Evenflo Sibby Travel System Review

“This post was sponsored by Evenflo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

I received the Evenflo Sibby Travel System to facilitate my review.”

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Rohan, Kaya and I take strolls almost every day. Most of the time we head out with two babies in the stroller and head back home with both kids running in front of me while I push an empty stroller along. I have a few strollers that we rotate, but I was really excited to try out the Sibby Travel System by Evenflo.

The Sibby system comes with a rear-facing car seat and a stroller built for two children. One standing, the other seated. For us, the car seat wasn’t a fit. We installed it, popped Kaya in…and she was too big, and too long. Poor thing was crunched up in the back. (I wish I had a pic) We have her forward facing these days.

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The stroller however, is my new go-to.

We have 2 single strollers, and 2 doubles. Our travel double stroller is “umbrella” style and only used on trips. Our standard double stroller is front/back style with two full seats one kid facing forward and one kid facing me as we stroll. It is big, heavy and not so easy to maneuver.

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The Sibby stroller is a light and super mobile alternative. Kaya(2) sits in it, and Rohan (4) stands on the back. He likes to be more independent when we’re out so this is perfect for our needs. Rohan also enjoys pushing Kai in the stroller so the stand in the back easily flips up so he can push her without bumping his little feet on it. He recently discovered that if he leaves the stand down he can use the stroller as a scooter while he pushes Kai along. (Anything to keep him quiet and close by.)

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I love how light and easy to push the Sibby is. When it’s just Kaya in it, if the ride-on board is down, it makes a loud rattling sound so you’ll certainly remember to clip it back up. I think that’s my only “complaint.” You can pick it up at Target or online at Target.com. You can check out the specs at the Evenflo website. This is a great stroller for families with two littles.

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Have you tried the Evenflo Sibby yet?

Extended Stay America – Brickell Miami

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Last month during the Hispanicize conference I stayed at two properties. The first was an apartment through AirB&B and the second was Extended Stay America in Brickell Miami. The location was perfect for me because I could leave my car in the parking lot and walk 5 minutes to the free “people mover” to get down to the waterside where the events were taking place. (Uber home from an event in south beach was about 10 minutes and about 10 bucks)

The room I had was clean, comfortable and standard. Exactly what I needed for this business trip. 20160407_163857

The bed was comfy, water pressure was perfect and the kitchen was just what I needed. I don’t cook real food on vacation, but I often wish I had more than just a coffee maker and mini fridge in my hotel rooms. The microwave was clutch, I actually used it a couple times to reheat food I purchased outside. In the mornings I just ran down to the lobby for the grab-and-go breakfast (complimentary) before heading out. They had fresh coffees, muffins/pastries, and fruit available each morning.

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Whenever I travel solo, I consider how it would be with the whole family. I could see myself at an Extended Stay America on vacay with the kids doing waffles in the toaster and oatmeal on the stove before heading out for the day. I had a King bed room, but if we had a room with two double beds it would be plenty space for our family of four. Or if they provided pack-n-plays.

Since I was traveling for work, I was online with my laptop for most of the time that I was in the room. The free wi-fi was fast, with no service interruptions. (unlike at my house :() And I liked that there were two desk areas so if I were there with John or a roomie, we wouldn’t have to take turns working at the desk vs working in bed.

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The service from all staff was really helpful and friendly. When I first walked in, there was nobody at the front desk, so I waited. After about a minute another guest came down and looked truly shocked that the front desk attendant wasn’t there.  I asked how long he usually waits to get help and he said “I’m actually kind of worried. I’ve been here almost a month and this is the first time I don’t see anyone at this desk.” (Yellow Shirt Dude in the vid)

I’ve heard of Extended Stay before but never used it. I knew it to just be a budget-friendly hotel with a kitchen. In my mind it was for families on vacation and keeping costs low. It totally is, but there was another element at this location…. While there I met a lot of folks taking true extended stays while working in the area and a family from up north who is purchasing a home in Miami but has about 2 weeks before they can move in.

There was quite a sense of community at this location as well. Some of the people in town for long work engagements gathered at the grill and patio set up in the back to hang out after hours… and when I ran into one at random in the elevator, he referred to me as “the new girl.”  (PS: I got invited to the backyard party!) I didn’t have the heart to tell him I was only going to be there a few nights.

What made this location stand out to me was the super friendly people and the most convenient location. The grocery store and a drug store was right across the street. It’s a very “runnable” neighborhood, with lots of families, condos and homes. Granted, I was only there a few nights but in speaking with the folks who were there, anywhere from a week to 6 weeks, they all raved about the place and the folks who worked there.

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The downside was the closet space, if I were to stay an extended period of time it just wouldn’t work for me unless I packed super light. The property does have an onsite laundry facility, so I’m totally being picky. If I were in town for a stretch, I’d certainly be making use of that convenience. Also, there is no gym or pool. Now, I knew this location didn’t have it going in, so I wasn’t expecting it. I was in town for business anyway so no pool for me. I did my runs outside and used a beachbody program on my computer. If I were on vacation I’d have to choose an Extended Stay with a pool for sure.

Overall this property was perfect for my needs, and from my talks with everyone staying there perfect for a longer stay as well. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants more cooking capabilities in their room, and a clean, comfy home base for vacation or longer work-related travel.

Or maybe I’m just saying that because this happened:

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Have you taken an Extended Stay America vacation?

I’m going to be traveling more often and always looking for great places to stay. This is why I happily partnered up with Extended Stay America for this post.

Skip Hop Duet 2 in 1 Diaper Bag Review Video

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I’m listening to you. In the OKDani Reader Survey you said you wanted lots more videos from me… I’m working on it! I posted a mini vlog of our day, and Rohan explaining how to grow big and strong, and yesterday I posted this looong overdue (explanation in vid) review of the Skip Hop Duet 2 in 1 diaper bag.  It’s the BEST DIAPER BAG(s) ever.

I love how this bag is both super functional and efficient for everything I have to carry for both babies, and also stylish. I literally have worn no other bag for the past year, except when I was away at conferences without the kids. (And it was only at the very last minute before leaving for my flight that I unpacked it and packed a “proper” purse instead.)

I don’t know if you have any baby showers coming up to gift this, or if you’re a mama looking for a new bag, but this one will not disappoint you. My only issue is that I wish I had the one in black instead of tan, and that it had a zipper or snap on the tote. The Skip Hop Duet 2 in 1 can be found on the Skip Hop website, at stores like Babys R Us, Target, Nordstrom and online at Amazon. If you try it let me know how you like it. I live in this thing.

What’s your favorite piece of baby gear?

My 12 Week Women’s ROGAINE Experience #gotitfree #rogainetruevolume

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So, about 3 months ago I told you about my use of Women’s ROGAINE® Foam to work on my hereditary hair loss. It’s been about 12 weeks now so I’m writing with an update….

My hair has been thinning for about a year now, totally unrelated to the past pregnancies, just because…I’m unlucky lol. I noticed the thinning out when my hair was soaking wet because it lays flatter. When dry my hair is so curly that the volume makes the thin areas unnoticeable to others…

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But I still knew what was going on under there. It did not feel good. Made me feel super old and oddly masculine. So, I started using Women’s ROGAINE® Foam daily back in September. OK, so to be really real, and in total honesty, I may have skipped a day or two here and there… Like…maybe one day a week or so?

Sadly, I don’t have a million inches of new growth to report in … wouldn’t that be nice?

BUT!!!

After about a month…to 6 weeks of using ROGAINE® consistently, I started noticing no additional thinning in my major trouble area (the front middle). It just … didn’t look any worse… I was geeked, but I wasn’t sure if it was real or if I just wanted to see that result so bad that I was tricking myself….

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But no, it truly seemed to slow my shedding. And around 8 weeks I let myself really believe it was working and not my eyes playing tricks on me! 🙂

That is my major win, along with a general less shedding overall.

Next win is noticeably less thinning in the crown and top area of my scalp!!

**happy dance time**

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My hair is still growing at its usual rate. I haven’t yet noticed an increase in new growth in the front middle, but I am sure it’s soon to come. The info on the ROGAINE® box says that within 12 weeks you should start to regrow hair and around 24 weeks you will have noticeable results. I can’t wait to see what 24 weeks has in store for my head.

I’m just gunna go ahead and say it… I was skeptical. Really skeptical. I kinda had low hopes, but it really works! You have to keep using it to maintain your results, and I intend to. Daily ongoing use is a super small price to pay to have your hair looking awesome and full and not looking a hot patchy mess!

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Using Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is easy like I mentioned in my first post. I use it whether I’ve washed my hair or not. You guys already know I’m lazy, so this being easy to use no matter the hairstyle is crucial. I also used it on straightened hair and it didn’t make it curl back up. Not sure if it’s because it’s not a very wet/liquidy foam, or if it’s because it dissolves into your scalp so quickly. Either reason is fine by me, just as long as it continues to work well for me.

I am using the appropriate amount, and I honestly think that this can is going to last longer than expected.

I will give another update in 3 more months. I’m hoping by then I’ll see the front middle bit filled fully in again! I’m excited.

Have you tried Women’s ROGAINE® Foam?

What do you use on your hair/scalp?

Products were provided by the Women’s ROGAINE® Foam. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

New Subway Homestyle Carver Melts – Tastes Like Home #SubwayTasteandTell #Spon

This post was sponsored by Subway, but you already know everything below is #realtalk from Dani.

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When I was pregnant with Rohan I was obsessed with the place. At 8 and 9 months pregnant I’d walk…well waddle…to it from our Jersey City apartment and order my standard tuna sandwich on wheat, with all the spicy peppers, olives and yellow banana peppers that would fit! I would make them pile it on and rub my belly a lilbit to guilt them into piling on more. LOL  (Full disclosure: I still try to get them to pile on more even though my youngest is 1.)

Even before that when I was working in midtown Manhattan I would go grab my $5 foot-long turkey or chicken and pile on the veggies. There was a period of a few months that I remember saving for a trip, I would get a footlong each day, and eat half at lunch, then half at home for dinner. With breakfast free at the office, I was literally living on $5 a day.  Can’t do that now!

But I still go to Subway and get my quick sammich fix. I either get a Veggie D-Lite or Italian on wheat. (I did try a pastrami melt a little while ago that reminded me of NYC! I like that they are everywhere down here in Florida just like in New York. I was concerned about having my favorite food spots nearby when we moved. There’s one right outside the spot I do our weekly grocery shopping.

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Last week I was invited to Subways Taste and Tell Event. It was a cute party and tasting event at a Subway location near me to debut the new Homestyle Carver Melts offerings. This selection has carved turkey and rotisserie chicken pieces with no artificial colors or flavors! (I have an issue when restaurants say “home style” and give you something that looks nothing like real food. SO not the case here, thankfully!)

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I tried two different varieties. The first was the delicious roasted chicken with melted provalone, peppers, and a creamy ceasar dressing. And they give a nice 6 ounce portion of meat too, so you’ll feel full after finishing this bad boy. (I only ate about half lol)

The second (my fave) was carved turkey (not deli slice turkey), with cranberry sauce, peppers, and lettuce. (I had a lot of options to add in, and new choices of bread like olive oil-infused ciabatta bread, but I tried to keep it simple)

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Lemme tell you what this reminded me of….

You know how after thanksgiving you eat those big ol’ sandwiches made with thick cut pieces of turkey, and left over cranberry sauce, dressing and whatnot? That’s what this was! It was giving me all kinds of nostalgic feels.

Plus, in our house (meaning my parents house when I was growing up) we had roasted chicken for dinner most Sunday nights, and throughout the week I would pick chicken off that bird and build a sandwich with whatever cheese we had in the fridge.

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So Subway is really winning for me with this new Carver Melts option. It really tastes like good family memories of home for me. I’m glad I was able to attend and learn about this brand, as well as learn more about Subway in general. Whenever I go I am on autopilot. I order the same two things so I never look up at the menu. I had no idea there was a whole range of vegan options there! #subwayforthewin

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I’m psyched to try more varieties of the chicken carver melt sandwiches, but I can totally see myself buying the “Thanksgiving” Turkey with cranberry every single time I go. They’re only available for a limited time so I’ve got to get em a few times before they’re gone.

What’s your fave Subway Sandwich?
Will you be trying out the new Carver Melts line?