Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Comparing Jogging Strollers

The Pod by Baby Jogger

This morning I came across a give-away for a new jogging stroller called The Pod.  It is a stroller that is quickly and easily convertible from a regular stroller, to jogger, and to a hitch so that you can bring your little ones with you on your bike rides.  Honestly, I would only use the jogging attachment.

Looking more into this stroller I became more interested.  I was surprised that considering the size, it holds two children.  It also has an adjustable handle bar to accommodate shorter or taller people.  There is a built in mesh lining to protect from bugs and a rain guard that can be purchases separately.  This would be a plus for me as there are some days when I skip my run due to rain. 

BOB Double Jogger

I am so amazed at how small it is and how easily it folds up compared to most double joggers I see.  It seems as though it would fit in most SUVs whereas I am not too sure about others. 

What double jogger do you use and why do you like it?  Does anyone have experience with the Pod?  What can you anticipate not liking about this jogger?

NOTE:  This is not an "I'm expecting" announcement.  Simply just brainstorming for the future.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Current Happenings

First off, I am leaving Wednesday to head back home and am very excited to have some time with my Mom.  Although, I looked up the weather and it is going to be HOT.  And it is different than California hot.  Wisconsin is just sticky and nasty.  I think Madison and I will hide indoors on those days. 

The hubby has been extremely busy with the course he is currently in (IULC).  He ended up pulling an all nighter last Thursday night to complete several papers and projects.  He's getting a little taste of the college life if he decides to go that route some day.  Thankfully he only has one month left.  He has been working very hard. 

We attended the 3/5 Family Day at Mariner's Church out in Irvine this past Saturday and it was great!  Of course my husband took off to compete in every sporting competition available as soon as we got there.  This means we missed our chance at a professional family portrait that the Church was providing.  A little bummed about that but it was great to see everyone and it was a great day with great food. 

We had a scary parent moment yesterday.  Our daughter was on the floor surrounded by her toys and my husband and I were playing a game.  She suddenly started crying so I picked her up as I usually do and laid her in my lap.  She started making a choking sound, but it didn't alarm me too much because she seems to choke on her own saliva alot since she produces so much lately.  Something seemed different though and I don't even know what made me look but I reached in her mouth and pulled out the eye to a stuffed animal.  THAT is what she was choking on!  Then she was really crying.  My poor baby.  I am so glad I noticed it.  We really learned our lesson and went through all her toys.  We took away any item that wasn't specifically made for babies, even all the stuffed animals.  We sure learned our lesson!

This is her just before the incident.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Being Sick

It is no fun, no fun at all.  I feel completely unmotivated to do anything and that includes running and working out.  However, my husband did manage to drag me out of the house last evening for the Endless Summer Beach Bash on Camp Pendleton.  There were many vendors selling beach gear, food, beer, etc.  There were motocross races showing us their awesome tricks and a live band.  Matt and I enjoyed some fried food and beer and it was a good time.  It was nice to take the 2 mile walk to and from the event and stretch my legs a little. 
She was having fun til she bonked her head on Daddy's chin.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Going Home

I am so excited to announce that I am going home to visit!  Although I will be there nearly a week and a half, I will not be seeing a whole lot of people.  I want to actually have some quality time to spend with my Mom this time around.  It seems that everytime I go home, I have a jam-packed schedule, driving all over WI and IL to visit friends and family.  In May of 2010, I put 1,000 miles on my rental car.  I stayed in southern WI and Northern IL.  I love being able to see everyone and that is the whole point of me coming home, but this time I just need to relax with my Mom.  I am very excited for her to be able to spend lots of time with Madison.  I know how much she loves her and is probably missing her so badly. 

I will be going to Milwaukee to see all my girlfriends (because it is a must!).  I will also plan to see my Grandmother and my cousin.  My cousin Kelsey is one of the sweetest, nicest people I know.  When we were young, we used to ride our bikes all the way across town during the summer days, just to meet up so we could hang out for the day.  Now she has two little girls and I have one.  I wish we were closer so we could spend more time together. 

Of course I will be traveling down to IL to see my in-laws too.  They are the best in-laws I could ask for.  I am so lucky and I know it.  I hear many horror stories from friends about their in-laws.  Being at their house is like being at home to me.  I am also hoping to see my aunt, uncle, and cousin and his new wife. 

One of my best girlfriends has recently moved back to the area.  I have not seen her in over a year and she is very special to me.  Some how, some way, I will see that girl!

It seems that as a Military Family, it is very hard to find enough time to see everyone you love and care about.  Moving about the country and the world puts a kink in that.  How do other Military Families deal with this?

Monday, August 8, 2011

20 Year Retirement Plan

The Marine Corps Times is reporting on the proposed changes to retirement benefits of Military Personnel.  The change is meant to reduce retirement costs while providing some portion of benefits to all those who have served in the armed forces, rather than only those who choose to stay in for 20 plus years.  A 401k plan with matching government funds would replace the current system.  What are your thoughts?  Read the full story here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

5 Foods to Avoid

Condiments can turn your healthy, lean meal into a calorie binge.  Use condiments sparingly.  Dress your grilled chicken sandwich with lighter dressings such as mustard.  Give your salads a splash of balsamic vinaigrette.  Try some of Mrs. Dash’s salt free seasoning and add some lemon to flavor up a meal. 

Soda/Energy Drinks:
Need a pick-me-up to get through your day?  Skip the sodas and energy drinks.  Downing 2-3 of these a day can cost you anywhere from 200 – 600 extra calories a day and loads of sugar.  Not to mention what the cost of these will do to your pocketbook.  Grab a black coffee – and skip the sugar and cream!

White Sugar: 
This grainy, white, sweet additive is the culprit and main cause behind obesity.  White sugar creates the fat that clogs arteries and stores as body fat.  This little demon is found in sweets, condiments, and even processed meats.  Read your labels carefully.  Focus your diet on vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, lean meats, fish, and low-fat dairy products to avoid access added sugar.

Cheese is found on many dishes in America.  It tends to be the unnecessary addition to favorite foods from potatoes to chicken and broccoli alike.  Grilled chicken on its own can be a healthy low cal option, however adding calories worth of cheese to it makes it no longer a low cal option.  Try to avoid this by using salt-free seasonings to dress up your grilled chicken and broccoli.

White Flour:
White flour is found in everything from bread, pizzas, cakes, pastas, and cookies.  It is nutrient deplete due to it being a refined food.  Refined foods are those foods that have been so heavily processed, causing it to lose its nutritional value.  These refined foods consumed over time cause weight gain.  Replace your favorite pasta dish with whole wheat pasta.  Seek out whole wheat alternatives.  You will find they are easy to find and affordable.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

7 Months!

Happy 7 Months to my baby girl!  Can't wait to see what you do next!

Free Food and a Social Butterfly

One great thing about being in the military is all the offers and support you receive being a military family.  Last night, Lincoln Military Housing handed out free meals to all the San Onofre neighborhood residents.  Included was a family-size lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and a 2 liter of soda.  It was a quick easy meal that was free and tasted great.  Can't beat that! 

On another note, as I parked to go pick up my food, a little girl about 3 years old approached my car.  She was holding two dolls.  As I started to unload my stroller she came right up and wanted to chat with me and even asked me to go to the park with her.  She wanted to see the baby as well.  All I kept thinking was "where are her parents".  I know I was in a neighborhood so she could just be right outside her house but I was still looking around for her parents.  After I got the baby all set in the stroller she took off running to the park where there were other children.  This scenario makes me nervous as my little one grows up.  I am all for having an outgoing child as this little girl was, but where is the line?  She practically wanted to take a ride in my car with me and asked me to go to the park with her!  How do you tell your kids not to talk to strangers but to still be their outgoing selves free to be inviting to people?   What do you think?  What do you tell your children?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New and Final Look...at least for now

I know, I know.  I've changed the look of this new blog several times now.  But hey, I am new at this and still trying to figure out this whole blogging deal.  I found this Blogger template and it caught my eye as it had Alpha Sigma written all over it!  My fellow Sorority sisters from my college days would understand. 

Alpha Sigma is a local sorority at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  I pledged (affiliated to be politically correct) the sorority in the fall of 2001.  The mascot of Alpha Sigma is the owl.  Although, when you graduate you hand down your trusty owl collection to younger members to carry on, somehow we don't loose our eye for anything owl.  In fact, just the other day I received a gift from one of my closest friends Kelly:

My daughter has had owl shirts and now owl bibs.  I think this one is especially cute and I love that it is big because she is one messy eater!  

The owl template is here to stay!  ....at least for now anyways:)

Blogging Time

Sometimes I feel like I am going crazy being a stay-at-home Mom.  Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful and thankful that I get to spend so much time with my precious little one.  I get to see and experience everything new that she learns.  But recently, this little girl just wants Mommy 24/7.  If I walk away to get a diaper she is throwing a fit.  Mommy has stuff to do!!

My wonderful friend Becca (and Baby Nurse as I refer to her - she was present for the birth of my daughter while my Husband was deployed to Afghanistan) decided to watch her for me this last Thursday.  She wanted practice watching two kids, to see what it would be like.  And I needed time to actually get some things done around the house.  Needless to say, they had a blast.  And Mommy did too with a pot of coffee, country music on the radio, and blogging.