Out and About with Bundleme: keeping the kids warm!

Written in partnership with JJ Cole. I received a Bundleme to facilitate this post. Any opinions are my own!

Bundleme by JJ Cole

I hate the cold, but it won’t keep us from going outside! With two toddlers at home, if we don’t get out of the house we ALL go crazy. Plus there’s just so much fun to be had in the fall! Apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, leaf piles, hay rides, horse riding, beautiful arboretums, and our last stroller walks through the neighborhood before the snow comes!

Bundleme from JJ Cole


My little ones stay cozy with the Bundleme from JJ Cole. We have the urban version in toddler size (“stealth” color). They also make an infant size and I think this is a must have for moms. I used to grab a blanket and every 5 steps I was running over it with the stroller and it was getting dragged across the ground.

The Bundleme attaches easily to your stroller and is soooo super soft and cozy! It’s like a sleeping bag. I’m actually jealous of my kids riding around in a stroller, snuggled up in a Bundleme, it looks so nice!


Earlier this week we took a family trip to the apple orchard! My husband was off work so we luckily all got to go! It was a bit chilly so I grabbed the Bundleme, threw it on our stroller, and Rebecca (our 2-year-old) got to stay cozy warm.

When she was ready to get out and play for a bit, she unzipped the Bundleme, I unbuckled her, and she hopped out! It zips all the way down so it’s very easy to get in and out.

apple orchard

There are different openings on the back of the Bundleme to fit your stroller straps. They all open up for one large opening (where my red arrow is below) in case your stroller straps are all one piece, like mine. There’s also openings below for the crotch buckle. The top of the Bundleme has elastic to go over the top of your stroller and it stays snug.

BundlemeThere’s even a little zippered pocket near the bottom of the Bundleme–great for storing your smaller items, pacifier, etc. The outer nylon of the Bundleme protects against wind and rain while the inside is thermaplush™ for warmth.


Rebecca loves the soft thermplush™ so much, she cozies right up! After playing at the apple orchard she climbed back in and laid on her side like she was going to sleep with her blankey.

Get out and about with the Urban Bundleme in infant (up to 21 lb or 1 year) or toddler (age 1-3) size in lots of great colors from JJ Cole. You can find it at retailers Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us! Make sure you also find JJ Cole on Facebook and Twitter!

apple orchard

Written in partnership with JJ Cole. Any opinions are my own.




Halloween with Animal Jam: Night of the Phantoms

T-minus 4 days to Halloween! We’ve been scarfing all-things-pumpkin, working on costumes, and decorating with spiderwebs and skeletons. Now let’s have some fun!

Ryan heads to Animal Jam for interactive playground fun and I head to their Academy for all kinds of new ideas on crafts and activities. So, what do they have up their sleeve for Halloween? LOTS OF FUN!

Animal Jam

Night of the Phantoms!

You can find an entire Pinterest board of Halloween crafts. I had Ryan (our 4-year-old) look through and decide what masks he wanted me to print…

animal masks free printables“The TIGER, are you kidding, mom?!” They also have masks in color for download if your child prefers not to fill it in. Ryan definitely wanted to color in his own mask! He let me know he’d use whatever colors he wanted ;) RAWR!

Hey, need a Halloween costume mask in a pinch? Use one of these masks!

free pumpkin stencilsWe can’t be the only family that hasn’t carved our Halloween pumpkins yet, right?! I bought them (step one, done!) and it’s on our to-do list before Friday! Animal Jam has handy pumpkin stencils you can print (for free) to make some cool designs of their spooky phantoms.

Animal Jam

And OF COURSE, go play Animal Jam! The interactive playground is totally decked out to be spooky (and fun). Ryan gets a kick out of it and has to tell me everything he sees. In the game above, the Phantoms are stealing all the candy!

Animal JamGet all the phantoms! That blue and purple “Fluttersaurus” is Ryan’s pet creation!

Ryan had to guide his pet through the spooky lands to get the phantoms (by touching them or running into them with his pet) and get the candy back! It has a 12-minute timer so it’s perfect for limiting game time, if you want to.

Animal Jam

Here’s another game Ryan navigated to on his Animal Jam playground. In this one, he had to protect his candy from the phantoms! They don’t like light so he had to use that to wave the phantoms away. As you beat the phantoms, you advance levels that get harder!

Ryan is almost 5 and many online games are too hard for him. I LOVE Animal Jam because it’s easy enough for him to get around and know what’s going on. With some waves of the mouse and some clicks here and there, he can play. It’s colorful, it’s exciting, it’s imaginative, and he loves it! I’ll admit, I play it, too, so the games aren’t just fun for the little ones!

So come find “Pioneer Zanypirate” on Animal Jam and play with us! :) and have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

~Written in partnership with Animal Jam. Any opinions are my own!

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12 Favorite Fall Soup and Stew Recipes

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12 Favorite Fall Soup and Stew Recipes

Check out 12 Favorite Fall Soups & Stews by Emily Dickey at Foodie.com

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PLAYSKOOL Parties with Let’s Imagine Elmo

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