Sunday Social week 20

Its time for my favoritist time of the week – Sunday Social with Ashly and Neely. Seriously I love it. I sort of feel like I’m just endlessly repeating myself…but its true…i love it..now I’ll stop…nope just kidding 😉

Ashley, and several others, are having a silent auction for to benefit the Turner Family. If you don’t know what I’m talking about please check out the link.  Matt, the husband and father, was killed in a Car Accident two weeks ago.  He was a news anchor Little Rock.  I have been moved by the blogging of Julee and the outpouring of love being shown for such a sweet family.

My mom is in town this week so I’m super excited for that.  I haven’t seen her since January.  We are making our way to West Virginia to visit my Aunt, Uncle, Cousin and Grandfather – who is celebrating his 84th birthday!  I haven’t seen them since Ami was about 6 months old.  So, lots of fun things going on around here.  Please check out some posts that I love right now!

Favorite/Fitness Friday
Graco’s New Infant Car Seat for up to 40lbs
My most recent article for Homefront United about Joining Forces, where I met Dr. Jill Biden

Sunday Social

1. What do you value most in life?

My family and My God.  Without these things I would be even more of a mess than I already am.  My life isn’t as tough as a lot of people’s I know, but gosh darnit if it isn’t a tough road to hoe every once in awhile.  Having my family (friends include in that) and my faith are really what get me through.

2. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

Gosh that’s a tough question.  For me, in this moment, I feel like SKYPE is way up there on the list.  It has saved my children and more specifically my son.  Being able to see my husband is really valuable. He’s not gone on regular deployments, its a lot more unorganized and hectic than that, and the constant change is really hard.  So SKYPE is a lifesaver.

3. What do you think is the secret to a good life?

Honestly it really is as simple, in my head, as laughing and having fun.  There are so many things I think that goes into a good life – loving people that surround you, that lift you up, can be honest with you and so many other things.  
 
4. What would you most like to be remembered for when you’re gone?

I hope that people will remember me as being someone that is always willing to listen to them and be helpful and encouraging.  I hope that I’m remembered as being a good military spouse, wife and mother.

 
5. What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

My college degree. I was the first one in my family, on one side and partially on the other, to get my college degree.  I was eextremely proud.  
 
6. If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?

Gosh,  I don ‘t know!  I really love Sandra Bullock. If Sandra Bullock from “While You Were Sleeping,” which is one of my favorite movies, could play me that would be awesome!  

Thanks for jumping on the carnival ride with me!  Please, go check out all the other amazing blogs, or link up yourself.  I find at least one new amazing blog to read everyweek.  There are so many to link through that I just can’t get through the whole list every week, because inevitably one blog catches my eye and I totally obsess.   

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Babies ‘R Us and #GRACOSAFETY!!

Hello All!  I’m so excited to be bringing this information to you today.  One of the reasons I started this blog was to tell everyone what I thought about the products I love and have tried.  Another reason was to share ideas and thoughts I had about my kids, and what I do with them, what I’ve learned from them.  This is one of the reasons why this is an event that is so important to me.  The safety of kids in all aspects of life is such a big deal.  There has been a recent influx of information out there about carseats for our children..  When do we turn our kids,  when do we put them in boosters, when are they done in carseats?  I have children that fit in all three categories, and am just about to make the whole done with carseats decision. 

With my older two I did the whole, turn them at one.  That was really the school of thought, and it wasn’t until about a year ago that I really heard much about keeping them rearfacing longer.  I love how science and technology is ever evolving!  It is such an amazing thing.  I recently decided that we too would practice extended rear facing.  Thinking about doing before I had the other two would have been kind of crazy.  From what I can recall they pretty much hated it at about one.  I don’t know that I would have had the fortitude to continue the whole rear-facing thing much beyond them.  Turning them around made the car ride so much easier.  The three now, sit three across in my fabulous SUV/Crossover and having at least one of the older ones with me all the time makes Phillip’s ride facing backwards a million times easier.  Another thing I worried about was the leg issue.  My kids are super tall, and the thought of my oldest facing rear for over a year….well, I just don’t know how safe it would have been to have his legs all cramped up.  Despite the worry about all that stuff, I am really happy to try this out.  What is safer for my child is something that I’m willing to give a go to.  Its the least I can do as a parent, and really it’s my job to keep my little’s as safe as possible.

I was super excited when I found Graco had been the one to come out with this amazing car seat.  I’m a huge fan of Graco, having owned several of their carseats over the years, including our oldest’s infant car seat!  So let me tell you a little bit about this carseat.

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 Infant Car Seat – Moonstruck is the only newborn to 2 year infant car seat. The SnugRide Click Connect 40 provides comfort and protection for babies from 4 to 40 lbs. The 8-position, adjustable base grows with your baby, offering the most leg room for your growing baby. The Simply Safe Adjust Harness allows you to adjust the harness height with one hand, as your child grows to ensure they are properly secured. No need to re-thread this harness! The SnugRide Click Connect 40 is equipped with Click Connect technology, providing a one-step secure attachment to all Graco Click Connect stollers.

  • SnugRide Click Connect 40 is the only newborn to 2-year infant car seat for infants from 4 to 40 lbs.
  • 8-position, adjustable base grows with your child, providing the most leg room and a comfortable ride for up to 2 years old
  • Removable newborn head support offers soft cushioning and supports baby’s head
  • SimplySafe Adjust Harness System is safe and simple, with a one-hand harness and headrest adjustment
  • Click Connect technology provides a one-step, secure attachment to all Graco Click Connect strollers to create a travel system
  • Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards and reassure safety-conscious parents
  • Engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. standard FMVSS213
  • Side-impact tested: in addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable U.S. safety standards, the SnugRide Click Connect 40 has been side-impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system
  • EPS, an energy-abosrbing foam, for effective impact energy management
  • Convenient, LATCH-equipped stay-in-car base features an integrated belt lock off for easier seat belt installation versus using the locking clip
  • Easy-to-read level indicator helps eliminate guesswork from the installation process so you can feel confident its been done right for newborns up to 2 years old
  • 5-point, front-adjust harness makes getting your little one in and out of the car seat a breeze 

 

Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it?!  I’m super excited to learn more about this car seat and bring that information to you!
 
Who has practiced extended rear-sitting in their homes?  What has been your experience? 
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