Mixx it up!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram,  you’ve probably seen a million and one pictures of this beautiful stroller I’m reviewing today.  We are in LOVE with our Nuna Mixx. This stroller offers so many great features, and is definitely worth taking for a test drive.

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I searched high and low for the Nuna Mixx in the Mykonos color.  It’s beyond gorgeous and was the perfect stroller to take on our trip down to the Florida Keys.  I definitely put the Mixx through some rigorous testing, and it passed with flying colors.  Let’s get started!

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The Mixx features a cozy reversible seat, with a full FLAT recline that was perfect during our trip.  We were out exploring from morning to night,  so no less than two naps were taken in Mixx each day!  When your child falls asleep in the stroller,  you know you’ve hit the jackpot.

The fabric remained cool in the Florida heat, and the large canopy offered plenty of coverage for my little cuties.  The Canopy has a zipper, which opens up and extends for optimal coverage with two mesh inserts on either side to allow for extra ventilation.  The handle bar is easy to adjust and the storage basket is HUGE.  The basket was able to hold a Ju-Ju-Be Super Be or Be Prepared (I tried out both), beach toys, drinks, and extra towels.  There’s even a divider to keep things organized.  My OCD self did a little happy dance when I saw that feature!

Nuna really had a child’s comfort in mind when creating this beauty.  The seat is plush and roomy, and offers a three or five point harness that really comes in handy when you have riders of different ages. The Mixx comes with a removable arm bar that’s perfect for attaching stroller toys.  A snack tray is not available yet, but, it’s in the works and will be available soon.  This will be a great addition to an already fab stroller!

The push on the Mixx is awesome!  It has front and rear wheel progressive suspension technology.  I pushed this stroller through every terrain possible in Florida… Sand, gravel, grass, bumpy sidewalks… You name it, we tried it!  It handled like a dream, just like I knew it would.

The rear tires are large, which allowed me to pull it through soft sand on the beach easily.  The foot brake is one touch and definitely flip-flop friendly, which I love!

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One of my favorite features on the Nuna Mixx has to be the fold.  It’s so simple, that on day 2 of our vacation, everyone in the Family knew how to fold the stroller!

The Mixx can be collapsed with the seat facing in either direction, it’s fairly compact, and can be opened with one hand.  Whichever direction you fold the stroller, the seat fabric is protected, and I love that.

I gate checked (GASP!!) our Mixx on both flights, and I have to say that due to the awesome fold (and Frontier Airlines for being awesome!), this stroller was in immaculate condition when we received it.

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My only complaint would have to be the design of the handlebar.  It’s comfortable, but the shape is different from most strollers.  I think it just takes some getting used to… My Husband didn’t even notice the difference, so, take it as me just being picky…that’s kind of my job though! 🙂

Here are the Specs on the Nuna Mixx:

  • Price: $499.95
  • recommended use: birth to 50 lbs
  • Compatible with Nuna PIPA Car Seat
  • Car Seat Adapter included with purchase of stroller
  • product dimensions: h 44.3 x w 23.4 x l 33.5 in
  • folded dimensions: h 16 x w 23.6 x l 35.8 in
  • product weight: 24.9 lbs  *weight does not include canopy or arm bar
  • Colors: Mykonos, Slate, Caviar, and Basil.
  •  Rain Cover (included in purchase)

Overall, the Nuna Mixx is a fabulous everyday stroller.  Coming in at under $500.00, it’s a lot of bang for your buck. The design and quality are outstanding, and it’s totally gorgeous to look at.  The comfort of the seat, amazing push, easy fold, and large storage basket, make this a great option for daily use or city living!

Click HERE to treat yourself to a Nuna Mixx!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we have 🙂

Happy Strolling

Snap4. 

When my Husband gave the OK to add a new stroller to our fleet (thanks, babe), I knew exactly what I wanted to try. The Valco Snap4.  I’ve eyed this stroller for a while because it has every feature a busy mom like myself, is looking for.  Valco is hard to come by in stores, so, I know my stroller loving Mommas will really appreciate this review 😉

Hope you enjoy!

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If I had to describe the Snap4 in one word, it would be “Easy”.  It’s just so freaking easy.  It’s easy to assemble, easy to push, easy to fold (with one hand) and easy to carry (it even has a carry strap).  You all know by now that I love anything that makes my life easier!

I feel like Valco watched Dad’s across the world trying to fold strollers and decided to solve the problem for them.  You guys should really thank Valco 😉

The Valco Snap4 features a lightweight aluminum frame, near flat recline, extra-large extendable canopy with a peek-a-boo window, bumper bar, nice size storage basket that’s easy to access, and my favorite, a child proof harness!!  It literally took me 10 minutes to figure out how to un-clip the harness the first time I used a Valco stroller. Not my finest moment.

Here’s Harper living the life and loving the nice recline!

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When I’m looking for an everyday or travel stroller, I want an easy fold, plenty of canopy coverage, something that won’t tip easily, and a nice recline for naps on the go.  The Snap4 hits all of these and more. Let’s talk about the fold for a minute…  Valco has a unique fold that I am kind of obsessed with.  The stroller folds into itself so your seat and fabric are protected.  They call it a clean fold.  I LOVE it!

Check out the photo below comparing the City Mini to the Valco.  Strollers are like my kids, and I don’t like to compare them to one another.  But, sometimes that’s needs to happen to decide what’s right for you…so…

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The fold is so compact, I was able to fit the Snap4 behind the driver’s seat of our GMC Terrain. Even when my husband was driving! More room in the trunk for strollers!! #buyallthestrollers

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I really love the push and maneuverability of the Snap4. It was a breeze to push through gravel, bumpy Chicago sidewalks, and grass. Brody has become obsessed with this stroller as well, and even at 34 inches tall and 30 lbs, it still kept the same great push. He also seemed comfortable in the seat and had room to grow!

One more awesome feature I want to point out is how upright the seat sits. My kids are super nosey (I wonder who they get that from) and don’t like any sort of recline. I don’t know if they assume I’m trying to get them to nap or what, but, it usually ends in a bad situation.

If I had to change one thing about the stroller, it would be the handlebar. It sits at a really comfortable height for me, as well as my husband. But, I always favor an adjustable handle bar. Definitely not a deal breaker, but still something to consider.For reference, I am 5’2″ on a good day, and my Husband 5″10″.

Ok, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and talk specs…

Price: $199.00-$279.00 (depends on color and where you order from)

Weight: 15 lbs (lighter than a City Mini or Britax B-Agile)

Max Weight Capacity: 44 lbs

Seat back height: 19.5″

Seat to tallest part of canopy: 26.5″

Seat Dimensions: 13”W x 8.5”D x 19”H

Folded dimensions: 20.5″W x 30.5″L x 14″H

Handlebar Height: 41″

Storage pockets behind seat

Flip Flop friendly foot brake

Valco Sports Pack (Air Tire Kit) <–click here for a super smooth ride

Car seat compatible: more information here

One hand, clean fold.

Includes bumper bar

I want to tell everyone looking for a lightweight stroller, to try the Snap4. Ok, I kind of already do that… 😁 But, I feel like this stroller is overlooked and it’s a totally fabulous option! I know if you try it, you will love it!

If you see us roaming around Chicago in our Snap4, say Hi!

Happy Strolling


Uppababy Vista vs. Uppababy Cruz – 2015 Edition

This is a frequently asked question in Chicago Stroller Shop.

What’s the difference between the 2015 UPPAbaby Vista and 2015 UPPAbaby Cruz? Let me break it down for you, so you can decide which is a better fit for your lifestyle!

Let’s get started. I can probably guarantee that if I took a walk downtown right now, I would see a minimum of 15 Uppababy Vistas. I was out with the kids and my niece last week, walking around Lincoln Park, and I stopped counting after 15. How crazy is that? That definitely says a lot about the stroller. Everyone wants it, and with good reason.

The 2015 Uppababy Vista is probably as close to perfect as they come. The new Vista has an easy one step fold, insanely large storage basket, shock absorbing front & rear suspension, reversible toddler seat, extendable SPF 50 sunshade, 180 degree recline and a one button telescoping handlebar. The 2015 Vista now includes an easy to clean bumper bar and an updated bassinet. This stroller is easy to push, easy to fold, and is easy on the eyes. But the Vista isn’t just an amazing single stroller, it is now, a fully functioning double stroller with the purchase of the 2015 Uppababy Vista Rumbleseat. Uppababy updated the rumble seat this year making it able to recline, face either direction, and adding the same SPF 50 extendable sunshade that’s featured on the toddler seat. This set up can even work if you have 2 littles and a toddler. Just attach the Piggyback and you are set up with a totally awesome triple stroller!

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Everything I just stated above is why the Uppababy Vista is the number one choice amongst Moms. This stroller will take you from the newborn stage, with the use of the bassinet or carseat adapters, to those crazy toddler years, and keep you looking good along the way. #Vistaforthewin

Now, for MY personal favorite, the Cruz. Many of you would say there is no comparison between these two strollers. I feel differently. When someone says they are looking for a new stroller, I always tell them to buy a stroller that fits their needs now. Worry about a double stroller later on… enter the Cruz.

The 2015 Uppababy Cruz is a mini Vista in my eyes. It has a better push than before with their new AirGo tires, huge storage basket, front & rear facing toddler seat, easy one step fold, SPF 50 extendable sunshade, and now includes an easy to clean bumper bar. When it comes to size, the Cruz is more compact and perfect for everyday use. It’s light weight, has a fairly small footprint and will always be my go to stroller. The Cruz CANNOT have the Rumble seat added on, but, you can add the Piggyback and use this with an infant and toddler or two toddlers. If you love the Vista but are looking for a slightly smaller set up at a more reasonable price range, the Cruz is for you. It will forever be my favorite!

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Now for a side by side comparison….

2015 Uppababy Vista $819.99-$859.99 (not inclduding rumble or piggy back) 2015 Uppababy Cruz $499.99-$529.99 (not including piggy back)
Suitable For: Bassinet suitable from birth to 3 months Suitable to 50 lbs
Toddler Seat suitable from 3 months to 50 lbs Suitable from birth when used with the Bassinet or Infant SnugSeat
Able to fit: Up to 3 children Up to 2 children
Dimensions Unfolded: Unfolded:
26.5”W x 37”L x 39.5”H 22.25”W x 37”L x 39.5”H
Folded with seat: Folded with seat:
26.5”W x 14”L x 33”H 22.25”W x 14”L x 37”H
Folded without seat: Folded without seat:
26.5”W x 13.5”L x 33”H 22.25”W x 12”L x 37”H
Weight: Frame + Seat: 27.5 lbs Frame + Seat: 21.5 lbs
Frame Only: 20 lbs Frame Only: 15 lbs
Seat: 7.5 lbs Seat: 6.5 lbs
Bassinet: 8.4 lbs
Car Seat Compatibility: Chicco, Peg Perego, Maxi Cosi, and Graco. Chicco, Peg Perego, Maxi Cosi, and Graco.

So, as you can see above, there are some major differences between the two. For me, it’s just about personal preference. I swear up and down by the Cruz, but, I have a friend who loves her 2015 Vista so much, she has two! One for the house, and one for the car. If you love it, you LOVE it!

So, my fellow stroller lovers…which Uppababy is right for you???

2015 UPPAbaby Vista

OR

UPPAbaby 2015 Cruz Stroller

Oh, the Babyhome Emotion.

I received a package last week that kind of changed my life. It’s my favorite kind of delivery, STROLLER MAIL! Inside this lovely little box contained the Babyhome Emotion. It was love at first sight. Weighing in at just 15 lbs, this little beauty it super zippy for city living, has a great recline, and a wonderful canopy (that even comes with a removable extender!!).

One of my favorite features this little gem has is the storage basket. So many light weight stroller have horrible storage baskets… When you have a 9 month old and a 2-year-old, you carry around A LOT of crap. I need something that has easy access and fits my diaper bag, sippy cups, toys, etc. This holds it all and has a little room to spare… pretty amazing. The Babyhome emotion has an easy foot break that is flip-flop friendly along with a very easy compact fold. Sounds pretty perfect, huh? It is. I can’t say enough good things about this stroller!

To all my moms looks for something light weight and super easy, this is your stroller, this is a must have! I’ve had my eye on the Babyhome Emotion for a while now and regret not making the purchase sooner! For more information on the Babyhome Emotion, check it out here

Happy Strolling!

Bugaboo Bee3 vs. Baby Jogger Versa

Bugaboo Bee3 vs. BJ City Versa

 A while back when I was looking for a compact single stroller I had tested out the Bugaboo Bee3 and the Baby Jogger City Versa. Here is a side by side comparison of the two – enjoy!

Bugaboo Bee3 – It’s a bugaboo. Bugaboo is all about quality and style! They really make a beautiful yet functional stroller for those looking to spend a pretty penny on a stroller. The Bee3 has a few upgrades to the earlier model such as a slightly heavier frame, larger basket and you now buy the seat fabric & canopy separate which allows you to really customize your stroller. This is a zippy little stroller and so great for moms on the go or city living! There is a full recline and extendable canopy to allow for most protection from the sun. The only real cons with this stroller is that you cannot access the storage basket from the back and there isn’t a peek-a-boo window on the canopy. Those are pretty minor complaints when you look at the big picture. This beauty comes with a pretty heft price tag… It comes it around $569 for the silver frame and does not include the seat fabric or canopy. You would also need to buy any additional accessories separately. If you don’t mind the price tag, this stroller will definitely rock you world! Check it out here

Specs:

Suitable from birth up to 37.5 lbs

Weighs 19.2 lbs

6inch foam filled rubber tires

Option to parent face or face out

Folded LWH: 35x18x12″

Car seat compatible with adapter

Baby Jogger City Versa- This is a fan favorite in the stroller world! It has an amazingly flat fold – so flat that I was able to shove it behind my drivers seat after too much black friday shopping. It earned some major bonus points that day!!

The Versa has a handlebar that can be adjusted up or down, a very easy to get access to storage basket, great recline options and a more than adequate canopy. Like the Bugaboo, you will need to purchase all other accessories separately. The nice thing about the Versa is that Baby Jogger makes GT wheels specifically for this model which will make is so much easier to push through dirt, grass, snow, etc. Coming in at $229.00, it’s considerably less than the bugaboo and just as great! I really loved using this stroller and highly recommend it. The Versa has been discontinued but is still available for purchase through many sites. Take a look at the Versa here

Specs:

Maximum recommended weight capacity is 50 lbs

Option to parent face or face out

Strollers folds to 8.5″ in width with seat facing in either direction

All wheel suspension

Peek-a-boo window

Car seat compatible with adapter

Both of these stroller are really great options! Another feature to think about is that you can add a toddler riding board to the back of either one of these and allow your older child to hop on and off while the baby rides comfortable in the seat. You definitely can’t go wrong with either of these strollers, but for a fraction of the cost, the Versa is in the lead.

Until next time….

J