• Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night?
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • messy house, no makeup, and a kid who doesn’t want to wake up from his late car nap... meaning bedtime will be difficult. But what’s so different about that?! 🤪☹️ When your kids come out of your bed for the 1937 time tonight, just know you’re not alone. •
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  • Happy Fourth! It’s finally under 90° so we are out and waiting for fireworks to start! 🙌🏻 Hope you had a great day with your family. ❤️🇺🇸💥
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me: 
stranger: when are you due?
me: October 8.
stranger: 😳😳😳😳
I can’t believe it’s only another 14 weeks to go! Ben was born just past 38 weeks, so it could only be another 12. 😬😬😬🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #photobyblaire •
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  • Blaire walked in on me doing the dishes and asked if she could take over. After, she proclaimed she was really good at it so it should be her new “chore”. They’re all yours, kid. 🧽 Do your kids do chores? Do they get an allowance? #blairep
  • This kid! He loves the water just like his sister and they’d spend all day and night at the pool if we let them. I can’t wait for the long weekend! What are your plans for the 4th? 💥 #benjaminp
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  • #ad You guys know we bought our forever home in March, after nearly a year of looking. Finding the right home is stressful! We lucked out and found one in an AMAZING neighborhood! While we love our house and love the location, there are a few things that need to be updated. Like the windows… and while they don’t NEED to be replaced immediately, we know they need to be replaced in the near future and it’s going to be a big job.
We are lucky because my dad is an electrician and super handy! But something like windows? That’s something even he suggests we leave to a professional. I’m so excited to be able to use @HomeAdvisor to match us with a professional for the job! They have been the best resource for planning and budgeting this huge project. You can find a link in my bio to learn more about using HomeAdvisor to get matched for any home improvement project, from remodels to pools to fences, they’ll help you find the right match! #HomeAdvisor
March 23, 2018

transitioning to a convertible car seat + extended rear-facing

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Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car Seat - Extended Rear-FacingBen is almost 11 months and we’re finally transitioning him to a convertible car seat because he is HEAVY.

Carrying his little 23lb self + his 8lb car seat is giving me quite the arm workout/neck problems. He still falls asleep during most trips in the car so it has just been easier for us to keep him in a seat we can take in and out of the car with us. Plus it’s COLD here in the midwest, so it was definitely faster to be able to buckle him while inside. But, it’s finally time. And Ben loves his new car seat! 

Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car SeatExtended rear-facing is so, SO important to me. Anyone who KNOWS me, knows how passionate I am, not only about extended rear-facing, but about car seat safety in general. If you haven’t heard the term “Extended Rear-Facing” before, I can explain:

Extended rear-facing is choosing to keep your child’s car seat rear-facing past the age of legal requirement, usually until the age of 4 or as long as the height/weight limit on your child’s seat will allow. 

As a new mom, I was clueless about car seat safety. I didn’t know exactly where to place the chest clip, how loose/tight the straps should be or that children shouldn’t wear heavy jackets in their car seats. Luckily I joined the Car Seats for the Littles Facebook Group when Blaire was only a few months old. Since then, I’ve spent hours and hours reading about car seat safety best practices, because 1) anxiety 2) there are so many nuances to it. So, please, PLEASE, take car seat safety seriously.

The FB Group linked above is admin-ed by Certified Car Seat Technicians. They can give you advice on anything from a photo of the way you have your child buckled in, to feedback on a photo of your car seat installation, to the best seats for your vehicle when it’s time to add a new baby/car seat to the mix. 

Blaire just turned 4. She currently weighs 38lbs and is about 40″ tall. That makes her about 70 percentile for both height and weight. She has been using the Graco 4Ever Seat for the almost 2 years. Lucky for us, it supports extended rear-facing up until 40lbs and the child’s head must be at least 1″ below the handle on the headrest. So, we were able to keep Blaire rear-facing up until her 4th birthday. But, it was a close one, friends.

Knowing Blaire is average on the growth curve for her age, I’m not taking any chances of Ben growing out of rear-facing quickly. So, enter the Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit Platinum Car Seat! This sweet car seat will keep him safely rear-facing even longer than the traditional 4Ever seat. It’s safe for extended rear-facing until he’s 50lbs (his head must be 1″ below the handle on the headrest) which I’m hoping is his 4th birthday.

The 4Ever Extend2Fit Platinum Car Seat is special because it has EZ Tight LATCH. It’s SO easy to install and remove from the car. You can use the EZ LATCH with this car seat up until your child reaches 45 lbs. 

Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car Seat Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car Seat Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car Seat - Extended Rear-Facing Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car Seat Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car SeatWe love Graco and any carseat we have ever purchased has been Graco. They’re affordable, and most importantly, they are a brand we trust to keep our babies safe. Their seats have always held up well, which is especially important with a seat like the 4Ever, since we can use it for the next 10 years. 

This 4Ever Extend2Fit Platinum car seat is perfect for us. They are the seats we use in my car, which is where our children ride 99.9% of the time. (They usually spend less than an hour per week in Jason’s car, where they both have Graco 4Ever car seats.) It makes me so happy to know Graco takes the benefits of extended rear-facing seriously. They are doing their part to allow parents to keep their children rear-facing as long as possible.

I want to leave you with this, and please know I say this with love, and not judgement, because I know not all parents are interested in extended rear-facing.

Even if your child is already forward-facing, but they’re under the age of 4, but not exceeding the maximum height/weight for RF, it’s never too late to turn them back. Studies have found your child is 92% less likely to be seriously injured in a crash if they are rear-facing.

If you want more stats about extended rear-facing, including videos of crash simulations and photos to prove your child’s legs won’t be uncomfortable if they’re still 3-years-old and rear-facing, you can visit the Car Seat Lady’s article “5x Safer”.

As parents, we know it’s our job to keep our children safe. So, please know, you’re not alone when it comes to car seat safety. There are many resources out there. If you want links to more, please leave a comment, send me an email, or message me on Instagram.

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