Scootin’ Around, Stokke Style!

With spring peeking out from behind winter’s cold days, we have been going on lots of neighborhood walks in the evening. Elem has always liked the stroller, and we used to drive a Baby Jogger City Mini. It was a great stroller with not too many complaints. It served it’s purpose and I was happy with it until I started looking around at other strollers on the market. I noticed that most strollers kept kids so low to the ground and I really loved what some companies were doing to get kids higher up so that they could see the world and interact easier. Stokke is a forerunner in this field offering a “higher is better” approach. They have 3 different stroller models with the Stokke Scoot coming in as their most compact version.

This is Elem’s new ride!

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At the zoo!

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Showing Dad the silverback gorillas!

She loves it (me too)! Besides being easy on the eyes with it’s gorgeous Norwegian design, it’s also ergonomic.  I love the grey mélange textile and it’s so easy to wipe up toddler messes! The basket is easy to access and holds all the things we need for a long day at the zoo. The Scoot really shines at the zoo, finally placing Elem high enough that she could see the animals! She loved pointing at the orangutan’s from the comfort of her stroller.

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Hands down my favorite feature of the Scoot is the ability to quickly lift up the seat and change Elem from forward-facing to rear-facing. Brilliant. This is how we like to ride for most of our walks so that we can talk and interact. At the zoo we quickly clicked the seat facing out and were ready to see some animals.

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I adore this stroller. It drives great, looks even better, and most of all it is safe and comfortable for Elem. I hadn’t thought that a stroller purchase was that important until I drove the Scoot!

{Wee Style} Early Spring Toddler Style

So far, 2014 has brought some cold and wintry weather to our typically temperate hub here in Atlanta…and well, we are all ready for Spring to bloom ar0und here!  In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about toddler style a lot lately as I shopped for part of Elem’s spring and summer wardrobe at a consignment sale recently.  Although she is too young to totally dictate her own style, there are definitely certain colors and styles that seem to suit her tiny and spirited personality.  I found myself really focusing in on what I considered “Elem’s Style”, so I put together a fun mood board of outfits for early spring.  Just for fun I did one for boys (Liam!) too!

Toddler {Girl} Style

Early Spring Toddler {Girl} Style

Toddler {Boy} Style

Early Spring Toddler {Boys} Style

My favorite toddler shopping tips:
Embrace the consignment sales that happen seasonally and “pop-up” in various locations.  Sign up for their email lists so you know when to plan for them, and always shop the half off days!  Though not everything will be half off, many items will and typically cost between $2 and $8 for stylish and gently used clothes.  This is where I buy the bulk of Elem’s wardrobe each season.  I also recycle her outgrown clothes by consigning them back to pay for her current size needs.  It works great for us, because we don’t want to store extra gear and clothes.

Old Navy and Target are your friends.  Both stores have on-trend and adorable clothes for reasonable prices, but it’s their clearance racks that will be your BFF’s!

Don’t forget to thrift!  As an avid thrift store shopper since high school, I love making weekly stops at my favorite thrift stores.  If you’ve got a good eye for color and patterns, you should be able to skim through the kid’s section fairly quickly.  My favorite thrift finds include lots of Mini Boden and Tea Collection, two brands that I love but can’t justify spending the money on.

Feeding Littles…a fieldguide!

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We really have it pretty easy at our house when it comes to what Elem eats.  The girl loves to eat, and these days there is rarely a mess on the floor unless she’s been “sharing” with the dog (which she only does once she’s finished eating what she wants).  She loves veggies, which we are really grateful for!  Here are some tips for easy toddler feeding…

For on the go:
Buy some small containers so that you can make a little bento style box lunch for on the go.  (We love the 2/$1 ones at the Dollar Tree…perfect size and they have the snap top lids.)  We eat out a good bit and we like to pack a little lunch bag for E with her food and an ice pack.  We are still not ordering off the kid’s menu since, you know, they think chicken nuggets and french fries are kid food.  We will share things that we order though, especially veggies, pasta, and grilled meat and fish.  She is super interested in eating what we eat so we try to have the same things most evenings when cooking at home.

We are starting to use booster seats at some restaurants because she gets squirmy in the highchair and really wants to be close to my plate so we can “share”.  We always pack her own water so that it is spill-proof, and sometimes we even remember a plate!  I always have on hand a couple of extra squeeze pouches for snacks.  Elem’s favorites are by Happy Tot, but we’ve tried them all!  She loves that she can feed this to herself (usually quickly).

Getting Organized in the Fridge:
We steam veggies for her about twice a week and have them on hand in the fridge ready to go.  If we don’t have any grilled chicken on hand then I will add some turkey as her meat.  She isn’t overly into meat really, she is too focused on picking up every.single.pea that she can find.  We try to keep it interesting and rotate between broccoli, corn, peas & carrots, beets (she adores them), green beans, and sweet potatoes.  She also loves avocado when I can find ripe ones at the store.  Her absolute favorite food is tomatoes, so we will definitely be planting E her own tomato garden next year!  Pasta is also great for toddler hands if you don’t have any aversions to gluten!

Gear:
We love the Built neoprene lunchboxes because you can through them in the wash!  We also use the non-skid Boon mod-ware plate and forks.  I love the non-skid bottom and even though it’s not 100% spill proof, it’s saved a lot of cleanup from accidental spills.  We love all of the Skip Hop products because they are cute and durable so it’s Elem’s water bottle of choice (she’s currently into the bee one) and we also have several sets of their forks & spoons.  We got the Zoli snack stacker in one of our Citrus Lane boxes and have loved it!  Super easy to fill up with different foods and take on the go!