My Favorite Things – Rainy Day Edition

As severe weather and tornado warnings hit the coastal Georgia area this weekend, what better thing to discuss than rainy day must-haves? Gloomy… dreary…. wet…. and cold. Sounds miserable, right? Not to me! Rainy days are a favorite of mine, especially since a full day of rain is a rarity in this area. Here are some of my ¬†favorite things to have when you are stuck inside:

Board Games

Especially with a 4 year old in the house, you can’t just slug it out on the couch. You have to keep the little ones entertained to keep them from bouncing off the walls.

Candy Land is a classic and definitely not just for the holidays. Mickey’s Clubhouse Surprise Slides and Mickey Mouse HiHo! Cherry-O are two of my daughter’s go-to games. Disney Princess Pop-Up Magic Castle and the new Trolls Trouble game are perfect for the little princess in your house. Jenga and Pie Face Game are new to our house, but keep the laughs coming.

If you’re looking for a game to really challenge your brain that also has a basic game play easy for smaller kids, give HeroClix a try. The learning curve is pretty steep, but you can get started with the basics in as little as 5 minutes.

Comic Books

I never thought to buy comic books as an adult, but my husband has been collecting them since he was a kid. After several visits to the comic book store with him, both my daughter and I have picked up our own comic books to try.

Some of my husband’s favorites are Old Man Logan, Daredevil or Gears of War. I’ve picked up Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, and the new Betty & Veronica. My daughter likes Sonic and Disney Princesses.

Movies… duh!

What would a rainy day be without movies? Between Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, HBO Now, and XBOX or Playstation Movies we are never at a loss for something to watch.

A few things we’ve watched lately are Taboo with Tom Hardy, The Accountant with Ben Affleck, Barbie’s Dreamhouse (I think you know who chose that one;)), and Band of Brothers.

What are some of your favorite things to have on a rainy day?

xo Katie

A Day for the Veterans

November 2012
November 2012

 

Right around this time last year, I was able to attend my husband’s promotion ceremony and pin on his new rank with our lovely new baby girl, Lachlyn. It was one of the few times I’ve seen my husband in uniform and it was amazing to be able to attend AND participate.

I’m grateful for my husband, my grandfather, my friends and all other veterans that I don’t know for doing the job they do. Today is a great day to honor those that have served. Not only do I appreciate everything my husband does for his job and for his family, I appreciate it every day, not just on this holiday.

Happy Veteran’s Day to all that have served and all that support those that serve, either spouses or family or friends.

xo Katie

Time Flies…

Autumn Baby

Time just flew right by me… I used to visit this lovely little neglected blog on a regular basis. Then BAM! There was a baby and work got crazy and all sorts of other things… but I’m hoping to get back in the groove of things starting right now! See you all around here more often.

xo Katie

A Review on Baby Carriers vs Stroller

I will start off by saying that I’m a huge fan of baby wearing. Anything I can do to avoid pushing around a large, clunky stroller is the way to go. I’ve always been the type of person that will load up my arms as much as possible so that I don’t have to push a shopping cart.

In order to get myself back in shape I started talking walks with Lachlyn. Her car seat snaps into the stroller and in an effort to make her like the car seat more, I decided to take the stroller out.

Stroller

 

We were given a Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System. Nothing beats free, am I right? The stroller is functional, however not my ideal stroller for exercise type walking/jogging.  The turning radius is just not there and it is rather bulky.

Next I tried talking her out in our Ergo.

Ergo Carrier

 

While I love the Ergo and it is super comfortable to wear, Lachlyn just does not want to be facing inward. She is curious and interested in seeing the world and the Ergo’s inability to have her forward facing made this exercise trip difficult. She strained the whole time trying to look out and around. At the furthest point of our walk she had a complete meltdown. One thing I do love about the Ergo, I was easily able to loosen the straps a little and get her into a nursing position. She nursed the entire walk back home and the Ergo easily conceals everything. Major points there!

As far as other baby carriers, I completely love our Baby K’Tan. It was perfect when she was a newborn and she loves facing out in this carrier. I use it exclusively for shopping. The only downside is that is just doesn’t have the padding I need for my shoulders to be able to wear this out for exercise.

I’m still on the lookout for a forward facing carrier that has enough support for walking long distances. What is your experience with baby carriers?