A Morning Learning about Birds at the Tracy Aviary

Liz Dean at Tracy Aviary Salt Lake City

Baby at Tracy Aviary

Uppababy at Tracy Aviary in SLC

Uppababy at Tracy Aviary in SLC

Littleprettyliz and baby at the aviary
Mom and Baby at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City

Baby at the Aviary

Uppababy and Liz Dean littleprettyliz at Tracy Aviary SLC

Uppababy and Liz Dean littleprettyliz at Tracy Aviary SLC

Uppababy and Liz Dean littleprettyliz at Tracy Aviary SLC

^^ West African Crane Chicks (5 weeks old) How adorable are they?!
Rainier Dean at Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park SLC

Rainier Dean at Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park SLC

Liz Dean and Rainier from littleprettyliz and Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City

Liz Dean and Rainier from littleprettyliz and Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City

^^ This is so darling!

Liz Dean from littleprettyliz and Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City

Liz Dean from littleprettyliz and Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City

Liz Dean from littleprettyliz and Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City

Liz Dean from littleprettyliz and Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City

Liz Dean at Tracy Aviary Salt Lake City

Liz Dean from littleprettyliz and Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City
Tracy Aviary Owl in Salt Lake City for Things to Do

Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park with Freshly Picked

^^ He may have been more interested in the dirt than the birds at times. Boys!

Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT with Freshly Picked

These Freshly Picked Moccasins!
Rainier at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT with Freshly Picked

Liz’s Shoes: Me Too (Similar HERE) // Liz’s Backpack: Dolce Girl (Similar HERE)// Rainier’s Shoes: Freshly Picked// Stroller: UPPAbaby G-LUXE

This past weekend we took a trip to visit the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. It is a shame we waited so long to check it out. I was definitely taken by surprise! The collection of birds is pretty remarkable for a little aviary in the corner of our local park. We had such a great experience with some 5-week old West African baby cranes that were out for a walk. Rainier was all giggles and laughter as they poked at his pants and buttons. It was the cutest thing!

We attended the Outdoor Bird Show, which features some well trained birds flying, hopping and running among the audience! My favorite was the¬†Wrinkled Hornbill. I had no idea that birds could be trained so well! The show was such a delight. The birds would often fly right over your head, making you duck, and you could literally feel their draft in your hair. Rainier marveled and kept saying “OOooooo!” over and over. Of course they ended the show with us in a standing applause.I was surprised all around about the beautiful grounds, ¬†the birds, the show and how entertaining it was for adults as well as children!¬†

Tracy Aviary was an outstanding place to trial our new G-LUXE travel stroller from UPPAbaby. We recently picked this up to replace our other bulky stroller The G-LUXE is a lightweight, easily compatible stroller – ideal for car, or air vacations. One thing we noticed about our other bulky stroller is that it doesn’t allow for the baby to recline very far limiting Rainier’s nap potential. After the aviary, we ran into nap time and baby ended up falling asleep in the stroller. We were able to recline the stroller and adjust the seat to fold OUT and UP, much like a living room recliner (think: Laz-e-Boy). This helps him to be more comfortable and helps keep him napping longer, which we all know is KEY for children (and the sanity of the parents!). All in all we love the stroller for day trips around town and it’s been put on our packing list for our upcoming East Coast travel.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of UPPAbaby. The opinions and text are all mine.

Why I don’t Bring Toys on Camping Trips (Anymore)

 

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Mom and Baby Fall Fashion Grand Staircase National Monument Baby Buns in Grand Staircase National Monument

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@skirotica hiking with baby in Lower Calf Creek Grand Staircase

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@littleprettyliz in Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

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Lake Outfits: Blankie on the Dock With Rainier: MiniMaxwell.com // Rainier’s Moccassins: Freshly Picked // Rainier’s Pants: Gap¬†SOLD OUT SIMILAR HERE// Rainier’s Top:¬†Old Navy //Liz’s Shoes:¬†Baretrap¬†// Liz’s Top: ShopRuche (SOLD OUT SIMILAR HERE) //¬†Matching Mom/Baby Cashmere Beanies: MiniMain// Liz’s Sunglasses: Karen Walker¬†Other Outfits: Rainier’s Green Pants:¬†Target Similar HERE // ¬†Rainier’s White Long Sleeve shirt with Bears:¬†Old Navy // Rainier’s Moccassins: Freshly Picked¬†//¬†Liz’s Mustard Dress: Forever 21 Similar HERE¬†// Liz’s Brown Boots: Baretrap// Liz’s Sunglasses: Karen Walker¬†// Rainier’s Puddle Jumper: Amazon

Think back on your childhood. Your fondest memories, do they involve toys? Or do they involve you exploring the great outdoors with your siblings or friends and enjoying the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and the dirt on your hands?

I’ve been thinking about this lately, and what is the point of packing up the entire car, driving hours each way to a campsite and then unpacking the car, setting up your campsite only to have baby sit on a blanket and play with man made toys? There isn’t anything natural about that. I want baby to explore, I want him to jump over logs, to feel the bark on his skin when he misses and falls on it. I want him to learn. I want him to learn to take risks, to try new things. To get muddy. I want him to catch bugs. I want him to marvel and say “OOOOOOohhhh!!!” at all the wonderful new things he can explore and learn about.

So after our last camping trip to the Grand Staircase National Monument in Escalante, UT, I’m making that a promise to my family and myself. No toys, no distractions. All, good, natural fun.

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week – My Breastfeeding Story

Mom and Baby Flower Milk Bath

Baby in a Milk Bath

Spoiling Mommy

Mom and Baby Flower Milk Bath

Flower Bath Robe

Mom and Baby Flower Milk Bath

Orange Rose in Milk Bath

Mom and Baby Flower Milk Bath

Baby in a Milk Bath

For World Breastfeeding week, I’d like to join in and shout out to the world that I made it 6 months breastfeeding Rainier! YES, I’m shouting about it and so happy about making it that long even though people in the past have commented rude things to me about not breastfeeding for more than a year.

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You see, I barely even made it past three weeks. But I did everything in my power to keep going regardless of the blisters, the anxiety of not being able to keep my supply up and the mental toll that took on me, working full time and commuting while pumping (“Pumping while working or commuting is the most fun thing to do!” said no one ever), Postpartum Depression, lack of sleep for someone that already has chronic sleeping problems as is and so much more. I honestly couldn’t have done it without a few people who supported me every step, question and concern along the way. Thanks to those amazing mammas who reached out to help. And, I applaud the working moms that made it past a year. #supermom
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Before you open your mouth and voice concerns on someone else’s breastfeeding journey, you should know that it’s NONE of your business and you have NO idea what challenges (emotional, physical) etc a person had to go through to make the decision to continue breastfeeding or not. So think twice before you judge a new or repeat mom. Instead, SUPPORT them. Offer if there is anything you can do to help. Offer them your pump, pumping parts, etc (so they can leave one at work and have one at home for those that exclusively pump instead of hauling one back and forth to work on for instance, a BIKE.)

For me, the BEST THING was quitting breastfeeding. And in order to be a good mom and parent to baby, I must be sane and healthy too else I cannot care for baby in a way I need to. I do believe that #breastisbest though.
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Not a single day goes by that I feel stopping breastfeeding had changed my relationship with my baby in a negative way. Sure, I wish I could have gone longer, but that’s my reality. I support every mom in her decision to breastfeed, or even not to breastfeed from day one.

You do what’s right for YOU and your family and don’t worry about what anyone else says or thinks. Congrats one every step you make towards feeding you baby, whether it be from the boob or from a scooper. <3

 

Special thanks to my Mother In Law, Susan, for taking these photos and setting up a wonderful relaxing evening in the bath with baby.