mom blog update with giveaway info

I can’t believe I started this blog 7 months ago! I just recently had a little win that made me feel like a boss blogger  so I wanted to do an update. I can’t wait to tell you guys about it…. a GIVEAWAY is involved!

A little back story:

For years and years I had been intrigued by the idea of blogging, especially as a side hustle. I did a few blogs for fun back in 2009-2011 ish but they weren’t self hosted and I didn’t really understand the potential of self hosting at that time.

For those of you who are like “uh, what??” — the difference is that you must pay to self host but you also have to option to use your blog as a platform to earn. On the other hand, with a hosted blog you are up and running for free but you cannot monetize.

So after almost pulling the trigger so many times, in late March 2018 I decided it’s something I would enjoy whether it made a dime or not and I started Mid Century Mom Blog.

Yay!!

You guys remember when I posted about having earned about $5?!  I was SO excited that this really could be a small revenue stream to add to my Dave Ramsey snowball.

Well, in May, Amazon Associates (the affiliate program I use) emailed me and shut down my account because the blog didn’t feature enough original content. Ouch! I even lost my little $5.

I really wish I had stuck with blogging these last 7 months, but I slacked off big time June-Sept. I have to admit that Amazon  Associates rejection just bummed me out.

Lately I have reminded myself that those people who make hundreds and thousands of dollars a month by blogging are the exception, not the rule. They also don’t give up on their blogs after 3 months, I would assume.

Anyway, this is me jumping back into something that I really like. Of course I am still intrigued by blogging success stories and will always try to emulate those amazing blogs.  One day I might generate a viral Pin or a bunch of followers and then I may actually get to call my blog a side hustle!

For now, I am hoping to make back the money I invested in this blog. $65.40 for one year.

You might be wondering, how does a blog make money? Well, typically 4 ways:

  1. Affiliate links -Some of the links in my posts take you to a product I am recommending or reviewing, etc. There is often an agreement between myself and that company that I can earn a small commission for driving traffic their way if it results in a sale. The commissions vary depending on which affiliate program you use. I decided to try a second time around with Amazon!
  2. Ads – There are many different advertising options for a blog that will pay a few cents for clicks or even views. My blog sees a very modest amount of traffic so I haven’t explored this option yet.
  3. Selling a product or service – This isn’t the route I am going right now but many bloggers sell training and informational e-books, coaching services, or physical products.
  4. Sponsored posts – Companies will pay or provide their product for free in exchange for a review of their product.

I am excited to let you guys know that I have the opportunity for a sponsored post! I get to review a canvas  I receive for free from an online canvas company and I just placed my order today! Once it’s in, I will do a blog post all about the product and then offer a free canvas courtesy of the company to one of my readers!

With the canvas being worth roughly $45 and my second attempt at Amazon associates ringing in at $6.24, my little blog has technically earned me $51.24. Less than $15 away from breaking even 🙂

If you are interested in the canvas giveaway, please subscribe to my blog as the first step to be eligible to win. If you have already subscribed, awesome!

I will be announcing the rest of the criteria in an upcoming post (it won’t be hard! just asking for a share or a pin 🙂 ) But I wanted yall to subscribe now so you won’t miss the official giveaway rules.

PS- See “subscribe to blog via email” on the right hand side. Subscribing to my blog  simply means you will receive an email when I post. This is roughly 2-3 times a week, so it won’t be crazy spam or anything like that.

Thanks for reading!

a trend i’m loving-educational charts

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Amid the constant indecision over Sam’s big boy room, I stumbled across the trend of using vintage (or, let’s be real about what I’m willing to spend—vintage inspired) educational charts and pull down maps as wall art.

Are you guys tired of reading about wall art? I apparently don’t tire of writing about it. I’ve always thought a home looks incomplete without stuff on the walls!

I scoured Etsy for the real deal vintage charts to inspire me and because they are just fun to look at! If money were no object, it’s safe to say that I’d drop a pretty penny on one of these things because I can’t get enough.

Check out these unique and cool pieces:

This rocket!! Swoon!

 

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The mathematics ones are cool for those of you who (like me!) struggle with committing to a theme or style. It’s almost like abstract art or minimalist.

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Why am I so drawn to these chickens?! Honestly this would not fit into my home or in any decorating effort I’ve ever made but it might be my favorite! And this is coming from someone with an irrational fear of birds..

You know we can’t have enough bull-related items in our home, thanks to Tom!

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I could just see the seaweed  or starfish chart in a swanky beach house and the chickens in a farm house kitchen. The rocket is so cool for a boy room or a sleek apartment with stainless everywhere! I love every botanical  I come across and even the mathematical options are great.

The majority of these examples are upwards of several hundred dollars. So I turned to my good friend Amazon and found some pretty neat reproductions. And after a lot of back and forth, I placed the Amazon order!

Sam’s room includes these two options:

             

 

Amazon really offered tons of subject matter options–ranging from eye charts to outer outer space.

Perfect, in my opinion, for punchy kid room décor!

PS – boy mom mode over here, but to anyone with a girl these butterflies are so sweet and timeless. They would look just as great in a nursery as they would for an adult and I love art like that.

 

themed gifting

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I know it’s only October 8th….but I am WAY behind if I want to reach my goal of all Christmas shopping completed by Nov 1! I say this is my goal, and it always is, but setting it for Nov 1 means I usually finish around Thanksgiving…eh maybe Cyber Monday.

Either way, I love allowing myself the flexibility to go past the goal instead of scrounging around the week before Christmas when I could be spending time with friends and family. I know you all know that December is just SO busy! If I can avoid shopping that month by shopping now, I am allll about it.

I’m just about finished with the kids, but I am always left struggling with what to get most of the adults in my life and that includes spouse, siblings, parents, in-laws, friends, teachers, coworkers etc. I’ve got quite a few on my list and only great ideas for about 3 of them…

I have been drawn to, but never accomplished, the idea of an underlying theme of all gifts you give that Christmas. Last year I began but didn’t follow through with the idea of books. I gifted some coffee table books, fiction, historical, cook books. Instead of wondering what in the world do I get this person, you just determine what book would they like best.

In theory, I could have spent one long afternoon in a bookstore with a coffee browsing every section until I left with a mountain of books perfect for each on my list AND my shopping complete.

In reality it wasn’t super easy because I struggled with a book costing less than I would spend on that person, so I still needed to find more ideas. But, it helped  for at least one of their gifts.

This year I once again feel stuck halfway through the list. An idea of making it easy with an underlying theme may be gone since I’ve bought things here and there, but I thought I’d ramble about it here for a bit in the event it inspires others!

These were my thoughts while watching my kids fight/play with each other during bath:

Experiences  – Sometimes I am super minimalist, so the thought of giving an amazing gift that isn’t stuff is exciting. Think tickets to a favorite play, a concert, a sporting event, a trip (like our Ireland trip present we can never ever top). Or maybe passes to the zoo, an art museum, one of those cool traveling exhibits. For the hardest person to shop for on your list, even a gift card to the movie theater is  nice. I love gifting those because seeing the movies is becoming cost prohibitive if you want to eat or take the whole fam!

Drinkware – So o the surface this sounds really lame. But from browsing gift ideas, I’ve come across so many neat glasses for all different needs, budgets, and styles. These fun Bloody Mary glasses are what got me thinking.
Ideas are countless in drinkware from a set of  trendy new wine glasses to a nice large liquor decanter or wine carafe. You can find really neat vintage glassware. Corkcicle and Yeti make nice gifts.  For those gifts where you planned to spend a little less there are  coffee mugs, copper moscow mule mugs,or these affordable stainless steel cups.

 

Art/framed photo – I know I’ve said it before, but I like things that hang on the wall. This could be a framed photo of the grandkids, a cool vintage print you find while out thrifting, a saying, something related to their favorite sports team, etc. You can frame so many meaningful things like heirloom scarfs, needlework, tea towels or letters.

Coats/Jackets – also may sound a little silly as a theme but I can’t think of a single person on my list who wouldn’t enjoy a sherpa pullover or patagonia jacket or vest as a gift….

Is it weird that I like the idea of all the packages looking the same too :0

I honestly think I like this idea because of The Family Stone, one of my favorite Christmas movies. She finds a photo, blows it up and frames it 4 or 5 times, all exactly the same. She hands everyone an identical box and bam. It was a great gift!

Anyway….is it time for Christmas movies yet 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

 

morning music for you AND the kids

When our oldest was around 10 months old and it came time for his first Halloween, I can remember being a little surprised at the amount of people who were dressing up their young babies as the baby’s “favorite” cartoon character. We honestly did not watch any TV with him at that age and it seemed foreign to me that he would even enjoy it, much less have favorite shows and characters!

Flash forward a year and my second child absolutely watched TV daily and had clear favorite shows by that age. Probably younger! Maybe it was his older brother’s influence or maybe I realized there was no point in holding out. Most likely it was the fact that having 2 kids under 2 can require some distractions and TV is a click of a button away.

I am not here to tell you that any amount of TV is the perfect amount, that a certain age is the perfect age, or anything like that because I just don’t know. We do what we have to do to raise our kids and that’s that…no judgment here!

I AM here to tell you that my two struggle with listening/following directions and overall with having a nice attitude when they watch too much of it. During Sam’s terrible twos there were a few weeks here
and there where we felt the need to do a hard reset of his habits and cut the screen out all together for some time.

The more I read about it and the more we experimented, he really did seem to have an easier time potty training, at daycare, and with us during those “resets”.

But….this is the real world we live in and we weren’t looking to cut TV out 100%. I love family movie night and holiday specials and Disney so let’s not get carried away 🙂

I started to try no morning cartoons (not counting weekends, real world here, yall). So instead of the boys eating their granola bars and drinking milk in front of the TV we moved to, gasp, a table! How bad is it that we weren’t already eating breakfast at the table?! Hopefully you guys can relate but honestly what would moms from 50 years ago think of me…yikes.

It was such a pleasant change that I kept it up and we have been morning TV free for 3-4 months. They go straight to the table now! They don’t even stop for a moment in front of the family room and whine for a cartoon. Funny how quickly kids fall into a new habit—good or bad.

And since the TV never comes on, there is no dragging kids away from the TV and no kids moving at the speed of a slug to get their backpack or go brush teeth or put shoes on. No fits when it’s time to turn it off. Less rushing out the door. Less aggravated mommy.

It. Is. So. Nice.

Here is what keeps them (and me) entertained now—music! We sing, dance, learn new songs. Music is so feel good and they both are enjoying it! My not yet two year old will yell “Awewah! Awewah!” (Alexa, our Amazon Echo) in between songs because he is so ready for the next one!

I seriously dance around my kitchen with my kids every single morning and it makes me happy. Way happier than Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on repeat, let me tell you. And while they eat I pack lunch or empty the dishwasher or whatever it may be. I don’t have to wonder about them because instead of being in the next room with the TV, they are at the table or with me in the kitchen dancing.

This was a game changer!

Because I can only handle so much “Let It Go,” I have them listening to regular music and usually not kid designated stuff. So if you want your morning jam sessions to lift your mood as well as theirs, here is our
current mix of options that won’t drive you nuts:

Bread and Butter – The New Beats ( my kids did learn this from a WalMart commercial, so yes, we still watch plenty of TV lol)

Happy – Pharrell Williams

September – Earth Wind and Fire

Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts (sorry to whoever sang this first– they like the Cars version)

Blackbird – The Beatles (oh the irony that this is also from a TV–their fav movie Baby Boss and now adopted bedtime song)

No Rain – Blind Melon

Watermelon Crawl – this is a wild card I guess but a favorite at our house

Thunder – Imagine Dragons

I’m A Believer – The Monkees (Or Smash Mouth, but I’ll take the Monkees!)

Forever and Ever Amen – Randy Travis

Africa – I am liking the Wheezer cover!

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

The Sign – Ace of Base

And FYI I am a lover of all things holiday so this month we’ll add The Monster Mash, Thriller, and I Put a Spell on You, obviously.

Leave me a comment on your or your kid’s favorites!

framed shower curtain art

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When I was pregnant with Tom, we moved into our existing home and his nursery wasn’t high on the list of things that needed sprucing up.

For one, we didn’t find out his gender, so I was a little stuck on nursery decor. And for two, the gorgeous mid century tongue and groove walls in 98% of our house didn’t seem to go with anything “baby.” I think it was just in my head, but the super high ceilings and wood walls always felt too “grown up” to work with children’s room decor.

Now after living with them for a while, they are just our walls. They don’t feel adult or young, they are just what I am used to. They are not, however, the blank canvas that drywall is because I can’t (or don’t want to) paint them and I can’t cover them with wallpaper.

Enter the need for pretty large scale art to punch up the fun factor in Tom’s room!

Since those new house days we not only learned that Tom was a boy but we learned he is a rough and tumble kind of kid who has been drawn to rodeo, horses, and most farm animals for quite a while now. I decided his room spruce-up for his 2nd birthday could go along the lines of a western theme!

Now, I’m not done with said sprucing yet (you know I’ll blog about it when I am!) but I did attempt a project that I am pretty pleased with–a framed shower curtain!

Of course I have a photo bomber, but you get the picture–it’s large! And, it cost me under $30. I’ll show you how I did it below!

First you need to pick out a shower curtain. There are countless options on Amazon and that’s where I found our horse.  Don’t ask me why but I have been eyeing this awesome design as well.

Who knew there was such an array of shower curtains that could double as art!  DO check the reviews because this one was pretty thin. Keep reading to see how I made it work 🙂

Next up, make your frame!  I found a big bundle of long 1.5″ x .5″  wood at Lowes for just under $7. Mine is roughly 5 feet by 5 feet so I needed it cut to:

4 pieces – 60 inches

2 pieces – 61 inches

(They cut it for free!)

The two support pieces and two sides are 60 inch. The two 61 inch pieces go on the two outer sides. Mine was not perfect. See here I had to use a paint stick where I was short…improv!

You have to put this thing together…and it was my least favorite part. I thought I’d use hardware on hand but I kept stripping screws since I didn’t take the time for pilot holes. I cannot advise you on the simple way to do this because I made it harder than needed….but I know it would be easy for many people!

Once you figure that frame out, it’s easy to lay it over the shower curtain and get to stapling! Do be sure that you have steamed or ironed away the wrinkles first.

Now….you may find that your shower curtain was so thin the whole frame is visible…so ideally you would look into this before stapling.

However, you can always go buy a sheet from Goodwill and shimmy it into the frame as a liner. It’s not perfect, but it helped a ton! And, now I know how to approach my next shower curtain art!

Hopefully you’ve been inspired by my little project. It’s not perfect, but it is the same price as most 11×14 options out there….so I call it a win!

 

Mid Century Monday #6 – Sam’s Room

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Well….taking a little summer break turned into taking a big summer break. One minute I was a blogging machine and the next minute it was staying light til 9pm and we were swimming and playing and then I blinked and it was rodeo week and then the beach annnnd now it’s October 1st.

And I have missed blogging! There have been so many projects and MCM finds over the summer that I have put in the back of my mind for a blog post so it’s time I get back to it.

Last I blogged I was really close to revealing Sam’s new room. Since then I have allowed Sam’s new room to hang out at 90% completion. However, when I look back at the “before” picture (see below), I like where we are now!

The before. Functional bedroom, some art not pictured here but still fairly bland. See how the small art on the wall feels dwarfed? Biggest pet peeve!

Now here are the in progress shots:

You’d think I could have made the bed here. Instead I guess I just tossed the blanket over the messed up sheets. I can’t go back now guys…that plant in the corner died last month so this half-hearted bed making is frozen in time. Whoops!

I’m a huge fan of how these awesome affordable dinosaurs double as toys and decor. This is where they stand, as little knick-knacks but they are also easily accessible for fun.

 

And here is as far as we got..I added a fun garland and a white banner I intended to write some funny or cheeky message on. In reality I’m just not as cool as those people who can write “Oh Yeah.” or “Awe-some” in their cute kid rooms. It just felt weird!

Sam has a suggestion…. drum roll please:

“NO GRINCHES ALLOWED IN MY ROOM TO STEAL PRESENTS.”

And the more I think about it…I’m not completely against the banner saying “No Grinches.”

 

planting foil wrapped hydrangeas

I feel so proud of myself for keeping these alive as long as I have that I want to blog about it.

Hydrangeas are my very favorite flowers. Our first house had two massive hydrangea plants that I brought fresh flowers inside from for as long as I could. I was so spoiled by the huge mature plants that required nothing from me.

Our new house came with azaleas and magnolias a plenty, but no hydrangea 🙁

Last year I got in a propagation kick and tried them from cuttings. The people who bought our old house graciously allowed me to come over and snag 4 trimmings for my attempt. Sadly, 3 died immediately and one gave me a bloom the size of my pinky nail that I promptly freaked out about….and then it died.

Buying mature plants (like bush sized) and planting them is another option, but I have seen others do it and watched their plants die in their landscaping so I’ve been hesitant. Large hydrangeas aren’t cheap!

This spring at Aldi I picked up these pretties for $4.99 each

I kept them alive for over a month inside, which is really a feat for me. I would say it was going on 6 weeks when they started looking a little sad. I wasn’t able to keep them watered enough so I knew they were ready to ditch the foil.

This was a whole new thing for me, I usually allow my foil wrapped poinsettias to end up in such a crispy state by Dec 26th I just throw in the trash. But Easter and spring came and went and I knew these weren’t meant for the trash!

I put them all three in one large pot and watered like crazy. I mean multiple times a day–and some leaves still got very crispy. Sadly the color looks like it bleached out, but they are growing!

Below is day one, two weeks later, then a full month after potting:

I am so curious if the new blooms will come in colorful or the green color I have now. Speaking of new blooms…I just spotted all this growth and the little buds yesterday:

 

Now the only thing I’m confused about is what I do with this once it gets cold (if you know please tell me!). My hope is it can be transported into the ground eventually then I’ll start all over with more cheap foil hydrangeas for Easter next year 🙂

Mid Century Monday #5

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Summer is officially in full swing around here! So far that has meant a little less blogging, a lot more swimming!

This weekend we went swimming 3 times and Sam went from a death grip on my arm to floating around the deep end, going under without fear, and jumping in all by himself!

Well, with the help of his handy Puddle Jumper, which is an absolute favorite, must have summer floatie!

I learned the hard way last weekend that not all of these flotation devices are created equal and the one I picked up at Walgreens was truly worthless. I’m wondering will they take it back without a receipt otherwise it belongs in the trash!

Do yourself a favor and only go with the name brand Puddle Jumper  for your toddler and hopefully you’ll be as amazed as we were with the freedom it gives them! Sam was so comfortable that he was swimming little doggie paddle laps yesterday and saying “check out my moves” ha!

So…since my house is a little lived in this week and because I’ve been spending down time working on Sam’s new big boy room(sneak peak below), I am doing Mid Century Monday on my favorite wall art in
our home—our original blue prints!

Check them out:

The North, South, East, West elevation print in tan is actually my favorite, even though I was hung up onwanting it to be blue 🙂

We had all the framing done in UV protective glass to help with fade, but these were pretty banged up before we had them framed and the frame and matting seemed like a great way to save them from crumbling.

 

I was unsure on this decision but we went with a wood frame for the one hanging against brick and a sleek silver frame for the ones hanging against wood. This gives a nice contract and I love mixing metals (even colors of metals) as well as mixing materials in a home to avoid the matchy matchy feel.

I think they turned out awesome!

Now, maybe in the next few weeks I’ll be ready to show you Sam’s new room! Remember when I was anti-theme? I’ve come full circle and seem hung up on a space theme for now…I may change my mind yet!

Since I first posted about my desire for a Jenny Lind bed, my mom reminded me we have these awesome vintage twin beds from the 60’s. They were my dad’s and uncle’s, then my brother’s, then my cousin’s, and now they will be ours.

Painting the nooks and crannies (red, at Sam’s request) has been such a chore so far. I almost wish I had spray painted but it wouldn’t have been a great result.

I’ve learned that they have been raw wood, army green, baby blue, glossy black, and now our red. So I’ve been envisioning my grandma, mom, and aunt all going through the same process over the years for their kids’ rooms. Kind of cool to think of!

 

Until next time, everyone! Hope you are all enjoying summertime 🙂

month two blogging

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Last week I hit my official “2 months in blogging” and just wanted to share a little update with everyone like I did after month 1.

I started a “series” in month 2 with Mid Century Mondays and found that people seem to enjoy seeing pictures of my house 🙂 The downside is I don’t always feel like taking pictures of my house, ie cleaning my house to the point where it’s photo ready….so I have skipped a few Mondays (like today!).

Although it didn’t feel like it, I actually blogged more in my second month with 12 posts verses 9 in the first month. I think I can attribute this to spending less time trying to figure out back end things and getting to spend more time writing!

Part of the reason I don’t fear back end issues anymore is due to Bluehost and their handy online chat. If you are hesitant to start a blog because tech words like code and domain are not part of your vocab, they will handle it! I am so not tech savvy. You can sign up with my link below for a deal on pricing!

On the side hustle aspect of my blog, I am sad to say I did not earn any better than last month’s $5.07.

I know, I know….how will I survive?!

In all seriousness, I got an email from Amazon Associates which is the affiliate income program I signed up to use, and they said that after reviewing my first month they were going to deny my account for lack of content. A little kick to the ego there, but I get it. I only had 9 posts on my entire website, after all.

They mean business with the denial though…I can’t even access my five bucks! Lesson learned, blogging isn’t some get rich quick scheme (I can dream though, can’t I?). Luckily I am enjoying it regardless and plan to keep at it!

I made a little goal for myself to increase my views from 1500 in the first month to 3000 in my second.  I ended up short at 2233 views in my second month which is so exciting still! I love that people like reading my little blog. I also hoped to increase my subscribers from 16 to around 30 and came in at 22 total, which I am also so happy with and humbled by.

I will always appreciate your views and subscriptions! Here’s to another month blogging and maybe not being kicked out of the Amazon Affiliate program a second time 🙂

 

side by side double stroller love

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I was scrolling through Facebook’s marketplace the other day (part of my never-ending search for a mid century credenza on the cheap) and spotted a side by side double stroller for $40. My stomach did a little flip! This time two years ago I was in an absolute (hormone induced) frenzy over finding a good deal on a sturdy, jogging style double stroller.

I was a little obsessive researching them and looking for deals! Along with that nesting urge that had me cleaning my appliances, I spent a good chunk of time for about a month straight on this double stroller hunt.

I ended up paying more like $150 used for a Bumbleride Indie Twin , but it has been well worth it because I love my “BRIT” and still use it all the time for my 1.5 and 3 year old. Once I realized what they cost new…I knew I got a deal!

I struggled myself with the side by side vs tandem (front/back) version of a double stroller and found out that I am 100% team side by side. I know there is no wrong answer here, but if you must pick one and if you’d rather not spend precious moments of your life doing the same research, maybe this blog post in argument of the side by side will be of use to you!

1. Maneuverability. My double has “real tires” that need to be pumped up with air, not the plastic stuff that skids across the concrete and makes that nail on a chalkboard sound. I hate those plastic wheels! My front wheels in the side by side jogging style can swivel and turn 360 degrees and the stroller honestly feels like it has a zero turn radius. It’s sooo easy to push that it glides. And that’s with a 30 and 40 pound kid in tow!

I can push it even with one hand and walk the dog simultaneously. Tandem strollers are so long they are like trying to turn a barge (only pushed them in store without a kid inside, so I can’t even imagine with weight). It’s a slow process that needs two hands and some oomph!

2. Equal viewing/seating. I was surprised at the number of reviews I read where moms lamented the inevitable arguing their kids would do over who got to sit in the better seat in front/back strollers. I would like to think my kids would know I wouldn’t put up with that (yeah right) but still, why risk it?

It is true that a side by side offers equal everything. Equal foot space, equal views, equal air flow, etc. Sometimes the front and back style appears to have one kid super scrunched up or blocked by their sibling.

3. They can be buddies. I can’t tell you how many times I look down to find my kids holding hands! They talk to eachother and interact. In a front back, they can’t see eachothers faces and more likely than not, that back kid is messing with front kid’s hair or kicking the back of their seat like mine do to me in the car…

4. They do fit through doors, really they do. A lot of people struggle with the idea of a double fitting through doorways. After 2 years of use I have never once had this issue. I store it in my front entry closet and walk it out the front door with ease each time I use it. I am much more of an outdoor stroller person and I don’t take it to a ton of indoor stores, but it has been to zoos, crawfish boils, those huge consignment sales, etc. without ever having an issue of not making it through a door way.

I often hear the argument that side by sides are too wide to navigate in a mall, but I have only attempted a mall with a stroller a few times, so it wasn’t as important to me. I read during my research that side by sides are required to fit anywhere a wheelchair does, which may surprise some people.

5. Terrain. The side by side strollers work better on grass, gravel, brick, cobblestone etc than a front/back style. Since we use the stroller for outdoor walks 99% of the time, this was a no-brainer for us. Something about the tandem style makes me feel like it could tip over if one kid wanted to lean just right while on rocky terrain! Probably not so, but the wide base of the side by side makes it very sturdy.

Tandem may very well be the style for you, but I wanted to share why I am all about the side by side!

Other things I discovered in my hard core stroller research was that people out there really take time to customize their strollers. I saw some go so far as to dye the fabrics a custom color or even paint the frames, in matte black for example. They add special add-ons and features, etc.

I like to craft  and DIY…but not so much with a stroller. One thing I do love for a stroller upgrade are unique handlebar grips ….especially since my stroller was previously used. I love the leather look but they also make a sort of neoprene material as well. You can use these for comfort or for looks, or like me to hide a little wear and tear!

Here are a few more shots of us enjoying the double stroller life through the years. This is probably my three year old’s last summer in the stroller 🙁 Time truly flies!