Friday, April 29, 2011

Jogging Stroller Wanted

When our two older children were younger, we had a Burley d'Lite bike trailer stroller.  It worked well as a bike trailer and sufficed as a double stroller.  Unfortunately I seem to remember that one child was always crying (but it probably had nothing to do with the stroller).  Many moves and years ago, we gave the trailer away, and are now looking to buy a new one for our younger two.  Actually I'm hoping Burley or Chariot send us one to review...


Do you bike/run with a bike trailer/stroller?  

Would you recommend it?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Extraordinary Power of Less

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  
As you simplify life the laws of the universe will be simpler. 
- Henry David Thoreau

Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war...on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Simplicity Parenting offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change: 

  • Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload. Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed. 
  • Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
  • Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation. 

A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of raising children (from inside cover of Simplicity Parenting).

Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne is a practical guide to "using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids."  My husband and I both read this book (read his review) and agree that simplifying our parenting according to these ideas would be worth a try.  Before reading this book, I thought that the ideas would be a little too extreme for us (me) - but now I think implementing some of the ideas will be a pleasant change for our whole family.  The author encourages parents to simplify the environment (reduce toys, books and clutter), develop routines and rituals, balance all the activity with down time (or "I'm bored time"), and to filter out unnecessary information (TV and topics that shouldn't concern children).  In essence, by following these principles, we're allowing children to develop/unfold at their own pace, and as parents we're given the opportunity to savor their childhoods.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Fluff

In the words of Rapunzel:  Best day evening ever in a while.
The past couple of weeks have been hurried and harried at our house.  Between two kids on traveling soccer teams, talent shows, Lithuanian school, house hunting and everyday responsibilities, our quality time together has been limited.  Yesterday we had the chance to chill out and enjoy some pizza and a movie.

After an interesting field trip with Gaigai's Brownie troop to the community bank, we came home and watched Tangled and ate some delicious deep dish pizza.  The movie was cute and made the kids laugh - nothing sweeter than the sound of kids' laughter.  We topped off the wonderful evening with some chocolate ice cream - only thing missing was Kovas.

Today's plan - quick run on the treadmill, a little yoga with the kids (try the calming poses below), paint Easter eggs, make cake for Munchkin's 4th birthday, and wait for Kovas to come home - and happily not much else :).

I'm almost finished reading Simplicity Parenting (review to come), which stresses simplifying environment, routines and schedules.  The author claims that most children regardless of their age can reset their emotional clock given two or three quiet days - with no school today and a break from all extra activities this weekend, hopefully by the end of the weekend we'll have broken the "soul fever."

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tidbit Tuesday

Some random facts from recent Women's Health, Shape and Kiplinger's...

To boost endurance - once a day for two days pre-race, mix omega-3-rich chia seeds into a sports drink.  A new study found this helps you go longer and harder in sessions that last more than 90 minutes. 
Plant a vegetable garden to cut grocery costs.  A 600-square foot garden yields $600 worth of produce for and investment of $70, says the National Gardening Association.
Monogamy is the new massage.  At least that's the takeaway from a recent study in the journal Stress, which shows that a long-term commitment may ease tension in your life.
Peeing post romp reduces women's odds of developing a urinary tract infection by about 80 percent.
You're four times more likely to get sick when you fly.  When booking a seat, try to get seated in the front of the plane.  Research shows there's significantly more air circulating in the front of the plane than in the back. 

Have any interesting tidbits to share?

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's All Too Much

It's purging time in our household.  With 4 kids and a move around the corner, we need to get rid of a lot!  It's All Too Much was a great motivator to jump start the process!

Instead of simply reorganizing your clutter, in It's All Too Much, Peter Walsh encourages readers to determine what kind of life they want to live and how to get rid of all the things that are getting in the way of that life.  Getting rid of all the excess and getting organized helps you live a richer, less stressed, happier, and more focused life.  By imagining the life you want to live, your focus is shifted from the clutter itself and toward your dreams and aspirations for the new life for which you yearn.  If an item does not help you achieve your dream, then it distracts from it, and you should let it go.      

The basic premise is to imagine the life you want to live and your ideal living space.  Then start with a high-speed, low-level purge - F.A.S.T.  Fix a time.  Next get rid of Anything that hasn't been used for 12 months, belongs to Someone else or is Trash.  Next the book takes you room by room and asks you to identify a purpose and then purge anything that doesn't fit the purpose.  Finally after purging all the unnecessary stuff, maintain your uncluttered life.  
Next on my reading list - Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne.  Hopefully the ideas from both of these books will help us pare down and focus on what's really important - enjoying each other!

Do you feel like you need to simplify your life?

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Series Snow Goggles

I love spring skiing in Colorado! Although most of the days were sunny and warm, we did have a few colder snowy days. On these days I wore my Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Series goggles. They feature:

  • Medium Fit
  • Two-Speed, Micro-Electronic Fan
  • Spherical, Carbonic-X Lens with TLT Optics
  • Patented Vaporator Lens Technology with Porex Filter
  • Articulating Outrigger Positioning System
  • Interchangeable Hop -Up Kits
  • Ultra-Wide, Silicone Backed Strap
  • Quickfit Strap Adjustment System with Clip Buckle
  • Dual Layer, DriWix Face Foam
  • Helmet and O.D.S. Compatible
  • Microfiber bag included

I prefer to wear my glasses, so when I went to purchase a new pair of goggles, I was specifically looking for a pair that would fit over my glasses, but not cover my entire face.  The saleslady showed me a couple of pairs and then brought these out.  I liked how they fit and looked.  She said they had a built in fan to keep my glasses from fogging up.  I thought it was a gimick and kind of dorky, but she assured me that it worked.  Gullible as I am, I bought them and gave them a try.  To my surprise - they did work!  No fogging!  Best of all they allowed me to see the terrain and kept me and my eyes safe.

(These goggles were purchased by me and were not sent to me by either the company or any public relations firm. I was not compensated  for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.)

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Friday, April 8, 2011

How's this for Friday Fluff...

Check out what Kovas and Patrick are up to now.  If you feel like you need a little more attention or "representation" from these superbloggers, enter for a chance to have your a** kissed here.

On a more serious note, Tricia at Endurance Isn't Only Physical is having a CEP Compression Shorts giveaway.  Follow this link to enter.

Happy Friday! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Icebreaker Run Rush LS Crewe and Run Rush 3/4 Tight

Icebreaker Merino Wool - Think Don't Stink
To survive his extreme mountain environment, the New Zealand merino has a thin coat in summer and a heavy coat in winter. If his coat didn’t breathe in summer, he’d die of heat exhaustion. If his coat didn’t insulate in winter, he’d die of cold.Icebreaker translated this miracle all-weather fibre into a clothing system that gives people the same freedom to push their limits in the outdoors.  Icebreaker merino forms a buffer zone around your body, keeping you at an ideal temperature in all climates and conditions. It’s also lightweight, odour- resistant and soft against the skin – all qualities that will help you to perform at your peak. 
Icebreaker was born in 1994 after the late Sir Peter Blake set a world circumnavigation record wearing the first Bodyfit 260 prototype.   "Icebreaker is superior in every way to anything I've ever worn. I wore it for 40 days and 40 nights and it didn't itch or get whiffy.... I wear my icebreaker under my wet weather gear, under my dry suit when diving, round the boat, and to bed at night." Peter Blake KBE Skipper ENZA, Trophee Jules Verne

I was very excited when I received both the Run Rush LS Crewe and the Run Rush 3/4 Tight.  These garments are part of the GT Run series which are designed specifically for runners. 
  • Made from Merino with LYCRA®
  • Naturally anti-microbial to keep you odour free
  • Wide scoop neckline
  • GT150, lightest performance fabric
  • Thumb Loops
  • Eyelet panels for breathability
  • Cord management loop at centre back neckline
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Reflective piping at right shoulder
  • Back stash pocket (3/4 Tight)
  • Shaped hem
  • Icebreaker logo and GT wordmark   

I'm very fussy when it comes to wearing wool, but I have to say that these garments are not scratchy at all.  Unlike traditional wool which is heavy, prickly and needs to be hand washed, Icebreaker wool is a superfine merino which is finer, softer, more insulating and more breathable and can be machine washed.   

I wore these for several runs, and although made for running, I also wore them skiing.  In my eagerness, I first wore them for a run while it was still below freezing - other than my exposed shins, the rest of my body felt warm and comfortable.  Even after working up a sweat, I stayed warm and the garments retained their shape.  They did not feel heavy or droopy.  In addition, they were the perfect base layer for spring skiing in Colorado, and when the temperature topped 40, the only layer I wore under my shell.  The 3/4 Tight fit perfectly - hitting just above my ski socks to create a smooth surface on my shins.  I wore them for 3 solid days of skiing without washing.  Even my mother agreed they didn't get "whiffy".  They really lived up to their "no stink" claim.  I couldn't imagine wearing any synthetic fabric for 3 days without washing! 

Not only does Icebreaker make a great product, but they're also environmentally conscious.  Their product is made from nature and is inherently self-sustainable and made with integrity.  Each garment has a Baacode which can be typed in to trace a garment from source to shelf.

I highly recommend Icebreaker, especially for those looking for a natural performance clothing alternative.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Icebreaker via the Jam Collective. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Darn Tough Vermont Over-The-Calf Cushion Ski Socks

It's all hype. There's no difference between a ski sock and a snowboard sock. Skiers and riders require a sock that provides cushioning to eliminate pressure from forward lean, buckles, and power straps, or flat jersey construction to meet the demands of the shell-fit customer. We ski and ride in Merino wool; it insulates and doesn't itch. Darn Tough's fine gauge Merino wool moves moisture off your skin keeping your feet dry and warm. High density knitting provides cushioning for your feet and padding for your shins. All without unnecessary bulk. Bottom line: if your boots fit better and your feet are warm, at the
end of the day, you're still on the hill.
Over-the-Calf Cushion Ski Sock:  over the calf, terry rib knit, for custom fit. High density cushioning on foot bottom and around lower leg. Custom shrink treated Merino wool. Ribbing above the ankle ensures a proper fit. Reinforced heel and toe. Elastic support around the arch. Ring toe construction for a comfortable, invisible seam.

68% Merino Wool, 28% Nylon, 4% Lycra® Spandex.

Sock Care
To help ensure many happy miles with your Darn Tough Vermont socks we recommend that you machine wash them in warm water on gentle cycle with socks in-side out. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low. Do not dry clean.

Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee
Simply and without strings or conditions: if our all weather performance socks are not the most comfortable and durable socks you have ever worn, return them for another pair or your money back. No strings. No conditions. For life. When you are really serious about something you make it yourself.

I was lucky enough to receive a pair of the Darn Tough Vermont Over-The-Calf Cushion Ski Socks before heading out to Colorado for a week of skiing.  I am pretty sensitive to wool - even cashmere is sometimes too scratchy for me.  These socks, however were comfy and kept my feet warm, dry and no complaints of itchiness.  They provided cushioning on my feet and my shins.  Unfortunately since I haven't skied in a while, my shins were still sore despite the extra cushioning.  I wore them with my Icebreaker 3/4 tights (review coming soon), which provided a perfect fit - no bunching or extra bulk.  In addition to being a great ski/snowboard sock, I also like that Darn Tough is a family business and their product has a lifetime guarantee.  I really enjoyed skiing in these socks and would highly recommend them.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Darn Tough, via People Making Good.  I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company's website.

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