Waterlogged – Stay hydrated & avoid overeating

I hate drinking. Period. I have such a difficult time remembering to stay hydrated throughout the day, which is especially troubling considering Birdie is still exclusively breastfeeding on demand. When Jeremy is home he is always reminding me to drink water, but since he works 10-12 hour days there’s usually a good chunk of the day that I don’t have that reminder. I came across an app called Waterlogged about two months ago and what a handy little tool it’s turned out to be!

Screenshot from today's log.

Screenshot from today’s log.

The app is free in the app store and it provides so many features! You can connect it to your Facebook, Fitbit, or your MyFitnessPal account. It also gives you the option of adding time or intervals reminders, which will pop up on your phone reminding you to hydrate! You can also be alerted when there are nearby users of the app. There are three easy-to-navigate themes to choose from, and you can choose what units of measurement you want to use (ounces, milliliters, or liters). The app provides recommendations for how much water intake is necessary depending on body type and health state.

I have found that since using the app and staying better hydrated I do not want to eat as often because I was often mistaking my thirst for hunger. I have less headaches and more energy when I remember to stay hydrated. Plus, my chronically chapped lips aren’t requiring excessive applications of lip balm. 😉

Overall, I think this is a handy little app to have on your phone if you find it difficult to remember to hydrate. Of course, it also helps to have a nice water bottle that you like keeping nearby. I’m now in search of one myself. Any recommendations?

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Family Fun at Plainfield Splash Island Aquatic Park

The Indianapolis area has been abuzz with the opening of Greenwood’s Freedom Springs Aquatic Park on Saturday, May 23. We were at Freedom Park on Saturday to take advantage of their free dog park so Remy could run off some of his energy. While we were there Magoo spotted the new water park and asked if we could go. It was a bit late in the day and a little too chilly, so we told her we could go another time. Sunday was significantly warmer, so we decided to take the kids to a pool. We were going to check out the new aquatic center, but Jeremy told me to look up Splash Island Family Water Park in Plainfield. Upon review of their site it appeared that they had more to offer for toddlers and younger children. We also liked the fact that once the outdoor portion of the park closed at 6 pm we would have the option to move into the indoor portion. We packed up our suits, sun hats, sunscreen, towels, stroller, and made our way to Plainfield.

We arrived at the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center at 651 Vestal Rd around 3:30 pm and paid $21 admission (2 adults, 1 three year-old, and an infant). Once we made our way to the outdoor water park we realized that it was more than worth the money. The park was very sizable and had something for everyone. There were kiddie pools that started out at 6″ deep, an interactive play area that was perfect for three year-old Magoo, a leisure pool, three water slides, etc. All of us, including 3 month-old Birdie enjoyed the leisure river. They have various types of inner tubes to use for the Leisure River, which was nice because there is something for everyone. Magoo used an individual tube that had an enclosed bottom, Jeremy used an individual tube with an open bottom, and Birdie and I used a double-tube which featured one spot with an open bottom and one that was enclosed, making the perfect spot for Birdie to lie in while we floated on down the “river.” The water in the leisure river was definitely cooler than the water in the interactive play area, which meant that Birdie and I only went around the leisure river 3 times, but Jeremy and Magoo went around about half-a-dozen times. Birdie and I were able to sit in the kiddie pool with no worries of him being splashed or it being too deep for him. Jeremy and I alternated taking Magoo into the interactive play area. She particularly enjoyed the medium sized kiddie water slide. We did not take advantage of all of the amenities that the aquatic park offered. None of us tried the three large water slides that they had, nor did we try the water basketball area that they had set up. At 6:00 pm when the outdoor water park was closing we did not move to the indoor waterpark because we were all pretty tuckered out by then.

  
We did get ice cream cones and a slice of pizza from the concession stand, which were priced appropriately for a concession stand (ice cream cones were $2 each). One thing that I really liked about the park was the fact that people were allowed to bring their own coolers in with food and drinks, which is what we would do when we return. It was also very easy to navigate our large double stroller through the park. The staff was very friendly, the lifeguards were very attentive, and the park was surprisingly clean. 

  
I have read other reviews where people state that the park is overpriced. At $21 admission for our family of four to enter it certainly isn’t an every weekend activity, but it is something fun to do on occasion and we definitely felt that you get what you pay for. They do also offer memberships, which is the best route to go if you are a larger family or a family that plans on visiting often. Being that they offer both an indoor and outdoor waterpark we would not hesitate to purchase a membership if it were located a little closer to where we will be living. We plan on trying out Freedom Springs and some of the local pools and if Splash Island is superior to those then we will purchase a membership.

A new beginning

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jess and I am a twenty-seven year-old wife, mother, Catholic convert, breastfeeding counselor, knitter, lover of classic films, and, most recently, blogger. My husband is a thirty-three year-old U.S. Navy Veteran and we have been married for three years. We have two children; Gloria and Anchor, or Magoo and Birdie as I often find myself calling them. Gloria (Magoo) is three years-old and as spirited as they come. She has packed a huge personality into her small frame and she never ceases to amaze us with her ability to swing back-and-forth from a wit that is beyond her years and a seeetness that can’t help but warm your heart. Anchor (Birdie) is three months-old and he’s our little tender hearted warrior. During pregnancy he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and was then delivered early because I had Cholestasis of pregnancy. Between his heart defect and the fact that he was born 3 weeks, 1 day early we decided that he needed a strong name and he thus became Anchor. Despite his strength he is also very sensitive and tender hearted. He’s definitely a mama’s boy.

I was once an avid writer, but that stopped when Magoo was born. I just stopped taking the time to write, despite the fact that it has always been somewhat therapeutic for me. I feel that I am at a place in my life where I could benefit from having a source of therapy. Not to mention, this journey of motherhood has taught me so many things that I feel are worthy of sharing with others.

I chose to title my blog Circle City Mama because we will be moving back to Indianapolis in less than a month. My husband is an Indianapolis native and I am originally from Bedford, IN – the limestone capital of the world. We are purchasing a home in Beech Grove and we are very excited to start this new chapter in our lives.