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Nothing makes me happier than a new stroller. I’d go for a new ride over a snazzy pair of shoes any day and if it has a cup holder? Someone fetch the smelling salts because I’m fainting from joy over here.

When it came time to move from one kid to two I was in a slight panic over what I would need. Requirements included (but not limited to): a large canopy, seating for two that wouldn’t make me the obnoxious woman in the mall, the ability to fit in my trunk when folded and, of course, a cup holder.

Please meet the new Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite.

Meet the New Joovy Ultralight Graphite Stroller
Old Joovy vs. new Joovy

First off, let me tell you what’s new and improved. For starters it’s 10% lighter than the previous models and 21% lighter than the standard Caboose Graphite model — that’s always welcome when you’re having to lug it around everyday. Also, the canopy extension for the rear rider has been improved. While not huge, it does offer some shade for your older child and it very easily zips on and off when needed (for instance it gets in the way when your child is standing, but is great for when seated). Other improvements include the pretty new graphite colored aluminum frame and a leaner profile.

What You Need to Know About the New Joovy
For your baby

The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite could seriously be the one and only stroller you need, from birth on. Easily snap on the universal car seat attachment and you are off and running with more than enough room for your older child.

At 3-months-old, your baby is able to ride on the front seat with its five-point safety harness, three recline positions and utterly huge canopy. The Caboose also has a weight limit of 90 pounds — 45 pounds per seat — which mean your front and rear rider will be comfy for years and years to come.

If you have two littles at the same time, consider the Caboose Rear Seat, which turns the rear platform into a full-size forward-facing second seat with all the features of the first, including full recline. In my opinion this was surprisingly easy to snap on and off, and completely functional. Keep in mind that your rear rider isn’t getting the same canopy, but I found that there was still plenty of shade with the canopy extension. In addition, you will also lose some of your undercarriage storage space as that area is now for little feet to dangle. (Caboose Rear Seat suitable for kids up for 2-1/2-years-old and sold separately.)

Check out the new Joovy Ultralight Stroller
For your rider

When we first tried the stroller, my (standard sized) 6-year-old insisted on taking it for a spin. Even at six, she was easily able to hop on-and-off, sit comfortably, and stand without getting in my way, all with tons of room. For smaller riders, the rear bench offers a five-point safety harness.

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For you

If you are picky about undercarriage storage, like I am, you will be happy to know this stroller has plenty. However, it is a bit tricky to access —  the rear bench needs to slide forward in order to get to it, meaning you will need to kick out your rear rider first. And, if you have the Caboose Rear Seat installed, the undercarriage storage is virtually inaccessible. A bummer, but definitely not a deal breaker.

On the upside, hello cup holders and snack tray! The parent organizer is made of a neoprene material so it’s stretchy, holds two cups, and it has an open pocket on one side and a zippered pocket on the other.

When it comes to its folded size I was completely impressed with the new Joovy. I have a smaller-sized crossover SUV and was nervous about even attempting to get this into my car since my usual full sized travel system took up the entire trunk. All I needed to do with the Joovy Ultralight Graphite was pop off the snack tray and it fit perfectly, albeit at an angle, but any other double would be a no-go.

Lastly, I found the actual ride and steering to be smooth and comparable to a single stroller. I can’t even believe I’m saying that about a double stroller!

All About the New Joovy Ultralight Graphite

I have never been a double stroller person, but I found the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite to be easy to use, easy to fold, easy to store, good-looking, fully functional and fun for my kids. Since strollers are now becoming an investment purchase for your family, you really want something that will last longer than a certain period in your child’s life. Your stroller now needs to tick off more boxes than ever before. If you’re in the market for a double stroller, I would definitely give this one a good long look, you will be glad you did.

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Best strollers for tall parents

Three years ago, I wrote a wildly popular post on comfortable strollers for tall parents.  Time has past quickly and stroller trends have changed quite a bit in the past few years. Brands are listening to what you want and the features are reflected in the new products you see and experience today.

One of the features I see more and more often is the adjustable height handle; it is no longer something only the luxury strollers have! Find out which types of strollers currently have them in our newest edition of the best strollers for tall parents.

Best Strollers for Tall Parents: BOB Revolution Flex

For all-terrain use: Bob Revolution Flex

This is the stroller I am probably most excited about. For ages, the Bob Revolution has been the leading all-terrain/jogger, constantly receiving positive reviews from happy consumers. But the one of the only drawbacks was that it never had an adjustable-height handle!

Ranging from 34-45 inches high, tall parents now jog and power walk their way in comfort when they choose the Revolution Flex. Who wants to hunch over when they are jogging? Proper upright form is important while exercising, after all!

BOB upped the ante while they were at it and introduced the Flex Pro, which adds drum brakes to slow the stroller when going down hills.The Flex currently has 5-star reviews and is a No. 1 seller on Amazon for joggers, so that adjustable handle bar has made an enormous difference. The Revolution Flex and Pro both come in side-by-side double versions called Duallies.

Also, check out these newer all-terrains that all have adjustable height handles: Kolcraft Sprint X, Chicco Activ3, Thule Urban Glide 1 Sport Stroller

Best Strollers for Tall Parents

For a reversible seat/convertible stroller: UPPAbaby Vista

Most reversing seat strollers are going to have luxury features, extra bells and whistles you’re not going to find on forward facing only strollers. This includes an adjustable height handle, whether it’s rotating or telescoping, so whether you’re going to spend over $900 or keep it at under $300, your convertible stroller’s going to have you covered if you’re tall.

Choosing only one reversing seat product was difficult, but in the end, I chose the new 2015 UPPAbaby Vista because it converts to a double and it has been redesigned to hold two car seats, two bassinets or two toddler seats in any combination. The frame is sturdier and that means that the wheels have improved “AirGo” technology as well, to hold up the extra pounds you may put in it.

The handle height ranges from 39-½- to 42-½-inches. It isn’t the tallest, but reviewers say that it is flexible for their use. A 5’3″ mom and her 6’2″ husband both feel comfortable pushing their new Vista.

Also good in this category: Mamas & Papas (everything except the Armadillo City), Summer Infant Fuze, Inglesina Quad

Best Double Strollers for Tall Parents

Best double stroller: Britax B-Agile Double

Double strollers come in many types: side-by-side, tandem, umbrella, all-terrain. In this category, you’re going to find more luck with an adjustable-height handle if you are buying a tandem stroller over $500.

But, to pick just one out of all these options, I chose the Britax B-Agile Double because it has come out since my last article on comfortable strollers for tall parents. The handle height ranges from 31″-41″. A nice feature on the handle is the design so that there is space in the middle so you can  steer one-handed.

The Britax B-Agile double has gotten 4½-star reviews mostly for the performance over a variety of urban surfaces and for the easy steering.

Be sure to also check out: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double, Joovy Too Qool, Chicco Echo Twin

Best Umbrella Strollers for Tall Parents

Best lightweight/umbrella stroller: Inglesina Net

The new Inglesina Net is getting a lot of positive feedback — I even wrote about it last month as being one of the best newer umbrella strollers.

And, the feature you’re most interested in is how high those handles go! How about 43 inches! For an umbrella stroller, that is really tall, and yet if your spouse or significant other isn’t as tall, that person will still feel comfortable pushing this stroller.

It has a fantastic-size canopy, cup holder included and weighs only 11 pounds. The Inglesina Net gets between 4½ to 5-star reviews for the easy push, convenient shoulder strap and self-standing fold.

You might want to also check out: Peg Perego Booklet

I know these are a fraction of the available strollers out there today that have handles that provide comfort to taller parents and care givers. If you didn’t see your favorite stroller here or in my last article, please mention it in the comments!

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#2Cool4School Back-to-School Giveaway

School days are here again and we’re celebrating with our friends at Project Junior by featuring some of our back-to-school favorites in our #2Cool4School back-to-school giveaway! With so much to buy during this crazy time of year and with so many options out there, let us help by narrowing down your shopping list. This giveaway is our biggest of the back-to-school season and it’s filled with everything from supplies that your kids will think are super cool to way to ride to school with ease to clothes and shoes that will let them find their own back-to-school style.

Hope your first day of school is a good one!

#2Cool4School Giveaway from Minted

$150 Shopping spree to Minted

Minted has everything you need to send your kids back to school and, more importantly, to make sure their belongings make it back home at the end of the day! Minted’s community of independent artists have designed everything from name labels to custom journals. ($150 value)

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#2Cool4School Giveaway

$150 Shopping spree to Polarn O. Pyret

Every kid looks forward to back-to-school shopping and Polarn O. Pyret knows how to turn kids’ styles up a notch. Polarn O. Pyret holds the philosophy that children’s clothes should look good and allow kids to be kids, a sentiment we stand behind. This stylish line is designed to withhold the daily wear-and-tear kids put their clothes dailyand holds up the fashions trend . So before heading back to class make Polarn o. Pyret your “one-stop shop” to send your kid back to school in style. (A $150 value).

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#2Cool4School Giveaway with Rack Room Shoes

$100 Shopping Spree to Rack Room Shoes

Rack Room Shoes is your one-stop-shop for all your back-to-school shoes needs. Whether you are looking for shoes that your kids can hit the playground with or you want the newest fashion trends, they’ve got your kids’ feet covered. ($100 value)

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#2Cool4School GIveaway with Micro Kickboard

Micro Maxi from Micro Kickboard

How cool would it be to roll into your first day of school?!? The Micro Maxi from Micro Kickboard is the ultimate set of wheels for kids, make getting to and from school a blast. Designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, you’ll love the way it helps burn off energy on the way home from school each day. Want to join in on the fun? Be sure to check out their collection for teens and adults! ($130 value)

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#2Cool4School Giveaway with Logitech

Logitech BLOK Ipad Case from Logitech

Does your junior scholar use an iPad for educational learning? If they are bringing their iPad to-and-from school making sure it is protected is a top priority. The BLOK iPad Case from Logitech is designed to absorb the force of impact, even in the hands of the roughest kindergartner. ($69 value)

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#2Cool4School Giveaway with Joovy

Groove Ultra Light  and Bumprider from Joovy

Heading back to school means it’s also time for everyone in the family to get up and get going in the morning… even little ones who aren’t in school yet. If you have younger siblings in tow, Joovy’s Groove Ultralight and Bumprider are must-haves. While it won’t stop the alarm clock from going off before the sun comes up, it will help make the ride to school just a little bit easier… for everyone! ($310 value)

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#2Cool4School GIveaway with Chooze

Backpack + Lunch Bag from Chooze

Chooze backpacks and lunch bags will bring out your student’s bright-side while heading back to class. Chooze signature style is anything but ordinary, making them the perfect way for your kids to express their individual style at school. Their reversible design features two functional sides, giving children the power to choose which print to display so they can change it depending on their mood. ($60 value)

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Enter to win in #2Cool4School

One winner will receive all of the prizes in our #2Cool4School giveaway, a value of over $950.

To enter, please use the giveaway form below.
Giveaway ends Friday, September 18, 2015.
Must be 18 or older to enter & win.

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Mountain Buggy Duet all-Terrain double stroller.

Mountain Buggy Duet all-Terrain double stroller.

Baby number two is on its way, or perhaps you’re expecting twins. Congratulations! Now what? You need help choosing a new double stroller for your growing family and you don’t know where to start.

Because of all the overwhelming choices and functionality, the first thing you need to consider is whether to go for a side-by-side “twin” stroller or a tandem front-to-back. By the time you finish reading this article, you will know the features, pros and cons of each style. Then you’ll be ready to move on to the type of lifestyle you lead to choose the right one.

Tandem double strollers

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Contours Options Elite has many seating options.

Tandem double strollers traditionally have a smaller “footprint” because they are the same width as a single. As years go by, tandems have gotten more compact and don’t quite feel like you’re a captain piloting an oil tanker.

Seating your children with the youngest in front and oldest in back helps with the weight distribution because it is easier to steer with the heavier child closer to you.

Tandem seating options are far more versatile. Many quality brands today have reversing seats, which allow for a dozen or more variations. Parents with twins especially like this option because they can install two infant car seats at once, right on the frame, eliminating the extra bulk of otherwise connecting to two seats.

The Joovy Too Qool is one of the higher-end brands to choose from. One of my favorite mid-range brands is the Contours Options Elite (pictured above) or LT, which has reversing, removable seats, so that you can set your car seat right onto the frame. Budget-conscious parents will like the Graco Duo-Glider.

The most basic tandems have a front seat that reclines a little bit, and the back seat fully reclines. You don’t want the front seat to recline too far back, thus disturbing the child in the back. Look for staggered seating, whether the higher seat is in the front or back. Fortunately, many quality tandem strollers have stadium-style seating so that no matter what the recline is in the front, the rear child will be happy.

Single-to-double tandem

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The Phil and Teds Navigator converts from single to double.

Another tandem option is the single-to-double convertible stroller. A traditionally single stroller adds a rumble seat to the back, usually over the cargo basket.

This works out fantastically well; I’ve seen moms with their newborns in a car seat on the chassis where the main seat was, then their toddler in the rumble seat. Then as baby outgrows the car seat, the children switch places, as you see in the photo to the right.

Most single-to-double strollers are in the mid to higher-end price range. Prepare to spend a little money for this type of product; most cost between $600-$800 including the second seat.

Perhaps the most popular and versatile single to double option is the Baby Jogger City Select; it has been a favorite for years with 16 different seating configurations. For a luxury feel with an included bassinet, the UPPAbaby Vista is one to go for. With improved features for 2015, it will set you back $1030 once you purchase the rumble seat separately. The Phil and Teds Navigator is a favorite all-terrain tandem option.

Stand-on tandem

Graco Ready2Grow sit and stand stroller.

Graco Ready2Grow sit and stand stroller.

Perhaps one of the best options for families who have a two-year-old active child when the new baby arrives is a stand-on or sit and stand tandem stroller.

This type of stroller has a standing platform in the back with a bench in front of your child’s knees when he or she is ready for a rest.

There are many variations to these strollers, too. Some come with a removable back seat so if your older child is still a bit too young to stand, the seat is there temporarily.

Some, like the Graco Ready2Grow, has 12 different seating options. The car seat can attach to the front or the back, so if your older child is still not ready to stand, they can have the front seat. This one is a favorite.

The Joovy VaryLight is a new concept in that it shortens or lengthens, depending on how much room you need. For example, you need to walk your newborn to sleep, but your partner can watch the older child at home. Shorten the VaryLight to the length of a single stroller for your outing.  I also love Joovy’s Caboose Ultralight stand-on, which has the option of adding the Too extra 2nd seat.

For those on more of a budget, the Baby Trend Sit n Stand is a classic, getting consistent 4-star ratings, though they have not come out with any new updates for years.

Side-by-side/Twin

Baby Jogger City Mini GT

Baby Jogger City Mini GT

Sometimes called side-by-side, sometimes called twin, this type of stroller basically a single stroller with the same features copied twice. It is ideal for twin children because they are equal, both able to see out the same. And for siblings – twin or different ages – they are able to interact more when sitting next to each other.

This type of stroller is obviously wider than the tandem, but all brands today have been designed to be narrow enough to fit through most standard-width doorways.

Twin strollers are equipped to carry only one car seat or bassinet, like you see here with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT. Exceptions are luxury brands like the Bugaboo Donkey or the Stroll-Air My Duo.

If you have twin infants and want a side-by-side, then the best option is to buy a double car seat stroller frame until your babies are big enough to ride in the stroller of your choice. I recommend the Joovy Twin Roo, because it is shorter and designed like no other car seat stroller frame!

Steering is different on this type of stroller versus a tandem. It can be easier, but if you have children of different ages then your stroller is going to veer toward the heavier child and you have to make steering adjustments.

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Chicco Echo Twin is good for family vacations.

One advantage the twin stroller has over the tandem is the variety available. All-terrain strollers, fixed-wheel joggers, umbrella strollers, luxury features or budget friendly, all are available. Want something lightweight and compact for an upcoming vacation? The Chicco Echo Twin gets 4.5-star reviews and it has 4-position reclining seats.

The BOB Revolution Duallie has always been popular with outdoorsy families, and now you can get an adjustable handle with the Revolution Flex.

A lightweight luxury option is the Valco Baby Zee Two or Snap 2. Both are lighter weight and have incredibly smooth steering.

So there you have it. Which team are you on – Tandem or Twin?

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Joovy might not be a baby brand that you’re familiar with yet, but with an extensive line of baby products from strollers to slings to high chairs, and now bottles, it’s a name moms will definitely be hearing about more often. Recently I had the opportunity to try out two of their newest products, the HiLo high chair and the Boob bottles.

HiLo High chair

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Joovy HiLo raises the bar

Now, there are high chairs, and then there are high chairs. And the HiLo is definitely what I would call a high chair. Along the lines of the higher-end Stokke Tripp Trapp or Boon Flair, the HiLo is a chair that’s designed to grow with your child from infancy to 6-years-old and beyond. Advertised as “heirloom quality,” the chair’s frame is made of solid birch wood and comes in a variety of colors. It’s incredibly sleek and modern — two qualities I adore in baby products — and would seamlessly fit into any “adult” dining room. Parents will appreciate the generously sized tray (the better to catch all those spills and messes) and how super easy the tray, as well as the seat itself (made of one molded piece — i.e. no nooks and crannies for crumbs to get stuck in) is to clean. Did I mention the tray can also be tossed in the dishwasher? Extra points! The 5-point harness is an added plus for safety.IMG_4150 And with just a flip of the seat (literally!) the HiLo converts to a toddler chair. The toddler side has a lower seat and you can choose to use the tray on that side as well, or just pull it up to your dining table like a regular chair. Little Miss is already past the infant side, but she loves being able to climb into her own chair thanks to the built-in footrest.

While the footprint on this chair isn’t the most space-saving, its style and convenience more than makes up for it. And it easily pushes in under most dining tables. It does come with a higher price tag than most high chairs ($399), but when you consider how long you will use it (and if you really do end up saving it and passing it on to grandkids), it may be worth it for the long run.

Boob Bottles

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Joovy does bottles

The appropriately named Joovy Boob bottles are, as I’m sure you’ve surmised, geared towards breastfeeding mothers so that they can switch baby from breast to bottle with minimal nipple confusion. Made of PPSU plastic, which is known as the highest-quality plastic out there right now (and obviously BPA, phthalate and lead-free), you can literally feel the difference between these and other plastic bottles. They simply feel sturdier. The nipples are made of silicone and have a wider base and longer nipple than many of its bottle counterparts to help emulate latching on to Mom’s breast. It’s also baked an extra time, making them extra strong. No nipple caving in here.

Joovy also employs a CleanFlow vent to prevent Baby from swallowing air, thereby reducing the dreaded colic/gas. Prior to trying out the Boob, we were using Dr Brown’s for our breastfed baby, and while those worked fine, it was a total PITA to wash all those extra parts! I love how simple it is to clean the Boob in comparison. One of the best parts of the Boob Gift Set for me were the breast pump adaptors that screw onto the top of the bottle so that you can pump directly into it (one less bottle to wash, hooray!). It apparently works with all major breast pumps except for the Avent ones. Now the Boob is priced higher than most bottles at around $17, but that’s partly due to the superior quality plastic they use.

At the end of the day, as most moms can tell you, Baby makes the call on which bottles they will or will not take (among many other things.) It is just my experience that my 10-week-old has had no problems with the Boob bottles, and that I would highly recommend them, but to each their own!

What is your favorite brand of bottle?
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Joovy Groove Ultralight

As a mom constantly on the go, I just can’t afford to drag around a heavy stroller for my boys. I’m a die-hard umbrella stroller lover. I like that I can open it with one hand while the other is grabbing the baby that just ran away (yes, I see you shaking your head as you picture this scene from your own life). I like that I can carry the stroller under one arm, and a bag and baby in the other, but your basic umbrella stroller has some draw backs. That’s where the Joovy Groove Ultralight comes in.

This sexy little lady is five pounds lighter than its big sister, making it an easier stroller to travel with and explore new lands… or just the farmers market down the street.

Here’s the dirt on the Joovy Ultralight Groove

• Stroller Weight: 12.78 pounds
• Stroller Dimensions Folded (inches): 12.5 H x 13 W x 40 D
• Stroller Dimensions Assembled: 40.75 H x 21 W x 33.5 D
• Min.Age: 3 Months / Max.Weight: 55 pounds
• Safety features: Five-point harness and reflective safety package
• Colors: Blueberry (as pictured), Purpleness, Triple Black and Charcoal

Joovy Groove Ultralight

Stash your stuff

Storage is what you sacrifice when you go for the cheap umbrella stroller. When you are constantly on the go you need a spot to stash your purse, an extra bag of snacks, loose toys, lovies and that left shoe that the baby keeps throwing into the street. You also need to give your back a break. The Joovy Groove Ultralight has enough space to stick all of your kids stuff plus a large purse, diaper bag or camera bag. I even managed to throw the kids’ coats in the storage below the stroller with my Big Buddha purse.

Joovy Groove Ultralight

Nighty-night baby

With your standard umbrella stroller you also lose the ability to recline your tired baby or toddler. This has come to bite me in the bum more than once. The Joovy easily reclines up to 149 degrees with the pull of a tab. The adjustable leg support means even longer babies can relax without their feet falling over the edge. An oversize canopy will block the sun allowing your little bundle of joy to snuggle up without any bright lights blinding him or her as you move about town.

Stand up straight woman!

If you are a savvy mama of a taller stature, you know how hard it is to find a stroller with handlebars high enough that you don’t have to slouch while you walk to reach them. The aerodynamic design of the Joovy handlebars lets you stand tall while you shop and explore the city. The two separate handlebars also make it easier to maneuver your stroller one handed.

Joovy Groove Ultralight

Getting ahead of the curve

One last drawback of your standard umbrella stroller is the wheels. The tred isn’t very good and you can’t cut those corners very easily. Joovy’s wheels spin around allowing you to tackle those tough curves, even one-handed. You can steer around tight spots, avoid pedestrians cutting you off and sprint to catch the train. The handling on uneven ground is similar to other non-jogger strollers. Without heavy-duty wheels you are bound to hit a few bumps in the road, but you won’t be any worse for wear.

Joovy Groove Ultralight

Let’s wrap it up

There is only one spot that your basic umbrella stroller will have the Joovy beat, but not for long with a little practice. Your basic stroller is easier to open and close one-handed, and tuck under your arm. The way to conquer this is to try opening and closing it at home a few times. The auto fold lock is great, but you will need both hands to unlock the stroller until you get the hang of it. You will also have to unlock the wheels before you start rolling, which you can do with your foot.

Closing the stroller also takes a flick of your foot, but you need to do it in two spots — the most obvious being the step tab in the back, but I found I also had to wiggle my foot to the side to make the mental frame collapse all the way. I could still do all this with a baby in one arm, but not as easily. I have a few more test runs to do before I’ve perfected my technique.

What do you think makes the ultimate travel stroller?

Disclaimer: I was sent the Joovy Groove Ultralight for review. The above is my own savvy sassy opinion

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summer travel twitter party

Summer Travel Twitter Party

Tuesday, June 11th
6pm PST / 7pm MST / 9pm EST

Hosted by  @Right_Start & @SavvySassyMoms
Co-Host @SomeDayIllLearn
Special Guest:  Colleen Lanin of @TravelMamas

Prizing Sponsors @ErgoBaby , @Britax,  @Joovy@SkipHop

Hashtag:  #TravelRight

Summer is finally here and we’re celebrating with a Twitter party that is sure to get you in the mood to pack up those little tikes and hit the road!  Whether you are heading to the local beach, state parks or flying international we’ve got you covered with all the travel gear and right accessories to get you from here to there.  Our hosts for the evening are two of our Right Start Moms, Andrea Fellman of Savvy Sassy Moms and Chelsea Day of Some Day I’ll Learn.  We’ll also have traveling expert, mom and author, Colleen Lanin of Travel Mamas sharing her savvy travel tips throughout the night and answering your questions.

What’s a party without some prizes?  We’ll be giving away over $1,400 in prizing from some of our top selling brands including Britax, Ergo Baby, Joovy and Skip Hop.  Colleen will also have three of her latest Travel Mamas Guide books to giveaway as well.

Please join us for a night packed with great information, leaving you fully prepared to pack up the kids and hit the road this summer!

Summer Travel Twitter Party
Twitter Party Prizing

1 Skip Hop Light & Luxe Diaper Bag + Stroller Bar Activity Toy +  Grab & Go Stroller Organizer ($110)
1 ErgoBaby Carrier + Travel Mamas Guide ($140)
1 Ergobaby Carrier + Travel Mamas Guide ($140)
1 Ergobaby Carrier + Travel Mamas Guide ($140)
1 Joovy Moon Room ($220)
1 Joovy Ultra Light Caboose Stroller +  Extra Caboose Too Seat ($330)
1 Britax B-Agile Stroller and 1 B-Safe Infant Car Seat ($330)

*You must be 18 years old and a US Resident to win prizing.

RSVP for Prizing

Example:

Link Title:  @bestmom1 (twitter handle)
Email Adddress:  bestmom1@gmail.com
URL:  http://twitter.com/bestmom1  (twitter url)

 

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Fashion trends, home trends and children’s trends – I love them all. It’s no surprise that what is trending in one will cross over into the next. Fashion certainly inspires home trends what is hot off the runway is also hot for the home and with so many trendy and stylish baby products we are even seeing the trends trickle down to the trendiest of tots.

Check out these three fashionable strollers following right along side this year’s Spring trends. Yes, strollers are fashionable and as they should be for the time spent pushing them and the price you pay.

Strollers & Trends

Black and White Trend

bugaboo. Quite possibly the first high-end stroller that made headlines with it’s $800+ price tag. People thought that was totally insane, some probably still do. But bugaboo was just the beginning, now there is a sea of luxury strollers that reach $1,500 or more.  The bugaboo came out with this double stroller the donkey two years ago and just released their “jazz up summer” color collection, sunny gold and jewel blue with a cabana stripe.  I personally love it.  The black and white stripes make this collection modern, stylish and chic. If I was having twins or needed a double stroller for my newborn and toddler in tow, I would jump all over this puppy. Oh and be on the lookout for bugaboo’s Andy Warhol collection coming this May!

The fashion shown here speaks for itself 😉

Shop the bugaboo chameleon3, the bugaboo donkey and the new jazz up summer fabric collection

 

by andreafellman featuring j crew

Pastel Trend

UPPAbaby.  The UPPAbaby CRUZ stroller is sleek, simple and smart. The pastel trend is huge right now and they have this gorgeous robin’s egg blue and one that comes in lavender.  This city cruiser is infant car seat compatible and the seat isreversible so your child can be forward facing or parent facing.  I love the way the CRUZ moves and glides, it’s really a smooth operating stroller. You can also purchase the CRUZ bassinet for baby and there is an infant snugseat insert.  The UPPAbaby CRUZ retails for $459.99 which I think is a great price for this stylish stroller.

Get yourself some super cute mommy and me minty looks this spring!

Shop the UPPAbaby CRUZ stroller

Strollers & Trends

 

Neon Trend

Joovy.  I love Joovy because they’re not afraid of color.  Which means all their products are right on trend. The fashion world has exploded with color.  The neon trend is a flashback from the 80’s so their bright greenie is totally rad.  If you have kids that are a little older you will love the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand On Tandem stroller. Of course you will feel like a toddler taxi, but at least you’ll get to where ever you’re going with everyone accounted for. We used this stroller on a trip to Barcelona, Spain when our kids were 2 and 4 years old and it was the best travel accessory I’ve ever bought.

Get outside your comfort zone and buy something neon!

Shop the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand On Tandem Stroller

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Bumbleride Indie - via Savvy Sassy Moms

When considering an umbrella stroller, obvious factors come into play: You want something that is light weight, compact and easy to transport.  Often times this is your second stroller for quick errands or for a special trip.

Many parents unfortunately choose a product that has shabby quality and it breaks down right in the middle of your Disneyland vacation.  A good rule of thumb is to budget at LEAST $60 to get something decent.

So that leaves the question – what about the higher-end umbrella strollers? What features and benefits are offered to justify spending $200 or more? Let’s take a look at the main factors.

1. Wheels & Suspension

High-end umbrella strollers have all-wheel suspension and larger wheels than their cheaper counterparts. A good suspension system gives your baby a smoother ride over rough terrain, think cobblestones or a boardwalk. Larger wheels, especially if made of softer rubber, absorbs bumps, too. Some brands use ball bearings in the wheels and this improves the steering, making turning effortless and one-handed, a real achievement with separate handles!

2. Plush Padding, Premium Fabrics

One thing for sure when your sits down, he or she’s going to be really comfortable. While quality products have cushy padding, at the same time, there’s full support. UPPAbaby G-series have some of the cushiest padding with REALLY soft liners.  Look for padded shoulder straps as well.

Then you’ll have a pop of color when walking down the sidewalk. Your stroller is likely to turn heads with a nice bright color, made of sturdy material that is not going to fade or wear down from weathering. In 2013, Bumbleride will incorporate a green technology into all their fabrics, utilizing 50% recycled material for exterior and 50% bamboo for the interior material.

3. Weather Protection

When you buy a higher-end umbrella stroller, a rain cover usually comes with your purchase. Rain covers are nice not only for rain, but for foggy misty days and for the wind.

Cheaper products will have a small, inadequate sun canopy, prompting many moms to buy a sun shade extender. You won’t need this when you spend a bit more on a better brand. You can expect a huge sun canopy with a visor that comes at least halfway down the seat. Below is the Joovy Groove, which has an amazing canopy that also ratchets down even more from the back  to block the lowest sun angles. Many of these brands have a peek-a-boo window at the top, too.

Joovy Groove

4. Sturdy Frame

A cheap umbrella stroller is rickety and clatters over the sidewalk. Often times it only holds about 30-40 pounds. Enter a quality-made item and the high-grade lightweight aluminum in the frame withstands a 50 to 55-pound weight limit. You should expect a well-balanced stroller that, even when empty, won’t tip back when you hang your purse on the handles.

Now the product weight varies from featherlight to rather hefty, up to 19 pounds. It depends on how important a very light weight is for you, but either way, you will be getting a well-made, sturdy product.

5. Ergonomic Comfort

Better umbrella strollers are actually comfortable to push. The handles are high enough for the tallest parents not to hunch over and even for most petite parents to feel comfortable with. The handles themselves are foam covered for a flexible grip. The high handles provide enough clearance to allow for a natural stride and you won’t kick the back.

Little extras that make baby more comfortable, too. A few higher-end umbrella strollers have a sling-type seat, with a hammock-like design; the Maclaren Volo comes to mind. But most of your choices will have a supported backrest. Look for an adjustable leg rest to prop up baby’s legs so they don’t dangle.

 

 What is your criteria when choosing an umbrella stroller? Would you spend more for these extra features?

 

IMAGES All images are courtesy of Bumbleride and Joovy. All rights reserved.

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Holiday Social Twitter Party
Thursday Dec. 13th at 6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST
Hashtag:  #HolidaySocial

Hosts:  @savvysassymoms, @FashOrganized and @tinabeana12
Sponsor:  @GoWallet

You’re invited to the Savvy Sassy Christmas Party!  Join us for a night of celebrating the season with the Savvy Sassy Team:  @SellabitMom, @CMF2009, @Diaper_n_Heels, @TiarastoBabies, @HipMamaB, @acherishedevent @DesireeEaglin and @ThoseYoungMoms

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Here at Savvy Sassy headquarters we have  A LOT to be thankful for and with the 2012 year coming to an end, we want to celebrate with some of our favorite brands that have helped make this year such a success!  So be sure to follow our “Brands of Honor” 

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StokkeMyCarrier(MSRP $249)

Details:

*Please Like Right_Start on Facebook  – you will need to leave a comment on their Facebook page the night of the party.
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To win prizes please be sure to follow @savvysassymoms and @FashOrganized in order to be contacted about your win.

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