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Micralite FastFold Superlite Stroller Review & Giveaway!

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Last year we had the privilege of reviewing Micralite’s luxury stroller, the Micralite Toro, and I have to say I was more than impressed with the quality craftsmanship, amazing maneuverability and overall beauty of this stroller.  In fact, we weren’t the only one’s impressed.  The Micralite Toro was named the #1 luxury stroller by Consumer Reports and we continue to stand behind their claim!

With that being said, Micralite has recently introduced the long anticipated FastFold Superlite, offering parents of children 6 months +, many of the amazing features of the full sized Toro in a more compact and lightweight package!

About the Micralite FastFold Superlite
The Micralite FastFold Superlite Stroller has all of the features of a full-size stroller but functions as an umbrella stroller. Weighing in at only 14 pounds, the FastFold Superlite is a compact and ergonomic stroller that is easily maneuvered using only one hand. The sliding seat reclines for baby’s comfort or sits upright so your child can enjoy the views.

Lil’ Pea is now 2 1/2, yet still quite small and very rambunctious so we still use our stroller on a daily basis. With our recent tour of Southern California theme parks, we really had a chance to put this stroller to work and see just how well it integrated into our daily lives.

Maneuverability and Terrain –  One hand is all you need with the Micralite Superlite.. really…just one hand!  As I was coveting the FastFold Superlite for months, I read the claims that stated this stroller had amazing maneuverability, however when the stroller arrived, I was truly amazed at the small turning radias. When I say this stroller spins on a dime, I really mean that!  With larger air-filled wheels in the rear and smaller swiveling and lockable wheels in the front, the Superlite can take on any type of terrain with ease and the air can be adjusted to suit specific terrain with the included air pump.

The Fold – I have quite a bit to say about the fold of this stroller!  After all, the FastFold Superlite holds it’s name for a reason!   However, I would like to point out a major design flaw with the large majority of umbrella strollers on the market today that Micralite has recently addressed, making their design superior to others on the market today.   Forward collapsing umbrella strollers allow the sun canopy to touch the front wheels, making it next to impossible to keep the stroller clean. Every bit of dirt and muck that you just rolled over is now all over the sun canopy where little hands can touch it and it’s impossible to remove.  The Fastfold Superlite is designed to fold inward, rather than forward.  It literally shrinks inward in a matter of seconds (and with just one hand) with a simple squeeze of of the two quick release tabs and a quick pull upward.  The Superlite automatically locks into place and offers two locking positions for those who may be really short on space and need to squeeze it into a small area.  Once in the folded position the FastFold Superlite stands on it’s own and the wheels do not touch any other part of the stroller!

The Seat – The seat on the Superlite is made of breathable mesh and can be best explained as a sling. I’m really impressed with the sling design on this stroller as it literally hugs your child and we’ve found this feature, along with the two seat positions, create a comfortable ride that lulls children to sleep.  In fact, Lil’ Pea found it to be so comfortable that many times she didn’t want to get out, so as you can see from the picture (left), when she wanted to see something, we just left her in the stroller and tipped her up so she could see! The mesh has proven to be priceless during the hot summers here (we see heat of up to 113 deg.) as it allows air to circulate around her entire body and I can literally dump a bucket of water over her and the stroller (don’t get any ideas here) and the mesh dries within a matter of minutes.  For parents with smaller children or for those looking for a bit more padding, seat liners are sold separately and are available in a variety of eye popping colors.

Storage Basket – The FastFold Superlite comes equipped with a storage basket that is best accessible in the front, rather than the sides.  The basket is not what I would consider to be large, however i have been able to stuff a few bags under there while shopping.  There is a strap that runs along the center of the basket, making side access rather difficult, so parents will find that access to the basket is best through the front of the stroller.

Handles – The FastFold Superlite offers parents a stroller with fully adjustable handles and with the newly designed handlebar clamps, rotating the handles in just the right position can be accomplished within a matter of seconds.  Handlebar extension are avilable and sold seperately, however I have to say that my husband does not kick the back of this stroller and he is just over 6ft tall!

Safety – The Fastfold Superlite is JPMA safety certified and comes equipped with a 5-point safety harness with quite a bit of padding in the crotch area, in an attempt to keep little one’s safe and comfy at the same time. With just one push, both sides of the safety harness pop out and baby is easily accessible in a matter of seconds. Double locking rear brakes can be engaged with just one foot and just like it’s big sister, the Toro, this braking system is the strongest I’ve experienced to date.

Additional Accessories can be purchased separately and include handlebar extensions, Rider, Maxi-Cosi & Graco Carseat Adapters, Seat Liners, Travel Bag and Rain Cover!  Additionally, the FastFold Superlite comes with a 5 year manufacturers warranty with product registration!

Final Thoughts
With it’s amazing maneuverability, lightweight and compact design, the Micralite FastFold Superlite proves to be at the top of it’s class. The FastFold Superlite offers parents many of the features that can be found in a luxury stroller in a compact design that would be well suited for everyday use and travel! This is one stroller that I would purchase again and highly recommend to all of you!

Buy It!
The Micralite FastFold Superlite retails for $320 and can be purchased at or find a reatailer near you!


One VERY LUCKY “Deal”ectible Mommies reader will WIN a Micralite FastFold Superlite thanks to the kind folks at Scandinavian Child!  Simply visit Scandinavian Child and tell me at least 3 of the 5 colors that the Superlite comes in!

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The Boring Stuff: Giveaway will end on August 10th at midnight! Winner will be chosen using

Disclaimer: Scandinavian Child provided me with the above mentioned product to facilitate my review. My thoughts and opinions remain my own!


Giveaways: Spread a Little Love!

It’s that time again! Time to share your giveaways with my friend Mr. Linky below and spread a little love! While your here, don’t forget to enter our current giveaways going on right here at “Deal”ectible Mommies:

Check back later today for your chance to WIN a Micralite Superlite Stroller (ARV $320)!

6 month subscription to Zoodles

$20 Domino’s Pizza Gift Card

$25 Costco GC & Sunny Day Snacks Prize Pack

$25 TJ Maxx/Marshall’s Gift Card

$400 Volkswagon Road Trip Prize Pack (w/electric guitar)


Tree Top Celebrates 50 Years by Encouraging YOU to Eat More Apples!

With 4th of July quickly approaching, families everywhere will gather for BBQ’s, pool parties and fireworks.  Each time a holiday approaches, I find it difficult to find healthy, yet yummy recipes that everyone will love and typically spend many hours hunting through cookbooks to find just the right one’s.  Not this year!  I recently found that making a not-so-healthy recipe healthy, is much easier than one would think.

Did you know that you can substitute applesauce in place of butter and replace sugar with with apple juice? Well perhaps a few of you seasoned bakers were aware of this, however my lame attempts at baking have always been followed up with the guilt of the fat and calories I’m consuming and I’m happy to know that there is a healthier way to cut fat and continue to make my favorite treats!

This year, Tree Top is celebrating its 50th anniversary of producing pure and healthy products by encouraging Americans everywhere to eat more apples!  There’s plenty of ways you can incorporate more apples into your families diet such as creating juice-sicles with just a small cup and a few Popsicle sticks.  This is a simple and fun project you can gets the kids involved in and in just a few hours you have healthy Popsicle that the kids will love!   Try marinating steak or fish in apple juice to add additional flavor without added sodium or incorporate apple juice and applesauce into your current recipes!  The point is: EAT MORE APPLES!

America’s Secret Ingredient Contest
To celebrate Tree Top’s 50th anniversary and the benefits of cooking with apples, Tree Top has launched America’s Secret Ingredient Contest!  YOU can submit your “apple-themed” recipes for a chance to WIN a trip to New York City to attend the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival in October!  Additonally, the winner will have their recipes showcased and meet some amazing Food Network stars! While your there play the Instant Win game, where Tree Top is giving away over $50,000 in 50 days! While your there, download a few recipes to add to that 4th of July lineup!

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Tree Top and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.


Oransi V-Hepa Air Purifier Review & $200 in Savings!

Those of you who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma know how important an air purifier can become when searching for ways to relieve the symptoms of allergies. Even those of you who may have cats and dogs that live inside the home know that an air purifier becomes a staple part of the home, more important than even your furniture. With both Lil’ Pea and her dad living with the unfortunate reality of allergies, we must use air purifiers in our home and when I was recently introduced to Oransi, I was eager to find out more about their line of HEPA air purifiers and how they could help our family.

About Oransi
“Oransi, based in Austin, TX, develops green cleaning products such as air purifiers to clean the air so you and those around you can breathe easier, sleep better and feel rejuvenated. The number of children and adults who suffer from allergies and asthma has continued to increase and our air purifiers provide high performance without the features you really don’t need. In addition, we believe in giving back to our community and donate 5% of our income to promote student interest in science, engineering and math so they can develop even better cleaning products for future generations.”

We were given the opportunity to test drive the Oransi V-Hepa air purifier and when the unit arrived I was surprised to see how well the design of the unit integrated into our home!  Now I know that design is typically irrelevant when researching air purifiers, however this unit not only delivers performance, but it’s design is one that consumers will be thrilled to place on display in their homes. Effective for rooms up to 400 sq ft (20 x 20 room), the V-Hepa air purifier has been independently tested with better than a 99.5% particle removal rate with each air filter pass in eliminating pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, bacteria and other microscopic particles that trigger allergies, asthma and related respiratory ailments. With that being said, we went right to work setting up the unit.

Set Up
The HEPA filter within the Oransi unit comes packaged and sealed, so it’s important to remember to take the plastic packaging off before turning the unit on.  The filter also comes with a washable pre-filter…score! The unit itself is rather simple to set up and operate…simply turn the unit on and begin breathing easier! Pretty simple, right?

The Noise Factor
The V-hepa and it’s big sister, the V-hepa Pro are recognized as the quietest of the HEPA air purifiers, coming in at just 28dB to 48 dB (comparable units around 60 dB)! The Oransi V-hepa offers consumers 3 fan speeds, offering consumers a quiet unit that performs!

Go Green
Oransi’s passionate about their environmental footprint and strives to develop products that are energy efficient and less toxic to the environment while promoting responsible manufacturing in their facilities. In fact, Oransi is so passionate about it’s environmental footprint, that they promote their employees to work at home, reducing the emissions and fuel usage that could be used while traveling back and forth. That’s impressive!

As a mom of two small children, it’s important that little fingers cannot reach the fan within. Another great safety feature offered by Oransi, is that the unit will stop operating if the cover is open. This is a safe unit for children’s bedrooms and one that deserves a closer look for parents with small children.

Low Operating Cost
The V-hepa air purifier costs just $2/month to operate! Comparable units costs $3-$8/month to operate. Now that’s savings that can add up quickly!  The Oransi V-hepa is also Energy Star Qualified making it low cost to operate.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Oransi strives to ensure that their cusomers are satisfied with their purchase, and if for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can return the unit and Oransi will refund you the FULL purchase price!

Final Thoughts
This high performance air purifier offers all of the features that consumers are searching for, wrapped up in a small, modern designed unit. The unit itself is not only quiet, but also offers a soothing sound that lulls my girls to sleep at night and I feel confident running the unit all night with it’s Energy Star rating. Oransi has also just released some very exciting news, offering consumers $200 in savings with their purchase! Read below to find out more:

2 Years of Replacement Filters FREE
Oransi is offering 2 years of replacement filters (3 FREE HEPA filters…a $200 value) to everyone who purchases any Oransi HEPA air filter from thru July 6th!  This is the first time a company has offered this amount of savings with your initial purchase and if your in the market for an air filter I suggest you jump on this deal!  Check out the savings graph below to see how much you’ll save purchasing an Oransi HEPA air filter:

Buy It!
The Oransi V-hepa air purifier retails for $385 and you can purchase your very own Oransi V-hepa or the V-hepa Pro by visiting  Shipping is FREE!  Thru July 6th, you’ll receive 2 years of replacement filters ($200 value) FREE!

Disclaimer: Oransi provided me with the above mentioned product for my review. My thoughts and opinions remain my own!


Hot Deal Alert: 30% Off Diapers & Wipes + Free Shipping at Amazon!


Amazon is offering 30% off diapers & wipes AND Free 2-Day Shipping when you checkout using Subscribe and Save (located on the right hand sidebar of the product page and can be canceled at any time within the “My Account” tab)!

This discount includes quite a few brands and discount will show up at checkout.  Please remember that in order to receive this discount you MUST checkout using Subscribe and Save!

List of available brands:



Seventh Generation


Nature Babycare


Earth’s Best

Fisher Price


This discount is bringing many diapers down to just $.10/per diaper and some are even less!  Stock up now, but remember that you’ll need to place seperate Subscribe and Save orders for each item!

Happy Shopping!


Marriot’s Tots Travel Too: Winner Announced!

I have to say I was rather impressed with the submissions to the Marriot Tots Travel Too giveaway and as a seasoned traveler, there were many suggestions that even I hadn’t thought of!  From DVD players and traveling potties, to car games and shipping items ahead of time, you all really submitted some amazing tips for traveling with tots!

With that being said, it was very, very difficult to pick a winner for this giveaway.  So without further ado, the winner is:

Rachel D. from Second Time Around, who’s tip was:

“I have a 2 year old son who we are starting to travel with and I was a nanny for 3 years for a couple who always traveled, and the one thing I found that works the best is…the Magic Bag! Before the trip you go buy lots of fun and new snacks, treats, books, activities, and toys. You can even just go to the dollar store to get these. You don’t tell the kids at all. Then once you are traveling and whenever the kids get cranky, you pull something out of the “magic bag”! It has helped stop so many melt downs and makes traveling exciting and fun!
Also, be flexible! Plan a tentative plan but be wiling to rearrange or skip things if your infant/toddler is acting up or needs some quiet time/naptime!”

Congratulations Rachel, you have won this amazing prize pack from Coverplay and Marriot!


Hot Deal Alert: 15% Off Strollers & Car Seats @ Amazon


Amazon just introduced 2 coupon codes good for 15% off SELECT Strollers and Car Seats and you can score some amazing deals!  When you combine this discount with Amazon’s already low price you can score an amazing stroller deal and it’s working on a few HOT strollers like the 2010 UPPAbaby Vista Stroller (we never see these discounted)! The coupon brings the price of the Vista down to just $577 Shipped (reg. $680)!!!  Find out more about this promotion and a full list of eligible strollers and car seats  HERE!

The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat is also on sale and you can grab this right now for just $118 with coupon!

Coupon Codes:

Strollers: SAVESSSS


Hot Strollers:

UPPAbaby G-Lite Stroller – $86.67

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand On Tandem Stroller – $194.65

Maclaren Volo Stroller – $98.50

Maclaren Quest Sport Stroller $169.99

Peg Perego Switch Travel System – $494

UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller, Black/Jake – $136

Zooper Waltz Stroller – $228

Joovy Zoom ATS Fixed Wheel Jogging Stroller, Red – $169.99

Peg Perego Skate Stroller System – $576

And plenty more… Happy Shopping!

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