Mom Style #alleyandraetotherescue

When you think of Mommy & Me looks, you probably have something similar to the image below in mind…

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This is my beautiful Mom, and two gorgeous Sisters back in the day. How sweet are those cardigans?? LOL!

If you don’t see another post after this one, it’s because my sisters killed me for using this photo!

Anyways, Mommy & Me looks have come quite a ways since then. I LOVE putting outfits together that have the kids and I somewhat coordinating, but still look trendy. One of my favorite clothing lines for this kind of look is by Alley and Rae. They have the cutest Adult Tops, and Children’s Onsies & Tees that are perfect for coordinating outfits!

I promise you won’t look like an 80’s Glamour Shot session gone wrong…

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How cute is this “Full Time Job” tee?

The tops for Adults are soft, comfortable and run true to size. They make any outfit instantly cool and look perfect with your favorite jeans!

One of my favorite tops from the shop is below.  Everyday is a Manic Monday over here, so this Tee is totally fitting for my life!

I may or may not wear this shirt on other days of the week… don’t judge me!

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Not only is the quality amazing, but, they have the most hilarious captions on them… I mean, really…how can you not laugh when you see your child wearing a “This Is My Kegstand Shirt” Onsie! #imstilllaughing

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Thank you, Alley and Rae, for making trendy looks for Parents and Kiddos. We LOVE it and are totally obsessed!

If you head over to AlleyandRae.com and see something you need (i’m sure you will), use code ATST15 to save 15% off your purchase!

Happy Strolling… and Shopping!

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

Diaper Bag Dilemma…

I think my Diaper bag addiction is a close second to my Stroller Addiction. I have lost count of how many diaper bags I’ve tried, but, I think I have my list of favorites perfected. Check out my top 5 bags below and see which one is perfect for you!

1. Ju-Ju-Be BFF – This is my go to bag at the moment. It’s not too huge, but fits EVERYTHING I could need for long day out. I love that it has a cross body strap or back pack straps (I swore up and down I would never use a backpack… clearly that went out the window) because it leaves me hands free to deal with the tiny monsters. Another favorite feature is the zippered pocket in the front which holds all of MY essentials. JuJuBe bags come in so many cute print and are machine washable, which is why they come in at number 1.

2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Eliz-A-Baby – This was my very first diaper bag. It’s HUGE and perfect for a first time Mom or a Mom of multiples. It will hold everything you need and 10 lbs more! The nylon fabric is great when you have a toddler who is constantly making insane messes. This is such a cute stylish bag, I always felt put together when using it.

3. Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Totes– My beautiful Mother gave me this bag for my birthday and I am in love with it! The fabric is glazed with makes it easy to clean and allows the bag to keep its shape. I recently used this on a flight down to Florida with the kids, and it was perfect for carrying all of my necessities. It fit diapers, formula, sippy cups, iPad, wallet, snacks, blankets, Taggies, etc. It also has a zipper closer on the top which is awesome because, I lose everything.

4. Skip Hop Duo– I think this is the perfect diaper bag for Dads. It’s super functional, keeps everything organized and easy to get access to. It comes in some really cute prints, but also in black, which is perfect for the man in your life that is out and about with the munchkins.

5. Tory Burch Quilted Slouchy Baby Bag– This bag is gorgeous and so perfect for the Chic mammas out there. The bag has a magnetic closer, insulated pockets and special straps so it can attach to your stroller. Love it!

Have fun shopping!! #diaperbagaddictionisreal