Snapshots from the Road

Hi guys! We’re waiting in line to get onto the ferry that’s going to take us to Alaska and we won’t have Internet for a few days, so I wanted to share these snapshots that I took while John was driving. 

I’ll try to do a whole write up on the boat. I was good at doing a daily write up for the first few days, but wasn’t able to keep up with it. *SIGH*
Until then, here’s a look at our trip west!


Wear ‘Em Wednesday: Queen of the Skeletons Bowling

I was sent this sling at a discounted price in exchange for this post and some social media shares.
All opinions and thoughts below are my own.


One of our favorite ways to spend our last few weekends in Kansas was at the bowling alley on post. On Sundays, they have a special where $36 gets you two hours of unlimited bowling for six people, free shoe rentals, a large pizza, and two pitchers of soda. Even though we only had three bowlers or less play, it was still a pretty good deal once you factored in shoe rentals, pizza, and the drinks.

We’d generally do two games, but I think on Halloween we bowled three. (That’s where these pictures are from. Even though Halloween was on a Saturday, I still thought I’d mention the Sunday special in case anyone was looking for something to do at Fort Riley.)


I didn’t want the kids to mess up their Halloween costumes, so I dressed them up in their skeleton pajamas for our bowling outing. They were still festive and so cute! I wore my black maxi dress, a grey cardigan, and a veiled top hat and called myself “The Skeleton Queen” because whatever grown ups don’t usually dress up anymore (Sad!) and the outfit went well with my new Mamaway ring sling.


`The Munchkin semi-recently decided that he doesn’t need to use the kiddie ramp anymore and instead runs towards the lane, stops, and kind of chucks the ball down the lane using two hands. He still needs the bumpers. Watching him bowl is pretty funny.


The Bean still uses the ramp and I’m not sure why he loves bowling so much. He just pushes the ball down the ramp and then walks away without watching to see how many pins he hits. He seems to care more about which ball he’s going to use and selects the “correct” one via “Eenie, Meanie, Miney, Moe” which I’m pretty sure he learned from The Munchkin. Very cute.


As you can see, ramp > no ramp when you can’t actually bowl.


I generally don’t bowl myself and spend most of my time chasing the boys and moving the ramp out of the way/into use. The ring sling comes in real handy when Lil’ Miss stops being happy watching from the sidelines. I can pop her in and she’ll immediately calm down.

I was sent this Mamaway ring sling to review and I like it a lot. It’s quite a bit softer than the linen ring sling I currently have and is a bit more comfortable to wear. The rings are nylon, which I was unsure about at first, but Mamaway claims they hold up to 110 pounds… Even still, I don’t think the fabric would hold that much, so I’d stick to the standard 35 pound weight limit that most carriers have when deciding if I should use this for my kiddo. The sling is nice and long, so I have lots of fabric to wrap over myself if I’m nursing while wearing Lil’ Miss. Overall, this is a good sling for the money ($70ish). The fabric does seem to slide a little, making me adjust it frequently while wearing it, but I honestly can’t tell if it’s the fabric’s fault or the fact that Lil’ Miss likes to try standing while being worn.

My ring sling rating: 4/5 hearts.

CutieLunch Reusable Food Pouch Review


With The Munchkin, I fed him baby food from a jar because that’s all I knew there was. By the time The Bean came around, I was really into baby led weaning (mushy solid food that he fed himself) and fed him that way until around his first birthday, only then giving him pureed baby food so that he could get some spoon practice in. When it became time for Lil’ Miss to start eating solid food, I decided to mix it up a bit and do a little of both. That’s why I was so excited when the CutieLunch people contacted me and asked if I wanted to review their reusable baby food pouches. Of course I did! I make baby food anyway and this totally beats having to buy a new pouch of food from the store! Saves so much money!
Lil’ Miss was born about three weeks early and has been consistently hitting her milestones three weeks later than expected, given her birthday. (We already had early intervention check her out and she’s fine, BTW.) So when it became “time” for her to start eating solid food, she didn’t really have the fine motor skills to eat table food the way The Bean did. This was the main reason I decided to start her on purees. Well, actually, we did a little bit of rice cereal first, to get her stomach used to solid food, but then immediately went to purees. Her reaction to real food was adorable. As John described it, she looked like “You knew this existed and you didn’t tell me?! This stuff is amazing!!!!

As for the pouches, they’re pretty great. The set I was given included four pouches and tops to go with them. I filled them more or less half way up via an opening in the bottom and closed it up using the zipper that goes along the bottom edge. I wasn’t sure if that kind of thing would be enough to keep the food inside without spilling, but so far, so good! Lots of squeezing to get the food out and it’s only ever come out of the hole at the top! I’ve tossed these in my diaper bag and they’ve been fine bouncing around in there. The kids’ Fake Grandma Sue sent me some spoon attachments for pouches and they work on these pouches too! You can’t get more convenient than that!
Two things to keep in mind: Make sure you put the top on before you fill up your pouch and don’t go over the halfway point when filling them up. Ignoring those tips will just make a mess.

The Bean thought these pouches (and the spoon attachment, which he kept removing…) were so cool that he wanted to try his hand at feeding his little sister. Oh, my Helper Bean. So cute. I was very apprehensive about him feeding her, since I thought it would end up as a big huge mess, but he did really well! Score another point for team pouch food. I can only imagine the number of drips if he was trying to feed her with a tiny spoon and a jar… *shudders*

If you want to buy some CutieLunch pouches of your own, I got them off of Amazon. You can buy the spoon attachments there too. They would make great stocking stuffers if you have a baby food making mama in your life, just saying…

This post contains affiliate links. I was sent the CutieLunch pouches in exchange for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.