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Twinneroo Review & Twin Diaper Bag Packing Tips

In my life as a mother of multiples there have been three major areas which I have struggled to find the perfect fit for our family: strollers, carriers, and diaper bags.

I recently had the opportunity to review the new Twinneroo Twin Diaper Bag from the creators of the TwinTrexx carrier. Both of these products have been designed by a mother of twins and she has created some great solutions to problems we tend to find in other bags and carriers. You can read my review of the TwinTrexx Carrier here.

The Twinneroo Twin Diaper Bag is made out of a durable canvas fabric that should hold up well with lots of use. It’s definitely not a fashion bag, but if you want a little more design, you could tie a scarf on to the handle or add some cute mini buttons to add flair. (ThirtyOne Gifts makes some cute bag flair!)

The canvas fabric helps the bag with one of it’s unique features, to be able to stay open wide without collapsing in on itself. The top of the bag actually has a metal frame inside of it, which creates a nice working space for getting in and out of your bag and keeps the Twinneroo open while you search inside!

The bag has a zip closure which is nice because twins getting into a diaper bag is disastrous and having entire pack of diapers dumping out car is not fun. The metal frame made the bag a little difficult to zip when it was packed at full capacity. I was able to get it to close a little more easily though by holding the tabs on the outside of the zipper while holding the frame together and then pulling the zipper with the other hand.

The bag is generously sized at 17.5″L x 14.5″H x 8″W, without being overwhelming. It comes with a single shoulder strap that crosses diagonally across the bag. The strap is great because the bag doesn’t swing out from under your arm when you go to pick up an infant carrier, etc.

Another unique feature of this bag is that it comes with 2 neutral colored inserts with several pockets to keep kid specific stuff. (one light, one dark brown) These mini bags are very similar to Thirty One Gift’s mini-organizers. If you need more than two for another sibling a black insert can be purchased separately at stuff4multiples.com.

I can’t tell you how many times I ended up changing diapers for 30 minutes when we were out because all of our stuff was in one bag. “Here’s a kid, here’s their bag.” You could also get creative and dress these bags up a little too! The divide and conquer technique just got a million times easier!

On the front outside of the bag there are two large, insulated pockets that can be used to keep food hot or cold. I was able to fit three large Playtex Drop-in bottles in each pocket. So that is a total of 6 large bottles! There are also pockets on the sides that can be used for items that don’t need to be insulated or things that you want to be able to get to quickly, aka YOUR stuff!

Inside the bag there are six mesh pockets that are the perfect size for disposable diapers and soft wipe packs. With every pocket full and the inserts loaded, I still had more room in the bag for an extra insert and a couple large blankets.

The diaper bag that was sent to me for this review is now being road tested by an awesome family with newborn triplets. She told me today that after a month of use they still love the bag. I am hoping that she will swing by this post and leave a note in the comments.

I want to end my review by sharing few tips for packing any diaper bag more efficiently for multiples.

Tips for Packing a Diaper Bag for Multiples

  • Roll blankets and clothing to help get it more compact and tighter.
  • Instead of large fluffy blankets, consider packing large light blankets like Aden and Anais Swaddle blankets. These blankets are great and can be used for a variety of purposes (nursing cover, to lay on the floor, provide shade over an infant carrier, etc.). They also roll up nicely and do not take up as much room as receiving blankets.
  • Use one piece rompers as emergency clothing pieces instead of 2+ piece outfits.
  • Carry a wetbag even if you don’t cloth diaper for soiled clothing. Store a few grocery store bags instead in case you have a really smelly diaper you can’t get rid of (or two!).

Do you have an diaper bag tips to share? Please add them in the comments below!

Disclosure Statement:  I was not compensated monetarily for this review.  I received a product in exchange for an honest and fair review.  All thoughts are my own.

 

Isis. Parenting Starts Here

Move It!

We’re hearing from Trista again as she updates us on her healthy life changes!  Remember, we have a giveaway from Green Kid Crafts going on right now!  Don’t miss your chance to win 3 craft kits from this great company!  We also have a giveaway for a 3-month subscription to StudyDog.com!

Six weeks in to this adventure and I have to sadly report that I do not have any additional weight loss to cheer about. I have been battling some illness and have really not had the workout bug, however, I am still striving to eat right and try new things.

NEW FOR ME

As I mentioned in my last post, I receive the Zumba game for the Xbox Kinnect. I have had a chance to try this out and I must say, it is one of the best workouts that you can get. I have done Zumba before, so I kind of knew what to expect. There are many different levels and options to the game, which makes it nice, because if you have never tried Zumba before there is an option that helps you learn the moves. I did a 20 minute session for beginners. After only 3 minutes of “dancing”, I was sweating profusely. In the short 20 minutes I went through two full bottles of water. Overall this game gets five stars from me. Here are some of the things that I liked about it:

  • There is a clock at the bottom of the screen that tells you how much time you have remaining in your workout.
  • You are given periodic “water/hydration” breaks throughout the work out.
  • Even if you feel awkward doing Zumba (99% of people do), you are in the privacy of your own home.
  • Keeping up with the moves is key, but if you can’t get them at first, then you can try your own variation of the move until you feel comfortable doing the move as instructed. The key is just to keep moving at all times.
  • It’s fun! I must have laughed out loud a dozen times while doing this workout, because let’s face it, you feel totally ridiculous, but you are having a blast while doing it.

This past week, I was turned on to a new “fad” so-to-speak. Have you ever tried Wheatgrass? I was with a friend of mine at a local juice and smoothie shop and she urged me to try a shot of Wheatgrass. I have to say, I had my reservations, but was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t as awful as I had thought. I quickly followed it up with a shot of orange juice which helped to wash away the flavor.

After further research, here is some information I found regarding the health benefits of wheat grass:  Wheatgrass juice is the juice extracted from red wheat berry seed sprouts. This strain of wheat has been used for thousands of years all around the world for its healing properties. The juice from Wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll, active enzymes, vitamins and other important nutrients. A one ounce shot is equivalent to two and half pounds of green leafy vegetables.

Medical Benefits:

  • Contains 92 minerals needed by your body
  • Increase hemoglobin production
  • Rebuild the blood stream
  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Improves the body’s ability to heal wounds
  • Purifies the blood
  • Creates an unfavorable environment for unhealthy bacteria growth
  • Neutralizes toxins in the body
  • Helps purify the liver
  • Improves blood sugar disorders
  • Keeps hair from graying
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Aid in the prevention of cancer

Next time, I will be reviewing new fruits. What is your favorite fruit and how do you prepare it?

Trista Todd is a Wife and Full Time Working Mom! She is married to Josh Todd (KCC 2003), Minister of Education and Youth and Marlboro Christian Church in Ohio and Momma to Gabriel who is just about 5! She works full time as the head of Marketing for GBS Document Management in North Canton, OH. She also runs a part –time business with her husband Josh called Gabe’s Goodies. She is a 2004 graduate of Malone University.

Progress Report

Trista’s back with an update on her weight loss journey!  Click here to read her first post in her weight loss guest post series!

Well, here we are, 3 weeks in and I am happy to report that I am down a total of 8lbs. I am extremely excited about the progress that I have made (Yay for me!). It has been a very good three weeks, but I have to be honest, this past week, I lost 0 lbs. In the past, I would be extremely upset and feel defeated about this, however, I can honestly say that at this stage in my journey I am ok with it.

You see this past week I spend a total of 2 days celebrating my 30th Birthday. I gave myself some concessions, because, well, you should. How many times have you been in a place where you feel like you can’t “treat” yourself because you are dieting? Believe me, I have been there. The way I look at it now is…I AM NOT ON A DIET. I am changing my life, and that includes special celebratory treats. Now, doesn’t that mean that you get to treat yourself for every “special thing” there is. WooHoo…I made it to work on time, let’s celebrate with ice cream. Hip Hip Horray, I can button my pants, let’s celebrate with a Cheeseburger. Praise The Lord, I made it through a day without going completely insane….let’s get some cake! Not so much… The thing about treating yourself, is that it HAS to be a treat. Otherwise, it is just simply overindulging for the sake of overindulging. Treat yourself on your Birthday, Anniversary and on Major Holidays, but that is it. Why ruin all of the hard work and effort you have put in by coving it with the excuse of a “special occasion”?

New For Me

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to branch out on the vegetable front. I don’t know about you, but there comes a point when you just cannot eat another carrot. So, in an effort to broaden my earth grown horizons, we tried the following new veggies in our house.

Turnips – I was a little nervous to try turnips, let’s just say that I got very bad reviews on the root veggie. However, I found a great little recipe that I lightened up that made them pretty tasty.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/turnip-gratin-recipe/index.html

My Adjustments

·         Instead of using heavy cream, I used skim milk, thickened slightly with a little cornstarch slurry.

·         Instead of full fat butter, I used Brummell and Brown buttery spread.

This dish was pretty good, however, I would definitely add garlic powder to the dish to punch up the flavor and much more salt than we originally added. All in all, I wouldn’t be opposed to making this dish again.

Jicama (Pronounced Hicama) – This is a vegetable that I have heard so much about from the likes of Hungry Girl and Food Network both. I was able to find it in our local grocery store. I was very surprised by the wonderfully sweet flavor of this veggie. You traditionally eat it raw. It tastes like a cross between a potato and an apple. Starchy yet sweet! We made a little slaw with julienned potato and apple with a little honey mustard vinaigrette. Very good, and very filling.

Brussels Sprouts – This veggie is often scary for people. Let’s face it, It get a lot of bad press. So, we bought fresh Brussels Sprouts, and we cleaned them (rinse them with hot water, trim ends and cut in half). Then we tossed them with a tablespoon of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Salt, Pepper, and 3-4 cloves of minced garlic. We put this all on a sheet tray and roasted it in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (key is to get them a little charred on the edges). Holy Smokes…were these good. These are definitely not your Mamma’s Brussels Sprouts. I think Josh is in love!

For my Birthday, I receive  Zumba for Xbox Kinnect, and I will be reviewing it next time for you. Pretty excited. Also, looking for some new fruits. What is your favorite fruit, and how do you like to prepare it?

Trista Todd is a Wife and Full Time Working Mom! She is married to Josh Todd (KCC 2003), Minister of Education and Youth and Marlboro Christian Church in Ohio and Momma to Gabriel who is just about 5! She works full time as the head of Marketing for GBS Document Management in North Canton, OH. She also runs a part –time business with her husband Josh called Gabe’s Goodies. She is a 2004 graduate of Malone University.

 

January 2012 Sponsor Shout Out!

We want to take a moment to say a big Thank You to our current advertising sponsors!  Thanks for believing in us and keeping us going!

Gabe’s Goodies

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A New Beginning

Our good friend Trista is going to be sharing a series of posts about her new commitment to a healthier weight!  Krista is still computerless and Jamie is moving several states away with her family this weekend, so please pardon the lack of regular posts from us.  If you’re interested in guest writing for us, please let us know!

I am so glad to be guest blogging here on The Playdate Crashers. I am excited to share my journey about getting healthier with all that will listen, and hopefully we will be able to learn a few tips and tricks from each other. I am going to be 100% honest with you all, so get ready to see my actual weight in numbers…yeah, that’s right, I am not holding back on this one. You are also going to hear my struggles too, because after all, we are all human!

About four years ago, just one year after the birth of my son, I decided that I was fed up with my weight. I had gained 50 lbs while I was pregnant, but even before then I had ballooned from my “wedding weight” of 190 lbs to 240 lbs.  So, I decided that I had to do something about it. At 240 very uncomfortable pounds, I decided to join Weight Watchers. I was so pumped, and over the next year, I lost a total of 50 pounds. I was definitely on my way to a healthier life for my family and for myself. However, over the past three years, I have slowly drifted back up, and as of Monday, January 2nd, I weighed in at 233 pounds. I won’t even begin to discuss the utter disdain and disgust that I had with myself when I finally stepped back on that scale. The important point is that I did STEP BACK ON THE SCALE. One thing I have learned over the past few years is that you are kidding yourself if you think  you are going to try to lose weight and never step on a scale. You have to monitor your successes and failures weekly.

So, on January 2nd, I got back to it. Back to Weight Watchers (I use the online tracker rather than attend meetings due to time constraints), back to exercising regularly, back to not abusing my body. Here are my “before” pictures that I am hoping will serve as a motivator to me every time I look at them.

New For Me…in the next few months I am going to try all kinds of new things. New workouts, new foods, new cooking gadgets, etc. and I will put a review in my blog so that you can see what I think of things. So, this week, my new thing was trying new workouts. I am a person who absolutely loathes conventional exercise. I use the word “loathe”, because I don’t just dislike it, I actually hate it. I get a kick out of people who say they enjoy it or love it….really? I think it is ultra boring! This week however, I attempted to broaden my horizons.

Josh recently got an Xbox 360 with Kinnect in a drawing (still can’t believe it!). We have The Biggest Loser for Kinnect and Just Dance 3 for Kinnect. I have tried both of them this week, and Just Dance 3 is by far my ultimate favorite. You get a great cardio work out and the best part is that it is fun. The Biggest Loser game give you a great work out, don’t get me wrong, actually kicked my butt pretty hard on Monday and Tuesday, but it is boring as all get out.

So, that’s where I am. Trying really hard to make it my lifestyle this time. For next time, I am looking for some new and different fruits and veggies to try out. Do you have a favorite? A great healthy way to prepare them? Let me know!

Trista Todd is a Wife and Full Time Working Mom! She is married to Josh Todd (KCC 2003), Minister of Education and Youth and Marlboro Christian Church in Ohio and Momma to Gabriel who is just about 5! She works full time as the head of Marketing for GBS Document Management in North Canton, OH. She also runs a part –time business with her husband Josh called Gabe’s Goodies. She is a 2004 graduate of Malone University.

Gabe’s Goodies Coupon Code!

Our blog birthday celebration continues with a coupon code from one of our advertising sponsors, Gabe’s Goodies!

Gabe’s Goodies is the end result of the dreams, hard work, and desire of one young lady to make people happy through her abilities. Trista Todd came up with the idea for this company in 2007 thanks in part to the inspiration from her newborn son, Gabriel, whom the company is named after.

Trista has always felt at home in the kitchen, whether it is cooking for her family’s Thanksgiving dinner or parties, she loves to make people feel welcome through her gourmet delights. Her favorite things to make have always been sweets, and thus Gabe’s Goodies brings you delectable cookies that will leave you wanting more.

An order from Gabe’s Goodies would be an awesome gift for friends, family, or co-workers at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  You can order now and delay shipping until Thanksgiving or Christmas!  Trista tells me that one of the most popular orders for Thanksgiving is their cutouts as place holders.  They can peronalize each individual cutout cookie with your guest’s name!  What a great idea!  They have huge turkeys, pumpkin pie slices and their newest for this year looks like a roast turkey on a platter!

To get 20% off your order, use coupon code CRASH20 (good through November 1, 2011)!