Monday, July 27, 2015

Three Kids and Many Strollers Later the GB QBit Stroller is My Favorite #Review

*I received the item/s for the purpose of review.  All opinions are a 100% my own. 
easy one hand fold
I first learned about the GB Qbit Stroller back in May at the New York Baby Show.  I was intrigued when I heard that it folds up to cube the size of a boutique shopping bag, but when I heard that it retails for $179.99 - I had to learn more!
expandable canopy - great during sunshine or rain
After getting the opportunity to test it out I can say I finally have a stroller I completely love and that's a mom of three talking!  I have had jogging strollers, many "lightweight umbrella strollers," and even a double stroller but this is the one I favor most. 
  • It weighs less than 15lbs which is incredible, since I sometimes have to be holding a baby in my arms or holding one of my baby's hands carrying a stroller traveling around NYC. 
  • It folds up with one hand which makes being a mommy much easier. 
  • It folds up small and who doesn't love that?  Even when in your garage it wont take up space, and if you're a city mom like me - it won't take space in your apartment. (13" wide & 21" tall)
  • It folds up to fit perfectly in the trunk of a car, barely taking up space or even at the back seat of any car.  It comes with a transport bag that stores underneath the stroller when not in use.
  • The seat reclines, and has seat belt harness that is able to hold my little infant in place.
  • Large expandable canopy which shields child from rain, sun and wind.
  • It has a storage basket which is like having an extra set of hands when needed. 
  • Comes with an adaptor to make functional for specific car seats.
fits in the trunk of a small vehicle, barely taking up more space than a shopping bag
Sure there are many awesome strollers out there, but this one stands out for affordability and delivering similar great features as the other competitors.  I've had a while to test out the stroller and love it.  I needed a stroller that I liked the design, that was light to carry, that folded up nice and compact, that had a good age/weight range, that had a good canopy and one that I could afford - the GB Qbit is it.  So far it has been on a road trip with us barely taking up space along side our luggage, been sight seeing with us near Niagara Falls, has had many adventures on the NYC subways, countless number of visits to the supermarket and more - both functioning great for my 3 month old and almost 3 year old toddler.  It is available in a range of colors, and also comes with adaptors that are compatible with the GB Asana35, Maxi Cosi Mico and Cybex Aton.

          

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Smile - It Could Be Worse!

Every once in a while we need to remind ourselves that things could always be worse.  Don't sit around and mope.  Don't spend your day feeling sorry for yourself for something silly.  Sure it might seem like the end of the world, but chances are it could be worse.
Now I don't mean you should think of the worst case scenario every time but instead, appreciate all that you have and all that is good today.  One thing I've learned in my life is that, it can be worse, and to appreciate everything the way it is today.  Another thing I've learned in association with that, health is probably the most important thing in life.  You could be financially and socially rich - have it all but if you don't have health, you have nothing. 
Things are not like it was before, we are now in the generation of always being in the know.  If you want to know something you don't go to the library, you Google - everything is instant.  We hear of horrible stories of accidents, deaths, illnesses all the time whether we want to or not.  You never think it could be you, you separate yourself from the stories of cancer, losing of family members, and random diseases or conditions people deal with.  Sure you sympathize, but that's it.  You never think it could be you, until it happens and find yourself on the other side.
I lost my mom when I was in high school - never ever thought I'd be one of those people that lose their parent/s at a young age.  Just never crossed my mind growing up.  My son was diagnosed with severe multiple food allergies at 6 months when I almost lost him, never even knew about food allergies back then.  Life has taught me that it could be me, it could very easily be.  It has taught me to relate sympathize, and most of all appreciate everything.  I can't live my life making sure to give compassion and the appropriate attention for everyone having a tough time, but I could at least appreciate.  Over the past 10 years or so, I've learned to appreciate everything, live life for today, and to never stress over the little things (no matter how big and bad it may seem at the moment) because there are far too many great wonderful amazing things to be thankful for.  From our very big worries to the small everyday ones, it's good to stop and ask ourselves is it really something you should let trouble you? 

So I ask you, what are you most grateful for today?  As you think about that one, smile - actually smile at the screen.  You'll be surprised at how it helps you feel good.  :D  If you happened to be feeling down having the worst time of your life, no matter how horrible the situation - just for a moment think of how it could be worse and be strong.  Life will go on and it will get better. 



   

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Are you as KIND as you are online in person?

While we are in the midst of many conferences going on here in New York City, I wanted to send a quick reminder to all to be kind.  Many times bloggers stick to their usual group of online friends, and are only interested in making friends with those that they can benefit from.  I understand as it is a business & brand all bloggers are working on growing, however remember you were once brand new to it all too.
So next time you run into someone that isn't as "big" as you in stats, and not as experienced as you, take a moment to be kind.  It is all about the community and friendships that keeps us all going, so take a moment to open your arms up and help someone new to it all. 
I see way too often online bloggers bashing the ways of others, how they blog, how much they blog for - how about telling them directly instead of talking critically of them with others that do it your way.  Also remember everyone does things theirs way, whether you think it's the right way or not.  So many campaigns and posts about anti-bullying, being kind but I see way to much of it as I watch quietly from the sidelines.  It is a community that wouldn't survive without each others support from the beginning, so just be kind. 
I confess this all comes to you as I had unfortunate experiences with meeting people in person years ago at my first conference and just got reminded of it by the excitement of it all coming to New York City again.  Online, people are so nice, because I suppose it is a business they are running as they promote themselves, but in person unfortunately some are very different.  So maybe if you can't be fully kind as you are online for real, at least fake it.  I wish some people weren't so fake, which also reminds me of the people that I have met in person who are so nice and sweet it is refreshing.  It isn't all bad, but I tell you not everyone is as nice as they seem online as they are in person.  It surprises me every time.  Maybe they don't mean to be, so here's a reminder to anyone that is reading - be kind in person as much as you are online.  This really isn't just for bloggers, this applies to new friends you make online, to your co-workers, classmates, everyone that uses the internet..be kind and honest as you would be online in person and  of course vice versa.
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

All My Kids Will Be Offered the Same Food

You must have read the title and thought "why wouldn't your kids eat the same ?"  It's because of allergies.  My kids don't share the same food allergies and I give them both the same food, all the time.  They both like different things but the same foods are offered to them.  I would never offer/give one child something that the other is deathly allergic to.  Makes sense right?  Well some people don't get it. 

I get why I should let them be themselves, like different book and toys, but when it comes to food - they are offered the same thing.  I was told to give food to my daughter that my son is deathly allergic to, by people who have no idea what it is to live with food allergies.  Here are a number of reasons why I will not be doing that, thank you very much.

The variety of foods I offer are plenty healthy, nutritious, delicious and interesting.  So why give something the other is allergic to as if they are missing out?

While on the topic of missing out.  So what if one is "missing out," is it fair to offer one sibling something that the other is deathly allergic to, just so she is "fitting in" with the world?!  Yeah, it doesn't make much sense to me either.

And again, while on the topic of deadly allergies.  If my daughter eats something my son is allergic to, that means they aren't going to be able to play with each other safely.  I would have to worry if my toddler put her hand in her mouth (which toddlers do by the way).  I would have to make sure her hands are all clean.  It sounds silly, might not even make sense - but life threatening allergens are everywhere as it is - can they just be safe in their home with their siblings at least.  I mean, really..all for what?  A candy bar?  I don't even know what she's missing out on that she would need.

I understand if there was a vitamin or some sort of nutritional deficiency but we actually eat allot better than we would have if it wasn't for food allergies.  For a family that keeps clear from wheat, milk, eggs, all nuts, shellfish/fish, oats and so much more we have a great list of foods we can eat at home as a family.  So thanks for the suggestion, but no I will not be feeding one child something the other can die from.  When everyone grows up and is able to care for themselves, everyone will eat everything they can and want to but until then I'd like to keep everyone happy and alive.  This is why I don't ever give opinions on other peoples lives, you never really know what a person might have to go through in their lives.  I won't judge you for not knowing what you're not supposed to know, like how it is living in our shoes, but don't judge me for offering the same abundant amount of foods to all my children.  Yup, there actually isn't any lack of here.  My kids love food, we are actually what you'd describe as foodies.  We are always in the kitchen as a family experimenting and creating different dishes we can all eat as a family.  I understand you come with good intentions, but as my 2 year old would say "thank you but no."



            

Thursday, July 9, 2015

G.H CRETORS Organic Simply Salted & EVOO Flavored Popped Corn - Giveaway

*I received the item/s for the purpose of this post. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. All opinions are a 100% my own. No other compensation was provided.


I could start off by saying how it's the perfect time to snack on popcorn because it's summer time, but let's be real, it's always a good time for popcorn.  It's specially true when it's non-GMO, and made with organic ingredients.  I love any food that has simple ingredients, ingredients you read and don't need to Google to find out what it is.  G.H.CRETORS Organic Simply Salted and Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavors delivers just that, a simple and good tasting snack. 
 
We would all be allot healthier if we stopped to read the ingredients in all the food we eat.  It's scary to look back at the things I used to eat now that I read the ingredients to everything.  Ingredients for the extra virgin olive oil: organic popcorn, organic virgin olive, and sea salt.  Ingredients for the Simply Salted: organic popcorn, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil, and sea salt. 
I'm glad to learn of more brands that are about real ingredients, and happy to share them with you.  You could enter below to win these to try for yourself below using the Rafflecopter.  
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Stinger - Mosquito Repellent Lantern Giveaway

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Now that we are in the heart of summer and spending lots of time outside, it's also time to have mosquito repellent candles, sprays, bracelets and more around to keep from getting bitten.  For some reason mosquitoes love me, I'm that person you know of that gets bitten 10000 times while no one else in the area has gotten bitten, so repellents are a must have for me.  But really, an effective repellent is a must have for everyone which is why I'm happy to tell you about Stinger.  Stinger is a mosquito repellent lantern that repels up to 12 hours, and 3 times longer than the most leading competitors.  What I love about the Stinger is that isn't just a repellent, but it is also a great stylish addition to your outdoor space. 

Perfect for your deck/patio, BBQs, camping, and backyard/pool area.  The decorative lantern covers up to 15'x15' area, and it can be placed on a flat surface or hung.   

Quick facts about Stinger:
  • Outdoor use
  • Repels insects using a fan-dispersed repellent pad
  • All natural for safe use around children and pets
  • Blue, LED lighting for night
  • Uses 4 AA batteries
  • Repellent refills come in 6 packages per PDQ tray
  • MSRP $12.99
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