Be Eco On The Go (With Three Kids In Tow)

Be Eco On The Go (With 3 Kids In Tow) 

Hi, I’m Jill.  

Wife to a banker by day and surfer when the waves are good. Mama to Brooklyn (almost 4), Max (almost 2), and Baby Boy #3 (due November 2016). Global traveler, dog lover and eco-conscious Marketer at Bumbleride.

I love this company and everything the brand stands for. Bumbleride has enabled me to feel fulfilled in my career, while continuing to nurture myself, my family, friends and keep up with my crazy toddlers. I know that motherhood isn’t perfect (and is messy), but I’m doing my best to find balance, inspiration and continue to live eco-consciously in all areas of my life. Which means I’m constantly looking for things and brands that can meet eco standards, keep life simple and convenient.

I’m always looking for inspiration. Here are a few things I tell myself on a daily basis to keep a positive and peaceful mindset:

            -At the end of a long day, I am the only one who can give my kids a happy mama who loves life.

            -Kids make life the best kind of busy.

            -The days are long, but the years are short. Keep on keepin’ on mama.  Life is good.

I’ve spent a lot of time researching baby and toddler gear over the past 5 years (and feel especially close to it given the industry I work in). Here are my must-haves for conscious mamas looking for convenience and style.  I hope this helps eliminate your research time so you can focus on the more important stuff (like yourself and your kiddos). Thanks for reading!

– Jill, Bumbleride Marketing

 

Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller + Mini Board

…and I think life with 2 kids is wild. Cue November 2016 when we’re adding a 3rd in ~4 years.  Indie Twin has been my saving grace with 2 – I’ve used it almost every day since giving birth to my son Max and it will continue to be my go-to for years to come!  That feeling of ease (and reaction of onlookers) when we seamlessly cruise through a door with a side by side stroller.  The individual seats that can be positioned for whatever situation one of them needs; up, down, feet up, feet down, sunshade extension out, asleep, awake…accommodation makes life much more simple!  Knowing my kids are spending so much time in an eco-friendly place, is one less worry I have – there are 52 recycled plastic water bottles in the fabric of this stroller, plus they are Bluesign and OEKO-tex certified.  With adding a third, all I need is my toddler Mini Board for whoever wants to ride along, and the bassinet.  Perfect spot for comfy naps on the go.  The best bassinet news is it’s now approved for overnight sleeping with it’s 100% rPET fabric and safe, breathable mattress. Even better: no polyurethane foam, fire retardants, phthlatates or PVC used.  Rest-assured, we are set.

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Clek Foonf Car Seat

We are realizing that the world was built for a family of 4.  Luckily we already have a car with a 3rd row option, but didn’t think it was possible to put 3 kids safely in a single row – thanks to Clek, we will be riding safely (love their green materials) and much more easily in one single row.  The icing on the cake (or cream in my coffee) is I won’t need to use my back seat for kids.  I can use that space for groceries, my Indie Twin and all the other essentials for life on the go.

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Fawn & Cub Ruckus Diaper Backpack + Changing Mat combo 

Never been the diaper bag type – always carried my oversized leather tote with enough room for everything I need.  With 3 kids, I think I’m going to need both hands and shoulders and all the help I can get in the convenience department.  I was googling “Non-Diaper Bag Diaper Bags” and came across Fawn & Cub.  SWOON.  I saw their Ruckus Sack backpack and was instantly ready to purchase.  The line that had me was “it feels like you are carrying a pillow on your back.” DONE.  So many great features; organic cotton lining, multiple pockets, magnetic snaps, et al.  This has convenience, style and non-diaper bag written all over it.

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Plum and Sparrow Moses Basket

Not sure there is anything more precious than a new baby in a basket.  These moses baskets are worthy of every penny and photo captured with your baby inside.  Complete with a hypo-allergenic, waterproof pad inside, I see myself taking this baby (pun-intended) with us everywhere.  To the park, to the beach, in the backyard.  Can’t wait to snap photos of our little buddy in there.

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Solly Baby Wrap

I’m sure you’re all in the know on this front.  If you aren’t, get on it!  Baby wearing has been so important to me with all my babies.  There is nothing like that close, skin-to-skin connection – all with both hands free to do whatever it is on your agenda.  I love to support small business and the gals at Solly are seriously awe-inspiring.  These gorgeous wraps are Made in America with Lenzing Modal fabric that is sourced from the pulp of Austrian Beechwood trees.  There’s more…$1 from every wrap purchased helps give a mother around the world a safe birth.  I’m all in.

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Plain Jane 24 Hour Dress

Literally.  You can wear it 24 hours a day and be stylish in total comfort.  And nurse your babe without unbuttoning or showing your belly or stretching out the top of your shirt.  I got the all black, because mama knows how messy life can get with 2 kids with dirty fingers touching and grabbing you all day.  This dress is made of the same material as the Solly wrap, so you’re basically wrapping yourself in eco-friendly comfort.

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Klean Kanteen 5oz and 9oz baby bottles

My favorite Kanteen brought a baby bottle into the family.  YES.  Non-toxic, check. Easy cleaning, check. Easy filling, check.  Sign. Me. Up.  There are 2 sizes (5oz and 9oz), so you can have your baby start a bottle from birth or as soon as you’re ready.

 

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Tubby Todd $75 shop credit

We always laugh that we have enough Tubby Todd to keep the whole neighborhood clean and smelling fresh for a year.  Read: I don’t want to run out.  They also just launched their MAMA line and it’s so good.  Belly balm, hand lotion, nipple salve.  Something for every mama.  It’s that good.

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Finn + Emma Organic wooden teether

Finn + Emma is the most amazing small business.  Everything they support, I believe in.  Sustainability, fair trade, organic materials, smart + ethical choices.  Everything they sell, I would have in my house.  But, consumerism is a thing and I don’t need it all with having hand-me-downs from my two other kids and family/friends that think just like me.  But the whimsical little organic hedgehog teething rattle is a necessity and multipurpose and I can’t wait for little buddy to have it.

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Lorena Canals Rugs eco-friendly rug

An eco-friendly and MACHINE WASHABLE rug. Yes, please.  These rugs contain 100% natural cotton and use non-toxic dyes.  My daughter has a dust allergy, so just vacuuming and regular cleaning isn’t enough. These rugs are perfect.  All the kids rooms will eventually have one!

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Modern Burlap Tree Hugger Swaddle

Another small business that I love.  But, let’s talk multipurpose. These swaddles are not only perfect for swaddling and getting a baby cozy, I use them for nursing covers, sun coverage, burp cloth, tummy time or even a scarf, if I’m out and about and forget a sweater.  They fold up so small and can be tossed into your bag and WILL BE used on every adventure.  There is a design for anyone, and there’s a reason they’re all black and white patterns…the contrast in color enhances baby’s vision and stimulates brain development.  BONUS: they’re made of GOTS certified organic cotton muslin.

 

So there you are!  I hope this will save you research time so you can get back to making memories with your family…

{Giveaway Over} Congratulations and welcome to the Bumbleride Family @angiehiney!!

Be Eco On The Go (With 3 Kids In Tow) Giveaway

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Baby Gizmo 2013 Indie Review with Video

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The Bumbleride Indie had a minor makeover for 2013. It hasn’t changed that much in a couple years, but this year is different, so we thought it was time for a new full review! First, we will highlight the changes and then we’ll get into the nitty-gritty.

2013 CHANGES:

NEW FABRICS: The entire Bumbleride collection will now come in the Natural fabric. That’s right, the “Movement” and the “Classic” are out and the eco-friendly fabrics are all in. We’re really happy with this change because we like the Natural fabrics. The interior of the stroller is made of a bamboo, nylon blend that will wick away moisture from the little rider’s body and the exterior fabric on the Natural Edition strollers is made of a recycled polyester blend.

NEW COLORS for 2013: Jet Black, Aquamarine, Cayenne Red, Fog Grey, Green Papyrus, and Lotus (pink/blue)

BUMPER BAR: Included Bumper Bar (adjusts down just for fold)

FOOTREST: New footrest and foot well making it better suited for larger toddlers and jogging.

CAR SEAT ADAPTER: Universal Car Seat Adapter Bar now included

NEW HARNESS: A new harness features a stronger center release button and 3 to 5 point breakaway shoulder straps which help with a faster connection and prevents entanglement.

IMPROVED PEEK-A-BOO WINDOW: Dark mesh peek-a-boo window

The Bumbleride Indie is one of our favorite all-terrain strollers. It combines sport with style and gives you all the features you need in an everyday stroller.

Let’s start with the new fabrics. The “Movement” and “Classic” fabrics of yesteryear are out and the Natural fabric is in. The Indie is only available in the eco-friendly fabrics that consist of a bamboo, nylon blend interior to wick away moisture from the little rider’s body and recycled polyester blend exterior.

SEAT:

The seat is roomy and accommodates up to 45 lbs. It measures 13″ wide, with a 19″ seat back and a measurement of 23″ from seat to canopy. The adjustable, padded 5-point harness has been modified for 2013 with a stronger center release button and 3 to 5 point breakaway shoulder straps which help with a faster connection and prevents entanglement. While the harness does “break away” (which can be annoying on some strollers!), we are happy that the Indie’s harness does stay clipped together when we want it to so that it doesn’t come apart every time we take our child out of the seat.

The seat reclines nearly flat with a one-hand strap system. (You need two hands to put the seat back up though!) If you raise up the leg rest, snap it to the seat fabric and recline the seat fully, you can create a bassinet-like environment for your newborn. Yes, this is a stroller you can use right home from the hospital.

Speaking of the leg rest, the Indie sports a new footrest and foot well making it better suited for larger toddlers and jogging. There is a easy-to-clean foot well that is 11″ from the seat (I call that the “leg drop measurement” in the video!) with an adjustable leg rest for the comfort of your little rider.

STORAGE:

Under the seat, the Indie has a very large, accessible basket to accommodate a bunch of baby essentials or a very large diaper bag. There is also a small zipper pocket on the back of the canopy and a bottle holder on the side of the handle.

HANDLE:

The adjustable handle is great for both short and tall parents. It adjusts from 25″ from ground to handle to 43″. Since it is a one-piece solid handlebar, it makes for easy one-hand maneuverability.

CANOPY:

We have always loved the Bumbleride canopy and we are still very happy with it. It’s a full-coverage, 45-SPF canopy that sports a new darker mesh peek-a-boo window.

WHEELS and FOLD:

The Indie’s three 12″ air-filled tires combined with the stroller suspension provide a very smooth ride for baby and a super easy push for mom. The front wheel is a 360 degree swivel wheel that has the ability to lock straight for rougher terrain. A brake bar locks the stroller into place easily with just one step.

The Indie folds in half, making transporting this stroller convenient regarding the size. There are three easy steps to folding the Indie. Fold down the baby bumper bar, lift two levers on the sides of the handlebar, push the handlebar forward and then pull up on the large strap that is behind the seat to fold the stroller. It basically folds in half. There are two manual locks on each side of the stroller that keep it closed and secure while folded. We aren’t going to lie though, we are hoping for an automatic lock for 2014!

ACCESSORIES:

The Indie comes standard now with the baby bumper bar and the universal car seat adapter that works with Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, Britax, Combi and Baby Trend infant car seats. Check the Bumbleride website to make sure your seat is compatible.

There are other accessories sold separately for the Indie that include a footmuff/seat liner, travel bag, carrycot, rain shield, Parent Pack and Snack Pack.

As we expect from Bumbleride each year, there are new colors. The colors for 2013 are: Cayenne Red, Fog Grey, Jet Black, Papyrus Green, Aquamarine, Lotus Pink and Lotus Blue.

Overall, the Bumbleride Indie is a sporty alternative to the traditional 4-wheel stroller and has more convenience features than a jogging stroller. If you are looking for a beautiful, head-turning, all-terrain stroller friendly for everyday use, then the Indie might be the stroller for you.

Full review and giveaway link here: http://blog.babygizmo.com/2013/03/baby-gizmo-spotlight-video-review-bumbleride-indie-2013-stroller/

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Win Indies in Vita!


                                                                                  Bumbleride Breast Cancer Awareness Month Giveaway

” The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.” – http://www.nbcam.org/

                                                                                 Bumbleride Breast Cancer Awareness Month Giveaway
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we are giving away TWO Vita Indies and donating TWO more to Baby2Baby during the month of October. To enter, comment on this blog sharing a local resource that supports breast cancer awareness, prevention, education or treatment (comments are moderated, please allow time for your comment to be visible). Please make sure to comment with your city and state/province first, followed by the resource and or link. This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only. One entry per day allowed. Winners will be chosen by random.org and resource verfied/authenticated. The winner will be notified the first week of November by email so please also include your email address.

Thank you for supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and good luck!