Must Have Items for Your Newborn

July 10, 2015

This post is brought to you by the Publix Baby Club. All opinions are my own.

Getting pregnant is a whirlwind of emotions. You try for so long, and then one day, you finally get that extra line on your pregnancy test. I’ll never forget the day it happened to me, and I definitely hope to feel those emotions again some day. After realizing your life is about to change, like whoa, the thought of having a family starts to sink in. You are able to share your news with others and then the big questions get asked – When are you due? Are you finding out the gender? And the big one – Have you registered yet? Register? What the heck should I register for? How do I choose which brands are the best for me?

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Knowing what you actually need to get for a little one is a huge endeavor. There are so many cool things out there, and due to amazing marketing, you feel like you have to get it – all of it. Well, that is quite far from the truth. Everyone needs the one friend to tell them what they really need to make it through the first few weeks (months, & years) so here ya go. Here are a few tips and must haves for the new mom.

Buy Changing Pad Liners

If there is one thing babies do, and a whole lot of it, is poop. And its not anything close to solid. Instead of getting mountains of changing pad covers, buy a bunch of liners instead. You can easily take them off, spray them down, and throw them in the wash. They are going to get stained and its no big deal.

Become a Member of the Publix Baby Club

I shop at Publix as my go to grocery store, so becoming a member of the Publix Baby Club was a no brainer when I had Grant. For first time parents, they send you a book, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child at no charge, along with great coupons when you become a member.

The program is for newborns to toddlers up to the age of 2, so they are with you those big first couple of years. The coupons are for both Publix brand items, as well as some national brands as well. Getting all your groceries and diapers in one spot? Yes please!

Especially when they are on sale that week too! Publix also offers some great tips and tricks in their newsletter that is sent out to members as well. Even if I get just one useful tip every once in a while, it is well worth it!

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Get a Few Packs of Diaper Genie Refills

Registering for a Diaper Genie is a no-brainer – you have to have one. But the refills?? I didn’t think I would need that many right away. Honestly, any trips you don’t have to make out of the house in the first 6-8 weeks is a blessing, especially for something as silly as refills for the poop box. Register for a few boxes of the refills. You will not regret it – not even a little bit. You can actually get these at Publix too!

Buy Extra Paci’s

I am pretty sure pacifiers are in the same category as hair ties and bobby pins. You have a million of them, and then misplace them all the time, not being able to find them when you actually need them. Currently, we rotate through about 7 of them, pretty much only finding them all on the weekend when we really search for them. We used these when Grant was a newborn and still use them regularly for naptime & bedtime. Mam is Grant’s all time favorite brand. He wouldn’t use anything else when he was an infant so we just went ahead and stuck with them.

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I’m sure there are plenty of items and tips I am missing, but these are the biggest that come to mind that aren’t the dead obvious ones, like diapers, wipes, and extra onesies.

Just in case you want to check out Publix’s new baby video, check this out. It is really way too cute!


Are you a member of the Publix Baby Club? If you don’t have kids yet, do you plan to become a member in the future?


The I Don’t Want to Run – Run

July 8, 2015

Sometimes, yyou just don’t want to run. It seems like a chore and doesn’t interest you in the least bit. When you are feeling that way, just get out and change up your run a bit. Nix the 3 easy miles you planned on and spice it up! Try this I Don’t Want to Run – Run next time you are feeling a bit on the unmotivated side.

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4th of July Fun

July 6, 2015

I’m pretty certain I had one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while over the 4th of July weekend. We did a little bit of house work, went on 2 good runs, and spent a lot of time with friends. I don’t think it could have been any better! One of our friends just bought a house with a pool and a great backyard on a lake, so we went to check out their new digs and help them break in their pool in the afternoon. Grant had so much fun, and we love watching him splash around and enjoy every minute. He is definitely a water baby! Here are a few photos from the afternoon. I hope you had a great holiday weekend, too!

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Summer Running Sucks

June 23, 2015

Summer running sucks.

There, I said it. Lately, I have been slogging it through my runs. I walk out the door to a sheet of heat and humidity, and immediately feel it take over. Throughout my run, I am usually thinking, why am I doing this? It’s summer, in Florida. 80 degrees at 9am, 90%+ humidity – this is the norm for us around here. Putting one foot in front of the other seems like an easy enough task, right? Well I guess it is, but putting any sort of speed behind those steps is a totally different story.


Ok, so I’ve complained more than I probably ever here on this blog in this very post. I guess it makes me feel a little better. Putting my animosity towards summer running out there for the world to see. And now I can move on and keep running.

It’s the mediocre pace that makes me cringe. It’s  not the feeling of accomplishment after, or the mind clearing thoughts during the run. I let a number tell me how my run is going. A dumb pace that doesn’t even matter. I’m not training for anything so I have no target mileage or pacing to hit. I’m running just for me these days.

So, I’ll be taking the pace feature off of the home screen of my Garmin for the time being. It really doesn’t tell me anything I don’t already know these days – the heat is slowing me down, but that’s ok. At least I am getting out there and getting in that “sweat from places you didn’t even know ya had” type of runs. I’ll take it.

Because there is always that other thing I could do – not run. Not an option.

The Give & Grub food truck

June 17, 2015

Here in Tampa, everyone has been pretty excited about one thing – Lightning hockey. The team made it to the Stanley Cup, but ended up coming up short in the 6th game. Tampa did an amazing job hosting such an event, especially at Amalie Arena. If you were there for any of the games, you probably saw a distinguishable food truck – Give & Grub!

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The Laser Spine Institute partnered with the Tampa Bay Lighting, Metropolitan Ministries, and Feeding American Tampa Bay to create the Give & Grub food truck. Their goal is to “Stick it To Hunger” by giving one meal to underprivileged children in the Tampa Bay area for every meal the truck sells. Currently, the truck has sold over 75,000 meals – all of which had a meal donated into the Tampa community. I really believe this is a great initiative and something for the city to be proud of. A local company is partnering with a local sports team and local charities to make a difference in the local community. Pretty amazing, right?

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When I was asked to come give a few meals at the truck a try, I couldn’t resist. I work down the street from The Laser Spine Institute, where the truck is every Thursday, so it was very simple to get to. Even better, Meghann and I work in the same building, so we made a lunch date out of it! Heyyyyy Baby R!

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We each were able to try 3 different items, which was way tougher than I expected! There are so many tasty items to choose from, all named after Lightning players. Each entree is $9, which for gourmet food, is very reasonable.

Give & Grub Tampa MenuI ended up with the Chicken Parmkos sandwich, the Bishop bowl, and the Cooper’s candied burger. I opted to eat the burger all at once for my actual lunch, and I am so glad I did! It was absolutely delish and I was surprised at the portion size – it was very generous, as were all of the entrees. The sweet potato fries were really yummy and I loved the pumpernickel bread the burger came on. It spruced up the burger with such a minimal change from the norm.

Give & Grub burgerI was sure to taste the other entrees as well, but did end up taking them home for dinner. I just couldn’t have a few bites of each and be done with it. I had to make sure I ate each one, and was able to really enjoy it. The  Chicken Parmkos sandwich was incredible. I wouldn’t normally order chicken parmesan, but I am so glad I did. The flavor was great and the sandwich was HUGE!

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Last but not least, the Bishop bowl was good, but it wasn’t my favorite. The shrimp was yummy, but the rice itself was somewhat unimpressive. This entree did have a tofu option though, so for vegetarians, this would be a good choice.

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If you aren’t close to Laser Spine’s headquarters or aren’t able to make any of the Give & Grub food truck’s scheduled stops, you can actually request the truck to come to your place of business. It’s a pretty easy way to get an awesome lunch, and to help feed hungry kids in Tampa Bay.

Another really important note I want to mention is you can participate without having to actually purchase a meal. Just tweet out the #giveandgrub hastag, and a meal will be donated. It’s that easy!

Did anyone see the Give & Grub food truck out at Tampa Bay Lightning games? If so, did you give it a try?