I am what you call a self proclaimed stroller snob. Since I was pregnant with my daughter, I became obsessed with strollers and learning about each one on the market. I wanted to know what the difference was between these hundreds of strollers and what all the hoopla was with those that require a second mortgage. Everywhere we went my eyes would find strollers like magnets. Just like every baby product, it seems like there is a new stroller or updated model every other month! I’ve learned a lot but there is still so much to keep up with.
Along with my stroller addiction have come the purchases of the Chicco Key Fit Caddy, Baby Jogger running stroller, City Mini, and Uppababy Vista. All of these served great purpose but my utmost favorite was the Uppababy. I was walking by a garage sale one day and my stroller magnet eyes did not fail me. They beamed right to a shiny Uppababy Vista with toddler seat and bassinet. I immediately walked up the yard thinking it would be too expensive. Believe it or not, I walked away with that stroller which retailed for $900 at the time for a whopping $75 dollars. I was on cloud nine.
I loved having the bassinet option for my newborn as we took frequent walks in the summer. As I got to know this prized stroller more I realized it was about a 2010 or earlier model. However, even being over 7 years old, it was my favorite stroller. The joy of the Vista is that it can be converted into a double stroller with the purchase of a second seat and attachments. Turns out this model most likely doesn’t work with the second seat. I knew I’d need to purchase another stroller for when baby 2 came along.
Even though my heart belongs to the Uppababy Vista, I ended up going a different route for the double stroller! See, a brand new Vista with second seat and any extra attachments will run you well over 1200 dollars. That’s not always an easy purchase. I looked into purchasing a used one. There are tons of great deals on used Vistas. Then one day a dear friend (who is so savy with the baby stuff and actually the one who came up withe the name Hotmess to Homemade) sent me a text about a 30% off deal on the Baby Jogger City Select. I did like this stroller and was happy with the other baby joggers I owned. I didn’t look into it because I thought it didn’t come with the bassinet. But guess what, it does!
I immediately researched the different models and ended up going with the City Select Lux (of course the most expensive). The reason being is that this model comes with a bench seat attachment that I thought would be great for my stroller hating 2 year old. It was purchased from Albeebaby.com (frequently has 30% off) and shipped very quickly. Of course we had to give it a whirl right away. Here’s what we learned:
- Super easy put together
- Easy maneuvering
- Looks similar to Uppababy
- Bench seat attachment is unique and great for bigger ones
- Hand break that is helpful when going down hill
- Easy to clean fabric
- Large under space for storage
- Zipper pockets on back of seats for storing small items
- Heavy! This is definitely heavier than the Uppababy even with just one baby. I almost went into labor pushing this bad boy up hill.
- The tires are nice that they don’t ever need air, but it feels like it isn’t as smooth of a ride as it could be
- It’s longer than the Uppababy, but not too inconvenient.
I haven’t yet used this with the car seat attachment or bassinet but I am thinking it will be relatively easy to set up. The Lux model does have a zipper on the back of the seats for storage, but I am thinking I will need the cup holder/storage attachment because we use it frequently. Overall, I think this is a good deal for the money. However, if you have the extra to spend on the Uppababy I’d go with that. It would make most sense to purchase either stroller for your first child and just be able to add on as your family grows!
Savanna Says: 8 out of 10
In the year 2019, we know frozen foods are not the best. I know, it’s heartbreaking to hear that your square love affair that began with Ellios pizza may not be passed on to your child. There are some out there that can be nutritionally sound.
I started looking into good for you frozen foods when Savanna’s eating habits began to shift toward that of the non eating 3 year old. I needed to get creative, or maybe go more basic. Also, being pregnant, making dinner would be a vomit inducing task so it’s nice to have a fall back for those tougher days and late nights.
For the younger ones, soft and simple foods seem to be the biggest hits. Here are a few of the top rated frozen foods for kids and a few we have had luck with. Continue reading “Frozen Foods for One Year Olds”
The thing that I dislike about the winter the most is not the snow, the cold, or the weather. The thing I despise the most is the battle of the car seat. Oh you know moms, that daily dreaded struggle of shoving your child into the car seat who has now doubled in size due to a big puffy coat. Lets not forget the joy of stuffing your child into a coat for the 3 seconds it takes to get to the car and then taking it off again and then on again when you get to your destination. I’ve never run a marathon but I think that the energy exerted in either of these tasks is almost the same.
While sharing car seat battle stories with my cousin, she had mentioned that there are car seat ponchos. Curious, I decided to check it out. I wasn’t sure how worth it would be so I decided to hold back on the purchase. Low and behold my mom ended up buying it for Savanna for Christmas! That’s Grandmas for ya. The one we have was purchased from Otto & Odette on Etsy. The idea behind the poncho is that your child can wear something warm and be safely buckled into a car seat at the same time.
Continue reading “The Car Seat Poncho: The Answer to the End of Car Seat Battles?”
Kids…they touch everything and put their hands in every orifice of their body. I have yet to meet a parent who is not looking for some sort of safe cleaning product to use around the house. By the second kid, the panic has died down, but things do not stop going into the mouth’s of babes. I was introduced to this product once again by my mom, the Shark Tank groupie. This product claims to be solvent free, plant based, and safe for kids and pets. According to my mom, she was convinced of this product’s claims the moment the creator sprayed it in his mouth on the show. What people will do for Shark Tank money. But to be honest, I think of that every time I spray a surface and my daughter touches it before I can wipe it clean and then licks her hands. Thankfully that was only once, but that thought eased my heart attack.
Continue reading “Kid Safe Cleaning Products: Good Life Granite Cleaner”
There are absolutely way too many sippy cups on the shelves these days. When I started to wean Savanna off of the bottle and look for sippy cups, I ended up spending a small salary on cups. We would buy one and try it out. It only took a day or so before we figured out it leaked, the straw sucked, or she would just throw it across the room for whatever reason and go buy some more. Out of the small army of cups we purchased, we were able to narrow it down to 2 or 3 kinds that we now can’t live without. That’s it! To make your lives a little easier I have included a review of the cups we tried and why we like the ones we stuck with. I’m sure there are lots of other great ones out there that I am missing but if I buy one more different cup my husband might cut up my debit card. Also, every kid is different so what didn’t work for us might be great for you. You most likely will try out a bunch for yourself, but hopefully this list can help you make a choice when staring at that giant sippy cup wall in your local baby store. Continue reading “Mom Dilemma: Finding the Right Sippy Cup”
Before babies start to depend on solid food, preparing for a day out is pretty easy- just make sure you have plenty of milk/formula and your good to go. When kiddos start to eat it is so fun but also another thing to shove in that overflowing diaper bag.
When Savanna was around 9 months she wanted to eat anything we ate and loved food (she still does). Whenever she ate at home I would just put some food on her high chair tray and was lucky if half of it made it into her mouth. If we would go out to a restaurant or be at a friends it wasn’t so easy. One day I came across I found this plate in Buy Buy Baby that claimed to stick to most surfaces so baby couldn’t throw it in anyone’s face or smash it to pieces. It was small enough, dishwasher safe and came in its own little case. BINGO! Need this I thought. It was 20 bucks, a little much for a plate if you ask me, but I justified it with my 20% coupon and splurged.
Continue reading “Latest Diaper Bag Must Have: EZPZ Mini Mat”
Oh. M. Gee. Have you guys tried oat milk yet? If not, be prepared to make this your next purchase. Oat Milk has been around for a short while and got it’s start mainly in coffee shops and over seas. Many of the most trendy cafe’s serve oat milk lates, and macachinos and whatever else can be steamed into a cup. I came across oat milk over the summer after my daughter turned 1. I was transitioning her from formula to cows milk. She had been on Alimentum formula and then a pro-sensitive formula due to fussiness, gas and a sensitivity to milk based formulas. When it came time to transition her my doctor didn’t seem concerned and suggested to do it over the next few days. Well, wasn’t that a mistake. The poor girl was more constipated then my grandma after 3 days of no grapes. She would cry in pain and wouldn’t poop for days. Desperate for another solution I called the doctor back who suggested to transition slower. When I asked about other milk alternatives I didn’t really get an answer. Trusting the doctor, I went along with the slower transition adding an ounce or 2 to her formula gradually increasing it over the course of a month. It was better at first, but once we got over 2 ounces of milk the constipation began again. Continue reading “Oat Milk: The Creamiest, Dreamiest Dairy Free Milk and Why I Give it to my Toddler”