Product Review

Lost in the Stroller Jungle? {Uppababy Vista Review}

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A couple of months go, when we were still living in Canada, something funny happened to me on my coffee run at Starbucks.

I haven’t had my morning cup of coffee yet, so when a lady dressed in all black with matching black sunglasses came up to me and asked: “Do you love you stroller?” I looked at her with a question mark in my face (because of my lack of caffeine, I suppose). Then I realized she was pregnant, because why else would anyone ask that question, right?

I was really excited to share my thoughts with her, because secretly I really enjoy talking about baby stuff.

Actually, I wanted to shout at her: ”Heck, yes, I’m loving my stroller!” but kept it to a short “Yes, we’re really happy with it!”

My son is riding in the Uppababy Vista. I quickly explained to the lady what I loved most, and I was inspired to share this information right here on the blog.

Image: Uppababy.com

We’re usually not huge into buying every piece of baby equipment, and have always been trying to keep things simple and to a minimum. But after a year and a half, I can happily say that this stroller was one of the best pieces of baby equipment we own. It was a gift from my mom and her partner, thankyouverymuch!! :razz:

So why did we pick the Uppababy Vista?

Pros:

  • It comes with everything you need: Bassinet for the first few months, multi-position toddler seat (can be used facing you or out and reclines into 4 or 5 positions for napping), raincover, and mosquito cover.
  • It has a huge storage basket underneath, which makes grocery shopping without a car much easier

  • It’s easy to “drive” and fold
  • There’s a huge sun cover (UPS 50) attached to the canopy, and this is the only stroller that I’ve ever seen with an attached sun cover. You will need to buy this for other strollers (little umbrellas that attach on the side or mesh covers, etc.)
  • Car seat adapters are available for a number of car seat brands (we have a Maxi-Cosi Mico), so it easily can be transformed into a travel system
  • It is comfortable for my toddler to sit or nap in, especially with the multiple recline-positions. The big wheels makes it easy to turn the stroller and shocks absorb bumps on the road to keep the ride as smooth as possible.

Cons:

  • The cup holder (purchased separately) is useless. Drinks will always spill, if the cups are close to full. It’s not a good idea to have hot drinks above your baby’s head anyway, but definitely don’t rely on this thing.
    However, it seems that Uppababy has recently released a new cup holder.
  • It’s fairly large - on the other hand it folds easily to save space.
  • It’s not cheap. I’ve seen it on a deal website for $499 a while ago, but I’m not sure if that’s a recurring deal or not, so I think it will probably cost anywhere between $600 and $800 nowadays.

When buying a stroller, it’s best to keep your lifestyle in mind: Do you like to run? Do you need storage space? Do you like to keep things small and out of the way? It’s easiest to just go to a baby store and try out a few models, before you commit to such a big purchase, but having used our stroller for the past year and a half, I can highly recommend it.

It will last from the newborn stage through toddlerhood (and up to 50 lbs). You can also purchase a variety of accessories, such as cupholders, colour swap kits, and even a booster seat for your growing family.

With my son being one and a half, we are encouraging him to walk, so we’re not using our stroller as much as in the beginning (well, in the very beginning he actually preferred his Moby wrap). However it’s definitely been used on an almost daily basis (we don’t own a car and walk a lot) in the last 20+ months.

So, thank you, mom-to-be at Starbucks, for inspiring me to share my love for the Uppababy Vista. If you’re expecting and looking into such things right now, then I really hope you find this review useful.

Feel free to comment, if you can recommend other strollers or let me know if you have a question!

Smoothie Love {Nutribullet Review}

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I wasn’t really planning on doing a review on the NutriBullet when I first got it as a fun kinda Christmas gift.

But now a few months into using it, I’m really impressed by it.

It comes with 3 cups (1 large, 2 small), 2 different blades, drinking rings to screw on top of the cup to make drinking more comfortable, and even a little recipe booklet, which tells you how to make NutriBlasts (basically green smoothies). Now if you’re hardcore into smoothies and juices, chances are you will find this recipe book pretty ridiculous, but for a non-raw/vegan omnivore this might be pretty handy to learn about getting a lot of nutrition in a smoothie.

I’ve been enjoying green smoothies for a couple of years now, and I used to use my hand blender to make them. Often I had chunks of the ingredients that would clog the straw. Not so with the NutriBullet!! It literally pulverizes the ingredients (including chia seeds) into a smooth drink.

My favourite smoothie: Spinach-Apple-Lemon-Ginger. Sometimes with cucumber or avocado. Berry or Mango smoothies with yogurt are also on top of the list.

Another use I discovered this morning: It blends vegan overnight oats into a creamy chia-oatmeal pudding.

I’m sure this is nowhere near as fancy as a Vitamix or Blendtec blenders, but for a more budget-friendly option, the NutriBullet does the job perfectly fine. Cleaning is super easy (I just splash some dish soap and warm water in with the used cup and blend it up for a couple of seconds to clean the blades, and the cups themselves are dishwasher safe). Best of all, it’s super compact and easily fits on your counter under your cupboards.

Did you hear of the NutriBullet? It’s really worth giving it a shot, if you’re in the market for a compact blender!

This was a Christmas gift and opinions are all mine! :)

 

Working out with the Hoo-Rag

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I finally was able to persuade my (“oh-so-busy” ;-) ) better half to watch the little man, so I could get a much needed workout in.

Exercise hasn’t been happening much as of lately, due to our upcoming move and life in general. A lot of my exercise actually comes in the form of walking with the lil guy in the stroller. I’d love to take up a regular Zumba, Yoga or Boot Camp class again, or go running on a routine basis, but without child care this is currently not an option. Walking 5 - 7 km a day is no problem, often we walk more and without a car, I actually have no choice. :)

Anyways, I finally got a chance to workout this past weekend and I thought this would be a good opportunity to test out my new Hoo-Rag.

You’re probably wondering what a Hoo-Rag is now, aren’t you?

Let me explain:

The Hoo-Rag is a tubular bandana, used by outdoor enthusiast’s, runners, hikers and more, to keep ears warm and hair out of the face, or to keep your face from freezing in sub-zero temperatures.

As a yogini & (unfortunately at the moment only occasional) runner, I’m always looking for ways to keep my mane out of my face, so I was very excited when the people from Hoo-Rag offered me to test it out for review.

Post-workout me, new runners and my tested style

I took it through a super sweaty gym session, folded into a very thin headband, as in the image above. Unfortunately it slipped up pretty soon after I started running on the treadmill. However, I figured out how to keep it in place (and the Hoo-Rag kept my hair in place), by folding it a little wider and covering my ears (picture of my above left). Not my preferred style, since I don’t like having my ears covered, but it definitely worked.

Other Hoo-Rag styles (if you click on the image, it’ll take you to the detailed descriptions on how to wear it):

I also loved using it as a neck warmer on the way home after the gym, because I was sweaty and it was freezing cold outside. I can also see that I’d love this when snowboarding, something that I haven’t done in a couple of years, but would love to pick up again. Too bad I’m moving to Southern California soon. ;)

The Hoo-Rag comes in a ton of different color options, as well as custom prints and is made of a super soft athletic material without seams, which makes it very comfortable to wear. Interested? You can order your’s for $14.95 online with free shipping to the US.

*images borrowed from http://www.hoorag.com

I can’t wait to actually take it on an outdoor run, especially to test out the Pirate style. :)

See you soon with an easy and healthy recipe for your slow cooker!