September 29, 2014

Strollin' - Maxi Cosi Kaia Stroller Review


Three years ago I didn't know a thing about strollers {other than that they had 4 wheels and were used to push children around}...but as usual, motherhood changed me :)  After two years and many strolling adventures with Arden, I now know exactly what features I want and need in an everyday stroller.  

I was lucky enough to receive a Kaia stroller from Maxi Cosi, and today I wanted to share my thoughts on this cute and convenient piece of equipment.



First of all, I think I freaked the UPS guy out a little when I met him at the door during nap time with a "woohoo!"  But until he starts paying attention to my "please knock" note on the window, he's going to get to see my reaction to every package that shows up at our door! ;)

The first thing I noticed about the Kaia stroller was the cute pattern and color scheme.  The Bohemian Blue style is bright and cheery, and it's totally gender neutral--which is great for us, since Arden has a little brother on the way (who already has a lot of pink hand-me-downs to deal with, I might add)!

I was immediately impressed with how easy the Kaia was to snap into place.  Every mom knows that the last thing you want is to be in a parking lot trying to figure out how to fold or unfold your stroller.  Been there, done that...and it's not fun!

The Kaia stroller works from birth to 4 years of age...and as you can see, my tall 2-year-old fits quite comfortably.  
(And no, the color coordination wasn't intentional...but I didn't mind it either)


Some other favorite features:

Sturdy cup holder
Umbrella shade
Plenty of below-seat storage
Fully reclining seat
Removable, washable seat cushion (love this!)
Lightweight and sturdy design



The stroller rides very smooth, and while I'll mostly use it for errands and outings, it works great for strolls around the neighborhood too.  Even with a maniac French Bulldog leading the way!


And lastly, one of my favorite features of the Kaia stroller is it's upright fold position.  It's small enough to keep in my trunk at all times, but I also love the option to store it in the garage without it getting dirty or taking up much space. 


We also put this stroller to the tailgate test in Manhattan a couple of weeks ago.  It was small enough to maneuver through crowds, the lower basket held my tailgating desserts nicely, and Arden could easily jump in and out as we made our way around to see friends. 


I've already purchased a double stroller for our growing crew, but this will definitely be my go-to for outings where we only need one in a stroller. 


***I was gifted this stroller by Maxi Cosi, but the opinions are all my own!***

September 24, 2014

5 Week & Counting




How far along: 35 weeks (just for fun, here is 35 weeks with Arden!)

Size of Baby C:  18 in, 5.25 lbs

Fruit/vegetable comparison (according to Baby Center): Coconut

 Total weight gain: 17lbs

Sleep:  About to get even better...we just got a KING mattress! I think my giant pregnancy pillow finally pushed Chris over the edge...literally.

Movement: He's an especially busy guy in the evenings!

Unglamorous body changes:  Sciatic nerve pain all the way down with my toe...yeah, I could do without that!

Maternity Clothes?  Ohhh yes.

Food cravings: I said I wasn't going to buy any more candy corn...and then I did...and then my friend Emily brought me some more.  Whoops!

What I miss: Just tying my shoes like a regular person!

Anything making you queasy: Does the thought of giving birth without an epidural count? ;) My platelet count was low at last week's appointment...I had the same issue last time around, but this was even lower.  My doctor isn't super worried about it yet and said we'll just continue to monitor...but in the meantime, I'll be praying for the juice :)

Milestones: His kidneys are fully developed now and he'll be putting on weight the next few weeks.  I'm interested to see if he's going to be bigger than his 6lb 10oz sis!

Best moment this week: This picture...



Looking forward to: Using my garage sale moolah to buy this bambino some clothes!!!! 


September 18, 2014

A little bit of this, a little bit of that...


But mostly pictures and videos of my kid.  Whoops!
But I figure if you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know what to expect :)

This list is totally random, but hey, that's just kind of the way my mind works these days...

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Arden loves dance class.  If she's not asking to go to school, she's asking to wear her "wee-o-tard" and go to dance.  The 2 places she goes without me...should I be hurt?!? ;)

Anywho, last Friday all my girl-mom dreams came true.  I'm not sure what I love most...Arden's awkwardness (sorry girl, it might be genetic) or her pose at the end.  Oh and did I mention that her sub teacher in the video is one of my best friends?!  We danced together for years and now our girls are dancing together.  I love it!!!


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Now don't go thinking Arden is the only ballerina in the house.
So sorry, Hazel...I feel your pain with those love-handles.



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It wasn't easy, but I survived without an Ikea for an entire 4 months!! I made a few purchases to send with the movers before we left Houston, and the KC Ikea finally opened last week!  My mom and I made a trip there on Friday and got a ton of great stuff to use throughout the house.  

Finally a little flare for our butler's pantry area...new artwork and plants (the buckets are from Home Depot).  It still needs something else, but at least it's not a big empty canvas staring me in the face every day...


And Arden finally scored a circus tent!  I've always wanted to get this for her, but we just never had the space.  When we set it up over the weekend she said "Oh WOW--look at that house!!!" And then she didn't come out for an hour :)

It also came in handy Saturday morning when we were organizing the basement and doing some garage sale prep.


Notice the baby toys?  Someone has been having a hay-day since we found that box!!!

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So about that garage sale...we're having a joint one with my sister this weekend and I'm SO ready to get rid of some junk...um, I mean...awesome stuff ;) 

in just a matter of hours, my sister's garage was transformed into a Good Will. Come and get it people!



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On Saturday we celebrated my sweet friend Angie and her little guy on the way!  Jenni, Angie and I have been friends since 7th grade and now we get to be boy mom's together.  I can't wait :)



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This kid...

I love her so.



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And the other one? His room is starting to come together.  
I can't wait to share it all once we're done...if we're ever done? ;)




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This picture just makes my heart happy.  One of my best friends in Houston welcomed her new baby girl into the world yesterday.  It pains me not to be able to visit them at the hospital right now, but I'm loving the pictures of sweet Caroline and her big brother Hudson!!!



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Note to self: try not to be pregnant in September/October ever again....or have some self control.  


Let's just say this child is either going to love him some candy corn or HATE it.  

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In less sugary fall news, I finally finished a basket for our front door.  I found some leaves at Homegoods and then added some branches and pheasant feathers I kept from our wedding centerpieces.  

It just makes me happy when I pull in to the driveway...especially when you can see a little Frenchie nose peeking up over the window :) #shortdogproblems


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You guys, my friend Emily is probably the most creative person on earth.  If you haven't seen the relaunch of her site, Dear Owen & Co, you need to go check it out!  I adore her style and how she mixes it in with fun activities and spaces for the little ones.  I'm swooning over all of her gorgeous design boards...


I know this launch has been a labor of love for Emily--and it's so evident! I'm so very happy for her!

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Okay, one more thing...Go Cats! Beat Auburn!!!!!  We're off to Manhattan!