Monday, 9 September 2013
Check out what Jenn Larson spotted in Vail, Colorado! This super dooper Joovy display of strollers: the Zoom, Groove and ScooterX2! Thanks Kid Sport for making our day and thanks to Jenn for sharing. By the way, check out Jenn’s new blog Go Running, Mama! with a focus on food, fitness, and motherhood.
Friday, 6 September 2013
This Sunday, September 8, is National Grandparents Day. The day originated with Marian McQuade in West Virginia. She was looking for a way to help the lonely elderly in nursing homes. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
According to Wikipedia, the number of grandparents in the United States will rise from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020. Grandparents are also helping out in the area of child care and support. In 2012, 30% of children under five with working parents were cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent.
Our children our blessed to have three living grandparents and two living great-grandparents. Unfortunately, none of them live close to us. We have been lucky to see them many times throughout the years and our children feel a strong bond with them and an overwhelming love for them. We also “adopted” our 90-year-old neighbor. She has many grandchildren but none of them live in the area. Recently, she taught our children how to play checkers with true strategy because they were going to visit their great-grandfather and wanted to play with him.
If you are part of the 30% that is lucky enough to have the grandparents help out with childcare, I am envious of you. There are so many different things that grandparents can share with our children that we cannot. They have a different perspective and have more life experiences. Please help your children build and keep these important relationships. If you are unable to visit, there are many other ways to maintain these bonds. One of my daughter’s grandmothers read a book she was reading this summer so they could discuss it together over the telephone. Another daughter saves buttons that have fallen off because only grandma can sew them on just right. The artistic talents of our children are linked to a grandmother that sends the most creative thank you notes and has a love of art. One daughter inherited a sense of style from a great grandmother that has a pair of shoes and accessories to match every outfit.
Please call, face time, visit or write the grandparents this weekend. Small children can draw or paint a picture. My grandfather told me a story a few years ago. He wanted me to know that he chose the cemetery where he would be buried. He said there were many cemeteries in his town but he chose the one where all the famous people were buried so maybe someone would visit him. My grandfather had a very bad fall a few months ago that left him with memory loss and he is unable to care for himself. It has been difficult for my entire family. Before the fall, he was so sharp and active. He would read, travel, work, play golf and volunteer. He is now in a care facility. All he wants to do is go home. I will not be able to see him this Sunday but I hope someone “adopts” him and gives him the gift of a visit.
Please like this on Facebook if you will be calling or seeing your grandparents on Sunday or even adopting one.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
I hope many of you are having better luck than I am! It’s only been 3 weeks and I wasn’t expecting a miracle but some movement on the scale would’ve been nice. The first week I was so careful about what I ate, didn’t drink anything but water and my two cups of coffee, and I exercised. At the end of the week, I stepped on the scale and I had lost zero pounds. This wouldn’t have bothered me so much but my husband lost ten pounds! And he didn’t even exercise! How is this fair?
Feeling completely discouraged, I went on vacation for a week to the East coast. I grew up on the East coast and I always get excited when I go back. I miss the air, the lush green trees, the small town vibe and the FOOD! I decided to truly vacation and eat what I want and most likely have limited exercise. The first four days I was there I had a Boston Crème donut and a regular coffee from Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. Most days involved a lobster roll, clam chowder, ice cream, steak tips and more. I really enjoyed my time eating my way through New England. When I returned home, I was ready for a five-pound weight gain. I stepped on the scale and to my disbelief I weighed exactly the same! Now I was really confused. I spent one week eating well and exercising and another week gorging myself on childhood favorites and the same number was on the scale.
I need to regroup. I will not give up. I will lose this extremely stubborn extra weight. I have completely eliminated my morning favorite, French Vanilla Coffeemate, from my diet. I tried milk and I even tried half and half in my coffee but its not cutting it. I need to make a switch to tea. This has probably been the toughest change for me. I’ve also limited myself to drinking wine only three nights a week. I’ve cut down on second servings and I am not eating dessert. We are just finishing up the processed food at home and the kids are really missing the sweets and snack foods. They do not agree with me that fruit can be a dessert. I’m doing ok with the food changes; it’s the beverages that are difficult for me, especially the coffee and wine.
I think the only way to see the pounds start to drop is to amp up the exercise. I like to exercise once I am finished but I just find it really tough to get started. I’ve spoken with some friends about joining a gym thinking that will help motivate me. But is it realistic?
How do you find the time and the motivation to exercise?
What is your favorite way to burn calories?
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Friday, 30 August 2013
Look what Kevin Cosgrove saw today in Madrid! A Joovy Groove out for dinner!
Thursday, 29 August 2013
With my first child I had a very clunky travel system for getting out and about. Don’t get me wrong – it worked and served its purpose. But for my second child I wanted something easier, something that I could use in a pinch while managing my five year old and newborn at the same time. I found this in the Joovy Roo. I can’t tell you how happy I am with it. I’ve had it for just a few short weeks, but I’m sure giving this thing a run for its money and it is holding up beautifully. The Joovy Roo is light as a feather and I can open it up with just one hand – which is a godsend. I feel as if it gives me the freedom I always wanted because I’m not dreading the big hefty stroller from my first round of motherhood.
And in Los Angeles where a thing called stroller envy actually exists, the Roo provides just that – an envy inducing smooth ride compatibility with a variety of different car seats, and a superb sleek design. The compartments are perfect for easy access to cell phones, coffee cups, keys and more.
Contributed by Christina Montoya Fiedler
BabyCenter, Cafe Mom, Mama to the Rescue (http://mama2therescue.blogspot.com)
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
When my children were young, it was easy. I would put together a snack box with a yogurt, fruit and maybe some cheerios and they were happy. Today, it is a completely different story. All of my children (including my preschooler) are very opinionated about what goes into their lunchbox. For years I would pack what I thought they should be eating. Last year I tried something new. I would take them grocery shopping and let them pick items to pack in their lunch. I figured at least they would eat lunch and it wouldn’t end up in the trashcan. This experience resulted in many items that turned my stomach like prepackaged snacks and Lunchables as well as a high grocery bill.
This year my kids are in for a shock. We are changing our eating habits to “clean eating.” I will not banish all treats and ice cream but will make every attempt to save them for special occasions. My plan is simple. It is to cut processed foods. So the question is, how do I get my kids excited about these new “clean eating” lunches? Well, a new lunch box is always exciting and I hope that will work. I love the bento lunch boxes that are popular now. They encourage healthier eating. Check out this website. Not only can you purchase the bento boxes here but they also have 365 days of lunch ideas.
There are many ideas out there in the blogosphere with creative ideas. These can be good but I still like to empower my kids to pack their own lunches but with guidance. I believe every lunch should have a fruit, veggie, protein, drink and a treat. I plan to brainstorm a list with the children with fruit, veggie, protein, drink and treat options. I want to stick with the items that they like so I know they will eat their lunch.
A great children’s book that discusses one picky eater and lunch box meals is “Bread and Jam For Frances” by Russell Hoban. This book is worth picking up if you have not read the book,
What do you put in your children’s lunchboxes?
Friday, 23 August 2013
Thanks Whitney! We are so glad that you shared this with us and we’re proud to have you as a Joovy Mom!
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Joovy met actress Marsha Thomason in New York City in May at the Biggest Baby Shower event hosted by the Big City Moms. She was scoping out all the latest baby gear for her bundle on the way. Her adorable daughter Tallulah was born in early June and, like mom, she’s a Joovy girl! Marsha is known for her work on the NBC series Las Vegas, ABC series Lost, and currently starring as Diana Berrigan on USA Network’s White Collar.
“I’m so grateful to have discovered the Boob Baby Bottle. I am a breastfeeding mum and I was worried about nipple confusion when introducing the bottle, but my daughter has switched back and forth with no issues. The pump attachment is genius and the sealing caps make it great for storing in the fridge. I’m a fan!”
We are delighted to have her as our newest Joovy Star!