Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Look What’s Happening in Singapore!

todd_Livewell Baby weekend_v(2)-page-0

page-1

todd_Livewell Baby weekend_v(2)-page-2

Friday, 30 August 2013

Joovy Spotting In Madrid, Spain

Look what Kevin Cosgrove saw today in Madrid!  A Joovy Groove out for dinner!

IMG_4787

Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Joovy Roo: A Simple Solution

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.

DSCN2298

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.

DSCN2300

DSCN2301

Contributed by Christina Montoya Fiedler

BabyCenter, Cafe Mom, Mama to the Rescue (http://mama2therescue.blogspot.com)

DSCN2306

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Lunch Box Ideas…What to Pack and Will Your Child Eat It

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.

 

http://secure.laptoplunches.com/items.asp?Cc=LUNCH_BOX_2.0&Bc

 

 

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,

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/bread-and-jam-for-frances?store=allproducts&keyword=bread+and+jam+for+frances

 

What do you put in your children’s lunchboxes?

 

kids lunch images

Friday, 23 August 2013

A Joovy Story…..

Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 10.54.38 AM

 

 

Thanks Whitney!  We are so glad that you shared this with us and we’re proud to have you as a Joovy Mom!IMG_4629

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Marsha Thomason Debuts Role as New Mom & Joovy Star!

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!

IMG_0016

MarshaThomasonCol 2

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

When Volunteering Becomes a Full Time Job

I received an email from AYSO soccer and they are looking for coaches.  Immediately, I thought I might coach my 7-year old daughter’s team if I could get a friend to assist me.  When I mentioned it to my husband, he said, “ABSOLUTELY NOT!”  I don’t really blame him.

A few years ago I was volunteering for everything.  I had two leadership roles; as a mom room for one child’s class and the Girl Scout leader for another child among the many other volunteer jobs I was doing, all with a small toddler at home.  By the end of that year, I was a disaster.  While I enjoyed being with my children and getting to know their peers, there were many parts of the volunteer jobs that were not a lot of fun.  Plus, I still had all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, paperwork, etc. to handle at home.

One of the reasons that I stay home with my children is so that I can provide an organized and calm home life for my children and for my husband.  I want to decorate for every holiday.  I want to have a home-cooked meal on the table most nights.  I want the kids to come home to the aroma of cookies baking in the oven.  This was not happening.

In recent years, I still volunteer a lot in my children’s classrooms but without taking a leadership role.  This allows me more flexibility.  I am also focusing on my children, their academics, extra-circular activities and sports.  Oh, did I mention school projects.  As your children get older, you will see the projects they are assigned and realize there is no way they can complete this projects without help from you and many trips to the craft store.

Kudos to all the moms that step up and take the leadership roles.    It is great experience for moms that are out of the work force because you can put it on your resume if you decide to re-enter the work force one day.  I am sure that I will again take on a leadership role but for now, I will enjoy being a a worker bee instead of a queen bee.

 

worker beeimages

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Winners Announced! Labor Day #WorkforceGEAR Giveaway!

You all labored well over the course of this giveaway and we thank all for your efforts!  Here is a link to the winners on our partner’s site Kanga Care  Stay tuned for the next multi brand giveaway!

 

You work HARD and deserve a Labor Day Giveaway worthy of your efforts!  In your honor, we are partnering with some of the hippest baby gear companies to bring you the #WorkforceGEAR Labor Day Giveaway with 3 grand prizes totaling almost $4,000!  Check out the 25 GEAR companies represented and enter below.  Contest starts on 8/20/13 at 7 am MST and winners will be announced on Thursday, September 5.

 GOOD LUCK to all you laborers out there! Enter the Rafflecopter below and PLEASE SHARE!

rAhBI9X

tWK3HiZ

How to enter:
Start: Tuesday, August 20th – 00:01 am
End: Tuesday, September 3rd – 11:59 pm

Use our easy form below to:
Like each of our sponsor’s Facebook pages
(Bonus entry!) Post a picture of how your family relaxes on Instagram
(Bonus entry!) Follow our sponsors on Instagram
(Bonus entry!) Follow our Sponsors on Twitter
(Bonus entry!) Tweet about the Giveaway
How are winners picked and when will you know who won:
2 winners will be selected from among the Instagram submissions
1 winner will be selected at random through Rafflecopter
We will announce the winner on Thursday, September 5th.

Full entry here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 19 August 2013

Get Active and Stay Active with the Whole Family!

I’ve been working really hard this summer to get healthy. Being a work at home mom during the summer home with kids I want to make sure they too are staying active and the best way for all of us to do that is to do it together! Of course if you are in the high temp weather areas please use caution with some and always remember to drink lots of water and have it with you at all times for everyone!

10 Ways to Get Active with Your Kids in Tow

1. Go for a walk. No matter the age, no matter the ability it’s one thing everyone can do together. Put the little in the stroller and go. We also use this time to get the dog out. We have everyone taking turns holding the leash and Gavin has become much more confident in taking care of our pet as a result.

2. Swim. Swimming is a great way for everyone to stay cool and exercise at the same time.

3. Jump Rope. Did you know if you want to burn a lot of calories fast you should jump rope?

4. Run. This is a new one for me as I’ve stepped up my walking. I have the kids take their scooter so they can keep up with you.

joovy Collage

5. Hula Hoop. Not only is it fun for them but let’s talk about what a HUGE calorie burner this is.

6. Garden. Not only do you benefit from fresh vegetables to teach healthy eating but you can also burn a lot of calories when you’re moving all around digging, weeding, and planting your plants and vegetables.

7. Take a bike ride. This is a fun one that can be fun and you can make it short or long or the way to get to one of your plans for the day. I find children go farther and longer on their bikes.

joovy cocoon Collage

8. Play Wii. Many games are now made specifically with weightloss in mind. My boys love games where they can dance and since and before you realize of you’ve burned through 600 calories and you’ve had a fun night.

9. Rollerblade. This one is great for just mom too if the kids want to scooter or bike faster then you can walk or run.

10. Take a hike. My kids love exploring and I love climbing. If you plan accordingly your kids will find hiking fascinating. Not only will they not realize the exercise they are getting but being outdoors with nature is very educational too!

Contributed by Jennifer @ momspotted

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Is My Scale Broken? or When Did the Scale Jump 25 Pounds…and I am Not Even Pregnant!

After writing my lunch box post and I began to research the idea of “clean eating” and I made the decision to get on the scale.  Wow, that was an eye opener!  Somewhere over the last five years I gained 25 pounds!  I only gained 27-30 pounds when I was pregnant.  How did this happen?!   Oh yes…eating off my kids plates, too many glasses of wine with my girlfriends, take out dinners when I didn’t feel like cooking, buying quick convenience foods and the list goes on.  Some of you may be in my position or some of you may have just had a baby and need to lose the extra “baby weight,” whatever your reason or motivation, I propose we do this together.

I’ve tried all sorts of diets over the years but have only been successful in the short term.  That is why I want to try something new, “eating clean.”   This is more a lifestyle choice than a diet.  Another reason to take this path is my children.  I do not want them to be on a diet or think that they need to lose weight.  I just want us all to live a healthy lifestyle.   There are so many foods out there that are delicious and nutritious that they love.  I want to focus on that.

So, here are the basics on “eating clean:”

  • Eat Whole Foods – Think foods without labels:  vegetables, fruits, whole grains, grass-fed and free-range meats, dairy, etc.
  • Avoid Processed Foods – Basically this is almost anything with a label.  This applies especially to labels with items on it that you cannot pronounce.
  • Eliminate Refined Sugar – Refined sugar is pure calories.

I know this will be a process.  I am not advocating running into your kitchen and throwing everything that is processed in the trashcan….I have a box of Fruit Loops to finish!  And one of my biggest vices is my two cups of coffee in the morning with French Vanilla Coffeemate.  This is going to be a HUGE sacrifice for me.  It’s what gets me going in the morning.  I recommend working through the items you have in your house and then do not buy anything new that is not “clean.”

Here are the steps I will take to jumpstart the plan:

  • Finish my Coffeemate and then switch to green tea.
  • Eat one clean meal a day until kitchen pantry is “clean.”
  • Drink 8 8oz glasses of water a day.
  • Eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day.
  • Avoid second servings.
  • Skip my glass of wine at least 5 days a week.

Let’s start with the clean eating and then we will address getting moving very soon (at least walk for now.)  Walking is great exercise and even better if you are pushing a stroller with a baby or toddler in it!

 

cup_of_green_tea_on_dish-2