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Baby Gear Review: Gunapod® Bamboo Duvet Sack

Our baby loves to be swaddled and responds very well to the comfort of it around her. We’ve tried several options including multiple blankets, the Miracle Blanket, and the Snoo swaddle. Of course, I jumped at the chance to try this new Gunapod® Bamboo Duvet Sack for Gugu Guru from the Gunamuna company.

Per their website, “It’s super soft fabric made from eco-friendly hypoallergenic thermal regulating bamboo fibers, perfect for protecting sensitive skin. And then we filled it with premium fill to feel like a down comforter. The Gunapod® mimics your hug with all over channel-stitched soft pressure points, so baby feels ultra comfortable + sleeps longer. All of that with our WONDERZiP® technology for the easiest diaper changes and a temperature control zip to further customize the cozy. It’s like sleeping on a cloud.

My initial thoughts are, I love the soft material, the adorable pattern and that the Velcro is the non-sticky type so hair and clothes don’t immediately stick to it.  Little Mallary seems to love the comfort of the fabric and hold of the internal swaddle and sack too. We’re not sure if she sleeps longer in it, yet. but we’re hoping to test this more on our upcoming weekend trips.

 I love the options to have one, two or no arms out. The baby prefers both arms out, so far!  I like the idea that it’s easy to change the diaper but I’m also paranoid that it will get dirty unless I use a cloth diaper or burp cloth under her while changing her. I also like that the company was conscious of hip dyplasia prevention and that her legs are not restricted. 

Overall, we love this swaddle sack option and it helps with naps in the Pack n Play! We are looking forward to using this swaddle sack more when we travel, especially when we go to Walla Walla next month as our first overnight away from home!

The Ketchbot wedding week!

image Last Tuesday night, we finished painting signs for the wedding and Wednesday the bride and bridesmaids got mani/pedis….image image The bride asked for coral nails and blue toes with gold sparkles since she found a similar image on Pinterest. image On Thursday, we drove up to Camano Island! First we stopped at the family farm for lunch! My mom had a great spread of food with lots of desserts for the Wisconsin family members flying into town. image I can’t wait to post more photos soon! This week has been crazy busy. I’m flying to Irvine now for work and this weekend, we go to Walla Walla for our 10 year college reunion, plus it’s my dad’s 70th birthday!

Favorite photos from 2014

It’s hard to believe that two years ago today, Mr. F and I were driving across the country from Chicago to Seattle. This time last year, 644558_10100757430340580_280595830_n my cousin Jessie was on rotation in Seattle!995597_10100757219039030_314307336_n We had Jessie and my sister, Janie over for New Year’s Eve! We were so good last year that we went to Yoga Nidra on New Year’s day. 1520662_655977239672_1548714077_nJanuary was filled with nice walks around the neighborhood 1508206_656042967952_1696454004_n and Discovery Park. Our college buddy, Bryce Andrews wrote his first book, Badluck Way1526571_657557552712_1892758688_nso we went to one of his book signing stops in January! 1506142_10100783934376280_45603466_o More of my awesome Wisconsin cousins came to visit when Jessie finished her rotation. My good friend and co-worker, Caroline1468498_658816719332_470768728_n joined me in Fargo in January in Fargo, where it got to a low of -20F!!! We were worried our eyelashes would freeze! 1654184_659043335192_1863254923_n Meanwhile, Seattle was in the 40s in January and sunny. 61524_659473647842_825236326_n Andy Mac met me in the O’Hare Airport at the end of January as we were both flying around the country for work! February was a fun travel month with a trip to St. Louis where my wonderful mother-in-law made me a delicious birthday cake!1902806_661433385512_926044476_nI also got to visit more great co-workers in Irvine, CA! 1604780_660850204212_476932181_n Gracielli and Marie are some of my favorite people too. 1601402_661743548942_310478977_n Mr. F made an amazing scallop dish in February. We also celebrated Andrea’s bridal shower, 1653420_661961242682_592766771_n bachelorette party and wedding! 1622613_663503726532_2136506475_n Andrea and Mike got married February 21st. I also went to Boise for work and 1924530_662263621712_1039736467_n we celebrated 1625652_662669218892_2121023546_n Rusty’s and my mom’s birthdays in February too, before Mr. F and I went to Maui for our birthday trip.1898082_663588821002_530034296_n10014680_664033519822_602566810_n Our favorite restaurant quicky became Star Noodle and we ate there 3 times in less than a week. 1979893_663488302442_1675916276_n This was one of my favorite dishes and there were so many to choose from! 1965080_663559844072_1092458705_n  1975156_664033694472_134054900_n We had so much great food and loved snorkeling with the turtles around Black Rock too. 1939973_664458732692_308636671_n 1780689_664460823502_967323827_n Our favorite Seattle restaurant last year was Dot’s.1236886_666344318962_1744619135_nWe went there a lot especially for brunch/lunch after yoga before it closed. 1176107_665453793582_1398777950_nColleen, Mr. F’s cousin and basically sister, came to visit in March and we had lots of fun shopping and wandering around Fremont.  10172696_668205294552_7658501432778008988_n We went to the Gramercy Cellars Spring Release in Sodo with Mohit in April. 10310657_671694547062_7680370796816148268_n  The last day of April was so warm that we went paddleboarding. It was an excellent start to a long and unusually sunny summer! 1901218_673378237932_3336416778003814503_n In the spring, we continued going to yoga regularly, 10390513_673541026702_6057884284796395034_n I also returned to Irvine to co-monitor with Gracielli, 10334426_673943200742_8361447631747206299_n Mr. F started swimming regularly in Puget Sound, we also went to Walrus & Carpenter. 10347542_674065775102_4818325924827903267_n For Memorial day weekend, my parents, sisters, their boyfriends, 10320994_674597025472_2244985998060748925_o my aunt and uncle, Mr. F and I went to Kauai. 10321151_674646955412_1773062862532930785_o We had amazing condos in a lush jungle on the beach. 10313955_675524975852_8720844093808432643_n The snorkeling was better in Kauai than Maui,10365789_675234433102_7602809610074534186_n perhaps because there were more remote spots and more turtles! 10300497_675235386192_826565280255475667_n In May, we met Mohit’s girlfriend who lived on a houseboat. She knows how to throw a great party but doesn’t want her picture taken!10340011_675344188152_6770236748684158827_n In May, I returned again to Irvine for work and this time, Gracielli and I went to the Pelican Hill Golf Club for dinner. The view was stunning, 10382750_675754495892_14817736305815650_n especially at sunset!10410555_675856276922_178156474173730954_n 10394489_676475151692_4967273111071597756_n We paddleboarded and swam more in May. In June, I won a Tern foldable bike and Ibex giveaway! 10452440_677652187902_7611072802403039310_n We started biking more to the beach! 10390350_679041358992_6128460681243013960_n In June, we went to the Doubleback Release party in Walla Walla with Mohit! It was held at the McQueen Vineyard overlooking Walla Walla. 10364006_680147487302_330239980466649250_n I also had a work excuse to visit Colleen in Colorado and see her new house. Shortly thereafter, I saw Beav in Boise at his parents’ new house overlooking Boise.  10521728_680834884752_8141941060453754289_nHe had just gotten out of rehab at the time. 10423982_681410880452_6497078939316640491_n The beginning of July was rainy in Seattle, but I didn’t mind because I got to go to Oahu for work and Andy Mac went with me,10443498_681892350582_9071078491796745058_n even though she was 8 months pregnant! We even had an awesome room that looked at Diamondhead! 934749_682326171202_7909462492454943292_n  In August, Mr. F and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary 1910006_682513396002_6445199734051133038_n and we went to Lummi Island1510974_685431308482_759516321463778296_n for the weekend. 10527516_685448209612_3344030789358341253_nThe water was a lot colder there!10703776_699181463062_9050385202345410200_n  One of my favorite dishes, Mr. F made this summer was a tahini chicken salad. 10624891_691237413002_7066029192570209537_n I saw Beav in Boise again in August when I was there for work. 10603447_694375569112_3483899481843900469_nOur garden10671292_696569018422_8888623800032822531_n and neighborhood had tons of sunflowers blooming this summer. In September, I had a great work excuse to visit my cousins in Milwaukee, 10703962_695077467502_4881146807386218973_ndownload plus drive down to Chicago for Kiki’s bachelorette party! We had an epic time and we went to my favorite Chicago restaurant, 10353046_696396050052_1367634967281287849_n Piccolo Sogno Due. As if September wasn’t awesome enough, I returned to Oahu for work with my co-worker, Norah10403591_695695733492_5093608330006180819_n10710875_696146999152_4742436414146267656_n and we went to an amazing yoga class together too. 10253808_696760624442_2264410213192680163_n I also went to Spokane with my co-worker, Gracielli for a problem site and we ran along the Spokane River together before work. 10653538_696569223012_7456489904495297253_n Mr. F and I swam in the Sound every chance we got and in between my travels. In late September, I returned to Chicago for work and got to see my cousin, Katy and her adorable baby. We walked through the Lurie Gardens and it was perfect. 10698499_697161580922_9007534550334073739_n In October, I flew back to Milwaukee for work and for my cousin, Kiki’s wedding. 10703734_10101067168837150_4513124236877244138_n My cousins are soo awesome. 10690025_699428258482_1486412143643332541_n1978827_701528299982_2465328052929865087_nBy the end of October, I was getting slightly travel weary and started looking for new jobs, but Mr. F and I kept our spirts up by dressing as Lana and Archer for Halloween. Mohit and his girlfriend were amazing hosts for Halloween too! 10423760_703149825432_5435644545036952438_n10676221_703161551932_7774871399834529332_nI interviewed for a new company and received an offer within 2 weeks. 1972316_702335232882_2396412918345500485_n November 12th was the first day at my new company! It’s a top 3 Contract Research Organization plus I got a promotion and a raise!!! Thanksgiving was sad 10408074_10205518199740146_7261028726146892731_n because Beav’s funeral was the weekend after but we’re trying to focus on the positive. We had friends over for New Year’s Eve 10881507_713257973622_65909644625553307_n and even though, I have a cold, we had a great time! 10421963_10102474451905368_7649709993622157084_n Happy New Year! Here’s to great memories and friends!

 

On balancing travel and staying healthy on the road and at home

I’ve been reading about finding balance recently, especially through yoga and Tara Stiles inspired me this today: “In the spirit of Monday morning and getting it all done, I encourage you to soften yourself today. Perform your tasks with a sense of ease. Approach your conversations to listen first, carrying your objective in your back pocket. Allow conflict to exist without getting emotionally consumed. Allow yourself space to breathe. Take a big deep inhale. Exhale a little longer. Repeat during the day.

Stress and tension exist. It’s a part of life. Practicing ease through yoga and the rest of your life isn’t to erase or block out tension, it’s to work with it, let it roll through you, not get stuck on you, so you can get more done with a lot less effort.”

When I’m traveling for work, I try to make at least 15 minutes for a quick yoga session, walk as much as possible and/or check out the hotel pool for laps every day. I found a new article called, “A business travel workout crafted by a professional mountain climber“. I’m looking forward to trying this routine:

The workout

Find a location that has an optimum running path and an adjacent park.

1.) 5-minute run / skip / walk warm-up / shake out

2.) Open and close your hand repeatedly

Basic routine:

1.) 10 stretches to touch your toes

2.) 10 shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger rotations, in each direction (the centrifugal force that moves blood to your hands is a good tip to move blood to your hands when it is cold out)

3.) 20 lunges (step forward with one leg and bend down to create a 90-degree angle)

4.) 10 stand-ups (lay on your back with knees bent and feet flat on ground; roll forward to upright standing position; reverse to return to original position)

5.) 5 to 20 push-ups (75% capacity)

6.) 1 minute of a fixed line hip stretch: Clasp your hands and bring your elbows down to your knees, in a squat, to extend hips

7.) 4 x 4 plank: Hold a plank position (like a push-up, but with forearms flat against the ground) for one minute each facing down (both arms), left (one arm), down (both arms), right (one arm) using your core to support your body and keeping arms and legs immobile.

8.) 1 minute each side: Stand and balance on one leg, raising the other in front of you; stand and balance on one leg, pulling the other behind you by grabbing the ankle.

This foundation for fitness takes between 10 and 15 minutes and can be repeated or as a daily goal.

I hope these thoughts and tips are helpful. I’ve been stressing out unnecessarily for example, I’ve meant to write about Lihue, Kauai and our favorite fish market but I’ve been traveling more for work and recently got back from Walla Walla, our old college stomping grounds, which I’d also love to write more about, soon. I leave today for Fargo, ND so I’m going to try soften and find some time on the on the road this week for both this new workout and blog catch up!

This is one of the first work weeks that I’ll be gone Monday through Friday. I’ll miss Mr. F as I’m traveling through the Midwest and visiting my cousin, Colleen in Boulder after a work trip to Colorado Springs!

Next week, I’ll be home in Seattle more with only one work trip to Boise and then it’s the Fourth of July weekend!!! This will be a nice time to go to yoga regularly and sleep more!

A Fettbot Year in Review

imageOn New Year’s Day last year, we started our drive across the country image to move back to Seattle. One of the first things we did was go to Walrus & Carpenter. image Within the second week of January, 73300_610492266922_1250385297_nI went to a two week training for my new job in Raleigh, NC.  image Mr. F and I had our 30th birthdays IMG_0408 in February! IMG_0516image All spring, we enjoyed going back to our favorite spots, imagerestaurants, and adventures in Seattle. image IMG_0706We went to San Juan Island over Easter weekend.IMG_0985We love ferry rides. In April, we went to Berkeley to visit our friend Mohit376062_621922979682_926369652_n and go to Napa.IMG_118137054_621937560462_1308265316_nWe had lots of great food in Berkeley, San Francisco, St. Helena and Oakland! image imageIn May, we went to Discovery Park with our friend Hayes and her three legged dog. We also went sailing with Andrea in Elliott Bay.image image imageIMG_2100 We also went to Whidbey Island and met her boyfriend, Mike!imageWe went to visit our college town in May. IMG_2323We loved going to the Doubleback release party too.IMG_2459 IMGP0035  IMGP0019 IMGP00391000689_10200564699614790_1729905062_n In July, we went sailing with Andrea and her Dad to Blake Island. We had an amazing steak dinner aboard the Denouement too. 1045185_10201545855995129_1675493741_n We took Andrea to Walrus & Carpenter for her birthday too, image imageimage IMG_0096We went to the Washington Coast for the Fourth of of July with my cousin, Katy.IMGP1373 We went paddleboarding several times this summer and once with Katy and Hayes! IMGP0554  IMGP0519 IMG_0020I took a seaplane to Victoria for work a few times. IMG_0268IMG_0541We went to the Willows Inn on Lummi Island for our 5 year wedding anniversary!IMG_0602 We kayaked with dozens, possibly a hundred seals. IMG_0614 IMG_0663 IMG_0871 We saw local tribes netting salmon too.IMGP0893We flew to Chicago and drove to Michigan to see Mr. F’s parents. We got to see my cousin, Katy too.IMG_1025 IMG_1026We went to our first Sounder’s game with my sister, Katie. image imageIMG_1026_2 IMG_1062_2In September we celebrated my grandmother’s 88th birthday at Tilth.image I also went to Irvine for work and got to hang out with my work buddy, Marie. We got In N’ Out burgers with animal style fries,imageand went to Laguna Beach. imageIMGP1032 Mr. F and I went swimming in the Puget Sound several times in the late summer. IMG_1085_2My sister Katie’s birthday was at Gothberg Farms. IMG_11161294263_10100659540956690_1856282740_oWhile I was in Fargo for work, I met the rest of my family in Woodruff, WI for my cousin Jason’s wedding the first weekend in October. IMG_1542 Mr. F’s sister got married in Austin, Tx IMG_1668 the first weekend in November. image I loved seeing Mr. F’s cousins too. image image It was fun going to Allen’s boots too. IMG_2741 Thanksgiving was fun at 1475959_650400715072_1645204522_nKatie and Travis’ house. IMG_2746 IMG_2757  December has been pretty festive too! image image image image image11558107983_fb763353a9_b  11557982596_ea94bee27d_b Happy New Year!

Summer in Seattle!

IMGP1373 Last weekend, we went paddleboarding on the Puget Sound. It was amazing how much our balance has improved with going to yoga 2-4 times a week! IMGP1376 My cousin Katy had never been paddleboarding and she had a blast too.  IMGP1371 We saw a seal and a sea lion from far away, in addition to several jelly fish! IMGP0519 Hayes joined us too! IMGP0553 The four of us had a great time paddleboarding, IMGP0554 especially with our waterproof cameras. IMGP0557IMG_0009 This week, Mr. F and I have been eating healthier with dishes like King Salmon with blackberry sauce and fresh peas, and seared scallops with chives and macona almonds! IMG_0038 I’m very lucky to have my own personal chef! IMG_0043 IMG_0068 Yesterday, we went to the Ballard Seafood Fest! IMG_0057 We walked from our house, enjoying the sun and the scenery.  IMG_0061 I was very excited to get the Cupcake Royale cupcakes with Swedish fish on top, in honor of the occasion. IMG_0078 Yesterday afternoon, we met a few friends in Belltown and enjoyed their patio IMG_0089 with lots of sunscreen and big shady hats. IMG_0086IMG_0085 We met my parents, grandparents and uncle for an impromptu dinner just down the street!IMG_0103 IMG_0116 The outdoor patio was lovely and the weather was perfect to dine al fresco! IMG_0102IMG_0109 We had duck liver pate with rhubarb, lasagna, IMG_0110 salmon, porkchops, amazing wine from Waitsburg Cellars,IMG_0097 IMG_0121 and several amazing desserts. I loved them all! IMG_0124 IMG_0126 IMG_0123 IMG_0130   I’m so happy it’s summer!

My favorite photos from sweet home Walla Walla

IMG_2229 On Friday we drove from Seattle to Walla Walla, stopping in Ellensburg for lunch at a fun restaurant called, The Red Horse Diner! We loved the burgers and neon signs. IMG_2247 We got nostalgic driving by the paper mill before Hwy 12. IMG_2259 One of our first stops was aMaurice. The lavender was blooming as we drove up the driveway and the sky was trying to become blue again.IMG_2262  For dinner, we went to the infamous Whitehouse-CrawfordIMG_2290 I went here for my 21st birthday and haven’t had the chance to go back. They still have the amazing blue velvet chairs. IMG_2293 We loved the tasting menu and were thrilled to find one of our classmates is the restaurant manager. Here are a few of my favorite courses, like chili shrimp with quinoa and pickled onionsIMG_2297 and the Pappardelle with chicken ragu and Pecorino Romano. IMG_2299 We also had Halibut with mushrooms, snap peas, and pureed potatoes IMG_2310 and a strawberry-rhubarb tart for dessert! IMG_2315 IMG_2319 On Saturday, we had a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy with eggs and hashbrowns at a new place (to us) called Bacon & Eggs. IMG_2321 IMG_2323 We also wandered around campus to walk off some of breakfast and paid a visit to Styx (the horse statue by Deborah Butterfield.) IMG_2349 IMG_2356 IMG_2385 Before lunch we stopped by Rasa Vineyards. We saw Walla Walla Sweet Onions growing next to the grapevines! IMG_2386 image For lunch, we went to our favorite place in Walla Walla, La Monarca taco truck! We love their tortas and Walla Walla Sweet Onion beef tacos. IMG_2417 After lunch we drove to the Doubleback release at McQueen Vineyard. IMG_2445 IMG_2449 Drew Bledsoe (the former NFL Quarterback for the New England Patriots) held the release party in his amazing vineyard and we got to try the new release, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and barrel samples for the Stolen Horse Syrah and the 2011 Cab.  IMG_2451 There was even a bonfire of wine barrel slats! IMG_2459 We loved the view of the Walla Walla Valley and all the blooming lavender surrounding the vineyard and separating them from the wheatfields. IMG_2461 IMG_2463 IMG_2495 Before dinner, we stopped at Beresan and saw the cutest winery dog! IMG_2499 For dinner, we went to Saffron Mediterranean  Kitchen, where we had fois gras with curried rhubarb, ribeye steak, and ravioli with oxtail and kale. IMG_2502 IMG_2503 IMG_2504 The best part was the olive oil semifreddo with raspberries and pistachios! IMG_2540 On our way home on Sunday, we listened to American Gods by Neil Gaiman which was helpful when we got stuck at the Snoqualmie Pass for an extra hour or more due to rockblasting.