Friday, November 11, 2016

Picking out a stroller

Shelby and Brandon Over the past few years moms have questioned me about my stroller and what kind of stroller I would suggest.  I want to be able to help those with questions because making a million decisions when your a mom isn't fun- like tonight I was done making decisions with Brandon and trying to schedule things out for my kids and my life and then I went into a zone and I stared at a wall for like 20 minutes completely checked out. ha! So in partnership with The Baby Cubby we hope to make moms decisions on strollers a little easier.

I'm going to just touch on a few points, because the Baby Cubby has a great details guide already set up, but these are just my opinions.

 How will you use your Stroller?
When we lived in Boston we walked around a lot on sidewalks, we were city dwellers. But most of the sidewalks had huge bumps due to the roots of the trees taking out the sidewalks. I knew we had to get a stroller with heavy duty wheels, that was durable and had a large basket storage. We decided to go with the Baby Jogger Double Stroller. We have absolutely loved it and always recommend it to those looking for strollers.
Shelby and BrandonAre you a jogger? There are lots of things to consider when buying a stroller for jogging but I have seen and used the BOB strollers and have loved them. I've had friends who use their jogging stroller for everything and don't use a second stroller. But there are some that need that second stroller.
I don't like to run with my kids, its too stressful for me and I like that alone time. So I've never considered getting a jogger- at least at this point in my life. So do what works for you and your life.
Shelby and BrandonWhat is most important to you? Does the weight or the size of the stroller matter? Would you like a big canopy for you little one to sleep under? Or does that not matter to you. Since we walk a lot of place, I wanted to keep the sun out of my kids face and so I researched canopy reach.

Another thing that was important to me was the amount of storage that was accessible . I walk with my stroller to the grocery store, parks, picnics, library and end up filling that storage to the brim. So it was important to me to have a large storage compartment, but you might just need a little storage that can hold one or two coats or a purse.

There are lots of things to consider when you buy a stroller, and I just touched on a few but let me know if you have any questions or if there was something you wanted me to cover.
Shelby and Brandon One more thing because Brandon and I are friends with the people over at Baby Cubby and I wanted to give you a little more information about their store. The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has felt overwhelmed or discourage about becoming a parent. They find the best and safest baby gear and provide it to parents in a fun shopping experience. They price match, even amazon! They do their research about the safest and only carry whats best. I have loved going into their store and shopping online with them. I hope you check them out!

Shelby and Brandon

Around Town

I have so many photos sitting on my computer that I would love to upload to the blog but I don't have time. I really don't understand how bloggers with  kids do it! I did however want to post this pictures from our day around town a couple weeks ago. I felt like we were back in Boston, exploring and walking the streets- and taking photos. It brought back a lot of joy and life- however the sad thing is that I can't find the rest of the photos I took! I have these 5 photos upload but the rest are gone and I am kinda bummed about it. But these photos have some things I really don't want to forget so I decided to post them anyway.

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The whole day Daxton had these wire glasses on. It seriously made my heart swoon- he is the cutest kid and was cracking us up. The wire glasses were made by Brandon about a year ago for a costume and Daxton found them that morning and wore them around the town.
Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Riding the Trax was almost like riding the T in Boston. The boys had fun and loved sitting and looking out the window
Shelby and Brandon This picture could be my all time favorite photo. It shows exactly how parents have to bend over backwards to let their kids do and be apart of life. But how it brings so much joy because sometimes their request and wants are  hilariously complicated- I think Benson pushed the button like 5 times because he just loves pushing buttons.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Kortni's Munch

Last week Kortni Jean put on a little dinner in White Shanty. I was lucky enough to go and it turned out so beautiful I had to post pictures. They put so much effort and detail into the dinner, and with Mallory Fraughton taking the gorgeous pictures it makes it so easy to share!
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Thanks Kortni Jean  and Marley Sliders for such a fun night!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kauai + Video

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Here is a video of our time in Kauai!
Brandon's parents decided to do a fun getaway for a family reunion to Hawaii this year. And it was a trip of a lifetime. We went to Maui, Kauai and Oahu, and I won't be able to fit all the footage and pictures into one post so I'll be doing another post. As for now this is the Kauai portion of our trip. And let me tell you it was my favorite island! Nothing beats the greenery, remote feeling you get from being on the island. I think i used the word unreal about 20 times a day because it really was like a scene straight out of a movie set where you think, 'places like this just don't exist' but they do and Kauai was it. We had about 3 days on Kauai and we tried to pack in as much as we could in those 3 days. So here is our list of what to do on Kauai

1. Secret Beach: This place was stunning. My favorite beach I've probably ever been to. It take a good little hike to get in  and its easy enough for kids. We went on a rainy day so we had the beach to ourselves not sure if its usually like that, but it was perfect.    Shelby and Brandon  Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon I tell ya, this JoTotes camera bag saved our camera through a lot of mud and rain! I'm completely obsessed with it. Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon

Shelby and Brandon I was so worried about my boys getting sunburn and so I got these swim shirts from SwimZip and they saved my kids skin and gave me a peace mind. Plus the shark swimmer shorts are so darling!

2. The Queens Bath
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I have to laugh about this photo above because I saw this picture on Pinterest and so Brandon wanted me to reenact it. So there it is! lol

Okay so the Queens Bath was completely stunning, however I don't know if it was worth it with kids? We are bit crazy when we come to adventuring and every person we passed on the trail pretty much called us crazy. And here is why: It rains all the time in Kauai and because of that the trail is like a mud bath and so slippery. I tried in the beginning to wear my flip flops but they broke because it was so sticky and too muddy. So worth it? Maybe not with kids, but it was a super fun adventure we all can look back and laugh about.
Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon This was right before 3 adults fell down and slide down the trail with kids in tow. It was sooo muddy!
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Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon All smiles at the end when we got to get in the water and wash off all the mud and swim in the healing waters of the Queens Bath. Shelby and Brandon
The end result of our muddiness... seriously such a crazy adventure!

3. Waimea Canyon
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The drive up to the top was so pretty, I would describe it like the Grand Canyon in Utah. Benson fell asleep in the car so I never got to see the top, but the view driving around was just as good.
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4. Napali Coast
I am saving the best for last, because you guyyyyyyssss you have to go see the Napali Coast if you are ever in Kauai. Its a place you will never see anywhere else, and you can't get to it unless you are in a boat or Helicopter- which makes the experience even better. Its breathtaking, majestic and every beautiful word out there.
Our family chartered a boat and I bet we can all say that was the best part of the trip. Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon
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Part of the excursion was snorkeling along the coast and I've never been to a place with so much fish! The boys were in heaven, especially Tayte as he kept chasing around the one yellow fish and every time he got a touch of the fin he'd get so excited!Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and BrandonSee that tiny hole, we all started freaking out when our Captain started heading towards that hole, wondering how we were going to get through it and he made in and the cave inside was so incredible, something you have to experience in person because camera or video wouldn't do it justice.
Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon  Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon    We stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai and it was on the dry side of the island, which meant for more sun! If you have any questions about Kauai put them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them!