Monthly Archive:: November 2011

ABC Expo 2011: Everything Else!


Phew! I thought I’d never get them all done but I’m happy to report that this is the last ABC-related blog on this year’s show.  I almost wish I had an extra day or two just to try to cover the plethora of cool products that weren’t carseats or strollers.  Then again, if I did, I’d probably be blogging about the expo until Valentine’s Day so maybe it’s a good thing that we had to leave after 3 days.  

There were some incredible, creative displays at this show.  I think my favorite was the band for Rockin Green eco-friendly laundry detergent.  They made me wish I had stinky cloth diapers to clean!  Okay, not really but they were definitely memorable in a fun upbeat way! 



Baby carriers: Hotslings & Ergo



Accessories: City Grips – stroller handlebar covers (available in straight or curved)



Ju-Ju-Be bags & gear



 Foogo containers & insulated lunch bags



I leave you with one final image from the show. And my personal favorite… (thanks, Brooks!)




ABC Expo 2011: Strollers (BOB, Bugaboo, iCandy, Uppa Baby & Baby Jogger)


Yes, we’re CarseatBlog but you can’t love carseats without acknowledging that, at least here in the states, infant carseats and strollers go together for many parents.  Plus, I’m a recovering stroller addict so I appreciate quality and innovation in this department.  In previous blogs we covered some of the cool new strollers we saw from Kiddy, Orbit, Combi & Cybex.

Unfortunately, with our hectic schedule, we really didn’t have time to stop and chat with any of the dedicated stroller manufacturers. However, I tried to grab a few quick pics at some of the popular booths.  At the end of the last day my camera battery died and I was forced to use my cell phone so I apologize in advance for the poor quality of those last few pics. 



Uppa Baby






Bugaboo Donkey



 Baby Jogger: City Mini (new colors), City Mini GT & coming in 2012 – City Versa! (pic of promo banner only)



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All-New 2012 Honda CR-V Review


Trivia question: Without Googling it, who knows what “CR-V” stands for?

All-new fourth generation Honda CR-V is an impressive ride. It’s an ideal vehicle for those who want the function and flexibility of an SUV but without the size or the price. In fact, if I didn’t have three children, I’d strongly consider one as my next vehicle purchase. The peppy 2012 CR-V is a five-passenger vehicle that starts at under $25,000. And one of the nice things about Honda is that they believe that you shouldn’t have to buy the luxury model to get the options that make a vehicle functional – many of the items that people really want are standard on all trim levels, such as a multi-angle rearview camera and hands-free Bluetooth. Notable exceptions are the navigation system, leather seats, DVD entertainment system for the rear seat, and driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment, all of which are available only on the EX-L model.

I rode in a 2011 CR-V right after my extended test drive of the 2012 model, and here are some of the things that I noticed right away: The seats in the 2012 are noticeably more comfortable, the center console is greatly improved, and steering and brakes in the 2012 are more responsive. I’m not sure what trim level the 2011 was, but the 2012 just felt more luxurious.