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Product Review – Rockport Shoes

rockportNow that BB is way past allowing us to be in a stroller and way way past sitting still, I find that not only does my back constantly hurt but so do my feet. The Mommy has strict rules about what I can wear in public and shoes with holes do not make that list. Rockport’s Walk 360 Oxford handles two of my concerns. One they look cool and the sole has this special design that LTD thinks makes the shoes look like they are from the future. Secondly, they sport hard core cushioning so my dogs don’t bark when I spend all day chasing BB from one end of the Earth to the other. Additionally, they feature something I never knew I needed which is a good amount of breathability. How do I know this, you ask? Well, when I get home my socks aren’t drench in gross foot sweat which was a strong feature of my old shoes. Shoes are one of those things that you always forget are important like a good mattress, but now that I actually notice a different it is probably time to start paying more attention. Of course BB pretended to eat my feet the other day so maybe I won’t need shoes soon.

Book Review – No Yeti Yet

yetiAs summer winds down the boys wanted a taste of what is to come. Mary Ann Fraser’s No Yeti Yet is the perfect precursor to the winter ahead. The tale takes place during a very snowy day as two brothers (one skeptical) hunt for Yeti. As the boys search they question various aspects of the titular Yeti’s qualities. However, and without giving spoilers, the true magic of the book is that the Yeti is actually on every page. While the brothers in the book are having trouble seeing the creature my boys have no problem announcing loudly in my ear that they have succeeded where others have failed. But don’t worry the boys in the book get an answer to their questions in a very cool way.

Wonder Woman is Not a Potty

pottyNow that BB has started the official preschool room things have moved to a whole new level. The teachers don’t want to see any diapers and so potty training is in full swing. LTD is in charge of morale, happy to give BB an M&M for a job well done (and happy take one himself as a fee). BB loves wearing under wear and has taken to the potty without trauma. He still doesn’t really understand the cause and effect in terms of need based potty use, but the school takes him so often that it seems like a barely has a chance not to go. So we are deep into extra clothes and travel pottys’ but BB is learning quickly. In fact he has made several pronouncements as of late. Just so everyone is clear, the step stool is not a potty, Batman is not a potty, Wonder Woman is not a potty, Daddy is not a potty. and the list goes on and on. One thing is certain with one in first grade and one almost out of diapers we don’t have babies anymore and new adventures begin,

Book Review – Little Elliot, Big Family

Little Elliot_Rockefeller CenterMike Curato has followed up his beautifully illustrated Little Elliot, Big City book with an equally majestic tale featuring Little Elliot. We have many, many books floating around but BB gravitates towards only a few that make his limited playlist. He really digs Little Elliot and I’m happy to bend to his repeated expression of “again” since the art is so cool. In this outing Little Elliot, Big Family; Elliot and Mouse are doing great, but when Mouse goes off to his family reunion it leaves Little Elliot to wander the cold New York streets searching for the meaning of it all. Yes, I’m being overly dramatic but the retro images give everything a heightened since of gravitas. In keeping with the Beyond the Car Seat policy of not spoiling the end, I won’t reveal too much, but I’m sure you would be safe in your assumptions that the tale’s conclusion doesn’t involve Elliot forever wandering the streets alone.

Create a Family Portrait with Little Elliot here.

Burrito Battle

2012-5-14-Qdoba-01As BB has a very limited pallet (see problem eater) we go to qdoba a lot, so much so that they pretty much know us and give us the usual.  In fact we go so much that sometimes I don’t go even when hungry because I don’t want to be the guy who takes the kids to qdoba 7 days a week. However, the other day I cheated. a new Chiptole (or as the Nana says, Ch-poat-il) open nearby and so the family thought variety is the spice of life and we checked it out. Wow, did we make a mistake.
The list of anti-qdoba things was vast. In no particular order. Chipotle had no buster seats. The guacamole or as BB says, wack-mole cost extra. But the real thing that stuck in my craw was that their kids meal only covered two toppings forcing me to explain to a six and two year old what sophie’s choice was. Lastly, The Mommy felt the chips were stale and overly salty, but as I was so hungry I didn’t really notice. In conclusion, I will never stray again and now it’s time to get as BB says, “ricebeans”

Ikea recalls 27 million chests, dressers after two deaths

As BB is always climbing on furniture this is particularly important. Here.

SensorSafe child car seat helps prevent heatstroke death

Interesting Article. Click here.

Product Review – Daddy Caddy

blue_1At two and half BB is still in diapers but slowly showing interest in potty training (did I say slowly?). In that regard I still need to remember to pack a few diapers and wipes when we are mobile. Since I am on the tail end of the baby stuff I no longer carry any diaper bag (much to The Mommy’s chagrin, but I do like things easy and quick. The hands-free Daddy Caddy is just the right size to handle my diaper situation without reminding me I still need to be in a diaper situation in the first place. The water resistant stealth design allows for the only things I need diapers and wipes plus a secret pocket for hand sanitizer.  I don’t need those diaper bags that look like swat gear to show I don’t have a mommy diaper bag, what I do need is one I can hide as I like to travel light.



Hand Out

icecream at the beachWell, it was bound to happen, but I hadn’t really every given it any thought. The other day, for the first time, LTD asked me for money. Like some many childhood moments that are out of my control once I lost 24 hour influence over him LTD found other sources to fill the void left by my not being able to go to camp and school with him. Just as I banned Power Rangers from the house for years only to have my law over turned upon interacting with school mates I have been drawn into the world of “the other kids are doing it” Every Friday, the camp goes to the beach and it would seem that anyone who brings some schmoola can take a trip to the overpriced snack bar. All this is a round about way of saying that LTD for the first time asked for money. Normally, I never has cash around but this day fortune smiled on the boy and I was able to give him some bucks for what at the time I assumed was going to be a healthy snack of kale chips. With a mandate not to lose the jewels off he went. After pick up on Friday it turns out that LTD had chosen ice cream and to hear the counselors tell it, got it everywhere but his mouth. I can only assume that now that he has gotten it out of his system he will no longer seek to go in my pocket for cash.

Book Review – Made with Dad

madedadSince The Mommy is the creative one when it comes making art projects with the boys, I need to turn to outside sources for assistance lest we get paint on the walls, each other and the dog (feel free to substitute glue or markers for paint). Chris Barnardo’s new book Made with Dad offers us projects in our wheelhouse but The Mommy is still in charge of the gluegun and iron. The projects range for arts and crafts and science to spaceships and ray guns. LTD gravitated towards the Dragon-hunter’s googles while I dug the helicopter even if mine version didn’t really look like the one in the book. The book really puts a modern spin on those old rainy day craft books from my youth. I’ll take a spaceship over soup can telephones any day.