Bumbleride Parents – Marketing Director – Kailin

July 30th, 2014

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Bumbleride Parents – Marketing Director – Kailin

This week we would like to introduce another one of our Bumbleride parents and our Marketing Director, Kailin. In addition to her role at Bumbleride, Kailin is the mother of 3 year old Noah and is expecting her second child in October.

My first experience with Bumbleride was when my son was just 9 months old. A friend referred me to the Bumbleride Indie, and I was hooked! My husband and I both love to run and we also love to explore the beautiful city of San Diego where we live. The Indie allowed Noah to do these things with us.

When people ask me what I do (for a living), I answer that I have 2 careers. My “official” one being the Marketing Director for Bumbleride, and the other of being mommy to my three year old son, Noah.

Having children was never on my “agenda”. It wasn’t that I was against the idea; it just never seemed like the right time. When I was blessed with Noah my world was changed. Noah is an incredibly energetic and bright little boy who amazes me each day. His enthusiasm for everything he does reminds me to take a second, slow down and soak up life’s little moments. This can be hard at times because I am also one of the thousands of wives whose husbands are gone for several months at a time to serve in the military. As a full-time working mom (literally), I find myself getting wrapped up in endless to-do lists as I attempt to be the best at both of my “jobs”.

To keep myself focused on what’s important, I try to abide by a few working mom “rules” that I’ve established for myself:

  1. The On/Off switch. I have had to learn that when I leave the office each day I leave it…and it can’t come home with me. I have caught myself too many times on my phone checking an email while Noah is sitting in my lap and missing a wonderful moment.
  2. Stop feeling guilty. I remember the first day I dropped Noah off at daycare and felt so guilty that I was leaving him that I almost quit my job on the spot when I got to work. Luckily I didn’t.  I got over it and found that Noah actually really likes going to “school” and that having that structure each day helps him feel secure, especially when daddy is away.
  3. Don’t try to cram everything into a weekend. It’s hard when I work all week and miss my son to not want to cram every “bonding” moment into a weekend…whether it be trips to Disneyland, museums, etc.  What I’ve found is that Noah actually just wants to “hang out” and build miles of train tracks around our living room or ride his bike to the park. Also, in my attempt to be “super mom” I am actually more stressed and much less fun to be around.
  4. Never stop growing. As a professional, I find I’m happiest when I’m growing or making a difference.  The same applies to my parenting. I have found that instead of getting angry about why my son misbehaves, I tuck it away as a problem to be studied. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of parenting comes from within, but I also think it doesn’t hurt to get another opinion J
  5. Find a day job that supports your “real” job. With my family always at the mercy of military orders, I learned that my professional life has to support my family life…or they both fall apart.
  6. Enjoy all the little moments. When Noah was born, I started a tradition of creating a memory book for each year of his life. I save funny things he says and adorable photos throughout the year and then create them into a keepsake book online when the year ends. What started as something on my mom “to do” list of things has become an enjoyable way for me to savor little moments I would otherwise forget. When I’m having a tough week, I will often open up my notes and remember the time he told me that his “feelings hurt” in reference to a tummy ache. Or how every morning when he wakes up he loves to tell me about the “movies” he watched last night while he slept. I would forget about how he assures me often that “Mommy, I’m growed up now and getting bigger and bigger…but I’ll always be your baby.”

I have been lucky to find a home with the Bumbleride Family here in San Diego and a position that allows me to learn more and more about the parents who are just like me.

In the next 2 months I will begin a new and exciting chapter in my life, as we welcome our second child. I look forward to growing as a mother and would love to receive your tips and tricks!

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Bumbleride Parents Bumbleride Blog Kailin Marketing

Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Pastranas

June 6th, 2014

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Bumbleride Ambassadors - The Pastranas

Lyn-Z and Travis can most often be found in the air. Lyn-Z is a professional skateboarder and Travis is a professional auto racer and motocross rider. New parents to Addy, the Pastrana’s took a break from their Nitro Circus Tour stop in Australia to share how their Bumblerides help navigate life on tour. This is the first post in a new series named Bumbleride Ambassadors where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

“We have always lived a very hectic, fast pace, constantly on the move life. Having a baby generally slows you down but our lives just don’t permit that. We have to be able to scoop our daughter up and bring her along on our worldly adventures. Our Bumbleride strollers have been a huge part in making it a smoother transition into traveling with a baby.

The Indie is the ultimate all in one, all terrain vehicle for our daughter. We are able to push her around the back yard to the motocross track, out to the skatepark, on the rough uneven cobble stone European roads, on a jog, and it maneuvers so well through a city. She could be in the attachable bassinet to sleep when she was younger or if we didn’t have room to bring that along and now that she’s a bit bigger we can lock the footrest up and lay the back down flat creating a cozy bassinet on its own.

At 8 months old our daughter Addy has been on tour about half her life. We traveled a month in Europe, a month all over North America, and now we are in Australia for a month. My husband and I perform in and tour with the Nitro Circus Live, where I skateboard and he rides freestyle motocross. It is great to be able to have the space under the stroller to load it up with everything Addy could possibly need and wheel her into the locker room for a babysitter to watch her while we perform. I take comfort in knowing she has a place to sit and play or sleep.”

~Lyn-z Pastrana

Keep up to date with Lyn-Z and Travis here, https://www.facebook.com/LYNZSKATE and https://www.facebook.com/TravisPastrana.

Bumbleride Life Addy Pastrana and Bumbleride Indie

Bumbleride Life Addy on Ramp with LynZ

The Pastrana’s were given their Bumblerides and their opinions above are their own.

 

How To Travel By Plane With Your Bumbleride

May 23rd, 2014

How To Travel By Plane With Your Bumbleride

How To Travel By Plane With Your Bumbleride

Read these great tips from Bumbleride owners on flying with Indie, Indie Twin, Indie 4 and Flite. We’ve included a few of the most popular airlines’ stroller policies to help prepare you for your trip. Bon voyage!

  • Since you are going to need to fold your stroller at some point to get on the plane, bring an extra empty tote or bag to hold your cargo basket and other goodies.
  • Label your stroller with name and contact information. There are usually tags at the gate or check in if you need one.
  • Buy a stroller travel bag to protect your stroller or at least bring a trash bag to help protect the fabric while it’s loaded and unloaded.
  • “A travel bag is awesome if you plan on checking the stroller. If you use a bag at the gate you will have to either carry the stroller in the bag or carry the empty bag…” - Kendra R.
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Bumbleride Parents – Founding Family – The Reichardts

May 9th, 2014




Bumbleride Parents - Founding Family - The Reichardts

Bumbleride Parents – Founding Family – The Reichardts

We love getting to know our customers so we thought we would share a little about ourselves and the families that bring you Bumbleride. We are passionate about the momentous occasions in life but it’s all the small ones that make up most of our days. Here is a glimpse into the daily adventures called Parenting.

We begin this series of posts with Emily Reichardt. Emily and Matt Reichardt are the founders of Bumbleride.

It has been 10 years since my husband Matt and I launched Bumbleride. A large inspiration for us at the time was our baby girl, Ella. She is turning 11 this summer and as parents, we have the same feeling about our fast growing children as we do about Bumbleride. Where have the last 10 years gone?

Now with three kids ages 10, 8 and 4 years old, it’s all about balancing family life and Bumbleride life. Running our own business can be all encompassing and become the conversation at breakfast, lunch and dinner if we let it. Our business is dedicated to families but from the beginning Matt and I agreed to never let work crowd out our family time. I predominately work at home and Matt works from home on Fridays. We feel strongly about creating quality time together and that happens most when we are all outside. We live in San Diego where the weather makes this possible most of the year. Evenings in our yard and days at the beach when the weather is warm puts smiles on all of our faces and washes away daily stress. It’s also a great way to transfer the volume of three kids outdoors, along with their energy!

Our children inspire us to remember why we do what we do. They influence us to design in practical ways. We understand that parents need things to be as easy as possible and to make their lives simpler. Getting our kids involved is part of the fun whether it’s a day at the office, testing new products or helping with a beach clean up. This way they learn by experience.

Something that has surprised me the most about being a parent is the way children have a way of teaching us. When I first became a mother I thought of all the things I could share with my kids and in the end, they have taught me more than I expected. Our son Koa, is eight and he has always had a great appreciation for animals and nature. He picks the littlest flowering weed and notices all the colors and detail. He has influenced all of us to slow down, notice the birds and clouds, and just look up more. Our youngest daughter Auni, politely says when she doesn’t like something “I don’t love it” (As “I don’t love this sandwich” rather than a child’s typical response of dislike). It has now become a household phrase that always makes us laugh. Keeping a sense of humor is essential in life.

For us parenting is always a daily learning process but here are a few things that work for us.

Family Tips:

  • When deadlines at work and kids homework/reports become stressful share a bottle of wine at dinner!
  • Take time out to have some hobbies of your own. I go one night a week to a pottery studio. Matt has kids fed and in bed by the time I get home which is an extra plus. Good hubby!
  • We have our kids do many chores around the house that are age appropriate. They learn responsibility and appreciation for things but also so we can appreciate not doing all the work.
  • We have tech-free Sundays in our house. This applies to all of us and it’s refreshing to not remind the kids to turn off the iPad.
  • At the dinner table we all share the “Best & Worst” things that happened in our day. This is a great way to get them to share about activities that we otherwise might not hear about and sometimes we just can’t get them to stop talking. We find it also teaches them to listen to everyone and show interest in each others day. Always good to get communication rolling.

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Bumbleride Parents Bumbleride Blog

 

Huff Post Parents – How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body by Sarah Koppelkam

May 2nd, 2014


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As parents, we can always use extra inspiration and advice. This article is a great reminder of how our actions can encourage/empower our children to be healthy and confident. -Bumbleride

“How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.

Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.

If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:

“You look so healthy!” is a great one.

Or how about, “You’re looking so strong.”

“I can see how happy you are — you’re glowing.”

Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.”…..

This post originally appeared on hopeave.wordpress.com.

Huff Post Article Link, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-koppelkam/body-image_b_3678534.html

Talking with Michael Downes – Bumbleride Product Designer

May 2nd, 2014




Pop Sugar 11 new strollers to watch for this spring 2014 strollers

“Great design is at the core of everything we do at Bumbleride and working with creative people adds color and fun to our work. That would be an understatement for our high energy, creative Product Designer, Michael Downes. We work on a daily basis together and spend a lot of time talking about parents, how they use our products, product strategy and design.

I recently sat down with Michael to talk about “The Bumbleride Promise” and “Responsible Design” and gain a little background on Michael with his South London accent.”

Matthew Reichardt
Co-Founder/CEO

Matt:
You grew up in England riding bicycles and working as a bike mechanic. How did you end up in California as a product designer?

Michael:
A combination of luck and love. I met a woman and we fell in love. She was from California but had been living in London for over ten years. When she got accepted to the Art Center College of Design In Pasadena, California to study photography, we got married and moved to the States. Art Center College of design also happens to be one of the top five schools in the world for product design. When I saw the student work in the gallery at ACCD I knew then and there I wanted to be a product designer and Art Center was where I was going to study. We initially planned to stay three or four years and return to England. That was seventeen years ago.

Matt:
We know you love design and bicycles but how did you transition in to designing baby strollers?

Michael:
After I graduated I went to work for Giant Bicycles Inc, which was a fantastic first gig out of school, and I learned a lot. In the intervening years I have worked for Raleigh America, Diamondback, Ibis, TI Cycles of India and many more so I suppose I got bicycle design out of my system. I am still passionate about bicycles but I have come to the understanding that the bicycle is an incredibly mature product so radical innovation does not happen very often. Incremental change is the norm and much of that evolution is happening in the technology of components which is typically an engineer’s domain and not something a product designer is involved in. What appealed to me with strollers was the challenge of overcoming the constraints inherent in the product. It has to be comfortable and safe for the child, big enough to carry all the gear needed for parenthood, easy to push and maneuver but still fold compactly, quickly and intuitively. That is a pretty long list of basic functional requirements and many of them are in contradiction with each other. This presents a delicious challenge to product designers, something we can really get out teeth into.

Matt:
What’s the idea behind “The Bumbleride Promise” and “Responsible Design”?

Michael:
The Bumbleride Promise encapsulates our philosophy, ethics and values and this in turn feeds into Responsible Design. Parenthood is one of the most aspirational things we do. As parents we have the opportunity to nurture and guide the next generation and make a positive impact on the future. At Bumbleride we see ourselves as partners in this project, helping our customers by providing well designed tools. But it goes deeper than that. Creating great products counts for nothing if it ends up in a landfill. How can we design the product holistically, not only with a view to its function and purpose but to the entirety of the product cycle? Where are the materials sourced? Who builds our product and what kind of quality of life do those workers have? How can we make our product easy to service to extend its life? And when it really has come to the end of its life, how can we make it easier to recycle? Is there a way to pack the product in a smaller box and save space (and energy costs) in transportation? Can we make our packaging re-useable? Can we design a single part that has multiple applications?

Matt:
What informs your design and Bumbleride design?

Michael:
I was greatly influenced by Dieter Rams, chief designer at Braun in the 70′s and 80′s, and his Ten Principles of Design. Good design, according to Rams, is simple, uncluttered and intuitive. In his words: ‘Just enough design’. I think this resonates with Bumbleride’s design philosophy and for many people living as we do in an increasingly hectic and complex world. The ideal product is the one we never have to think about because it does what it was designed to do, every time, without drama. As we say in the Bumbleride Promise: ‘we give you everything you need and nothing you don’t’.

Matt:
With so many options in Little Italy where’s your favorite place to get a bite to eat and a beer?

Michael:
We are spoiled for choice but for my money Underbelly (ramen noodles & craft beer) is pretty awesome as is Mexican Fiesta, a true “hole in the wall” and the best place to get a carne asada burrito. Also impressive is the food at Ballast Point Brewery on India Street. I recommend the Cuban sandwich with a Longfin Lager.

Pop Sugar 11 new strollers to watch for this spring 2014 strollers

Pop Sugar 11 new strollers to watch for this spring 2014 strollers

World’s Toughest Job Interview

April 25th, 2014

We are loving the respect this video shows for the “World’s Toughest Job”.  We agree, it can be the hardest, but we also know nothing will make you happier and more fulfilled than showing up for this job everyday.

10 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Footprint

April 22nd, 2014
 

Earth Day serves as a great reminder to make every day Earth Day. We wanted to share a few quick tips for reducing a family’s impact on the global community. Make sure to share the reasons for these activities with your little ones so they can learn how important it is to minimize our impact on the environment.

  1. Reduce water use and waste by:
    - Turning off the water while you brush your teeth.
    - Turning off the water while you wash dishes.
    - Wash your car with a biodegradable soap like this one, http://eagle1.com/enviroshine-car-wash in a location where runoff can go into landscaping or plants, not into the street or storm drain.
    - Taking a 5 minute shower or less.
  2. Eat local and seasonal food. Do you have a farmer’s market in your area?
  3. Grow your own vegetable or herb garden and plant fruit trees. Have your kids help with planting, harvesting and cooking. They might be more interested in trying what they helped grow, read more here: http://eartheasy.com/grow_gardening_children.htm.
  4. Repair before buying replacements (clothing & tools).
  5. Start composting your leftovers if you have a backyard, http://www.wikihow.com/Compost.
  6. Carry a reusable bag in your diaper bag, purse or car for shopping and groceries.
  7. Reduce single use plastic water bottles by:
    - Use a filtered pitcher/dispenser/faucet like Brita, https://www.brita.com/. A single water filter can take the place of up to 300 water bottles. That’s enough bottles to make 21 exterior Indie fabrics! Learn more about our fabric here, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/our-fabrics.
    - Use a reusable water container like Nalgene, http://nalgene.com/.
  8. Reduce everyday plastic use like sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box and thermos/Nalgene. Skip Hop has some great options, http://www.skiphop.com/product/sandwichandsnackbagset.html.
  9. Bring a go-to-mug with you to coffee shops, smoothie shops and even restaurants that allow it.
  10. Volunteer for a local beach cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation, http://www.surfrider.org/Â or other coastal conservation group.

We’d love to hear how your family reduces their footprint in the comments below!

 

ScaryMommy.com – The 15 Things Veteran Mom’s Really Want To Say

March 11th, 2014

Scary mommy the 15 things verteran moms really want to say
Reading “The 15 Things Veteran Mom’s Really Want To Say” is a comical gem for mothers of all stages. Whether you’re pregnant or have already passed the toddler stage, we’re sure this article will make you smile. Needless to say, it had the Bumbleride moms laughing and realizing we were guilty of a few of them. -Bumbleride

Scary mommy the 15 things verteran moms really want to say

“Becoming a mother is like walking into a high school cafeteria. The cool moms, women who manage to get dressed and brush their teeth on a daily basis, sit at their own table. The moms who breast feed sit together, while the formula moms sit elsewhere. The sleep trainers swap stories at their table. The co-sleepers eat their lunches alone, so they can finally stretch out. The attachment parents wear their babies at the corner table. And everyone waits for a new mom to drop her lunch tray, so they can gasp and point fingers and roll their eyes at her missteps.

Well, this is the picture perpetuated by the Mommy War mentality, an archaic notion that reduces grown women to catty school girls. This analogy falls flat for too many reasons to count. We’re all moms, so we haven’t been served a meal in years, and we don’t know when we’ve eaten food that’s still warm. And given an opportunity to complete a sentence, most of us wouldn’t waste it on passing judgement especially on new moms.

The us vs. them mind set is the exception not the rule. When an “experienced” mom sees a “newbie,” the look in her eye as fruit loops cascade from the open van door is not judgement; it’s nostalgia and camaraderie. We’ve been there, and if a child didn’t need our attention “now, Mommy! Please, Mommy, please! Mooooooooomeeeee!” we’d say…

1. It’s totally normal that the car you used to get detailed on the reg looks like the place Goldfish crackers go to die. Just yesterday we found the remains of a hot dog beneath our seats.

2. We’re truly impressed you prepare healthful, organic meals everyday from scratch, but don’t beat yourself up if when you lay in bed reviewing what your child actually ate, you discover his calories came from pickles and Nerds. It happens.

3. We agree that the hands-down best high (no matter what you did in college) is the one you get from your baby laying heavy in a heap on your chest. Thank you, oxytocin. And no judgment here if you forgo a night out to cash in on the opportunity to cuddle up.

4. Don’t worry if you consider purchasing a taxi cab because you heard the plastic partitions can be made in soundproof material. We already looked into that.

5. There is nothing wrong with you at all if while cleaning the nursery in a few months, you tear up throwing away the nasal aspirators because your big girl can blow her nose all by herself. These milestones come out of nowhere……

6-10.  http://www.scarymommy.com/things-experienced-moms-really-want-to-say-to-new-moms/ .

We could go on and on because motherhood is the great equalizer, and we’re all just doing the best we can. Instead of passing judgement, we’re looking for strength in numbers. However, if you happen to come in contact with Judgey McJudginstuff herself, we fully support you thanking her for her insight while patting her shoulder with a hand that may or may not have poop under the fingernails.

Welcome to the club.” -Emily

You can find the rest of the original article and the remaining 10 items on the list here, http://www.scarymommy.com/things-experienced-moms-really-want-to-say-to-new-moms/ .

 Read more from Emily on her website here, http://fourtuitous.com/ .

Guest Blog Post Series – Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell – United Kingdom

January 24th, 2014
 
 


Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell Guest Blog Post Indie Twin Best Double Stroller

My daughter is growing up fast and has just hit her six month milestone. She’s already sitting up unaided and has outgrown the carrycot on our Bumbleride. Although we love the longer sleeping hours, the reduced crying and the cheeky giggling, we do miss having a new born baby. Not that we’re considering having a third…at least not right now anyway!

Thankfully, it was a straightforward job to re-organise the buggy, but it meant another foot muff needed to be installed. It’s a particularly cold winter this year in London and the last thing we want, as we head towards the Christmas holiday season, are two children under two with stinking colds.

My wife and I love Christmas and normally spend the holidays in New York City. Since having children though, this hasn’t been possible and I’m not even sure it’s legal to have children in Manhattan, as I don’t even remember ever seeing a child’s buggy on the island. I guess it’s more likely I just didn’t notice any, but you never know. 

The one thing I always dread about Christmas is the annual shopping expedition. It was bad enough when we were child free, but with two little ones, it’s bound to be stressful.  After all, people who don’t have children do not like double buggies. Seriously, I have never heard so much tutting or seen so many disapproving looks. Admittedly, this isn’t helped by the fact that even on a normal shopping trip I end up bumping into someone’s ankles or banging past their shopping bags, so what chance do I have during the busy festive season? One thing in my favour, other than the fact the Indie Twin is easily manoeuvrable, is that it’s also more compact that similar buggies. I’ve never been a fan of buggies which have one child sat over the top of the other and besides, there’s no way my son would be happy being hidden away like that. He has to have a front seat, so he can busily interact with everything and everyone he sees. There’s also plenty of room to store your shopping, so we won’t have to balance it all precariously on the front bar.

This is going to be our first Christmas as a family of four and I cannot wait for the day to arrive. The stress doesn’t end there though, as it’s my son’s birthday on the 26th and my wedding anniversary on the 27th. December is an expensive month. Happy Holidays!