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Skip Hop Stroller Handle

bellingFAM Approved: Skip Hop Walk-Along Stroller Handle (Giveaway)

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File this under: Things I wish I had when our kids were small.

When Skip Hop sent me the information about their newly released Walk-Along Stroller Handle, I practically did a little mama dance in my office. Which is Starbucks in Barkley Village. Which would have been awkward. For everyone.

We are on our way out of the stroller phase. Our beloved BOB collects dust on our deck most of the time, as Everett is beyond needing a ride when we go exploring. We do hang-on to it for some of our bigger adventures, especially ones with crowds or if we’re bringing a lot of extra gear with us, but I know that our stroller days are numbered. It’s bittersweet.

Skip Hop Stroller Handle

As a mom of three who were all quite small at one time (Janie was 5 and Meg was just 21-months old when Everett was born), I would have given up at least a week’s worth of lattes to have one of these handles. I can’t tell you how many times I had tricky moments juggling Baby Ev in the stroller, with little Janie and little Meg gripping the sides of the BOB as we conquered the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle or crossed insane intersections through crosswalks that seemed miles wide. Having a designated spot on the stroller where they knew they could hold on and where I knew they would be holding on, would have been priceless.

I particularly love Skip Hop products because they have the reality of life with kids in mind. Not only are their products reasonably priced (the Walk-Along Stroller Handles retail for $8 each), but they also think about the little things, like how to keep them clean (you can pop these handles on the top-rack of your dishwasher!).

Big hugs, Skip Hop! We adore you and your awesome new Walk-Along Stroller Handles!

To enter to win a Skip Hop Walk-Along Stroller Handle, please click the Rafflecopter link below: (two winners will be chosen)

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bellingFAM Giveaway for Skip Hop Walk-Along Stroller Handles

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This giveaway was provided by the nice people at Skip Hop. All opinions are my own.

Reading list: REAL HAPPY FAMILY, A NOVEL (Giveaway)

Real Happy Family Cover

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When TLC Book Tours asked me to review one of their latest books, REAL HAPPY FAMILY, by Caeli Wolfson Widger, the email exchange went a little something like this:

Them: “Are you interested in reviewing a book that is focused around pop culture and reality TV?”

Me: “Hold on, let me turn down the Real Housewives of (Insert Favorite Bravo Franchise Here).”

In all honesty, once I dug into REAL HAPPY FAMILY, it wasn’t quite what I expected. Reading about pop culture and reality TV seems like it would be a pretty cushy gig, but this book is much darker and grittier than those topics let on.

The story follows a family, mainly a mother and a daughter, who are trying to survive in Hollywood, eventually ending up on an intervention-style reality TV show… which kicks off in a Reno hotel room, of all places.

I’m still finishing up the last few chapters of REAL HAPPY FAMILY and while it took me a few chapters to pull the story together, the characters kept me going. I loved that this wasn’t a fluffy-take on reality TV or a profile of a “struggling” actress. It feels real and borderline scandalous in a man-behind-the-curtain way, without being sensationalized with the glitz and glamour of typical celeb-fiction reads. To top it all off, it’s smart and witty, in all of the right places. My favorite.

There were times when I had to put it down to take a break from the almost painful family interactions. I felt as if I were peeking straight into the lives of Lorelei and Colleen, like I was watching them on Real Happy Family (the reality show they land on) myself, rather than reading a piece of fiction.

I’d certainly recommend REAL HAPPY FAMILY, especially if you’re a self-confessed reality TV junkie, like me. (I have no shame.) Your secret is safe with me. Looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up… I still can’t tell if there is a happy ending in the works or if this family will dive right into tragedy, yet again.

Find REAL HAPPY FAMILY:
Pick up your own copy on Amazon. (The Kindle-version is under $5 right now!)
Save it to your Goodreads account.
Follow author, Caeli Wolfson Widger on Twitter.

To enter to win a copy of REAL HAPPY FAMILY, please click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link below:

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bellingFAM Giveaway for REAL HAPPY FAMILY, A NOVEL

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A copy of REAL HAPPY FAMILY was provided for the purpose of this review. Giveaway provided by TLC Book Tours. All opinions are my own.

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