This past weekend, I was included in a group of fellow Philly Social Media Moms for the JDRF One Walk BundleMe Jack1in Bucks County, PA.  If you are not familiar, the JDRF is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the walk was a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for Type 1 diabetes.  While my household is not personally affected by diabetes, I do have friends living with Type 1 diabetes, as well as friends whose children are living with the disease.  I was honored to be a part of the event thanks to our sponsor, JJ Cole products’ BundleMe.

If you have a small baby in the colder months, no doubt you have heard of BundleMe.  If you haven’t heard of it, it is an ingenious cover that attaches on to the carseat or stroller and then zips closed to bundle your little one inside without a bunch of stray blankets or bulky clothing (which may interfere with the safety of the car seat and straps).  Since Jack was born in February, I got plenty of use out of my original BundleMe that I used on his infant carrier.  I was hesitant at first wondering if I would use another BundleMe, since Jack is almost done with his infant carrier (it is getting way too heavy to carry around!), but then I found out that BundleMe comes in a larger size that accommodates children in a stroller up to 3 years old!

The setup of the BundleMe is so quick and easy to use, I was able to pull it out of the package and have it on the stroller in seconds.  There is elastic around the edges of the product that you just stretch over the frame of the stroller seat, and then use the velcro strap to hold it on to the back of the stroller.  You can see both in the photo below, as well as a close up of the easily wipeable fabric (and a handy zippered pocket):

BundleMe Closeups

The interior of my BundleMe is a wonderfully warm “minky”-type fabric (though there are other options, like my original infant carrier BundleMe is a sherpa style).  All styles are machine washable and come in some great colors.  In this photo you can see the soft fabric as well as how easily the center panel accommodates all types of stroller straps—another factor in making it so quick to pull on over your stroller:

BundleMe Interior

We ended up bringing the whole family to the Walk, even though I wasn’t sure the big kids would be able to walk the whole three miles.  It ended up being a really great experience for them and we were able to have them reflect on the blessings of good health and all of the hidden battles that others face that we may never know about on the surface.  The snacks (provided by Wawa) were also a welcome motivator for them Winking smile

BundleMe Family1

The other moms on the team were provided the same adorable “Team BundleMe” hats for our babies, but everyone was allowed to choose her own style of BundleMe.  I chose the “Urban” BundleMe in the Stealth color and that ended up being a very popular choice.  Here is Jack along with a friend we made on walk day:

BundleMe Twinsies1

If Jack looks like a grump in all of the pictures, it is because it was well past time for his morning nap.  Since he was so cozy in his BundleMe, he ended up falling asleep the second we started the walk and stayed asleep the entire time.  I’m sure this is a good endorsement for the BundleMe, but it made for kind of lousy pictures as he was slumped over asleep in his stroller during the walk or looking grumpy from being tired (before) or having just woken up (after) lol!

BundleMe Team

All in all it was a great event for me, because, as you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much and I really want to get out more!  This was a great opportunity to not only meet other moms of babies but of course help support a great cause. 

Thanks again to BundleMe for sponsoring the Walk through a monetary donation in addition to providing me with product to review.  All opinions in this post are my own.


The hiatus breaker: Welcome Jack

by Bay on September 13, 2015

It’s starting to become a long-running joke between me and Marc that I haven’t updated by blog to announce that Jack is here, and not just a newborn anymore either!  I have a track record of taking blogging breaks but nothing like this…

There have been plenty of things I’ve wanted to blog about but how can I just dive back in and not announce the baby?  So if I’m going to announce the baby, I need to put up a picture, of course, and that is the largest time suck in blogging:  editing & watermarking pictures.  Which sounds so lame, but there’s always been an excuse.

I’ve also been contemplating packing it all in altogether.  Honestly, not blogging has been kind of freeing and it’s nice to not have a deadline for anything while I’m in this stage of not sleeping more than 3 hours at a time.

YET, I can’t do it.  I love the friends that blogging has brought me, and of course the myriad of opportunities that it brings for social good, random little income streams, and the all-important personal expression outlet.  So I’m back to your semi-regular updates, and without further ado, here is my new little man:




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The really big news that explains a lot

by Bay on November 7, 2014

reveal cake

Why are my children consuming outrageous amounts of strange blue cake?  Some of you might have figured it out, but if you aren’t familiar with a gender reveal cake, I’ll fill you in….we are expecting our third child and it’s a boy!

Obviously, I’ve known for quite some time.  I even almost mentioned it in my Dyson vacuum post that the new lightweight vacuum would be great now that I’m exhausted by lugging my huge old vacuum around.  But it didn’t feel right to spring it on anyone on that post, and then I figured I might as well wait until we knew the gender because I couldn’t figure out an alternative to announcing a pregnancy without posting an ultrasound pic, and that just seemed strange to me.

I kept going back and forth about it, like, really?  What’s the harm?  Every ultrasound picture looks generic..but then again, even though I watermark my photos someone could just copy it and use it as their own and that is plain freaky.  So that was my thought process 😉

I’m due the beginning of February, so I’m just now hitting the third trimester.  Eek!  I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going.  Maybe the more children you have, the faster your pregnancies, because you’re so busy and wrapped up in the others’ lives.

Which brings me to my other small people.  Marc started preschool for the first time ever this September, and he really is doing great!  I thought he would have separation problems since he’s always been with me 100%, but he really enjoys school.  It is SUPER part time though, so that probably helps.  It feels like the second I drop him off and come home that I’m watching the clock for when to leave and pick him up! 😉

Rayna started first grade and is really doing well.  It amazes me just how reading ‘clicked’ for her.  While she struggled to memorize all of her sight words in Kindergarten, she has no problems with them now and is reading level 2 readers pretty fluently.  She has a great teacher and I shocked myself by volunteering as a room mom so I can be involved in at least one of her grades before another sibling arrives.

Between the school schedules, volunteering here and there, being a leader in my MOPS group, etc. I am wiped out lately.  And if you’ve been with me for a while you know that I am prone to blog lapses.  So there’s my latest “where I’ve been.” :)


September is National Preparedness Month – Prepare your family for a natural disaster

September 9, 2014

One of my dear friends started a new non-profit organization to help when disaster strikes, called Activation ReAct.  Elizabeth was one of the organizers of the #JerseyLove Social Good trip that I participated in last year, and she has a huge heart for helping the community and activating people to get involved.  She asked me […]

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Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead Review +One day deal!

August 10, 2014

Psst!!  TODAY August 10th, 2014 only, QVC is featuring the Dyson DC59 as their Today’s Special Value.  If you were on the fence about purchasing a new Dyson, act fast before it sells out!  The DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum with 7 Attachments is on sale for $449.99 (reg. price is $549.99)! For more information on […]

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Giveaway! Our day at the Liberty Science Center

July 31, 2014

This Sunday we made a little family day trip up to the Liberty Science Center for a blog event with Jersey Moms Media.  I have never been to the Liberty Science Center before, but I had heard about how “little kid friendly” it was and thought it would make a nice family day (for one […]

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Book Club: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is Rayna’s first chapter book

July 23, 2014

I haven’t signed up for the book club in a while (because I am realistic about my expectations for myself lately when it comes to blogging), but I just had to sign up for this one since I thought it would be a perfect read-aloud book for Rayna.  We have not delved into the world […]

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Yard sale finds, Franklin Flea and more of the like

June 3, 2014

So it is already established that I’m in a blog funk.  I feel like so much of what I would write about is already being said.  Who needs to rehash a recipe when you can just send your friends a link to one that has already been published?  And “how to” type stuff? It’s already […]

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I left my heart…in Costa Rica

May 6, 2014

High on a volcano…it calls to me. 😉 I quit blogging for a little while.  I’m not so sure anyone but my husband really cared or missed my posts.  He’d pull up my site through the little app on his phone and remind me when my last post was.  And I very much could care […]

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My #DisneySide at Home Celebration!

March 19, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, or if you are really observant and have noticed the badge I put up here on the blog, then you know that I was selected to host a #DisneySide at Home Celebration! What is that, you say? Well, it is basically like a House Party or a Mommy Party […]

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