Save the Bob!

Summer is here!

One of my summer goals (actually.. year around goals because we live BLOCKS from the beach!) is to go to the beach more often! I need to enjoy this luxury while we have it! With two kids, it’s a little more of a challenge, but I’m sure after a few trips, we’ll be pros!

We only live a few blocks from the beach, but it still requires some sort of transportation to get two littles (and all the stuff they need!) there! A few months before my second was born, I saw a FREE DOUBLE BOB posted on the local yard sale site and snagged it! I was so excited! It was in need of a little TLC, but nothing I couldn’t fix myself!

The biggest issue was the harness strap on both seats rotted off (the red strap thats in the seat of the stroller my sweet assistant is pointing to) so I had so find a way to fix it! The model I have (Bob Revolution Dualie) was from 2010, so they no longer offered repair options, so onto plan B!

 

 

 

Supplies! I've linked the ones I used below, but you might have some of these items laying around at home! 

Seam Ripper

Heavy-Duty household needle (I used #2)

Thimble

Extra Strong Thread

Buckle x 2 (if doing a double stroller)

Vacuum

If replacing the handlebar:

Handlebar tape

 

First, you’ll want to remove the damaged strap with your seam ripper. Be careful not to tear the fabric of the stroller itself! (I accidently did this on the top! Thankfully it’s not in a noticeable location that will be stretched) These straps are usually sewn into the seat in an “X” pattern and around the edges. Once you get some of threads cut, it’s easy to tug on it and will start to loosen.

 

Once you have the strap removed, vacuum the area to get it nice and clean and remove any remaining threads (I used my favorite handheld vacuum -- the Dyson! This thing is perfect for kids and dog hair!)

Next up, thread your needle and get your thimble ready. This thimble was such a lifesaver! The material and seat cushion is thick and you’ll need it to push the needle through! Once threaded, place your new strap in place and start sewing! As much as I wanted mine to look perfect, I just went for a completion grade and didn't worry as much about the appearance. There are threads in every direction. The main objective is to make sure you get all sides anchored and the strap is secure. Once you’ve secured it, tie a knot in the thread, trim and you’re done! Repeat on other side if necessary.

I also replaced the shoulder straps on one side ( you can see in first picture) because I wanted to put in a liner for our youngest. The back piece is thicker than the seat, so it was definitely harder, but I’m glad I did it! You have the extra pieces from the harness if you ever decide to do that yourself.

The other “issue” with the free stroller I received was the handlebar was torn in some places. I decided to replace it as well and LOVE the outcome! The grip is so much better and more comfortable. If you want to replace your handlebar, simply cut the foam piece off. Start at one end and wrap the new handlebar tape around. Once roll will make it about halfway. (I did a “test wrap” before removing the adhesive to make sure I knew how close/wide I could put the tape) Complete the second half with the second roll and secure with the tape provided.

 

My uppbaby vista is my baby and hands down my favorite purchase we made, but I really do love the Double Bob. It rides so smooth and is the perfect beach transportation! It’s a bit more work to pull it through the sand, but the girls didn’t seem to mind (and I’m thankful my dad was here to pull them this time around!)

 

I’d love to hear if you use this tutorial and fix your Bob (or other stroller)! Don’t toss yours to the curb if the strap breaks! A quick 30 minute sewing session and it’ll be good as new! Feel free to message me with any questions, too! 

 

Friday's with Friends {snack necklace craft}

My daughter is the accessory queen so when I saw these necklace crafts, I knew I had to try them! Not only will this be a fun experience for her, she’ll also get to work on hand/eye coordination.

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors

  • A small piece of tape

  • A piece of yarn or string (whatever you have laying around the house)

  • “O” shaped cereal or snack (we have cheerios, pretzels, and cheez-its)

A few things you can do ahead of time to make it easier. Cut the string the length you’d like the necklace to be. If using yarn or string that can unravel, wrap tape around the end to make threading the cereal easier. Have your cereal separated in different bowls and ready.

Have fun! I’m guessing more of our snacks will be eaten than actually threaded on the necklace, but as long as they’re having fun -- that’s all that matters! While browsing the grocery, I realized there aren’t a ton of options for food with holes in them, but feel free to get creative. If you’re doing this in the morning, you could try powdered donuts. If you have older children, you could use lifesaver candies, peach rings, or other hard candies. Fruit Loops and yogurt covered pretzels would also be tasty!

So mamas-- invite some friends over and try out this super easy craft! It’s fun for all ages and will keep those little hands busy so mamas can enjoy at least a few minutes of uninterrupted adult conversation. {yes. I realize my toddler will likely need a little more assistance, but part of this craft is letting her learn and figure it out as well. She’ll do great!}

Camp Mom

Summer is here!! For me, as a stay at home with two kids not in school, this actually doesn’t mean anything new. The kids are going to be home with me because they aren’t old enough for school yet, regardless if it’s summer or fall. I was emailing with a preschool last week and realized my daughter won’t be able to attend until FALL 2018! That seems like so far away, but I’m sure the time will fly by. It was that email conversation that prompted me to really think about our days and how I can make a plan for us to thrive, rather than just survive.

I’m a planner by nature {hello Simplified Success Planner} and I know that if I don’t have a plan, we’ll likely just stay home doing the same ole same ole. I have nothing against staying home and you’ll see there are plenty of fun days that are spent using our imagination at home, but when I realized that my daughter will be home with me for another 14+ months before she heads off to school, I wanted to be more intentional with our time together.

Drumroll please....let me introduce to you: CAMP MOM {or DAD!} I’m going to be starting a weekly series, so be sure to come back every Sunday for more ideas throughout the summer! You’ll see that each day has a theme. Each child is different, but I’ve found that our daughter thrives with routine and schedules. She loves predictability (just like her mama). Having a theme day also makes it much easier to plan for and simplifies (yall know I’m all about simplifying!) things for you as well!

So, let’s kick things off! Below is a breakdown of each day’s theme.

Monday’s are for crafting or baking. On of my favorite college classes at The University of Tennessee was Early Childhood Art Education. {and let’s be real -- my favorite class Kindergarten - 12th grade was art!} We’ll get to explore with different materials, learn colors, be creative, and so much more. So much can be learned in the kitchen. For those who have been to our house, you know our kitchen is really tiny. Baking with EJ will be an adventure and is going to take patience, but I know the memories will be worth it.

Tuesday’s are for trips! Check out your local library and see what time they have storytime at! It’s peak tourist season here in San Diego, so we limit our trips to the hot tourist destinations, but there are so many great places to explore in this city! If you are local to San Diego, Balboa Park has great museums that offer residents free admission. Before you head out, check out their page here and see what museums are free!

Wednesday’s are for water play! There are so many fun water play activities for toddlers and it’s a great way to beat the heat. Y’all. Can we talk about the amazing pools they have for kids these days?! I’m pretty sure the only pool available when I was a toddler was the standard plastic one, but there are a ton to choose from these days. If you have a yard, hook up the sprinkler and let the kids run free! Water tables are also a fun option! During the summer I’ll be sharing some fun sensory water play activities as well!

Thursdays. Oh, Thursdays. I’m done by the time Thursday comes around. Thursday’s are for taking it easy. We’ll enjoy our toys, read lots of books, play outside, and maybe take a trip to the park.

Friday’s are for friends! We are lucky enough to have some great friends just a few blocks away, but with the addition of a baby, I turned into a bit of a recluse. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve learned how intentional I need to be in relationships. It’s so easy to get caught up in our day to day and keep to ourselves, but my hope is that we can be more intentional and have weekly playdates with friends! Not only is it good for our kids to socialize and be with others, it’s good for our mama souls too! We are made for community! So pick up the phone and call (or text) your friends and plan a playdate!

What’s planned for the week?

This Monday is a special one. During today’s craft, I encourage you to talk with your child and explain what Memorial Day means to you. Honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. I really love this Handprint American Flag. This is a great craft for all ages and who wouldn’t want that cute handprint to remember your sweet babe as they grow up!

Your Tuesday might look different than mine, but I encourage you to get out and take a trip! Whether it’s the library, the zoo, a museum, or the park down the street, it’ll be good for everyone to get out of the house.

Wednesday’s wet and wild water activity is a fun one. We’re going to practice pouring into containers. It sounds simple enough, right? I have a feeling Ellie James is going to love this one. She loves water and I love that she can practice and start learning a skill she’ll use throughout her life.

Thursday! You’re almost through the week. Kick those feet up and rest! Turn on some music and have a dance party.

Friday with friends! Y’all know I love to entertain, so this is going to be fun for me. Check back this week for my top tips for toddler playdates! I’ll be sharing some easy snacks, fun activities, and a few things for the mamas as well!

I hope that you have a great week with your tot and you’ll use some of these ideas to engage and have fun! Don’t forget to check back on Sunday’s for more ideas. Each week this post might look a little different, so feel free to comment or email me with any suggestions or requests you have!

Friday Favorites: Food Blogger

Have y'all ever found someone on the web that you just instantly love?!  When I was doing my first round of Whole30, I came across an instagram account that I just couldn't get enough of. I absolutely loved seeing her new posts each day and her recipes became my go-to's for round one {and beyond!} 

Ladies, let me introduce to you, The Defined Dish. Maybe you already follow her, but if you don't -- go right now and bookmark her blog & follow her on IG. I have tried so many of her recipes and there hasn't been a single one that has disappointed me. I haven't ventured away from the Whole30 recipes yet, but I do look forward to trying some of her undefined dishes, too! 

Now that Whole30 {round 1} is complete, I still find myself going to her website when I sit down to meal plan. The recipes are easy to follow. The food photography is amazing {I'm a visual person. Your food has to actually look good for me to want to try it!} and I love following her instagram stories to see her cook through the recipes. 

Last week I tried this Barbacoa Bowl and it did not disappoint! I was able to prep everything ahead of time, making this a super easy weeknight meal that everyone loved! I served it in a bowl with spinach, mini bell peppers, homemade pico, avocado, and squeezed a lime over top. There are countless ways to mix this up! 

Here are a few of my other favorites!

Alex -- thank you for sharing amazing recipes!! Your blog helped me survive round 1 of Whole30 and allowed me to have fun in the kitchen. I'm getting ready to plan out our menu for the weekend and next week and will be trying out the bacon wrapped chicken + jalapeño bites! Looking forward to a summer full of tasty new recipes from your blog! 

Do you have a favorite food blogger? Share them in the comments!

Two Ingredient Pancakes

Are you ready for quite possibly the easiest breakfast around? Let me introduce to you the two-ingredient pancake. For those with New Years Resolutions, this recipe is paleo, gluten & dairy free. AND no sugar added. You probably have all the ingredients you need stocked in the kitchen! It's also a kid-friendly recipe, so get out those frying pans and whip up some of these tasty treats for the family this weekend! 

Two Ingredient Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 medium eggs 
  • {optional} baking powder (just a tiny bit if you want them a little fluffier) 

How To:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix well; your choice here to use a fork OR a blender. {I personally use our Vitamix so I can say its not just a (super expensive) smoothie maker and it really gets things blended up well}
  3. Spray pan with nonstick spray and heat over medium-high heat. 
  4. Pour batter into pan {these are a little runnier than typical pancakes, so I like to use the spatula to create a barrier for a quick second so they don't all run together}
  5. Flip pancakes and cook until golden brown (about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side) 
  6. Serve and enjoy! I personally like them straight off the pan (as does my daughter), but if you prefer syrup and butter, go for it! 

Meal Prep TIP! 

  • Make a double batch and freeze some for a quick and healthy breakfast during the week! I usually double the recipe and will freeze between parchment paper. Just reheat in the microwave for an easy weekday breakfast or snack for the kids!