Guest Blog Post Series – Our First Family Daytrip – Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell – United Kingdom

November 11th, 2013
 

 


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

Our daughter arrived three days early which was great; not because it meant we didn’t have to suffer the frustration of our second child being late, but because it meant I finally got to use the double buggy properly. Up until then, I’d been using it to push my son around, much to the dismay of my wife, who couldn’t understand why I didn’t just use the single buggy. Clearly she didn’t understand the importance of a thorough road test and it looks better than the single buggy.

There’s no doubt, the last four years have been ridiculously busy. Angellica and I got engaged, married and had two children all in that short time. So now it’s time to slow things down a bit and start enjoying life as a new family.  Two children is definitely the perfect number, at least that’s what we’re thinking now.  If we were to have another child, we’d be outnumbered and there are only so many nappies you change at any one time and besides, I don’t think Bumbleride do an Indie Triple…yet!

The summer was quickly coming to an end and I was desperate to have our first family daytrip. In the end I decided a journey to the beach would be ideal and although our daughter was too young to appreciate it, I knew my son would love playing by the sea. I packed the Indie Twin into the boot and we headed off to the seaside. When we arrived we parked up and began unpacking the several hundred bags that seem to accompany us whenever we leave the house. This was when I realised things might not end up going to plan. It was really windy; in fact it was pretty much blowing a gale. As soon as my son got out of the car he was blown off his feet, eyes streaming and nose running. This wasn’t the idyllic family day out I’d planned in my mind! He tried his best, but in the end we had to strap him into the Indie Twin to stop him from blowing away. His sister was fast asleep next to him in her cosy carry cot protected from the elements and totally unaware of the fiasco taking place. We weren’t going to be beaten though and continued towards the beach.  Again, something I hadn’t prepared for was pushing a buggy through sand. It could have been a real nightmare, but thankfully the inflatable tyres on the buggy meant it was easy to control, like a four wheel drive off roader, rather than an elephant plodding through treacle.

My wife is so good at planning and preparation, especially now we have two young children, I always feel like I’m getting in the way. I guess it’s all about knowing when to offer to help and when to just let her get on with things. I clearly need to make sure I check the weather report next time I plan a family day trip. We did have the most amazing fish and chips though, so the trip wasn’t a total waste!

oh joy in France / Part 2:What we did in Paris….

October 30th, 2013
 

 

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Oh Joy in Paris | What We Did

The last time I visited Paris, I was 20 years old and visiting my college roommate who was studying abroad. I had a lot of time to myself, so I shopped and ate while my friend was in class. Coming back almost 15 years later, I had such a different (and even more special) experience this time because I shared the experience with my family.

This trip wasn’t about what I wanted, but about what would be fun and entertaining for our whole family— including a very playful almost-two-year-old. A toddler can only walk, sit in a stroller, or shop for so long, so each day we’d put just a couple things on our list of things to do and left plenty of cushion time for Ruby to play in a park, playground, or do something kid-focused at least once a day. 

1st District

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

The Jardin des Tulleries is mostly known for it’s beautiful gardens, but it’s also full of some amazing areas for kids that you just stumble upon while walking through…like this gorgeous carousel…

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

…this playground with the coolest swing/hammock ever…

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

…and this trampoline area for kids. Ruby was in heaven and cried when we said we had to leave to go get dinner. The parks of Paris are seriously the coolest I’ve ever seen! And I love how so many landmarks have playgrounds nearby.

Jardin des Tulleries | Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris

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And soon after all that jumping, someone succumbed to a nap…

Read the post on oh joy here, http://ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2013/10/oh-joy-in-france-part-2-what-we-did-in-paris.html

oh joy in France / Part 1: What we ate in Paris….

October 30th, 2013
 

 

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Oh Joy in Paris | What We Ate

Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be sharing photos from our recent adventures in Paris and Lyon. Since we did so much, I’m going to break it up into three different posts starting today with…what we ate! I went to Paris with the plan to gain 10 lbs. from croissants alone. The food in Paris is certainly indulgent and amazing so I had no intentions of leaving anything on my plate. We took Ruby out with us to every meal, so our eating experience this trip did not involve any super fancy restaurants or fine dining but instead a lot of pastries, lunches, and early dinners.

Here are a few of our favorites spots during the trip—with everything organized by the arrondissement (or district) they’re located in…

[Excerpt from full post below]

 7th District

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

One of our favorite areas in the 7th District is a little street full of shops called Rue Cler. It’s sweet and quaint and fun to walk on because there’s not a lot of traffic passing by.

Oh Joy in Paris | Martine Lambert

Oh Joy in Paris | Martine Lambert

The best ice cream cone I’ve ever had included these light and crispy cones from Martine Lambert

Martine Lambert | 39 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

And, a great mid-day snack of charcuterie and pommes frites…

L’Eclair | 32 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

While some people say this little street is touristy, I found it to be quaint and sweet and a great spot for being leisurely and getting a bite or treat to eat.

 

10th District

Oh Joy in Paris | Cafe Craft

We rented an apartment in the 10th District through Paris Address. The neighborhood had a mix of dodgy and questionable areas with some very up-and-coming. Luckily, we found a couple little streets that ended up being where we ate the most and found some of our favorite pastry shops.

Café Craft | 24 Rue Des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Du Pain et des Idees

Oh Joy in Paris | Du Pain et des Idees

The best chocolate croissant I’ve had in my life. And, when the shop is gilded in gold, you know they mean serious pastry-making business.

Above is an excerpt from the full adventure. Read about the rest of Part 1 here, http://ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2013/10/oh-joy-in-france-part-1-paris.html.

Girlie Girl Army – Fall Mommy Loves

October 24th, 2013
 

 

Girly Girl Army Fall Loves Best Lightweight Travel Stroller
The newest Mommy bits we are mad for this month? They all stand out as excellent products, more than worth the money, and green in some way. And as a crew of Moms who have tried it all, researched every product on the market, and tried them out on numerous kiddles, you know you can trust our 411.

2013 Bumbleride Flite 

We are an office of people with kids, and we all have numerous strollers each as urban parents do. One for long neighborhood walks, one for both the kids, one for the older kid, one for travel, etc.   Boy, were we psyched to find the Bumbleride Flite, which is the Rolls Royce of portable strollers, which for a shlepping Mom is a goddess send! For a 14 pound foldable stroller the Bumbleride rides incredibly well, is cushy and so comfortable for long walks and naps, and performs just as well as our main strollers in terms of what it has to offer. The Flite is equipped with dual front and rear wheel suspension, perfect for bumpy, urban areas. Its smooth wheel system makes it one of the most maneuverable lightweights around.  Most of the foldable strollers have pitiful canopy’s – but the Flite’s is large, and has SPF 45 that extends to protect baby from harmful UV sun rays. It also comes with a car seat adapter which is a very “Why didn’t I think of that?!” stroke of genius. Most folding strollers only work for older kids (for example, we only just aged out of our bugaboo and uppa baby with our 3 year old) but this one has a reclining backrest and adjustable footrest that makes it good for infant use as well should your back need a break from your carrier.  Here’s what makes it green: All Bumbleride models use a soft and durable bamboo blended fabric on the inside of the seats to help naturally absorb moisture and regulate temperature. The Flite folds easily and compact for stowing away.

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Bumbleride Flite, $269 @mybumbleride.com

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Read the full article here, http://girliegirlarmy.com/mamazon/20130927/mommy-loves/

BabyElan {daily} – Bumbleride Indie {Introduction to monthly reviews}

October 6th, 2013
 

 

Baby elan daily monthly bumbleride indie all terrain jogging stroller reviews

Morning all! Welcome to our first edition of our year long “ride” with the Bumbleride Indie Stroller! Our newest journey in the world of babies and strollers, we’re thrilled to be able to take you on our adventures month after month. For September, we just wanted to introduce you to the brand, if you’re not familiar, and provide some key points on why we LOVE Bumbleride thanks to all it has to offer!

First and foremost, compare the designs offered at Bumbleride to choose a stroller that fits your family, your needs, your style. We only have one child in a stroller right now so the Indie was the perfect fit. The stroller we had before this had a stationary front tire, which initially I thought I would like so much more. Come to find out, I needed the option to lock in the stationary front tire, or allow it to swivel. This provides for easy transition from jogging on the county Greenway to a quick trip in the mall. I needed something for ALL terrains, ALL environments, yet something more compact than what I had and of course portable and lightweight. As you scroll down the check list on the “Bumbleride Stroller Model Comparison“, you’ll see the Indie offers everything you could want, and so much more!

For those of you with infants and an infant car seat, the included universal car seat adapter bar is compatible with:

- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect
- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 32
- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 35
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SP 30/30
- Chicco Keyfit 30
- Combi Shuttle
- Baby Trend Flex Loc
- Britax Chaperone

Is it too much to ask for a cup holder that comes standard??? I know that sounds silly, but there are several brands on the market, BIG HIGH END PRICEY BRANDS, that don’t offer a cup holder standard and that bothers me to no end!  The Bumbleride has a cup holder! I think that sold me right there!

Hey, for those of you bloggers or reps heading to the ABC Show in a few weeks {without us *sigh*}, here’s a recent press release from Bumbleride announcing their newest GREEN to be envied:

Bumbleride® Rolls Out “Green” Fleet of Strollers at ABC Expo
Eco-Conscious Stroller Fabrics Made from Recycled, Sustainable Materials

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 9, 2013) – Bumbleride, manufacturer of premium strollers for active, sophisticated families, shows off its line of eco-conscious strollers at the ABC Kids Expo held October 15 -18, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bright, elegant and durable, the line of baby strollers and accessories helps protect the planet and families due to its unique blend of recycled plastics and bamboo-derived rayon fabrics.

The “green” redesign for the 2013 line & beyond—available in vibrant hues like Cayenne Red, Aquamarine, and Green Papyrus—boasts a dual-faceted eco-construction: the exterior fabric is made with 50% recycled PET from plastic bottles, and the interior fabric consists of 50% renewable bamboo charcoal.
“In 2013, we set a goal to make our products cleaner for families and better for the environment,” says Marketing Coordinator Ryan Willson. “We started by shifting the way our polyester fabrics are made,” he says, noting that polyester provides a durable and vibrant base, while the green “ingredients” contribute to an overall lower eco-profile.

Pushing Out Landfill Waste with Recycled PET

Bumbleride’s exterior fabric (shown in Papyrus Green above) is made in part from recycled PET (or polyethylene terephthalate), a polyester that’s commonly used in plastic packaging such as water bottles. Willson explains that instead of using polyesters made from newly constructed synthetic fibers, Bumbleride’s exterior fabric puts existing synthetic resources to use, thus conserving material and reducing plastic waste. Their unique PET/polyester blend employs the sterilized plastic from 14 water bottles to produce one set of Bumbleride Indie stroller fabric. This means that for roughly every 343 Indie strollers produced, Bumbleride conserves one cubic yard of landfill space.

Strolling Sustainably with Bamboo Charcoal Eco-Fabric

For the interior stroller fabric, Bumbleride chose a soft material that is comfortable and healthy for kids while environmentally clean and responsible, Willson explains. The unique bamboo charcoal blend harnesses the innate properties of bamboo grass (a renewable resource that naturally grows fast without the need for fertilizers, nutrients or pesticides) to provide soft, durable, moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating and antibacterial qualities to the seat and interior of the stroller. To manufacture the eco-fabric blend, Willson says that the raw grass fibers are broken down into tiny nano-particles, which are then infused into polyester fabric. Unlike typical bamboo fabric, which is chemically manufactured, Bumbleride’s formulation is constructed from burnt raw plant matter.

Bumbleride’s 2013 fabrics and fresh palette of colors will be available for viewing and handling at BOOTH #6009 at the ABC Kids Expo. Contact Stephanie at On the Horizon Communications (Stephanie@thepressroom.com; 805.773.1000) to schedule an appointment at the tradeshow or to request more information, samples or imagery for planned articles. For more information about Bumbleride, visit www.Bumbleride.com.

For October, since there are so many Breast Cancer Awareness Runs happening, we’re going to dive into our first experiences with this stroller AND all the fun accessories you can buy to make your time out and about with your kids as easy and manageable as ever! Stay tuned!!

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BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

Full article here, http://babyelandaily.com/2013/09/30/bumbleride-indie-introduction-to-monthly-reviews/

Mini Magazine – 3 New All-Terrain Strollers to Snag

September 13th, 2013
 

 

Mini Magazine Best All Terrain Jogging Stroller Bumbleride Indie

Lightest All Terrain Jogging Stroller Bumbleride Indie
Full article and magazine can be found here, http://issuu.com/babystylemag/docs/fall13/44?e=3026516/4745980 .

Hither & Thither – Paris Travelogue, Flite Review and Flite Giveaway! (Ends 9/16/13)

September 12th, 2013


Bumbleride Giveaway


You might recall, we tried out a new stroller—the Bumbleride Flitein Paris, and left our own (a Bugaboo Bee) at home. As much as I love our Bee, I’d always been curious about umbrella strollers—especially for cities where one might be using a lot of public transportation—and Bumbleride got in touch to see if we wanted to give the Flite, their most lightweight and travel-ready stroller, a spin.

I was immediately impressed. Because I have to admit, I love our Bee and think it’s pretty darn awesome (newborn to toddler, lightweight and compact, long and extendable handles, yada yada), and I couldn’t help but compare the two non-stop. But it’s an expensive stroller—nearly $700 before you’ve even bought the carseat adapter or added in extras like a cupholder. So when I found that the Flite, which costs $270 and includes the carseat adapter and cup holder, boasted many of the same features I had sought in the Bee, I was pleasantly surprised!

Here are some key stats about the Bumbleride Flite, in case you’re interested.

Weight: 14 lbs
Capacity: 50 lbs (which I found was 50th percentile roughly around 6 years, even if it’s highly unlikely you’ll use a stroller at that age)
Seat dimensions: 12′ wide, with a backrest height of 20″ but a seat to canopy range of 25″ (which is quite tall!)

Pros:

  • Lightweight, especially for such a feature-driven travel stroller (3lbs less than the comparable Maclaren Techno XT and 4lbs less than the Bugaboo Bee)
  • Tall handle bars—40″ from ground—slope back at a steep angle for long strides. (Aron is 6’8″ and could push it fairly comfortably.)
  • Deep recline.
  • Universal carseat adapter included (along with raincover and upholder). Be sure to check website for your infant carseat, however.
  • Collapses easily with automatic lock and has an attached side handle and an attachable shoulder strap for carrying on-the-go.
  • Lockable front and back wheels.
  • Attractive color choices, with a sturdy SPF 45 canopy. Includes a peek-window.
  • Good price point, especially when compared to other strollers with such a wide age range. (Newborn to four or five?)

Cons:

  • Strap-recline rather than levers. Fine once you get used to it, but we found it a bit harder to get as tight and upright  with the strap.
  • Shallow basket (which could also be made of stronger mesh).  You’ll notice we’re usually using a backpack with the stroller; we could only usually fit our Ergo and a few other small items (a jacket or bottle of milk) in the basket—but I do believe this is fairly typical of umbrella strollers.
  • 5-point harness has a breakaway feature—which is intended to be a pro to prevent entanglements or to allow for 3-point use with older children, but we found this a bit cumbersome at times.

Hudson is at the age now where he’d generally prefer to walk (or, as you saw in our Paris travelogue, jump), so we increasingly go places without a stroller. But it would be nice knowing that this one could grow with a child (even a tall one like Hudson, at the 90th percentile for height) for a few more years—especially for instances like travel abroad, when an umbrella stroller is a nice option.

It’s definitely a model I’d suggest to a friend looking for a great all-around, lightweight travel stroller that doesn’t cost an arm-and-a-leg.

Now the best news: Bumbleride is giving away one Bumbleride Flite to a lucky reader!

A Few Details on the Giveaway:

  1. You can earn entries in a multitude of ways. Just check the contest widget below and follow instructions there.
  2. Contest only open to US residents.
  3. Only requirement for entry is to visit the Bumbleride website and then leave a comment here on the blog with which color of Flite you’d like if you’re so lucky as to win.
  4. Be sure to use the widget below. It’s how I’m tracking all the entries for the giveaway (and you’ll have some additional ways earn entries!).

That’s it! Here we go! Good luck! Enter here, http://bit.ly/16hEkD7.

Philadelphia Family Magazine – Top Baby Gear + Indie Twin Giveaway! (Ends 12/15/13)

September 12th, 2013
 

 

Philadelphia Family Magazine Top Baby Gear Best Double Stroller
Best Double Stroller Bumbleride Indie Twin
Indie Twin Top Double Strollers

Win your own Indie Twin and read the full issue here, http://philafamilymag.com/strollergiveaway/.

Trekaroo.com – Bumbleride Flite: The Ultimate Lightweight Travel Stroller

September 11th, 2013
 

 

The ultimate lightweight travel stroller bumbleride flite trekaroo

Lightweight, functional, and compact are qualities I’d use to describe my idea of the perfect travel stroller. The 2013Bumbleride Flite stroller met all of my criteria and a whole lot more. With an ultra-slim fold and handy carrying strap, it’s the perfect travel companion for road trips and air travel.

I tested our Bumbleride Flite in hoards of parks, waterparks, museums, and on a road trip from Illinois to New York. It took up very little space in our mid-sized car’s trunk, leaving plenty of room for luggage. Instead of fitting it in our trunk like a jigsaw puzzle, the Flite filled in the gaps as opposed to hogging prime real estate.

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What’s Great
At just 14 pounds, Flite’s features are impressive. Unlike most umbrella strollers, the backrest lays down for a snooze on-the-go and Flite’s SPF-45 UV lined canopy is extra-large for maximum sun coverage. The footrest can be adjusted to prop up tired legs allowing for a natural sleeping position.

Flite’s dual front and rear wheel suspension allows it to turn quickly and efficiently. The 5-point padded breakaway harness keeps children secure, yet comfortable. For parents, it comes with padded handles that wick away moisture. There’s even a convenient cup holder that doesn’t fall off. Hooray!

Flite’s fabric options are both gorgeous and functional. We received the vibrant Cayenne Red stroller and were impressed with how soft, durable, and moisture-absorbing the material proved to be.

Flite is a faultless stroller for all types of weather; it even stands up to wet-bottomed kids fresh out of the pool! The stroller is so comfortable that my son crawls inside it for a ride, even when we’re at home!

What impressed me the most when I opened the Flite box was all of the accessories that came standard. In addition to the great stroller you’re expecting to unpack, you’ll also receive a universal car seat adaptor, comfortable shoulder straps, and a cup holder! Additional accessories can be purchased to turn this all-in-one into a serious workhorse.

Trekaroo best travel stroller

Could Be Better:
Storage space is at a minimum, enough for a small bag beneath the stroller and a zippered compartment in the canopy to store your cell phone and keys.

Maybe it’s having a 17-month-old and being pregnant, but putting the stroller together with the difficult and darkly pictured instructions was not a simple process. What I expected to take about 5 minutes ended up being around 30 minutes. It doesn’t help that my toddler insisted on “helping” in the construction, but even without his interference, I can’t imagine it would’ve been much quicker.

Bottom Line:
In the compact stroller market, Bumbleride Flite is top of the line. I feel posh and proud to be pushing around my son as we head to the children’s museum, along the riverwalk, or through airport security. My husband even commented to me that Flite is definitely the nicest “umbrella” stroller he’s ever seen—he’s not even sure if it should fall into the same category of those lower tiered umbrella strollers with far fewer bells and whistles.

The Flite fits the needs of families with children ranging from infancy to elementary. From our traveling family to yours, this stroller will not disappoint, no matter how many miles you log.

Trekaroo best travel stroller

This complimentary product was received from Bumbleride to be reviewed by Trekaroo. I received no other compensation, and was not required to express any particular point of view.

Brandy Wilson writes more about her life and travels at http://windywilsons.blogspot.com

Full review at http://www.trekaroo.com/traveltips/tip/bumbleride-flite-the-ultimate-lightweight-travel-stroller

Finding The Right Double Stroller – Guest Blog Post – Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell

August 19th, 2013
 

 

Finding the best double stroller
Before we had our first child, I decided I would be responsible for researching and buying all the necessary baby products and nursery furniture.  The first thing I sorted out was a buggy and I had no idea how many different varieties there were on the market. Anyway, after some extensive research and road testing, I finally selected the one I thought would be ideal.

Fast forward eighteen months and our second child is about to be born. I now have to venture into the world of the double buggy. At first, I was disappointed with the choice there was available, but one thing I knew for sure was I didn’t want one where the baby is seated underneath the older child. I understand this keeps the buggy narrow, but it just looks like you’re putting your baby in the shopping storage area. Taking this into account it meant I was looking for a side by side design. Some of them are way too big and would involve having to buy a new car just to fit in the boot. I was struggling to make a decision, as nothing seemed right.

A week or so later, my wife and I attended the Baby Show in London and this was the first time we saw the Bumbleride’s Indie Twin buggy. It caught my eye because it looked great; stylish, colourful and a decent size. I went straight over to the demo model, strapped my son into it and pushed it around the exhibition hall. It was sturdy without being too heavy, easy to manoeuvre and a comfortable ride. Also, as a dad, I didn’t feel self-conscious pushing it around because it’s easily one of the coolest buggies available. After that short demo my mind was made up and I got in touch with the company and got one on order.

When it arrived I immediately put it together in the front room and put my son into it. We were a couple of weeks away from the arrival of our second child, but I wanted to test drive it straightaway. I then panicked because I was convinced it wouldn’t fit through the doors in my house. I needn’t have worried as it fitted through perfectly, something that wouldn’t have happened with other double buggies. I couldn’t have been happier and my son loved riding around in it too. The real test will come when our daughter finally arrives.

Finding the best twin stroller