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Baby Strollers For Every Lifestyle + A Fun Giveaway

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Baby Strollers For Every Lifestyle

There are loads of baby strollers for every lifestyle, so choosing the one that works best for your family, and your child, can get confusing. Today, I’m going to share with you the different types of strollers available to you, and the ways in which each type works best. But, be sure to read till the end, where I announce the giveaway!

A Note About Safety

When choosing your stroller, the number one concern is likely safety, right? My absolute favorite place to go to find safety reviews is consumer reports. They share the best (and worst) rated items out there, as well as user reviews, and if you have a membership, you can even get the specs of whatever it is you’re looking up! It was how I made almost ALL of my choices when it came to buying products for my children.

Types of Strollers and Their Uses

Single Strollers

Perhaps the most commonly purchased stroller out there is the single stroller. These come in a variety of options, from lightweight / umbrella, to modular (can change positions as your child grows), to the traditional.

1. Lightweight / Umbrella Strollers

When it comes to choosing a single stroller you need to take your personal needs into consideration. Are you looking for a stroller that is easy to travel with? If so, then you’d want to go with a lightweight, umbrella option. They’re typically compact and can be stored with more ease.

2. Modular Strollers

If you’re hoping to just buy one stroller for your child, then you would definitely want to choose a modular one. As mentioned above, these stroller can shift positions as your child grows, removing the need to purchase different strollers as your child ages.

3. Traditional Strollers

And, if you want a strong and sturdy stroller, going the traditional route is probably best, they have great maneuverability and allow a variety of ages to ride in them.

4. Transformable Car Seat Stroller

Many strollers are not suitable for babies under 6 months of age. If you’re looking for an option that does allow for a younger baby to use, consider a transformable car seat stroller. These allow you to use your infant’s car seat and just pop it right onto the carrier. This way your little is still snug as bug in their car seat, you don’t even have to wake them up, when you transfer them. Plus, this is obviously very safe as car seats have to meet very high safety specifications.

Double and Specialty Strollers

If single strollers aren’t what you need, then you may be looking for a double or specialty stroller. These can include double or jogging strollers.

5. Double Side-by-Side Strollers

These are great because they maneuver similarly to how a traditional stroller works. They’re not any more difficult to move, so long as the children riding in them are about the same height and weight. However, they can be wide and might be tough to use on a busy city street, if this is the case for you, consider the next option.

6. Double / Tandem Strollers

These strollers have each of the seats one behind the other. This makes it about the same width as a traditional stroller which makes using it on busy sidewalks or in stores easier. The downfall of this option is that it can be difficult to steer and lift up over curbs, as the stroller is now twice as long.

7. Jogging Stroller

Finally, we have the jogging stroller. Jogging strollers can be a bit pricey, but if you are an avid walker or runner, having one of these is a must! You definitely want to do your research before settling on a specific jogging stroller because their are loads of choices available. The most important thing to have, is a hand brake and a tethered strap, in case you need to stop quick or trip and fall.

Want even more info? Check-out this video on picking a baby stroller.

Now, onto the BEST part! As I’ve mentioned, there are lots of stroller options out there, and has a HUGE variety to choose from. I have a $50 gift card to their site, and am offering it to my readers! All you need to do is leave a commenting answering the following question: Which stroller do you believe will fit your family’s lifestyle the best? Winner will be chosen at random on 3/23/17.

It may seem overwhelming at first, but if you make a list of what you will be using your stroller for, it will become clear what you do and don’t need in each one. One thing to remember, do not just rush in and buy anything– If you do this you may end up buying something you don’t like, or never use, which just ends up being a waste of money. Trust me, do your research!

REMEMBER! Answer the following question in the comments in order to be entered to win a gift card valued at $50 to Which stroller do you believe will fit your family’s lifestyle the best?

Turn It Up Tuesday – #98

Time to get turned up…and party with us at Turn It Up Tuesday! It’s our 98th week, which means we’re only a few short weeks away from the 100th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday! We’d love to thank each and every one of you for partying with us week after week! Keep stopping by, linking up, and sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!


Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!


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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Zografia from Bisozozo | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Minnie from The Country Cooking Queen’s Weight loss and healthy eathing blog | Amy from Confessions of a Ninja Mom

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Dina from Savvy in the Kitchen | Jennifer from MomTricks | Jennice from Mommy in Color | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Tina from Kidz Activities

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!


Cathy chose Minion Recipes! Muddy Buddies Chex Mix from The Jenny Evolution.


Cathy chose Burlap Wreath Tutorial: Denim and Dots Cottage Decor from Kenarry.

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Kori chose 10 Perfect Fonts for Any Project from The Organized Dream. “I’m a bit of a font-a-holic and I’m always looking for different combinations to use on graphics, and printables.”


Kori chose Back To School Shopping Mistakes To Avoid from My Stay at Home Adventures. “We don’t get our shopping list until a couple of weeks before school starts if we’re lucky, so it’s definitely tempting to go hit the stores now when the sales have started. Hopefully this year, I can make it a smart shopping trip!”


Stacey chose 5 Steps to Overcome a Year of Homeschool FAIL from The Journey of a Steward. “What a great post! We, too, had our ups and downs, especially in the beginning. When we started, I was working full time and after becoming a SAHM, it took me some time to figure out what needed to be done. We start a new year, and I totally have a plan and part of it includes taking back control. Thank you so much for sharing!”


Stacey chose Homemade Maple Bars from Fitness Food Diva. “Any time that I go to get donuts for a breakfast treat, I always make sure that I get several of the maple iced. The children both love them and this helps to keep the peace! Now I can make a whole batch for them to fight over…I mean feast over! LOL! Thanks so much for sharing!”


Elaine chose Why I’m Loving Periscope from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. “Great explanation of what it is and how to use it to grow your business.”

Cindy also chose this post. “I too love Periscope and I am looking for more ways to use this new technology. This post makes some great points and gave me some ideas of what I can do moving forward.”


Elaine chose Southern Summer Squash Casserole from Just Us Four. “A great healthy recipe for all that summer squash I was given yesterday”


Dawn chose DIY Sea Glass Decor from Krystal’s Kitsch. “Wow, i did not realise how simple this was. It looks amazing. I will certainly be having a go at this project.”


Dawn chose Fabric and Lace Bow Tie from Flamingo Toes. “I found my tote bag the other day, and wondered what i could do to cheer it up… Now i have the perfect idea, thank you xx”


Amy chose Make Your Blog Super Subscribe-Worthy from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. “I love these tips on how to improve my blog to attract more subscribers. With this list, I can see exactly which areas I need to work on to make my blog more well rounded and complete.”

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Amy chose 15 Fun School Lunch Ideas from The Organized Dream. “i’m always looking for creative and fun lunches to make for my son now that he’s in school. This collection has so many ideas, he’ll never be bored with his lunch again!”


Cindy chose 15 Things to Watch on Netflix for Her from Living Better Together. “Often my hubby works 1 night a week. I am always looking for things to watch that we wouldn’t necessarily watch together. I have added some of the suggestions from this post into my Netflix queue for future watching. Oh, if you haven’t watched Hart of Dixie, start now! I loved this show and I’m so sad there will be no new episodes.”


Silvie chose Minecraft Water Bottle DIY and Summer Fun Series from Nap Time Creations. “I chose this post because my boys love Minecraft and this DIY is easy. I think I’m going to make this DIY as favors for my son’s birthday party, since his theme is Minecraft.”


Silvie chose Fast Comfort Food: Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole from Inspiration for Moms. “Three of my favorite things are cheese, broccoli and chicken so I can’t wait to try this recipe.”


Sarah chose Tidepool Jello Cups from I Say Nomato. “I liked the creativity with the tide pool jello cups. A fun treat that kids would not only love to eat but enjoy making as well.”


Sarah chose Banana Split Sticks – Dessert on a Stick! from Frugal Coupon Living. “I liked the banana split sticks because I thought it was the perfect summer treat that’s easy to make, which everyone will enjoy.”

Anuja chose 101 Handmade Days: All the Hearts Quilt from Busy Being Jennifer. “The quilt is beautiful and so is the heart of maker. My prayers for Miss P’s recovery.”


Anuja chose Revamped Free Chair from Fabi Fabu. “Great job at upcycling that chair. Would have loved to see a detailed tutorial.”


Mari chose Strawberry Tropical Fruit Salad with Strawberry-Ginger Dressing from Spoonful of Flavor.


Mari chose Roasted Summer Vegetables with Sage from Little Miss Dexterous.


Natasha chose Why toddlers are like a weather system from Life, Kids, and a Glass of Red. “I love this post! It’s so true – toddlers are just like the weather, beautiful and unpredictable.”

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Natasha chose 5 Things a Mom Should Do Every Day from Nitty Gritty Homeschooling. “As moms, we get lost in the every day function of just being a mom. But we have to take a step back and learn to take care of ourselves. This is a great post, and a reminder that we must take care of ourselves.”


The post with the most views is Spend Less Time In the Kitchen from Amanda Unfolded.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

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Banana Split Sticks – Dessert on a Stick! from Frugal Coupon Living


15 Things to Watch on Netflix for Her from Living Better Together

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How to Run – When You *Think* You Hate Running

Running is one of the best forms of cardio activity around. But, many people struggle to succeed, or even find the motivation to get moving. Running’s no joke! It’s hard work, but even if you desipise the beginning stages of running, using some of these tips will help get you started on the right foot.

I have always loved runners. My uncle and sister were runners, and I was always so envious of the smooth and easy way their bodies moved when they ran. Running to me always seemed like such a chore, one that I dreaded ever having to do. That is, until I started training for a half marathon, around the time that I was getting ready to get married. It was definitely tough, in the beginning, but after training for a few weeks, I found my groove and never looked back!

Obviously, I’m not currently running, and I’m struggling to get the motivation to get moving again, so I want to share with you my tips on how to enjoy running even if you think you hate it!

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Jobs for Kids: Earn Free Toys as a Toy Tester

This post originally appeared here: “Jobs for Kids: Earn Free Toys as a Toy Tester

The other day I was browsing in what was marketed as a “smart” toy store. I was curious about “smart toys,” toys that have their own electronic intelligence, so I went in to check it out.

After rolling my eyes at a hot-pink vacuum cleaner toy (seriously, what is this, 1950?), I came across a Mars Rover Barbie. Despite her sexy astronaut uniform (as if that would be necessary on Mars, people), I thought she was an interesting option. The only problem was the hefty price tag. “Have Barbies always been almost $20? I am in for a real surprise when my daughter gets a bit older!” I thought.

Then again, what if I didn’t have to buy my daughter a new Barbie? What if I could get it for free — or, better yet, what if she could earn it herself?

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Let’s Talk – Some Changes & a Meal Plan

Life is full of changes, and I don’t always cope so well with them – but if I want to become a successful solopreneur certain things need to evolve.

Changes in How I Do Business with my Blog.

I have always enjoyed blogging, I’ve had 3 or 4 different blogs in my lifetime, and I’ve enjoyed writing for each one, but I always seemed to run out of post ideas. I never looked at the full picture, or the different angles that a topic can come from. Even with Baby Doodah! I haven’t fully grasped how many readers I could reach if I just buckle down and really look at this like a business. Yes, it is a hobby and I enjoy every single minute that I get to be at the keyboard, writing (90% of the time), but I do want to gain audience members, too.

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reading, learning and personal development. I’ve been reading blog upon blog about how important it is to have a business plan for your blog. That is literally something I NEVER considered for my blog, in fact – even right now – I have NO Idea how to go about doing that. I have an idea, but I am one of those people who needs specific instructions before I can move forward.

I’ve managed to find a couple of fantastic resources (here are a few for your viewing pleasure, How to Build a Blog Business Plan and How to Create a Successful Business Plan for Your Blog) that will help guide me in the right direction, and I can’t wait to get started. It’s essentially grown-up homework for something that I really enjoy doing, that can only lead to success. Right!?

Things around the blog won’t be TOO different from the outside. I’m thinking I will change the days that I regularly post, right now I aim for Sun-M-W-F, and then my weekend link-up post. I am thinking it will be a good idea to switch to Sun-Tues-Thurs and my weekend link-up. I will be posting less, but my content will be more in-depth, I won’t feel rushed to pump out a blog post so that I can meet my own expectations and those of my readers. I’ll be able to spend time gathering information, thinking through and actually writing multiple drafts of posts. It all sounds really exciting to me! I can be such a nerd. HA HA

Anyway, I wanted to come clean to you, my loyal and valued readers. I love keeping you up to date on everything I have planned, because it is you that I write for. I really hope you stick around!!

Kind of random to put these two together, but that’s how I roll…

My Meal Plan

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs & bacon

Lunch: salad with ham and sliced chicken, sunflower seeds, bleu cheese, purple cabbage and honey mustard & baby carrots

Saturday: (we’ve started meal planning and shopping on Saturday evenings) Spaghetti Squash Fettuccine Alfredo

Sunday: Pork Fried Rice (we’ll be having cauliflower rice)

Monday: Rotisserie Chicken & Baked Potatoes

Tuesday: Homemade Steak Sandwiches

Wednesday: Greek Meatballs & Spinach

Thursday: Scrounge Night

Friday: Homemade Pizza

There you have it!! My confession on changes coming and my yummy weekly menu. We do have a lot of repeats this week, but why mess with what’s broken, right!?

I’m linking up with Laura from Mommy, Run Fast! and Jill from And, also linking up with the Motivate Me link-up hosted by Janice from Fitness Cheerleader and Rachel from

Your turn!

How do changes of any kind make you feel?

If you are making a meal plan this week, what’s on it?

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Cleaning After Finding Bed Bugs

Finding bed bugs in your home can be a nightmare situation, I’m sharing my tips on how we got the majority of them out of the house before we had pest control come in.

Cleaning After Finding Bed Bugs

If you haven’t read my post about identifying bed bugs, I recommend you click and read it. You’ll understand more of how we found them, it will give you the full picture.

Finding bed bugs in your home can be a nightmare situation, especially if you are not armed with the appropriate means to handle the situation. While, I truly hope you never have to deal with them, I’m going to be sharing our exact process for how we cleaned up, immediately after finding them.

The first thing we did was collect all of the bedding that had been infested. We wanted to remove the bedding without having the bed bugs fall out and land elsewhere in the house. Since we did not have everything we needed from the very beginning, we did the best we could. I grabbed all of our white 13 gallon trash bags and brought them to the entrance of Emmett’s room. Then I slowly started peeling away his sheet and mattress pad, I curled them inside of themselves and immediately placed it into a white garbage bag, tied it tightly closed and took it to the basement.

When washing items that may have bed bugs or their eggs on it, you want to ensure that you are washing your clothes in hot HOT water and then drying (for at least 30 minutes) in the highest temperature your dryer can go to. This will kill off any of the living bugs and their eggs. I also recommend, that even if you don’t see any bugs on an item, you wash &/or dry it anyway, there could be eggs that you’re not seeing and you don’t want to mess around. We took all of the stuffed animals, blankets, everything on Emmett’s bed and our own, down and washed them.

Once I had the first load of wash running, I went back upstairs to see how Emmett was doing. I recommend having a full queue of TV shows/books/new toys for your little one to play with, or better yet, if you can send them to a friend or family member’s house, do that. We didn’t have that luxury, so Emmett got to watch an extreme amount of TV that day.

Back in Emmett’s room, we took the entire crib apart because we wanted to ensure that there were not any bed bugs hiding inside of the brackets of the crib. While Seamus was doing that, I went through his dresser, ensuring that there were not any bugs hanging out inside or underneath any of the drawers (there weren’t, thank goodness). We also took the time to check the drawers of his nightstand and changing table, and the only place we found them (in his room) was on his bed skirt and around the baseboards near his bed.

Anything that was left in his room was placed inside of a white plastic garbage bag and immediately taken into the basement. We wanted to avoid any risk of the bed bugs spreading elsewhere in our apartment.

In my next post, I will be sharing how we managed to keep the clean laundry from getting re-infested and how we started the pest control process on our own.

If you want to read more about how we identified the bed bugs in our home, feel free to click on through.

Your turn!

If you’ve had bed bugs, or other pests in your home – what were your first steps in fighting them, before you could get the professionals in? Comment below!


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The Long Lost Meal Plan

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Though, I’ve been absent, making our meal plan is STILL just as important!

So, even though I haven’t been around all that much the last few weeks, Seamus and I have continued to meal plan. For us, it is a necessity. When we don’t, chaos ensues, which leads to us eating out WAY too much – which is never good for the wallet or the waistline.

Meal planning has never been one of our favorite activities, because we will tend to go back and forth on what to eat. I’ll suggest something, then Seamus will and the other one won’t want that meal. We would go back and forth and tend to just get overwhelmed with the process. We’d dread Saturday nights!

After WAY too many annoyances when making our meal plan, we decided to change some things up.

  1. We started making the list earlier on Saturday, instead of after Emmett was in bed. This allowed us to avoid the times when we both like to do our own personal work. This is probably the #1 reason why meal planning isn’t such a chore any longer.
  2. We both want “our” meals to be the ones made. However, that sometimes just isn’t feasible – now, instead of pushing for our meal to be the one chosen, we both take it in stride if it isn’t, and we decide to make it the next go round. Because of this we now have more meals in our “master list” and it makes next week’s planning easier because we already have one meal queued up.
  3. We focus our attention on making the list. Previously, we would sit at our desk with our computers open and would BOTH be distracted. It would take ages to the get the meal plan done and we’d just get annoyed. Now, we do it either at the table or on the couch, while Emmett is watching some of his TV. Don’t get me wrong, we do occasionally still have our computers or phones around to look for recipes, but we aren’t doing other things during this time.
  4. We aim to have an arsenal of different recipes or food ideas ready, before sitting down to make our list. It doesn’t always work, and can backfire, if all of the meals you have in mind are turned down by the other person, but this has helped at times.
  5. Institute one scrounge day a week! This is so important, in my opinion, it is one less meal you need to plan for. It leads to savings at the grocery store and savings of your sanity. 😉
  6. And finally, easing up and not taking the whole experience so seriously. There are people who LOVE to meal plan and I am sure that is because they view it as a very relaxing activity. So far, with this new method, things are going A LOT better, and while I cannot say I enjoy making a shopping list, it isn’t quite so unbearable.

Now, on to this week’s meal plan

Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken & Asparagus

Monday: Pork Tacos

Tuesday: Cornell Chicken (Seamus has shared this recipe with me in the past and it is OUT OF THIS WORLD!)

Wednesday: This is our 3 year wedding anniversary, so we’ll be going out for a family meal, since it is a work night. Not sure where we’re going yet

Thursday: Homemade Pizza

Friday: Scrounge Day

Saturday: Fetticini Alfredo Spaghetti Squash (recipe to come)

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs & 2 slices bacon

Lunch for me: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (recipe to come)

If you’re looking for more meal plan tips & tricks you can check-out My Recipes, Week Night Dinner Arsenal or Cooking Light’s Meal Planner (this one is awesome, you drag and drop your meal choices).

I’m linking up with Laura from Mommy, run fast! and Jill from – you should join us, there are even MORE meal ideas over there!

Your turn!

Do you enjoy meal planning? What are your tips, if you do? Share in the comments below!

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