Archive for ‘being minimal’

June 7, 2010

>must have monday: the mommy hook

>My new Baby Jogger City Double stroller is a dream… But I have the usual mommy complaint… Nowhere to put “stuff.”

On a recent trip to Target to pick up some formula, I stumbled upon the Mommy Hook (www.themommyhook.com) and decided to give it a try. Basically, it’s a huge d-ring that you hook onto your stroller handle and costs about $10. Then, you can hang shopping bags, a purse or anything else that needs hanging, leaving the typical handful mommy a little more hands free.

As a precaution, however, I make sure I do not hang too much weight on the hook or hang anything when my newborn is alone In the stroller so as not to flip the stroller. If you choose to purchase the Mommy Hook, be sure to follow their operating instructions and follow their precautions as well.

(We have arrived at our new home in Minnesota, but my regular computer is not set up yet, so no photos. I hope to be up and running later this week once I purchase a desk.)

— Post From My iPad

April 11, 2010

>double strollers and mini vans

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I learned something about myself when Hadley was tiny…  That I really am a “less is more” kind of gal.  Despite my love of purses, I never really carried a diaper bag.  Strollers were cool, but unless we were on a long walk, a trip to the mall or other major outing, I didn’t use one.  I preferred the sling, and I think Hadley did too.

Naturally, when we learned of Hayden, I really didn’t think upgrading our beautiful stroller to a double was necessary.  I would put Hayden in a sling and push Hadley in the stroller. Sounds like a good plan, right?  Until  you realize, on that extended trip to the mall, that you have no place to put your slinged baby.  What if you needed to pee?  What would you do?  (Well, I do know how to conquer that with a sling, but it’s a legitimate concern)
So I set forth to find a second hand double stroller on Craigslist.  Double strollers are like mini vans to me…  A little too “mommy” for me.  Not that I am a young hipster by any means, but they just aren’t me.  And being the minimal person that I am, it is just way too much equipment for me.  Needless to say I was being quite particular with this purchase.
I looked at a used double stroller that was so incredibly long that you almost needed a back up alarm like on big trucks.  While it was a nice, clean, used stroller for $100, I could see it would annoy me so much that I would never use it.
I looked at a new high end stroller that was about the size of a single stroller and has a lower sling for a second child… Very cool, but it would always have two pieces (which on our single stroller was the case and somewhat annoying – especially at the airport) and what happens
 when the kid who has to sit in the lower seat wants to see out. Not to mention, once you got all the appropriate pieces purchased, the system was upwards of $1000.
I settled on a new stroller system that is all one piece… The City Mini Jogger. It’s a double wide, but fits through standard sized door ways.  The seats operate separately and can sit straight up, or lie all the way flat, which is an excellent feature for a baby/toddler

 situation.  A car seat adaptor is available, but I am not one to lug a car seat anywhere out of a car, so we just lay the seat back and we put in an infant cozy to help keep Hayden in place.  This stroller basically folds in half for storage.  It’s still double wide, but folds up pretty flat so it really doesn’t take up any more room than a standard stroller.  While it’s a bit heavy – it is designed to hold 150 lbs or so of kid – it steers beautifully. Since we received the stroller, we have been looking for reasons to take it out.  I’ve been on a few walks through town, been to Target (much easier than trying to wrestle a shopping cart) and the mall, all with great success.  Also, Hadley thinks it’s pretty cool!  I would recommend this stroller to parents with two kiddos who are looking for a simple solution.
Now… I don’t know if I will ever be convinced that a mini van is a good idea for me.  
But I guess I should never say never.
January 12, 2010

>food on the go

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As a self-proclaimed “minimal mom,” I thought I’d share a few of my easy finds for food on the go for the mommy who doesn’t haul a diaper bag everywhere she goes.
Purse Friendly Food:

* Brothers All Natural Freeze Dried Fruit – I buy the individual snack sized packages at Costco and they are a perfect, no mess way to feed my kiddo fruit on the go. The apples are the hit in our house and they are the least messiest and easiest to clean up.
* Pirates Booty Snacks – They can be a little tricky to find, but Henry’s Neighborhood Market and Ralphs carry the coveted snack sized bags. I like these because they are easy to take on the go and because they stale so quickly, I don’t waste a whole large bag.
* Annie’s Naturals Bunny Fruit Snacks – Make sure your kiddo can handle gummies before giving them this snack. If so, this is a fun sweet treat that you’ll feel better about because it’s organic. Again, a little pricey, but as a once in awhile treat, they are perfect. Even better, they are in individual packages which makes purse travel easy.
* Somersault Snacks – This new product is concocted of seeds and oats and just tastes good. They come in three flavors and are available in individual packaging.
* Goldfish 100 Calorie Packs – Not that we need to watch our kids calories, per say, but these are a perfect size for on the go!
Fast Food Solutions:
* Burger King now carries an alternative to french fries. They are apple fries. Peeled and sliced like fries, it’s an easy solution for a kiddos hungry tummy. The apple fries come with a side of caramel, which I have never offered, but some kids may require that extra kick of sweet to get down a healthier snack. On the topic of Burger King, the now have alternatives to the traditional fast food restaurant food, such as Mac n’ Cheese (which I’d much rather my kiddo eat than chicken strips or burgers).
* Taco Bell has a “cheese roll up” on their budget menu. It’s $.79 and simply a tortilla with melted cheese rolled up. I’ve had to do this twice in a pinch and it’s worked out beautifully. Just be sure to let the roll up cool off before offering it to your kiddo. Also, if you are hungry and trying to keep your calories low, there is a new “diet” menu that isn’t too shabby.
* Starbucks carries a new grab and go kids snack line. Fruit purees, fruit leathers and even goodies for families who only eat raw food. Also, in their cold case you can find a cheese, crackers and fruit plate and they often sell bananas.
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I know, I know… Fast food. I’m not a fan either, but sometimes in a pinch a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do. I don’t make it a regular habit, but it’s nice to know the alternatives are there.
September 3, 2009

>traveling with baby

>I love to travel and I really haven’t let baby slow me down much. Well, a little. But one of my constant dilemmas now is how do I deal with the stuff, mostly the car seat. We visited San Francisco not long a go and I was faced with the car seat issue. Hadley is too big for her infant car seat that snaps nicely on the stroller and the big car seat is very cumbersome to travel alone with her. Since we needed a car seat at least one of the days of our visit, I rented a car and a car seat. It worked out, though unnecessary.

I am dying for a trip to NYC before I get too pregnant to enjoy it and am wondering if it’s something I can do with Hadley. I think it could be fun with her to check out the kiddo stuff, play in the park and pretend we are New Yorkers for a few days. But I am once again faced with the car seat dilemma. Generally, we can get around without ever getting into a car, but what about that one moment when we are desperate for a cab, on the other side of town with only the car seat. What do we do?
During a Google spree of how to deal with this, I came across a company called Baby’s Away. Basically, they will rent you all the things you need in select cities while you are traveling: strollers, car seats, high chairs cribs, exersaucers etc. etc. Very, very cool!
But, I still must research some more to solve my other problem. Just wanted to share this company’s website.