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STOKKE Stroller Launch hosted by MomTrends in NYC

Testing out the STOKKE Xplory, with a Brahmin bag & Stella & Dot jewelry

I can admit, I used to be a Bugaboo Snob! I would not even have thought about giving up my Cameleon Pram (Australian for Stroller), let alone consider a different kind of Pram! My husband knows first hand how stubborn I have been in this regard. As our Son is almost 2.5 years old, he has been unsuccessfully trying to convince me to switch to at least an Umbrella stroller, especially in the instances where we have to travel. But, I always insist on taking our Bugaboo with us everywhere. And, as much as I love it, it really is not the best pram to travel with, it is actually quite awkward and time-consuming to break down, store and set up.

Fast forward to last Monday night, where I was enlightened at the Scandinavian STOKKE stroller launch that Momtrends fabulously executed at the space known as The Glasshouses in the Chelsea district of New York City. After learning about the STOKKE brand and seeing how passionate the company is, I know now I want another baby and an Xplory Pram to go with the baby! Ha, true story.

To my husband when I arrived home – “Babes, can we please have another baby so I can get a Red Xplory”.

STOKKE is a Norwegian family owned company that was founded in 1932, yep they have been around a long long time. Over the years the company has designed a variety of furniture focused on “ergonomics, uniqueness and functionality”. However, in 2006 the company changed direction and now entirely designs children´s furniture/equipment which includes high chairs, prams and baby carriers.

There were many fabulous Mommy Bloggers in attendance at the event, who were fortunate to personally hear from STOKKE’s Director of Innovation and Design Hilde Angelfoss. Hilde is the brainchild behind the Xplory pram and one bright cookie! She maintained that the top priorities when choosing a pram should be the child’s happiness, safety and comfort. She also discussed some interesting points which I had not really thought about before. For example; when out and about with your stroller, how important it is to have your baby facing inwards towards the mother thus being able to make eye contact. If a baby is facing outwards it can cause frustration and stress in a Little One, who is new to the world, because they cannot see a person that they know. Instead, they see bits and pieces of random things like the sky, cars and unrecognizable people, which can be very confusing.

The night’s event showcased 2 new strollers STOKKE recently released the Scoot and Crusi, as well as highlighting my personal favorite of the 3, the classic Xplory model. Did I mention that I love the Xplory! Brahmin handbags and Stella & Dot jewelry were also in attendance letting each of us mix and match for photos on the red carpet.

All of the STOKKE strollers are multi-talented, meaning they can be adjusted to different positions, have adjustable seat depths and adjustable foot rests. The strollers are also up high so Little Ones and Parents can be closer by being on a relevant height level to one another. The strollers are available in a range of colors, come with a 3 year extended warranty, cost in the $1000 mark (give or take) and additionally there are helpful accessories, (dependent on your terrain) like foot muffs, sibling seats, wind covers, rain covers and fitted sheets.

As I mentioned earlier, the Bugaboo Cameleon is quite awkward and time-consuming to break down, store and set up. Well, this is not the case with the STOKKE Scoot which breaks down within seconds, folding to a quarter of the size and you can even do it one-handed (I saw that happen in real life). This means you can hold your baby in one hand and with the other hand, wow the masses with your Super Mom skills. Wham Bam Thank You Maam!

STOKKE are a great company that are doing wonderful things for us parents by helping to make all of our lives easier. If you are in the market for a new stroller you should definitely check them out HERE. Not forgetting that they make other genius products like high hairs and baby carriers.

Thanks for reading!

Reserved Parking for STOKKE strollers

Let’s visit the Prospect Park Wonderland in Brooklyn!

Last week, I decided to take Miles Storm on a day trip to Prospect Park, which is in Brooklyn about 4 miles from where we live in Williamsburg. It was a pleasant day, he’d slept in late (amazing as therefore so did I) and as a result we had missed his morning art-class meaning that I had to come up with another activity to keep him entertained. I have lived in NYC for 10 years, and Prospect Park has been one of the places I have always wanted to visit however it never happened – the same with The Intrepid and the American Museum of Natural History. Now that Miles Storm is here it looks like all that will finally manifest, as goodness knows I have tried to convince my husband to tag along with me for years to no avail!

The 585 acre Prospect Park is a wonderful wonderful space which was designed by the same revolutionary who designed Central Park (as well as many other parks) from the mid 1800′s onwards – Frederick Law Olmsted. Frederick, known as the founder of landscape architecture is one man I would love to go back in time and meet to say thank-you! The contrast of being able to step off a crazy busy city Street into a nature wonderland is magical – there is a Zoo, a Carousel, the old-time Lefferts farm-house, library, so many beautiful old trees and the gorgeous Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. And, this is only in vicinity of where we were, there is so much more to see! New York City is truly blessed to have such a place to visit.

We started at the Zoo, where we visited the Sea Lions, Toucans, Dingoes, Red Pandas and Turtles. The Zoo is quite quaint being able to see it all in about 2 hours. There is a nice grassed area to sit down for a picnic and eat your own food, unless you want to buy snacks from the vending machines on site. I wish I had known this beforehand as I was expecting at least a café of some sort.

Next up, we went for a ride on the Merry-Go-Around. Yay, I love Merry-Go-Arounds! The Carousel is as vintage as can-be having this month having celebrated 100 years in operation. It boasts a dragon drawn chariot, a lion and 53 magnificently designed horses. Can you imagine the hundreds of thousands of children that have ridden on it over the years? Word of Warning – The ride gets really fast at one point, the wind was whipping through our hair at speed and we really had to hold on for dear life. And, how we laughed, what is it about carousels that just make you laugh? Good times!

By this stage, Miles Storm was getting sleepy with all the excitement, and there was still so much to do. We crossed the road to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, which is $10 admission, and totally worth every cent. Miles Storm played in a child friendly area which had a water table and a dirt pit where he looked for worms…. he was covered from head to toe in dirt. Then just like that, he was in his pram and fast asleep. Wake up Miles Storm Wake Up! I mean, we only were able to see such a small part of the Botanical Gardens. However, before we left I was able to sit down, take a deep breath and eat a top-notch kale/arugula salad at the outdoor café, and I am fussy so be assured it was delicious!

I wish we could have stayed all day, and I cannot wait to visit the Park again soon.

Miles Storm on the 100-year-old Carousel in Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY

My organic MiYim Eco-Plush toy obsession

When I was pregnant I did a lot of reading – I had recently been let go from my job as a Director of Events at Night Agency in Soho, (where I had been for 6 years), so I had plenty of free time on my hands which I really did not know what to do with?

Being Holistic Minded, and while putting together my baby shower gift registry I realized all toys are not created equal. My interest in soft-toys was specific as that is what my baby would be playing with, more so than harder ones, when he was born. I also knew that the soft-toys were going to be spending a lot of time in my Little One’s mouth once he started teething!

I had never really thought about it before but when I saw the local Brooklyn based MiYim toy brand advertised as organic I was excited and curious? I soon became a huge fan, and as a result most of my Son’s baby toy gifts were MiYim, with the exception of his European born Lana the Organic Donkey! I actually became quite neurotic about the fact that all of Miles Storm’s baby toys had to be organic or they just couldn’t be anywhere near him. Yeah, I know welcome to being a first time Mummy!

In this day and age, it is not surprising that plastic toys have chemicals in them, but it is frightening to know that our precious babies are also exposed to toxins which are used to dye the fabrics in their teddy-bears, not to mention the pesticides used to grow the cotton. As if there is not enough going on!

According to the MiYim website – “One third of the world’s pesticides are used on cotton crops alone. These chemicals are absorbed into the cotton plant, the air, the soil, the water and eventually, our bodies. These harmful toxins also make their way back into our food chain – the cotton seeds are used to feed the cattle we get our milk and beef from, and also used to make cotton seed oil, a cornerstone of the processed foods most families eat every day; and it’s just not bad for the planet; 20,000 deaths occur each year from pesticide poisoning in developing countries, many of these from cotton farming, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)”.

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