[Review] BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller

I first got intrigued by a jogging/off-road stroller when Mini-Lulu was just born and we decided to take her to a nearby park with a ton of gravel roads. We strapped her in her Chicco KeyFit 30 infant carseat, which was attached to her Chicco Cortina stroller. While this stroller works fine on smooth pavements such as cement-paved paths and malls, it felt too bumpy and hard to push near the lake. We had to cut our walk short in fear of both making Mini-Lulu uncomfortable and damaging the wheels on the Cortina.

During a shopping trip to Babies R’ Us,  hubby and my dad spotted the BOB Revolution SE stroller in a bright orange color, tried it out and both loved it so much.  But with its high price tag at almost $450,  I just couldn’t justify getting another stroller so soon. Over the past few months, Mini-Lulu and I enjoyed taking strolls around our neighborhood on our Chicco Cortina stroller, but sometimes I do wish I could take her even further onto the gravel trails near our house for a change of scenery.

Earlier this month,  I found out Amazon was having an amazing flash sale on some BOB strollers, including the Revolution SE Single stroller! I have not seen the BOB in person, but since both my hubby and my dad raved it so much, I thought, why not just buy it and try it out myself.

The stroller came really quickly in one single box. Upon opening it, there is minimum assembly required so all it took was for us to remove the packagings, snap on the wheels according to the simple instructions given in the user’s manual, and we were ready to go!

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My first open-box impression of the BOB Revolution SE stroller was how big the wheels are, especially compared to my Chicco Cortina. My next thought was on how easy the stroller folds up, and how it looks much more compact than the Cortina folded up, which means more trunk space in the back of my car!

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Upon releasing the break, the stroller felt really light to push around, and despite it’s big size upon unfolding (especially since the front wheel sticks out to the front, thus making the stroller appear a lot longer than a traditional 4-wheeler), it was really easy to maneuver and turn even around tight spaces in my living room.


Over the weekend, we took our 3-months old baby out on a walk around the neighborhood to give the BOB stroller a try. It was her first time sitting independently in the stroller alone without the infant car seat, and she did great! She seemed happy in it despite how tiny she looked inside of the stroller, but I think the cushioned reclining seat and the padded shoulder straps made her feel secure and comfortable inside. The 5-point harness was easy to clip together and adjust. The extra big canopy that can unfold all the way to the front also helped to shield her away from the sun.



My first thought on our test drive of the stroller was how smooth the ride was, it was extremely easy for me to push the stroller around, even up the pretty big steep slope right near our house. It also went over bumps and gravel roads very well, and I’m sure the baby could tell the difference as well. I can’t wait to take her to our favorite hiking trail soon in her brand new ride!

So far I’ve mentioned all the things that I liked about the stroller, so what about the cons? Well, for one it might not be a stroller suitable for everyday use, especially indoor such as restaurants or malls. The front wheel extends out and I can imagine it to bump into people accidentally very easily. It could also be a challenge to transport in small cars. We are leaving it inside of our garage most of the time for me to take her out on walks. For going shopping, I would still prefer to take our Cortina stroller or maybe even invest in something much more light and compact in the future for running errands and short trips around town.

Also even though it is a jogging stroller, you can’t actually jog until the baby s a little older (over 8 months according to the manual) and have sufficient head control. But for now, I am content with walking the stroller. I can’t wait until I can jog with Mini-Lulu though, having this stroller definitely will give me more motivation to get out and stay active!

I can see this stroller being used for a long time, after all it is rated for up to 70 lbs! Overall I am happy with the purchase, and can’t wait to start new adventures with Mini-Lulu on her cool new ride!

[Open Box Review] Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System

A few weeks ago I shared my thoughts on the comparison between Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 travel system and the Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System. We ended up choosing the Chicco and purchased it through Amazon. It arrived very quickly, and that very night upon receiving our order, hubby and I opened the box and assembled the products. Here is my open box review of the Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System.


The shipment arrived in its original product box, the outside got a little bit dirty through transit but not too beat up. The box is pretty big and heavy, and required a hand cart to roll it from the UPS truck into my house.

IMG_8045The Chicco travel system includes a full size Chicco Cortina stroller, and a Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Safety Seat, which could be clipped onto the stroller with ease. We chose the color Adventure, which is light green/gray, which we thought would be a good gender neutral color but also stain resistant.

IMG_8048The side of the box also contains a bunch of product information, stating some of the features I mentioned in my previous post: multi-position handle for mom or dad; infant seat snaps easily and securely into stroller;  flat-reclining, multi-position seat and adjustable leg rest; one-hand fold with parent organizer tray; convenient storage basket…just to name a few. You can click on the image to enlarge.

Also, it states that the KeyFit 30 is suitable for use with infants 4-30 lbs, while the Cortina stroller is for use with children from birth to 50 lbs. This travel system should last us a good while, which we really like.



[Review] Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Bust Cream


Product Description:

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Bust Cream is a specially formulated cream that smoothes on like a gel. It will firm and tone your bust area even after pregnancy and weight loss.  Made with a unique blend of pure Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Vitamin E, to maximize your skin’s moisturization, while Collagen, Elastin and other proven ingredients help support the skin around the bust area and increase tone and firmness. Please click here for the product’s page.

My Thoughts:

I love this product! I have been using it for quite a while now and found it especially helpful during my weight loss journey to prevent any chances of sagging breasts. The direction says to massage into skin around bust at least 2 times daily (remove product from bust area prior to breastfeeding). I follow the massage technique outlined in the Clarins Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel daily to massage this product around my breasts, neck and shoulder area. Note: I have also used the Clarins Bust Beauty gel in the past and loved the product. However at $58 for 1.7oz vs. the drugstore price of around $6.99 for 4.4oz for the Palmer’s bust cream, I find myself keep going back to Palmer’s, and would probably get the Clarins gel as a splurge item again when there is a sale.

Palmer’s Bust Cream has a white gel like texture that spreads very easily and does not leave any greasy feeling. I love its light weight texture and how fast it absorbs into my skin, which makes this extra step in my skincare routine not too troublesome at all.


With the massage technique I mentioned above, this product allows the chance for a gentle daily massage to the décolleté area, which lightly nourishes skin.

The smell reminds me of a pleasantly sweet white chocolate scent, but it doesn’t linger for too long to interfere with the smells of your body lotion or perfume later. I personally am a big fan of white chocolate, so I find the smell very addicting.

Upon application, you would feel a temporary tightening effect on the skin, probably because of the collagen in the ingredient. Keep in mind though, no cream is miracle cream. But I do believe with continued gentle daily massage, exercise and a good diet, you will definitely help your skin’s firmness and tone.

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[Deal Alert] Free Children’s Songs at Amazon

To download 20 lullabies and 12 greatest hits children’s songs for free:

When you click on “Get MP3 Album”, it will ask you to save your purchase to Amazon Cloud Player. You also have the option to download it to your computer so you can play the music on iTunes, or other music players of your choice. Or to your phone, tablet, etc. This is my first time using Amazon Cloud Player and it seems like such a nifty device to organize all the music downloads from Amazon. You can also download the Cloud Player app on your phone to play the music you downloaded anywhere you go. How convenient!

I can’t wait to play the lullabies to calm and soothe my baby when I put her to bed in the future, the soft sleep music also would be great for us adults as we try to relax and wind down after a busy day.

The greatest hits children’s songs included some of my favorites as a kid, even though there are only 12 of them in the album, but hey they are free!

Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System vs. Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System

We have been doing a lot of research on baby gears recently. After reading reviews and going through Consumer Reports, we have narrowed it down to two choices — The Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System, vs. the Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System. I have been paying a lot of attention to what travel systems other people are using out on the streets and in shopping malls, and have been spotting a lot of both, so both seem to be very popular choices.

Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System

Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System

Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System

Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System

First of all, let’s lay out some specs of both systems:
(Note: these are based on my own research, if there are any discrepancies, please refer to the manufacturers’ sites for more information!)




$349.99 (Amazon)

$305.97 (Amazon)

Car Seat Spec

Up to 30 lb

up to 30 lb

Stroller Spec

Up to 50 lb

Up to 55 lb

Ease of Use

One-hand, quick-fold

One-hand, quick-fold

Car Seat Safety

5-point harness system

5-point harness system

Pretty similar right?

We went to “test-drive” both systems in store before we can decide on which one to get, and here are our thoughts:

Car Seat Installation: Chicco car seat (KeyFit 30) is really easy to use, it snaps into both car seat base and the stroller with much more ease compared to Britax (B-Safe). Winner: Chicco

Storage: Chicco stroller (Cortina) has a bigger storage pouch underneath for diaper bags, shopping bags, suppies, etc. The Britax stroller (B-Agile) has a smaller storage. Winner: Chicco

Accessories: We like how the parent and child trays are included with the Chicco stroller, so there is no need to buy extra accessories. I believe you have to buy trays separately for Britax. Winner: Chicco

Weight: People complain about the Chicco stroller being heavy, I’d have to agree. It is definitely not the lightest stroller in market. But hubby did not seem to mind the weight much, and he will be putting the stroller in our car most of the time anyway. I was also able to lift it without much problem. In terms of size, we have a pretty big car so storage shouldn’t be a problem for us. However if you live on the upper floor of an apartment, I can imagine it to be too much work to have to drag the stroller up to your home. I am planning on keeping the stroller in the garage when I am at home, and if I have to take a stroll around the neighborhood with the baby, it will be really easy to just push the whole thing out. Winner: Britax (if you want a lighter stroller)

Folding: We feel that the Chicco stroller’s one-hand, quick-fold feature to be easier to use. Also when folding or un-folding the Chicco stroller, it folds inward and could be standing upright with the wheels still supporting on the ground, so there is no need for the stroller’s inside fabric to touch the ground. You also have the option to push around the whole thing in its upright position w/ the wheels on the ground even when folded. But when you fold a Britax stroller, the lift handle is on the back of the seat, and folds outward, which means the inside part would be on the outside after folding, exposing them to dust and possible stains. Winner: Chicco

Adjustable Handle: My hubby is a lot taller than me. The Chicco stroller offers adjustable handle so it will be comfortable for multiple users to all use comfortably, even if they are at different heights. Britax does not have adjustable handle. Winner: Chicco

Maneuverability: Both seem to be very agile even going through small, tight spaces, and both turn pretty easily. I personally felt maybe the Chicco is even easier to push around. Winner: tie

Look: Chicco stroller has 4 wheels while the Britax stroller has 2 wheels on the back with 1 wheel on the front. To me, the Britax seems a tad more slick and stylish. Winner: Britax

Comfort: Padding on the Chicco seems to be better than Britax for both car seat and stroller. Both strollers have reclining positions for small infants to lay on. But I believe the Chicco stroller could be laid down completely flat at 180 degrees, almost like a bassinet look. Whereas the Britax may be reclined to a maximum of 160 to 170 degrees. Winner: Chicco

As you can see, we seem to be leaning a little bit more towards the Chicco travel system. For parents who are already using one, or for parents-to-be who are in the same boat as us and shopping for one, what are your thoughts? We’d love to hear from you!

Edit: We ended up getting the Chicco travel system with the 20% off Amazon Mom Appreciation Event (ends May 31, 2013). Can’t wait to receive it. Will keep you updated on our feedback! [Update: Click here to read my open box review of the Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System]

[Deal Alert] Baby Care Play Mat

My trusty CamelCamelCamel alert told me that an item I have been watching has gone down in price! The Baby Care Play Mat in Pinko Friends have been fluctuating in prices a lot and now it is at a new low of $83.95. Just a few days before when I checked the price was almost $100, so this is definitely a good time to snatch one if you are shopping for a play mat for your baby.

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We have hardwood floor at our home, so I wanted to get a nice, big,  soft and comfy mat or carpet in the middle of the nursery to cover up the hard and slippery floor, and to provide a roomy space for the baby to crawl and play on. Upon further research I decided that a soft foam mat would work better for us than a carpet, because it would be so much easier to clean and sanitize. And when the baby starts to learn how to crawl and walk, foam mat will also help cushion their fall to prevent bumps and bruises better. Plus covering our hardwood floor with a mat also protects the floor from getting scratches from toys. I know there are a ton of foam play mats out there, but a lot of them come in smaller puzzle-like pieces that you have to assemble together. While some of  those are significantly cheaper, they also come apart easier and have cracks where liquid will seep down to the floor beneath, which makes it more of a hassle to clean. I like how the Baby Care mat comes in a complete sturdy big piece, so it’s waterproof and easy to wipe down.

This Baby Care Play Mat was recommended by a lot of people I know. When I first saw it I fell in love with the colorful design and love how it has two sides with very different designs. So if the baby ever gets bored of looking at one side, switch it up, and it will be like a whole new mat! There are so many different fun shapes, prints, and letters on the mat, you can teach your baby so many things just from the mat. There is also a similar mat on Amazon but retails for a whopping $179. I have not compared them side by side yet but that is one expensive mat! Size wise they are comparable, with the Baby Care mat being slightly smaller at 82.7 x 55.1 x 0.5 inches, and the Dwinguler mat at 90.5 x 55.1 x 0.6 inches. But for the price difference, I am happy to choose the Baby Care mat instead.

Can’t wait to add such a cute piece into the baby’s nursery, I will have to report back on how it holds up once we start using it!

My Favorite Prenatal Workout Videos

I was proud of myself for developing a good workout routine to stay fit before pregnancy. Once I found out that I was carrying a Mini-Lulu, I decided it was time to put the super intense workout videos such as Insanity and  TurboFire into storage for the time being, and focus on some gentler, safter prenatal routines that will still help me to stay active.

Unfortunately I did not get to workout as often as I had wished during my first trimester, instead I ended up spending most of my time hugging the toilet bowl or laying on the couch with no energy or desire to get up. Let me tell ya, first trimester kicked my butt! But now that the more blissful second trimester is here and I finally feel more alive and energetic again, I have been trying to get back to being more active everyday.

Besides doing elliptical and simple weight training at home, I have been trying out a few workout videos that I found on youtube that I enjoyed:

This is a 30 minute prenatal yoga routine that I find to be very relaxing, and is very comprehensive.


This prenatal yoga is only 10 minutes, so it’s perfect if you don’t have time to do the 30 minute one but still want to squeeze in a quick relaxation and stretch break during your day. 


A great 15 minutes workout that helps tone both your upper and lower bodies. At the end of 15 minutes, you will definitely break a sweat and it’s a great quick routine to help burn some calories


A quick 10 minutes workout that is just as great as the one above. It will be great to switch between the 2 so you don’t get too bored with the same routine everyday.