Wednesday, 4 June 2014

10 Ways Motherhood Has Changed Me

This guest post is brought to you by Jenny Schafer, senior editor of HerScoop and Celebrity Baby Scoop!  Jenny is mom of 3 and well, please read on and see if you can relate even slightly to the way motherhood has changed her!

Since welcoming my first child in 2006, it seems I’ve morphed nicely into mommyhood.

I’m not one of those moms that talks about my children non-stop — not that my three kids (aged 3, 5 & 8) aren’t the cutest and most special humans on the planet!

But there is no question that my life has taken on new meaning – and I’ve developed some strange new habits – since becoming a mother.

So let’s take a look at the top 10 ways motherhood has changed me.

10. I am always at the grocery store.

The amount of milk I have purchased in the past eight years is alarming — I should’ve bought shares in our local dairy farm. Not only that, it’s pretty bad when you are always at the supermarket and know the employees by their first name, according to their specific departments. (By the way, what’s with all the hot guys working in the produce section?) Seriously though, sometimes just blasting the tunes while driving to the grocery store – sans kids – is the highlight of my week.

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9. I drink copious amounts of coffee (errr, and wine).

I fancy myself a bit of a “mombie” these days. Sadly, the rigors of motherhood cause many of us to de-stress with copious amounts of caffeine during the day, followed by an evening glass of vino. Is this really healthy, amidst our kale smoothies and high-protein diets, fellow mombies?

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MORE: Do Moms Drink Too Much? Are We A Culture Of Mombies?

8. I’d rather get a good night’s sleep than stay out late.

Lord knows I love my GNOs, but these days I’m just as happy to stay home, change into my PJs by 7 p.m., and hit the sack by 9 – 9:30 at the latest. Sexy, I know! As it turns out, motherhood and maintaining everyday life (work, meal prep, cleaning, keeping the marriage strong, and everything else in between) is simply exhausting.

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MORE: The Top 5 Mom Excuses…Redefined

7. My hair is a mess most of the time.

There’s nothing like ‘embracing’ the aging process, eh ladies! Thanks to years of over-processing, my hair is a frizzy mess, making it easier to put back into a ponytail or messy bun most days. Pre-motherhood, I had the best hair on the block. I would simply factor in the time it took to work out the frizz before stepping out in style. Sigh…

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6. I sing made-up songs all day long.

As it turns out, I truly am turning into my mother. Whether I’m toasting a bagel, sweeping up the floor, or watching my kids run in the backyard you will hear me belt out an impromptu song about the occasion. Although practically tone deaf, my family has yet to abandon me for this newfound habit.

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MORE: 10 Signs You Are Turning Into Your Mother

5. I believe strongly in self-care.

Since welcoming my babies and being faced with the hard work of motherhood, I’ve learned to take care of myself. Although a debated topic by some, I put myself first above the kids and the marriage. While some say I’m being selfish, it’s actually all about self-preservation. While completing my bachelor or social work in my university days, the concept of “self-care” was drilled into our heads. I am putting those valuable lessons into practice now that I’m a mother, with regular exercise, clean eating and at least 5 minutes of meditation every day. Not only that, I’m sure to keep my expectations at a minimum — as it turns out, life is not a Ryan Gosling movie.

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MORE: Got Guilt? 4 Ways to Conquer Mommy Guilt

4. I realize how difficult it is to make new (& quality) friends.

Is it just me, or is it damn near impossible to find quality friendships these days? I have a dozen BFFs from my childhood and high school, but when it comes to making new mommy friends, I haven’t been so fortunate. With two of my kids in school, you’d think I’d be fighting off the mommy friends with a stick. Not quite, even though I wear the required Luluemon uniform of overpriced yoga pants and uncomfortable hoodies. (I sense another blog/rant on this topic coming your way soon….)

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3. I don’t try so hard to be perfect.

Before I became a mother, I was the perfect parent. Truth is, I make mistakes, my house is a mess most of the time, and I always seem to be pissing someone off. And regardless of not being the coolest mommy on the block, my husband and kids think I’m pretty neat — frizzy bun-head and all. While there’s a fine line between letting yourself go and simplifying your look, there’s also a balance between striving to be the ‘perfect’ wife/mother/friend and just trying to do your best. Although I never want to quit learning and reaching for new goals, I’ve stopped trying to please everyone and comparing myself to other women and their seemingly perfect lives.

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2. I have a newfound sense of purpose.

Sure I felt somewhat useful prior to welcoming my babies. But since motherhood, I’ve felt a deep sense of purpose and meaning. I really need to stay alive – and healthy – for my three kids. Some people might like reading my articles, and there are those who enjoy my company, but my kids literally need me in every sense.

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1. I know the true meaning of unconditional love.

As it turns out, those twangy country music songs had it right all along! There’s nothing quite like the love between a mother and child. If any of my kids were to do unthinkable acts (yes, even the most heinous of crimes), I would still love them without a doubt. While I’ve felt deep love for others, all three of my kids have expanded my heart and my capacity to love in ways I had not known.

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Can you relate to my list? How has motherhood changed you?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Dad’s Day Gear Up!

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Hope the dad(s)in your life had a wonderful Father’s day! It’s fun to celebrate and fete those guys who we look up to and count on as father figures.  We love that many of them are already ‘Joovy Dads’ and look forward to the others who will be one day soon!

Our Dads Day Gear Up was fun and we have winners! Congratulations to all and thank you ALL for participating!

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MoonRoom        Trisha Worley

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Winners should check their inbox for instructions on how to redeem your prize!

Here comes Father’s Day!   Dads have their own style and way of getting things done SO, to celebrate all things DAD, we want to offer some of our super spectacular DAD GEAR for the ACTIVE DAD in your life.  At Joovy, we embrace active lifestyles and encourage all families to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.  The season of outdoor living is upon us and we think its important to get kids outside: beach, park, camp, backyard!   And, why not take along some cool Joovy gear to make the adventure enjoyable and fun?

Dad’s Day Gear Up Giveaway starts today and runs through June 12.  Please use #DadsDayGearUp and #ActiveDad when sharing.

Check out the line-up of prizes!

  • GRAND PRIZE –  TooFold. The TooFold is a dream stroller for active dads and parents.  This amazing ride is highly engineered and has performance plus!  The TooFold is an All-Terrain stroller that will get dad from point A to point Z with easy handling and total comfort for child. With a built in stroller board or optional second seat, dad has room for two riders!  This will quickly become the family’s ‘preferred ride.’ _DSC4007-3
  • RUNNER UP – MoonRoom –  The MoonRoom is out of this world!  With over 10 square feet of space, this awesome play yard is perfect for backyard, campgrounds, beach and adventure.  The MoonRoom comes with a 100% cotton sheet and travel bag.
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  • THIRD WINNER -  Nook – The Nook is not only good looking, it is the easiest-to-use highchair on the market.  Dads love it’s compact fold and easy-to-clean seat.  This essential outdoor gear is perfect for picnics at the park, campground or beach and it’s portability will put a smile on both parent’s faces!


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  • FOURTH WINNER  –  theBabaSling – Dads know that held babies are happy babies and they love to be close to baby too.  theBabaSling offers dad’s a stylish and comfortable way to carry baby around the house, on a walk, to the park or anywhere he desires.  Available in 10 great colors, theBabaSling comes in one-size-fits-all and has over 5 carrying positions, dads will love the options!

 

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

NJ Family Stroller Features Groove Ultralight

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Dad’s Take – TooFold

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Dear Doodie,

I’m a stay-at-home dad; and having both a 5 year old and 11month old daughter means that I need parent gadgets for all sorts of things! The age of my kids presents a unique situation when it comes to taking them out. Obviously the baby needs to be carried, but though my 5 year old is very independent, she does get tired, especially when being dragged out for ‘errand day.’ My old stroller was pretty high tech and accommodating, but it was big, clunky, hard to store and travel with, and most of all,y wife hated it! With my new TooFold from Joovy, i get the portability of a cheap collapsible stroller with all the high tech functionality that I need! It’s light, it folds down easily, it has a rugged design with large rear wheels and front shocks, and you will really turn heads when people see it quickly extend to feature a rear pad for a toddler to ride on! I’ve included a video demonstrating how fast I can have this thing out of the vehicle and set up for use! It’s a game changer. I could go on and on about this stroller, but you really don’t understand how cool it is until you handle one! The only thing it lacks is storage, but when you think about it, if it had all the extra storage, it wouldn’t be as easy to use and store.

– Andy, Dad of 2 girls

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tips for Stress-Free Potty Training

This is a guest post from our friends at Spral Pal, the most amazing way to rinse cloth diapers easily in your home.  Joovy is delighted to participate and so happy to share these wonderful products with all of you.

You may be wondering why a brand like Spray Pal would be writing about tips for helping your kids succeed without their cloth diapers, but here’s the thing. Most parents find that their kids will actually potty train sooner when wearing cloth. This is likely due to the fact that with cloth diapers, you have the option of allowing your child to feel the wetness, which signals to them that something has happened down there that they don’t necessarily feel comfortable sitting in, as opposed to disposable diapers which contain harsh chemicals and “stay dry crystals” that are meant to keep your child from feeling wet.

Mini Spray Pal 1.0 actually started noticing this phenomenon at around 18 months, and by 21 months she was telling us in her own words and signals that she wanted to go on the potty and didn’t want to wear her diapers anymore. By waiting until she was ready and going off of her cues, she completely ditched the diapers well before she turned 2, which was bittersweet for me because I loved her adorable fluff!

Not to fear, we still had our little guy rocking the cloth in the NICU. Now that he’s turned 2 and is still facing lots of developmental delays, we’re realizing he’ll probably be in his cloth diapers for an extensive amount of time. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start reading his signals and practicing elimination communication for those times he’s clearly showing us he’s ready to go. Every opportunity for him to communicate something with us is a good one, and this will just prepare him down the road as he starts to make the connection that the bathroom and the toilet is where this stuff is actually supposed to happen.

Here are my tips as we start down the road toward bathroom independence:

  • Look for cues, but don’t force it. If your child is giving obvious signs that s/he is about to have some potty action, just ask in a super friendly tone, “Would you like to go sit on your big kid potty?” If they accept the invitation, just go with it!
  • Stay positive and encouraging. If your child isn’t in the mood to go on the potty at that moment, just act like it’s no big deal. But the times that they do choose to make the attempt, play into those moments. Tell them how exciting it is and how proud you are and basically just ham it up and act like a goofball. They’ll love this positive reinforcement and they’ll remember it next time you ask if they want to use the potty.
  • Play down the accidents. If your child is going without diapers, and doesn’t quite make it to the potty, just play it down. Clean it up and go on with your day. You definitely don’t want them to start thinking it’s hilarious when mommy or daddy freaks out about the mess on the floor! Maybe ask a bit more frequently after that if they’d like to try the potty and see the previous tip. ;)
  • Give TONS of positive praise, even if they just try. We never had to do a reward system or treats with my daughter when she started using the potty. She just loved hearing how excited and proud we were of her! Of course there are some kids who respond better to candy, so you’ll have to go with your gut on this one. You know your kid best! ;)
  • Don’t beat yourself up! You are doing a great job, mama, no matter what happens. If your child isn’t quite getting it after a few days, it might be time to throw up the white flag and save it for another time. It’s not the end of the world if you have to wait a few more weeks, especially if you’re using your cloth diapers! At least you won’t have to run out for a few more packs of diapers, right? :)

So, since we’ve recently started working on this with mini Spray Pal 2.0, we have teamed up with some amazing companies to offer some super helpful tips and products that can make this journey easier! One lucky winner will win a gift set containing one of each of these useful products!

Potty Training Must Haves:

1. Oops! Sheet.  $40. This is a waterproof cotton mattress protector for night time potty training and occasional oopsies. Learning is a process, and accidents can happen, so protect your mattress with this great mom-created product! Available in sizes ranging from crib to king.

2. A Joovy Loo.  $40. In the beginning stages of learning, it’s important that your child have a small, easy to access place to practice using the potty. We highly recommend the Joovy Loo potty chair. The folks at Joovy have designed this potty chair to be just as functional as it is stylish, which means it’s easy to clean (always a plus in the Spray Pal household). You can read more about what makes it so great on their website HERE, and one of you will win one below!

3. EcoNuts Natural Ammonia Bouncer.  $16.50. Depending on how many accidents you have to clean up, you may need this product all throughout the various stages of potty training. I’ve actually seen this product in action first hand, and it’s amazing how it actually does destroy the strong ammonia smell with only natural ingredients! Safe to use on cloth diapers or anything that ends up getting pee on it, you can even add it to a spray bottle to spritz it on accident spots.

4. Joovy StepTool.  $20. Some sort of step stool is a good idea to have around from the very beginning stages of potty learning because your kids will feel a great sense of accomplishment after they do their business and wash their hands in the grown up sink. Joovy is giving away one of their stylish StepTools for this purpose, and it will pair perfectly with our next innovative product.

5. Aquaduck Faucet Extender.  $13. This is another mom invented product that was created out of necessity. When Susanna’s kids were getting to be too big and heavy to hold up to wash their hands, she created the Aquaduck faucet extender to solve the problem. This makes the water from your sink easy for your child to reach when they’re finished using the potty and need to wash up.

6. A Spray Pal.  $25. You’re probably thinking, “Wait a minute. I already have a Spray Pal. Isn’t it just a cloth diaper sprayer splatter shield for protecting my bathroom and walls from the poop splatter? What does this have to do with potty training?” Well, let me tell you. One of our amazing fans gave us an idea for repurposing the Spray Pal splatter shield after your boys are out of diapers! She has a 4 year old who wakes up in the night to use the bathroom all by himself, which is fantastic, until she wakes up in the morning and wonders why her bathroom smells like urine. Turns out in his half asleep state, he is standing in front of the toilet and just spraying away aimlessly, lol. So she suggested putting the Spray Pal in the toilet as pictured before bed, then it will continue to serve its purpose as the perfect splatter shield even while you sleep!

Little Jimmy can wake up and go to the bathroom as always, and mom can wake up, quickly spray down the Spray Pal with the diaper sprayer and stick it back in the wetbag to tuck it away until the next night. No more mystery urine smell, no more mess to clean, everybody’s happy! Also, we love that this makes your investment in a Spray Pal and a sprayer last even longer and it’s a way to reuse something you already have! I’m even envisioning people drawing bulls-eye targets at the bottom of the Spray Pal to make learning to aim easy and fun. So, if you didn’t think the Spray Pal was a bathroom must have before, and you have a little boy, you may want to reconsider. ;)

7. Oops! Undies. Prize value $30. These waterproof bamboo underwear for kids are the perfect reusable option for that transition out of diapers. They look and feel just like regular underwear, but they will protect against minor accidents if your little one is having a hard time making it to the bathroom on time. These are great for mid to later stage potty training, but if you already have some natural fiber cloth diaper inserts or doublers at home that you’d like to add for extra protection, you can use these even longer! Available in sizes for ages 2-7.

8. Easy Daysies Get Dressed and Bathroom Routine Pack. Prize value $18. This handy magnetic schedule is perfect for kids just getting used to the routing of using the bathroom independently. Personally, I think it’s especially great for kids with special needs who really benefit from having each step visually laid out for them. You can tell this was invented by a former teacher, right? ;)

We wish you all the best of luck as we enter this crazy journey together!

Thanks to Jen at Spray Pal for these great tips!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Joovy in Indonesia!

A huge ‘shout out’ to our good friends at Positive Icon for working with Metro Indonesia on bringing Joovy to the families in Indonesia!

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Lunchtime in the Nook!

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Zach had a great lunch today! Look at those eyes!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

For the TooQool in You – JoovyRush!

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Wow, that was fun!  We loved all the great comments and reasons why you would love to have a new TooQool.  Thank you for sharing, posting, tweeting and getting the word out about #JoovyRush~

In the end, we had Random.org choose one lucky winner and that person is Laurel Frock!  Congratulations Laurel and look in your inbox for how to claim your TooQool!  Stay posted for more fun from Joovy!

Guess who’s TooQool?  We think YOU!  JoovyRush this week is all about this new, super fab double stroller that is outpacing all other new entries on the market in features and functionality.  The TooQool has good looks, great components and the QOOLEST name on the planet.

We love that it comes equipped with the second seat (unlike others in this category) and it has a smaller footprint than competitive strollers.  That means it is more maneuverable and easier to push, important when pushing two children whether at the park, the mall, the boardwalk or to school.

The TooQool comes in 10 vibrant colors and 2 frame finishes: graphite or silver.  Not only does the TooQool have the smoothest ride, it has optional pneumatic wheels for extra all-terrain strolling.  In addition, a tray, cup holder, rain cover and stroller board are available for add-on value.  So much more to this amazing stroller.  Please check it out here.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Monthly Drawing Winner Announced!

Have you signed up for our monthly drawing?  If so, you’re in line to win $100 to spend on our website.  Every month we choose a name at random and they can spend it on a Qool, Tricycoo, Spoon, Boobs, or anything they want to try.  What would you choose to spend your loot on if you won?  Our winner for April has been drawn and it is Camille Lucia.  Congrats Camille and thanks for your interest in Joovy!  Be sure to check your inbox for information on how to redeem your prize!

And, if  you haven’t already signed up, be sure to sign up today!  Next drawing is early May.  Prize is $100 to spend at joovy.com!!!

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Dear Doodie

Dear Doodie,

I just wanted to say thank you for making the joovy boob. My 3 month old son is exclusively breast fed but I wanted to have a bottle on hand so daddy could feed sometimes. We tried 5 different types of bottles (born free, avent, dr. Browns, tommee tippee and playtex drop ins) and my son refused every single one. Finally one day at buy buy baby I came across the boob bottle and figured why not give it a try. My son instantly took the bottle, and didn’t even flinch. To date he has taken it 4 times with no problems at all. He even suffers from acid reflux and the bottle has not been any problem. I am so thankful for these bottles and how wonderful they are. I can’t sing enough praises.

– Jessica Cook