6 Ways to Stroll with Evenflo Pivot

A huge thank you to Evenflo for gifting this stroller to our growing family in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

Florida, sweet Florida!

There aren’t many places that you can spend the first weekend of March in swim trunks and flip flops and for that reason, we’re so happy to raise our babies in this sweet Sunshine State! For us, March calls for open windows, fruit picking, diving into the questionable temperatures of the pool, and renewal of our annual passes to the Central Florida Zoo!

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Over the weekend, we hopped in the car and made the short trip to visit the zoo! I’ve been dying to test drive our new Evenflo Pivot Travel System since it’s arrival and knew the zoo and all it’s terrain would be the perfect spot (even though the cheerios on the tile and our super plush shag rug did offer substantial terrain on the night of our new stroller’s unboxing).

What I really loved about pushing the Pivot around all day is the “toddler seat recline to bassinet” action. (Side note: We have a luxury brand stroller that I had to have JUST for the bassinet and to tell you the truth, the whole seat removal and replace with a bassinet and vice versa, is a TOTAL pain.) With the Pivot, there’s a lever on the back of the seat which reclines it ALL.THE.WAY. down to a bassinet. I really just can’t get over how much of a time and energy saver that is. How do you get it back into seat mode? Pull that lever and lift up. Seriously, it’s that easy! There’s a buckle on the back side of the seat to give the seat shape and keep it stable. I’ve got to give it to Evenflo for making it so easy and affordable to leave the extra bulky bassinet behind and transform your stroller from sit to sleep mode in 2 easy steps, WITHOUT the hassle of unlocking, removing, and storing a bassinet!

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Not only does the seat transform into a bassinet but, it can be unlocked and reversed for a parent-facing stroll. This was perfect while we waited in the long line to renew our membership before entering the zoo! The belly bar is easily removable and has an awesome snack tray which occupied little K with carrots and cucumbers during our wait!

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Once we got into the zoo, we just flipped the seat around and he was content all the way until he needed to exercise his bitty legs when we entered the petting area!

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Going through two toddler stages, several strollers and wagons, tons of terrain and adventure, and the constant feeding of growing boys while on the move, I think it’s safe to say that we’re pretty experienced when it comes to knowing a good push to bad push in a stroller and the severe need for a well thought-out stroller basket.

Knowing that we’d be spending our entire day at the zoo, changing from play clothes to swim suits and back again, and snacking during our visit, the large and realistically functional basket on the Pivot, was a HUGE plus. It’s super easy to get in and out of, with a large enough space for two towels, a wet bag, lunch box, and more! I can’t thank Evenflo enough for creating this stroller with such an easy to access basket! TOTAL LIFE SAVER.

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Now, let’s talk about the push!

I’ve had my fair share of stiff wheels, blow outs, terrible turns, and squeaky strolls when it comes to strollers. Five years ago, being a first time mom, I was so excited to have an over the top, drop-in, majorly bulky travel system. BIG mistake, HUGE.

Going into our second baby with a toddler on the run, I REFUSED a travel system and instead told myself I’d be a baby-wearing feign. WRONG. (I mean, I love wearing but, I’m certainly not an 80% of the time baby-wearer. Heck, I’m not even a 30% of the time wearer.) Eventually, I caved and purchased a Sit and Stand…TERRIBLE. The idea was great but, the push was so difficult that we never used it.

Now onto my third baby, with TWO toddlers CONSTANTLY on the go and a storage unit full of mom knowledge acting as my brain, it’s easy to know what works and what doesn’t in only a matter of minutes (BEFORE purchasing and exiting the store to find you’ve made a huge mistake weeks later). Even my husband can appreciate a good stroller with an easy push and after our day trip, we both agreed that Evenflo has totally nailed it with the Pivot! Each of us had a chance to push through dirt and rocks, over boardwalk trails, water covered walkways, and mulch with ease!

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We wrapped up our long day filled with tons of snacking, playing in the sun, petting and visiting our favorite animals, and test driving our newest addition and I think it’s safe to say that every one came home a happy camper!

After a little thought, hubby and I have both decided to let go of our luxury stroller (with the bassinet) and replace it’s spot in the back of the mom mobile with our new Evenflo Pivot!


Want a full list of the 6 Ways to Stroll with the Evenflo Pivot? (Of course you do, that’s why you’re here!)

  • Front Facing Carseat Drop In
  • Rear Facing Carseat Drop In
  • Outward Facing Bassinet
  • Parent Facing Bassinet
  • Front Facing Seat
  • Parent Facing Seat

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Because each system comes with a SafeMax Infant Car Seat which features an Anti-rebound bar, we can’t wait to install it in our family car to bring baby #3 home!

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5 Reasons to Visit: Ravine Gardens State Park

Last week we crossed another Florida State Park off of our family’s bucket list: Ravine Gardens State Park. It was BEAUTIFUL and totally worth the trip!

So, the boys and I collabed and came up with these TOP 5 reasons to visit the park THIS SPRING:

1. ELEVATION, ELEVATION, ELEVATION! There aren’t many places in Florida that you’ll find much elevation and this park DEFINITELY offers it! Make sure to climb the tall set of concrete stairs up to the bike trail and look down on the ravine. It was a hike for this pregnant mama but, so worth it.

 

2. The suspension bridges ROCK! Okay, so this was the boys’ FAVORITE part of the park, for obvious reasons. Neither of them could resist running across the rickety bridge from one side to the other love the ravine.

 
3. Azaleas are in FULL bloom. EVERYWHERE. Make sure to bring your camera along for the trip. The park hosts a monthly photo contest for photographers and momtographers alike and this month’s theme is Azaleas. The park is full of beautifully blooming purple and pink flowers that are simply irresistible.

 
4. The perfect picnic spots. Pack a lunch but, don’t pack an entire cooler. You’ll need something to carry up and down the steps throughout the park so, a thermal backpack or soft lunch box would be my recommendation! There are several shady spots throughout the park perfect to picnic!

 

5. Downtown Palatka (Specifically, Magnolia Cafe). So, this isn’t entirely relative to Ravine Gardens State Park BUT, only a FEW minutes away from the park is Historic Downtown Palatka. Home to the amazing and super adorable Magnolia Cafe. After out hike, all of our bellies were ready for something delicious and Magnolia Cafe offered the perfect brunch menu for our little family. This clean little spot had a menu filled with Crab Cakes Benedict, Belgian Waffles, Sandwiches and Wraps, and the tastiest “Redneck Benedict” you’ll ever put in your mouth. The eggs were poached to perfection and we all left super full!

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The Prego Expo: Registry Event!

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Surprise! We’re planning for baby number 3!

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To celebrate, hubby and I attended The Prego Expo‘s Baby Registry event at our local Babies R Us! Filled with tons of amazing information and products, The Prego Expo‘s Registry event was a one of a kind in-store event for expecting mamas!

The Prego Expo events were founded and created by two fabulous mamas wanting to bring the best products and knowledge to new and expecting moms!

The Prego Expo’s mission is to help Parents and Pregos plan one of life’s most beautiful miracles. Whether it’s finding the right pediatrician or perfect buggy, The Prego Expo wants to show you all your options. This journey is bumpy enough, let us help!

The Prego Expo is THE leading pregnancy, parenting, and baby expo. Our expo is filled with knowledgeable well known baby brands, NEW products, health experts and lots of goodies that will assist with all your pregnancy and baby needs.

The Prego Expo is designed to help expecting, and new parents plan for the arrival of their baby. For many, planning such an important life event can be overwhelming and quite confusing. The Prego Expo strives to help you along this journey. Under one-roof you will find everything to meet your pregnancy wants and your little one’s needs. And hey, baby planning doesn’t always have to be so serious. We will have contests, a fashion show, and a ton of giveaways!”

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My favorite thing about this Prego Expo event, was that it was quite smaller than the huge, super awesome, annual Prego Expo in Orlando which made it really easy to connect and learn a bit more about products one on one, some product info even STRAIGHT from the mouths of their creators! I even handed my phone number out to my local Lilebaby rep hoping to do a playdate sometime soon because I just couldn’t get enough of her! Don’t get me wrong, I will totally be attending the big expo this coming spring since it’s a must too!

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Here she is!

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The Prego Expo Registry Event was perfectly planned from check-in to final announcements and giveaways! Upon checking in, each mama was greeted with fantastic swag from Florida Hospital, Kiinde, Preggie Pop Drops, Dr. Brown’s, Little Toader, MAM, Ubbi, and more! Everyone was served breakfast, cake samples, and yummy samples from some of our favorite kid-worthy natural food options!

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Mamas attending the event were presented with a ticket for a free massage during their time in the store and had the chance to enter into TONS of AMAZING giveaways! With a scavenger hunt in hand, everyone also had the opportunity to gain EXTRA entires into the giveaways by adding certain items from the event to their registry!

Some moms even had FREE belly casts done from one of our local doulas!

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Expecting mamas also had the chance to sit one on one with a registry specialist in the store before heading over to the Ubbi and Pearhead selfie station and mingling with each of the exhibitors!

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Mamas were split up into separate times for a special, super informative Q&A in small groups with some of the baby specialists from Florida Hospital! We could ask questions about pregnancy, birth, labor, and more!

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Once the time came for giveaway announcements, everyone headed to the back of the store! TONS of mamas went home with FANTASTIC gifts including carseats, strollers, gift sets, and more!

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We walked away with the fabulous swag from the event, new mama friends, and ended up purchasing two Diono carseats since we now need the room for three across!

We had such a fantastic time and are SO thankful to the moms who pour their heart and soul into making this event so awesome for moms to be!


Don’t miss the chance to attend The Prego Expo in Orlando Feb 2017!

Follow The Prego Expo for details and announcements!

Grab an “I’M SO PREGO” tank HERE!

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ULTIMATE List of Florida’s Springs

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Alapaha Rise Springs
Alexander Springs

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Aucilla (Wacissa)
Baltzell Springs
Beecher Springs
Blue Grotto Springs
Blue Hole Springs State park
Boulware Sweetwater Springs

Branford Springs

Bugg Springs

Cedar Head Springs

Chassahowitzka Springs
Cypress Springs

De Leon Springs State park

Devil’s Den

Devil’s Ear/Eye/Little
Emerald Springs

Falmouth Karst Springs

Fanning Springs Park

Fern Hammock Springs

Gainer Springs

Gator Springs

Gemini Springs

Gilchrist Blue

Ginnie Springs

Green Cove Springs

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Hart Springs

Homosassa Springs State park
Hornsby Springs

Hunter (Kings Bay) Springs

Ichetucknee Springs State park

Juniper Springs

Lafayette Blue Springs State park

Lime Sink Springs Run State park

Little River Springs

Madison Blue Springs State park

Manatee Springs State park
McCormick Springs
Morrison Springs
Natural Bridge Springs State Park
Orange Springs
Otter Springs
Paradise Springs
Peacock Springs State park
Pitt Srings
Poe Springs
Rainbow Springs State park

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Rock Springs Run
Rock Bluff Springs
Royal Springs
Running Springs East, West
Salt Springs (Marion)

Santa Fe Springs State park
Shangri La Springs
Silver Springs
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Siphon Creek Springs
Spring Creek Springs
Starbuck Springs
Steinhatchee Springs
Sun Springs
Suwanacoochee Springs
Suwannee Blue Springs
Suwannee Springs
Telford Springs
Three Sisters Springs
Treehouse Springs
Troy Springs State park
Volusia Blue Springs

Vortex Springs

Wacissa Group Springs
Wakulla Springs State park
Warm Mineral Springs
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Welaka Springs

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Have you visited any of these springs?! Let me know which are your favorite!!

DIY Bunny Napkin Rings

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Supplies:

12 x 12 Piece of Chipboard (or heavy duty cardstock)

Burlap

Wire

Glue Gun

White Feather Boa

Scissors

Happy Easter!

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GENIUS Easter Egg Fillers

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Every year I struggle with Easter. From how much candy to actually let my child consume from his basket, to what I stuff into those cheap, plastic, flimsy little eggs!

Normally, the end result is stuffing peeps into the eggs 10 minutes before our wake-up call. This year, I am making a stand against my Easter procrastinating self and stuffing our eggs with uber goodness…TWO weeks early!

While strolling the aisles of Target last week, I started thinking about filling our Easter eggs with something productive, something fun and useful, instead of just candy. For a little pal’s birthday party last year, I was pleasantly surprised by a fellow momma who requested play dough for her guy’s birthday gift. I thought play dough was a no-go gift from one mom to another, trying to keep a tidy house with clean carpets but, that request gave me the go-ahead for the choosing of these mini play dough packets for our Friends and Family Easter Egg Hunt!

There is a pack of 6 (glitter) play dough packets in the Easter aisle of Target for $4.99. I knew that was a little costly and for the amount of eggs I needed to fill, that wasn’t going to work. I headed over to the toy section and Voila! I found myself a pack of 15 mini play dough packs for the same $4.99! Yep, you’re mine…into the cart you go!IMG_2736

The play dough packs don’t fit into the small, regular sized eggs but, Target does sell sets of the larger eggs for $5.00!

Now, as much as I’d love to be totally nontraditional and not give any bit of chocolate in our eggs, I couldn’t resist these perfect little carrot shaped chocolates for $1!

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We are in the Florida heat ALREADY this year and those chocolate carrots won’t stay easy to eat for long. Within the time that all of the kiddies find their eggs, unwrap, and devour, they will not be the shape of carrots anymore and I have a clear vision of the chocolaty mess that we will be dealing with. SO, I grabbed some of my FAVORITE little face wipes (NEAT CHEEKS of course!) and stuffed some single packets into half of the eggs! …Your welcome mommas! IMG_2722

We are doing a golden egg this year, and I haven’t quite decided what to fill it with but, I’ll update you all on that when the decision is made! Dun dun dunnnn…

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Let me know what you think of adding face wipes into our Easter eggs!

Want to pick some Neat Cheeks up for yourself?

Find them here!

Need more Ideas?!?!

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 kisses-thh

GENIUS Easter Egg Fillers

neat-cheeks-easter

Every year I struggle with Easter. From how much candy to actually let my child consume from his basket, to what I stuff into those cheap, plastic, flimsy little eggs!

Normally, the end result is stuffing peeps into the eggs 10 minutes before our wake-up call. This year, I am making a stand against my Easter procrastinating self and stuffing our eggs with uber goodness…TWO weeks early!

While strolling the aisles of Target last week, I started thinking about filling our Easter eggs with something productive, something fun and useful, instead of just candy. For a little pal’s birthday party last year, I was pleasantly surprised by a fellow momma who requested play dough for her guy’s birthday gift. I thought play dough was a no-go gift from one mom to another, trying to keep a tidy house with clean carpets but, that request gave me the go-ahead for the choosing of these mini play dough packets for our Friends and Family Easter Egg Hunt!

There is a pack of 6 (glitter) play dough packets in the Easter aisle of Target for $4.99. I knew that was a little costly and for the amount of eggs I needed to fill, that wasn’t going to work. I headed over to the toy section and Voila! I found myself a pack of 15 mini play dough packs for the same $4.99! Yep, you’re mine…into the cart you go!IMG_2736

The play dough packs don’t fit into the small, regular sized eggs but, Target does sell sets of the larger eggs for $5.00!

Now, as much as I’d love to be totally nontraditional and not give any bit of chocolate in our eggs, I couldn’t resist these perfect little carrot shaped chocolates for $1!

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We are in the Florida heat ALREADY this year and those chocolate carrots won’t stay easy to eat for long. Within the time that all of the kiddies find their eggs, unwrap, and devour, they will not be the shape of carrots anymore and I have a clear vision of the chocolaty mess that we will be dealing with. SO, I grabbed some of my FAVORITE little face wipes (NEAT CHEEKS of course!) and stuffed some single packets into half of the eggs! …Your welcome mommas! IMG_2722

We are doing a golden egg this year, and I haven’t quite decided what to fill it with but, I’ll update you all on that when the decision is made! Dun dun dunnnn…

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Let me know what you think of adding face wipes into our Easter eggs!

Want to pick some Neat Cheeks up for yourself?

Find them here!

Need more Ideas?!?!

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girls-easter-eggs

 kisses-thh