Mom Advice Needed | Baby Gate Edition

My 9 month old is a stair climber.

He’s a little daredevil and although he’s really good at climbing, he hasn’t mastered the reverse which leaves me in need of a baby gate since sitting on the stairs all day is proving to be less effective for all the other areas of my life.

But look at my stairs! Our standard pressure mount baby gate isn’t going to work as the stairs widen and that one wall is at an angle. I would just move the gate up to the 5th stair but the wall with the handrail is not flush (some kind of mop board trim happening there) and the actual handrail prevents our gate from being secure since it’s in the way.

So…what to do? Play pen in a semicircle around the bottom of the stairs? Do you think this curved baby gate would be able to mount on my weird walls? Is this baby gate for flared stairs really over $100? Is it worth it? If so, who is selling a used one …because DANG!

HELP! I totally need your ideas, reviews, advice, experience.



STUCK Adoption Documentary coming to SLC

Have a heart for international adoption?

On Monday, April 8th STUCK, the award-winning international adoption documentary film, will be coming for one night only to Salt Lake’s Tower Theater (876 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT).

It’s a film that celebrates family with aims to bring more light and hope to international adoption.

Below is a trailer for the movie that will be shown in SLC. (Press the black and white play triangle to watch.)



You can purchase movie tickets to the event in SLC (or any of the other featured cities) here or you can purchase the movie and watch it at home by clicking the red button above.


Mr. R and I will be there on Monday as the petition coordinators asking you to sign the petition that will be taken to Washington, D.C. for the Step Forward for Orphans March on May 17th.

Even if you cannot make it to the viewing party on Monday, we would still love for you to sign the petition now encouraging lawmakers to make a child’s right to family a priority.

Conservative estimates say more than 10 million children around the world live outside a family setting, in institutions or on the street. In reality, that number may be much higher.

Adoptions into the U.S. have fallen by more than 60 percent since 2004, due in large part to a broken system filled with delays, bureaucracy, discrimination and staggering costs. In the meantime, children are suffering.


The petition is pretty simple, nothing outlandish or crazy …it just needs your support.

Read and sign the petition.


WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL (and your signatures) THERE!


Not in SLC? Check the tour schedule and see when they will be close to you. You don’t want to miss it.

Diet-to-Go: Making Dieting Easy…er

Let’s face it, 2012 was kind of rough on my waistline.

We started off the year grief eating. Then I added on another 9 pounds of said grief eating in August. (And enjoyed every last ounce of it, I might add.) Then we had a new baby and there was celebratory eating. AND THEN I spent an entire month at my parents’ home on holiday and eating every baked good my sisters-in-law and I could dream up. (And we can up with some real winners.)

Another fact I have come to terms with: I am lazy when it comes to dieting. I could write an entire book on this topic.


Along with everyone else in the blogosphere, one of my resolutions for 2013 is to take back my health.

I’ve been researching the best ways for my family and my personality to do this. Meal planning is essential so that I don’t get food ADD when I am starving at lunch time. I typically walk into the kitchen with healthy intentions searching for something to dine on and then …oh my …are those chips?

Diet-to-Go has some great ways to help with my healthy resolution and food ADD. They are a diet delivery service that brings the meals right to your door in portion sizes that won’t overwhelm you, but still fill you up. Each meal is labeled with what it is and when to eat it.

They do the meal planning for me. I like it!


And guess what? They are actually really good.

I sampled their low-carb menu (you can choose from traditional, vegetarian and low-carb) and totally enjoyed it.

Favorite lunch meal: Baked chicken with goat cheese, artichoke medley, cauliflower.

This was actually my favorite of all the meals. The goat cheese was such a nice surprise all tucked into the chicken and they didn’t skimp on it. I was impressed with the cauliflower as well. It was kind of sweet.


Favorite dinner meal: Pork chop pomodoro with asparagus and pepper, Italian green beans.

Very juicy pork and crisp veggies. Kind of had a kick to it.

 *While I only sampled lunch and dinner, breakfasts are included in the meals.


I’ll be honest, 3 small children (one being an infant) and the arctic tundra temperatures that Utah is enjoying these days makes diet delivery very attractive. I am loving that Diet-to-Go’s menu can help me reach my health resolution for 2013 (delivering it to my doorstep) and that it won’t break the bank. (Budgeting is an additional resolution. Darnit.)


About Diet-to-Go

  • Most inexpensive fresh diet delivery service out there.
  • Recently rated #1 diet delivery company by Epicurious.
  • 3 unique menus (low-fat, vegetarian & low-carb) and 20 plans to choose from.
  • Find Diet-to-Go on Facebook (great inspirational posts!)
  • Find Diet-to-Go on Twitter


Not quite sold on the idea? This is for you:

  • There are no cancellation fees or gimmick pricing.  There is no commitment or contract, and they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • Here’s a coupon code for 20% off any meal plan from 1/9/13- 1/31/13: jan20percentoff
  • Enter to win their 1,000 meal giveaway!


Seriously though, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, what do you have to lose?


This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.