Monday, July 21, 2014

Best Convertible Car Seats of 2014

We are so lucky to have some pretty awesome people that guest post on Sarah with an H! This week I'd like to share the Best Convertible car seats on the market brought to you by Kaitlyn R . top researchers over at Choose Car Seat! The timing couldn't be more perfect, we are officially moving on up to a Convertible Car Seat this week. This line up became a life saver for Ralph and I! It really is overwhelming to choose, and you really do need to choose a seat that will work best for your family and the safest for your child! Without further adieu.....

Best Convertible Car Seats Of 2014
Trying to find the best car seat for your little one, but stumped? Don’t give up! We know car seat buying can be one of the most daunting tasks, but it can also be very rewarding! It’s extremely important to take the time up front and do as much research as possible. This will prevent any unnecessary headaches down the road. Remember – we’re talking about the safety of your child here! Don’t try and cut corners. Don’t buy on impulse. Don’t jeopardize safety for cost. These are big no-no’s.
Did you know that unintentional injury is one of the leading causes of death in infants? Statistics show that more children die in automobile crashes than in any other kind of unintentional injury. The good news is that you can safeguard your kids by taking simple safety measures. The best form of protection you can give your child while travelling is to use a child safety car seat
These seats minimize the risk of a potential fatal injury significantly. Sadly, many parents use various child safety seats incorrectly. You have to keep in mind that the most expensive car seat is not always the best. You need to focus on the one that best fits your child’s size, weight, age, and your vehicle. With that in mind, here is a list of the top 11 best convertible car seats in 2014:
Graco Size4Me 65 Convertible Car Seat

This car seat is suitable for protecting rear-facing infants weighing between 4 to 40 pounds. You can also use it to harness forward-facing toddlers of between 20 to 65 pounds. It has been crash tested rigorously to exceed US safety standards. It also has a LATCH system for easy installation. The Size4Me 65 is a sub $200 convertible car seat and can be purchased for around $179 from most retailers.
Britax Marathon G4 Convertible Car Seat

The Marathon G4 is a 4th generation convertible car seat from Britax. It uses SafeCell technology, which is designed to compress in a crash and lower the center of gravity substantially. This will help counter the forward rotation of a child seat. It also has a harness ultra-guard system to offer resistance against forward movement in case there is a crash and deep side walls for side impact protection. The price tag on this convertible car seat is a bit steeper than most, coming in at the low to mid $200’s.
Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat

This is one of the most affordable convertible car seats, costing only $75 at most retailers. Made with 100% polyester, the Evenflo Tribute LX has been rigorously side impact tested and exceeds all applicable federal safety standards. It offers great structural integrity and has multiple shoulder harness positions for a better fit. It is also known for its light-weight appeal (only 11.6 pounds!). 
Britax Roundabout G4 Convertible Car Seat

Like the Britax Marathon, the Roundabout G4 also features SafeCell technology. It has steel bars to strengthen the connection to your vehicle and resist the forward flexing of the car seat in the event of a crash. It has deep side walls lined with EPP foam to absorb as much energy as possible during a crash, and shield from vehicle intrusion. In comparison to the Marathon, this convertible car seat will put you back around $140.
Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat

The My Ride 65 LX is a 2-in-1 convertible child safety seat with ample safety features and comfort. It is suitable for rear-facing infants between 5 to 40 pounds, and forward-facing children between 20 to 65 pounds. It is LATCH equipped with front adjustable 5-point harness to make installation and use easy. You can find this reasonably priced car seat for around $120 online.
Evenflo Symphony DLX Convertible Car Seat

It uses superior e3 side impact protection to lower the side impact forces significantly. Its infinite side harness makes for an easy and accurate fit each time. It has a multi-position upfront recline for extra child comfort when asleep or awake and also sports dual, integrated cups for quick access to drinks. Cost of the Symphony DLX is around the $185 marker.
Britax Boulevard 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat

It’s one of the most expensive car seats out there. It features SafeCell technology, offers significant side impact protection while containing and keeping the head and body aligned, and has integrated steel bars for strengthened connection to the car (helps minimize forward flexing of the seat in a crash). The Boulevard 70-G3’s cost about $250 from most retailers online.
Evenflo Tribute Sport Convertible Car Seat

It’s made of 100% polyester, and very affordable. It has been designed and tested for structural integrity at levels of energy two times the federal crash test standard. It has also been side tested, and offers multiple shoulder harness positions for an accurate fit and longer use.
Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat

It’s another one of the most costly convertible car seats available but also one of the safest. It is both a convertible and booster seat, featuring a full steel frame. It supports rear-facing infants from 5-45 pounds, and front-facing toddlers from 20-80 pounds, and up to 57 inches. It has adjustable headrest and infant body cushions for extra comfort. Right now, this car seat is going for a little over $300, but can be found cheaper at certain online retailers!
Britax Advocate G4 Convertible Car Seat

The Britax Advocate G4 features SafeCell technology, harness ultra-guard system, and side impact cushion technology. It reduces the side impact crash up to 45% by directing the crash forces away from your infant, and offers a level of safety for the adjustment passenger as well. This car seat is very price, coming in at over $300.
Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat

It offers protection for rear-facing infants between 9-40 pounds, and forward-facing between 22-70 pounds. It has a revolutionary air protect side impact technology and Flextech construction system for superior crash energy management.

Unlike infant seats, convertible car seats offer parents the advantage of both rear-facing and forward-facing positions. You can use these seats to support your child in the rear-facing position for up to two years, and then switch it to its forward-facing position when ready. The main advantage of a convertible seat is that it could be the only one you buy! Hence, you need to choose carefully, taking every consideration into account.


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

66 Amazing Free Fun Fridays in Boston and Massachusetts

I have been searching for fun things to do with Sophia this Summer, and I came across so many GREAT opportunities and I don't want any of my momma friends to miss out!!! EVERY Friday there are FREE museums to take your Little ones too!!! Sophia and I mapped out our Summer Schedule, hope to bump into some of you all there!!!!
 
 
Here is the FREE Summer Line up in Boston and Massachusetts!!!!!

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
Franklin Park Zoo
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Worcester Art Museum
Tanglewood
The Sports Museum
Mass MoCA
MIT Museum
**Sorry Guys week one is Over**
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Edward Gorey House
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
Falmouth Museums on the Green
FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Peabody Essex Museum
Worcester Historical Museum
Fruitlands Museum
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
New England Historical Genealogical Society
Pilgrim Hall Museum
FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ocean Explorium
The Eric Carle Museum
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Springfield Museums
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center
Sandwich Glass Museum
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
The Freedom Trail Foundation
Battleship Cove
Children’s Museum in Easton
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Danforth Art
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
American Textile History Museum
The Discovery Museums
Hancock Shaker Village
Concord Museum
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
Boston Harbor Islands National Park
Clark Art Institute
Wenham Museum
USS Constitution Museum
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
Volleyball Hall of Fame
Fuller Craft Museum
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Plimoth Plantation
Garden in the Woods
Museum of Russian Icons
Fitchburg Art Museum
Historic Deerfield
Reagle Music Theatre
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014
Boston Children’s Museum
Museum of African American History
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations
Berkshire Museum
Emily Dickinson Museum
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014
Buttonwood Park Zoo
EcoTarium
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Norman Rockwell Museum
The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home
Griffin Photography Museum

 
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$1 Movies!! Summer Movie Express

Sophia and I LOVE going to the Movies!!! She has so much fun, its always exciting for her....even if she is just looking around! I was so excited to hear that our local Movie Theater will be offering $1 movies all summer!! It makes it a very fun carefree experience. That way if she only last 30 minutes it wont be a big loss! Its a good way to beat the Summer Heat too! Here is what the Movie Peeps had to say, "Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!"

REGAL Cinemas!!! Find a cinema near you HERE
 
"Admission to these movies during the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Search for a theater in your area to see where the Summer Movie Express is playing."
2014 Movie Schedule Includes:
  • Week 1
    Hotel Transylvania
    The Smurfs 2
  • Week 2
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
    The Pirates: Band of Misfits
  • Week 3
    Arthur Christmas
    Despicable Me 2
  • Week 4
    The Lego Movie
    Free Birds
  • Week 5
    The Adventures of Tintin
    Rise of the Guardians
  • Week 6
    Kung Fu Panda 2
    Madagascar 3
  • Week 7
    The Croods
    Epic
  • Week 8
    Turbo
    Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Week 9
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman
    Rio 2


  •  HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!
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Oh the Places So will Go

To say I have been loving being a stay at home mom would be an understatement...I am completely head over heels! I have so much fun with Sophia...It really is the BEST job in the world. I will be forever grateful to Ralph for working so hard to make my dream a reality! No more alarm clocks, I wake up to my sweet baby smiling HUGE in my arms. The feeling is indescribable.

We have been busy, busy, busy for the past eight months. Now that the weather is beautiful out I have been taking Sophia on Lots of Adventures. Here is a picture stroll through the past few months.

Sophia's First Wedding
We take lots of walks with my friend Sonia...Here is Sophia's BFF Jaxson!
First Time at the Movies...We saw Blended.
In the Jump Jump at my Godmomma Sandra's Surprise 30th Birthday!
At Southwick Zoo. Those Goats were too Scary but I LOVED everything else!!
 
We go to Parks on Monday's and Fridays!!! I love to drive around and find new parks in all the surrounding towns! She LOVES to Swing!
 
We had so much fun at the EcoTarium.
No FEAR this Baby LOVES her Dinosaurs!!

We Go to story time on Tuesdays!! Sophia is always the youngest one there...Funny that she is SOOOO into all the books and sits quietly the entire time!! On this special Story time day Sophia met GEORGE! And YES I dressed her all in Yellow on Purposes ;)
 We Have Picnic's in The Common On Wednesdays! We have lunch, Listen to Story's and do fun activities!!
 
I think I will stop there....This post would never end if I kept going. This baby is certainly soaking in all the entertainment!! We have such a Blast together...She is for sure My Soul Mate! Happy Sunday Everyone!! We are off to a cookout after "naps" its a Beautiful Day out there!!!!! Enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bathtime Baby Review


    We received the Top To Toe body wash, Lucky Ducky hand wash and BubblyBath. I have to admit it took us awhile to find a baby bath product that we were going to stick with. I have been approached by several companies asking if I would review their product and in the nicest way possible had to decline 98% of them. Yes, some looked fun and flashy, others were widely well known brands and others brand new....but it didn't matter. My first question was, whats in it??? The most important thing to me is what is going on my baby's body. I was over the moon with Bathtime Baby!!!! It was also gentle on Sophia's sensitive skin. It definitely gets her two tiny thumbs up!!!
    We received this product Free for Review purposes but all opinions are100% Honest :)
     
    Here what the Peeps at Bathtime Baby had to say in their story,
    “Since 2005, when we were developing our skincare line for grown-ups, Elana All Natural Skincare™, we had a simple goal in mind, to create a higher quality product than what was commercially available, using natural ingredients. We were familiar with many medical grade skin care products through our medical aesthetics practice. They contained surprisingly low amounts of beneficial ingredients and large amounts of preservatives, petrochemicals, skin sensitizers, irritants, and estrogen-like hormonal imitators.”
    “Disappointed with what was available, we decided creating a custom formulation was necessary to eliminate undesirable ingredients, and maximize the use of safe natural ingredients, including antioxidants, vitamins, and soothing anti-inflammation botanicals. The result was a collection which proved pleasant and enjoyable to use, while protecting, nourishing and enhancing the appearance of skin.
    When our daughter was expecting, she began searching for natural products to use on her baby.  She wanted the same quality products as Elana All Natural Skincare™. We started examining the ingredients of baby care products. We were upset, but not surprised that even natural/organic baby products contained potentially irritating or sensitizing oils or botanicals. They contain extracts of rose, orange, lime, lemon, rosemary, lavender, tangerine or thyme, and also estrogen-like paraben preservatives or other skin irritants like propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, ethanolamines and petroleum distillates.
    So, the process began again to research and develop a better, safer skin care line to use on babies sensitive skin.  We know that a baby's skin is more absorptive than adult skin. With great care, the result became a collection of natural and organic baby products that are paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, hypoallergenic and phthalate and petroleum-distilates-free.
    Bathtime Kids & Bathtime Baby are a luxurious baby skincare line that is safe and gentle, formulated with organic plant and fruit extracts, along with skin nourishing vitamins and antioxidants that will protect and care for your baby's delicate skin.”
     “Our mission is to raise awareness of environmental toxins and health risks in personal care products.
    We are committed to providing non-irritating and non-toxic products for babies and children. We believe that bathtime should be an enjoyable and bonding experience. Using safe products brings peace of mind and security.
    Bathtime Baby & Kids uses BPA & Phthlate Free packaging, both ecofriendly and recyclable.
    Bottles are #2 HDPE Caps are made of BPA-Free polypropylene.”
    ALL PRODUCTS ARE MADE IN THE USA
     

 
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Piggy Paint Review

We received this product Free for Review purposes but all opinions are 100% Honest :)

I can’t tell you all how much I have changed since having Sophia. We (as a family) have slowly transitioned to more environmentally friendly cleaners over the past few years. But it wasn’t until Sophia came along that we began to rethink everything…not kidding even down to the candles we light and the plug-ins that we (no longer) use. Let’s face facts here…The world is FULL of chemicals, harmful ones at that! I so had visions of Sophia and I sitting side by side at the spa getting pedi and now….well I’ll settle for safe mani and pedi’s at home, still fun and CHEMICAL FREE!!!! With PIGGY PAINT!! We were so excited to receive the "Birthday Bash" and "Make it Last" for review!! The colors are beautiful and its everything the company promised and more!!! It is so nice to know that I'm putting all natural products on our sweet baby So! Oh and did I mention they Sell Puppy Paint!!!!

What the peeps at Piggy Paint had to say, “My name is Melanie Hurley, founder of Piggy Paint. I am a mom with two very fancy little girls, ages 6 and 8, who love to have their fingernails painted. I’ve always hated the thought of my kiddos putting their hands in their mouths after I painted their nails with traditional kid polishes. Not only did the ingestion of the chemicals worry me, but the smell nearly left me light-headed after painting two sets of fingernails and toenails.

One day while we were painting nails over a foam plate, my daughter dropped a glob of her solvent-based polish onto the plate. Shortly after, the paint began to bubble and “ate” through the plate. I looked in dismay at the hole in the plate and decided to test all of her other “kid” polishes on the foam. Within minutes, ALL of the solvent-based polishes began to bubble and eventually left big holes in the plate. From that day on, I decided that any flammable substance that could eat through foam was unacceptable for my children’s fingernails, which would inevitably end up in their mouths.

My quest was on, and Piggy Paint was born. As you may have guessed, our polish is NOT flammable and sits beautifully on the unaffected foam. We hope you enjoy this water-based polish that is specially formulated of natural ingredients. Finally, a kid-friendly polish without the accompanying drawbacks of traditional polishes. It is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone… and made in the USA!

From my heart to yours, I hope Piggy Paint takes the worry out of painting your nails and puts the fun back into this enjoyable activity you can share with your daughter and other precious girls in your life. Say good-bye to harsh, smelly chemicals and hello to Piggy Paint . . . it’s as Natural as Mud®!”


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Crib Critters Review


Introducing Crib Critters! Baby CribToys with imagination
We received this product Free for Review purposes but all opinions are100% Honest :)

The newest crib toy craze for wrapping around the crib rail or stroller handle!

Cute little Giraffe crib toy is one of our favorites!

Gift boxed, this makes a unique baby shower gift.


You may have heard it called a “bed around” toy but we like to call them Crib Critters!

What the peeps at Crib Critters and Toys had to say, “Crib Critters and Toys are the brainchild of a retired portrait photographer who enjoyed the gleeful sounds of children at play.  A unique baby toy, Crib Critters™ found their way into the hearts of moms, grandparents and babies alike.”

“Our main distribution center is near Atlanta, Ga.  Our parent company may be reached by phone at 888-860-5064 or email us at sales @ CribCrittersandToys.com. Our main sales are through Amazon at “baby toys” — our store there is Haynes Bridge. Co. If we can help you in any way, just drop us an email or call.”

I can’t rave enough about these crib critters, not only is the critter the most entertaining durable toy out there but the customer services is amazing. I was in constant contact with the company and knew exactly when it was going to be shipped. Not to mention it was packaged in the most adorable box. Seriously gift ready if you need a fun baby shower gift!!! You won’t even have to wrap it!
 
I think one of my favorite aspects about this toy is IT STAYS PUT!! There is nothing worse than constantly picking up a toy that fell or that your baby can’t reach. I LOVE that it wraps around her crib, car seat and stroller! And I can’t lie; I have totally rigged it up to her walking chair and wagon! Sophia is obsessed with it. She loves the music and mirror…and I love hearing her squeal when she uses the rattle or squeaker! You all have to go out and get some of these adorable critters!!! You can purchase them HERE



Name that Critter!



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