Which Stroller is Best?

The stroller and the baby monitor are the items I got “hung up” on while preparing for David. I knew my stroller was going to be very well used, and I was ready to invest in one that would last me for the long haul.

There are so many stroller options, at so many price points, that I spent months mulling over pro + con lists, reading reviews, and getting my hands on a few at Buy Buy Baby.

After much research and thought, Justin and I finally landed on the Uppababy Cruz. I would have bought black, but Justin wanted a bit of color so we went with yellow!

I have been immensely happy with this stroller. In fact, as I was working on this blog post I could barely think of any “cons”.

So, one aspect of blogging that I’ve been able to be a part of is reviewing products. I always stick to products that fit in with my content naturally, so when 4mom’s and Stokke reached out to send a stroller my way, I happily said yes! Neither company required a review, but I found reviews so helpful that I wanted to share my opinions on the three strollers that get used around my house.

Stroller Uppababy Cruz $459.99          Stokke Crusi $1,249.00        4Mom’s Origami $849.99

I know it looks like he can barely contain his excitement, but David was actually pretty happy during this little photo time. He was absolutely engulfed in staring at the water fountain across the street, hence the focused face.

General thoughts on each stroller:

Cruz

Uppababy Cruz: It’s true love. It’s hard to find a single thing that I don’t like about this stroller. It’s probably the most “petite” of the three, but don’t let that confuse you into thinking it’s small. It’s just the right size. It’s perfect for navigating a store, as well as taking David on a walk. The sun shade is used very often, and I love that it’s absolutely huge. The adjustable handle bar is great for my husband and I, as we have different height preferences for it.

It’s easy to open and close, locks shut, and is lightweight. David seems the most comfortable in this stroller, but that could just be because he’s used to it.

It does not give you the option to expand into a double stroller, although the Uppababy Vista does. I contemplated getting the Vista, but I settled on the Cruz for the size preference and I didn’t know when we would need a double stroller so it felt premature to invest in one so early. My husband is big on having “the right tool for the job”, and a single stroller was all we needed so a single stroller is what we chose!

Highly, highly recommend as I don’t think anyone could be disappointed with this stroller.

crusi

Stokke Crusi: This is my husbands favorite of the bunch. His stroller of choice, however, for evening walks is the $20 umbrella stroller we picked up a few weeks ago. He’s a minimalist! It is absolutely clear that the Stokke Crusi is a luxury stroller. Stokke paid attention to every detail of the product. It’s very high quality, has a very smooth ride, and is also lightweight. The basket is similar is size to the Uppababy Cruz, although it’s shallower.

This stroller is great for walks on an uneven path as the wheels are larger and can take more bounce better than the Uppababy Cruz.

The color options are expansive, and I love how close the child is to the parent. It makes toe-tickling very easy! The Crusi also has add on options to convert into a double stroller. So, if you are going to invest in the Crusi, you can absolutely use it with two kids.

4moms

4Moms Origami: The “coolest” stroller of them all, but also the heaviest. To say this stroller has an “easy” open and close would be a joke. It’s beyond easy because you simply twist and push a button and it opens on it’s own. Go watch this video. It can also charge your cell phone as you push it, as well as log your speed + miles walked. It’s techy.

It’s heavy and is only forward facing. The bag attached to the bottom of the stroller for your things is very small, and would definitely not accommodate a diaper bag.

4Moms has cornered the market on techy baby stuff, a lot of which I love, but I wish the Origami was 20 pounds lighter (obviously I understand why it needs to weigh as much as it does, it just renders it challenging to take with you).

So which is my favorite of the three that I’ve used? The Uppababy Cruz would take the cake. Second, would be the Stokke Crusi, and last would be the 4Moms Origami.

I’m really happy that I took the time to research strollers while I was pregnant. And as expected, my stroller gets a ton of use. I’d say multiple times a day for sure. It’s one of those pieces of baby gear that is absolutely worth the investment in my opinion.

Questions:

1. Why didn’t you review any cheaper strollers? Makers of cheaper strollers haven’t reached out! If they would, I would happily review them!

2. Does your car seat fit in any of these strollers? Yes, we have the Uppababy Mesa car seat (which is very heavy) and it clicks right into the Uppababy Cruz. I haven’t had a need to click the car seat into either the Stokke or the Origami, so I haven’t even looked to see if that’s an option. If you are shopping around, make sure you triple check that your car seat of choice fits into your stroller.

 

I was not compensated for this post, nor was this post a requirement upon accepting the gift of a stroller from 4Moms and Stokke. Justin and I purchased the Uppababy Cruz ourselves. My hope is that you would know this already, but in case you don’t: I’m not promoting the idea of owning 3 strollers, nor do I plan on keeping all 3 strollers. I will not sell the strollers that were gifted. The strollers will be donated.

 

Etsy Finds

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If you’ve just been around this blog for about a year, you may not know that my sister and I owned a handmade jewelry shop together and we sold on Etsy. Since then, she’s become the sole owner and I just send her lists of earrings she needs to bring me when she comes to visit.

I’ve been a big fan of Etsy for a long time. I  remember discovering it back when Domino magazine was in it’s hey day. I loved the concept of artisans having a platform to sell their goods! There are so many talented creators to discover, and my favorite way to support them is by purchasing product from them.

One problem with Etsy is that there is a lot of stuff for sale on the site, and sometimes the really good stuff is hard to find.

If I’m buying a gift for someone, Etsy is usually the first place I look. It makes the gift a little bit more special when you’ve taken the time to seek out a unique item that you think the recipient will love.

Above are a few of my favorite things on Etsy right now. They make perfect gifts for yourself or your friends.

My favorite “sections” to browse on Etsy are “Home + Living”, “Jewelry”, or paper goods. You are sure to come across something unique, beautiful, and very well-crafted!

Ask Kate 01

Last week I mentioned on Facebook that I had considered filming an Ask Kate video since I enjoy watching those random videos from my favorite bloggers/vloggers so much.

Fully anticipating receiving only questions about hairstyling, I was pleasantly surprised to read a few really fun questions to answer.

I start the video talking about cats and if you only knew how much I needed to edit “cat content” out of there, you’d be either impressed or surprised. Perhaps both.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to start the week with something new, so today’s video is my very first “Ask Kate”. Now, I’ve learned my lesson and I will no longer include 10 questions in one video because the video is long. My apologies.

The Questions:

1. (01:47) I love your cats! What is their story? How did you get them, how did you choose their names, and what are their personalities like?

2. (10:30) If you were a cat, what would you look like and what your personality be like?

3. (11:07) Do you plan on having more kids?

4. (11:32) What is your ideal date with Justin? (ALERT ALERT JUSTIN BRYAN ALERT ALERT PAY ATTENTION TO THIS ONE)

5. (12:37) What is #1 on your bucket list, both professionally and personally?

6. (13:26) Were you always “hair inclined” or did you really have to work at it?

7. (14:12) How long did you have your salon before it closed, and was it a hard decision to close?

8. (16.50) How often to people recognize you?

9. (19:09) Eat out or cook? Dresses or pants? Lipstick or Lipgloss? Laundry or dishes? Ocean or pool?

10. (20:19) What is your dream vacation?

Beauty Chat with The Lauren Elizabeth

Did you catch last week’s beauty chat with Cara of Maskcara? She’s got me itching for the Glam Glow Mask based on what she said about it!

This week I’ll be chatting with this girl I’ve known for a long time.

Her whole life actually.

We happen to be blood relatives. And pretty close ones at that.

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It’s Lauren of Lauren Elizabeth, formerly “From My Grey Desk” formerly “Free Bird Journal”. We both share quite the history with blog names.

Anyway, she’s developed an interest in beauty over the years and happens to have some really great picks! Let’s get right into the good stuff.

1. What is the most loved item in your makeup bag?

At the current moment, I’m really loving the brow powder duo by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I like having a lighter shade for outlining, and a darker shade for filling in my brows. It goes on super smooth, and lasts all day even through heat and humidity! *brow tutorial here!

2. You find a $50 gift card to Sephora on the street, what do you buy?

That’s a tough one! Truthfully, I’d probably pick up a couple of those small samples they have in the checkout line. Those samples always suck me in! I like that they are a small size to I can try out several products and possibly go back for the full-size. I’d probably pick up some sort of face mask, a lip product, and a foundation or finishing powder.

3. What is your go-to hairstyle?

I’m a classic “down and curled” kinda gal. I like to use a 1 inch curling wand for a relaxed and messy look. Those curls are great for second-day hair too!

4. What is your biggest hair regret?

I asked my sister for a trim when I was in high school and she managed to chop my hair way shorter than I wanted it to be so I was mad at her for 8 years.

Kate: IN MY DEFENSE, the “long hair” she had prior to the hair chop she just mentioned was about 27 pieces of frizz and broken ends. They had to go.

5. What is one beauty trend you would love to see die?

You know what I’m not a big fan of? Long, pointed nails. Whether they’re real or fake, they freak me out. They look kind of evil and remind me of Cruella-Deville. Not to mention it has to be nearly impossible to do anything with them.

6. Is there a makeup trick you would like to master?

I’d like to learn how to highlight and contour like a pro. Whenever I try it, it ends up being very subtle because I don’t’ want to be featured on one of those “Pinterest Fails” memes or something. In the before and after photos I’ve seen of contouring and highlighting, it’s really amazing what it can do to your face!

7. Do you like drugstore or high end products?

I believe in a healthy mix. I use drugstore BB cream, mascara, concealer, and some eyeshadows. For foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter, eye liner, and some other eyeshadows, I’ve found high end to be more reliable and work better for my skin.

8. What do you never leave the house without?

Under-eye concealer. It makes such a huge difference, even if I don’t’ put any other makeup on. It helps brighten up my eyes and makes me look less. . .terrible.

9. What is your favorite skin care product?

I’ve been using the Origins Charcoal Masks recently and absolutely love them! My skin is so soft, bright and clean after using one. I try to do one every week or so.

10. What is one hair technique you’d like to master?

Probably some sort of half up braid situation. I’m not the best at braiding, so I think if I could master that, I could surely figure out how to do two braids going back into a half-up hairstyle.

Kate: May I suggest this tutorial, sweet sister of mine?

Well thanks again for the interview Lauren! I gotta try those masks you mentioned. I guess I’m on a bit of a mask kick lately.

Check back next friday for the next interview in the beauty chat series!

style inspiration: white denim

WHITEDENIM

white denim

Brunch: striped blazer, tank, heels, bag

Saturday: top, watch, ring, shoes

Casual + Cute: stripe top, sandals, necklace, earrings

First of all, let the records show that I know I used this shirt in the lace shorts post from last month. I actually didn’t realize it until I was nearly finished creating the image you see above and I thought to myself, “well that makes it even more realistic because I’m showing how to wear the same item with a different outfit.”

Also it happens to be on sale, so that was an extra plus.

Let the records also show that I’m featuring white denim. This coming from the girl with so much extra junk in her trunk that she never thought she would wear anything white on the bottom. Well I bought some the other day, at Gap, and have quite enjoyed wearing them.

But here’s the thing. White pants, specifically denim, are kind of everywhere right now. I like anything white (or grey) and sometimes I don’t really care if my rear looks extra large. I mean, is there all that much difference between large and extra large*? I didn’t think so.

So, for the Saturday outfit selection, I’d suggest cuffing the denim a little bit. It’s a simple way to “soften” your outfit for a more casual look. It says, “I’m just running errands and looking adorable at the same time”, you know?

I made a conscious decision to NOT add a “chambray shirt” option because that seems like an obvious one. Search “white denim” on Pinterest and you’ll find 4,000 women wearing white denim with chambray. I like the look, but since it’s a little over done right now, I tried to come up with some different options!

Let me take a moment and point out the earrings for the Casual + Cute selection. I discovered the online shop Moorea Seal thanks to Kacia’s pinterest page and I now browse the items on a weekly basis. If you like simple and delicate jewelry, you must check it out. A lot of the prices are fantastic as well. Those earrings are only $12.00! AND Moorea Seal is offering free shipping for the month of July with code “Birthday”. This is not a sponsored post, I just have to tell you to go check it out!

My sweet mom bought me a Kate Spade bag from one of the Surprise Sale’s for my birthday last month, so that last thing I need is another one. But IF I was in the market for one, I’d definitely aim for that beauty in the Brunch ensemble

Alright, get to work on adding some white denim to your wardrobe for what remains of summer. If you are a rule follower, you have until Labor Day to wear those bad boys out.

*I hope you read my light-hearted self-depricating jokes as they are intended: for humor! I mean, it’s all true, but I’m totally okay with it.