Safe Travels + Diono Monterey Booster Seat Giveaway

A second car has done wonders for our adventuring.  Spontaneous plans are often easier; errands become quicker and inclement weather isn’t as cumbersome.  We are all enjoying the added benefits of “mama’s car”.

Like all parents, I want my children to be as safe as possible when traveling in vehicles.  I felt confident moving our well-loved Diono Radian RXT into my car for our five-year-old.  And when it was finally time to move our seven-and-a-half year old into a proper booster seat we went with the award-winning Diono Monterey Highback Booster.  Engineered to be the strongest and safest car seats available, Diono gives me added piece of mind.

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Our little big girl couldn’t wait to transition to a booster seat. She’s petite and didn’t hit the 40-pound mark until second grade, so up until recently a five-point-harness was the safest choice for her.

I found the installation process for the Diono Monterey Booster Seat (designed to fit children 40 lb to 120 lb) to be a breeze.  An easy-to-adjust dial on the back adjusts the width of the seat to fit a child’s shoulders up to 20″ wide. The 11-position headrest provides solid flexibility (adjusting up to 6.5″ in height) with one hand for the most accurate fit. As a fixed-position booster, integrated LATCH connectors and front adjusters ensure secure installation in seconds (LATCH use is optional) and keeps the seat in position when not in use.

Our little-big-girl has proven to be very comfortable in her high-back booster seat.  I often wonder what’s going on in her creative mind as she looks out the window.  She absolutely feels a sense of maturity in her new booster seat and makes sure to always tuck a water bottle or toys into the seat’s retractable, dual cup holders.

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Best of all, the seat is loaded with safety features: The adjustable head rest and deep, aluminum reinforced sides are lined with energy-absorbing EPS foam for side impact protection.  While the reinforced seat bottom provides extra lap belt safety, strengthening the Monterey and providing superior defense against crash forces.

When our daughter outgrows the high back mode of the seat, we can easily adjust it into backless booster mode.  We think the Diono Monterey Booster is an excellent choice for keeping bigs kids safe while traveling.

Win It:  Our generous friends at Diono are giving away a Diono Monterey Booster ($135 value) to one lucky winner!  To enter visit the rafflecopter below. US only – and please note that all entries are verified.  Best of luck!
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Sample provided.  Opinions as always, are my own. 



Britax Marathon ClickTight Car Seat + Giveaway

When it comes to traveling with our precious little ones, safety comes first.  The safest car seats alongside proper installation and usage are of the utmost importance to us.  I’ve had my share of frustration installing car seats, and when I heard that Britax invented a solution, I couldn’t wait to learn more.  Last summer, I met with team Britax to test out their innovative ClickTight technology in their most popular convertible car seats – The Marathon, Boulevard, and Advocate.

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With friend Brianne at the ClickTight launch event.  Image via Margarita Corporan for Britax.

I shared details of the product launch over on Project Nursery – and our four-and-a-half-year-old has been comfortably traveling in the Britax Marathon ClickTight UltimateComfort Series Convertible Car Seat (exclusive to Babies “R” Us).  We’ve had big changes over the past month – I now have my own car for the first time in about 15 years!  As a two-car, two-kid family, it makes sense to keep one car seat installed in each car, transferring the third seat as needed.  Here’s where the Britax ClickTight ease of installation comes in.

Simply press the tab on the front of the seat, turn the knob to open the front compartment, slide the belt through the designated spots, buckle the seat belt and click the seat shut.  It’s straightforward and simple – and definitely the easiest to install car seat that we’ve ever owned.

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Our little guy is as snug-as-a-traveling-bug and I feel confident installing his car seat. The SafeCell Impact Protection technology keeps him cocooned in safety with an impact stabilizing steel frame, complete side impact protection, and other features far exceeding Federal Safety Requirements. I know that my son is secure – and I hope to never install anything other than a Britax ClickTight again!

Britax ClickTight Review GiveawayIn addition to all of the great features of the regular Britax ClickTight convertible car seats, the Babies “R” Us exclusive UltimateComfort Series models also include a layer of soft, resilient memory foam, exclusive fabric options, and a removable cup holder. We’re so excited to partner with Britax to give one away!

Win It: Enter to win a Britax Marathon ClickTight UltimateComfort Series Convertible Car Seat ($339.99 value) via the rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to US only, and a winner will be displayed on the widget at contest completion. Best of luck!

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Sample provided.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


Phone Juice on The Go {Giveaway}

I have a hard time deleting the monstrous amounts of everyday images on my phone. They string together like a silent family movie, and despite backing them up, I’m afraid that they’ll somehow become lost forever if I hit that trash button.  Most of us know what it’s like to suffer through a phone going dead during an important time – or even tap that blank screen in hopes of finding an ounce of juice left.

I’ve learned the importance of investing in a portable charger and rarely leave home without one.  PureGear recently sent me the PureGear Powerbank 10,000 mAh.  At $59.99 it’s $20 less than the external battery charger sold to me at my local Verizon, and it offers more than double the mAh.  With dual USB ports to accommodate charging two phones or 1 tablet for up to 40 additional hours of talk time.

I like the fact that it’s small enough to fit into the palm of my hand and powerful enough to get the job done efficiently.

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PureGear’s Powerbank 10,00 mAh has proven to be capable of firing up my drained phone a few times and even have juice left to share with my husband or a friend.  You’ll like the fact that it comes pre-charged, and the LED lights give an idea of how much power is left.  It’s a lifesaver for commuters and multi-tasking parents on the go like me!

Win It: We like PureGear’s Powerbank 10,000 mAh so much that we’ve teamed up with PureGear to give one away.  Simply enter via the rafflecopter below and the winner will be displayed on the widget next week.  Entry methods are verified –  Best of luck!

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In The Nursery With Simmons Kids || Sunday Swoon

We’re always happy to share swoon-worthy designs at affordable prices.  Especially when it comes to those big purchases like cribs and nursery furniture.


The new Simmons Kids Rowen Collection merges timeless design with heirloom-quality construction  – at prices that won’t break the bank.  With clean lines and grooved details – we adore the Rowen Collection’s cool gray color (also available in black espresso).  The crib’s availability to convert to a toddler, day-bed or full-size bed (yes FULL SIZE BED!) makes it a smart purchase over time.  And since Simmons Juvenile Furniture is a division of Delta – their products are held to the same rigorous safety standards.  Can you guess the crib’s price point?  It’s only $299.99! Shop the entire collection, exclusively at target from $24.99 to $299.99.BeautyRest_Black_2a[2]

We recently learned about mattresses with dual-sided technology – also from Simmons Kids.  Simply flip the Beautyrest® Black Misty Nights Infant & Toddler Mattress over to take your little one from crib to toddler bed.  Featuring 231 luxury Pocketed Coil® springs, a Argetum+® woven cover with moisture wicking technology, plus AirCool™ gel memory foam on the toddler side for a cool, comfortable sleep. Just like Simmons Kids Furniture – this is a mattress that will effortlessly grow with your baby over time.

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Cold Weather Favorites || Sunday Swoon

To school and back. On the subway.  After the play-date.  Just a few more blocks. You can do it kiddos!!!

We cover a ton of ground – whether we want to our not. Our lifestyle simply requires it.  Scooters have been the perfect transportation for kiddos that can’t handle a ton of walking but are forced to hustle.  Frigid temps are clearly on the way, and the kids will be scooting as long as it’s safe. I think we still have a bit of time until the sidewalks freeze over and I’m making sure that everyone is well bundled to handle the winter months.

We’ve been keeping little hands warm thanks to the ingenious folks at 7 A.M ENFANT.  Their Kids WarMMuffs™ are brilliantly insulated with ultra-protective heat-retention fibers and soft fleece lining. They efficiently trap in heat, and I’m pretty sure that they are equipped with some sort of anti-whine technology.

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I happen to love that the Kids WarMMuffs™ snugly attach to scooters with a secure velcro fastener.  Since they “live” on the scooters – it’s one less thing for me to remember – or have to search for – which can be a challenge if a mitten-eating monster resides in your home too.

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We’ve gone from baby to big-kid with 7 A.M. ENFANT.  Although I’m admittedly mourning the fact that I won’t be cocooning a stroller-strapped toddler in a 212 evolution this winter – I’m grateful that cold scoots are warmed up for my kids on the go.

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Favorite Baby Products

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

We’re wrapping up a long term partnership with Huggies and have had a chance to share thoughts on motherhood and favorite DIY projects that otherwise may have gone unwritten.  The partnership also reaffirmed my obsession with wipes – the wonder product that is still very much needed to clean up the messy evidence of life well-lived with littles!  I’m often asked about my favorite baby products since I frequently preview new-to-the market options.  And sometimes, it can be a challenge to sift through the mountain of baby gear to determine what’s truly needed.  Fellow moms are often a wealth of information when it comes to this stuff – but it ultimately comes down to lifestyle and personal preferences.  Here are a few of my steadfast favorites.



A great baby carrier was heavily relied on – and I fell in love with a specific baby wash.  Teeny diapers with an umbilical cord cutout took care of those precious early days, and Huggies Little Snugglers are still among our favoritesWe would have never survived NYC winters without great stroller buntings and found many uses in ultra soft swaddles.  As the kiddos grew, I saw the value in products that grow with children, while fitting ascetically in our home.  I’ve held on to many of the keepsake simple wooden baby toys –  and treasure the stories that have been well-read over the years.

Huggies is helping to make registry wishes come true via the  Huggies Little Snugglers Registry Relief.  Enter to win your dream registry here. Best of luck to all! xx