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The ONLY Car Seat You Ever Need to Buy

I participated in this sponsored campaign about the Evenflo Symphony DXL on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. #EvenfloPlatinum

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Evenflo: A Brand Moms Trust

When it comes to gear for our kids, we all have brands we love and trust. One of those in our house is Evenflo. I had an Evenflo stroller when Abby was a baby. I used a couple of different carriers, back when she was still small enough for me to carry around. We used a ton of their toddler feeding products. This is definitely a brand I feel confident in, and that has grown with us from the time Abby was an infant to now, as a 4 year old. [Read more…]


Can TV Kill Your Child?

We all know the risks of kids watching too much TV… Studies show that babies and toddlers need to really limit their amount of screen time. Some experts claim that playing violent video games or watching violent movies can lead to an increase in aggressive behavior in kids. And the childhood obesity epidemic is yet another reason why we should try to get kids off the couch and away from the screen. But, do you know about an even more serious risk to your kid’s from TV?

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500,000 Kids Get the Wrong Medicine Dose…

Did you know that 500,000 times each year, a child gets into medicine that they shouldn’t, or gets the wrong dose to their medicine? How scary is that, right? We all know that there are some basic precautions to take, like keeping medicines up high, or in a locked cabinet. But there are SO many scenarios you might not expect, and so much information that can really help. I know from experience that even as an uber careful mom who worries over everything, things can still go wrong. I’ll share my story with you of when Abby got into the wrong meds, and then give you some awesome tips and tools to help keep your family safe.

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Your Kid Doesn’t Need a Cell Phone Yet… Or Does He? – #ATTMobileSafety

“If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” – Bette Davis... If you’ve been reading here for awhile, then you know about my slightly odd living situation – {Why bloggers have messy homes, and other thoughts on housekeeping…} Which means – my younger brother and my nephews have lived with me for the past couple of years – in addition to me, my Mister, my little girl, AND my mom. I’ve loved it, but it’s also brought challenges that I didn’t expect. Like – not to age myself, but um, the first tech I ever had was when my friends had pagers. In high school. In 1996. Yikes – I’m not good at math, but I’m almost sure that makes me old….

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Learn How to Be Prepared for Storms like Hurricane Isaac

Help your family be prepared for storms like Hurricane Isaac…. Give oh Giveaway, Doppler Dale, and Coupon Centsation have teamed up with some awesome bloggers and the amaing folks at WeatherCall to bring you a 5 winner Giveaway that MIGHT just save your life. With the frightening weather forecast we have this week across the nation, we want you and your family to stay safe with WeatherCall! Keep reading to learn more – and get a chance to win…

What is Weather Call? 

When you are preparing for bad storms/weather you don’t have a whole lot of time to be watching tv for the latest updates….WeatherCall is an advanced weather notification system that provides you with timely, reliable and accurate weather warnings through multiple modes of notification.  From phone call messages to text messaging and email, too – you will never have to worry about missing a weather notification for your location. It is a really cool service that may just save a life. With all this crazy weather going on, this could be a really big help to some of you. We are going to make this a short and sweet 24 hour FLASH giveaway so the 5 winners can start using their program asap to help “weather the storm”.

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Get weathercall today

With WeatherCall you won’t miss notifications and can avoid dangerous situations like that! Now if you don’t want to wait to see if you win and you just want to be in the KNOW right now, you can buy WeatherCall HERE for $9.95 a year-that is less than 83 cents a month! Once you purchase the service it provides instant access. You get to choose 1 location, 3 phone numbers & 3 emails to get notifications to as well as which severe weather you want to be notified about. Get Weather Call Today.

weathercall keeps your family safe in extreme weatherWeatherCall has offered to give away FIVE1-year subscriptions to their service  – aka peace of mind for worried moms! To enter to win you must be age 18 years or older, reside in the US and enter on the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on August 28th at 11:59 pm! Good luck! {Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for sharing this giveaway I just really want you to be safe! Good luck!}

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Baby Safety: Halo Crib Sleep Set {$100 Value} – #BabyShower

Safe sleeping gear for babies…. I bet I’m not the only new mom who would check ten times a night to make sure that teeny tiny newborn baby was still breathing, right? Bringing Abby home from the hospital was so scary – I didn’t know how to take care of a baby! And she was just so small, and felt so fragile. I was definitely a worrier for those first few months. {Ok, two years later I’m STILL a worrier…} But, one product that helped me a ton was the Halo Sleep Sack. Have you seen this genius idea?

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Keep baby sleeping safely

How great is this, right? We all know that for baby to sleep safely, the crib should be as empty as possible, with baby sleeping on their back. When it’s a little bit chilly, you can swaddle them with those adorable blankets you have, but many babies will wiggle out of them during the night, leading to an increased risk that they can get that blanket wrapped around their face. The Sleep Sack solves that challenge – it’s like a little blanket you just zip up and they wear to bed. LOVE it.

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Win a Full Halo Crib Sleep Set!

One lucky momma will win a Halo Crib Set (ARV $100). Set contains a coordinating HALO SleepSack wearable blanket, SleepSack Swaddle, two soft 100% cotton jersey fitted crib sheets and matching decorative skirt. Winner will get their choice of prints and designs, as available. Visit to see some of the options availabe. Open to Canada/US. Giveaway starts at midnight on July 26th and runs until August 24th. So make sure to bookmark or pin this page, so you can come back daily for the bonus tweet entry! And – Feelin’ lucky? Enter to win all the other prizes I’m giving away this month, listed in my sidebar! And – Thank you to Kidsumers for organizing this giveaway.

Have fun & Good Luck!

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30 Must-Read Bike Safety Tips for Families this Summer

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Bike tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy this summer

The Tour de France is the single most important competition in the entire sport of cycling with billions of viewers each year, and more than 10 million spectators lining the roadway. Cycle Force Group is an importer of bicycles, parts, and accessories serving all facets of the cycling industry and produces TDF bicycling gear. Cycle Force Group is excited to share with you bike tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy this summer.

Road Safety

  1. Pump check: Before going for a ride, check your tires! Pump the tires with your pedals to make sure that it will be a safe ride.
  2. Get a headlight: For those that are bicycling at night do not forget to add a headlight. It not only is required by the law but will keep you safe.
  3. Wave: Always wave at the driver! It is easier for drivers to see arms indicating your direction instead of seeing a bicycle coming.
  4. Arm Signs: Learn the different arm signs that will let drivers know the direction you are turning.
  5. Road Rules: Stop at all stop signs and obey traffic lights.
  6. Direction flow: Ride in the direction of traffic so people can predict the movement and direction of a bicyclist. In some states such as Flordia, bicyclists can get a citation for not riding in the same direction as traffic.
  7. Keep Your Distance: Stay away from parked cars, for doors can open suddenly.
  8. Crossing An Interaction: When you arrive at an intersection, walk your bicycle across the crosswalk.
  9. Leader Of The Pack: If riding with a group of people, always ride behind one another to share the road with motorists.
  10. Avoid Noise: Avoid wearing listening to music while biking. Many bicycle accidents could have been prevented if riders were not distracted.

Choosing a Bicycle and Helmet For Your Child

  1. Maturity Level: The most important component of buying a bicycle is the child’s age and the environment they are going to be biking.
  2. Be Bold: Make sure that the bicycle is visible to drivers and other cyclists.
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): Each certified helmet will have a sticker that indicates that the helmet is a quality helmet.
  4. Check Your Helmet: Because they lose their ability to absorb shock, routinely check your helmet each season.
  5. Tight Fitting Helmet: Do not wear a hat underneath.
  6. Love Your Helmet: Do not throw your helmet around. A damaged helmet may be unable to protect you in the event of an accident.
  7. Spacing: There should be a space of 1-2 inches between your body and the top bar of a road bike, and 3 to 4 inches between your body and the top of a bike.

Caring For Your Bicycle

  1. Inflate Tires: The recommended pressure to inflate your tires is listed on the sidewall of the tire.
  2. Regular Maintence: Oil the bike chain regularly and remove any dirt.
  3. Adjust The height: Change the handlebars to appropriate height as children frequently have growth spurts.
  4. Complete A Break Check: Look for frayed cables and worn-out brake pads.
  5. Checking The Tread: Check your tread regularly. By letting the tread on your bicycle wear out you are setting yourself up for danger.

Health Benefits Of Bicycling

  1. Activation Of Muscles: The muscular system is made stronger and is able to function more efficiently through cycling.
  2. Balance: Cycling improves balance through the circulation of oxygen.
  3. Calorie Burning: Bicycling not only is good for the environment, but it also burns calories.
  4. Exercise Alternative: Bicycling is an alternative exercise for people who are unable to run.

Hydration and Nutrition

  1. Hydration: For each hour riding drink 20-24 ounces of water. By taking the time to rejuvenate your body you are helping to prevent Charlie Horses & muscle cramps.
  2. Weigh Yourself: If you have lost a significant amount of weight, such as a few pounds after a ride, it means that you are dehydrated.
  3. Nutrition: Take time to plan your meals to ensure that you are getting your daily need of vitamins to prove ample energy for your ride.
  4. Professional Advice: Seek advice from a nutritionist and your general practitioner to help with your training.

About Cycle Force Group

Cycle Force Group is an importer of bicycles, parts, and accessories serving all facets of the cycling industry including independent bicycle dealers, sporting goods retailers, e-commerce customers, premium and incentive companies and OEM customers worldwide. Cycle Force Group’s Premium and Incentive Division also offers custom designed products for promotional and incentive needs. Le Tour de France® is a Registered Trademark of, and used under license from Amaury Sport Organization.

About Tour de France

 The Tour de France is an amazing event that has extraordinary deliverables as an annual global event. The Tour de France is the single most important competition in the entire sport of cycling with billions of viewers each year. With more than 10 million spectators lining the roadway the inherent brand media exposure for Le Tour de France far exceeds the media footprint of all other bicycle brands combined.

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