An Afternoon at Valley Forge

I’m actively working on creating a schedule to bring more consistency to Simply Amarachi. I have so many ideas in my mind but sometimes find it difficult to categorize and then execute those ideas. But, an exciting shift is coming that will feature some makers who inspire me and I cannot wait to showcase these creatives to you all!


A few weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park in King of Prussia, PA. Valley Forge is the site of the winter encampment of the Continental Army  that George Washington was commander over. Growing up in Pennsylvania and being homeschooled, I went on quite a few field trips to Valley Forge but as a grade schooler (who was required to write a report on the trip), I wasn’t fully invested in all the rich history VF had to offer. Now as an adult, I am a HUGE history nerd and try to invoke a sense of excitement about historical things in my girls so I was thrilled to show them around the grounds! We did quite a bit of exploring for a few hours and it just made me the happiest to see them running around freely enjoying the day!

Here are some photos from our fun afternoon.

Love you all!

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A Day in NYC with my Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller

This is a sponsored post for Ergobaby, in which they provided a free product for review. I will also receive a small commission when you purchase an Ergobaby product after clicking my referral links. Although sponsored, all opinions are my own!

For the past few months Auden has been requesting that we take her to Central Park “when it’s warm and sunny” and last weekend we were able to do just that! I was really excited when the forecast said that it was going to be in the high 70s (FINALLY!! Has this felt like the endless winter to anyone else??) and thought, “Perfect! What better time to break in my new stroller?” Ergobaby graciously sent me their newest product – The Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller and ohmygosh guys, it’s incredible!

The 180 Reversible Stroller weighs a little under 20 pounds and is literally the easiest thing to fold up – no more of those 9 step folding mechanisms, all you need to do is pull up on the fold strap that is conveniently located in the seat and…done! Such a game changer, especially when you have to fold it up quickly, hypothetically speaking, just before running through a train station like a couple of crazies trying to catch a train while your 3.5 year old yells, “DID WE MISS IT?!?!” the whole time. Yeah, you can laugh.


I thought about what I would highlight in this post as my most favorite thing but honestly, I couldn’t think of just one so I’m going to briefly talk about a few key features that I absolutely love.

  1. You can easily switch from facing your baby to having them face out to see the world without having to make any adjustments to the seat! That’s what makes the 180 reversible – you can move the handlebar without having to remove your baby from their comfortable seat.
  2. (This feature is my husband’s favorite) The handlebar is height-adjustable! Since my husband Mike is 6’4 the majority of strollers that we’ve tried leave him having to hunch over to reach the handlebar. With the 180 Reversible, the handlebar comes UP to him! I legit cheered when he held the handle and was still able to stand up straight!
  3. SO. MUCH. STORAGE. I’m trying to embrace minimalism in my home and really be intentional about the items I bring into our household (toys, furniture, clothing, etc.) but one look into my diaper bag would have you thinking otherwise. That bag is stuffed with snacks, spare clothes, snacks, shoes, snacks, diapers, lotion, wipes, and I’m pretty sure it weighs about 15 pounds. Guess what though? Neither Mike nor I had to carry it because of the cavernous under-seat basket that was able to accommodate all the things. 180 Reversible Stroller, our backs thank you.

Here are some photos from our day in the city!

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Holding hands, waiting for our train 
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On our way! 
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Taking in the sights! 
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Eating crepes in Central Park 
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It’s starting to look like Spring!
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Taking in the sights at the Rock! (Auden’s turn in the stroller :))
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One-handed pushing like a boss 
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See? He’s able to stand up straight! All the praise hands for the adjustable handlebar feature. 
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#lovecarrieson

Product Review: Art & Eden

Hi everyone! I took some time off to focus on the holiday season and then ease into the new year but I’m back now! I’m feeling more refreshed than ever and ready to bring some new content. Thank you all for sticking around :). 


Lately, I’ve been feeling the weight of fast fashion and just how detrimental the clothing industry has been on the environment. I’ve been (slowly) working towards making more informed decisions to buy sustainable products for the girls that are both fun and affordable. As a rule, Mike and I try to feed the girls non GMO, organic and well-rounded meals, we use natural products throughout the house and on their bodies, but I really hadn’t thought much about the chemicals that might be on the surfaces and in the fibers of their clothing!

During my searches, I was overjoyed to stumble upon a new children’s brand called Art & Eden. The first thing that I noticed about them was that they only used certified organic cotton. We were off to a great start! After researching them a bit more and reading what they were about on their website, I found out that they are blazing a new trail and positively disrupting the clothing industry as we know it.

On their website, founder and CEO, Susan Correa said, “I wanted improved livelihood for farmers, dyers and tailors. I wanted a world of collaboration and connection where people worked alongside each other to create a better world for all.” Now that was a cause I could definitely get behind.

Art & Eden not only offers unique designs in whimsical and playful patters, ALL of their designs are created using eco-friendly practices such as low impact dyes – dyes that do not contain toxic chemicals, require less rinsing which saves water, and have a higher absorption rate into fabrics! Find out more info about their mission here.

A few months ago, I entered and won (yay!) a contest on their Instagram and they sent me some items off of my wishlist! We absolutely loved everything we received. Especially the Evelyn Sweatpants – which you will see photographed below along with the Amelia Sweatshirt! I only wish those pants came in my size *cough* an adult line in the future, perhaps? *cough*

I honestly cannot say enough good things about this brand and their mission. I’m so excited to watch them continue to bring much-needed changes to the clothing industry.

 

 

 

Baking with my Bestie

Fall is our absolute favorite season! A few weeks ago, we went apple picking as a family and the next day, we baked some of the apples into a delicious pie. Auden always likes to help in the kitchen and this time was no different :). It was such a peaceful weekend together. 


Blessings! 🍎

Taking on the Fair in my Ergobaby Omni 360

This is a sponsored post for Ergobaby, in which they provided a free product for review. I will also receive a small commission when you purchase an Ergobaby product after clicking my referral links. Although sponsored, all opinions are my own!

I have been a mama for a little over three years and one of the very first items we purchased when I found out I was pregnant, was an Ergobaby baby carrier. I had researched so many different brands and found that Ergobaby had amazing reviews as a newborn baby carrier all the way up through toddlerhood – so I was sold. After Auden came home from her extended NICU stay, I used my carrier every single day and it really helped me bond with my teeny little preemie baby. I can still remember how she would fall asleep within minutes of me securing her into my carrier and it just made me feel like I was doing something right.

Fast forward to last fall when we welcomed our newest baby Joona, I knew that I would be wearing her all the time. This go around, since I had both a newborn and toddler to look after, being hands free was key. Wearing Joona allowed me to not miss a beat with my interactions with Auden and it made our transition from 1 to 2 children much easier.


You’ll imagine my excitement when I was sent the newest (INCREDIBLE!!) carrier: the Ergobaby Omni 360 to try out and review!
First of all, this all -in-one carrier can be worn in 6 positions – including the tried and true forward-facing, and offers babies a 360-degree view of the world. One thing that I really loved is that the Omni carrier literally grows (by simple velcro adjustments) with your child! You no longer need an insert during those infant months (all the praise hands) and you can continue to use the carrier until your little is a big  – up to 36 months!

When I received my happy mail, I immediately wanted to try it out. After reading the step-by-step instructions, I put Joona in the carrier in the front carry outward facing position and she fell asleep, no exaggeration, within 2 minutes. So good.

We decided to break it in by taking the Omni to The Big E (hugest fair in New England) and it did not disappoint! Joona happily kicked and squealed, clapped and danced the entire evening. Oh, I forgot to mention, this carrier also has a detachable FANNY PACK!! You know I stuffed that thing full of supplies for our adventure. I think I’m in love, guys.

Before I go any further, here’s a 10% off promo code for you to use at ergobaby.com! Just copy and paste >> jo8KbuYBBM and as always, shipping is free :).

Picture time!

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Armed with my fork and my Omni 360

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Just hanging out!

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That right there? Deep fried cheesecake. Have mercy.

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Taking in all the sights.

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On the carousel with Auden 🙂

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Mesmerized by all the flashing lights.

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Me and my girls

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#lovecarrieson

Day In The Life: Lyman Orchards

My daughter Auden turned 3 last Thursday and to celebrate, I had a couple fun activities planned to do earlier in the week. One of the ones I was really looking forward to was a sunflower maze at Lyman Orchards!

Lyman Orchards started back in 1741 when a 37 acre parcel of land was purchased by John and Hope Lyman. Over the last 276 years, it has grown to cover more than 1,100 acres and is now home to an array of fruits, vegetables and  flowers – not to mention delicious pastries and local farm fresh goodness. Each summer they create a sunflower maze and a corn maze in the Fall.


The maze itself was really interactive – they offered a 10 question, age appropriate quiz that, upon answering correctly, let you know which way to turn next. I was really proud of Auden for her stamina during the majority of the 2 mile winding walk and Joona even took a nap while on my back in the Ergo carrier. Wins all around. We ended our fun with a little picnic in back of our car. Auden let me know that it was “The most fun flower day EVER!” I would call that a success :).

Auden with her map and clues
Smiles all around
Overview of some of the maze
Obviously very stoked

There were so many varieties of sunflower! So pretty.
We made it to the end!
Thumbs up for finishing the maze!


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New Month; New Methods

I absolutely love the start of a new month! I find myself using the first few days to reflect on the previous month to see what worked and what didn’t. It’s kind of the same way that my husband and I parent – we like to assess how Auden responds to a certain parenting style or new thing we’re implementing and if it’s not working, we’ll take that into account and try a different method.

With that being said, I’ve been thinking and praying about the right format for Simply Amarachi and I have come up with a few categories that I’m really excited to write about and share with you all!

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about – turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” C.S. Lewis

What to expect going forward:

PRODUCT REVIEWS – Simply that! I’ll give an honest review about products I love, and there will most likely be a coupon code involved so keep your eyes peeled for these! I’ll post the code on my Instagram stories as well

DAY IN THE LIFE – Pictures of our everyday adventures

STRONG (I’m looking forward to this this most!!) – Interviews with women who inspire me

THE GOOD STUFF – Things for which I am thankful

So yay! I’m definitely looking forward to these next few months and thanks again for following along.