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The Smart Car of Strollers

The Bloom Zen Stroller

the bloom zen stroller!

No matter how insignificant a decision seems to the unencumbered (Diaper Dekor or Diaper Genie?), every choice feels big to a pregnant woman.

An exception to the rule: the new Zen stroller from Bloom, or what we call the Smart Car of strollers.

When open, it functions as a high-end, all-terrain stroller should — puncture-proof wheels, front and rear shock absorbers, and a solar lighting system that activates for after-dark strolls.

But the real beauty of the stroller is that — with the seat still in place — it folds flat to a slender 9.8 inches. Pop it in the trunk and have room for groceries; slip it in the closet and have room for boots.

Though the stroller is designed for ages 6 months and up, it comes with two options for even tinier babes — either a car seat adapter or the Yoga, a travel bed/bassinet/bouncer that also works as a newborn cradle.

Have fun deciding.

Available exclusively for preorder to DailyCandy Kids readers online at bloombaby.com; Zen stroller, $799; Yoga nest, $250; car seat adapter, $45.

this week in dallas!

SHOP
The Pink Pagoda

What: Skip de rigueur pastels and deck the nursery with Dallas-based artist Jennifer Beshears’s prints ($20-$115).
Why: Animals juxtaposed against chinoiserie patterns add just the right punch.
When: The walls are crying out for color.
Where: Online at etsy.com.

CHILL OUT
Ice

What: Meander through the Shrek-themed wonderland carved by dozens of Chinese artisans.
Why: Possibly the coolest thing your snowflake sees all season.
When: Thru Jan. 1, 2012. Schedule online.
Where: Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trl., Grapevine. Tickets online at gaylordtexantickets.com. Adults and teens, $22-$27; children 4-12, $12-$15; under 4, free.

GLOW
Prairie Lights

What: Pile everyone in the car to ooh and aah over two miles of illuminated displays.
Why: Make a pit stop at the Holiday Village for carnival rides and cocoa.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 6-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 6-10 p.m. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy., Grand Prairie (972-237-4569). Carload, $20-$30.

Photo: Courtesy of Bloom

LOCATIONS
Lynn Creek Park
5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
1501 Gaylord Trl
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-778-2800
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