Fun Friday: Design Your Word Your Way With The Littlest Pet Shop Style Sets

12 Sep

The Littlest Pet Shop Style Sets my daughter has been so anxiously waiting for since the Season Premiere a few months ago are available.  We recently had the opportunity to review the Littlest Pet Shop Roof With a View Themed Pack, which I gave my daughter for her birthday.  The Littlest Pet Shop Roof With a View Themed Pack, available for $12.96 at Walmart.com, includes:

  • a backdrop, stickers and accessories to create a rooftop hangout
  • Minna Swimley and Russell Ferguson pets
  • Deco Bits and stickers for decoration
  • Deck chairs, grill and other fun accessories (the mini hot dogs and umbrella drinks are adorable),perfect for creating a party on the roof top

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My girls used boxes and the top of a shoe box to create their roof until they get more style sets. They also added their Hydrant Hangout and other Littlest Pet Shop Toys to create their a fun hang out for the pets.  It’s been a life saver at keeping the girls busy after school too.  One day they pretend it’s Minna’s Birthday Party, the next day they are sun tanning on the roof.  They are excited to collect more sets.

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Why I love the the Design Your Way, Littlest Pet Shop Sets:

  • It allows your little one to get creative.  They can create and build their own Littlest Pet Shop Downtown City any way they want.
  • Your little one(s) will engage in dialogue with their favorite Littlest Pet Shop characters and can let their imaginations run wild.
  • You don’t have to buy everything at once, you can start with one and give more for birthdays or the Holidays.  My daughter plans to use birthday money to buy her next set in addition to adding other Style Sets to her Christmas list.
  • Each pack includes a code you can scan to bring your pet to life in your virtual world. Just download the app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone, then use the app to scan the code and start designing your digital Littlest Pet Shop your way!

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Sets available:

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  Thank you to Hasbro for the sample to use for this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from Walmart.com

Safe Installation Made Easier With Britax ClickTight Technology

27 Aug

When my girls were born, we had an infant seat and multiple bases for it.  It wasn’t as challenging riding with someone else or installing it properly.  Then they outgrew it.  We transitioned both to a convertible car seat when they were ready.  It was challenging installing them correctly.  I was always worried if I had the seat belt in the correct position and was never sure it was tight enough to keep my babies safe.  Once it was installed, forget riding with anyone else.  We could only take our car because I couldn’t imagine reinstalling them.  And when there was an occasional accident in the seat, we went back to the whole process of installing then uninstalling again.

Last year, Britax launched the Britax ClickTight Technology with the Booster Seats, making installation easier and safer.  A couple of weeks ago Britax announced their Convertible Car Seats will now feature the ClickTight Technology.  ClickTight Technology uses the vehicle seat belt to give you a secure install you can count on every time. Because ClickTight uses the vehicle seat belt and tether, you can focus just on the weight capacity of the car seat without having to also keep track of lower anchor (LATCH) weight limits.

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I had the opportunity to try the ClickTight Technology not long ago at the Britax Game Changer Event and was shocked at how easy it was to use.  It took a few minutes to install and the seat didn’t budge when I tried to move it. In addition the seat can grow with your child.  The back extends and multiple harness levels for your growing child.  As we transition our youngest to a booster, I definitely think I will be going with a Britax Booster with ClickTight Technology!

Child Passenger Safety week is September 14-20.  A few tips I learned at an event for  the new Click-Tight Technology include:

  • Installation needs to be snug, make sure you can’t move the seat more than 1 in from left to right and front to back.
  • The safest car seat is one that fits your child.
  • The safest place to put your seat is in the center.

To learn more visit http://www.britaxusa.com.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from Britaxusa.com.

Five Favorites To Keep Kids Entertained While Traveling

15 Jul

The girls and I headed down South a couple of weeks ago to spend the Summer with family. My girls have only flown once but I had my husband with me to help. I have to admit I was a little nervous going without my him this trip, especially when I received a text message on my way to the airport that my flight had been delayed. Thank goodness for these five activities packed in their Boost-A-Paks, featured below, because the delay and flight were a piece of cake.

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Boogie Board: An eWriter that allows kids to draw and simply push a button to erase. My girls spent majority of the time using this while we waited and on our flight. They drew pictures, wrote notes, and played tic tac toe. Definitely worth purchasing if you have any travel plans this summer. No marker or pen marks all over your car and you won’t have to worry about picking up several crayons off the floor. It’s also great to bring to restaurants to keep the little ones busy.

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Melissa and Doug Scratch Art: All you need is your wooden pencil/ stick to scratch off and discover beautiful colors below. There are several different activities, notebooks or stickers to choose from. My girls love their sketch books but their favorite on the plane was the window glass scratch art. The girls would scratch a design then stick it on the plane window and see the light shine through.

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Tegu Pocket Pouch Blocks: I got a set for each of my girls. They worked together to create and build.

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iHome Disney MiniMouse Headphones: My girls were so excited to see their favorite shows playing on the screen in front them. They also enjoyed listening to music while they drew and built their creations. The iHome headphones stay on their head and have in-line volume control. Also, great to plug into an iPad, tablet or phone when using Apps or watching downloaded movies on a car ride, train ride or next flight.

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Travel Wind Up Fishing Game: I used to love this game as a kid. I found it in an isle at a grocery store, also available on Amazon. The girls loved playing and we took turns playing against each other. Keep it stored in a ziplock and place fish back in the bag to keep from losing the pieces.

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Happy Traveling this Summer!

 

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.

Summer GIVEAWAY: Escape The Heat With A Trip To LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

11 Jul

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We recently took a family adventure to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester, read my review here of our family outing.  We had such a wonderful time and would love to offer a family the opportunity to escape the summer heat with an adventure of their own.  One lucky reader has the opportunity to WIN A FAMILY 4-PACK OF TICKETS (valid for 90 days after I receive your information).  GIVEAWAY Ends July 24, 2014 at 12 a.m est. Enter HERE!

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Don’t want just one day of fun and adventures?  Check out the Annual Pass SALE!  Save on individual and family 4-packs of annual passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. Sale is valid from July 7 – 31. Individual passes will be $55 and family 4-packs are $190. Annual pass holders receive the following perks:

    • Unlimited entry to the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester for 12 months.
    • 10% off purchases in the LEGO® Shop
    • 20% discount on food and beverages in the café
    • 10% discount on birthday parties
    • Subscription to the LEGO® Club magazine
    • Invitation to sneak preview event days

It All Starts with One Brick. Have a LEGO builder in your family?  LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is offering fans to build their dream creation with new Master Model Builder Veronica Watson. Create a sign that says “I want to build ______” and include what object you want to create in the blank space and pose next to it in your picture. Upload to social media using #IWantToBuild and #LDCWestchester. Entry deadline is August 29 and you can enter as many times as you want!

 

 

Afternoons in the Park #SummerFun

25 Jun

As soon as the warmer weather arrived, we started spending afternoons in the park.  As the days get longer and the school year comes to an end, I feel less pressure to rush home for bath and bed.  We occasionally pack a picnic dinner but always pack a bag of toys to keep us entertained for hours.  Some of our favorites for this summer include:

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Zing X6 Zoom Rocket ($24.99): The X6 is the first ever auto-rotating, multi-launching Zoom Rocket.  Load six soft-foam rackets onto the base and let your little one go.  The first time we took the X6 Rocket to the park, we had about twenty kids, boys and girls of all ages, lined up ready for a turn.  Rockets can take flight over a 100 feet, depending who gives the power.  The harder you stomp, the higher it flies.  Because my girls are little, it doesn’t go too high but they still have tons of fun.  They also have trouble getting it to go to the next rocket because they aren’t stepping hard enough. When their Dad takes a turn, you can hear their oo’s and aw aww’s as the rockets go one after the other in the air.  The X6 Zoom Rocket is perfect for keeping busy at the park or play dates.  It would make a great gift to give for upcoming birthdays, boy or girl.  The Zing Rocket is available at Target and Walmart.  Find other great products from bows to gliders by Zing Toys here.

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Hog Wild Atomic Shield Popper ($19.99): A foam ball-blaster with a gravity-fed auto load.  It comes with six foam balls that fire over 40 feet through the shield.  Pull the foam hammer back, aim, and release.   This took a little time for my girls because they are little and it requires a little more strength.  With a little help from me, they are able to watch their ball fly through the air.  With more practice, they hope to fire them on their own.  All of the older kids in the park, especially the boys, were drawn to it.  Buy multiple shield popper so the kids can play with each other, using the shield to protect themselves from incoming balls.  Other Hog Wild Inc products include: ZipStix, Soft and Squeezable Plush Poppers, and a Light Up Mustache (looks fun for when the sun goes down).

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Little Kids Fubbles Bubble Puppy ($3.00):  Fun for kids ages 2+.  The adorable puppy is used to blow bubbles.  The head of the puppy is  an ergonomically designed conical mouthpiece that intuitively guides young users to blow through the wide end – which both funnels air directly to the bubble wand and keeps bubbles away from the child’s mouth. Each Bubble Puppy comes with a “dog dish” dip tray and 1 fl oz of bubble solution. Available in three color styles: black & white, pink, and brown.  When your little one is done with the bubbles, they will have fun using their imagination while they play with the their puppy.

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Little Kids Bubble Guppies No-Spill Bublin’ Bucket ($7.99):  My girls love blowing bubbles for the younger kids at the park.   It comes with three wands, perfect for sharing with friends in the park, and a container of bubbles (additional sold seperately).  The best part is the no-spill feature on the bucket.  When you are in a rush to get out the door, you don’t have to worry about emptying it because it won’t spill all over your bag.  It’s also great because when my girls walk around they often lose so much of their bubble liquid.  With the bucket, you won’t have to worry about the trails of bubbles and constant refills.  Find a store the bucket is sold.

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Crayola Sidewalk Chalk ($5.00):  My girls love chalk.  They like to leave a message or draw a picture in the park for a friend to see.  When they are tired of drawing they play games like tic-tac-toe or hopscotch.  Available at Boomerang Toys.

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What are your park favorites?  Have a Happy Summer with lots of afternoons in the Park!

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received samples to review.  All opinions are my own. Some information about the products came from the brands website or from a press release.

First Day of Summer GIVEAWAY!

21 Jun

After the snow melted from the last storm, my youngest turned to me and said “Mom, is it Summer?”  When I responded NO, she said “is tomorrow summer?”.  I again said no and everyday since she asks the same question.  It was a warm day yesterday and my daughter asked again “is it summer?”  I finally turned to her and said “when you wake up tomorrow, it’s officially summer!”

One of my favorite things about summer is spending afternoons by the pool and taking day trips to the beach.  Since becoming a mom, EVERYTHING is about my girls.  I wanted to share a giveaway with some of my summer favorites that you and your kids will love (almost) equally. Don’t tell them but I think this will make your days at the beach or pool so much easier.

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The BoostAPak:  The BoostAPak by Safety 1st and Trunki is a booster seat and backpack all in one. With a BoostAPak traveling is so much easier for parents, especially if you don’t have a car.  You can take a train to the beach for the day and taxis to any destination without having to worry about lugging a booster seat around because your kids will want to wear it on their backs.   Your child can pack their BoostAPak with their  favorite toys for a day at the beach or an outfit for an overnight trip.  My girls love theirs.  It was at the top of my youngest’s birthday list when she turned 4 after seeing her older sister use hers. Read review here.

Miraclesuit: The name says it all.  This suit will make you look good, feel confident and hold in the parts that changed post kids.  The suit will make you look 10 lbs lighter in 10 seconds.  I own two suits and am hooked on Miraclesuit. This summer, one of my favorites is the Must Haves Barcelona (pictured above).  I love the sweetheart neckline with removable straps.  The style is simple, sleek, sexy, and comes in a variety of colors. Win a suit of your own!  Read a review.

PRIV:  When school lets out, I’m often scrambling to get a manicure or pedicure before a weekend at the beach because I don’t have childcare.  PRIV is a new APP bringing beauty and wellness services anytime, anywhere.  Receive $20 towards any service. Learn more here.

Cool Gear Inc Sonoma Lunch BagThe perfect size and easy to carry on a trip to the pool or beach.  Keep snacks and drinks insulated in this stylish lunch bag.  I use mine almost every day!  **A bottle of wine can fit inside too.

Driscoll’s Berries:  Strawberries are my favorite snacks on hot summers day.  I add them to smoothies to cool off or simply cut them and bring them on-the-go.  Win $30 in coupons for Driscoll’s Berries.

Danimals Superstars Low Fat Greek Yogurt: Playing hard at the beach or pool can make you hungry. Danimals Superstars Greek Yogurt is a great snack kids and parents will love.  They come in a variety of fun flavors (learn more here).  You’ll have the chance to win a 4-pack to enjoy by the pool (don’t worry, you can keep them cool in the Cool Gear Inc Lunch Bag).

To ENTER: Click the image above or  HERE for a chance to win all of my favorites for Summer travels near or far. What you will win: 1 BoostAPak, 1 Miraclesuit, $20 towards PRIV, 1 Sonoma Lunch Bag from Cool Gear Inc, $30 worth of coupons for Driscoll’s Berries, 4 pack of Danimals Superstars Greek Yogurt.  The giveaway begins now and ends at 11:59 pm on July 3, 2014.  U.S. residents only.  Happy First Day of Summer and Good Luck!  

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Thank you to all the sponsors of the giveaway.

Walk the Walk: The Moonwalk NYC #BreastCancer

19 Jun

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Grab your friends, get creative decorating a bra and have fun while you Walk the Walk to support a great cause.  Join the 2nd Annual MoonWalk New York City on Saturday July 26th, 2014 to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer.  The race will begin on Randall’s Island at 8:30 pm on Saturday July 26th with an option to end at 13.1 or do the entire 26.2 mile loop.

Registration for the full marathon closes next Tues, June 24 and the half marathon on Friday, July 11th.  Register HERE

Take advantage of the Starlight Package currently listed on Amazon Local, which has some extra freebies, including a training t-shirt, a nutrition clinic, entry to an exclusive bra decorating party and some finish line perks!

A grant will be made by Walk the Walk America to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from the money raised, to help support their Breast Examination Center of Harlem. Over 80% of the patients are uninsured.

Did you know?

  • $50 will help provide one clinical breast exam to an uninsured woman at the Breast Examination Center of Harlem.
  • $100 will help provide one mammogram to an uninsured woman at the Breast Examination Center of Harlem.

Walk the Walk has been proudly pounding the pavement all over the globe for over 17 years and raised over $144 million for breast cancer causes!

See photos from last year and learn more at http://walkthewalkamerica.com.

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  The image and all information came from Walk the Walk America.

Finding the Perfect Fit with Intimacy {bra fit stylists}

16 Jun
Top image from Momtrends, bottom Image from Intimacy

Top image from Momtrends, bottom Image from Intimacy

When I became a Mom, my body changed.  After breastfeeding both of my girls, bras no longer fit.  I can’t even remember the time I actually got measured and found a bra that fit comfortably and made me feel good.  Not long ago I joined Momtrends at Intimacy {Bra Fit Stylists}.  At the event, I was measured for a perfect fit in which I discovered that the bras I own are actually a few sizes off.  I tried on several styles.  Some with bright colors or beautiful lace details for special occasions as well as simple and more basic styles for everyday wear.  The bra fitting stylist helped me find the right style and fit for my body while providing the support I need.

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INTIMACY features lingerie from the world’s best brands, offering over 90 bra sizes from A to K cup.

Tips I learned during my experience:

  • The average woman’s breast shape and size change throughout her life.  Intimacy bra fit stylists recommend getting fit every six months.
  • When getting measured, start with the band.  Make sure it fits to the first hook so when it stretches you can keep tightening it to fit you.
  • Wearing your bra in the smallest part of your back provides the most support.
  • A bra stretches 2 inches in a lifetime.
  • With the purchase of an Intimacy bra, you receive 6 months complimentary alterations for any stretching that may occur.
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Find the Perfect Fit with Intimacy Bra Fit Stylists

In addition to beautiful lingerie, Intimacy has a wonderful collection swimwear for various body shapes and sizes.  After my bra fitting, my stylist brought several suits and helped guide me towards the suit best for my body.

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At the end of the fitting, a profile was created listing my size and the styles and brands I tried on. I walked out with a gorgeous suit for the summer but plan to go back for the bras. Thank goodness for the profile, it will make finding the bras I liked  a lot easier.

 

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Thank you Intimacy for wonderful service and a unique experience. Not sure if you are wearing the right size bra? Make a reservation for your complimentary bra fit styling session.  For more information visit http://myintimacy.com/discover-intimacy.

Thank you Momtrends for hosting another wonderful event!

 

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary swim suit for attending the event.  This did not alter my opinion, as always all opinions expressed are my own. Information in italics came from myintimacy.com

 

 

 

Adventures to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center

13 Jun

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My girls look forward to the weekends.  It means a new adventure.  The other weekend we jumped in the car and headed to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester, just outside of NYC. My girls LOVE building with their LEGO DUPLO and LEGO Friends sets so they were VERY excited to check out the Discovery Center.

Upon arriving, we picked up our tickets and were guided into the LEGO Factory.  The girls had a hands on experience making LEGO’s.

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Next, you walk into a dark room which is the LEGO Kingdom Quest Laser Ride.  I think the girls would have enjoyed the ride but the darkness and the music scared them a little, so we quickly moved past this experience.  If your child gets scared easily, talk to them before your enter the room and talk about the ride (you use a laser to zap trolls and skeletons who are hiding).

After our quick pass through the  we visited our favorite NYC sights.  It’s amazing the time and craftsmanship that went to building these amazing models. It was beautiful.  The girls were in awe too.  A while back we attended a LEGO event, where my  girls met Master Model Builder Gary.  I was able to point out METLIFE stadium, a model he helped build.  The girls thought that was so cool.

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After you walk through the mini NYC replicas, you enter the main room with smaller sections.  You can start by putting together race cars and challenging your friends on the “race tracks”.  Little ones can head to DUPLO village for fun in a small play gym and ball pit.  My girls had a lot of fun over at the LEGO Friends house. They built their own creations, sang karaoke and played in the kitchen.  The favorite part of the day was their ride on Merlin’s Apprentice.  Unfortunately, my girls don’t do well with 3D so we skipped the 15 minute 4D LEGO Chima move experience and went to the giant play land in the center.  They had fun climbing and sliding.   In addition to all the great attractions, LEGO fans can learn to create models from Master Builders at the LEGO Master Builder Academy.  Be sure to check out what times the classes run.

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The LEGOLAND cafe was perfect for grabbing a drink and snack.  We ate before we left but if your little one hasn’t had lunch, a kids meal is available in a cool LEGO lunch box (pictured below).

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As you exit, you walk through a gift shop on the way out so be prepared to have your child pulling on your arm asking for something. So decide beforehand if you want them to get something or not.  There are items in a variety of price ranges so you could get something small or spend a lot on something large.

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Schools are letting out soon and finding activities to keep the kids busy can be challenging.  The LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a great outing on the hot summer days when you break from the heat.  It’s also a fun, rainy day adventure. Every Friday in June is Free Friend Friday, so grab a friend for lots of fun and building.

For more on ticket pricing and more event information, visit http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester/.

A Fun Father’s Day Adventure and @Safety_1st Car Seat #Giveaway

11 Jun

Father’s Day is quickly approaching.  I’ve tried to find a fun adventure for the entire family (grandpa’s included).  As I was talking with a friend, I remembered our trip to the Grand Prix New York Go Kart Raceway a few years ago for my husbands birthday.  We didn’t bring the kids with us because we didn’t know what to expect or if it was kid friendly. While I was there, I wish I had brought them so they could cheer on their dad as he raced.  There was a bouncy castle, arcade games, bowling and more for them to enjoy as well.  This is definitely on my list for a fun Father’s day adventure!

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With Racing on the mind, did you know that Safety 1st’s car seats incorporate the same technology that protects high performance drivers? As a leader in safety innovation, the patented technology is called GCell HX™.  Combined with Safety 1st Air Protect Technology, it provides full body safety protection in the event of a crash. Below are two new Safety 1st car seats that incorporate GCell HX, so dad’s little one can ride with the same technology as a racecar driver:

The Safety 1st onBoard Air 35 Air + infant car seat allows your child to ride rear facing from 4-25 pounds. It’s equipped with a 5-point harness, adjustable stay in the car base and Carry Curve™ Handle with an ergonomic design. 

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The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + convertible car seat ensures your child is safe from 5-65 pounds. Better yet, it meets the new requirements for the new 65 Pound LATCH rule.

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The Dorel Juvenile Group (maker of Safety 1st) is based in Columbus, IN where its step stools, potties, car seat bases and child safety products are 100% made in the USA. Check out the brands recent feature on AOL’s This Built America to learn more about the company.

GIVEAWAY: Enter to WIN the Safety 1st onBoard Air 35 Air + infant car seat or convertible car seat, your choice, by clicking here.  Giveaway begins now and ends June 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm.  Good Luck! 

 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics are from Safety 1st. A car seat was provided for the giveaway.

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