The long overdue review of Stokke Crusi

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May 18, 2014

I’ve had the Stokke Crusi for about a year now, give or take. Which is a long time to take to get around to a review. I discovered the Stokke brand in 2009 when I was preparing for the arrival of the Bubble and googled best stroller for bad back. Up popped the Xplory. I was instantly sold, despite the hefty price tag.

Fast forward to April 2013. After a long winter of being stuck inside with obviously not typically developing Obi hiding out from RSV season, I set about getting a new Xplory. I already had an upgraded seat so I thought I’d go and buy a new chassis.

When I arrived at the store, there, in all it’s Black Melange glory was the new Stokke Crusi. It was a vision. I pushed it around the store, doing laps past the new version of my much loved Xplory and decided to forgo the stroller I had already owned for the new one – complete with sibling seat (with the intention that it could be used later when Obi started a nanny share like we had done with Bub.)Stokke Crusi 1

It is a wonderful stroller. It really is. It’s lovely. Turns well. Is easy to push. Sigh. But it’s not the Xplory, my one true love.

That being said, there is much to love and I’m certain that if the Xplory was not the one that got away, I would be wholly sold on the Crusi.

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It really is an eye catching stroller, even though it has a more conventional look than the Xplory. It does have a large storage basket. (You can see my amazing Epiphanie Camera Bag in there) And it has a nice high handle.

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Babes, especially those with low tone like little Obi do better when their feet can touch. The Crusi and the Xplory share the same seat design with the one hand foot rest adjust you can see here.

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Like the Xplory, the Crusi is one of the Stokke Connection strollers and I think you can see from this photo, the seat is HIGH. Obi loves to look people in the eye and this seat means she never misses an opportunity… except when she’s sleeping, like in this picture. It’s easy nappin’ because of the super easy adjustment of comfy seat positions.

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As you can see here, Stokke makes it easy to figure out how to make the stroller work by making all the parts that do something a different colour. The top push button adjusts recline and the lower one collapses the buggy for transport.

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Crusi is totally suited to our big city life. Obi’s caregiver pops on and off the transit, it has a cup holder for trips to cafes and for water bottles required for long beach walks. It’s easy to maneuver, did great in the snow this winter and has an adjustable handle making it easy for me to push and for her caregiver who’s quite a bit shorter.

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And of course, as with all Stokke products, the attention to detail and design is top notch.

There are a few little things that get on my nerves. While the 2 stage fold works for me because of the whole bad back issue, I find it doesn’t get super flat and doesn’t lock in the folded position. Not all that important because we have a big enough car but still not perfect. Also, I kick the crossbar when I walk.

Which I didn’t with the Xplory. Which folds flat. And locks. And well, is my first and one true love. Sweet Obi will likely be in a buggy for much longer than a typical kid, and with the latest version of the Xplory hot off the press, I may bite the bullet and buy that frame I was considering last year. No I am not made of money. But I have that second seat. And sometimes you just have to do crazy things for the things you love.

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If you like a slightly bigger basket and a slightly less avant garde but still high design look with the same amazing connection, quality and customer service you expect from a premium brand like Stokke, go for Crusi. And don’t forget the option for the sibling seat…(which I didn’t even touch on but we did use a few times when I brought the stroller home and found it would be great for 2 kids around the same age or close in age but was only so-so for my 3 year old who couldn’t understand why the baby got the top bunk and he had to be on the bottom. As this was my original intention – to have Obi have a nanny share before we knew she would do better with one-on-one care – it was a great feature and selling point, just not one that has been used to full potential) which is a nice addition to the Stokke line.

If you are me – loving the look, not needing that much space, not gonna use a sibling seat, have a slightly longer stride, knowing you did the right thing by letting your last Xplory go but wondering why the heck you didn’t just get the same thing over again, go for Xplory.

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At the end of the day, no matter what, if you choose a Stokke stroller (and I’ve had all three at one time or another) you will not regret your decision to go with Stokke – even if you pine for another model, late at night. You can read more about Stokke strollers here.

And, although I am an embarrassing super fan who writes on their facebook page a lot, all opinions here are about strollers our family has purchased and used.

Stop riding that penguin.

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Jan 13, 2014

The words “Stop riding that penguin, we have to leave” actually came out of my mouth as I tried to hustle our 4 year old out the door the other day. He was bobbing around on one of these, much to Obi’s dismay.Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 12.17.52 PM

 

But that’s not the funny part. As soon as the words were spoken, I giggled, remembering this poster that I pinned on Pinterest a few years ago.

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/95865884/things-ive-said-to-my-children-penguin?ref=tre-2722984995-1

At the time I thought it was hilarious. Now that it actually applies, I think I might just have to order one.

This guy – who has a whole “Things I’ve Said to my Children” series –  is a pretty funny chap. If you’re a parent in need of a giggle, head over and scroll through his wares.

Adventures in Advent 1: Adapting

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Nov 22, 2013

So my Sis (STOP READING NOW SIS) is embracing a sugar free life. But we’re both big fans of advent and this year, the Starbucks advent calendar.

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But what’s the fun in opening a calendar when you can’t enjoy the spoils? So I took it up on myself to adapt the calendar to include non-food trinkets. I tried to do this on a tight budget as the calendar itself is a little spendy. So cool though…the tins are sitting on a magnetic chalk board with a simple wooden frame. Nice! You should reveal a caramel each day…but instead my sis will find all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

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There are little ball magnets in there, a tea-set of erasers, post-it type notes, crafty things, little puffy nativity stickers, eye shadow, rubber bands and more. Nothing fancy for sure, but a little surprise to count down to Christmas? Love. Advent is one of my fav holiday traditions.

I don’t think I’ve ever missed a year.

I’ve continued the tradition with the boy. And now need to make a version for Obi. I’m not crazy –  I know you can’t have for one and not the other, even if one is only 1. I’m on the hunt for things to fill hers with. And the bags for the creation arrived from the Penny Paper Co. today!

I’ll post about that undertaking on the weekend. I also have another great advent idea to share then too!

I just realized today that December is just around the corner, so if you’re thinking of creating an Advent project you’d better get crackin’.

Crispy Waffles

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Nov 13, 2013

Waffles are a Sunday morning fav around here. The boy eats them and I don’t mind whipping up a batch in the early hours. They are dead simple, fairly low on the sweet factor…until the syrup anyway.

MOMMYDO WAFFLE TIP: Cool your waffles on a wire rack instead of in a stack to have a yummy crisp crust on both sides.

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Yes, these are a little ‘homey’ looking, but they taste fab. Super easy too.

My favourite recipe is here, and takes about 5 min plus cooking time. I use a big whisk instead of the hand blender as I often make them with the boy while the husband is still sleeping. And, I usually add a whole teaspoon of vanilla rather than the 1/2 noted in the recipe.

In case you’re thinking “wow, I could really use a waffle maker” I have a Cuisinart like this one and it works great.

Waffles. Wire rack. You’re welcome.

This isn’t a sponsored post. Just a note about stuff I have that I like,

Christmas Card Looks For Kids

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Oct 28, 2013

Trying to decide what to dress the kids in for our Christmas cards photoshoot this week with the lovely and talented crew at barebonephoto. I’m super excited but I’m not sure I have the right outfits. There are still a few days to think about it. Do you do photo cards? Whole family or just kids or pets?

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Sometimes I dream about these at night. Homemade Peppermint Patties

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Oct 11, 2013

Like last night for instance.

Why does Christmas baking only happen once a year (and not at freakin’ Thanksgiving)? And yes, I could just make them now, but then I’d eat them all and they would lose some of their magic. Holiday treat magic…

Anyway, now you can dream about them too. Or make them…so, so good.

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Here’s the recipe! Good old Eagle Brand. For reasons I can’t explain I can eat these despite my lactose intolerance. Many, many of them. All in one sitting.

Peppermint Patties

  • Servings: about 8 dozen
  • Serving Size:
  • Nutrition: See Below
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • Green or red food coloring (optional)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds chocolate-flavored candy coating*, melted

Instructions

  • LINE baking sheets with wax paper.
  • COMBINE sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract and food coloring, if desired, in large bowl. Add 6 cups powdered sugar; beat on low speed until smooth and well blended. Turn mixture onto surface sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • KNEAD lightly to form smooth ball. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten each ball into a 1 1/2-inch patty.
  • LET dry 1 hour or longer; turn over and let dry at least 1 hour. With fork, dip each patty into warm candy coating (draw fork lightly across rim of pan to remove excess coating). Invert onto wax-paper-lined baking sheets; let stand until firm. Store covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.
  • *Also called confectioners’ or summer coating.

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Seat Reveiw: Stokke Newborn Set (for Tripp Trapp)

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Sep 25, 2013

I sound like a broken record whenever I talk about how much I love the Stokke brand. One ‘must have’ on the splurge list (in my humble opinion) is the Newborn set for the Stokke Tripp Trapp.

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One of the biggest challenges I found with both babes is “where can I put the baby down?” This time around we have the added complication of a 3 year old who thinks ‘gentle’ is a suggestion making our low-to-the-floor options risky choices when he’s around.

I have to tell you we have used this particular item EVERY DAY since baby Obi was big enough to fit the straps – in the first photo I have she’s about 8 lbs but she was in it sooner.

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The seat attaches to the Tripp Trapp making it truly an all ages chair.

The newborn set is recommended up to 9kg (if you’re reading from the US, that’s 19lb 13oz) so there’s a good chance your baby will be ready to move on to the baby seat on the Tripp Trapp before you reach the upper weight limit. Wee Obi is still so wee at 9 months and about 15lbs so we still have a ways to go.  It’s easy to put on the Tripp Trapp and remove, and in typical Stokke style, green indicators let you know when it’s safely locked in place.

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The seat fabric is washable and straps have plenty of room for adjustment.

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For our family, having a nice high perch for her where she can watch her brother, interact while I’m working in the kitchen, be present at mealtimes and just hang out at our level has been such a pleasure.  With her reflux causing her discomfort most of the time in the early months and still, from time to time, putting her flat has seldom been an option. The inclined seat is a godsend – without needing vibration, wiggles or other battery draining gizmos. Our added fabric cover, which she has soiled more than once, washes just as well as the seat fabric and both still look brand new. And, she loves the toy bar. It was a little tricky to attach but once I got the hang of it, it was no trouble. The key is to hook it on from the top first, right at the point where the Stokke tag is on the side. newbornset2

In addition to sitting on the Tripp Trapp, the newborn set has a rocker bottom so you can use it on the floor too!

If you have a Tripp Trapp already, or if you’re considering one, I cannot recommend the newborn set enough. If it’s not too big a splurge… I deem it a ‘Must Have.’

Read all about it here on the Stokke site.

*This review is based on a product I choose and purchased for my baby. I was not compensated for this review and the opinions are all my own. I’m just a big ‘ole fan of the brand.

I love it when things come in the mail

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Sep 16, 2013

This new ‘subscription box’ craze makes me very happy. But, there are so few that I like that actually ship to Canada. Lucky for me, a local Mom, and I mean really local – like, basically in my neighbourhood – started a fantastic subscription service called MommiesFirst. They ship monthly to expectant mommies and new moms through baby’s first year. I have it on good authority that they’re looking to expand into the toddler years soon. My fingers are crossed that ‘soon’ means January.

Anyhoo, I thought I’d take a stab at creating a video and taped the ‘Unboxing’ of my latest delivery. I’m not great with the camera, a three year old jumping on me and trying to open and describe new things but I think it gives you a pretty honest look at how much fun it is to get one of these.

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You can also gift one if you’ve got an expectant Mommie or someone with a new baby in the family on your list. Learn all about it here at http://www.mommiesfirst.com!

My favourite part of the video it that the boy takes a hike as soon as he realizes there aren’t any toys for him in there.

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I loves me some Starbucks App

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Jan 26, 2012
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Have you tried the Starbucks app that lets you pay from your phone? I lllove it. And I suspect Starbucks loves me for loving it.

I know they have a lot of haters but Awake Tea makes me really friggin’ happy. And flashing my phone to procure it can’t be beat.

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