5 Must Haves For Mom’s Who Rock

Here’s a truth to parenthood that isn’t in the parenting books- having kids cramps your style. Chances are you’re not going to be pulling all-nighters or jumping on a last minute flight to Europe with a toddler in tow. Instead you get to have a new, awesome style that includes your kid, and it can be even more fun. We’re only two years and two kids into this crazy world of parenting but we’ve taken our littles on about ten road trips, thirty flights, and dozens of concerts, boating trips, kayaking, and so much more. I want to raise my kids with a sense of adventure, not memories of staying home with a baby sitter while we were out having fun. Here’s my list of the five best items to help you be moms and dads who rock and want to raise awesome little people-

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1. Headphones/ Both of my babies first concerts were within the first three months of their life. You don’t realize how incredibly loud concerts are until you have a sweet little babe with new ears with you. We bought the Baby Banz when we took Sawyer to his first concert and they obviously worked because he slept though the whole thing! It was the icing on the cake when the venue manager brought us coupons for free refreshments because she was happy to see parents protecting their parents ears. We used them during the 4th of July fireworks and at a Sprint Car race too. These are so awesome to have on hand if you want baby to come along to anything noisy.

2. Baby Carrier/ This might be my most used piece of baby gear. I put my kids in our carrier to grocery shop, run through the airport, go to concerts, everything. I have the Baby Bjourn, which my babes have loved. Here is the newest Baby Bjourn and here is the one that we have (We also have a cover which has been awesome when it’s cold out, it’s like a blanket/hoodie that stays on when they’re in the Bjourn). The Ergo carrier is also really popular, and comes in really cute patterns. If there is nothing else on this list that you buy, get a baby carrier!Good Morning Loretta (2)

3. Life Jacket/ We take our kids swimming, kayaking, boating, exploring, etc regularly and it is a blast! There’s not many things I love more than seeing how happy my kids are on the boat or anywhere near water, I can’t imagine not bringing them along. If water’s your thing, a good life-jacket is a must. Processed with VSCOcam

4. A great stroller (or two) / While I have some good single strollers, I am in love with my double stroller. We take it running, to the zoo, museums; I even use it to bring groceries in from the car. It makes so many of our trips easier. There are so many options out there, and most parents seem to end up with multiple strollers, but once you find one you like, you’ll know. My requirements- cup holders/food tray, can run or walk with, sun shade, fits through a single door frame, folds up pretty small, and easy to open. (This is the double jogging stroller we have. I don’t think there are words for how much I love this stroller.) I have a different stroller I use for the airport, it is light, super small and opens/folds with one hand in a breeze, which is important since I’m usually flying alone with both boys. The exact model I have isn’t available anymore, but here is Jeep’s newer model, which looks nearly identical.

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5. Good Car Seats/ How are you gonna pack up your family on an awesome spontaneous road-trip if you don’t have car seats? We try to get ones that we know will last a long time and have good padding. It really does make a difference. In the convertible and booster car seats, I always make sure they have cup holders for putting drinks and snacks in. Never underestimate the power of bribing a toddler with snacks on a 14-hour drive.

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15 Goals Before 30

When I was sixteen, I took a road trip with friends, to Lake Powell, Arizona. We had an awesome time and saw sights like I’d never seen before, and did things I’d never even dreamed of trying (cliff jumping, anyone?). The last night we were there, I sat on our hotel room balcony overlooking this huge, wide open sunset and knew I wanted to keep trying new things and having an awesome life. I had a lot of dreams in life, and decided to write down 18 goals I wanted to accomplish by the time I was 18.

bucket list(Going to the four corners has been a dream of mine since I read Baby Sitter’s Club as a kid, I checked it off last summer!)

I wrote my goal list, made it pretty, and taped it on the wall in my bedroom where I’d see it everyday. Some of the goals would take a lot of work, but were attainable, like saving $1000 or having a professional recording done of one of the songs I’d written, other goals on the list were adventurous, like take a road trip, and ride a Greyhound bus somewhere. When I turned 18 two years later, there were only two goals on that list that I didn’t accomplish. One was riding the Greyhound bus somewhere; my parents insisted it wasn’t safe for a teenage girl to go exploring the country alone on a bus (understandable), and the other was meeting my idol, Loretta Lynn (although I did come pretty darn close, once).

Lately I’d been feeling a little bit stuck in a rut, both creatively, and just in general, and so I decided to make myself a new list of goals. A list that I know I can be proud to look back on when I’m done and have great memories, and to feel like I’ve accomplished something. Kind of like a bucket list, but all before 30. I wanted to go big and do 30 before I’m 30, but decided to hone in one 15 bigger goals instead, ones that really challenge me to get outside myself and things I’ve always wanted to do! I’ll be posting and keeping you updated on my list as I try to hit my goals. So, here are my 15 before 30! Some may be pretty hard, but it will be so worth it. If you make your own goals list, share it with me, I want to see and get ideas so I can add any awesome goals y’all are trying for.

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Not to bad of a list, I can’t wait to camp in a vintage trailer (I’ve been dreaming of buying one since I was a kid), and I’m excited to make a meal from the ground up, and I mean it. I want to grow the veggies and fruits, and have Brandon catch a fish, literally making the entire meal ourselves. I have no idea what fear I’ll conquer but I hope having that goal will push me to take chances and do things I might be afraid of. Life is too short to play everything too safe.

I’ll be sharing each of my goals as I make them (or attempt to) on instagram and facebook with the hashtag #goodgoals. Tag your accomplishments with #goodgoals too!

How I Got Kicked Out of Two Stores in Ten Minutes

Last week on a regular shopping trip to Target, I managed to get myself and Sawyer kicked out of two stores in ten minutes. Impressive, huh?Kicked Out of Payless

It started when Sawyer and I went outside to play barefoot in the yard and then I remembered I needed to run to Target before Brandon got home, so I grabbed my purse and headed to the truck. I grabbed a pair of flip flops and put them on top of the cab of the truck while I buckled Sawyer in his car seat. When I got to Target, I reached in the backseat to grab the flip flops, and of course, they weren’t there. I opened my door in the off chance that maybe somehow they had stayed on top of my truck during the twenty minute drive, but of course, they were gone, and not in the bed either.

Now, forgetting to wear shoes isn’t a strange occurrence for me. In fact, I usually keep a stash of extra shoes in my backseat for such an occurrence. (Anybody else do that?) So, I reach behind the passenger seat, nothing. I look all over the back seat, nothing but baby stuff. I checked under the seats, in the bed, everywhere. No shoes, apparently I’ve overused my stash, so what do I do? Drive another forty minutes round-trip to my house and back with a baby who hates the car? Nope. I figured I could run into Target, grab one of those cheap pairs of flip flops from right at the front the store, put them on, rip off the tag, and pay for them when I checked out. I had on long pants anyways, so I was hoping no one would even notice.

As soon as my feet hit the concrete I felt gross. I love wearing no shoes in the yard, around our house, at the lake, etc., but feet and pavement do not mix. It’s just not natural. As I was walking into Target, I felt like I was walking on thousands of stranger’s gum, spit, etc. , but I just kept walking like I wasn’t doing anything wrong, all while second guessing my idea a thousand million times. I didn’t even make it ten feet into the store before an employee stopped me, just doing her job, and told me I couldn’t shop with no shoes. I told her my plight, put on my best pity face, but no luck. I explained, it’d be less distance for me to walk to that flip flop display in the dollar section than it would be to walk to the exit, but still no luck, so I left. Totally embarrassed.

I was still pretty determined to get my shopping done, and there are two shoes stores next door to Target, so I took the walk of shame, figuring it’s a shoe store, they’ll understand, and they won’t kick me out. I mean, who could say no to a barefoot mom and her cute baby? It’s not like I wasn’t going to pay for them. I got my store together real quick, this time planning to use the humor of the situation to my advantage, but before I could even tell my story, a not-so-nice employee told me  in some not-so-nice words that they couldn’t help me there. I didn’t even bother explaining why I had no shoes on, I figured they didn’t need my business. Kicked out again.

Then I went into Payless Shoes. This time I was smart. I took my time walking up to the store, watching the employees, and scouting out the aisle I needed before I even went in. I waited till no one was at the front on the store and snuck in. I had on a pair of shoes before an employee even responded to the ding of the door opening. Nailed it. Of course he asked where my shoes were, and told me he really shouldn’t let me shop, but since I already had the shoes on, he was nice enough to check me out. I made enough awkward jokes to make the situation sufficiently uncomfortable, paid, and was back on my way to Target, where the lady who made me leave the first time let me know she was glad I could get some shoes somewhere in a fun, joking way. I’m sure she would have let me come in the first time if she could.

What was funny to me is that, I didn’t think anyone would even notice my bare feet at first, I mean, do you really notice people’s feet that quickly? Or is it just that obvious when someone isn’t wearing shoes? Or are store employees taught to check for that? I don’t know, but now I’ve got like ten pairs of flip flops in my backseat for the next time I forget shoes, including the pair I bought in Payless that day. Since I was going for the first pair of sandals I could throw on, they aren’t exactly cute (Imagine, gardening sandals meet your grandmother’s slippers), but they got me into Target, and I bought the cute pair of flats pictured above while I was in Target, because I needed them too ;). (I’m wearing them here).

So the question is- does anybody else feel my pain? Do you forget to wear shoes places? Ever been kicked out of somewhere for it? Ever been kicked out of a store for anything? I’d love to hear your stories!

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