Friday Five

1. Big Brother 17 started this week. I think it is getting a little bit out of hand with all of these “twists.” It used to be all about watching people “live their lives” on TV. Now it’s all about, twists, turns, and unnecessary drama. I don’t know if I’ll make it the whole season. I am pretty excited about the return of the “twin twist.” I really enjoyed that one when Big Brother did is previously in season 5. That will keep me semi interested, but battle of the block is back and I don’t really know what fan would call it a favorite because this fan thought it sucked.

2. I borrowed Weelicious Lunches from the library this week and I’m pretty excited about it. I am already tired of making Jimmie the same few things for lunch every week. I can see myself being that crazy mom that makes little mouse sandwiches for his lunch box. A lot of the lunch ideas mentioned in the book sound so good that I want to try them for myself too. I will probably end up buying this book. I also looked through the other Weelicious cook book, but it wasn’t as good. I won’t be buying that one. If you want to learn more about the Weelicious, check out the Weelicious blog!

3. We got our National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass last weekend. It is FREE for the military and their dependents. I believe you can pick on up at any National Park visitor center. We got ours at Fort McHenry. Military ID is required. I think we are going to make it a goal to use it as much as possible within the next year. Just this weekend we went to Fort McHenry National Battlefield and Antienam National Battlefield. What a great opportunity to be outside and learn about our history.

4. I kind of like Nick and Kaitlyn together on the Bachelorette. Haters may be hating, but hey, ya can’t stop true love. I wish it was a normal season though where each episode ended with a rose ceremony. I hate waiting until the following week; it’s lame.

5. I need a stroller organizer. I was spoiled with my car seat stroller because it had all of these luxuries like cup holders, zippered pouches, and a place to store my keys.  My bugaboo Stroller doesn’t have any of those things. I love this Skip Hop one and this Britax one. Anyone have either of these? Good/bad/know one that is better?

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Tray Vous for Bugaboo Frog and Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller

We were given a hand-me-down Bugaboo Frog from my husband’s sister. All three of her kids rolled around in style, and now it is Jimmie’s turn. Although we love the smooth ride and sleek design that the Bugaboo Frog provides, it lacks a lot of conveniences that other strollers have. Such as a carriage bag that holds more than 8 pounds, a cup holder for my coffee, and more specifically a snack tray for Jimmie to eat on.

We are out and about almost every weekend. Sometimes we stop at restaurants to eat and sometimes we have picnics. I worry about feeding Jimmie all day, every day. Before Jimmie, we never stopped to snack, twice a day. I don’t want him to be hungry, obviously, and I also don’t want to have to stop every 2 1/2 hours to give his little belly some food. Here’s where the Tray Vous came in handy for us.

Bugaboo has not and probably will not invent a snack tray for their stroller. After hearing this, Lauren Moore decided to take matters into her own hands and create a tray that worked for her Bugaboo stroller, the Cameleon. The Tray Vous ONLY works for the Bugaboo Frog and the Bugaboo Cameleon. It is the only tray on the market that is large enough for little hands to snack on and play on for the Bugaboo stroller.

I was so relieved when I found the Tray Vous on the internet. I just couldn’t take another day trip without a tray for Jimmie to use for snacks and meals. Not only was I excited to see how easy it was to attach to the Bugaboo Frog, I was also surprised to see that it wasn’t too expensive. The Bugaboo strollers and accessories are usually on the expensive side. The Tray Vous is only $24.95 plus tax and S&H. A small price to pay for convenience. I also love that a caring mom, just like myself, invented it. Moms just want their kids to be happy, and Lauren Moore was certainly thinking of her children when she came up with the Tray Vous concept.

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Jimmie isn’t normally a pacifier baby unless he is sleeping, but on this day he was. He loved taking his pacifier out of his mouth, putting his tray, and then putting it back in his mouth, over and over again.

We tried our Tray Vous out for the first time last weekend when we went to Fort McHenry in Maryland. I knew Jimmie would need a snack to not only keep him entertained while we were touring the Fort, but also because our trip would run right into his snack time. Usually, if we’re walking around, we have to stop, find a bench, and feed him piece by piece until his snack is gone. With the Tray Vous, time and frustration were saved. I was able to continuously throw Cheerios onto Jimmie’s tray to keep him satisfied. He actually thought the whole experience was hilarious.

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The next day, we took Jimmie to Antienam National Battlefield in Maryland. Once again, the Tray Vous came in handy. I packed a picnic lunch for all of us. We sat on the ground, but Jimmie stayed in his stroller. We were able to feed him his whole meal while he sat there happily looking around at the Battlefield. It was so nice knowing I didn’t have to find a table or a high chair; the Tray Vous had saved us again.

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Jimmie is a marathon eater. His meals sometimes last a half hour. Once we were done eating, we were able to walk around while he finished his lunch.

Attaching and detaching the Tray Vous is really simple. There are two bar extenders which go on each side of the front stroller bar. The two extenders connect the bar right to the stroller and then the tray has three strips of Velcro that connect the tray to the bar. My only complaint is that I wish the Velcro was a little longer and stronger. The bar extenders are great to leave on, even without the tray. Jimmie has been trying to munch on the bar for the last few weeks, and while we discouraged this, he still ended up with foam in his mouth. The Tray Vous extenders alleviated this problem.

To purchase your very own Tray Vous for your Bugaboo Frog or Cameleon, head on over to the Tray Vous website.

I was sent a Tray Vous in exchange for an honest review.

Friday Five

1. We have been to two different Chipotles in the past three weeks. Jim and I stopped at Chipotle to eat lunch on two different Saturdays because it was lunch time for Jimmie.  Chipotle just happened to be around when the clock hit noon. Jim loves Chipotle. I like it, but I’d rather have Taco Bell. The first one we went to didn’t have a changing table. I was annoyed, but chalked it up to just being a fluke. The second one we went to, this past weekend, also didn’t have a changing table. I was shocked to find two different locations not having changing tables in the bathroom. I emailed the company to voice my displeasure and they said, “Over the next few years we plan to make renovations to our restaurants to better accommodate customers that visit each location, based on who is walking in the doors of each specific restaurant.” Why wouldn’t all locations have changing tables? They have high chairs, and a kids menu, so why should I have to go outside and change my child in the car? I kind of think it’s ridiculous. Needless to say, for my inconvenience, they gave me one free meal. Whoop-de-doo. Still doesn’t solve the problem.

2. I finished Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen, this week. My review will be up soon. Just to warn you, I LOVED it. It was so much better than her last book (which I hated) and it was a lot different than all of her other books. The themes in the book are more mature, but still include her normal themes of friendship, love, and family. According to this article, from Entertainment Weekly, this may be her last book for a while. Needless to say, I’m bummed.

3. Jimmie stood on his own this week. He was so surprised that he started to cry. He really hasn’t done it since, but now we know he can do it. He would rather a) hold onto something while he is standing or b)jump while I am trying to get him to stand without holding my hands.

4. We went to the National Zoo on Sunday. Jimmie was a grump the whole time due to teething and constipation and, of course, the heat. He did enjoy seeing the pandas and elephants, but we had to cut our trip short, which was sad. He later pooped in the tub, oh the joys of parenthood. Since the zoo is free, I’m sure we will go back a few more times before we leave Maryland. Which will be this time next year.

5. This weekend will be another busy one for us. I can’t believe it will be “officially” summer on Sunday. Which means we are going to start losing daylight. It is bittersweet. Sunday is also Father’s Day. I am making beer battered fish, a meal we haven’t had since we lived in Korea, one of Jim’s favorites. Maybe it won’t be too hot and we can do for a walk in a new park, as well.

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there! Enjoy your weekend, you deserve it!

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Saturday morning b-ball

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After the zoo with Grandmom

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Standing

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Crying because he is standing

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“coloring” aka trying to eat crayons

Weight Watchers Ice Cream Review #weightwatchersicecream

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Summer and ice cream go together like peanut butter and jelly. Unfortunately, ice cream can sometimes pack on the pounds. Extra pounds and summer do not go together. Here’s where Weight Watchers Ice Cream comes in handy. Not only is it good, but it’s also low cal. If you’re on Weight Watchers, you can enjoy something sweet and refreshing. If you’re not on Weight Watchers, you can still enjoy it without adding a ton of extra calories to your diet.

I was sent two free coupons from Influenster to try out Weight Watchers Ice Cream. I chose to try two different ice cream bars: Giant Chocolate Fudge (3 points) and Giant Chocolate Cookies & Cream (4 points.) Of course, I chose the giant variety size because I love ice cream. Some of the Weight Watchers Ice Cream choices come in snack size, which are worth less points.

The Giant Chocolate Fudge bars taste just like fudgesicles. The Giant Chocolate Cookies & Cream bars tasted similar, but with an Oreo-like coating covering the bar. Both were delicious, refreshing, and fulfilling.  I would definitely buy other kinds of Weight Watchers ice cream, as well as, these varieties again.

If you’re interested in receiving free products to try from Influenster, please email me! You can find my email in the “contact me” section at the top of this page.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Book Review: Fifty Shades of They by Ed Young

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Fifty Shades of They by Ed Young is an advice book on how to put the right “they” in your life and take the wrong “they” out. Ed Young talks all about relationships in his book: the relationship you have with God, the relationship you have with your spouse, and the relationship you have with your friends and family. Ed Young is a well-known pastor in North America. His book encourages the reader to let go of all negativity in their lives and accept God. By doing this, you will lead a happier, more fulfilling life.

I thought Fifty Shades of They by Ed Young was too preachy. When it first started to read the book, I thought it was humorous, and somewhat helpful. Once I got past the first few chapters, I wasn’t really laughing anymore. I felt like I was being lectured about all aspects of my life. Although I didn’t enjoy every single page of this book, I did learn a few things and received a lot of insight. Here are the top ten pieces of knowledge I gained from Ed Young:

1. “How do you feel after spending time with time with the people in your life? Are you encouraged? Or do you feel depleted and negative? If so, you’re in a releechionship, not a relationship.” Pg. 14

Everyone can relate to this. Who doesn’t have that one friend that they should have “broken up” with but they keep holding on because they feel bad about letting go? Yup, releechionship.

2, “How are you sure you’re not living based on your feelings? You’ve got to HALT! Never make decisions that matter when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.” Pg. 34

I’m always hungry or tired. I make a lot of choices based on these things.

3. There are three types of people in life: those who are “For you” those who “Use you” and those who are “With you.” Pg. 45

We all need more people to be with us note against us. These people are hard to come by these days.

4. Never trust people with “crazy eyes.” If they look crazy, they probably are. Pg. 48

Orange is the New Black is a prime example of this.

5. Good friends are like good dogs. Pg. 59-60

Toby is one of my best friends. Loyal and never talks back. Sometimes he barks back though.

6. “True hospitality is not about lawn-mowing, house-showing mentality designed to impress the guests. It is expressed in the conversation-starting, love-imparting mentality designed to serve  others.” Pg.64

Good conversations make good friends.

7. “Marriage is not the easiest thing, but it is the greatest thing if you’re willing to work!” Pg.75

Agreed! Especially after you have a child. You have to work together, not against each other.

8. “The right ‘they’ don’t need an explanation for every decision you make. They trust. They Follow.” Pg. 85

Not every decision, but some decisions need explanations.

9. “Satan tries to get us to drink decaf coffee and slowly drift off to sleep. But life is too short for decaf coffee.” Pg. 123

Decaf coffee is a waste. I should have known it was the product of the devil. Love this quote!

10. “If ‘they’ are constantly having to tell you who they are, what they are about; if they are constantly dropping names like they have something [to] prove, you have to wonder if it’s all smoke and mirrors.” Pg. 136

Never trust people who are always talking about how great their lives are. They’re usually the ones who are struggling the most.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. 

I L-O-V-E Fit Snack Subscription Boxes

Getting mail is the best. Getting mail that you can eat? Even better. I love Fit Snack boxes because each box of snacks is handpicked by the Fit Snack staff and contain healthy snacks that you can eat on the go. I love learning about new snacks that are low-calorie, full of protein, and delicious.

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Every month I get really excited to receive my box. I have to contain myself and not eat the entire box of snacks all at once, which would defeat the purpose of healthy snacking. I love the idea of sending a box to your work so that you can just stick in your desk and not have to worry about finding healthy snacks in a pinch. When you’re a busy mom like me, snacking isn’t the easiest thing to do. Fit Snack makes it hard not to snack healthy because you don’t even have to leave your house to find great snacks.

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Head on over to Fit Snack’s website to sign up and start receiving your monthly boxes. You have the option of signing up for one month, three months, six months, or a year.  Sign up using one of the links on this page and get a FREE gym bag!

For your chance to WIN a Fit Snack box, head on over to their contest page here.

I am a part of the Fit Snack Ambassador Team. All of these opinions are truly my own. 

Friday Five

1. Pretty Little Liars is already really good this season. The first two episodes have left me on the edge of my seat. I just don’t understand why Mona wasn’t in the second episode? Did anyone else think that was weird? I’m also a bit skeptical of the new cop. New characters always seem shady to me.

2. Jimmie is up to 11 teeth! The bottom left molar just made its debut this morning! He also has a new top left tooth (that isn’t a molar.) Kid doesn’t want me to brush his teeth anymore, this makes bedtime a bit difficult. 5 more teeth to go (which includes 2 molars) until we don’t have to worry about teething until 2 year old molars. Woohoo!!!

3. Jimmie had whole peas for the first time two nights ago and thought they were hilarious. He loved rolling them on his tray and squishing them before putting them into his mouth. Peas make me want to puke, but he love them, so I sucked some down too. The next day I made him peas on cream cheese toast, he mostly just wanted the peas.

4. It’s getting pretty hot around here. As much as I hated the rain last week, I was digging the mid 70’s to low 80’s weather. I personally don’t mind it being hot, but Jimmie gets sweaty really fast. We have to get an air pump so we can blow up his little pool. I bought a few of these cute muscle tanks (on sale, in-store) for him yesterday at Old Navy. Hopefully they keep him a little cooler. Plus, how cute are they?

5. Dawson’s Creek is going to be on ABC family at the end of June. I’m pretty darn excited. Team Pacy all the way. Brings me back to high school. Which by the way, as of next week, I will have graduated 11 years ago! Seriously, what the heck? It really does feel like yesterday. So much has happened in 11 years. I can’t even wrap my mind around it.

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Grumpy because mommy forgot her camera’s memory card

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Just reading in my playpen

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Just sorting some shapes

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pea and cream cheese toast. Reminded me of Green Eggs and Ham!

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Hello baby!