The leaves are changing, the mornings and nights are cooler and pumpkins are lining the floors at the grocery store. Yes, fall is here. I love this time of year. Well, to be honest I love every time of year. I live in California where the weather is pretty nice year round. Being a Californian I get teased a lot that we don’t have fall, or any season for that matter. Be it as it may, I love California seasons and right now summer is making its departure as fall begins show signs of creeping in.
A couple of my favorite things to do is mountain bike and trail run and this time of year is my favorite time for those; it’s not too cold and it’s not too hot. I go early in the morning before work and the masses take over the local trails. It’s perfect this time of year. It’s usually a little overcast in the morning and I get a nice breeze to keep me cool. The scenery is awesome with all the leaves starting to turn. It’s the best way to start the day and get my body ready or all the indulging I will be doing as the holiday season, AKA the feasting season, approaches.
I write this as I work from home because my kids are on fall break and I didn’t have them covered today. Fall break? What is that? I have never heard of such a school beak until this year. My kids transferred to a new school and they get a two week break for fall. Why didn’t they have this when I was in school? They now have a break for every season. Lucky!
Lucky for them but now Kerry and I get to do the kid shuffle for two weeks. It’s like a condensed summer shuffle. When you run a business there is always work to do and Go-Go Babyz never really shuts down. Sure, we have regular office hours but there is so much still done after hours and on weekends. So, these crazy breaks throughout the year can make it difficult with a small business.
But hey, why fight it? I guess I should just embrace it and the couple days I have the kids over the next two weeks. I will do the work I can and embrace the rest of the time. So today we are having a lazy day. The kids are lounging around settling in to day 2 of their break and I have something in the smoker slow cooking for dinner as I write. Another perk of the great weather out here; I can cook outdoors for most of the year. I think I will plan a nice fall hike with the kids and the dogs in the Santa Cruz Mountains my next day home with them. That sounds better than work any way!
If you have a fall break too, take the kids for a nice walk to park and check out all the leaves changing and collect some nice ones for some fun art projects with the kids. Don’t forget your Wagon Stroller!
VP & Dad
Nolan Tired After a Day of Soccer
You ever see a great product out there and say to yourself “why didn’t I think of that?” I have done that a lot, still do actually. As you probably can guess, I have also created products based on those ideas at Go-Go Babyz. Sometimes I tell myself I should have just left it as an idea because running a manufacturing business can be pretty stressful. But I digress. The innovation and design is a collaboration of all the creative minds at Go-Go Babyz, I don’t take sole credit for any one product. Despite the headaches that come with running a business it is pretty neat to see a product being used by a stranger that all started in your head. Especially when it is making their life easier.
That is the basic concept of the creation of Go-Go Babyz; making life easier for busy parents. Our very first product that we designed was born from an idea when we were traveling with our 6 month old son for the first time. What a hassle it was getting through the airport with a car seat, diaper bag, a stroller and all the other baby gear, not to mention our own stuff. That product is the gogokidzTravelmate – the original car seat stroller.
Recently we introduced the Go-Go Babyz Wagon Stroller but we have been developing it for a few years now. Throughout the process of testing different prototypes we got plenty of “that’s a great idea” & “why didn’t I think of that.” See, most of the products we develop are based on products that we want to use with our own kids. As we are out and about with our kids we often think to ourselves “there has to be a better way” and the wheels of innovation start turning.
Our kids have been out of car seats and strollers for a while now but we have found ourselves in situations where we had too much gear and some tired kids that are just too big to be carried. We actually tried using a utility wagon at a beach resort and to haul all the beach gear to our spot and a kid who was tired of walking. Well, that just didn’t work so well. A little later Kerry was head coach for our daughter’s softball team and she had to lug a lot of gear to and every practice and every game and it was not a quick jaunt to the diamond. She used the utility cart but it just didn’t handle very well over the field and other terrain. Once again we thought “there has to be a better way.”
Back on that beach is where the Wagon Stroller idea started and a couple moths later when Kerry was coaching we decided that we really need to do this. We knew our kids didn’t necessarily need a stroller anymore but we thought that we would have loved to have a folding wagon that was designed with all the safety features of a standard single or double stroller. So three plus years in the making the Go-Go Babyz Wagon Stroller is out and available for all to enjoy. We use it ourselves with our kids even though they are older. We love to take it to the farmers market and throw all our stuff in it and if one of the kids gets tired of walking they can hop on in. We also use it for lugging all the soccer gear to the field and after the game if our super star goalie is tuckered out he can hop in too.
There is plenty more that we do with it but I’m tired of writing. I hope all of you enjoy it as much as we do. There is so much it can do and it really does make life easier when you are out and about with your kids and all their gear.
VP & Dad