Archive | February, 2009

Micralite Toro Give Away for SP 2.0’s 1st Birthday !

24 Feb

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since you Loyal Citizens cheered on the birth of Strollerprince 2.0 in real time. (Remember in the hospital, y’all we’re taking bets on what his weight would be, what time he would be born, and even what we should name him, lol!) So what better way to celebrate than with a big, REALLY big, free stroller giveaway–the MICRALITE TORO! All you have to do is complete this survey from Scandinavian Child,
(and add a little comment on this new blog while you’re at it–what you’d like to see, like it, hate it, keep it, stick with etc.)
The “LUCKY” winner will be announced on Lucky Padraig’s first birthday, St. Patrick’s Day! Oh, and it’s emerald green, natch!
So mark your calendars, and while you’re waiting, scroll down to see my “5 Crown Rating” of the Micralite Toro!


Micralite Toro Review

24 Feb

Here is my latest review of the Micralite Toro,from “Adventures in Strollerland”. I gladly give it the “5 Crown Royal Rating.”

Chapter 10.

Santa Baby Toro

Over the mountains and through the traffic to Godmother’s house we go…the car knows the route, it carries the loot, no room for a stroller, uh oh!”

We have a wonderful time at my Godmother’s Christmas Eve dinner. Lots of people, lots of decorations, lots of food, and lots and lots of presents. Santa Claus even shows up with a big bag, and distributes more toys to all the tiny tots with their eyes all a glow. So both coming and going, the car is packed to the gills. It’s a typical travel dilemna, but compounded by wintery conditions. You need a really small folding stroller, yet one that is cozy enough, and rugged enough, to handle the snow. Micralite Toro to the rescue! 

 Micralite Toro Stroller 
The Toro stands alone when folded. It has three reclines, from fully flat to upright. The fold is fast and easy, and it comes with a matching boot. And how about this brilliant emerald green, perfect for Christmas!

The one-handed steering on the Toro is amazing. The visor is great for the sun. I wish the basket was a little bigger, though. And keep in mind that although the width on the back is very narrow, the front wheels are quite widely spaced. (See measurements below.) So you might have trouble negotiating it in narrow aisles.
But I was so glad to have it on our Christmas trip, especially for the way it handled the great outdoors. We hadn’t planned on encountering any snow, but an impromptu trip to the lake yielded this:

I’m pleased to say, the Toro handled it like a champ, and SP 2.0 enjoyed watching the kid’s making snowballs and sledding. And can you just imagine if I had the A/T wheels on? I think they would make the snow plow redundant!

 Micralite Toro Stroller 

 Micralite Toro Stroller 

Weight: 20 pds.
Width, front: 24″
Width: back: 15″
Length: 28″
Handle Height: 40″ (although you can flip it around to make it taller)
Seat Back: 18.5″
Seat to Canopy: 22″
Seat Depth: 8.5″
Seat Width: 12″
Drop to Footrest: 7″ or 13″
Ground to Seat: 20″ upright, 22″ reclined flat
Folded: 15.5 x 16 x 40

Teutonia Stroller Review

24 Feb

Back, by popular demand, 267 strollers later, the one that started it all…The all new, the latest, the greatest “Adventures in Strollerland!”

Chapter 12.

My Teutonia Valentine

He scrambled quickly into the stroller, crying. It was his first Valentine’s Dance. Well, it was actually his big sister’s dance, and he had tagged along. I expected a little shyness, a little nervousness. He was only two. But tears? “What’s the matter?” I asked. Between sobs, he said “I’m a-sceered a’ that Jungle girl!” “Amber?” I said, pointing. “Yes”, he sniffled, “That JUNGLE girl!” It took all I had not to bust out laughing. What I saw was a cute little pig-tailed blond girl with her face painted. What Strollerprince saw was, well, a scary Jungle girl .I kept this story in mind as I took SP 2.0 to HIS first Valentine’s dance. Now he was tagging along with his big brother–the boy who once liked to hide in his stroller. Now the center of attention, as he is an excellent break-dancer. Not knowing how SP 2.0 would react, I wanted to bring a stroller that HE could hide in. One with a big full canopy, and padded sides. One that made him feel safe. To complicate matters, it was raining. So it must be one with adequate weather protection. And it must have a big basket to carry our jackets and umbrellas. And of course, it had to match the occasion. What could be better, than the Teutonia T-100, known as the “Fun System” in Europe?

And what a fun stroller it is! I chose the splashy pink flowers for my little cupid. But, there are loads of other fabrics you can choose to change the look, including these blue florals: And as you can see, there are lots of accessories to choose from. In the US, it comes with a raincover, but you can add on a footmuff, carrycot, changing bag, mosquito net, or hand muff. Yes, a muff that attaches to the stroller handle, to keep your hands warm in cold weather, lol! If you want to be more conservative, you could choose any coordinating solid color, and add a colorful seat pad:
You also choose one of two wheel styles, and one of three chassis’. The 100 chassis is the lightest and narrowest of the three. It weighs 19.5 pounds, (with a 10.5 pd. seat) which puts it in the mid-range category of others in it’s class. But at 21″, it is the narrowest in it’s class, so it was very easy to zip around the crowded dance floor.It is also packed, and I mean PACKED, with more features than any stroller of this type. It has a height adjustable handle,with a 16″ range! There’s a legrest that extends out 9″, and up and down, big basket, and napper bar.
Each of the wheels has suspension and sealed ball bearings for better maneuvarability, and “hollow air chamber” tires. These custom, made-to-order strollers also feature a 3-year warranty, one of the longest in the industry!

There is also a large peek-a-boo window covered by a flap,
and a large pocket on the back of the canopy. Best of all, the entire back of the canopy can unzip, to reveal a full netting for warm days. Gotta’ love how user friendly it is, too. SO easy to reverse the seat. And to fold it, you just lift up the side triggers, and it collapses. And, it folds in ONE PIECE, even if it’s facing you! How did SP 2.0 fare at the dance? Well, being his usual jovial self, he didn’t need to hide. And he enjoyed immensely “dancing” with lots of charming little girls. However, I can’t say he was as pleased with his role as cupid.

Teutonia T-100
Weight: 30 pds. (chassis 19.5, seat 10.5)
Width: 21.5″
Length: 28″
Handle Height: 28-44″
Seat Back: 17.5″
Seat to Canopy: 21″
Seat Depth: 9″-18″ (footrest extended)
Seat Width: 12.”
Drop to Footrest: 10″
Ground to Seat: 19″
Folded: 35 x 17x 21

Maclaren Quest Review, Shanghai Tang

24 Feb

Chapter 11.

Quest for Justice

The Shanhai Tang Quest is perfect for celebrating. Look at these festive colors! This is a beautiful pattern, very colorful, and very original.
At 13 pounds, with a decent recline and tiny fold, it is a great choice for quick trips or travel. The back pocket comes in handy, too.

And did I mention it comes with a matching boot? It was a good choice for our New Year’s fun.,en/

Now, I grew up with a lot of Armenian friends. When I was at their house, at some point (usually after a few shots of Raki), their grandmother would want to read our fortunes. She would brew these little glasses of dark liquid with a mound of mud on the bottom (love it now, didn’t then), have us drink them, and turn them upside down on our plates. The first thing she would say to me is “I see a camel.”

What the…I’m a teen-ager in California, what do I want with a camel? It has since been explained to me that a camel means travel, or good luck, or good fortune. I guess if I was living in a desert, I would be fortunate if I had a camel to ride on outta’ there!
So for the New Year, my friend’s mother offered to read our fortune. I said yes, but mostly because I like the coffee now. I drank it, and tipped it. All the while SP 2.0 is snug and cozy in his Quest. Now I am prepared to hear “I see a camel.” And sure enough, she says, “I see…
HANDCUFFS!” Huh? She looked again. “Yes, handcuffs. Look, you can see it right here.” I squint, and see some sqiuggles in the grinds. Then she says she sees a rat. And it is following me around. Nibbling at my heels. OK, got it. It’s still that motorcycle cop from the Baby Jogger story. He’s been following me around the neighborhood, up and down the street. When I see him on my heels, I pull over, smile, and wave at him. He drives by verrrryyyy sloooowwwwly, staring over at me all the way.
Hopefully the next time I see him is in court. And the date is set, for Friday the 13th! Wish me luck. Happy New Year!

 Maclaren Quest 

Maclaren Quest

Weight: 13 pds.
Width: 17.5″
Length: 24″
Handle Height: 41″
Seat Back: 19″
Seat to Canopy: 27″
Seat Depth: 9″-14″ (footrest extended)
Seat Width: 12.5″
Drop to Footrest: 8″
Ground to Seat: 13″
Folded: 11 x 11 x 41

Peg Perego Pliko Switch Review

24 Feb

Chapter 9.

Turkey Switch

I’ve always been fascinated by fossils. One day, when I was a little girl, I was walking in the mountains. Something caught eye. It was a seashell, imbedded in rock. Upon closer inspection, there were more, including some imprints of odd looking sea creatures. I looked way down at the ground, and saw how high up I was. Then I looked over at the seashells. And I realized, with astonishment, that where I was standing, this high peak, was once submerged beneath the ocean. I was hooked.

So seeing the fossils is the REAL reason I get so excited about the county fair every year. OK, well, the horse races, too. And the concerts. Now I needed a stroller that was comfy for a long day, would face me, had a reasonable basket, great canopy, and would pack small enough for travel. Answer: the Pliko Switch. The Moka is a perfect color for fall. It also worked well for the little turkey, when we traveled for Thanksgiving. The footsteps for an older child to ride, and the boot, are a bonus.
It stands alone when folded, and the canopy comes all the way down to the snack tray. The Switch has all the tried and true features you love on the P3, but now you can actually see your baby’s face!
Peg-Perego Pliko Switch

So while the kids were excited about seeing farm animals, raking hay, milking cows, and eating that horrific fried sugary and fried stuff that passed for food, I took SP 2.0 in the Switch, to see the old fossil guy. He lives in the mountains, and finds a lot of what he sells. He has a huge array of fossils, geodes, shark teeth, arrowheads, and more. As I surveyed this year’s curiosities with awe, he peered at me over his glasses. Didn’t say a word. And I began, as usual, to ask too many questions about the treasures I was finding. He patiently answered them. Then turned to my husband, and pointed a gnarly finger at me. “This one here,
she always takes a LONG time to make up her mind” he said.

And we go back a long time. The first time I saw him, my girlfriend Kitty and I were going to the horse races. He was right outside the door. I was shocked to see that someone actually sold something that was 5-million years old. I wanted to stop and take a look, but Kitty grabbed my arm and dragged me inside. She was so excited. We were only in high school, but we had taken a long time to make our hair too big, our eyeliner too long, and our clothes too sophisticated for a fair.We were trying to “pass”as old enough to get in. It worked. As soon as we walked through the gate, we heard “Pss,pss, hey girls!” We looked around. Then again “Pss, pss, hey girls!” We still didn’t see anything. Then, “GIRLS!” and we looked down, and saw a little bitty jockey. “Girls, let me give you a tip” he said. Bet all your money on that horse over there, number 16. ” We looked at each other. “Girls, I have the inside track. I KNOW he will be the winner. Trust me! Bet all your money on horse number 16.” We took out about half our money, fingering it longingly. “No, no, ALL of it! You’ll get it back 10 times over!” he said. So we sighed, and handed over all our cash. And then the race was on, and it was over almost as soon as it began. Did the horse win?
HECK no! Not only did he lose, he came in last. Dead last. Dragging behind the pack. And we were broke. Not even enough to buy a coke. That’s the last time I ever took a tip from a jockey. We were too mad to watch any more races, and left. On the way out, there was the jockey, on the side, laughing at us. We started chasing him, but our stilletos slowed us down. So he got away. Stepping outside, we blinked in the bright sun. And there, again, were the fossils. I couldn’t buy any, but at least I could hold them. And imagine what it was like in the prehistoric times in which these ugly trilobites lived.

Peg Perego Pliko Switch
Weight: 23 pds.
Width: 22″
Length: 31″
Handle Height: 41″
Seat Back: 18
Seat to Canopy: 22
Seat Depth: 17″ (footrest extended)
Seat Width: 12″
Drop to Footrest: 12″
Ground to Seat: 18″
Folded: 15 x 17 x 41

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