27 Sep

The Best Umbrella Strollers and Carriers to take on Vacation with a Baby

You’ve taken the plunge and booked that first vacation with your baby – good job! The next step is to work out what you need to bring. Some things are easy. Obviously you will need diapers, clothes and hats. But what about a stroller? Should you take one? Would a carrier be better?

Take both.

My recommendation from my own personal travel with babies is to take both a lightweight, umbrella stroller and a baby carrier. A carrier is a great choice when you are going to be walking around places without good sidewalks and can make life a lot easier. However, it can also be very tiring to always be carrying your baby in a carrier. Many babies also struggle to get enough sleep in a carrier and it is tricky when you want to eat or sit down.

Which carrier should you take?

There are many options and if you already have one that you are comfortable with at home, then take that. The main thing is to get one that is suitable for your baby’s age, is compact to carry and will handle the climate that you will be visiting. If you are traveling somewhere hot, it is important to get a carrier that can handle hotter climates and won’t overheat both you and your baby.

My personal favourite is the ergo. It can be used at the front or back so is suitable for a broad age range. There are many other great carrier choices though that you can check out here.

Which stroller should you take?

A carrier is handy, but a stroller can work better when you are out for entire days. It is far easier to push a stroller than to carry around your little one all day. A stroller means that your baby also has a bed for naps and somewhere to sit when you are eating. It is much more versatile than a carrier.

For a vacation, it is important to take a compact, lightweight, umbrella stroller. You are going to need to carry around the stroller regularly so this is the time to leave your big strollers at home. If you are flying, compact strollers can usually be checked at the gate which means that you can also use your stroller to help you around the airport. I personally love traveling with a Maclaren Techno. It is relatively lightweight and suitable for all ages. To find the best choice for you, check out the best umbrella strollers here.

Now that you have your carrier and stroller picked, you can be assured that getting around on vacation with your baby will be smooth and straight forward.

15 Jan

Using Wooden Barrels for Sale To Create Flavors from Around the World

It’s no secret that I LOVE beer and try to find the best of this magical elixir wherever I travel.

Fact is, it’s not just beer that I sample while I travel.

I also love gin. And whiskey. And scotch. And Rye.

I love strong tasting, infused, drinks with a bent toward the bitter end of the flavor spectrum.

I feel like we’ve hit the jackpot since settling down back home in Vancouver. Small scale distilleries are booming here; getting a locally distilled vodka, gin, or whiskey isn’t difficult at all. Many of them use local sourced base ingredients as well as hyper-local botanicals for infusion. It’s really a flavor explosion over here on the West Coast.

The next step, of course, is home infusing. Distilling at home might still be illegal, but that doesn’t mean that we have to stop at enjoying the fruits of other peoples labor! We can infuse too!!

It’s super easy. You just need to find wooden barrels for sale that are the right size. You don’t want,or need, a large barrel – you need to fill it with vodka or whiskey, so keep your pocketbook in mind!

Next, you need to find the botanicals, or herbs, that you want to infuse into the liquor. If the barrel for sale has a medium charring you might just want to experiment with that flavor but, otherwise, you’ll want to find some good flavoring agents. Juniper, hops, orange peel, dried cherry, tarragon, rosemary…your imagination truly is the limit!

Fill the barrel with the alcohol, add the botanicals, and wait.

How long? It really depends on what herb, fruit, or botanical you’re using. Check it after a week, and every 4 days after that until it tastes perfect to you.

See? Easy peasy!