Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Car Seat Safety

First, I am obsessed with this stuff. I am really bad when walking through parking lots and see something wrong with a car seat I want to jump in the car and fix it. Or parents that put their infant only car seat on top of the buggie at the grocery store. That stuff DRIVES ME CRAZY.. LOL

Do you think your Child or Grandchild is riding safely?
"96% of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are installed correctly, research shows that 7 out of 10 children are improperly restrained"

My husband and I are Georgia certified Child Safety seat Technician.

Yesterday, we went to a update class and learned information on New car seats LATCH, Airbags and transporting obese children.  Technology with new car seats is amazing.  I was shocked at some of the new features. 

Here are some of the brand new Car seats to hit the market if you are interested you should take a look at some of these.
Cybex Aton
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70
Diono Radian R120
Clek Foonf
Summer Infant Prodigy
Graco Smart Seat
Graco Nautilus

Ask yourself these questions

1. What are the weight and height limits on your child seat? Is your child in between those guidelines?
2.  Are you using LATCH or Seat belt? Are you using the correct belt path? If using LATCH are you over the weigh limit for the lower anchors for the vehicle (read your owners manual?)
3. Is your child that is under 13 riding in the backseat?
4. Is your child that is under 8 or shorter than 4'9 in a booster or car seat?
5. Has your child seat been in an accident? Do you know the history?
6. Does your car seat move less than an 1 inch side to side/front to back testing at belt path?
7. Is your car seat recalled? Is your car seat registered with manufacturer? Is your car seat expired?

I could go on and on. But I won't. However, please read your owners manual of you vehicle before installing your car seat and also read the owners manual for the car seat even if you have installed a car seat before. Every car seat is different and every vehicle is different.

If connect me if you have ANY questions!!

Great websites:

Had to attach some pictures of Jamie styling in her car seat!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Being a Mom and a Step Mom

 Juggling between being a step mom to 8 year old and a Mom to a 21 month old is becoming VERY hard on me. 
 My step daughter is a great kid and does mind most of the time. She does things that I really do not like or approve of and there are certain habbits I don't want my daugther to pick up on or start doing. 

I really don't know how to handle certain situation.  I know I can't be her mom she has a mom.  But when she is at our house she does need some guidance I feel like. But I know I am a much stricker mom than her mom.  I am just trying to level out the situation and make it easy my husband, my daughter, my step daugther and myself.  I feel like I am doing a pretty crappy job.

Well anyways, yesterday we went to the circus. Jamie LOVED seeing the animals especially the elephants she was amazed by them.   She is talking so much and is so funny. She loves to watch Blue's Clue and sing the song!! She knows some many songs and sings them to us. 


Friday, February 8, 2013


I loved reading this so much I decided to post it so I could always look back on it and so other people could read it.  Mr. Sean Kaufman came to our work today and spoke and I have to say he is a very good speaker and teacher.  So I went to his website and I found this.  My mother taught me this ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING.  If you want into her office that is what your see in big BOLD letters. She lives by this.  Even what is going in her life right now, she knows if she doesn't have a good attitude than she is only hurting herself.  So I hope everyone gets as much out of this as I did. Enjoy

Attitude is Everything - THIS IS GOOD!

Written by Sean Kaufman.
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. 
Colin Powell
 A king and his assistant were best friends.  The king loved his friend very much, but was bothered by something his friend frequently said.  Every time something seemed to go wrong – his friend would put his arm around the king and yell, “THIS IS GOOD”.  Over time, the king just accepted his friend’s habit.
One day, the assistant loaded the king’s rifle during a hunting trip.  When the king fired the weapon, it backfired causing the king to lose his thumb.  His friend looked at the king and yelled, “THIS IS GOOD” – and the king became so angry he ordered his friend to prison.
A year later, the king is on another hunt when his group was ambushed by a group of cannibals.  As the cannibals prepared for their feast – they noticed the king was missing a thumb.  Being very superstitious, they released the king because it was bad luck to eat someone who was missing a body part.
The king returned home and immediately summoned his friend from prison.  When his friend entered the room – he told him the story, fell to his knees, and asked him for forgiveness.  His friend looked at the king and yelled, “THIS IS GOOD”.  The king recanted – “I put you in prison, kept you away from your family – how can you say this is good?”
His friend said, “This is good because if I was there with you – they would have eaten me!”
So many times in life things don’t go the way we wished they would.  Life happens and your attitude about what is happening in life can determine whether you stay in a valley or begin climbing to the next peak.  I find that when you face a tough time, when you begin feeling that something or someone has wronged you – do what the King’s friend does.  Instead of getting down, yell as loud as you can, “THIS IS GOOD” – believe that it is and look for the good in all adversity.
Colin Powell’s quote above sums it up perfectly.  Excellence is not an exception – it is a prevailing attitude.   Start to peak again by simply yelling – THIS IS GOOD!   Move forward accepting all that is good.  By shifting your attention away from what is bad – to what is good – you begin a form of best thinking and start developing a prevailing positive attitude.