Diono Radian rXT: A Safe and Comfortable Car Seat that Grows with Your Child

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not the biggest fan of the new car seat laws in New Jersey that require children under two years old to be seated rear-facing. With babies the choice is clear, but it can be difficult to get a larger toddler (which all of my children are) strapped in a rear-facing seat. It seems they never have enough room to truly be comfortable. They usually can’t straighten out their legs and the side panels make them feel isolated from the rest of the passengers in the vehicle. I always looked forward to the time when I could use a front-facing car seat and enjoy rides with my children.

Diono Radian XT Carseat

I wasn’t so sure the Diono Radian rXT would be different from the other rear-facing car seats that I’ve used, but I was ready to give it a try. I’ll admit that when I first picked up the Diono, I was surprised that it was very heavy, and because of its weight I naturally assumed it would be a large bulky seat; most of the convertible seats on the market are, in fact, bulky in the rear-facing position. In the past, I’ve actually needed to keep the front seat as close to the dashboard as possible so a bulky car seat could fit, which made long trips in the car uncomfortable for my family. Let me tell you: I was so pleasantly surprised that the Diono wasn’t bulky at all! It fit well in my small SUV and left ample room for my two other children and an adult passenger in the front seat. I especially love the feature that allows the base to fold up when other children need to climb in the car. When in the forward-facing position, I can lift the base and my passengers can easily get to their seat. (Note:  The weight is due to the steel frame, which makes it much sturdier than the mostly plastic frames you find on a lot of other brands.)

Diono Radian XT

My big, strong husband was kind enough to assist me with the installation, and he thought it was relatively quick and simple.  We asked a NJ Child Passenger Safety-Certified police officer to inspect the set up and the fit of the harness around my thirteen-month old daughter.  Once he assured us that the seat positioned my daughter properly and the harness was very secure, we were ready to let the little lady take it to the road.  This face says it all, don’t you think? [Read more…]

15 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Nothing says you care like a homemade card does.  They have significantly more sentimental value than anything store-bought, and they can be so much fun to make too.  We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite easy DIY Valentine’s Day cards to help you get started.  Whether you’re looking for a card for the one you love most or Valentine’s Day cards for the kids to hand out in school, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect solution!

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Enter to Win TWO Build-a-Bear & Cookies by Design Baskets + a $150 Visa Gift Card

In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, we’re happy to announce we have a fun giveaway for you guys.  Thanks to Cookies by Design and Conservamom, my readers have a chance to win something cute and cuddly–and a little spending money too!

Build a Bear Giveaway

Every year, Feb. 14 marks the search – or sometimes scramble – for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Whether you plan in advance or do a last-minute dash, stepping outside the traditional gift of flowers with something a little more personalized, loveable – and tasty – can go a long way toward showing your love and affection.

If you’re still on your search, Cookies by Design and Build-A-Bear Workshop can help with an easy and delicious gift idea. Hand-decorated cookie bouquets combined with huggable, adorably outfitted bears are the best of both worlds and make great presents for everyone from your longtime sweetheart or new flame to your favorite kid or kid-at-heart.

Each cookie bouquet is made-to-order and every cookie is decorated by hand – you can even have your custom love note or photo printed right on the cookies!

Build a Bear Valentine's Day


Last-minute gift givers can take advantage of ready-made Build-A-Bear Cookie Baskets, available at all Cookies by Design store locations with nationwide delivery, and specially customized baskets only take an additional day or two to create.

You can stop in at any Cookies by Design location or order online at: http://www.cookiesbydesign.com/build-a-bear-bouquets

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time you can order these special bouquets, though. Cookies by Design also makes them year-round for birthday, baby, and get well gifts.

Build a Bear & Cookies by Design Gifts

Now for the fun part! Cookies by Design is offering the chance to win two special occasion baskets – one for the winner (you know you want one for yourself!) and one to give away – plus one $150 Visa gift card, which could come in handy for a cozy dinner date. Just fill out the form below for a chance to win. This giveaway is open to US only and ends on 2/9 at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck! [Read more…]

Fight Collagen Loss with mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder + Giveaway

As you might already know, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body.  It’s in our bones, muscles, skin, and tendons, and it basically holds everything together.  As we age, collagen production declines, and because it’s what gives our skin it’s strength and structure, less collagen generally means more sagging and wrinkles.

Countless beauty products have been developed that claim to boost collagen and make your skin look younger and healthier, but they fall flat on their promises.  If you’re lucky, what you end up with instead is a good (and probably very expensive) moisturizer.  Collagen molecules are simply too large to be absorbed by the skin, so topical application is not the way to go.

mykind Organics Collagen Builder

At this point, supplements might be the first solution that pops into your head.  You’re on the right track, but you might be surprised to learn that whole collagen supplements aren’t absorbed.  Like any other protein, collagen that you ingest gets broken down during the digestive process.  What’s reassembled and put back into your bloodstream is not adequate to keep up with collagen loss.

Your best bet is to follow a diet full of healthy foods like dark, leafy greens and berries that will increase collagen production.  Bone broth will do the trick too, but if you’re vegan, that one poses a bit of a problem.  The key is to get enough of the co-nutrients you need to build collagen.  We don’t always get enough of them in our diets, and that’s where supplements come in.  (I highly suggest cutting out the sugar too.)

Certified Organic Food Blend

mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made only from organic plant foods, and can boost your body’s own natural production of collagen.  Made from over 30 real, nutritious organic, family-farmed whole foods, their Organic Plant Collagen Builder helps restore not only collagen, but keratin and elastin as well.  That’s a magical trio that will lead you down the path to beautiful hair, skin, and nails.

Garden of Life Organic Plant Collagen Builder

Don’t give in to those lines and wrinkles that you see creeping up.  Fight back by getting your body all the nutrients it needs to maintain more youthful skin.  You can find this and other mykind products at stores like Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe.  I get mine at Vitacost because they usually have the best price, and they always have excellent customer service.

You could win a bottle of mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder from Garden of life.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends.  Good luck!

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Keeping my Tootsies Toasty with the Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater

It’s been a pretty mild winter here, compared to winters past, but it’s been cold enough to keep the heat running quite a bit. For some people turning on the heat is probably sufficient, but not for me.  I’m one of those people who gets a chill and doesn’t warm up for months. It’s no good.

So obviously I wear layers during the winter, even inside, and I never have bare feet (cozy socks all the way). But still, sometimes my feet get cold and it just travels up my body until I’m shivering. I recently decided to tackle this problem head-on with a space heater, and the Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater has been a real superhero.

Honeywell Logo

The Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater is a little thing (only 9.02″ x 6.5″ x 10.24″), but it packs a powerful punch. It’s a 1500 watt heater that provides quick and even heat for your home. It comes with two heat settings, and you can use it in small, targeted spaces (like on your desk), or use it as supplemental heating for a room that doesn’t get the best heat.

Honeywell UberHeat Controls
Speaking of rooms that are poorly heated, that’s where my UberHeat saves the day. Because I work from home and also blog, I spend a lot of time in my office on the computer. And by office, I mean a designated space in the “formal” living room. It’s a big, airy room and there’s plenty of space for my desk, so it works out well. Unfortunately, that designated desk space is right in front of a giant window, which means it’s also the coldest spot in the room. I use the UberHeat every day now while I’m at the computer, and it’s made the winter so much more bearable. I’m finally comfortable, no longer have freezing fingers and toes, and can shed a few layers while I work.

Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater

Aside from the fact it makes my days more comfortable, my favorite feature about the UberHeat is its design. Most space heaters you’ll find in stores aren’t exactly pretty. After all, heaters are meant to be functional, and looks come second (if at all). Honeywell disrupted the status quo with the UberHeat – it’s actually really cute, and I haven’t seen another space heater like it. The design is modern and unassuming, a sleek round shape with minimal buttons and gadgets. It comes in both black and white, both of which I love. Honestly, I would recommend this heater no matter how it looked (it works so well), but I’m thrilled that I can also recommend it based on aesthetics. It’s a job well done all around!

If you’re sitting at your desk right now, wishing your cozy socks could keep your toes even warmer, do yourself a favor and order one of these. You’ll be glad you did.  To learn more about the Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater, visit HoneywellPluggedIn.com.