My Baby Stuff – Bumbleride Diaper Bag Review and Giveaway {Ends 12/6} – Organized On the Go with New Bumbleride Diaper Bags

November 26th, 2013

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Bumbleride Diaper Bag

I have to admit, I know a thing or two about diaper bags.

I remember when I had my daughter (6 years ago) I was anti diaper bag. I purchased aregular LARGE bag and called it my diaper bag. Big mistake. I could never find anything, my bottles were always MIA and I was constantly looking for diapers. Once I had my son, I figured out that a REAL diaper bag could be useful. I tested a few out and soon began to recognize what made a good and a not so good diaper bag.

Recently Bumbleride came out with new – pretty awesome – diaper bags. I was so excited to check out these bags. I love Bumbleride products.

I was extremely impressed when I received the diaper bag. I chose the bag in Lotus Blueand loved it right away. I could immediately tell that this bag was well made and that I would get a lot of use out of it.

{What I love about the new Bumbleride Diaper Bags}

  • Perfect size - 14″W x 11″H x 4.5″D (folded flap)
  • Lots of pockets (9 in all) including two bottle holders
  • It comes with a great cushioned change pad
  • It has magnetic closure (do you really want to wake up your baby with the terrible velcro noise?)
  • It’s made with durable eco-conscious fabric featuring recycled plastic (PET) and bamboo charcoal fiber (hello!)
  • It comes with stroller straps that fit onto my strollers
  • It also has a shoulder strap to make the bag messenger style
  • It is a well made, quality product

Bumbleride Diaper Bag

Bumbleride Diaper Bag

I really love all the pockets in this diaper bag. The two front pockets is where I’m keeping my diapers and wipes (they are the easiest to access). I put my cell phone in a zippered inside pocket. We’re using sippy cups now and they fit perfectly in the inside bottle holder pockets. I can fit lots of snacks, extra clothes and a few books inside the diaper bag.

adore the stroller straps, especially when I’m using my Flite because it has a very small basket for stuff. The stroller straps have very heavy duty velcro and fit great on both my stroller handle bars. The bag sits so well on the stroller when I use the stroller straps.

Bumbleride Diaper Bag

Bumbleride Diaper Bag

Another thing that must be mentioned about this diaper bag is that it is a unisex design. Both mommy or daddy can carry this bag around and no one will think twice about it. (Yes, that means I’ll be making my husband carry this diaper bag around for a change).

The Bumbleride diaper bag makes my Holiday Gift Guide for so many reasons. Husbands! This diaper bag makes a great gift for your hard working partner! Mamas, this is the perfect gift for your girlfriend that  is expecting or just had a baby.

The Bumbleride diaper bag comes in eight colours and is very well priced. You can purchase it for $67.99 online and at approved Bumbleride retailers across Canada and the US.

To learn more about the new Bumbleride diaper bags click here. You can also follow Bumbleride on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest product information.

Disclosure: A sample was provided for my review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and no monetary compensation took place.

{Giveaway!}

One lucky reader will WIN a new Bumbleride diaper bag in their choice of colour. Enter here, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/2013/11/organized-on-the-go-with-new-bumbleride-diaper-bags-giveaway-mbsgg/

Misha – Twin Mom – The Slovak Republic

November 26th, 2013
 

 

                          Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

We love hearing from our Bumbleride families across the world and sharing their stories. Meet Misha (Michaela Paľová), a new mother of twin girls and one of Slovakia’s most award winning vocalists. Born in Michalovce in the Slovak Republic, Misha loved dance at an early age, which quickly led to an interest in music.  To date Misha has released four albums to great success.

In between performances, Misha loves taking her girls outdoors and pursuing her hobby and future profession, children’s photography. Misha shared this gallery of Nala and Mia with us enjoying the outdoors in and alongside their Indie Twin double strollers.

Follow Misha on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Misha/26546388235 and on her website, http://www.misha.sk/.

Share your story with us by emailing marketing@bumbleride.com. We would love to hear from you!

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

Bumbleride Indie Twin Owner Misha Testimonial

 

oh joy in France / Part 3: What we did in Lyon….

November 11th, 2013
 

 

 

Oh Joy in Lyon with Bumbleride Flite Travel Stroller
Oh Joy in LyonOh Joy in Lyon

During our trip to France, we spent five nights in Lyon which is just a couple hours of outside of Paris by train. Bob had a conference for work there, so it was mostly Ruby and I hanging together most of the day, and Bob joined us in the afternoons when he was done work (hence why he is wearing such fancy outfits in most of these photos).

Oh Joy in Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon

We rented an apartment in the 6th district in Lyon through airbnb. It was perfect for what we needed—spacious, cozy, relatively toddler-safe, and close to grocery stores, parks, and restaurants. Since it was on the 6th floor, we made sure that it had an elevator so that we wouldn’t be huffing it every day. However, the elevator was comical. It just barely fit the three of us when all squeezed together.

Once we crammed ourselves in and out of the elevator, here’s a what we did while in Lyon…

3rd District

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

One of my favorite places to visit in any city is an indoor food market with various vendors and purveyors of every kind. Similar to the Reading Terminal Market in Philly or the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Les Halles de Lyon is a food lover’s dream with stalls aplenty. We bought some amazing cheese and charcuterie there that topped any cheese and charcuterie we’ve ever had in the States.

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon | Les Halles de Lyon

We even found the tiniest macarons in all the land at the Richart shop there. Ruby loved them because they were just her size!

Les Halles de Lyon | 102 cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon

 

 5th District

Oh Joy in Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon | Terre Adelice

Oh Joy in Lyon | Terre Adelice

Oh Joy in Lyon | Terre Adelice

Oh Joy in Lyon | Terre Adelice

Some of the most flavorful ice cream we’ve ever had was at Terre Adélice. Known for their natural and organic flavors, it had the smooth and creamy texture of gelato. My favorite was the lime basil flavor—tangy, fresh, and so, so good. And, I think Ruby liked the chocolate ice cream, too.

Terre Adélice | 1 place de la Baleine, 69005 Lyon

 

6th District

Oh Joy in Lyon | Cafe Juliette

Oh Joy in Lyon | Cafe Juliette

Since Ruby goes to bed around 7:30 or 8pm, we usually have dinner at 6pm. We had a really hard time finding any restaurants in Lyon (and Paris) that were open for dinner that early, or even at all. When we did find restaurants open at 6pm, they often only had a small selection to choose from because dinner menus typically don’t start until 7 or 7:30pm. Just when we felt defeated by our lack of options, we ended up having one of our favorite meals from an afternoon snack menu at Café Juliette—including the best croque monsieur I’ve ever had and an amazing salmon rillettes and cheese dish.

Café Juliette | 41 rue Juliette Récamier, 69006 Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon

And, there’s a cute little playground right by the restaurant that Ruby loved.

Oh Joy in Lyon

Oh Joy in Lyon

This week in Lyon was all about me and Ruby as we got a lot of special mama/daughter time exploring unknown territory. We played a lot and ate a lot of sweet treats. I broke my normal rule about no desserts until after dinner as we shared a chocolate croissant every morning on the way to the park.

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Our apartment was just a couple blocks from the best park on the planet—the Parc de la Tête d’Or. Seriously, it’s like Central Park but way cleaner and full of so many areas including a botanical garden, a zoo, two merry-go-rounds, a playground, a lake, and so many other things I didn’t even get to see. Ruby and I went to the park every morning for the five days we were there, and every day we discovered something new.

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

Oh Joy in Lyon | Parc de la Tete d'Or

The coolest part is that the zoo is interwoven into the park, so you’ll randomly see animals in areas mixed with totally serene greenery. It just felt so much more calm than any other zoo I’ve ever been to.

Parc de la Tête d’Or | Boulevard des Belges and Avenue Verguin, 69006 Lyon

Our time in Lyon was much more relaxed than our time in Paris. We enjoyed it more like locals and less like tourists by visiting some of our favorite spots daily and by going to places mostly in walking distance. It was a fun start to our trip, and we were happy to have Bob done with work and join us daily for our week in Paris. I hope you guys enjoyed seeing bits from our trip! I have some practical guides coming soon about packing for a family trip and traveling with toddlers abroad, so stay tuned…

P.S. If you missed it, see Part 1 – What We Ate in Paris and Part 2 – What We Did in Paris.

Original post here, http://ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2013/10/oh-joy-in-france-part-3-lyon.html.

Guest Blog Post Series – Our First Family Daytrip – Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell – United Kingdom

November 11th, 2013
 

 


Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell Guest Blog Post Indie Twin Best Double Stroller

Our daughter arrived three days early which was great; not because it meant we didn’t have to suffer the frustration of our second child being late, but because it meant I finally got to use the double buggy properly. Up until then, I’d been using it to push my son around, much to the dismay of my wife, who couldn’t understand why I didn’t just use the single buggy. Clearly she didn’t understand the importance of a thorough road test and it looks better than the single buggy.

There’s no doubt, the last four years have been ridiculously busy. Angellica and I got engaged, married and had two children all in that short time. So now it’s time to slow things down a bit and start enjoying life as a new family.  Two children is definitely the perfect number, at least that’s what we’re thinking now.  If we were to have another child, we’d be outnumbered and there are only so many nappies you change at any one time and besides, I don’t think Bumbleride do an Indie Triple…yet!

The summer was quickly coming to an end and I was desperate to have our first family daytrip. In the end I decided a journey to the beach would be ideal and although our daughter was too young to appreciate it, I knew my son would love playing by the sea. I packed the Indie Twin into the boot and we headed off to the seaside. When we arrived we parked up and began unpacking the several hundred bags that seem to accompany us whenever we leave the house. This was when I realised things might not end up going to plan. It was really windy; in fact it was pretty much blowing a gale. As soon as my son got out of the car he was blown off his feet, eyes streaming and nose running. This wasn’t the idyllic family day out I’d planned in my mind! He tried his best, but in the end we had to strap him into the Indie Twin to stop him from blowing away. His sister was fast asleep next to him in her cosy carry cot protected from the elements and totally unaware of the fiasco taking place. We weren’t going to be beaten though and continued towards the beach.  Again, something I hadn’t prepared for was pushing a buggy through sand. It could have been a real nightmare, but thankfully the inflatable tyres on the buggy meant it was easy to control, like a four wheel drive off roader, rather than an elephant plodding through treacle.

My wife is so good at planning and preparation, especially now we have two young children, I always feel like I’m getting in the way. I guess it’s all about knowing when to offer to help and when to just let her get on with things. I clearly need to make sure I check the weather report next time I plan a family day trip. We did have the most amazing fish and chips though, so the trip wasn’t a total waste!

Baby Gizmo – Bumbleride Indie 4 and New Products for 2014

October 30th, 2013
 

 

The Baby Gizmo Company Bumbleride Indie 4 and New Products for 2014

After a few years of just updates and no new strollers for Bumbleride, 2014 may prove to be a big year for them. With the debut of the Bumbleride Indie 4 at the ABC Kids Expo, it looks like Bumbleride is one baby company to watch next year. The Indie 4 takes out the jogging component and focuses on all-terrain. If you are a parent who frequently tackles grass, gravel, dirt, rocks, trails and “mommy terrain”, the Indie 4 may be the perfect fit for you.

Bumbleride Indie 4

This four-wheel buggy will be available in Spring 2014 and has yet to have a retail price tagged to it yet. Take a quick peek and find out other changes for 2014 in the Bumbleride line, watch our Baby Gizmo Video below.

You can find Hollie’s post here, http://blog.babygizmo.com/2013/10/bumbleride-indie-4-new-products-2014/.

oh joy in France / Part 2:What we did in Paris….

October 30th, 2013
 

 

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Oh Joy in Paris | What We Did

The last time I visited Paris, I was 20 years old and visiting my college roommate who was studying abroad. I had a lot of time to myself, so I shopped and ate while my friend was in class. Coming back almost 15 years later, I had such a different (and even more special) experience this time because I shared the experience with my family.

This trip wasn’t about what I wanted, but about what would be fun and entertaining for our whole family— including a very playful almost-two-year-old. A toddler can only walk, sit in a stroller, or shop for so long, so each day we’d put just a couple things on our list of things to do and left plenty of cushion time for Ruby to play in a park, playground, or do something kid-focused at least once a day. 

1st District

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

The Jardin des Tulleries is mostly known for it’s beautiful gardens, but it’s also full of some amazing areas for kids that you just stumble upon while walking through…like this gorgeous carousel…

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

…this playground with the coolest swing/hammock ever…

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

…and this trampoline area for kids. Ruby was in heaven and cried when we said we had to leave to go get dinner. The parks of Paris are seriously the coolest I’ve ever seen! And I love how so many landmarks have playgrounds nearby.

Jardin des Tulleries | Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris

Oh Joy Paris

And soon after all that jumping, someone succumbed to a nap…

Read the post on oh joy here, http://ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2013/10/oh-joy-in-france-part-2-what-we-did-in-paris.html

oh joy in France / Part 1: What we ate in Paris….

October 30th, 2013
 

 

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Oh Joy in Paris | What We Ate

Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be sharing photos from our recent adventures in Paris and Lyon. Since we did so much, I’m going to break it up into three different posts starting today with…what we ate! I went to Paris with the plan to gain 10 lbs. from croissants alone. The food in Paris is certainly indulgent and amazing so I had no intentions of leaving anything on my plate. We took Ruby out with us to every meal, so our eating experience this trip did not involve any super fancy restaurants or fine dining but instead a lot of pastries, lunches, and early dinners.

Here are a few of our favorites spots during the trip—with everything organized by the arrondissement (or district) they’re located in…

[Excerpt from full post below]

 7th District

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

One of our favorite areas in the 7th District is a little street full of shops called Rue Cler. It’s sweet and quaint and fun to walk on because there’s not a lot of traffic passing by.

Oh Joy in Paris | Martine Lambert

Oh Joy in Paris | Martine Lambert

The best ice cream cone I’ve ever had included these light and crispy cones from Martine Lambert

Martine Lambert | 39 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

And, a great mid-day snack of charcuterie and pommes frites…

L’Eclair | 32 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

While some people say this little street is touristy, I found it to be quaint and sweet and a great spot for being leisurely and getting a bite or treat to eat.

 

10th District

Oh Joy in Paris | Cafe Craft

We rented an apartment in the 10th District through Paris Address. The neighborhood had a mix of dodgy and questionable areas with some very up-and-coming. Luckily, we found a couple little streets that ended up being where we ate the most and found some of our favorite pastry shops.

Café Craft | 24 Rue Des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Du Pain et des Idees

Oh Joy in Paris | Du Pain et des Idees

The best chocolate croissant I’ve had in my life. And, when the shop is gilded in gold, you know they mean serious pastry-making business.

Above is an excerpt from the full adventure. Read about the rest of Part 1 here, http://ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2013/10/oh-joy-in-france-part-1-paris.html.

2013 ABC Kids Expo

October 29th, 2013

        ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

Every year we look forward to attending the ABC Kids Expo as a chance to connect with our customers face to face, see friends from the industry and have a little fun in Vegas.  It was particularly exciting for us this year as we launched 3 new products, Indie 4, Mini Board and Diaper Bag.  We were thrilled at the reaction to our launch of Indie 4. Retailers, media, and customers alike raved about the rugged all-terrain features coupled with the compact, urban style and colors of Indie 4. Our Mini Board,  a really cool wood ride along board that fits all Indie models is finally ready and will start shipping in the next few weeks.  The Diaper Bag, available and now shipping comes in all Bumbleride colors and can be used over the shoulder or on the stroller.  We have a lot of exciting things planned in the coming months and are really looking forward to an amazing 2014!

ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

        ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

        ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

With the help of our team, we had a great time building our entire booth this year.

Girlie Girl Army – Fall Mommy Loves

October 24th, 2013
 

 

Girly Girl Army Fall Loves Best Lightweight Travel Stroller
The newest Mommy bits we are mad for this month? They all stand out as excellent products, more than worth the money, and green in some way. And as a crew of Moms who have tried it all, researched every product on the market, and tried them out on numerous kiddles, you know you can trust our 411.

2013 Bumbleride Flite 

We are an office of people with kids, and we all have numerous strollers each as urban parents do. One for long neighborhood walks, one for both the kids, one for the older kid, one for travel, etc.   Boy, were we psyched to find the Bumbleride Flite, which is the Rolls Royce of portable strollers, which for a shlepping Mom is a goddess send! For a 14 pound foldable stroller the Bumbleride rides incredibly well, is cushy and so comfortable for long walks and naps, and performs just as well as our main strollers in terms of what it has to offer. The Flite is equipped with dual front and rear wheel suspension, perfect for bumpy, urban areas. Its smooth wheel system makes it one of the most maneuverable lightweights around.  Most of the foldable strollers have pitiful canopy’s – but the Flite’s is large, and has SPF 45 that extends to protect baby from harmful UV sun rays. It also comes with a car seat adapter which is a very “Why didn’t I think of that?!” stroke of genius. Most folding strollers only work for older kids (for example, we only just aged out of our bugaboo and uppa baby with our 3 year old) but this one has a reclining backrest and adjustable footrest that makes it good for infant use as well should your back need a break from your carrier.  Here’s what makes it green: All Bumbleride models use a soft and durable bamboo blended fabric on the inside of the seats to help naturally absorb moisture and regulate temperature. The Flite folds easily and compact for stowing away.

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Bumbleride Flite, $269 @mybumbleride.com

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Read the full article here, http://girliegirlarmy.com/mamazon/20130927/mommy-loves/

Kind + Jugend 2013 – Indie 4 Debut

October 7th, 2013
 

 

The team just returned from the exciting Kind and Jugend show. Although this was the fifth year that Bumbleride attended the show in Cologne, Germany, it was the first time that we partnered with the German distributor, Pamper 24. Pamper 24 is one of our newest partners in the International market with customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We are really excited to begin to reach this new market and connect with retailers who share our core company vision for providing parents with great mobility solutions in a very personal way! For those of you who were wondering where we currently sell internationally, Bumbleride has distribution into 17 countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Kind and Jugend Booth Bumbleride 2013 New

In addition to reconnecting with our international distributors, Bumbleride also introduced three new products to the Bumbleride line: the Mini Board (giving toddlers a free ride behind Indie, Indie 4 and Indie Twin strollers) , a line of modern and functional diaper bags in colors that match our strollers (same recycled fabric), and the brand new all terrain stroller, Indie 4.

Indie 4 is the third stroller in the very popular Indie line. It possesses all of the same great qualities of Indie (rugged pneumatic tires, UV recycled fabric, welded aluminum chassis, infinity recline, adjustable handle, etc), but also boasts a new 4 wheel design with all wheel suspension. Indie 4 is perfect for the family that is looking for a stroller that bridges the gap between urban and off-road terrains. It can take you seamlessly from a cramped subway station to a forest path without skipping a beat. Indie 4’s seat can be converted to an infant ready position or it can easily be paired with a Bumbleride carrycot or carseat adapter to take your child from newborn to up to 50lbs. It is also compatible with most Bumbleride accessories. Indie 4 will be available in early 2014. Indie 4 and the entire Bumbleride stroller line continue to surprise our European friends with their super lightweight design, compact fold, and eco-friendly fabrics.

Kind and Jugend New Bumbleride Stroller Indie 4

The team had a lot of fun at the show and is excited about the possibility of expanding distribution into France, Spain, Italy and beyond in 2014!

Of course, we didn’t travel over 5,000 miles and forget to take in the beautiful sites around Germany. European cities remind us of the longevity of good design: both in outward appearance as well as in their functional layout.

Kind and Jugend Booth Bumbleride 2013 New

Kind and Jugend Booth Bumbleride 2013 New

Kind and Jugend Booth Bumbleride 2013 New