Size Matters…

Get your head out of the gutter people! I’m talking about the 2015 Mountain Buggy Duet. I’ve been going back and forth on buying this stroller for a while now and after using it daily for almost 2 weeks, I have come to the conclusion that this is probably what I needed from the start. Ugh!

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Ok, let’s get down to business…. Are you sitting down? The Mountain Buggy Duet is only 25 inches wide. 25 inches!!! It’s the width of a single stroller. Here it is next to our Bugaboo Donkey for reference!

Mind. Blown. A major complaint is that double strollers are so wide and awkward. Not anymore. This double fits through any doorway, elevator door, and bathroom stall. You name it, I tried it. Not only is the duet a skinny minnie, but it folds with one in about 2 seconds. Mountain Buggy pretty much eliminated the two major complaints we all have with double strollers. Width & Fold. Thanks, MB!! Not only does the Duet fit through any door way (even those tiny doors in old Chicago buildings) but it also pushes like a dream. It’s a one hand push through pretty much any terrain and that makes me really happy!

If you are concerned that your ever-growing toddler won’t last long in the narrow seat, think again. Here’s my 34 inch, 30lb 2-year-old in the seat with tons of room!

The Mountain Buggy Duet weighs 33lbs, comes in 3 colors; Flint, Chili, and Black. You also have the option to play around with the seats. You can have 2 car seats, one seat and one car seat, one seat and a Joey basket or 2 Joey baskets if you are heading out for some Black Friday shopping without kids. I’m not beyond pushing a stroller without children present. #dontcare The canopies offer plenty of coverage and a peek-a-boo window out of mesh for ventilation.  The seats can recline in any position your heart desires. A major pro to the strap recline system (pretty sure I’m making that term up but you know what I’m talking about) that MB used. The handlebar is also adjustable and I’m positive you can get it to the perfect height for whoever is pushing it around. See below…

One other thing I want to point out is the metal plate on the footrest. Many Moms, including myself, were concerned that it would get hot and be uncomfortable for the kids. I contacted Mountain Buggy about this concern and they informed me that the metal plate is non conductive so it will reflect most of the heat. Since Mother Nature can’t get her $@!? together, I can’t tell you if this is true or not. It’s still 50 degrees here. But, I’ll take their word for it. The Duet has everything I am looking for in a double stroller. Easy push, adjustable handlebar, near flat recline, easy to access storage basket, and great fold. Any stroller that I plan to use on a daily basis needs to meet the above criteria. When you are running on 4 hours of sleep, have 2 screaming kids, and it’s 900 degrees out, you will curse a stroller that’s a pain in the ass to get in and out of your car. Trust me! Now for my cons: 1. Lack of ventilation in the seats for the kiddos. The peek-a-boo window has mesh fabric but that’s the only real spot that you get any ventilation. It would have been nice if they added a mesh spot on the side of the canopy as well. 2. The storage basket isn’t huge but It’s easy to reach. It fits my Skip Hop Duo bag perfectly, along with 3 target bags and few other necessities. I’ll let the basket slide on this one. 3.  I definitely don’t love the foot brake. It’s kind of odd and doesn’t always lock on the first try. Maybe I’m just being to delicate. Either way, it’s not my favorite. 4.  The harness straps. Although my 2 year old has plenty of room, the straps seem short. You can turn the straps into a 3 point harness which is totally fine at that age and gives ample room for a growing toddler.

see? plenty of room!

Think the Duet is right for you? Click here to see some more specs. If you are in the market for a crazy functional and easy to use double stroller, I suggest you look into the Duet. It’s a winner! Hope you enjoyed my review on the 2015 Mountain Buggy Duet…

Happy Strolling!

That Donkey.

The Bugaboo Donkey. Where do I even start with this one. I begged my husband for a Donkey. I could not sleep because all I could think about was getting a Donkey. I wanted it sooooo bad I even wrote up a contract saying “I will never ask for another stroller again if we get a Donkey”. I’ve had 18 strollers since the Donkey… my poor Husband.

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I got the Donkey as our first double stroller. It showed up to our condo in all its beautiful Donkey glory and did not disappoint. Don’t believe all the hype? Well you should. Pushing the Donkey is like pushing around a pot of gold. Everyone stops and asks “what stroller is THAT???” And I would just say nonchalantly, “Oh, this old thing? it’s a Donkey!” Ok, maybe I didn’t say this old thing but I totally acted like it didn’t cost as much as a mortgage payment.

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How cute is my Mom?

Let me get back on track here and tell you why the Bugaboo Donkey is totally amazeballs.

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1. It goes from an amazing single stroller to an equally amazing double stroller. Many times, you give up features you want in a single stroller when it converts to a double. Not with the Donkey. Anyway you set it up, it’s still riDONKulous. Hehe.
2. Those air-filled tires make this baby push like is gliding on butter. Only have one available hand and are going over crazy Chicago potholes? Have no fear. The Donkey is here.

3. Set up. The seat configurations are so perfect. Each child is comfortable in their own seat. You don’t have to worry about them kicking each other, hitting each other, or fight over who gets to sit in front or on the bottom. They just hop right in and blissfully hold hands while your on an afternoon stroll. Ok, maybe they won’t hold hands but let’s just pretend for now.
4. It’s the Bugaboo Donkey and you need it.

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How sweet is this picture?

5. Ability to customize. I LOVE decorating my strollers. You can pretty much have anything made these days for your stroller and totally make it your own.

6. Side luggage basket. If you are using the Donkey in Mono Mode, you can use the side luggage basket which is probably the most genius stroller add-on ever. Not only do you have a spacious under basket, but you have the side basket as well. Heading to the farmers market? This is perfect to hold all your goodies. Love. It.

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Ok, now for some specs:

Suitable from birth to 37.5 lbs

Stroller weighs 29.2 lbs in Mono Mode and 33.4 lbs in Duo Mode

12″ rear air-filled wheels and 10″ front swivel wheels

Price: Mono Mode: $1329.95 and Duo Mode $1408.95

Bottom line, this stroller is worth every single penny. I promise. If you need help convincing your husband that you NEED this stroller, I can help you out 😉

So. Many. Options

I want you to take EVERYTHING you have ever heard about the Contours Options strollers and toss it out the window. Today, I am going to show you just how amazing the new Contours Options Elite really is! Prepare to be impressed…

I recently had the opportunity to try the new Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller. I am not going to lie…I was pretty skeptical based on earlier reviews of this line, but, I had yet to hear anything negative about the new Elite. I am here to tell you that this stroller completely surpassed all of my expectations and is worth more than it’s $299 price tag. Read that again if you need to…I said $299.

   Let’s start with the assembly. I LOVE putting strollers together…nothing like that good ole new stroller smell to put me in a good mood!  Putting the Options Elite together pretty freakin’ easy. I was able to assemble it in 11 minutes (I timed myself, ha!) with a 10 month old crawling around. Not bad! Once I had everything put together I gave it a once over and realized, this bad boy is pretty cute!! The Laguna Blue canopy against the black frame looks awesome! The seats are spacious and fit both my 10 month old and 2-year-old comfortably. The seat also offers a generous canopy, 5 point harness, headrest insert, adjustable footrest and a nice little mesh pocket on the right that can store their toys, sippy, etc. I really love the canopy on this stroller, and not just because it has chevron on the inside!  The canopy unzips in the middle and extends with mesh fabric that gives really awesome ventilation! So perfect for those summer months when you step outside and are instantly a sweaty hot mess.

 Next on my list is the storage basket… It’s so huge, it makes me want to go buy a bigger diaper bag just because I know it will fit!! Not only can the basket hold everything and the kitchen sink, but it also has side zippers for easy access. LOVE. IT.

                                 Let’s give a huge round of applause to ContoursBaby for adding this amazing feature!!

      One of my biggest issues with tandem strollers is the push. With a set up like these, it can be difficult to get this over rougher terrain or a bump on the side-walk. Well, I could NOT believe it when I was able to get this thing through grass, gravel, bumpy and side walks without a problem! I did have to push down on the foot step on the storage basket to get it over a curb, but, that I expected that. Especially with my 30lbs toddler in the front seat. What I also love about this tandem set up is that there is ample space between the seats. I could pretty much set it up in any of the seat configurations and my kids were comfortable and happy. Happy Kids = Happy Momma.

   Everyone is always concerned with the fold of a stroller, myself included. If you have read any of my other posts, you know I loathe removing seats to fold a stroller. That is a non issue with the Elite because it fold easily with both seats attached!  It’s a little heavy to get into the trunk in one piece (38lbs), but nothing I can’t handle.

I have seen the light people. Run out and buy the Contours Options Elite Tandem stroller. This is such a great double options for families on a budget!

Pros:

Each seat holds up to 40 lbs

Numerous recline positions

Adjustable footrest

Large canopy with mesh insert

5 point harness

Easy push

Easy one piece fold

Large basket with easy access points

2 bumper bars included

Car Seat Adapter included (check compatibility here)

Includes parent cup holder

Cons:

Heavy (38 lbs)

Canopy will sometimes slide down if the seat is reclined all the way

Hope you enjoyed my review on the Contours Options Elite! This is such a rockin’ tandem stroller. I know you will love it!

Happy Strolling!!

#Dadapproved – City Mini GT Double vs. City Mini Double

I am asked daily what I think about the Baby Jogger City Mini Double/City Mini GT Double stroller. So, today that’s what I want to talk about…

The City Mini and City Mini GT double (and even the single for that matter) are probably the most popular strollers out there. It’s the only stroller my Husband has every had an opinion on (other than being pissed I bought another one, ha!). He referred to our City Mini as the “Road Warrior”. It got this name because my he thought it could handle anything and everything…. He would fill it up with groceries, pack it with toys to take to the park or stick B in there and wheel him around the condo to get him to nap. By far, his favorite feature was the fold. You pull the strap that says “PULL” and it folds in a second. Doesn’t get much easier than that! He loathes folding strollers, so, that pretty much sealed the deal. #dadapproved

My two absolute favorite features on the City Mini GT Double were the insanely large canopy & near flat recline. When you are out with two littles, you NEED those options available. My least favorite feature? The basket. Small and incredibly hard to access. You know how I feel about this….

 Anyways, below is a list to compare the two. Hope this helps someone in their search for the perfect double stroller!

City Mini Double :

Price: $449.99

One step flat fold

Flat Recline

Huge Canopy

8” Front swivel wheels (they can also lock if needed)

5 point harness

Car Seat compatible with the purchase of adapter

Suitable from birth

Combined weight limit: 100 lbs

Stroller Weight: 26.6 lbs

Seat Back Height: 19.25”

Head Height: 23″

City Mini GT Double:

Price: $579.99

One step flat fold (although I feel you need to yank it a little more with the GT)

Flat recline

Huge Canopy

All Terrain Wheels

Front swivel wheels (they can also lock if needed)

5 point harness

Adjustable handlebar

Hand Brake

Car seat compatible with the purchase of adapter

Suitable From Birth

Combine Weight Limit: 100 lbs

Stroller Weight: 32.5 lbs

Seat Back Height: 21’’

Head Height: 26″

If your kids are on the taller side and you are a family that spends a lot of time outdoors, or maybe you live in Chicago like we do and have to deal ridiculous never ending snow storms… the City Mini GT Double is probably your best option… or, maybe you need a light, everyday double stroller that can be your “Road Warrior”? I would point you in the direction of the City Mini Double. Either way, you can’t really go wrong with these two. There is a reason they are the most popular strollers out there…

Oh Snap.

Those of you that are shopping for a light weight, durable double stroller know that the struggle is real! A very popular, side by side, double stroller is the City Mini Double. I could have played it safe and gone that route, but, I like to be different. Enter the Valco Snap Duo2 – Black Beauty.

Valco really got it right when they came out with this double. It’s perfection! I recently flew down to Orlando with my two little monsters and traveled with my Duo. Hands down made the trip soooo much easier! When you are pushing a stroller, pulling a car seat and traveling alone with 2 kids…you need easy.

The Snap Duo2 has some really phenomenal features. Check out my little list below but click here for their full website!

  • Fast/Flat one hand Fold (locks once folded)

  • Large storage Basket

  • Flat recline

  • Adjustable foot rests (if you recline the seat and pull the footrest up, it almost turns into a bassinet!)

  • 2 independent extendable canopies (with peek a boo windows)

  • 2 Bumper bars (included)

  • Rain Cover (included)

  • Shoulder strap carry

  • Stroller weight: under 24lbs

Like what you’re seeing!? You will love it even more in person. My only real complaint with this stroller is the canopy. It’s large and has plenty of coverage, but I would liked a little more. I feel bad even saying that but I like to keep it honest. Valco is releasing the Tailormade Valco Snap Duo2 which come in Denim Blue and Grey Marle. The Grey Marle is to die for!! I wonder If Valco Baby would accept a kidney as payment…. kidding!!

Be on the look out for the release of the Tailormade and make sure you snatch one up! I promise, you will not regret it.

                                        I just wish I could get everyone to try the Snap Duo2!!