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How To Fit 3 Car Seats In 1 Car

You know the saying: “Two minds are better than one”? Well did you know 35 minds (because that’s how many views I had of my post about carseats yesterday) are way better than two? Hubby and I have been debating how to get three kids into our vehicles ever since he waved that magic stick with a “+” on it 16 weeks ago. Yes – I said “he” because he was the one who dipped the stick into a cup. I really couldn’t tell you how many hours hubby’s spent analyzing our finances, budgets and researching various makes and models of 7-seater SUV’s* to solve our dilemma.

Anyways, Liz @ Loving Mom of Two Boys responded to me came to my rescue and said she was looking into getting Sunshine Kids Seats when her newest addition joins her family (Congrats Liz!).

Look at this pic! These car seats have a narrow base and can fit three across a mid-sized sedan (I’d consider my Santa Fe & hubby’s Mazda 6 both to be mid-sized).

3 car seats in one car!

My kids are small, I hate to admit this but 5 year old, Sierra, weighs 34lbs and my almost 3 year old, Brooke, weighs a whopping 25lbs. So this is the perfect solution for us. I considered having both girls in boosters, but because we do long car trips to visit family frequently, and both girls fall asleep in their seats a seat that will hold them upright is a better match for us. $900 in car seats vs 5 yrs of $400 +/month in car payments…. This is a no-brainer to me! And look how cute the fabric is:

I’ll probably get the grey because I’m conservative like that even though the pink is so adorable (and my girls would love it). Actually the pink is so cute I’m almost tempted to find out the sex of this baby at my 20 week anatomy scan ultrasound tomorrow, even though I PROMISED my hubby Mr. Old School I wouldn’t find out. Gosh it’s killing me not to know who’s hiccupping in there!

Anyways – thanks again Liz for your awesome suggestion! I’ve researched and have found that the Bay Department Store across from my work carries these so I can scout them out now (or maybe if I’m lucky Sunshine Kids will send me one to review and therefore ease some of the expense of expanding our family…).

PS – Special thanks to Emma and Marisa for their suggestion to check out where I learned that I only need 2 Sunshine Kids car seats and can use my existing Graco in the center rear-facing for the baby.

* I am not a mini-van kind of gal – I may be a washed up former cutie now that I’m gonna have three kids, but I will never ever drive a Caravan, Sedona etc… Yes, you can call me a snob ‘cause it really doesn’t bother me at all.

Passing the Virtual Baton

Yay! The winner of the Ragnar Backpack is…. drumroll please….

Entry # 770 – Aaron!!

Here’s his winning tweet:

Congratulations! I’ve sent you an email to let you know that you’ve won.

To everyone else who entered: thank you so much for stopping by my blog! It was great to see so many entries!

And now, I’m passing the Ragnar Swagnar virtual baton to … Monica of Monica is sharing hydration tips and giving away a great personal running package consisting of ClifBars, FRS, and BodyArmour!


What to Pack for a Relay Race AND Ragnar Relay Backpack Giveaway!

Once upon a time there was a mommy who loved to run and to blog:

The Mommy

One of that mommy’s biggest dreams was to one day get away from her family for a few days and run in a long distance relay race to bond with other runners. Then one day that mommy got an email inviting her to do the Ragnar Relay, a 200 mile running relay race with 12 other runners – oh and those runners were also some really cool bloggers just like her!

Ragnar Relay

“Wow!”, thought the mommy, “This is the chance of a lifetime!”. So the mommy consulted with her husband, the daddy of their three daughters to see if the family could go to So Cal together so that she could race. The daddy knew how much his wife wanted to run in a Ragnar Relay because she had talked his ear off about it many times before, so he said, “YES! Let’s go!”.

I can go!!

Now this working, running, mommy of three, is very organised, so the first thing she started to do was to create a packing list. “What should I bring for a relay race? “, she pondered. So she consulted the blogs of a few of her running, blogging friends like Meghann of to find out, and here is what she learned:

What to pack for a Relay Race:

  1. Pack a running outfit for each leg that you’re running – Three legs = Three running outfits. Three different blogs that I read suggested separating the outfits into three separate ziploc bags. That way you can easily grab what you need without digging around your back pack and you’ll have something to place the smelly clothes back in once you’re done each race leg.
    Some things you might want to include in each zippy: Socks, Shorts,Tank top, Sports bra, Fresh underwear.
  2. Pack some relay essentials – A towel to wipe off the sweat, baby wipes to freshen up your face, smart phone, reflective vest with blinking light, head lamp, garmin/GPS, sunglasses, body glide, deodarant, Nuun.
  3. Food for a van full of hungry runners – the Ragner Relay is a giant running road trip full of road trip eats. You’ll likely stop for meals along the way, but no roadtrip is complete without snacks.
  4. Pack light– There’s limited space in the van, so everything you pack is crucial. Pack light and only bring the essentials. Try to fit it all into one bag like the Ragnar Relay Backpack that can double as your pillow:

Not only is the mommy going to run in the Ragnar So Cal Relay, but she’s also the first blogger in the Ragnar Swagnar giveway relay! This means she’s kicking this 12 blog giveaway relay off in style with that great Ragnar Backpack pictured above, but there’s one catch…

You gotta complete that Rafflecopter form below within 48 hrs of this post being published to win. Yep – you read that right – you have until October 10th, 2012 at 12:01 am to enter.


As well ALL enteries collected from the Ragnar Swagnar Relay Giveaway will be entered to win bonus prizes, so be sure to enter the giveaway of the 12 great participating blogs!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Done entering? Now visit Monica at who I’m passing the baton to on October 10th for your chance to win the next prize in the Ragnar Swagnar Relay!

Good luck!