells, building sand castles with my boys after we gave buried daddy in the sand.

Joovy:  What 5 blogs do you read daily?
TM:  Daily I check out Momtrends, So Family Online, a Brooklyn Active Mama,


Joovy: So, you’re a Joovy Blogger, right?  What’s your favorite thing about
Joovy? 
TM: I love everything about Joovy & Joovy products especially their
whimsical names that sort of show each products personality!

Joovy: Anything else you want to share about you or your blog?
TM: Through blogging, I learned that my oldest son loves cooking & I
created him his own blog called Playground Chefs where he creates his own
recipes & reviews food related products.

-Scherrie, Thirty Mommy

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Fit4Mom Hosts Event with Caboose VaryLight

The Fit4Mom Stroller Strides Summer Olympics Family event was a success. There were 90 people attend and the families were constantly huddling around the Caboose VaryLight Stroller to get a look at the grand prize. Check out the photos and social media posts!  Isn’t summer great?

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