Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air Car Seat Review

With summer in our hands, traveling is something we're all doing. Whether it be to family's houses, the beach, the lake, north, south, by air, by water or by car.. we're all on the go. 

My family is in Ohio, and we visit them when the time fits. We also do a lot of outings during the summer, from going to the zoo, visiting Aunty and others, going to the park, and more. We love to travel in style, but also safely.

The Grow and Go EX Air car seat by Safety 1st is not only the perfect seat for us, but it's super safe too! 

With the AAP guidelines of keeping kids rear facing longer, the Grow and GO EX Air does just that. This car seat is comfortable to use for extended use at each stage, with limits of up to 50 lbs rear-facing and 100 lbs in the belt-positioning booster mode. 

From newborn to toddler, this is the only seat you'll need! It can be used rear-facing from 5 to 50 lbs, and includes 3 comfy reversible pillows for a snug fit that removes as baby grows. In forward-facing mode, the Grow and Go EX Air sports harness holders keeping the harness out of the way making it easy to get kiddos in and out of the seat. You can adjust the harness and the headrest with one hand!! When your kiddo is ready, you can turn the seat into a belt-positioning booster for up to 100 lbs!

My favorite feature about this seat is that it's super easy to clean. When we're traveling, my kids make messes. From spilled drinks to accidental diaper explosions to food and who knows what else, there's always a mess to clean. The cover comes off without having to take apart all the straps and fight with them! I hate fighting with straps, squishing my hands into places under and around plastic pieces that don't move, just to find that I cant reach the clips to move the harnesses. It's too much of a hassle. No more fighting! YAY!

It also takes up less room when used rear-facing, adding up to 7 inches of extra room. Even better when I have 5 car seats in my car! The integrated cup holders are nice. I don't have to worry in an accident about the cup holders coming loose - they're connected! My kiddos can store their drinks and toys in the cup holders and not worry! 

Traveling with this seat has been a breeze. It's easy to install, easy to use, and fits perfectly. It is a little on the heavier side, but isn't as bad as some of the other seats. Both the kiddos and I love this seat.

We Found Dory at JCPenney

We've been searching long and hard for little Dory. She's one of our favorite characters. The kids love her personality, her jokes, her enthusiasm. I will admit, I do too!

Well, we don't have to look any further. Dory is now living with us thanks to JCPenney and Disney Apparel from Okie Dokie! 

The new Finding Dory line features adorable pieces ranging in size from Toddler 2T to 5T and Preschool 4-7X! In celebration of the movie that just came out on 6/17 in theaters, JCPenney has all the stylish Finding Dory items for your kiddos! It's a fusion of Okie Dokie's fun, playful colors and modern on-trend looks with Disney's latest desirable characters. 

With these adorable tops from Disney's Finding Dory, my kids are rocking their favorite characters in style. With vibrant colors on soft, breathable fabric, they're stylin' and profilin' for their fun in the sun!

The Knot Back Tank Top is perfect for Aurora. She looks so cute in it! It has a little knot in the back that makes the straps criss-cross. The Dory in the middle is glittery and the fin is a mesh that sticks out. It's cute!

The Bow Back Tank Top fits Emmalynn perfectly. It has a cute little bow in the back, ruffle shoulder/sleeves and such vibrant bold colors.

The Tank Top has the perfect fit for his muscular little body. It fits him well, and is absolutely adorable.  The word FINTASTIC is bold, the colors stand out, and it's so soft!

The Tank Top that Addi is wearing is absolutely gorgeous. The rainbow and heart are both glittery and beautiful. The little fish are so cute. 

When two great brands collaborate to create a unique line of kid's apparel match-ups, including graphic tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets and more, they're sold exclusively at JCPenney!

Find Dory Disney Apparel by Okie Dokie available exclusively at JCPenney!

“Are We There Yet?” Your Road Trip Safety Check List

“Are We There Yet?” Your Road Trip Safety Check List

By: Ryan Hawker, Safety 1st Car Seat Safety Expert

Gas prices are starting to drop! Yes! Therefore it’s no secret that this summer AAA is predicting more and more people will be hitting the roads for a summer vacation. According to the travel organization, 35% of Americans are planning to take a vacation more than 50 miles from home with two or more immediate family members in the next 12 months.

If you are traveling with little ones a very important tip that most people forget to confirm is that car seat or home safety is a part of the travel check list. Before you hit the road make sure to take a look in the back seat to confirm your child is in the correct child restraint for his or her height and weight, and that the car seat is installed correctly.

In Your Back Seat:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. The new Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air, offers a safer and more comfortable ride with extended use at each stage; including up to 50 pounds rear-facing and 100 pounds in the belt-positioning booster mode. Remember, the safest place to install a car seat, rear or forward-facing, is typically in the center of the rear seat. 
  • Always make sure your child is secure by keeping the car seat harness snug. Experts test the snugness with the "pinch test". If you pinch the harness straps at the shoulder and can gather material, it is too lose. Cinch it down. Also, check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police department, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance. 
  • It’s something you rarely think about, but car seats expire! You can find the expiration date on the back or the side of the car seat. Also, if a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it. Plastic can warp, materials can fray and the car seat will not protect a child correctly. Always avoid used car seats. The history of a car seat tells a lot about its ability to protect on the road ahead. If you don’t know where it has been, you don’t know if it can protect your child.

On The Road:

  • Road trips often mean long hours in the car, especially when traveling through high volume areas. According toAAA, Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year due to lower gas prices, which can lead to more traffic. Make sure your driver is always well-rested and the kids are occupied to reduce distractions. It’s a good idea to keep snacks and activities handy. Also don’t forget a charger for your tablet or iPhone. 
  • Children don’t always do what they’re told but they do often mimic what they observe. According to Safe Ride 4 Kids, almost 40% of children riding in vehicles with unbelted drivers were not wearing belt restraints at the time of an accident. Set a good example and always use your seatbelt. 
  • Protect your car like you would protect your home. It’s important to eliminate projectiles and keep them secured in a bag tucked under the seat or in a compartment. Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile in the event that you stop fast. That could be a child’s toy or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.

At Your Destination:

  • A great way to help your child adjust to sleeping in a new location is to start the process at home before you leave. If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use it for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment. 
  • Are you planning on renting a house for your family vacation this summer? Unfortunately, vacation rentals don’t come child-proofed. Sharp corners and dangerous objects are inevitable. Therefore be sure to pack essential child proofing items in your suitcase. Soften the edges of an unfamiliar house with the Foam Bumper Kit. TheEasy Install Walk-Thru Gate is great for blocking off new staircases that your little one may want to venture down, and don’t forget Plug Protectors, and door Knob Covers are essential for rooms you don’t want little ones venturing into unsupervised, such as the bathroom.

This is a sponsored post from Safety 1st. I was compensated with product but all opinions are of my own, or the writer's of the content.

9 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Puppy

9 Foods you Should Never Feed your Puppy

Chances are, you’ve already caught your precious baby sticking her nose somewhere she shouldn’t. Puppies are mischievous by nature, and sometimes their curiosity can be dangerous to their health and wellbeing. As a pet parent, you want to make sure you’re raising a healthy and happy puppy, so we’ve put together a list of items that your puppy should never consume. And, just as you would do with a child in the house, you should keep these items out of the reach of your puppy—and never give them to him purposely.

1. Alcohol

Alcohol and dogs don’t mix. Especially alcohol and puppies. Alcohol has the same effect on your puppy as it would on a child. Be mindful of setting down alcoholic beverages within reach of your curious friend. If your pup does get a gulp of something, immediately seek medical help.

2. Chocolate, Coffee, or Other Caffeine

While you might think it’s cute for your pup to finish off your coffee, caffeine can actually cause serious heart and nervous system problems. Take special precautions around holidays, as people tend to indulge in more chocolates and other caffeinated products. Make sure puppy doesn’t indulge, too, by keeping caffeinated foods out of his reach.

3. Mushrooms

The wrong kind of mushroom can put cause your pup to suffer organ damage or even death, as some varieties are toxic to our canine buddies. If you want to give your dog mushrooms as a treat, NEVER GIVE WILD MUSHROOMS.  Instead, use store-bought varieties like white button mushrooms. To be safe, though, you may want to forego the mushroom treat altogether.

4. Grapes and Raisins

It’s easy to want to reward your puppy with something you’re snacking on, especially something as easy to toss as grapes and raisins. However, these two foods can cause kidney failure in pups, so stick to dog treats instead.

5. Nuts

Although nuts are a great human snack, they should never be given to puppies. This is especially true for Macadamia nuts. Even peanut butter should be avoided, not matter how much your little one might love it. That’s because most peanut butter contains harmful fats and loads of sugar—a combo that can cause everything from heart problems to diabetes to joint disease.

6. Onions, Garlic, and Chives

These spicy foods can actually cause anemia (iron-poor blood) in puppies. Be careful leaving foods containing these vegetables and herbs within the reach of your precious pup’s paws. If he does consume of any of these food, call your veterinarian and induce vomiting.

7. Raw or Undercooked Meat and Eggs

While properly cooked eggs and meat aren’t dangerous to your pup, undercooked meats and eggs are. Much like humans, your puppy is susceptible to Salmonella and E. coli, so if you do happen to sneak them a table scrap, make sure it’s cooked properly.

8. Salt and Salty Snacks

While a single french fry won’t hurt your pup, a large quantity of salt will. Too much salt can cause your pup to become excessively thirsty and to urinate more, which can lead to sodium ion poisoning. Be mindful of your little one’s heart, too—pups predisposed to heart trouble should avoid salt altogether.

9. Xylitol

It’s easy to lose track of what your puppy is consuming when out and about in your neighborhood. However, if your pup is constantly picking up gum on walks, you might have some trouble on your hands. Xylitol (found in gum, candy, toothpaste, etc.) can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and even liver failure.

While we try hard to protect our pets from harm, occasionally your pup will come in contact with bad foods. Before calling your vet or closest emergency veterinarian, be sure to get the remnants of the food away from your pup.

his is a sponsored post on behalf of Bil-Jac

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Softsoap Pure Foaming Hand Soap Review

From using the bathroom to going outside and petting kitty to making food for the family to planting flowers and more, we're constantly getting our hands dirty. With Softsoap's new Pure foaming hand soap, getting your hands clean and fresh after some fun playing in the garden is important! 

Softsoap's Pure foaming hand wash is 100% natural fragrance, dye and alcohol free and smells really good! It cleans hands and arms without drying out your skin and leaving you itchy or oily.

I love the scent of the lemongrass hand soap. It smells like summer and freshness. After a day in the garden, I needed to wash my hands before making dinner. Who wants dirt in their food? Using Softsoap's Pure foaming hand soap got my hands really clean without being harsh. The gentle formula didn't dry out my skin or leave me itchy like other soaps. After having twin preemie's I've used a lot of soap, and ran into dry and irritated skin with a lot of the different soaps and sanitizers. I'm so glad that there's an amazing soap out there that doesn't kill my hands leaving me in pain with cracked and bleeding red rashy skin. 

Check out Softsoap's Pure foaming hand soap at your local stores as well as online at Amazon and many other retailers.

Looking for some great gift ideas for new moms and grads? Throw together a great gift basket with Softsoap's line of body washes and hand washes, include some cleaning supplies, snacks and gift cards for food and you're good to go!

Softsoap Luminous Oils Body Wash Review

Moisturizing is important, especially with the summer's humidity and the winter's dry air. But what mom has time to shower, moisturize and use 10 products before being chased out of the bathroom and tackled? I sure don't! I'm lucky if I can get the soap out of my hair before someone comes in "MOOOOOMMMM MILK PLEASE? CUCUMBER?" 


Softsoap's brand new Luminous Oils body wash is perfect for any skin type, leaving you feeling fresh and clean after just one step! Seriously! One body wash that moisturizes all in one go - perfect! You don't have to worry about any oily feeling afterwards either. 

The rich lather of Softsoap's Luminous Oil body washes is perfect, with a fruity smell, and just enough to wash every body part while singing the ABCs with the kid standing outside the shower. Your kids might even think you've snuck food into the shower and peak in wondering what you're eating. 

I received the lovely Softsoap Luminous Oils avocado oil and iris body wash as well as the macadamia oil and peony body wash. Both smell absolutely wonderful, fruity, and definitely fit the summer perfectly with their scents. They both wash really well, and left me feeling wonderfully refreshed and ready for the day. 

Check them out at your local grocery stores or online at Amazon and many other retailers! 

Did you know Softsoap's Luminous Oils body washes also make great gifts? I love throwing soaps like these into gift baskets for new moms at baby showers! Pamper them with some wonderful soaps, snacks, and more.

Crazy Foam Review

The hit soap from 1965, Crazy Foam, is back! Throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, kids all over were using Crazy Foam as a fun soap making bathtime better than ever! 

The popular Crazy Foam soap comes in a spray can and sprays out a foam soap that can be used as shampoo, conditioner or body wash! This popular soap disappeared for a while, but is now back and ready to take over bath time!

The Crazy Foam cans are adorned with some of our favorite iconic stars, from Wonder Woman to Superman and some of Crazy Foam's own made up characters. This makes the cans a hit among kids, seeing them as fun and stylish soaps. Some of the popular series featured on these cans include DC heroes, Justice League, and Looney Tunes.

The foam sprays out of the characters' mouth, which is easy to spray by just the push of the button on top. The soap doesn't really bubble up and get sudsy, so my kids tend to use a lot of it for one wash. I find it as more of just a fun spray they can play with, we don't use it as a soap since it doesn't get sudsy and wash well. My kids love the cans most of all! They play with them, even when empty and like to display them on their shelves. Crazy Foam makes bath time tons of fun! 

You can find Crazy Foam at Kroger, Ingles, Walgreens, Drugstore.com, ShopRite, Woodmans, United Supermarkets, and hmv.ca.

Bling2O Kids Goggles Review

With a lake in our front yard, we're constantly spending time swimming, splashing and enjoying the sunshine on the lake. With the harsh UV rays from the sun, having the best eye wear is important. 

What's even better is Bling20 Kids Goggles because they not only protect from the sun's UV rays with their intensely polarized lenses, but they protect your eyes underwater too! The lenses are also anti-fog so you'll always be able to see!

These Bling2O's Kids Goggles are extremely stylish and adjustable to fit any sized head! They adjust easily, just pull on the straps to the length you need, and they snap in front by the nose piece, making it easy to put on and take off without hassle. Using high performance latex and lead free materials, these goggles have a wide band making them not slip off the head, holding them in place. With a flexible frame, they fit comfortably without pinching or squeezing.

These goggles fit my son's head perfectly. They held tight, didn't let any water in when he went under, and stayed on his head without needing to be adjusted a bunch of times. We both love them! He swam for a long time without any hassles or having to mess with his goggles. He loves how stylish they are too.

Check out the Bling2O Kid Goggles on Amazon

bumGenius Freetime Cloth Diaper Review

BumGenius prides themselves in not only making quality cloth diapers, but their commitment to fighting poverty in local communities by providing cloth diapers to needy families through Share the Love cloth diaper bank. 

Making cloth diapering inexpensive, BumGenius wants to make it easy for families to take the plunge into cloth diapering without spending their life savings. I love that the BumGenius lines are all affordable. From Freetimes (AIOs - All in Ones) to the Original 5.0 (Pocket) to Elemental (Natural AIOs) to Littles (Newborn AIOs) and even accessories, BumGenius has designs and styles for every little bum. 

The Freetime - Pepper is gorgeous and easy to use. It has two inserts that are sewn in, one on each side. They fold down and can have inserts placed inside or behind/under the attached inserts. This one piece diaper is super easy to use, super comfortable, and easy to clean! The interior is a stay-dry material, with overlapping stay-dry inserts and extra layer of microfiber sewn into the shell. The waterproof outer layer controls leaks perfectly. It has durable plastic snaps and easy to access elastics that are soft and easy to replace. With the 3x3 snap down design, you can fit any child from 8 to 35+ lbs. 

BENEFITS

Cloth diapering made even easier!
bumGenius Freetime All-In-One One-Size Cloth Diapers feature our patented butterfly closure system to provide a comfortable, trim fit. This simple design makes cloth diapering as easy as using disposables. Our "no-stuff" system with semi-attached, stay-dry inserts is an ideal solution for families with a child in daycare or family members resistant to cloth diapers!
Buy Diapers Once
bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diapers fit most babies from 8 to 35+ pounds. Using the snaps on the front of the diaper, adjust the size if needed, put on your baby, wash, dry and reuse. No extra steps. No stuffing. No cover required.
Only the Best for Your Baby
The soft, waterproof outer fabric keeps the diaper trim on your newborn and toddler. Soft, sueded inner fabric gently wicks moisture away from your baby's skin. Super- stretchy, gentle leg and back elastic with rolled out casings keeps in the yuck (maybe say mess instead) and helps to reduce red marks on baby’s skin.

The bumGenius Freetime has made diapering Rory's little bum super easy. I love this Freetime in Pepper because it's easy to use. I can fold it down, snap it on and go. There's no fighting with inserts, shoving them into pockets, trying to figure out which inserts we need. I love how snug it fits, it doesn't leak, it's super soft and very easy to clean!