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Here’s a peek at how we spent our morning!

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I rushed us out of the house to make Henry’s gym class.  Henry has two scheduled classes a week – music class on Mondays with Dad and gym class on Thursdays with Mom.  We really like his gym class and were so excited to go.  But we arrived to discover class had been canceled because of the weather.  We’re in Day 3 of the fallout from the snow/ice storm, and the public schools are still closed, so the gym was offering day camp for big kids.  However, the campers weren’t scheduled to arrive for another 20 minutes, so Henry got to briefly play on the equipment.  I was so thankful!  He would’ve been so disappointed. 

 

Afterwards, we got his hair cut.  It was long and messy!  Here’s the before and after.  Smile

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(As I was writing this post, I started to wonder about Henry’s sweater in the car.  I’ve heard not to put kids in carseats with the puffy coats on – because it makes the straps too loose to be effective in a crash – but does the same rule apply to sweaters and hoodies?  The sweater isn’t very thick, and the straps seem as tight as normal, but it’s definitely an extra layer in between the straps and Henry…  Any advice would be appreciated!)

 

We headed into a few shops… I needed to get a gift for a friend who is expecting a baby girl.  BABY GIRL CLOTHES ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN BABY BOY CLOTHES.  Jealous.

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A Carter’s Outlet just opened in Charlotte, and it’s my favorite place.  The prices are pretty comparable to consignment stores.

 

Then, we went to the mall so I could get my eyebrows threaded.

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I’ve switched entirely over from waxing to threading.  The lady uses a cotton thread to trap each hair and pull it out.  It hurts more and takes longer than waxing, but there’s no damage to your skin and it’s neater.  Henry chilled in his stroller while my brows were done.  Last time, I forgot his stroller and he sat in my lap saying, “Mommy eyes OUCHIE!!! Mommy eyes OUCHIE!” the entire time.  Hah.

 

I was SERIOUSLY craving sushi afterwards.  I don’t think I’ve had a food craving this strong in years!  We were close to my beloved Cowfish so I drove us over…

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Only to find that the parking lot was half covered in ice and finding a space was impossible.  I was so sad.

 

Once we got home, I heated up frozen panaag curry and supplemented it with steamed veggies.   It was not the same as Cowfish sushi! Sad smile

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And now I’m talking to YOU.  Smile  I had such a nice, relaxing morning, and I hope you did, too, whether you’re at home or working. 

 

Reader Q&A

 

Amy said, “I’d love to know any tips or lessons learned that you have from running/jogging with the stroller.  I read your post about the stroller you chose and why, and that was super helpful but I’d love any extra insight you have now that you’ve been at it for a while.  I’m likely going with the BOB Revolution, but I assume there’s a lot about running with one that is similar regardless of the style.”

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I loved this question!  There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to running with a jogging stroller.  Here are a few tips:

 

Move your hand position regularly; your wrists may start to ache if you don’t.

Keep the tires pumped up.  Check them regularly.  The stroller is a lot harder to push when the tires are soft.

Keep the stroller stocked with a diaper and wipes, a few toys, and several non-perishable snacks.

If your stroller has a wrist strap – use it!  Strollers can go really fast, and you don’t want baby to get away from you!

Be careful about hidden driveways – the stroller will enter the car’s space before your body does, and the driver may not be looking for a low stroller.

Don’t lean against the stroller – it’s terrible form!  Stay upright and try to run in as normal of a position as possible.

 

Headbands of Hope

 

Headbands of Hope is an incredible organization.  For every headband purchased, one goes to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund childhood cancer research.  HoH is doing a Twitter Operation Beautiful giveaway!  Here are the details:

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Remember the wonderful Operation Beautiful? Operation Beautiful was started in 2009 after the creator, Caitlin, had a really bad day. She posted a note that read, "You are beautiful" in a public bathroom for a stranger to find, and the rest is history. Since blogging about her note, she has received over 12,000 notes from people all over the world. The mission is to post positive messages in public places for strangers to find, and although these notes typically encourage a healthy body image, they also include messages of hope, strength, and well-wishes for any trial someone may be experiencing. We created the Operation Beautiful Twistband with words that would be found on these notes such as beautiful, vibrant, hope and courage. These headbands are no longer in stock, but we’re bringing 3 back for a special Twitter giveaway! Tweet what you’ve done to take care of yourself this year to @headbandsofhope and @beautifulnotes for a chance to win an Operation Beautiful Twistband! Happy tweeting :)

 

What did you do today? Any fun (or not-so-fun) errands? Do you have jogging stroller tips?

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  • Halsy January 30, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Im not a car seat safety expert but I live in the north and it’s been negative temps a lot of winter so I just can’t imagine not at least having a sweatshirt on my toddler. Otherwise she would freeze during transfer putting her coat on. I have only been told that no coats/heavy stuff. You could always ask your pediatrician.

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  • Stefanie January 30, 2014, 2:18 pm

    Not a car seat expert either, but I believe the general rule with car seats is nothing thicker than a tshirt. Anything that can (or even might) compress will, and that’s a bad thing in a car seat. If it’s cold, you can always put a sweater/coat/blanket over top (backwards of course) once they’re strapped in. And while it’s not the greenest solution, running the car a bit before you get in to warm it up is an option too.

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    • Caitlin January 30, 2014, 2:18 pm

      BACKWARDS SWEATERS – YOU ARE A GENIUS.

      Thank you :) :)

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  • Christie January 30, 2014, 2:38 pm

    You’re allowed to wear a light jacket under the carseat straps. As long as you don’t have to loosen the straps to get your child in the seat while wearing said jacket/sweater, then you’re good to go.

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  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 30, 2014, 2:44 pm

    I’ve never had my brows threaded, but I’ve been thinking about switching — sounds like you like it!

    Also, I love the expression on Henry’s face in his “before” haircut photo –”no photos til I get my hair done, Mom!” :)

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  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health January 30, 2014, 2:51 pm

    I do my own eyebrows but I also prefer threading vs waxing. Much more control so I feel like they look neater too. Henry’s haircut is adorable :) Sounds like you guys had a nice day running errands together :)

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  • Leah January 30, 2014, 2:53 pm

    If you’re wondering if a piece of clothing is too thick for the car seat, there’s an easy test… Put Henry in the car seat with his sweater on and tighten the straps as you normally would. Take him out without loosening the straps first, take off the sweater and put him back in. If the straps are loose at all then the sweater is too thick!

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    • Caitlin January 30, 2014, 3:18 pm

      Awesome!

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    • Emily January 30, 2014, 8:04 pm

      I’m a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (yes, we really exist!), and I would agree with this comment. That’s a great way to know if it is too thick. The straps should always be tight enough that you cannot pinch any of the harness webbing.

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  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 30, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Brow threading does not sound like fun…nuhh uhh…

    I got in a workout this morning (which definitely wasn’t a great one), an adjustment from my chiro (which was much needed and fabulous), and then back home for some work. I’m having one of those crabby/can’t concentrate days so I might need to forgive myself, take a nap and try again. LOL

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  • Marcie S January 30, 2014, 3:31 pm

    threading beats waxing

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  • Rebecca January 30, 2014, 3:34 pm

    I came upstairs after waiting for the snow to go away to find my neighbor clearing my car, so that was cool. I spent part of my afternoon showing a friend from church how to import videos into a program so she can work on a project. Hopefully she understood it well enough!

    I guess one of our school buses got stuck or slid or had some sort of accident, so the school was closed. We’re the only closed high school in the area. That explains why the neighbor was clearing my car rather than being at school at 10:15am…

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  • Becky January 30, 2014, 3:58 pm

    Try this =) A few mom friends of mine swear by it. It’s a coat that you then convert to be car seat safe.

    http://www.cozywoggle.com/

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  • Amber K January 30, 2014, 5:48 pm

    I love his haircut! Super cute.

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  • Mary January 30, 2014, 6:21 pm

    I live in Canada, and the backwards sweater thing is the total norm!!

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  • Ashley January 30, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I’m probably repeating a lot of the previous comments, but that sweater in the car is fine :-) You don’t want something bulky or puffy that puts space between the straps and the baby, especially if you have to loosen them. Single layer things like that and fleece jackets are fine. I always keep a blanket in the car to tuck around my daughter too, if it’s super cold…which of course gets removed promptly after we start driving, along with her shoes and socks :-\

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  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change January 30, 2014, 7:26 pm

    Sounds like a packed day!
    I did a bunch of errands to find some new decorations for the home and that took most of the day! Now that I saw your picture of sushi I am having a craving!

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  • Kelly January 30, 2014, 9:37 pm

    You are so lucky that Henry will sit in a stroller! I can’t make it longer than 1/2 mile in the BOB before my 20 month old has to get out! And shopping/getting my eyebrows done – would never happen! I’d love any tips on keeping a toddler happy in a stroller :)

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  • Becky January 30, 2014, 9:45 pm

    Are there any twin mom readers out there who can recommend a jogging stroller? Is buying a single jogging stroller the same as buying a double? =)

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    • Tracy January 31, 2014, 11:02 pm

      I have the Navigator double jogging stroller for my twins. It’s not the fanciest stroller, but it does the job :)

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    • Rachel February 1, 2014, 11:15 pm

      I’m a twin mom and use a BOB duallie for running. Love it!

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    • Merry February 2, 2014, 10:48 pm

      I have the BOB revolution dualie for my twins. Have had it for nearly 1.5 years and love it.

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  • Jen @ Consumer Walking Shoes January 30, 2014, 10:30 pm

    Oh my that sushi looked zoo good! I’m lucky that I live in California and there are always different sushi places around me and don’t have to worry about the ice ;) PS. Stefanie is genius.

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  • Autumn January 31, 2014, 8:26 am

    I don’t tweet but wanted to share something that I have done to take care of myself. I have had eczema for the past few years (self diagnosed). At first it was just my inner elbows but eventually it spread to my neck, face, back. It was really bad for a while and I spent thousands of dollars on creams and chiropractic care. I wasn’t sleeping more than a few hours a night. My life totally revolved around this condition. I couldn’t plan trips because I was too miserable and had to be close to my ice packs. I then started to get acupuncture and for the first time in months, I slept through the night. That was after the first treatment. I also cleaned up my diet. No more meals that come in a box or processed junk. Before this diet transformation I ate what I thought was healthy. Organic, grass fed meats, etc. That is all healhy but I still had way too much crap in my diet. Acupuncture has changed my life. I still get the occassional itch and had a recent flare up now that I’m pregnant. The desperation you get with eczema is irrational at best. Acupuncture worked and is still working for me. I hope this helps some eczema sufferer out there.

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  • Laura@SneakersandSpatulas January 31, 2014, 8:53 am

    I tried threading once and was not a fan of the pain or being able to hear each hair being ripped out of my skin. Ouch! I stick to waxing.

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  • Amanda K. January 31, 2014, 10:12 am

    to the commenter above — i have a double BOB and i LOVE it!

    when i started running with a stroller i had a lot of neck and shoulder pain and realized i was looking down a TON. i wrote a blog with stroller-running tips based on what my experience…

    http://www.thekriegers.org/2012/02/running-how-to-run-with-a-jogging-stroller/

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    • Becky January 31, 2014, 6:08 pm

      thanks!!

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  • Miriam January 31, 2014, 10:47 am

    Oh thank you for the stroller tips!! I haven’t started buying things for the baby (I’m at 15 weeks), but I’ve been reading a lot of reviews and shopping around. Still trying to figure out what I do need and what I don’t really!

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  • Pam January 31, 2014, 11:45 am

    Way to fuel the pregnancy rumors, drooling over baby girl clothes and talking about omgcravings!

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  • Tricia January 31, 2014, 12:04 pm

    My 10 week old baby boy is super tall and we are already in need of 6 month jammies! He’s so long. I had a children’s place giftcard and they were having a sale so we got three pairs for $21.99. I think jammies are my favorite. Oh and I totally disagree. Love baby boy clothes!

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  • Reenie January 31, 2014, 12:47 pm

    In the post below this one….. Henry looks so adorable in his coat and hat.

    xo

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  • Julie January 31, 2014, 1:17 pm

    I was so bummed when my daughter outgrew Carters clothes!

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  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life January 31, 2014, 1:32 pm

    Wow, what an inspirational story about Caitlin at Operation Beautiful! It is amazing that something small can have such a tremendous impact. I hope someday I can make that kind of impact!

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  • kim January 31, 2014, 4:04 pm

    I live in Huntersville, do you get your brows done at Northlake mall? Brow Art 23, i think? I’ve been wanting to go somewhere to get mine done. How much $ does it cost? You like the final result? I’ll have to check it out. :) Thanks!

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    • Caitlin January 31, 2014, 10:00 pm

      South Park mall at a place called idolize. It’s $12!

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  • Jen@PregnantDiabetic January 31, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Henry looks so grown up with his haircut!!

    I’m 29 weeks pregnant, all errands suck lately and I just want to lay around ;) But, since this is my 4th, that’s sadly not an option.

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  • Jamie January 31, 2014, 8:11 pm

    I was out jogging with my 15 month old in the BOB today. I am trying to get back into running so I haven’t run with my daughter a ton since I had her, but I’m working on getting that into my routine. My problem is that I’m only 5’2″ and I find that the handles of the BOB always feel too high for me so my shoulders always feel like they’re up by my ears. I wish there was a way to prevent this. I will definitely try not to look down. I also feel like my form is not so great because it’s so tough to push the stroller in the first place. I guess as I get stronger it will get easier but man, its so much harder than just running alone. One thing that worked out well today is going for the run right around naptime so my daughter fell asleep for the whole run. That was amazing. She can be very fussy about being in the stroller when she’s awake (part of what deters me from running with her).

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  • Becky January 31, 2014, 9:39 pm

    Living in WI we needed an alternative for a jacket and the backwards way wasn’t cutting it for my 18 month old. A friend made her son a car seat poncho and gave me info to do the same. Works great and he can’t kick it off like a blanket. I have minimal sewing skills so I bought a fleece throw blanket, sewed it in half then cut a circle for the head. Here is a more complicated pattern : http://catsfilibuster.blogspot.com/2013/05/no-sew-carseat-poncho.html?m=1
    But a light sweater like that is fine for him.

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  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 31, 2014, 10:10 pm

    I was loving eyebrow threading, but last time I went the lady took off a big chunk that had never been touched before and told me “ooooh so much better” afterwards. It was only one bad experience, but I’ve been hesitant to go back!

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  • Lee January 31, 2014, 10:39 pm

    I love Cowfish! I am in Raleigh and one opened here last year. What a fun place and so good!!

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  • Sarah @ Hairway to Vegan February 1, 2014, 2:22 am

    The one time I had my brows threaded they missed so much! Maybe it was just the lady I went to but it forever sullied threading for me. Now I either pluck or wax even though I hate them all and have a low pain tolerance.

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  • LMN February 1, 2014, 11:26 am

    I don’t have children, so I have no car seat advice. I do have eyebrows, however, and OUCH to threading! It is like a torture tactic to me–waxing 4 life! ;-)

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  • Sam February 2, 2014, 1:44 pm

    Hey! How do you get air into your Bob tires? Do you use a special pump? Thanks!

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    • Caitlin February 3, 2014, 9:36 am

      It’s the same pump as the one that does my bike tires :)

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  • Kristal February 3, 2014, 12:35 am

    On the stroller. When I am looking for a little bit more resistance sometimes I will let a little bit of air out of the tires. Just not too much. This makes it a bit more bouncy as well.

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  • Sara February 3, 2014, 10:00 am

    Check out the Facebook page “Carseats for the Littles” and ask. But, thin jackets/fleece are supposed to be OK (as long as the shirt underneath is thin).

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