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A Instagraphic Update

Here is a glimpse at a little more than a week in our daily life.

Linking up for some InstaFriday love.

Nothing fancy, just a cell phone and go!

His new favorite seat at Uncle D’s house. I mean it is his size. Just not quite the intended purpose. See that hole just in front of his face? It is big enough to fit the top of a wine bottle.

Yup, his sitting on the built-into-the-wall wine bottle rack. Don’t worry it’s safe. All wine is out of reach, and it really was a wall before. That is where a space heater once was.

He’s moved on in the sliding world. Now he goes in reverse, as well as face first. Eh, progress is progress.

I decided to make a pinata instead of paying $15. For. Real. This was super duper easy. However, just because it is easy does not mean you will get it done fast and be happy. It was time consuming. I was pretty impressed that I remembered to leave a spot to fill the thing with. Hence why the bottom square in green looks a little cardboardy (yes I just made that word up). It will get stuffed from there and then closed somehow. I did manage to forget a way to hang it. Meh, I’ll just tie a string around the top or something. No. Big.Deal.

Remind me to post a completed picture of it at some point, will ya?

Yes, dear daughter, you did need a nap. We didn’t even walk a mile and this happened. I should have taken a longer walk because she was still cranky later. Notes for next time. With the nap strikes there will be a next time.

After weeks of sickness, everyone had cabin fever. So we decided to pack up runny nosed children and go for a hike.

Like my balancing act? It works. Gives my hands a place to rest and all.

It was great. Hard, but great. Made me remember that I like hiking. We plan to go again this week.

After hiking we drove north to meet some Uncles for strawberry picking. S and I were very unimpressed with the taste of the strawberries. We have been to this place before, maybe the month they are picked matters? Last year we went in May.

K2 had the best time. Better than anyone else. He didn’t seem to notice the inferior quality of the strawberry flavor. Every one he could get his hands on, he ate. Even molding ones. Kept parents on their toes, that’s for sure.

Sometimes vegan eating come from the desire to eat vegan, and others are based on what is on hand. This was a mix of both.

Vegan banana nut muffins. AKA no milk no egg. I linked the recipe in case you are interested. They were really good. The only difference I can state that I noted was that they were more firm once cooled than “normal” banana muffins. S said he liked them better that way. I was short one banana, so maybe that effected it. Not sure.

Lastly and sadly, this. Boston is under an attack of sorts. This was the coffee mug I used this morning.

I would like to say that I do not use travel mugs. I just take the regular ones out of the house. There are three reasons I can think of for that. One, it’s easy and does not require advanced planning. If I were to put coffee in a travel mug I would expect to have some in the car with me. If I finished it before leaving I would want more. Two, who says that I will put the mug down before it is empty? Rendering no need for a travel mug and all it’s safety. Three, I have no attachment to any of our travel mugs. They were free form previous employers or vendors. I love all our regular mugs. I bought them all. 

Even this one in the picture. I bought it for S on a trip to MA shortly after we started dating. I am the weirdo of all my friends who always seems to fly into Logan, even though I am perpetually going to Western MA. Whatever.

When I realized I was leaving the house with this in hand. I decided to share. I do care what is going on in Boston. I know people there. Locked down and such. I hope that everyone remains safe, and those to blame are apprehended. 

What did your week look like?

life rearranged


Boba Baby Carrier Giveaway Part II Ends 4/1 US only

Welcome to the Boba Carrier Giveaway Part II!
Sponsored by: Boba Family
Check out Everything Mommyhood’s review of the Boba Carrier 3G HERE.
If you are regular readers you know that babywearing makes it possible for me. So I am excited to offer my readers a SECOND chance to try and win! Good luck.
Now for the giveaway, one lucky winner will win a Boba Carrier of their choice.
US only. 18 and up.
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Giveaway ends 4/1/2013 at 12:00am Eastern
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Boba Baby Carrier Giveaway Ends 3/16

I am super excited to have been able to partner again to bring the Gemini Mama’s readers another chance to win a baby carrier. You all know that baby wearing is kinda near and dear to my heart. I can honestly say K1 was a much fussier baby than K2 was, and I really believe it is all due to carrying him, a lot. So good luck every one!
Sponsored by: Boba Family
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One winner will receive a baby carrier from Boba Carriers.
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Giveaway ends March 16th at 12:00am.
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Thanks Mama Onya Baby Carrier and Gift Card Giveaway

It is amazing how popular babywearing has become today and rightfully so. I love how it keeps everyone happy – baby, mom, siblings. The convenience of having your hands free and your baby content makes the daily tasks of mothering much more manageable. I am excited to have partnered with Thanks Mama to give away the Onya Baby Carrier to one reader so that you and your little one can savor the joy and convenience of babywearing as well! In addition you will get $50 to spend on anything you please – cloth diapers, potty training pants, wooden toys, bedding, baby care items, or nursing essentials, to name a few.

Thanks Mama online baby store features a selection of twelve baby carrier brands, among them the versatile Onya Baby Carrier. The unique feature that we love is that it doubles as a baby carrier and a baby seat for when you are out and about. It comes in beautiful, modern colors and two different materials. The soft cotton is suitable for most situations and climates and the rip-stop nylon with mesh lining is perfect for hot weather, hiking, and active outdoor enthusiasts.

Our Favorite Features of the Onya Baby Carrier: 
  • Can be used as a baby carrier and chair harness, perfect for travel
  • Padding at the leg openings for baby’s comfort
  • Can be worn on the front or back
  • Attached sleeping hood that can be tucked away
  • Available in either soft cotton or rip-stop nylon depending on your lifestyle and needs
  • Fits babies from 15 to 45 pounds
Our Favorite Features of the Thanks Mama Store: 
  • Large selection of 28 brands of cloth diapers
  • Over 15 options of reusable potty training pants
  • Eco-friendly and non-toxic baby care solutions
  • Classic and modern wooden toys
  • Non-toxic mattresses for the whole family
  • Eco-friendly furniture for baby and kids made of rubberwood
  • Free shipping on all U.S. orders over $60 and Worldwide shipping rates available
  • Earn rewards dollars with every purchase
Purchase: You can purchase the Onya Baby Carrier at Thanks Mama. Use code CARRIER for 15% off!

Win It! Thanks Mama is generously giving away the Onya Baby Carrier (winner’s choice based on availability) and a $50 gift card to Thanks Mama store to one winner.

Special thanks to AnaB Social for hosting this giveaway. Huge thanks to Thanks Mama and all participating bloggers as well! Giveaway ends March 13th at 12:01 am, open WORLDWIDE, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below (see directions on how to enter here). Thank you!

Disclaimer: AnaB Social, Eco-Babyz, and all participating event bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. All opinions expressed are my own. This is not a sponsored post.

Tula Photo Shoot

A few months ago we participated in a Tula Baby Carrier Photo Shoot. I though I would share just a couple photo’s.

Awe …… from all the photos that were taken and edited, 18 of them had parts of our family in them. DD was having a very rough day that Saturday evening (6PM dinner time). She was not very willing to smile for photos.

Sadly out of all 18 I would guess that this photo will be the most likely to make the pamphlets, and such.

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Yes, yes, yes, you can tandem. The weight actually distributes pretty evenly. For this photo, I actually had the toddler on my back first and then put the baby on after. That is backwards of what I have done in the past, but works best with two SSC’s.

Photo taken by

 This is one of the three photo’s that I have printed and framed on our wall from this photo shoot. We really just went to participate. I mean why wouldn’t I? I love my Tula. Of course I will take time out and give back-ish. Getting three print quality photo’s from the shoot was a bonus.

Chrystal from Chrystal Cienfuegos Photography really did a great job, shooting, selecting, and editing.

Oh and if maybe you were thinking about it, you should check out Tula baby carriers. They have some new prints available. There are also some wrap conversions available.


Just in case there was maybe a passing thought in your mind, this is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Photos used with permission from Chrystal Cienfuegos Photography.

Tula Baby Carrier Review

Alright readers, I finally got the carrier that I wanted. Little did I know that it would lead me right into another carrier purchase, but that is for another time.

I finally got myself a Tula. Let’s just start with saying, I love it. It is great. Worth all the money.



After wearing a Moby wrap for the last three months it is considerably easier to use. Two buckles, two straps to pull, and it is on. For me this is quick and easy to get on and off, at least compared to anything else in our arsenal of carriers.


Why I wanted this carrier over other SSC’s (soft structured carriers)?


I like that the fabric panel is larger than most, therefore coming up higher. Keep in mind that I wanted to use this with a toddler, however chose the standard size so that it could be used with either child. That being said the panel comes up to my DD’s shoulders. This is great for those moments when she decides she wants out and arches her back. Picture her leaning away from you. The further away from my body she arches the more pressure/pain I feel in my lower back. This is how the higher panel is helpful, less to no arching ability. When my DS is in the Tula on the front of me, the panel reaches eye level.


This carrier is definitely designed with the developing spine in mind. What that means is that it keeps baby’s knees higher than their butt, also known as the M position. This an important feature for my household in a baby carrier.


Buckles at arm to adjust size/height for daddy arm’s or nursing


Being that it was designed by a baby wearing pair, it is made to fit the daddy’s of the world too. There are convenient little extenders for larger arms. Nursing mama’s can try to use these too, to nurse while carrying.


I like that the hip clip is not in the center. It is off to the side, even though can be awkward to clip on if you are multi tasking. With the clip located on the side there is no plastic digging into either a belly or back. It also means you can get if off while holding a baby, because you can use just one hand. This is super nice.


There are convenient little elastics sewn into the ends of every strap. This eliminates the octopus look you have when you let everything dangle down and around.

Arm buckle opened all the way


It comes with a detachable hood that you can use to cover baby, or toddlers, head if they fall asleep. I think that is nice. DS doesn’t love the light in his face. He will turn to try and hide from it. If he is sleeping this means burying his nose into me, so having the hood lets me block the light and keep his mouth and nose visible. (which is how they should be)


There is a little pocket in the middle of the waist strap too. By little, you can not fit a granola bar, but you can fit cash, cards, and keys … as long as they don’t have 8 million key chains.


This carrier is good for babies about 15- 44lbs, or 8 lbs with an infant insert. I did not try the infant insert so I can not say anything more than that it exists. I will say that when I first got my carrier,  it looked like DS fit, however he was not particularly happy. So I waited and tried it once a week until he didn’t seem upset. I bought this when he was about 14 weeks, so he might have been under the weight and that was why. Now he does not mind at all. He actually tries to suck on it!


I should also mention that there are Free to Grow extensions, which attach to the panel of the carrier and allow you to comfortably wear your older children. It does this by extending the fabric out closer to their knees so their legs are not dangling down. So if you are like me, and get the Standard Tula you can add this for your toddler to sit a bit more comfortably.


I noticed that the website doesn’t say how long the buckle waist straps are. They are long! Like I should go measure them and tell you how long. The adjustable portion is 30″ and the structured waist section is about 27 1/2″ … lot’s of room.




With all of the times I have had the little guy on my front I do not have a single photo to show for it.  However there are plenty of babies snuggled on the front available for you to see on their website.  I am also missing a photo of me carrying a 6 year old …. gosh I suck huh?


Definitely if you have the chance, put one on and try it. I can not stress that enough. Looking is no where near close, to feeling and trying.


This is not a sponsored post. I purchased this product and wanted to share my experience with it, as I loved it.
All photos taken by me, and may not be used with out prior documented consent.

I gotta have it!

You may or may not know that I have been lusting after a back carrier for my DD.

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I carried her in a FF (front facing) carrier until it was physically painful while I was pregnant. So I wore her until she was about 16 months. Side note, I did wear her facing in as well. The carrier was not my favorite, I do not really know which one my favorite is, however it was sent to me and did the job. I am a trooper and do what I have to to make things work. This carrier was free, it was the only one I needed.

The Chicco You & Me Deluxe and I had a rough rough start. The very first time I put DD in it she almost died. No no no it was not a malfunction of the carrier. I had my friend, who sent the carrier, tell me stories about her daughter expecting to eat every time she got in it. She had also told me I could use it to keep baby upright after eating. So I decided to try it. DD was maybe 2 weeks old, had just fed, and apparently needed to spit up.

She couldn’t.
It turned into violent vomiting, and choking.
Crying, lots of crying.

I can still remember her eyes turning red looking at me to help her. I couldn’t get her out of the carrier.
I couldn’t get her out fast enough. I was the first time using it, I was inexperienced. It was not adjusted to me properly.

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We didn’t use it again for 4 months.

Then it worked fine, and I knew other mom’s using carriers. It worked until I wanted to go for a hike with a 5 month old.

I had received another Chicco carrier, the Smart Support Backpack. It is for 6-36 months and works great for hiking. we still use it. I feel evenly balanced, which I did not with the You & Me Deluxe.

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This carrier clearly states not to use with another carrier. This is kinda sad because I want to believe that I will still be able to go hiking with my two babies and no daddy.

Daddy got a Moby Wrap for me for Christmas. I had been talking about how I needed to get a wrap type of carrier so that I would be able to nurse the baby while standing by to catch DD at the playground. I also did not want to buy one if I wasn’t going to use it for that because then it would be a waste of money.

I wear DS everyday. He loves it. He does not complain at all. I have used two different wrap folds with him so far. I have to admit I have only nursed him in it a few times …. like less than five. It seems a little difficult to move him into the correct position.

Now I NEED a backpack carrier that you can wear tandem with the Moby wrap.

I have finally decided that I really really need one. I have decided that I will find a way to come up with the money for it.

I have been hunting and reading about SSC’s (Soft structured carriers) for weeks now. Maybe even months. Daddy is not concerned. He is tired of being updated on how this one has a higher back. He doesn’t GET how it will make life easier.

Clearly he has never had to play the toddler juggling game while wearing a baby.

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My arms are tired.

It is awkward to carry a 20 something month old while wearing a 3 month old. Right arm hurts switch, passing over baby, left arm hurts, try walking and holding hands for a bit …. and on and on.

I brought up the need for one again yesterday. I was going to bid on some Ergo’s on ebay, but I was made aware of people counterfitting and selling them as new or used. You can read about that here.
After reading about this again I decided that I will not be getting a deal on any SSC’s. I would rather a safe baby than save $50.

Daddy at one point looked at me and said “Do you need it?”

Now he asked me this because I am the logical one. I justify ever dollar I decide to spend. I turn off the wifi at night and the surge protectors to save $13 on our electricity bill. I always have a way to not need something. So when I looked at him and said “Yes I do”, I think he was surprised. I then proceeded to drift off and daydream about cooking dinner with DD on my back. (She always wants to watch) ….. he said “did I ask the wrong question” …. no he didn’t. When I explained where I went he was confused asking if it was an indoor carrier. There is no rule that says outdoor only, or indoor only, it is a baby carrier, and I need one.

I am pretty sure I want a Tula baby carrier, or a Boba 3G baby carrier. I’ll let you know when I get one.

You can still enter in my giveaway here.

Happy Wednesday!


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