Saturday, March 31, 2007

Sweet Feet

Soft soled baby shoes from Pediped in metallic pink.  So sweet.
$29 at Babystyle

Friday, March 23, 2007

Searching For A Stroller That Won't Break My Back

In my recent search for the perfect lightweight stroller, I have found that most lightweight strollers suck. I am in love with my full size Inglesina Zippy stroller because it is so easy to fold and unfold, the recline is easy and it maneuvers like a dream. I will use the Zippy for the mall and the park and other extended outings, but I want something I can whip out of the car for quick trips.

When I first found out I was pregnant, I immediately wanted a Bugaboo. They look cool, versatile and the colors are great. I went to Neiman Marcus and was surprised by the size of the Bugaboo. It seemed kind of big to me. I wheeled it around the children's department and I have to say, it was a real smooth stroll. I then tried to figure out how to fold it up as this stroller would definitely not fit in my car in it's upright position. I asked for a demonstration from the eager sales woman. The poor sales woman had such a hard time with the Bugaboo that I decided it might not be the stroller for me after all. The Bugaboo seemed more like a city stroller to me, not a mall hopping Dallas stroller. I was going to have a hard time explaining this purchase to my husband if I couldn't even get it out of the car. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's a great stroller I just couldn't see spending the money on it and being totally happy with it.

I had heard about the one hand fold Zippy and decided to go ahead and buy one online. I am very happy with it. The features are amazing and it is totally lightweight (17 lbs) compared to the Graco strollers (20+lbs).

Maybe it's just because I am obsessed with strollers, or because my back has been killing me from all of the lifting of the Zippy out of the back of my car, but I have decided it is time to purchase a lightweight stroller. After much shopping online and in stores for test drives, here are my reviews:

Peg Perago Aria OH $199- Awesome stroller, one hand fold, super light weight, too big for me. This truly is a great stroller. Now I know why so many people have them. This is practically a full size stroller. I am not into all of the plastic on this stroller but I guess that is what makes it so lightweight. The colors were not so great either. I am real sick of the Peg Perago color schemes. Please give us something new in the Aria. I swear if a better color were available, I would have probably bought this stroller. DULL DULL DULL.

Maclaren Triumph $175 - Great looking stroller. Good colors, I loved the crimson color, ok stroll, not into the fold (I guess you get used to it) and the recline was awful. The price was the kicker on this one. I just didn't feel like this stroller was worth $175. I see a lot of Maclaren strollers out there, so I know people really like them. The fabric is nice, they are super light and they look good but for the price, they lack some important features.

Inglesina Swift $119 - The one I purchased - Many of the same features as the Maclaren and the Peg Perago strollers. Not nearly as nice as the Aria, but much smaller in size and almost half the price. The fabric is not as nice at the Maclaren, but the features are better for me. This came down to the price. You can't beat the features that this stroller has and the price of $119. Ok fold- similar to the Maclaren, super easy four position recline, lightweight, nice stroll. The 2007 Swifts also have a cute mod color scheme. I chose Ebano (black with silver squares). So far I am happy and baby is happy with this stroller.

Some others I tried out:
Chicco - not an easy fold, decent stroll, semi light weight, recline not so great $
Combi - easy fold, not a great stroll, really light weight, recline not so great$$
RockStar Candy -not an easy fold, decent stroll, semi light weight, the recline feature is great$$$

I like for their great selection of strollers and free shipping on most items.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Interesting Website - Skin Deep

Search for cosmetics, lotions and potions on this site and find out how they rate the safety of the products you use on yourself and on your baby.

Brought to you by the Environmental Working Group.

CLICK HERE to go to the Skin Deep website

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Be Cool Honey Bunny!

Target has the cutest vintage looking Easter decorations and toys. I purchased two bunnies, a frog and a giant chick for my daughter! So inexpensive too, $4.99 each.

Nesting Wood Eggs $13.49 at Target

Fiona Easter Party Bundle $9.89 at Target

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

For The Baby That Has Everything

This set will sell out! If you know someone that is having a baby, this is a great luxury gift at an affordable price.

Burberry Gift Set in House Check - Hat, Towel and Booties $42 @ Neiman Marcus

Monday, March 19, 2007

Spring is Near, Get Yourself Some Outdoor Play Gear!

Flights of Fancy Kite Set $57.50 @ Into The Wind

Crawl around INSIDE this gigantic 84" sphere!
Giga Ball $199 @ Target

Croquet Set $49.99 @ Target

Kaleidaslide Cover $99 @ Target

Thursday, March 15, 2007

This Poodle Rocks!

What little girl wouldn't want a rocking poodle in her room?

Available at Barneys for $144

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Looks like fun to me!!

My Little Diner Playhouse by Pacific Play Tents. This playhouse is made of durable nylon and cleans easily with a damp cloth. Pacific Play Tents make many other neat nylon playhouses. Available at Tinkertots.

Rocket Blast-Off Playhouse. Great for the imagination and this requires little storage. Available at Playhouses.

House Loft also from Playhouses. These are finished out in vibrant colors and come with a fun staircase and slide.
Lucy II Play Tent by Lucy and Michael. These play tents are made of solid, painted wood and cool prints. Available at Rosenberry Rooms. Many wonderful designs to choose from.

My Very Own House available at Target. This playhouse is constructed of sturdy cardboard and come with 8 magic markers.

Have your Cake

I've never been a big fan of the Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags, but I am in LOVE with this new line. It is called Cake and it is so vintage and cute. My favorite is the Citron color. Yummy!

  • Citron, Pink or Blue European cut velvet with coordinating wool tweed
  • 4 ways to carry :
    • Hobo/Clutch - Made out of coordinating tweed fabric studded with Cake signature rivets
    • Shoulder Strap- Adjustable strap constructed of tweed with antique brass hardware.
    • Backpack—Shoulder strap converts to the backpack by threading through internal bag loops.
    • Valet Stroller Clips—Stroller clips that match the Cake collection feature antique brass clips and Cake signature rivets & a monogrammed flannel organizer pouch.
  • Built-in Changing Station:
    • Easy glide antique brass zipper with Cake signature zipper pull
    • Removable, plush changing pad
    • 3 organizational pockets for wipey case, diapers and ointments
  • Pockets galore: 4 bottle, 4 organizational
  • Front patch pocket with magnetic snap and easy “reach and grab” cell phone pocket
  • Internal zippered “Mommy pocket” with signature “Cake” zipper pull
  • Antique Brass Key clip
  • Monogrammed Cake wipey case with antique brass finish and coordinating color plastic liner
  • All hardware is custom stamped and sculptured in antique brass
  • Monogrammed Cake flannel dust cover
  • Dimensions: 13"x6.5"x15"
Coming soon to Neiman Marcus for $325

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

A Chair with Flair

New from Boon, makers of the famous Frog Pod, a high chair with pneumatic lift and a snazzy look.

There are two models available. Pricey and less pricey. haha.

The Flair $199
The Flair Elite $399

Both available (for pre-order) at the adorable online store Piccolini

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Curtains, Pillows, Bed Skirts and more...

Mix and match to create a custom room for you tot that's sure to please everyone! Fabric choices from the 1800's to the 1970' and the prices are great. They also have gift items such as onesies, pillows and patterns.
Repro Depto Fabrics

Lucky Little Hampster Family

Soft and plush! Toys don't get much cuter than this! Just look at that little swing.
$24.95 at Ollie Bollen