Giveaway: 7 A.M. Enfant Blanket 212Evolution, Warmmuffs, Mittens and Hat
If you've been following me on Instagram, you know I've spent the past week on a family ski trip in Park City, Utah. How do you take a baby and a preschooler on a ski trip with any chance of skiing yourself?
I'll tell you how.
You go with your cousins, three of which ski and one of which is a very responsible adult who has no interest in skiing and loves taking care of children. AKA, my cousin Robyn.
I have no idea why someone would want to spend their vacation trapped in a condo with a one-year-old, but I don't ask questions. I just smile, hand my baby over and back out slowly, taking my snow pants as I go.
We took Mazzy skiing for the first time (well, the second, if you count the time she had a tantrum before she even got to the slopes), but I want to save the ski experience for another post.
Today, I want to talk about the ICE CASTLE. Or Elsa's ice castle, as Mazzy prefers to call it.
I found out about the ice castle after someone posted a photo of it on Instagram a few weeks ago. I asked where it was and found out it was only twenty minutes from where we were staying.
My plan was born. This is what we would do one day instead of skiing. Mazzy was going to FLIP OUT.
We arrived. Mazzy thought it was as awesome as expected.
She even flashed her signature superhero move. (I think she's showing off an invisable wrist guard laced with superpowers, but I can't be sure.)
Harlow wandered around like she had landed on another planet.
I thought it was the photo taking opportunity of a lifetime.
Then we came to the ice slide. It was a tiny tunnel carved into the ice that you had to climb up and then slide down, spitting you out some 100 yards away. The ice is solid and white so you can't see what's happening inside.
Mazzy stopped in her tracks. "I want to go in!"
"Ummmm….." I imagined her suddenly panicking midway through, with all the people behind her screaming for her to move. "I don't know if this is the best idea."
That little face. Oh my god. Did I have to take her on it? I looked at the tiny hole with a pool of water forming at the bottom. I was wearing jeans. They would get soaked. I was also not immune to panicking in small cramped spaces myself.
"Okay, Mazzy, let's do it together!"
This is how much I love my daughter.
You would think the ice slide would be the highlight of the trip. NOT EVEN CLOSE.
Two seconds later, Mazzy stopped again. This time she was speechless, starring into the distance like a child possessed. I followed her gaze and noticed two women in rather elaborate attire taking photos with small children.
"Come on, Mazzy. Keep moving."
She didn't budge.
"I want to take a picture with them."
"Who? Those ladies? Why do you care about those ladies?"
The words she spoke next were slow, quiet and breathless, never taking her eyes off them.
"It's Anna and Elsa."
That's when I noticed the ridiculously long line.
"We'd have to wait behind all those people to take a picture. You don't want to wait in that long line do you?"
"Yes. I do!"
One of the little girls who had just taken a photo with the princesses was dressed as Elsa herself. It was worth a shot.
"Mazzy, look! It's the young Elsa! Let's take a photo with her!
I ran after the girl's mother and asked if my daughter could take a photo with her daugther. She agreed.
I'm a genius!
Or so I thought.
After the photo with the little Elsa imposter, Mazzy quickly gravitated back toward the older Elsa and Anna. Also imposters, but children see what they want to see.
It was inevitable. We stood on line for about 45 minutes.
Totally worth it.
Before our trip, 7 A.M. Enfant sent me a big package full of winter and travel gear for the girls. Two ultra warm Chapka hats, snow booties for Harlow, waterproof mittens, a chevron stroller blanket, the most awesome travel diaper bag and Warmmuffs— these ingenius insulated mittens that attach to your stroller with velcro at the fingertips so you can take your hands in and out easily to tend to your baby.
7 A.M. Enfant is no joke. Their stuff is well made, ridiculously warm, ultra sleek (it's from France!), incredibly soft and everything comes in a wide variety of awesome colors.
The Voyager diaper bag is oversized and super light— the absolute PERFECT carry-on. It's got bottle pockets on the side and big pockets in the front for easy access to your wallet, passport, phone and pacifiers. There's a handle, a shoulder strap and velcro straps if you want to attach it to the back of a stroller. Inside has tons of mesh pockets along with a removable diaper pouch and a cooler bag.
Plus, I got the neon green so nobody will ever walk off with my bag by accident.
The Blanket 212Evolution is plush, sleek and adjustable to fit your child from infancy to preschool. There's a reason why every parent in Manhattan has one in their stroller. We walk everywhere we go so our babies are constantly exposed to the elements.
1) You must follow 7 A.M. Enfant on facebook to enter. Then finish the following sentence in the comment section below.
The only thing harder than getting kids dressed to go out in the winter is __________________.
2) For a second entry, pin the giveaway graphic on Pinterest and leave a second comment that you did so.
Winner will be announced Friday, the 28th.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Jessica Cash who won the 7 A.M. Enfant giveaway for over $250 worth of amazing winter baby gear. She said, the only thing harder than dressing your kids for the cold is "trying to pee alone".
Please contact Ilana@Mommyshorts.com for your prize!