2013 UPPAbaby G-Series Strollers: G-LiTE Review

The 2013 UPPAbaby G-Series strollers have a lot to offer parents and families – without the bulk and added weight. Whether you’re looking for a simple and lightweight every day stroller, a back-up stroller or a stroller ideal for traveling, the UPPAbaby G-Series stroller are definitely worth looking at! First we reviewed the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LiTE – the lightest, most compact stroller available from UPPAbaby.

UPPAbaby G-LiTE SEAT DETAILS

  • The 5-point harness has three height positions and adjusts easily at the waist straps and at the shoulder straps. It’s important to have a harness that’s easy to adjust to accommodate different children and layers of clothing through the seasons. Because my two youngest still use a stroller from time to time, I am constantly adjusting the straps (mainly the waist straps) so this is a feature I definitely look for in a lightweight, do-it-all stroller.
  • The seat is stationary and does not recline. It’s a sling-style seat so when your child is seated, the seat molds to your child’s body for comfort and support. Even though it does not recline, the seat back is not completely upright and therefor can accommodate an older toddler/preschooler should he fall asleep while on the go (which doesn’t happen at all for us anymore – my youngest is three).
  • The seat itself has two components. The fixed seat is a mesh material, which makes it extremely breathable and comfortable in any weather. The seat liner is padded and can be removed for washing or if you prefer to use the stroller with the mesh seat (like on a hot summer day).
  • Removing and replacing the seat pad was very easy to do and does require minimal removal of the harness straps (also really easy to do). The seat pad also stays put! In the time we’ve been testing this stroller, it has not moved or slouched at all while in use – and while my kids climb in and out of the stroller multiple times. This is something I really paid attention to…
  • The seat pad is made from UPPAbaby’s StainDefend fabrics, which make it water and stain resistant.

UPPAbaby G-LiTE SUN SHADE

  • The sunshade has four positions. It can be removed completely, it can be stored up (but still attached to the stroller frame), it can be locked into position to shade the child from the sun and it has an extendable SPF 50+ sunshade that pops out from the inside of the sun canopy – and stores neatly when not in use.

UPPAbaby G-LiTE FEATURES AND DETAILS

  • There are two, independent foot brakes – one for each rear wheel. I usually lock one, unless were on an incline and then I engage both of them. But when I do lock both, I often forget that I have to unlock both of them.
  • The safety lock is a button that ensures the stroller will not fold accidentally. The stroller is folded by pushing the safety lock then pulling each grey circle (located on each handlebar) upwards. These steps are the only steps needed to fold the stroller, but it does require two hands.
  • The automatic lock on the side of the stroller frame keeps the stroller folded for easy transport and the attached carry strap allows you to carry it over one shoulder while traveling.
  • The included parent cup holder can be popped on or off the frame quickly and easily and can hold up to 1.5 pounds.
  • The G-LiTE has a 4-wheel suspension, which makes for smoother rides for you and your child. The suspension, along with the lockable front wheels, allow the stroller to get through a little rougher terrain – like peddles, dirt paths and packed sand. And when you face the deeper sand, just fold it and carry it on your shoulder!
  • When folded, the stroller has an attached “foot” that allows it to stand on its own. No more locking the wheels and leaning the stroller up against things, it stays clean and out of the way with this amazing feature.
  • The lightweight aluminum frame makes the G-LiTE extremely easy to push, fold and use on a daily basis. I really love using it with my kids.
  • The G-LiTE is suitable from 6 months to 55 pounds.
  • The 2013 G-LiTE stroller weighs only 10.7 pounds.
  • Retails for $150

The UPPAbaby G-LiTE is a suitable from 6 months to 55 pounds. My three year old is 35 pounds (and my five year old is 42 pounds) and they both fit in the G-LiTE very nicely. It’s a great stroller for quick errands, ideal for travel, perfect for city walking and everyday use – especially with an older toddler or preschooler who is phasing out of the stroller stage, but still needs one from time to time. And because it doesn’t take up a lot of room in your trunk or home, it’s great to have handy!

The UPPAbaby G-LiTE next to the UPPAbaby G-LUXE

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR REVIEW OF THE 2013 UPPABABY G-LUXE STROLLER.

Above you can see the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LiTE (on the left) and the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LUXE (on the right) side-by-side.

Disclosure: UPPAbaby provided the stroller for us to review. All opinions are my own and we have really taken the time to use this stroller prior to reviewing it.

The New LEGOLAND California Hotel: Building Lifelong Family Memories

Last week, we were invited to be one of the first families to experience the brand new LEGOLAND Hotel – which is located right outside the gates of LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad – literally. Seeing as it was spring break for the kids and because it was likely my last hurrah with the boys before the new baby arrives, I sucked up any and all fears of embarking on the journey alone and said, let’s do this!

Upon arrival, we drove through the huge parking lot and up to the roundabout in front of the hotel. While we waited for the valet to direct us to a safe spot, the kids ooh and ahh’d over the gigantic hotel in front of the,, the pool scene to the right and the LEGO tower to our left, which was heavily guarded by LEGO (no-so) mini figures and donned a giant, smoke-breathing dragon near the top. It was a perfect distraction for excited kiddos…

Because we arrived prior to our check-in time, the Bellhop kindly stored our bags for us while we enjoyed an afternoon inside LEGOLAND. The boys ate way too much ice cream, took a few hundred laps on the train and my big kids went on The Dragon – twice… Among many other fun things.

We headed back to the hotel lobby at check-in time (4pm) and the kids played in the giant LEGO pit while I spoke to the front desk. We were made aware of the fun activities for the kids, which included a model building contest and free On Demand movies inside our room. After checking out the castle play space (which is brilliantly located inside the lobby bar), we ventured to our “Kingdom” room to rest our weary feet – or rather, my weary feet.

The kids immediately took part in the treasure hunt – yes, there was a treasure hunt inside the room – and found the gold (chocolate) coins. The tub of LEGOs was found second and promptly dumped on the floor of their room. Speaking of their room, they couldn’t get over the bunk beds (with pullout trundle), the fact that there was a reading light inside the bunk beds, their very own TV (!!) and LEGO creations/creatures at every turn.

I was happy they were entertained because the comfortable queen-sized bed in the other room was calling my name. The coffee was, too.

After relaxing (and playing) and exploring the many fun things within the room, we headed to the Bricks Family Restaurant for a buffet-style dinner. Luckily, my mom joined us to help with the kids – and to help with my sanity. The restaurant, just like the rooms and the rest of the hotel, was filled with LEGO creations, LEGO people and exciting 3D designs, which made it easy to strike up interactive dinner conversations. And when the kids got sick of talking to me, they picked up their crayons and colored all over the table. It was a perfect balance of family fun, interaction and self-expression – mixed with a variety and selection of foods that appealed to each one of my kids. The buffet options were delicious. Tons of healthy options (and plenty of comfort food) and the Chef personally addressed our gluten free dietary needs with suggestions of dishes and simple modifications to the freshly prepared wok veggies. He even went out of his way to bring my 5-year-old his favorite meal (also gluten free) because they didn’t have it available that specific evening, but normally do. Once again, I was blown away by the service and attention to detail.

While there were activities scheduled after dinner, we were all ready (read: there was no nap for the little guy that day) to head back to the room and call it a night. The kids (and I) slept so well and were more than ready to go again the next morning. Well, they were… I would have been if I weren’t 30 weeks pregnant.

After breakfast at the Bricks Family Restaurant (where the fruit was divine and the bacon was crispy), we checked out of the hotel and had the Bellhop hold our luggage once again. We walked the outside path, which leads directly to the front of the park and veered left to SEA LIFE Aquarium for a morning with the fish.

We’re no strangers to SEA LIFE (or LEGOLAND, for that matter), but it had been many months since we had seen our fish friends and it was nice to have a change of pace and scenery.

The kids were sad to go… I was sad, too, but my feet and back were ready to get home and rest up.

MOMMY LOVES COFFEE TIPS AND ADVICE FOR VISITING THE LEGOLAND HOTEL

  • Unless you little one travels really well with his or her own travel crib/sleep space, call ahead to reserve one of their pack n’ play portable cribs.
  • If you’re going with toddlers with or without older kids, bring along some Duplo blocks for your room (or hide the LEGO tub before your little one sees it). Each room has a tub of regular-sized LEGOs in it for older kiddos.
  • Enjoy the many features and amenities of the hotel. Sit and sip on a drink while the kids play in the castle just above the lobby, locate the secret whoopie cushions, explore the sights and LEGO creations in every available space, ride the elevators (even if you’re staying on the first floor) and let your kids pick which themed room they would like to stay in – Kingdom, Pirate or Adventure – ahead of time and book your stay early to ensure you get your first choice of room!
  • Check out the planned activities during your stay. The hotel does an amazing job of keeping families busy and entertained.
  • Don’t take off your shoes before heading into one of the LEGO pits – ouch!
  • If you’re staying at the hotel and purchase items inside the park, they will deliver them to the hotel for you – score!
  • Don’t be afraid to bring or rent a stroller. Even though my two youngest are three and five, we still need – and use – a stroller on big adventures. We brought along a side-by-side double stroller (the Britax B-Agile double) to help me manage the three kids better and as a resting spot for the 5-year-old’s legs and feet when he needed it. It was a lifesaver to have available, there’s stroller parking everywhere and I was able to fold it up and store it out of the way while inside the hotel room.
  • Take lots of pictures!

Overall, our stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel was so much more than I expected it would be. The hotel (and the employees inside the park) went above and beyond to make sure our stay was as enjoyable as humanly possible and they managed to keep my three (extremely energetic) boys entertained at all times. I would highly recommend experiencing the LEGOLAND Hotel as a vacation destination or even as a Staycation for locals. It’s truly an experience you and your kids will never forget – and the experience leaves you wanting more! We can’t wait to go back… When I’m no longer pregnant and can enjoy the rides (and the walking) a bit more.

 

Disclosure: LEGOLAND and the LEGOLAND Hotel provided us a free night at the hotel and tickets for the park. All opinions are my own and true to our experience.

7 A.M. Enfant Pookie Poncho Light (giveaway)

 

7 A.M. Enfant really knows what they’re doing – their products keep baby shielded, protected and safe from the outside elements, but do so in comfort and style. The Pookie Poncho Light has become one of my go-to, all-purpose covers for my little guys. The cutting edge design of the versatile Pookie Poncho allows it to be securely placed over baby in an infant car seat, stroller seat and/or an infant carrier. It easily transforms between all three, which basically makes it a must-have for on-the-go families. The lighter-weight design is ideal for any climate, especially for us in Southern California (for use at any point in the year). Believe it or not, we do have chilly days and nights – even during the summer months.

TWO INTERCHANGEABLE HOODS = THREE CONFIGURATIONS

The two interchangeable hoods ensure that the Pookie Poncho Light fits all three configurations (infant car seat, baby carrier and stroller) – and can be switched out in a matter of seconds. When used on a baby carrier, the smaller hood attaches with snaps to the back of the Pookie Poncho to protect infants in the inward or outward position.

STROLLER MODE

The larger hood zips onto the Pookie Poncho for use with a stroller and can cover all but the child’s face – this is a great way to keep your baby’s head and those little ears warm on a cool night. While using the Pookie Poncho Light, I found that you can securely place it on your stroller before placing your child in the seat, which is a great feature when you have a squirmy toddler who is wanting to go, go, go! My toddler did not want to sit while I placed the Pookie Poncho Light on the stroller, but by the second time I used it – I wised up and put it on the stroller first. Total life and time-saver! The front kangaroo pockets can be unbuttoned to allow a children freedom to poke his or her hands out while staying snug and protected.INFANT CAR SEAT MODE

Personally, I love that the shell goes over the infant car seat and acts as a blanket – which means it doesn’t interfere with the harness straps. It easily attaches to the car seat handle and can be easily adjusted to fit around the car seat’s sides.

CARRIER MODE

The smaller hood snaps to the shell of the Pookie Poncho and can be used in either the parents-facing or outward-facing position. The cover attached to any baby carrier at the shoulder straps and can be adjusted (with a toggle) both at the top and around the bottom to keep baby warm and protected. The front kangaroo pocket allows parents to warm up their hands – or love on baby – while in the baby carrier mode.

POOKIE PONCHO LIGHT DETAILS

  • Lightweight fleece lining and polyester insulation keeps children warm and dry.
  • Water-repellant outer shell.
  • Machine washable.
  • One-size fits all.
  • Fits on all baby carriers, strollers and infant car seats.
  • Available in wide variety of colors with a glossy shell: black, lilac, maroon-glace, midnight-blue, neon and orange peel.
  • Retails for $98

GIVEAWAY

Enter below to win a Pookie Poncho Light – in your choice of color! You and your little one will enjoy the flexibility and protection all year round with the Pookie Poncho Light. Good luck!

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Disclosure: 7AM sent us product to review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Tea Collection Spring 2013 and My Little Citizens

Quality children’s clothing that brings awareness to different cultures and parts of the world? Don’t mind if I do.
Tea Collection is a globally inspired children’s clothing for little citizens of the world. Little citizens like my little men – the ones I hope to raise with the similar morals and values that this one company stands for.

The new Spring/Summer 2013 line is inspired not only by South Africa, but also by the South African expression Ubuntu, which means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” A philosophy about trust, respect, compassion and community.

A philosophy that instantly warmed my soul and touched my heart because, as a parent, it’s so relatable – even thousands of miles away. We teach and show our children all about trust, respect, compassion and community… And as a parent to a special needs child, it hits home like no other word has done before.

The rich indigos, bold colors, traditional African Dutch Waa Batik and Shwe Shwe fabrics, beautiful embroidery and beaded details translate throughout the new Spring 2013 collection for boys and girls. My boys were interested to hear that soccer, safari and surf were also key themes behind the clothing they were wearing.

These bright, colorful pieces are perfect for layering throughout the year – or, in our case, afternoon trips to play at the beach.

The lightweight, easy fit of the Knit Playwear Pants gives my little guy the freedom to move – and move he does! The slim fit doesn’t alter his ability to climb, the elastic waist makes it comfy (and easy for him to dress himself) and the articulated knee detail means no restriction and less stress/wear to the fabric.


I love the modern simplicity and wrap around design of the Zebra tee, too. It’s low profile enough to not distract from his adorable face, but bold enough to give him some mad style.

The Surplus Playwear Pants are heavy-duty, but without the added bulk. The lightweight cotton canvas allows movement without comprising the need for durability. And it’s thin enough to roll up – to keep them from getting completely soaked when running away from the ocean waves. My five year old is a skinny little guy, so the adjustable waist is an added bonus!


The African Elephant Hoodie is one of my favorites. The original screen-printing design is stunning – especially on the bold avocado green color of the hoodie. There’s something about 5-year-old’s and hoodies… because he loved bouncing around on the sand with it up and down. It also made for excellent pictures.

Twice a year, Tea packs their bags and travels the globe to explore and discover the beauty of different cultures and modern design. They arrive home with inspiration for new patterns, colors and designs that express their travels to these different parts of the world. I wonder where they will go next…

Disclosure: Tea outfitted my kids with some of their new collection pieces. All opinions are my own.

GoGo squeeZ: Healthy snacks at school and on the go!

I don’t know a parent alive that doesn’t love products (especially foods) that make life easier. As a busy mom of three (almost four) boys, I’m always looking for creative ways to incorporate healthy foods into their meals. But let’s be honest, my kids – like most kids – are picky and prefer to snack on things with little nutritional value. While they prefer these “empty snacks”, I do my best to educate them about the importance of eating healthy to grow big, strong and to build strong immune system. But there are times they don’t budge. Those are the times I call in my reinforcements – in this case, it’s GoGo squeeZ.

HEALTHY FOR ALL
We have food allergies and food sensitivities in our family, so while I’m used to buying multiple items to accommodate all my children, I much prefer to buy one thing that all my kids can eat and enjoy. GoGo squeeZ pouches are free from the eight common food allergens, contain no GMO’s and are packaged in BPA-free pouches. Even I can (and do) enjoy them!

We source our fruits from evolved farms and orchards that use the best ecological practices to grow and harvest fruits, keeping the use of any chemical agents to a bare minimum. By removing and recycling the peels on all the fruit we use, you get pure squeezable goodness with no hidden nonsense.

We source our fruits from the good ‘ole USA. We love being homegrown and are projecting to source over 90% of our fruits from evolved USA farms and orchards by the end of 2013. Prior to then? Our motherland… France, where the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

 

EASY TO TAKE ON THE GO
Because the GoGo squeeZ pouches are compact and don’t need to be refrigerated before opening, I have one less thing to worry about when it comes to spoiling or wasting foods. This is a legitimate concern of mine because I unintentionally waste food all the time by forgetting it in the car or in my diaper bag. I also like that the pouches can be resealed and saved for later – either in the diaper bag pocket for the next snack request 15 minutes later or in the refrigerator for another time.

  • GoGo squeeZ pouches are the perfect size for school lunches, the side storage area of a purse or in diaper bag pockets.
  • There’s less of a mess because kids can drink it straight from the pouch – and I don’t have to remember a spoon!
  • They are the perfect size for little hands – my 3-year-old loves that he can hold the pouch all on his own!
  • Great options for after school sports and team mom snacks because they are convenient, less of a mess and healthy.

 

YUMMY FLAVORS
GoGo squeeZ pouches are available in an assortment of flavors (some even organic) to appeal to every kid – and parent. And new flavors are popping up all the time!

  • Apple
  • Apple/Cherry
  • Apple/Strawberry
  • Apple/Banana
  • Apple/Peach
  • Apple/Mango
  • Apple/Cinnamon
  • Apple/Berry
  • Apple/Peach/Passion Fruit
  • Apple/Mango/Pineapple/Banana
  • Apple/Raspberry/Cranberry

 

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and GoGo squeeZ sent us product to review. Like always, all opinions are my own.


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