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Pint Size Cyclists

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When we’re young we think the first freedom we get is a car. Not true, the first real set of wheels that signifies growing up and freedom and independence is a bike! Well, at least that’s the case for the suburbs. When you grow up in sprawling neighborhoods (typically sans sidewalks) a bike is your main connection to your friends and the only mode of transportation without mom and dad.

Living in the city changes the rules for kids a little bit. New York City is a walking city, especially living in Battery Park City, we pretty much walk anywhere downtown in fifteen minutes, if not we have access to public transportation that takes us to any neighborhood or borough.

We have been given a few bikes over the years (which are stored at my parents house) but the kids have yet to try them. Bikes aren’t a necessity in NYC, right? At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself. We have a tiny apartment and no storage. But until a recent trip where bike rentals were included, I realized holy cow my children don’t really know how to ride bikes! I’ve clearly been depriving my kids of the most fun and freeing activity ever but also of the opportunity to be fearless and gain confidence! Ryder is going to be nine this summer, so it is about time I put my NYC bike-riding fears aside and get these kids rolling! We found the perfect bikes from Kent International that are sleek, cool and perfect for their sizes.

Ryder is starting on a two-wheeler, we’re past the training wheel stage for him so it is all about a crash course on two-wheels. He’s riding the 20″ Boys Hyper Mountain Bike from Kent. This bike features a fully welded dual suspension frame as well as a downhill front suspension for enhanced control and a smoother ride. The Hyper also features 7 speed gearing with easier twist grip shifting, and even though we aren’t there yet he’s pretty stoked he will get to change gears!

Siella is learning on the Kent Girls Spoiler Bike, complete with handlebar streamers and a front pouch, of course. The 18″ Girls’ Spoiler bike is the perfect size for a child that’s too big for the 16″, but not quite ready for the big 20″. She was almost ready to shed her training wheels after a few runs, and I bet by next week she will definitely be riding on two wheels. And Gemma is loving the whole idea of riding a bike, training wheels and all, on her Kent Cupcake Girls’ 16″ Bike, which might just be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

I’m really excited with chose to go with Kent International, because after doing some research their primary goal is safety first. They use only the best materials in crafting their products to the highest quality standards, perfect for my tiny cyclists.

The bikes are parked in our entryway for now, but we’ll figure out the space issue. Maybe a ceiling mount? And since we live right by the water, they can bike on the promenade without worrying about cars or traffic. I’m so excited about their bikes and I really cannot believe we’ve waited so long! Jason and I just might get one for ourselves too! And did I mention they are available on Amazon, which made for super easy shipping!

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Road Trips With Ease

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It is no secret that my family loves to hit the road. We like to take wintery weekend adventures, and in the summertime we hit almost every beach within a reasonable driving distance. Over the years we have covered a lot of ground and racked up plenty of miles driving all over the Northeast.

Now, we pretty much have car-travel down to a science, now. The “fun party” playlist is loaded on my iPhone so we can start the journey with great tunes. The digital devices are charged (with headphones at the ready) and loaded with the kids’ favorite movies or shows for when everyone (Mom) needs quiet-time. The cooler is always packed with goodies and wedged behind the driver’s seat…we have sandwiches, fruit, cut-up veggies, other healthy snacks and plenty of water. Typically, Jason will do most of the driving when he’s home. He travels a lot for work so I find myself behind the wheel in all sorts of weather, and at all times of the year, with three little passengers to worry about. I am an experienced driver, but because Jason travels all over the country he has had the opportunity to drive a variety of vehicles in every type of weather and over crazy terrain. He is a very confident driver. Me, on the other hand? Not so much.

The State Farm Assist Patrol program, called New York State DOT Highway Emergency Local Patrol (HELP) sponsored by State Farm makes me feel at ease when I am behind the wheel. When we travel we feel safer knowing that HELP offers the free roadside assistance on the busiest highways during the busiest travel times of the week for the little emergencies we never expect like flat tires, dead batteries, etc.

State Farm has partnered with 15 state transportation agencies to sponsor motorist assistance patrols on highways. Each fleet of Assist Patrol vehicles travels the roadways looking for crashes, dangerous debris, and stranded motorists to provide assistance and help drivers get safely on their way. It is great to know that we can depend on trained and qualified teams to respond if we have car trouble or need help. Driving can be stressful not to mention combining that with kids and a flat tire, or dead battery. It really puts me at ease knowing we have added safety on the road to help us if we need it during our wild adventures, or even just a quick trip to visit the grandparents.

Luckily we have never experienced anything serious, but the thought of changing a flat tire or jump starting a car with the kids freaks me out a little. I feel so much more prepared when driving knowing that State Farm is here to help! To find out more information about this program or see if it is in your state, visit here.

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Sunday Style: Mia Belle Baby

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About a month ago, I received an email from a old friend telling me I must check out Mia Belle Baby. Her daughter has been modeling for them, and thought the styles were so up my girls alley! I remember quickly checking the website, and loving every single style.

Mia Belle Baby is an online destination for fashion forward little ladies ages newborn to 12 years. The brand has a unique take on the girls world of fashion with one of a kind dresses, sets, swimwear, outerwear, shoes, and accessories.

Siella and Gemma’s two-piece outfit came in super handy while we were traveling last week on the Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. The eyelet top with cut out shoulder sleeves paired with the silky polka shorts matched the Mickey Mouse decor perfectly!

Super excited to for all of their spring collection, now if only the weather will follow suit!

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