Monday, April 21, 2014

RECARO Performance Ride Car Seat Giveaway

Welcome to the RECARO Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat Giveaway!
With over 100 years of experience in designing seats - award winning child safety begins here!
Photo Credit: RECARO
Sponsored by: RECARO
Co-Hosted by: Mommys Craft Obsession

We are excited to bring you this review and giveaway of the RECARO Performance Ride car seat. It would be awesome if one of my readers would win this! Here is an excerpt of a great review written by Crunchy Living' Mama Style:

"With the birth of my first son, we purchased an infant seat simply knowing he'd need one for the trip home from the hospital. Past that, the world of convertible car seats was a bit foreign to me. While I didn't know too much in on the wide variety available at the time, I quickly learned not all car seats are equal. This kickstarted my research and passion in learning all I could about car seat safety and sharing with friends and family on ways to travel safely. I was thrilled to join forces with RECARO! With over 100 years of history designing seats, I could not wait to try out their Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat. I received their Performance Ride seat in Vibe at no cost to facilitate my review. RECARO is an international leader in seating safety, design, comfort and style. As a pioneer of child seat side impact technology, RECARO offers the peace of mind that each seat is built with superior side impact protection technology.

As a convertible car seat, the Performance Ride can be used in the rear-facing or the forward facing position when your child outgrows the recommendations for rear-facing use. It fits children 5 to 40 lbs in the rear-facing position & 20-65 lbs in the forward-facing position while also measuring under 49 inches in height. I'm a strong advocate of extending rear-facing so the rear-facing limit up to 40 lbs was especially important to me. To accommodate smaller babies, the Performance Ride also includes a removable infant insert. With a huge history in racing, they have developed their car seats with the specific design to protect a child's most vulnerable parts in a side impact collision - pelvis, head, neck, face and torso.

With protective and comfortable 'PUR' foam in the head restraint, its height can be easily adjusted with their Easy Adjust No Re-thread harness. I absolutely LOVE this feature. I'm constantly checking the height of the straps on my sons, so it's nice to be able to make adjustments without taking the seat apart. I'm able to get the perfect fit for them simply by turning a dial back or forth till it's at the correct height. (At or below shoulders for Rear-Facing & at or above for Forward-Facing) The range in harness height allows for a great deal of growth in using the seat, too. The harness straps also feature a safety stripe system, a white strip along the outer edge of the strap, to be sure neither strap is twisted when fastening and padding in the shoulder are for comfort."
Click HERE to read Crunchy Livin' Mama Style's full review of the Vibe Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat!


You can connect with RECARO on Facebook . Twitter . YouTube   To Buy: You can purchase a RECARO Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat through Amazon or by searching 'Where to Buy' on their website. To Win: One winner will be chosen to receive a RECARO Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat in Vibe.

This giveaway will begin April 21st and run through May 3rd at 11:59pm. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tool. The winner E-mailed and given 48 hours to claim their prize. They will then be announced on the Giveaway Tool. The winner will receive the prize shipped to them from RECARO. Crunchy Livin Mama Style and any other participating blog is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only.
Disclosure: Amazon link is an affiliate link. Eco-Babyz was not compensated for the promotion of this giveaway. All opinions are our own and were not influenced in any way. Keep in mind what works for us, our children or our family may not work for you. The sponsor will be responsible for prize shipment. Crunchy Livin' Mama Style and any participating blogger is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway in any way. This disclosure is done in accordance with the FTC. If you have any questions regarding this post, please email Sam at

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#SliceofPerfect in My #MessyReality {Photo Challenge}

Today Jill Krause from Baby Rabies inspired me with her photo challenge. I read her post and nodded, I often post very nice photos of my kids but people don't get to see the 'big picture'. This above is my Slice of Perfect, I chose to crop out our messy kids/homeschooling/guest room after I've pretty much let them make a mess and move things around. 

This morning they woke up and Baby E shouted she wants to 'do school'. Our normal educational activities are nothing like school, but this time she wanted me to use the whiteboard and wanted to have 'school desks'. You can see that below. As we were doing math, we heard the beeping sound outside and my 2 year old exclaims, "Excavator!" It actually was one, and they were both so excited! They've been watching the excavator dig a whole for the past half hour. 

Less obvious in the photo is our ceiling that has leaked almost every winter. It's been fixed, painted over, and leaked on again because of ice build up on the roof. Boxes of legos, rocking hourse, exercise ball, dollhouse, just a typical play room. Notice the Christmas lights hanging. It's mid-April. They don't want to take them down!

So there you have it! My Slice of Perfect. It reminds me of having to choose daily to enjoy the 'perfect' moments among the really messy daily reality of motherhood. Otherwise we would all go crazy. 

You can tweet and Instagram your #SliceOfPerfect and #MessyReality photos to join in on the Baby Rabies photo challenge!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Officially Here! {photo session}

Yesterday was GORGEOUS. I can hardly believe we're out of our winter slump and can finally take photos outdoors! We had fun at this park and opened the season to a lot more outdoor time that we desperately crave. 

Pollinating Bee

New England winters make me wish we moved to a slightly warmer climate. Which may actually happen in the distant future, for many reasons. I'm so over spending the winter home with sick kids. Over. It's a fact of life and you can't always avoid it, but surely there are places where we could live to get sunshine not just 5-6 months out of the year. No vitamin D, guaranteed sickness. Supplements help, but just aren't the real thing. 

When we got to the garden, I remembered I completely forgot to actually dress them nice for photos, just got out the door in whatever they had on. 

That smirk!

My princess!

Baby E and Baby T were so happy for the warm the weather that they almost liked the presence of the bees on nearly every flower. Plus it was a good deterrent for my toddler, who wanted to pick all the flowers where he isn't supposed to. 

We'll be enjoying this spring, summer, and early fall, but honestly, I'm not looking forward to next winter. 

These photos were taken at the Stevens Coolidge Place (that I didn't even take a picture of!), just a ten minute drive from our house. 

Can't wait to see it in all it's early summer glory!  

What climate do you live in? Love or dislike winter?

Photos: Copyrighted to V & A Photography, specializing in Boston wedding photography, Boston family photography, and Boston newborn photography

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