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/.
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 =)