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It pays to complain.

I’ve been told that I can be mean and bitchy.  I say I’m just not willing to be taken advantage of, used and abused.  I’m also not willing to pay for something that doesn’t last.  The amount of money that T and I have spent on gear, furniture, car seats and everything else under the sun for the Beans is astronomical.  And with that astronomical amount of money spent the “stuff” we bought better damn well last.

Well not all of it did and I complained.  Complained HARD.  Wrote letters, wrote emails, made phone calls and basically made myself a pain in the ass.

I complained to the manufacturer of our cribs because of the poor workmanship (stain wearing off, incomplete staining and chipping) – that company sent me a cheque that amounted to one free crib.

I complained to the manufacturer of our booster seats because of the cushion falling apart – they sent me two new booster seats.

I’ve complained to watch manufacturers, clothing manufacturers, toy manufacturers, really the list is endless.  You know what happened?  I was given either money or a replacement product FREE OF CHARGE.  Most people I talk to say they don’t have to the time to complain, I say I don’t have the time to throw money away.



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Hunger Strike

The poor Beans have been sick for a couple days.  Noses running, coughing like smokers and not eating.  These two usually eat more than I do so I don’t like it that they aren’t eating anything except toast and oatmeal.  I’ve tried everything, pureed food, regular food, chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, fruit, it’s been a restaurant here with a million food choices.  Nope, they aren’t interested.  They’re not even interested in Cheerios!  That shocked me.

One thing that I did find out during this sick phase of theirs is this new nose sucker thingy.  The hydraSense® Nasal Aspirator.  This thing has been a godsend – it works really, really well.  Way better than the suction bulb thing that I’ve used.  It is kind of gross that you have to manually suck the snot out of your kids nose but it works (and no you don’t get a mouthful of nasal secretions).

I hope they get better soon.

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Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’

When I was pregnant with the Beans I was told several times that we would end up having a garage full of strollers.  I scoffed at such an idea, why does anyone need more than one stroller?

Fast forward 10 months ~ 4 strollers!

Our stroller buying frenzy started off with the irreplaceable Baby Trend Double Snap N Go.  This stroller was my lifesaver in the early days.  The Beans and I went everywhere in this, we went walking at the cottage, shopping, strolls around the neighbourhood, everywhere!  I was so upset when the Beans outgrew their infant seats making this stroller obsolete.  I almost shed a tear when I sold it to another twin mom.

Then we started using an Expedition Double Jogger.  Now before I go any further with my thoughts on this stroller I’ll just put it out there that I’m not a jogger.  I’m as much of a jogger as I am a millionaire.  Actually the probabilities of me becoming either a jogger or a millionaire are about the same – nil to the thousandth degree.

I hated this stroller, maybe because I walked with it instead of jogging with it?  I’m not sure but unless you were going in a straight line the thing was impossible to steer and it’s HUGE.  Obviously taking it on any adventure in the trunk of our car was not an option.  (I did like that the sun canopy pivoted and could provide shade at all times of day and in all directions). 

Enter stroller #3, our Valco Tri Mode Twin.  A great stroller, it rides smoothly, tons of room for the Beans, an adjustable handle, wheels that swivel all the way and it even fits through any door.  I have never had an issue with the stroller not fitting.  This is our neighbourhood stroller, it goes anywhere and everywhere.  It is still a big stroller and does take up most of my trunk space but in a pinch I have taken it shopping.

Now we have a new shopping, travelling and just easy small stroller.  Our Combi Twin Sport.  Now this is a stroller!  This thing folds up to nothing, still plenty of room for the Beans, rolls around nicely and it takes up no room at all in the trunk.  This thing came to Bahamas with us and it even fit through the x-ray machine.  How ingenious!

So now I ask, why do I still want one more stroller?  I can only think of one reason to get this stroller (well there are many but this is the most important).  You can fold it with one hand, in one fluid movement!  The City Elite, what a stroller.  I don’t have enough time, let alone a spare hand to need both of them to unfold and fold a stroller.  I want you City Elite stroller – how can I make you mine?

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Thanks Wee Rascals & Durham Region Baby

I’m an avid reader of blogs, especially ones in my area.  I have read Durham Region Baby for years and love the product reviews and giveaways that Carly does from time to time.  I happened to win one of these giveaways and it couldn’t have been something more useful.  Wee Rascals was started by another twin mom (how she found the time while on maternity leave I’ll never know) but I won a sleep sack.  Now I certainly couldn’t decide who should win the sleep sack so of course I had to order another so that the Beans would each have one.  As you can see they are the cutest flippin things ever and they work.  The Beans are nice and warm in their cribs now thanks to Wee Rascals.  Go check her stuff out ~ and if you haven’t stopped by Durham Region Baby yet I’m not sure what you have been doing – she’s a must read

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