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"F" stands for:

Posted in baby products, bugaboo with tags , on December 17, 2007 by erin

In my case it stands for Functional. I won’t buy anything if it isn’t functional. This is good and bad I suppose. I won’t buy shoes just because they are cute, they have to have a functional purpose. Cute and they go with a lot of stuff. Or cute and I can wear them for hiking. Or cute and…..
A good example: my car: oh, it looks super cool but it’s also(you guessed it) functional. I can get around in any kind of weather in my car. Actually, it’s pretty bad ass in the snow and I love driving it through drifts. But back to functionality. My usual propensity to purchase functional products fell by the way side when I saw this:

I knew I had to have this when I saw it for the first time. It was just after SJP had James Wilkie and I saw a photo of her pushing him in her red bugaboo. I normally don’t buy things because a celebrity has one or endorses something-don’t get me wrong I like SJP. In fact she has a line of clothes out now called Bitten and everything is under $20. I haven’t seen the line but I imagine with SJP’s fashion sense it’s pretty great.

Anyway, back to the stroller. I thought it was the best looking stroller out there and my sweet husband bought it for me a year and half before we were even pregnant. Nice guy. Now, we are not fancy people. We live in Colorado for goodness sake. I don’t think you can be fancy and live in CO-unless you live in Aspen maybe. It’s the west-not fancy. We are 20 minutes from Buffalo Bill Cody’s grave-not fancy. So I don’t know why we needed to drop a grand on a fancy stroller. But at the time functionality was out the window and the bugaboo stroller was sitting in my living room!

I shouldn’t be so hard on those bugaboo folks. They actually did quite a nice job on their strollers and it’s functional for three seasons of the year. It folds nicely in the car, can turn on a dime so it works great for shopping trips and with all the accessories has about anything you could possibly want in a stroller. The problem for us is again, we live in Colorado and it started snowing and it snowed and snowed and snowed and since then I have discovered why this stroller is NOT functional. After basically “over-ending”* my child on numerous occasions I realized we need another stroller. We should have bought one of those BOBs or Burleys now there is a functional stroller. You can blaze through anything in one of those.

So if you see me this winter stuck in a snowdrift with my cute bugaboo will you just give me a shove? Thanks 🙂

*over-ending is when a cyclist falls over the handelbars and lands on their head or shoulder area and usually breaks their colar bone* Okay, I may have made that last part up but it’s something like that.

These are a few of my favorite things….

Posted in baby products with tags , on December 12, 2007 by erin

“When the dog bites, when the bees stings, when I’m feeling sad. I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so baaaaaad.” Okay, I’ll stop singing, I’m sure your ears are bleeding.

I haven’t been a mom for long but I have already found some great baby things I couldn’t live without.

First, are Smartwool socks for kids (they have sizes 0-3 months and up) Why these socks you ask? They are the only socks I have found to stay on Pear’s feet and the only socks that actually keep her feet warm in the cold Colorado winter (well, technically it’s still fall). They make cute warm hats too. Love the smartwool.

Second, are bibs made by Mimi the Sardine. These bibs are so awesome! I was tired of Pear’s shirt getting completely soaked by the time we finished a meal. She’s a really messy eater as I imagine most new eaters are. These bibs are made in San Francisco, are water and soil resistant (but you can machine wash them), the fabrics are produced in accordance with strict environmental laws and are Oeko-Tex certified, plus they are super cute, fit around Pear’s (slightly chubby) neck and keep her entire shirt clean. They are a little pricey for bibs (about $15/bib) but will last forever! They have other products too like aprons and lunch bags. Love the mimi.

Third, the the Tripp Trap High Chair made by Stokke. I like the concept behind the design of this chair. It made so much sense to me. Plus, it actually looks nice in your house and Pear will be able to use it throughout her childhood and I am envisioning her using it as a desk chair when she is in school.

Lastly, are these breathable bumpers from Breathable Baby. I found them at Target. Pear stuffs her face against the side of the crib when she sleeps and being the paranoid mother I am (well, at least about sleeping/SIDS) I was so afraid she would suffocate. So found these and have not worried since.

One more, this is for the mommies. I have to give a shout out to the exercise class I attend a few times a week. This class has helped me keep my sanity while being a stay at home mom. The lady who started the class used to train movie stars in LA and NY. She created an exercise class that meets in the local park and you bring your stroller (and the kid(s). What a great concept. You get a wonderful workout (it kicks my a** every time) and your kid gets to spend time outside. It does the both of you good.

Well, like I said I’m a new mom so this is the list for now. I’ll probably add more as Pear grows and I find more great “must haves”