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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 Car-seat.org 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.

Left Neglected – A Book Review

There was a time in my life when I obsessively consumed books – usually it was in the summer – I’d scan pages upon pages of books on my hour long commute on the subway to whatever my summer job was that year. That was long before kids. Long before we moved so far out in suburbia that it no longer became feasible for me to take public transportation. I miss that reading time. Parenthood has also made it harder to find the time – little people would grab my book, lose my page and often times commit the biggest offense of all.. MISPLACE MY BOOK! I miss the luxury of turning the crisp pages of a book, the smell of a new book waiting for me to immerse myself into the story and the lives of the characters.

Three weeks ago, thanks to my wonderful blog sponsors Vistaprint, Skincare Botanica, and Appleseed Maternity, I found myself in the financial position to be able to buy myself an indulgent gift, a gift solely for myself: a new iPad 2! (She needs a nickname… Suggestions?). Shortly after making my purchase I discovered the iBooks, Kindle and Kobo apps and therefore resurrecting my love of reading.

I turned to my good friend Twitter for book suggestions and @flowercitymom jumped to the rescue & suggested “Left Neglected” by Lisa Genova. Trusting her judgement, I downloaded it right away.

I instantly was able to relate to the chief character, Sarah, in Left Neglected. She’s a busy mom of three children who are almost exactly the same age as mine (9 mos, 6 and 8). She’s a career-minded mom, trying to find work/life balance between school and daycare drop-offs, a long commute to work and a demanding job until one day she’s involved in a car accident that leaves her a traumatic brain injury. The book shares her emotional and physical struggles in the aftermath of the accident. She’s unable to care for herself or her children but slowly recovers and learns that the little things in life are what matters most.

As a working mom myself (or at least I will be in 3 mos from now when my maternity leave is over), I could relate to her struggles. How do I balance everything *I* want to do? Is what *I* want to do as important or more important than the time with my children? I greatly enjoyed the book because it made me see MY OWN life differently. I love when a book can do that!

DISCLAIMER: I chose and purchased this book on my own and was not asked by anyone to write a review. These are my own thoughts and feelings about this book.

Growing Healthy Kids Multivitamin Review

I recently was contacted to review a new kid’s vitamin: Growing Healthy Kids Multivitamin by Life Time Fitness.

From the manufacturer’s website:

The Growing Healthy Kids Multivitamin was formulated by Dr. Jim LaValle to be an incredibly nutrient-dense multivitamin unlike anything else in the kids multivitamin market. Unlike sugar-filled, nutrient-poor gummy vitamins and other chewables, there were no corners cut in this multivitamin. It is also all-natural, sweetened with xylitol, lo han and Stevia and comes in a tasty cherry flavor.

I didn’t know how my kids would react to them, though they were very eager to try them. I vlogged their tremendously raw and honest review, and am rather thankful that I did because there is no way I could ever describe this in words:

No worries – I laughed too!

All in all, 5 year old Sierra liked the flavour, but not the texture.  As for 3 year old Brooke… I had a hard time convincing her to try the POPChips I was sent to review after this experience.

I looked over the label, and the % daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet, and in many cases there was well over 100% of the recommended daily value in the vitamins. The bottle suggests two vitamins/day for children over the age of 2. Now I don’t know about your kids, but mine certainly do not consume 2000 calories/day. Heck! I don’t even cosume that many calories in a day!  Basically a child would get WELL over 200% of the required amount of many vitamins and minerals.  I’m not a nutritionist, but I truly believe more is not always better.

My review? Save your money and just feed your children nutrient rich HEALTHY foods.

Disclaimer: I did not pay for this product. It was sent to me and in exchange, I’ve posted an honest review of it. I was not compensated nor was I encouraged by the manufacturer to post a positive review. This review is based solely on my experience with this product.