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Baby Gear: My 17 Favorite Essentials

Now that my due date for baby girl#2 is approaching (June 1!), I have started to go through Nesrine’s baby clothes and bring all the baby gear out of storage. This, of course, comes with a big dose of nostalgia!  Anyhow, with all the products out there to pick from, I have found that the best way to find the most useful and functional ones is usually from other moms. So today I present to you a list of baby gear that I couldn’t live without. I won’t go into the cons of each product, just know that no product is completely perfect but these are some of the ones I found to be pretty close to it! Click on the photos in each gallery for more details and my explanation! Leave me comments if you’d like to hear more about a product.  Continue reading

Visit Guide: How to Optimize Your Trip to the National Aviary

Yesterday Nesrine and I went to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, one of her favorite places right now. It is truly an amazing place! We have been there close to a dozen times in the last few months, and it struck me that it was one of the last big attractions that I took her to experience. Since birth she has come along with me regularly to Phipps Conservatory, to all of the wonderful museums Pittsburgh has to offer, to the Zoo, and so on. But somehow we never made it to The Aviary.  I think the reason I was hesitant was that I didn’t know what to expect at The Aviary, and being the planner that I am, I always plan ahead as much as possible (and I’m sure you mamas of young children can relate to that sentiment!).  So, here is how I plan our visit to get the most out of our time. Hopefully it will give you a better idea of what to expect, especially if you haven’t yet taken your toddler for a visit! Continue reading

Reasons to Dine Out With Your Baby/Toddler 

 

So to jump into the real content of this blog, I want to start by discussing something simple that makes life fuller and makes travel easier: dinning out in restaurants with your child. Sometimes I have to remind myself that despite the many reasons to simply eat at home everyday, there are equally as many reasons why we should put on some nice clothes and go out for a family dinner every now and then. I find the motivation to brave a dinner out especially lacking in the winter months, when the weather is cold and the daylight is short. It’s easier to make the mess at home, to have the peace of mind that the food will be eaten and that it is a healthy and wholesome balanced meal that I am serving. It is just more relaxed at home, am I right Mamas? No annoyed couple at the table next to you, no hungry toddler who gets cranky while waiting for the food that is taking too long (which is probably too salty and fatty anyway). I could go on with reasons not to.  But this is the exact rut my mind finds itself in on many weekend nights when we are deciding what to do for dinner.  If you find yourself thinking like this, here are some reasons I hope will inspire you to think differently (and stay tuned after for my tips on how to make your dining experience a positive one): Continue reading