Q & A with Zero Waste Nerd – Megean Weldon

April 27th, 2017

As you may have read, we strive to make every day Earth Day. So, throughout April, we’ve been sharing about how Bumbleride families eco in regards to these categories: Gear, Feed, Nursery and Play. To further show our commitment to How We Eco, we are donating 1% of April sales to 5 Gyres. The 5 Gyres Institute’s mission is to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.

 

We talked to Megean Weldon, founder of Zero Waste Nerd and mother, about her website, why she chose Bumbleride and recommendations for families to reduce waste in small, easy steps. We thought you’d love what she has to say:

 

  1. How would you describe your website?

    I have designed my website to be a resource for those who aim to reduce their waste and live a simpler life. Though my website is called “zero” waste nerd, I preach that it’s not necessarily about producing absolutely no trash but about changing how we view our consumption obsession and making better choices. We’ve let convenience control us and have become incredibly disposable. There are many simple tips and tricks that I teach that will reverse those disposable tendencies and help everyone to reduce their waste dramatically.

 

  1. What are 3-5 small steps a family can take to make a big impact on reducing their waste?

    Most of our waste starts in the kitchen. The best thing about many of the tips I talk about is that the whole family can be involved. Composting is a great way to reduce anyone’s household, organic waste by nearly 2/3. Build a compost bin, take it to a local drop off location, or enroll in a curbside pickup. Vermicomposting (worm bin) is also a fun and unique way of composting your organic waste that the kids would definitely love.

    Another easy way to reduce waste is to replace all disposable items such as plastic, throw away cutlery, plastic bottle of water, paper napkins, and even paper plates with reusable alternatives. It also helps reduce your monthly spending considering you will no longer need to purchase replacement disposables later.

    Try shopping package free. Purchase items from the bulk bins, bring your own containers to the bakery, and refuse the produce bags all together. Not only will you reduce your waste considerably but you will find that most of the food that comes without packaging is the healthiest.

    Growing your own food is another way to become more sustainable and reduce your food miles. Start a garden or even just grow herbs on your window sill – it’s fun, it reduces waste, and it’s empowering!

 

  1. Which criteria do you recommend families consider and learn more about when shopping?

    When purchasing anything – whether it be baby gear, feeding products, nursery gear, or toys I stress to really be mindful of the companies and products you are supporting. We see so many companies, today, making products that are designed to break. It’s time we start supporting companies that value their products and work towards a circular model. Look for products that will last, look for companies that stand behind their products, and look for items that can be easily recycled once they have worn out.

 

  1. Tell us about your zero waste kit.

    My zero waste kit helps me refuse single use disposable items when I’m on the go. Most of the waste we generate happens outside of our home so being prepared is key to reducing waste. I use a mason jar for beverages and food storage, a reusable napkin for replacing paper towels and paper napkins, a stainless steel straw to avoid plastic straws, a stainless steel spork to refuse single use cutlery, a stainless steel container for food on the go and even leftovers at restaurants, and a cloth tote to contain everything and to refuse single use plastic bags. Now, I stick all of these things in the diaper bag and it works perfectly!

  1. What are some of your favorite other products or companies that are helping reduce waste?

    There are so many great companies striving to make a positive, environmental impact. One of the first companies I fell in love with was Planet Love Life. They are working to spread awareness and teach about marine debris and pollution. They collect fishing gear off of beaches that have washed ashore and turn them into beautiful bracelets – bracelets that in turn help spread the message of preserving our beautiful planet. Some of my favorite products that help me reduce waste are stainless steel straws and plastic free scrubbing brushes. Their not only beautiful to keep around, they are incredibly durable and will last a very long time. And finally, I have to give a shout out to Jessica and Nicole of Hand and Land in Kansas City. Their store is a one of kind shop that sources local makers and products as well as simple and natural health and beauty products. I’m. In. Love.

 

  1. Why did you choose Bumbleride?

    Supporting companies who stand behind their products, are mindful of their environmental impact, and strive for sustainable business practices is very important to me. I spent a considerable amount of time researching the perfect stroller that aligned with my values and excitedly came across Bumbleride. From the moment I read their mission, I fell in love. Every part of production from the materials to the manufacturing has been fine tuned to be the most sustainable. What other stroller companies do this? There isn’t many. Aside from their goal to preserve the beautiful world around us, their strollers are incredibly, and I truly mean INCREDIBLY wonderful to push and maneuver. After all of the strollers I have tested – some cheaper, some more expensive, Bumbleride was the best – by miles.

  1. Who are some of the people/companies you are following for zero waste inspiration?

    There are so many wonderful Zero Waste bloggers and Instagrammers that continue to inspire me every single day. The Zero Market in Denver Co is a huge source for my inspiration as a zero waste shop entrepreneur. Their goal to create a completely zero waste store aka store of the future impresses me greatly. They put so much effort and care into sourcing sustainable goods, recycling items intended for the landfill, and offering the tools for people to jump into the zero waste movement. I have recently started my journey to do the same in my area and have begun with an online shop called www.shopzerowastenerd.com.

    Some other fantastic bloggers are Andrea of Be Zero, Courtney of Be More with Less, Caitlin of Eco Cajun, and Meredith of Meredith Tested. But seriously, there are SO many wonderful bloggers out there striving to make the world a little better.

    -Megean Weldon, Zero Waste Nerd

    Make sure to visit Megean’s website, Zero Waste Nerd and follow her on Instagram. Thanks so much for sharing with us!


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    Megean’s brother getting a chance to push Indie at the local Farmer’s Market.

Run She Is Beautiful 5k & 10k- Santa Cruz, CA On March 19th

January 9th, 2017

Join us at the Run She Is Beautiful 5k & 10k in Santa Cruz, CA on March 19th, 2017!

Run She Is Beautiful is a race with course flare, inspirational sayings, and overall goodtime. Whether this is your FIRST race or your 100th, you will be encouraged AND celebrated! We believe creating a stronger self physically manifests into a stronger self in all areas of your life. Here’s to strong legs, smart girls, and celebrating yourself and just how awesome you are!

Winners of the Bumbleride Baby Mama divisions (stroller friendly 5k & 10k divisions) will win a new Speed jogging stroller!

Sign up here.

Can’t join us March 19th? Join us in Santa Barbara, CA on September 23rd, 2017

Fall Favorite Recipes – Eating Made Easy – Amelia Winslow – Bumbleride Adventurer Guest Blogpost

December 15th, 2015

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Fall Favorite Recipes with Eating Made Easy

Cooking with your kids is a wonderful way to introduce new healthy foods, improve eating habits, and spend quality time as a family.

But if the idea of bringing your crazy kiddos into the kitchen to “help” (a.k.a. make a huge mess and add to your to-do list on an already busy day) makes you want to run and hide, you’re not alone.

The trick to making it work, I’ve found, is to embark on a kid-friendly cooking project:

  • when you have plenty of time, like on a weekend afternoon
  • when you’re not trying to get a meal on the table
  • infrequently – like once or twice a month, or whatever feels manageable to you

This way, you and your kids can reap the benefits of cooking together, without having the activity be a source of stress or frustration.

Below are some easy fall-inspired fruit snacks that kids can easily help create. Customize them to your family’s tastes and have fun!

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Fall Fruit Parfaits

Layer chopped pears, apples, persimmons, oranges, or any fall fruit you like with plain yogurt and your favorite granola. Top with pomegranate seeds. Use a clear glass or cup so that kids can see the colorful layers!

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Apple Nachos

Thinly slice any kind of apples and arrange around a plate or platter. Drizzle with peanut butter or caramel sauce, nuts, coconut, dried fruit, crumbled cereal – or any other topping your kids love. Dollop with Greek yogurt, or serve alongside yogurt for dipping.

 

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Mixed Fruit Applesauce

This is a great way to capitalize on those pears or apples that are a little too soft to eat as-is. Simply chop as much fruit as you want and simmer over medium-low heat with water and a few sprinkles of cinnamon (4-5 large fruits + 1/3 cup water + ½ tsp cinnamon)

You can also re-purpose whole fruits your kids didn’t finish into this sauce. It’s completely clean after cooking for so long and will appeal to them (and you!) in a whole new way.

Happy fall!

Find more recipes and eats made easy here, http://eating-made-easy.com/ .

LET’S NOT REINVENT THIS WHEEL.

September 29th, 2015

Lets Not Reinvent This Wheel Bumbleride Strollers Why Air Filled Tires

LET’S NOT REINVENT THIS WHEEL.

Call me old fashioned, but I’m pretty into air. And so is every single car manufacturer in the world. Not to mention, the most technologically-advanced car racing series in the world, Formula-1. So if all these guys are filling their tires with old-fashioned air, why do some strollers opt to fill their tires with foam?

But before I get into this earth-shattering air vs. foam debate, let me tell you where I’m coming from.

My first stroller was not a Bumbleride. It was a City Mini GT (foam-filled tires). I put a lot of thought into this purchase and admittedly, it has some legitimate strengths. In particular, it’s really easy to fold. I consider it the Honda Accord of strollers. It looks pretty good (although the styling is conservative), does everything pretty well and drives just as you would expect, nicely.

After getting a little tired of “nice,” however, I opted for a stroller that I could actually connect with on a deeper level. Like, say, a fine automobile. You see, the difference between a Honda and BMW, for example, has to do with the intangibles. Like how you feel when you’re behind the wheel, how it takes the corners as if it is simply interpreting and responding to your innermost desires and how it looks. Yes, looks are so very important.

To me, my Bumbleride feels like my car. I drive a BMW X5 diesel. Like my car, the stroller responds to me and to the road with confidence. The handling is spot on. The fabrics look and feel durable, yet luxurious and are equally good for the environment. It feels tight. And like a diesel BMW, it’s unique. If you’re a car lover, uniqueness is everything.

Most importantly, the tires on my Bumbleride are filled to the brim with good old-fashioned air.

Air is better. Air is nature’s shock absorber. Air is proven to deliver the most comfortable ride, while maintaining a high-level of performance. Air-filled tires can handle road elements far better than their foamy counterparts. Road elements that can jerk your precious baby awake from a happy slumber.

Air is not about off-roading or all-terrain. Air is about the terrain we experience on a daily basis. Air is about handling all the terrains with ease and comfort as well as cornering like a Formula-1 car when road is smooth.

This is why I’m sticking to air. Something that’s been pretty much the norm since a man named Dunlop decided to patent the idea in 1888. He’s long gone but his wheel remains the same. So let’s not reinvent it. – Graham Simon, Bumbleride Adventurer, Creative director. Daddy. Lover of anything with wheels. Learn more about Graham on his Adventurer profile, https://www.bumbleride.com/graham and follow him on Instagram at https://instagram.com/grahamsimon/ .

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Blocks

May 28th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Blocks – Park City, UT

Lucy and Ken can most often be found behind the wheel of a rally car or with leashes in hand adventuring outdoors with their pups and little ones in tow. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

How do you and Ken like to balance family life while having a busy work and travel schedule?

It’s not an easy balance with our busy schedule but it helps that we travel as a family 90% of the time.  That’s a lot of kid travel but we feel it is important to be together as a family as much as possible.

What are your families’ favorite outdoor activities? 

Well, obviously there is rally.  Ken’s racing schedule occupies most of our time.  We love cars.  We also hike, snowboard and enjoy the lake together as a family.

What was it like to drive your first stage rally and when can we expect to see you behind the wheel again?

I was a bit nervous when I drove my 1st stage rally.  I’m nervous every time.  I do love it and thank goodness I’m not as competitive as Ken.  I’m just out there trying to better myself and become a better driver each time I’m in the car.  I hope to be behind the wheel again this year.

Follow Ken on his website, Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.

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Lucy with her rally car.

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Ken shredding with his son


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Conde Nast Traveler – Moms Who Travel With Style – Emily Harteau – Bumbleride Adventurer

May 19th, 2015

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Moms Who Travel with Style

In honor of Mother’s Day, CNT chatted with bloggers, photographers, and moms Mimi Thorisson of Manger, Emily Harteau of Our Open Road, and Elise Hanna about their travel essentials, their favorite trips, and where they’re going next. This is an excerpt from the original. Read the entire article via link at bottom.

WHAT ACCESSORIES DO YOU ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH?

Emily: Raen sunglasses for me, Ergo pack, Bumbleride Flite stroller for airports and if we are going anywhere with sidewalks, and Ultra Violet Kids clothes so the girls look great.

Mimi: My sunglasses, a brand-new notebook, and music to listen to. Also a Nuxe travel-size pouch; it contains all the essential products when traveling (you can get them in French pharmacies).

Elise: My camera, one or two good versatile cotton scarves (which can be used for anything from a picnic blanket to a baby-changing pad, head covering or skirt), my iPhone, and a journal or simple notebook.

Read the entire article here, http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-05-08/happy-mothers-day-moms-who-travel-with-style .

Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Harteaus

May 13th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Harteaus– Argentina & Chile

Adam and Emily can most often be found on a distant family adventure in their Westfalia van appreciating the outdoors and their communities. Join them as they share their travels, artwork and amazing imagery, http://ouropenroad.com/.  Our Open Road’s goal is to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

Please tell us about yourselves.

Adam & I met in Los Angeles at Otis College of Art & Design where I studied fashion design & Adam studied fine art.   Adam just had an exhibition in Los Angeles in October inspired by two years on the road- http://ouropenroad.com/terraincognita/ .  I have enjoyed having time to explore some of my other interests like cooking & writing.  Each of our blog posts is like a chapter in a book and I have been working on a cookbook for a very long time now…

Please tell us about your families’ love for travel.

We have traveled together for over a decade, always dreaming and planning our next adventure. When Emily was pregnant with Colette, Adam was working on a project that would have put us in India and Nepal for 6+ months. When that fell through, we knew the time had come for us to plan our own grand voyage. It was born naturally of a dream we developed together and wanted to share with Colette. It took over a year of saving and fundraising, planning and preparing before we departed.   The greatest gift this trip has presented is time. We have time to be together and time to explore the rich cultural landscapes; our hearts and minds have been filled by kind and generous locals and stunning natural beauty with unforgettable vistas.   Slowing down to enjoy these things has been a gift. We use all our senses to experience the day and do not expect magic moments to appear instantly.

Which countries stand out for most memorable highlights with your children? Do you have a favorite country to recommend to US/Canadian families with little ones?

Sierra’s birth in Brazil was a remarkable time on the road and has granted her dual citizenship, which we think is the coolest birthday gift ever.
My top 5 recommendations for traveling families:

1) Buenos Aires is not just a city for lovers, it is also a great city to visit with families:  parks, museums, galleries and yummy restaurants abound.

2) Conguillío and Huerquehue National Parks in the Chilean Lakes District are enchanting.  Hiking with kids has such a balancing effect, all while burning that energy they have!

3) Uruguay is a small, safe country that is easy to travel in- the east coast is especially dreamy.

4) Cartagena, Colombia is a wonderful small city where the light seems to dance on every corner.

5) The Big Island of Hawaii is like our second home, and is a phenomenal place to visit with kids- sea turtles, golden sand and tropical water – what more could anyone ask for?

Follow Adam and Emily on their travels by visiting their website, http://ouropenroad.com/ and following them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

 Check out this feature on Moms who travel with style including the Harteaus on CondeNast Traveller, http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-05-08/happy-mothers-day-moms-who-travel-with-style .

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Bumbleride Ambassador – Ladena Racine

April 21st, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassador – Ladena Racine – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Ladena can most often be found on a family adventure while sharing her favorite products, crafts, recipes and travel tips on her website along the way, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s)

Please tell us about yourself and a little bit about your family
I am an elementary school teacher and mom of two kids. My husband is a graphic designer and business owner. As a family we love being active and outside. We are passionate about traveling and exposing our children to new cities, beaches and cultures.

What was the motivation behind starting/running MyBabyStuff.ca?
I have always been one to share my love of great products and experiences with my friends and family. When I was pregnant with my second child I started noticing that there was an abundance of great products available for babies. I wanted to figure out what products were a necessity, what products were worth purchasing and what products were of good quality. I thought it made perfect sense to share my thoughts on baby gear with the world by testing some out and reviewing products that would be suitable to today’s family. MyBabyStuff.ca started with mostly baby products but soon evolved with children and parent products. It now also has a growing family travel section where I highlight and chronicle trips and quick getaways I’ve done with my family.

What do you love about living in B.C and how does Bumbleride fit into your family’s lifestyle there?
British Columbia is a very special place. On the west coast of British Columbia you could literally surf on Saturday and ski on Sunday. We have an incredible landscape and are surrounded by water. Our weather is mild all year long. Bumbleride has been a perfect fit for my family since 2007. The first Bumbleride we owned was the Rocket which I used with my now seven year old daughter.  I have since owned a Bumbleride Indie and a Flite.

Bumbleride strollers make it easy for a mom to get outside and get active with their children. They are designed for active living, are easy to maneuver and look so stylish. I’ve taken my Bumbleride strollers on trails, to the beach and on many plane rides. Bumbleride strollers have allowed my family to navigate through many big cities with ease and are perfect for a quick trip to the grocery store.

Learn more about My Baby Stuff CA here, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/

Stay in touch with My Baby Stuff CA on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

What do you love about your Bumblerides?

“I’ve tested the Bumbleride Indie and the Bumbleride Flite. I couldn’t live without both strollers. Recently, Bumbleride sent me the Indie 4 in Fog Grey. I was so excited to put this new model to the test. I had seen the Indie 4 in stores and on the streets and I really wanted to know how it performs.”

Things Ladena loves about the Indie 4:

  • The large SPF 45 canopy
  • The large storage basket (I put three winter jackets in it last week!)
  • The maneuverbility
  • The sleek look
  • The air filled tires
  • The cushion on the adjustable handlebar
  • The option of using a bassinet
  • It only weighs 22lbs and has a capacity of 55lbs

“The Indie 4 is such a cool looking stroller. It makes me WANT to go out for walks. This stroller rolls smoothly and feels really small. I can push it with one hand. It turns on a dime. When I go out with both my kids I usually attach the Mini Board onto the Indie 4. Adding the Mini Board does not affect the performance of this stroller.” -Ladena

Read Ladena’s full Indie 4 all terrain everyday stroller review here, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/2015/03/bumbleride-indie-4-stroller-review/

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Bumbleride Ambassador – Kristy Mclellan

April 6th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassador – Kristy Mclellan – Ridgewood, New Jersey

Kristy and her family can most often be found enjoying the outdoors or a local soccer field. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

Please tell us about yourself.
I’m East Coast born and raised outside of New York City, but there is an inner California beach girl in me that is begging for a relocation to the ocean!  I’m a happily married Mom of three girls – Chloe (6) and our twins – Charley & Presley (18 mths) and I’m passionate about creating a healthy, safe and beautiful home for them.  I come from a Marketing background and worked for some pretty big, bold face name companies honing my skills and working with so many talented people before launching my own business with my partners.  I love design, great food and hanging out with family and friends.  My favorite time of year is Fourth of July – as a family we head to the same little cottage in Maine every summer to unwind.  No cell phones, computers or distractions.  We get to just be a family and enjoy simple things like a fire pit and smores making. I’m already dreaming of next summer.

What was your inspiration for co-founding your company?
I think most people in this industry become inspired by their kids and looking for ways to make the parents’ world easier and their child’s world better.  In our case we were living in New York City looking for a way to keep our stroller, which we used like a car, clean before bringing it into our apartment. I couldn’t bare the thought of taking it apart to get formula stains out again or listening to my wheels squeak.  I was shocked that no non-toxic, organic solutions existed so we created our own. Simple as that, BuggyLOVE was born.

How are you able to balance family & work?
They say it takes a village to raise a family and we’ve created an amazing village of support from hands-on Grandparents to old friends and new ones.  We love that our children are constantly surrounded by a whole lot of love and individual influences.  Aside from the support we do what most families do – we create a really solid schedule to ground us, but allow ourselves to be flexible and have fun within it.  It really helps us to have a great work – life balance, stay organized in business and make special time for each girl.

What do you love most about being a parent?
I love that I am the only one who can cure their boo boo with a kiss.  I think there is a really sweet metaphor in there about the kind of power that a Mom’s love has and how it helps shape these little lives.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had experienced both personal and professional success.  But being a Mom comes with a whole new level of pride I ever knew existed.  All three of our girls were born prematurely, the twins at only 26 weeks.  When they were first born no Doctors could guarantee how they would course and develop. It’s been amazing to watch these little miracles be so fearless and accomplish milestone after milestone. From first steps and words to twirling in princess costumes and scoring a soccer goal, I feel such a sense of pride through their successes, big and small.  I want to slow down time, but I can’t wait to see the amazing women they turn into.  I always say being a Mom is the best club you can ever join.

Learn more about BuggyLOVE here, http://buggylove.com/

Stay in touch with BuggyLOVE on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

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What do you love about your Bumbleride?

As founders of BuggyLOVE and parents to three girls, one year-old twins, Charley & Presley and big sis, six year-old Chloe our life is one of a happy, controlled chaos and most definitely, always on the go.

Charley & Presley were born at only 26 weeks and after a three-month stay in the NICU came home to us tiny, but as perfect as could be.  Naturally, going from parents of one to parents of three we were nervous about how on earth we would handle it all and balance the energy of our oldest with the needs of our preemies.

And just as we were about to commit myself to a life of car seat strapping in and out and a six year old with tired feet or worse yet, limiting our outings, our Bumbleride Indie Twin with the mini board arrived at our door.  What.  A. Gift.

It gave me comfort to know my little ones were safely snuggled in side by side and that their delicate heads and bodies weren’t bounced around with every bump.  As they grew up their Indie Twin grew right along with them and the ride of their life was as smooth as ever.  From car-seat adapters to bassinets to their “big girl” seats with views of the world our Bumbleride Indie Twin has worked for our family since the day they came home.  Big bonus #1 – that big sis feels like a super hot shot with the freedom of jumping on and off her mini board.  Big bonus #2 – that we can load all three girls up and move as quickly as our life does.  I’m pretty sure our greatest achievement last year was being on time to Kindergarten everyday; thanks in no small part to our Indie Twin with mini board.

As a CoFounder of BuggyLOVE, a family of organic cleaning products designed specifically for strollers and gear, it gives me such peace of mind to know that Bumbleride is always evolving their green footprint by using non-PVC plastics, bamboo fabrics, SPF 45 canopies and, of course, that they recommend BuggyLOVE to clean and maintain their rides as a way of saving time, electricity and water.

Our stroller is such a big part of our everyday life.  It let’s us live outside more. It’s a snack-time seat at the park, naptime bed on the go. It’s our moving office, our backpack and diaper bag carrier, our tired feet saver.  It’s a Disneyworld tested Godsend and survived the mall during holiday shopping.  It’s survived formula, smashed bananas and smeared sunscreen (thanks BuggyLOVE!). It’s as active as we are, essential and uniquely us.

Oh and according to Chloe, it has a pink lined canopy.  Sold to the lady with three princesses.  Now if only it came in rainbow glitter too =)

THANKS BUMBLERIDE!!!

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Kalamas

March 6th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – Sarah and Kahana Kalama – San Diego, CA

Sarah and Kahana can most often be found enjoying a local beach, stopping by one of their Aloha Sunday locations or exploring a nearby jungle. This is the third post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

How do you maintain a work/life balance?

It’s a tricky road to navigate. I’ve always been the type of person to try to mold a profession from my personal passions and it’s worked out well so far. That said I get to pursue things that have an intrinsic value to me the majority of the time. However, there’s so much that goes into being a small business owner that it still does require a lot of my time. In any case the only way I can try strike that work/life balance is by making family and health a priority.

I try to get as much as I possibly can while the kids are asleep. I’m usually up by 5am and I try to surf, run or work out at least every morning. Being active every day gives me some time to decompress and it helps put the entire day in perspective. Beyond that I try to set aside at least one day per week to be 100% present to my family. That means no cell phone, internet, social media etc. Shutting off that constant connection is actually a huge relief and it allows me to enjoy the day spent with my wife and kids.

What advice can you offer parents who are seeking to start their own business? I would just make sure that both parents are committed. Without the support of my wife I don’t think Aloha Sunday would have ever happened. She helped shaped the vision for the brand and encouraged me to turn it into a reality. She put a lot of her own elbow grease into the buying, merchandising and management of the store while we first got started and she continues to support the store in any way possible.

That said it can be tough in the beginning. Most businesses can be physically, financially, and emotionally taxing and it’s extremely important that both parents share the same expectations about what the day to day will look like during this phase of life.

What’s next for Aloha Sunday?

We are currently in the process of opening another store on Oahu. I grew up in Kailua and it’s been a dream to one day have a store over there. With two children the pull to be able to spend more time at home has gotten even stronger. We’ll still be splitting time between San Diego and Hawaii but I’m nonetheless psyched to be able to surf in warm water more often. {UPDATE: The second Aloha Sunday is open and they’ve got a new roommate…. @localhawaii – makers of all natural shave ice and craft sodas utilizing 100% locally grown fruit, http://www.thelocalhawaii.com/. The new shop is located at 131 Hekili Street, Suite 108, Kailua, HI 96734 . Stop by on your next trip to Oahu and say hi!}

Stop by their San Diego Flagship store at  3039 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 and follow the Kalama’s on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/kahanak , http://instagram.com/skalama, http://instagram.com/dukeandthem  and http://instagram.com/AlohaSunday .

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Aloha Sunday Flagship Store. San Diego, CA.

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OB Pier cruise. Ocean Beach, CA 

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Road Trip to Big Sur, CA.

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Road Trip  to Big Sur, CA.

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Jungle cruise with my everyday valentines

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Road Trip to Big Sur, CA

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Aloha Sunday Flagship store in San Diego, CA.