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Gear & Gadgets for Moms with Little Ones

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As a mom of toddlers, I am often around other moms of small children and two common topics that come up over time are:

(1)  “How do I save time?”

(2)  “What’s an easy way to do this?”

Let’s face it–when you have kids, there is only so much time you can save and nothing is easy about being a mom :).  With that said, it is all the more important to have efficient gear and gadgets (please note that I am only specifying brand names when necessary):

(1)  Primo Bath Tub–This bathtub can be used from Day 1 and my 2 and 3-year-olds still use it.  It’s safer than using your own bathtub/sink and other baby tubs, saves water, and makes bath time a cinch (with this tub, bath time for each kid is only 5 minutes!).

(2)  Electric Pressure Cooker–Three words: One button cooking.  Throw everything in a pot, push a button, and walk away.  I cannot imagine my life without mine.

(3)  Stand Mixer–Many people have hand mixers (as do I) but the idea is that the less you have to do by hand, the better.  Also, mommy deserves a treat once in a while (try making a chiffon cake with a hand mixer–possible but would take forever!).

(4)  Blender–If you’re lazy, busy, or have kids who won’t eat their veggies (or all of the above), then a blender can help you and your family have a healthier diet.  Remember, there’s a difference between blending and juicing (both have benefits).

(5)  Contours Options Tandem Stroller–I have used this stroller just about every day since our kids were born and I would say that this is probably the best mommy gear we have in our home.  The reason is because the seats can recline 180 degrees, are adjustable, and removable/interchangeable.  The space under the seats has ample storage for shopping and day trips.  In addition, there is a shopping basket attachment that you can purchase.  (Before we had our second child, we would replace the second stroller seat with the shopping basket attachment–pure genius; I would get wide-eyed, envious looks from other moms of babies every time I used our stroller.)

(6)   TravelJohn Unisex Travel Disposable Urinals–This product is a godsend.  Anyone (men, women, boys, girls, adults, toddlers, etc.) can use it.  Plus, it’s odor and leak resistant (the internal non-toxic gel instantly absorbs urine and transforms all contents into a gel).  Super portable and disposable.  Use it anytime and anywhere.  Need I say more?

Schlub

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So, I have completely fallen off the wagon in terms of keeping my gym/workout resolution.  And, of course, I’ve been using every excuse in the book to rationalize my not going to the gym lately (AVIVA events, consulting, period/time of the month, etc.).  I just don’t get that “runner’s high” or any other high associated with working out.  If working out felt as good as shopping, eating, and/or sex, hell, I’d do it all the time!  But, unfortunately, it doesn’t for me.  I hate it so much (but know that I have to do it for my health) that I think I’m going to start working out in the morning (versus mid-day or evening).  Get it the hell out of the way first thing.  And, as a matter of fact, I did go for a swim about an hour ago (first time in two months, I think–it’s been a while…  *SIGH*).  So, there–I’ve redeemed myself  :).  And the feeling of having accomplished something this morning makes my breakfast (apple sausages, home fries with onions, and sunny side up eggs) taste all the better.

In other news, I’m organizing another event for April 20–mimosas and trunk show for a jewelry store that recently hired me as a consultant (this is not related to AVIVA but if anyone would like more info on it, feel to drop me a line).  Anyone have any tips on making mimosas?  Being allergic to alcohol, I have no idea.  Although I ‘m sure I can find something on Google and/or a “kit” at one of these food/cooking stores (World Market, Sur la Table, etc.).   That and another (AVIVA) event for the week of Mother’s Day.

Remember the days when we would all get tons of Bed Bath & Beyond coupons?  Now, I have to scramble around trying to find just one.  And, in case you haven’t noticed, each coupon is only for one item–what the hell?

 

Fight Like a Girl

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Lots to catch up on…  I know I’ve been MIA lately because of my organizing the Men’s Scotch Tasting event for tomorrow at the Saks Men’s Store.  As of this minute, we still don’t have anyone who will speak about the scotches/malts (!!!).  You would think that that portion of the event would have been accounted for in the beginning of the event planning process.  But it wasn’t due to miscommunication.  *SIGH*  Lesson learned.  This is AVIVA‘s second event (as many of you recall, the first was the Women’s Trend Event at Nordstrom).  In addition, I’ve also been hired as a consultant to help boost a jewelry store’s online presence and marketing campaigns (which will be lots of fun).  So, that, in a nutshell, has been what’s going on with me since the last post.

Change of topic.  A friend of mine called me last night and complained about her boyfriend.  You can read more about that on my dating advice column/blog.  Bottom line:  you can tell a lot about someone by his/her fighting/disagreement style.  It’s not if and/or when you fight, it’s how you fight that matters.  When I was dating my husband, one of the things that helped me fall in love with him was his fighting style.  He is the most generous man I have ever known.  You know the saying, “It’s more important to be happy than right?”  Well, he gets it.  And, as a woman, you can’t help but love someone who is generous to a fault.

In other news, I am trying to get followers not just on my fashion blog but also on my Facebook page.  Unlike many people I know, I try to use my page as a platform for causes that I think others should be aware of and/or take action on.  Of course, like many others, I also enjoy posting fun stuff (like cartoons, jokes, photos, etc.).  But I see my Facebook page primarily as a way to “get the word out” on certain issues and/or interesting insights.  So, if you are inclined to do so (and enjoy receiving updates on quirky news stories, human trafficking, Alzheimer’s [as well as other causes], and/or food news), please feel free to click on “Follow” on my Facebook page.

Skin Deep

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Irony.  I fear the appearance of aging.  Yet, one effect of married life for me is that I’m no longer afraid to go out sans makeup (unless, of course, the occasion calls for it) and, sometimes, (EEK!!!) sans sunscreen (that’s just pure laziness on my part).  I no longer experience anguish over going out barefaced to run errands.  With that said, I do make an effort on most days.

Perhaps my lack of hesitation in going sans makeup has less to do with being married and more to do with my gaining more confidence with age.  Come to think of it, I’m more comfortable in my own skin than I’ve ever been in my life and that feeling has increased with every passing year.  It’s as if I have a banner stuck to my body that reads, “I may still have much to learn but there are many things I have done and learned about and, because of this, I know what I’m doing and what I’m talking about (for the most part) so deal with it.  I am who I am, thankyouverymuch.”

 

Hunger Games

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So, I haven’t been as good with my new year’s resolutions as I wanted to be (no surprise there).  What started out as a fantastic get-my-butt-to-the-gym-and-eat-healthy-at-all-times regimen has now turned into a do-I-really-have-to-workout-today-and-what’s-one-more-slice-of-cake struggle.

That plus the fact that I have baby fever.  I look around and just about everyone my age is having and/or have had kids.  Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t want kids just to “get on the bandwagon” or because “it’s time”.  I want kids because my mind, body, and soul are telling me, “This is what you are meant to do.  This is going to be your biggest contribution to society”.  It’s gotten bad.  Really bad.  I’m looking at maternity clothes, baby stuff, and even children’s educational programs.  I know, I’m going a bit batty.

Now that I’ve had lunch, I have a mad dash to go to the post office, update my fashion blog, blast out e-mails to promote this event I’m co-hosting in DC, go to the bank, and run a few other errands–all before rush hour which starts at 3PM in these parts.  More updates later.  Ciao.