Kiddy Cruiser 3

The Kiddy Cruiser 3 car seat is a grow with me booster seat for children weighing 33-120 lbs. It adjusts with a child’s height and weight, making it a booster seat worth investing in.  At first look the Cruiser 3 is very modern and plush. I couldn’t wait to get it out of the bag completely to take a better look.  Kiddy is a German car seat manufacture that is very popular in the UK for introducing the harness-free car seats with impact shields to keep children secure and safe. The design and safety features are outstanding!

We received the Onyx Black Kiddy Cruiser 3 for review and we are ready to test it out! As you can see on Kiddy USA’s website, they have so many different colors available.  All very modern and sleek designs. When looking for the perfect car seat, the appearance is always what catches the eye first, but the most important part of any car seat and what will separate it from others, is of course, safety.

First, lifting the Cruiser 3, is it is very lightweight. I mean, not light as a feather, it has some built to it, but it is not insanely heavy, compared to the Diono, which feels like pure metal when you pick up. The Honey Comb V2 material is used in the head and shoulder of the seats. It’s soft yet durable to protect your kiddos in case of an accident.

The shock absorber on the booster seat blocks all sides of the seat that make contact with the seatbelt and are designed to absorb any impact, which is unlike any car seat we have reviewed before. You can tell when touching the sides that they are well built and can definitely hold up during heavy impact.

The instruction manual is located in the back of the booster seat. It even has a plastic built in compact case to keep it in. So smart, because I know from experience, we always misplace our manuals. This is a simple, yet clever idea.

 

A few features that we just love! 

Since the Kiddy Cruiser 3 is a booster seat, it works with an adult seatbelt. The height/weight adjuster is works so well with this booster seat. The entire back seat is adjustable with markings where the eyes should meet, so that you can make sure you have the seat adjusted at the appropriate height for your child. On the back of the seat there is a lever that you can easily pull to adjust the entire back seat. As you pull this up, it will slowly expand in height and adjust with width as well. Almost like a bird slowly spreading its wings, (quote from my 4 year old), it’s true though, that is what it looks like.

There is a red latch on each side of the booster seat near the head support that opens up when pressed, to help you guide the seat belt right through, so that it sits properly across the child’s chest and neck. There are even photos on the side of the car seat as an example in case you are unsure if it is sitting correctly.

Another awesome added bonus of the Kiddy Cruiser 3 is the leg extension. You can easily pull out the bottom section of the car seat to allow your child more space. We tested out the Kiddy Cruiser 3 for a little over 2 weeks and it passed the sleep test! My 8 year old daughter fell asleep no problem, thanks to the comfortable headrest and the leg extension, she was more than comfy.

Now let’s talk about instillation, the fun part, right? I definitely have some horror stories, trying to install some car seats. The sweat, tears and curse words that got me through the pain staking process, and I never understood why it had to be so difficult. Well, the Cruiser 3 has an amazing system, first of it’s kind. With k-fix + connectors the seat anchors into the vehicle so easily. They fold in for convenience and fold out in order to connect. It’s absolutely brilliant! No more, getting lost into the seat looking for the metal hooks trying to connect. They are spaced out equally apart, allowing the car seat to be installed in literally seconds. And just like that, I’m in love.

As far as size is concerned, the booster seat is a somewhat larger seat. It probably would not be too convenient to fit 3 in a row in the backseat of a vehicle, but for our Tahoe, which has separate seating, it works perfectly! Not everyone will keep their child in a booster seat at 8 years old, but I can tell you that as long as I have the option, I will. I am so happy that a company like Kiddy USA has a sizable booster seat that goes up to 120 lbs, so I know that my children are always safe. While you can control your driving,  you cannot control others on the road.

I also have to note that we tested out the Kiddy Cruiser 3 on extremely hot days. We had a huge heat wave in California and i’m happy to say the car seat did not get over heated or hot at all. The material really helped the booster seat stay neutral.

We are happy to say that Kiddy did an outstanding job with the Cruiser 3. We are more than happy with the modern look while keeping safety a top concern. The Kiddy Cruiser 3 retails for $259 and can be purchased at Kiddy USA or Buy Buy Baby. You can read more about the Cruiser 3 here on their website.

Kiddy stands for safety, design, comfort and lifestyle….and we couldn’t agree more.

 

  • Kiddy USA provided us the Cruiser 3 booster seat for review. All opinions stated are 100% my own.

 

 

 

Save this summer with pampers {coupon inside}

 

Summa saving’s is in full force this month. Not only are we trying to save, but we are trying to help you save too! Every little bit helps when it comes to saving. I am a huge fan of being able to save on my favorite brands without compromising quality. We are excited to share Pampers money saving coupon this summer. Each coupon is good towards $1.50 off your Pampers Diaper or Training Pants purchase.

This last month my 14 month old has been hanging out in a diaper only because summer started early in California, and the heat wave recently has been unreal. For this reason alone we recently joined the Pamper Rewards program that has been helping us with even more savings than ever. I mean, if you have little ones you are going to be purchasing diapers and pull ups for the first few years, so it only makes sense to earn rewards on top of this. We have several beach trips planned and I know that Pampers Splashers are going to come in handy!

Pampers have been one of our top diaper brands in our home because they have never failed us. Working 10 plus hours a day and having to wake up in the middle of the night to change my little one was something that was really exhausting me. I have been so happy and much less sleep deprived since using Pampers during the night time. The 12 hours of dryness is for reals, you guys. Once you find something that works you do not want to change it, and honestly, I want to share with everyone, that’s why these coupons are such an awesome score!

Save this summer with Pampers Diapers, Cruisers, wipes, Easy Ups and even Splashers!

 

*“This post was made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Save this summer with luvs Diaper High Value Coupon

This review is made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I am provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Summer for our family means warm nights at the park, family bbq’s and trips to the beach. I swear, all of my children lived in diapers during the summer. Luvs diapers are pretty much a wardrobe staple in our home during the summer months. It get’s really warm where we live out in the country and the only necessity our babies really needed, were diapers.

Every Summer we get ready for our annual beach and camping trip. We love being able to stick with brands we love, without compromising quality. This is why we are SO happy to #sharetheluv with Luvs print-at-home coupon. Weather you like to purchase your diapers at grocery stores or even at Target, the Luvs coupons are good for every store that carries Luvs brand. (only exclusion is travel/trail sizes) Saving even a little bit on the important things your family needs, like diapers, can allow you more spending money for other family activities.

Quality is the most important for our children, but they can also be expensive. Luv’s offers softer and more absorbent than ever diapers that every parent can trust. The large stretch tabs are fantastic for squirmy babies, especially mine. We have personally tested out the ultra-leakage protection recently. Our 12 month old played in the sprinklers for over an hour with his siblings in only his Luv’s diaper. Not even a leak! I kid you not, Luv’s is a brand you can trust with your little ones, and I know that if they can last through hours of play in the water than nighttime will not be an issue. It’s great to know that Luvs feels so strongly that their diapers will keep your baby leak-free that they have guaranteed them with a Money Back Guarantee, if at any point you are not satisfied.

Nobody ever said parenting is easy, but some decisions can be. Don’t miss out on this great money-saving opportunity to print your $2 save at home Luvs coupon here. At any point you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, you can get your money refunded.

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I want to start off this post by telling everyone that I have been trying for years to make a decent chocolate chip cookie. Sadly, this has been something I have struggled with for a long time. If you visit my Pinterest page you will notice tons of recipes, and believe me when I say, I have tried them all. My best friend, an amazing cookie baker, has even shared her recipes and secrets with me, but they still manage to never turn out.

I recently have tested out a few recipes, combined them and made some big changes to my chocolate chip cookie recipe. I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a difference it made in my cookies. I’m also going to tell you the things I did that really hindered my “perfect cookie” recipe, because these things that didn’t seem like a big deal, really were a huge reason why my cookies never turned out. Here is what you will need:

Ingredients:

2 and 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted1
3/4 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature (see tip below)
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Having an amazing recipe is one thing, but following through with the next few steps are HUGE in making sure your cookies come out amazing. Do not skip the following, I’m serious.

 

Instructions

-Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.

-In another bowl, whisk the melted butter (yes, melt your butter), brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk.

-When finished, whisk in the vanilla extract. Mix your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with spoon. You do not need a mixer for this recipe since you do melt the butter, but you can still use one if you like, the dough will be very soft, yet thick.

Pour in the chocolate chips and mix by folding. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but try to mix them in the best you can. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours ( I do recommend 24 hours if possible). Chilling is required for this cookie recipe so the cookies do not spread.

-Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325°F . Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats as seen below.

-Roll the dough into balls, I use a medium cookie scooper so that I can make sure they are as close to the same size as possible.

Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet, so no need to worry. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for another 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

You see how the cookies look perfect, like seriously. Another tip for “pretty” cookies it to take a handful of extra chocolate chips (I always put some aside in the freezer) and I push them into the tops of the cookies to make them more full.

Quick Tips for better cookies

-Make sure to chill your cookie dough for at least 3 hours. I try to let my dough sit in the fridge for at least overnight. If you do not let your cookie dough chill, then it will not hold shape and they will melt like Olaf on a warm summa day. Seriously.

-Eggs need to be room temp when added to your cookie mix. I’m not going to lie, I always forgot to set my eggs out so they would become room temperature prior to making the dough. A secret to this is to put your eggs in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. This will get them at room temp quick and you can get the rest of the dough ready during this time.

– Purchase a cookie scoop. It’s not required but it helps so much in making all of your cookies evenly shaped, which in return they all cook evenly.
– Make cookies chewy by melting the butter before adding it to the sugars when mixing. I prefer chewier cookies vs crunchy and this really helps.

*This was the first time I used a silicone mat and I can’t believe I have been baking all this time without one, such a huge difference.

 

Mom’s everywhere are falling in love with The Book of Henry

The book of Henry is a suspenseful family drama starring, Naomi Watts and her son in the movie, Jaeden Lieberher.  Henry is a pre-teen genius that helps his single mother tremendously, as you will see in the trailer. The Book of Henry shows how close this bond, of mother and son, truly is. Between the mother and son rituals they share and how close they all are, every mother will find touching. The book of Henry is a movie, every mother should see! I’m not going to ruin the movie by telling you the whole plot, but you can watch a quick reaction from real mother’s below.

Opening June 16th, 2017 (Select Cities)

  

And see why moms are falling in love with THE BOOK OF HENRY below.