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Stroller With Storage

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There are a few crucial things I have learned about strollers and stroller gear as a mom of three living in New York. Picking a sturdy, street-tough stroller is essential. We walk practically everywhere so we need a stroller that can handle a lot of wear and tear. Convenience is another important feature. There are plenty of tight spaces, narrow aisles, stairs, taxi trunks, and let’s not forget mass transit. But one of my major requirements when picking the right stroller, especially for urban living, is STORAGE.

Wouldn’t it be great if space wasn’t an issue, but we need strollers that can handle tough terrain, store some kids gear, a few essentials from the grocery store, and still be light enough to shlep up and down train stairs or convenient enough to quickly collapse into the trunk of a taxi!

Summer Infant® is a trusted brand for affordable and accessible baby and kids products and they have just introduced their new and impressive 3Dtote Convenience Stroller this year. It has smooth glide wheels with anti-shock front locking swivel wheels and rear locking wheels, which is perfect for traipsing all over the City. Weighing in at a mere 17 pounds this stroller is on par with even the lightest travel strollers with a one-handed compact fold and a carry strap.

The Summer Infant® 3Dtote Convenience Stroller boasts the biggest storage basket on the planet! And I have to say….this stroller is definitely a storage extravaganza. Designed to handle the weight of a diaper bag it ALSO has an enormous storage basket and pockets galore. But there’s more…that huge basket is also expandable! Just snap it up and hold even more stuff. It comes with diaper bag hooks (you can attach bags, too), four cup holders, toy hooks on the seat, side storage pockets. The 3Dtote can actually handle a child up to 50 pounds plus 25 pounds in the storage basket plus up to a 5 pound diaper bag plus a few more pounds in cup holders/storage pockets, so load it up!

Since storage and convenience seem to be endless with the 3Dtote, you’ll need to have a comfortable reclining seat for a napping kid. There is a one-hand recline with rear zip-down windows for ventilation. This way you can have a little peace while you shop and explore! The large canopy also has a pop-out visor with peek-a-boo window so you can check on the sleeping babe while they snooze. Overall, the 3Dtote is the perfect stroller for city living!

Fit Pregnancy and Baby has also partnered with some of our favorite brands to help you get ready for your baby! Enter for your chance to win registry must-haves including: The Summer Infant® 3Dtote Convenience Stroller, Nuna LEAF™ baby seat and the Boppy® Luxe Pillow along with other amazing products like a 1-year supply of Pampers™ Swaddlers diapers and wipes, Chicco® NaturalFit® Infant Feeding and Soothing Products and Carter’s® gift card.

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Mother’s Day Connections 

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I was asked to participate in the #HallmarkAtWalgreens campaign, sponsored by Hallmark at Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

There are so many times as a kid that my mom made things better. She was supportive and inspirational and taught us to be good people. But the most powerful connection I felt with her was when I became a mom. I remember how freaked out and neurotic I was when Ryder was born. I was tracking every single wet and dirty diaper, writing down each and every little whimper and peep. I had his feedings and naps recorded like clockwork and I thought I had to be on schedule exactly like all the books I’d read preached. I was spending more time writing things down and organizing and preparing that I’d completely run myself ragged and Ryder did not respond well to my stress level. It was not my finest hour.

Needless to say, I was at a breaking point. Exhausted and emotional and feeling like a failure because my newborn wasn’t sticking to the rules! He wasn’t following the plan! I tried to act like I was in total control but my mother must have heard a tone in my voice or felt her intuition. Something triggered her mom-instinct and she showed up at my door ready to make things better. She threw away my precious log and told me to ignore the schedule. She mothered me and Ryder and even Jason the way only your mom can—and just like that we all fell into place. Sometimes you just have to ignore your “plan” and bend the “rules” and just go with it. I give this advice to all of my new-mom friends and family members. It is invaluable and changed my life. Thanks mom.

As we approach this Mother’s Day you will probably find me in the greeting card aisle of Walgreens sobbing over a pile of Hallmark Signature cards trying to select the perfect one for my mom. There are so many touching and perfect Hallmark Signature cards to choose from; I almost want to give my Mom one for each day in May leading up to Mother’s Day.

I’m a sucker for emotional moments and ever since becoming a mom I am practically in tears every day but especially every time I think about my own mother and the sacrifices she made for us and the boundless love we totally took for granted growing up. Once you have kids of your own you just get it. From the moment I first became a mom I felt the wonderful weight of love and instantly thought of my mom. Three kids later (just like my mom) the love grows and grows and I feel a deeper connection to my mom than ever before.

I have written about my mom before and that she worked so incredibly hard all the time when we were kids. My grandmother spent a lot of time with us…it was like a village of women came together to keep us safe and loved all the time. My mother spends a lot of time with my kids, too—and it feels like we are growing that village. I look at Siella and Gemma and imagine how I will be a part of their family lives one day.

Mother’s Day is very special to me. I love the sweet cards and gifts my kids give me but even more than that I love my mom and I am so thankful and lucky to have her in my life. I now stress out about how to express this to her but luckily with the Hallmark Signature line there are so many thoughtful and beautiful cards to choose from that hit exactly the right note. The Hallmark Signature line is sold at Walgreens and is my go-to for the perfect card for any occasion but especially for Mother’s Day.
What kind of cards do you look for when you’re shopping for Mother’s Day? Do you like a funny card or are you like me and always go the sentimental route? Stay tuned for Walgreens “Facebook Feels” activation where you will have a chance to share their favorite memory of mom/mom figure for a chance to win prizes. And don’t forget to pick up your Hallmark Signature Mother’s Day cards for your mom or mom friends or your sister at Walgreens! #HallmarkAtWalgreens

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Celebrate Red Nose Day!

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I was asked to participate in the #RedNose campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

Every time we go on vacation or do something as simple as have a family dinner, I am reminded of just how lucky we are. We have food on the table and have access to the essential things, like seeing a doctor. Growing up in poverty is a serious and very real issue. The long-term effects of poverty on a person are staggering, so many children don’t have access to healthy food, clean water, safe places to live, essential medical services or life-saving vaccines.

When we play at the park or shop for groceries or just turn on the tap for a glass of drinkable water we often don’t realize just how lucky we are. Poverty is real. And this isn’t just a problem effecting children throughout the world. Right here in America kids are growing up in poverty that will have severe and lasting effects on their health and well-being. That’s why partnering with organizations like the Red Nose Fund and Walgreens is so important to me and my family.

We try to get involved with as many meaningful causes as possible because it is important to spread the love whenever and wherever we can. It is even more important for us to get involved with causes that benefit other children and families. Jason and I make sure our kids are appreciative of everything they have and all of the exciting things they get to do but most importantly they should always make an effort to help the less fortunate.

We will be joining Walgreens to welcome back #RedNose Day on May 25, 2017 with comic cheer. This is the third year in a row that Walgreens has championed Red Nose Day in the U.S. and this year they have loads of comic cheer, celebrations, and fundraising events happening nationwide and we are so excited to be a part of this amazing campaign. The campaign will culminate when NBC airs the Red Nose Day Special with a night of (I’m sure star-studded) programming to benefit the charity on May 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

I urge everyone to join the fun. And Walgreens invites Americans to put their “Noses On” on social media with weekly #RedNose challenges. Starting now, people can share photos wearing red noses, using #RedNose, #Walgreens on Twitter or Instagram. My kids love the whole idea of wearing a red nose and goofing around, but the fact that this benefits so many children makes the fun extra special.

Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide will sell Red Noses until June 3 for $ 1 each with net proceeds going to the Red Nose Day Fund. And Walgreens will also donate $ 0.50 each to Comic Relief Inc.’s Red Nose Day Fund, which helps lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and internationally. I cannot wait to see all of your photos!

For more information about the Red Nose Day Fund, visit www.rednoseday.org.

 

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