Friday, October 31, 2014

Helpful Tips On Car Seat Safety + Win a Safety 1st onBoard™35 Air+ Infant Car Seat {Giveaway}


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in San Diego recently released new findings that 93% of parents leaving the hospital made at least one critical error when installing or using their car seat. While this is a troubling statistic, it’s an issue that can be easily addressed by spreading the word about car seat safety and proper installation.  


Which is why, in an effort to help raise awareness about this important topic, I’m sharing these very helpful tips from the consumer safety experts at Safety 1st on car seat safety for babies and infants. 

Car Seat Safety Tips
 
Importance of Rear Facing
In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two.  According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Location
Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration
Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car
Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.

Safety 1st, a company that's committed to child safety, innovation, quality and value, has these Child Safety Seats available:

 
·  onBoard 35 Air +Infant Car Seat: Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.


·   Advanced SE 65 Air +Convertible Car Seat: For children from 5-65 pounds. In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. We’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly.

 
·  Summit® Booster Car Seat: Forward-facing: 22-40 pounds with Belt-positioning at 40-100 pound.  Fully loaded with ease-of-use features that parents will appreciate: Like the 4-position QuickFit™ headrest which adjusts without the need for rethreading and a 5-point safety harness with Center Front Adjust.


·  Incognito Kid Positioning Seat: A new category for car seats. The goal for Safety 1st is to help educate parents that any child under 4’9” (57”) in height should still be in a belt positioning seat. The Incognito blends into the car and prevents slouching to ensure comfortable and proper positioning of the seat belt.  The introduction of this seat has helped to extending child restraints to accommodate children 60 to 120 lbs. and up to 60 inches.

For more on these car seats from Safety 1st, visit their page online at: www.Safety1st.com

*WIN IT! 

Lucky you, one Hip Mama's Place reader! One of you will win a Safety 1st onBoard™35 Air+ Infant Car Seat (St. Germain) worth $169.99! 

To enter this giveaway contest, just follow the Rafflecopter entry link below. This giveaway contest is open to U.S. addresses only and ends on 11/14/14 at 12:00 AM, EST. Good luck! 

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 *Hip Mama's Place Disclosure: "This is a sponsored post written by me for Safety 1st.  The giveaway prize is provided solely by Safety 1st. All opinions expressed are 100% my own".

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Celebrate National Deviled Egg Day: American Chef James Beard U.S. Postal Stamps + Deviled Egg {Recipe}



If there is one hors d’oeuvre that I look forward to eating at any party, it's the deviled egg.  Do you know that this popular American party food is being celebrated on Sunday, November 2nd? Yes. The day is aptly called National Deviled Egg Day. 

And to celebrate National Deviled Egg Day, I'm happy to share this yummy deviled eggs recipe with a modern twist by the iconic American chef James Beard, who famously cited the deviled egg as his all-time favorite party food.  


Consequently, the U.S. Postal Service is paying tribute to chef James Beard's contributions to American food culture (along with four other renowned chefs) by featuring him in its limited-edition Celebrity Chefs Forever® stamp series.

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Shutterfly: 99 FREE 4×6 Photo Prints, Just Pay $5.99 Shipping



Need to print your photos? Now through November 1st, you can get 101 FREE 4×6 prints from Shutterfly.com when you use the promo code 101GOODIES at checkout. Just pay $7.99 for shipping.  Now, if you chose to order 99 photo prints instead of 101, you’ll actually save $2 in shipping costs and pay as low as only $5.99 shipped to your door - so you pay only $0.06 per photo print. Awesome price for high quality prints that you can order online!

*Offer valid for one-time redemption per billing address.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Fun: Infographic About America's Favorite Halloween Fruit {The Pumpkin}



Do you know that pumpkin is a fruit? Yes, it's a fruit!

In honor or Halloween, I thought it would be neat to share this nifty, little infographic on America's favorite Halloween fruit - the Pumpkin. Check out all the cool, fun facts & figures highlighted!

For instance, given their fragile nature (they only look tough), they need to be stored properly  - Growers are advised to store pumpkins on wooden pallets in cool, dry prices, they are NOT supposed to put on concrete floors and they shouldn't touch each other, (who knew pumpkins can't get cozy?). The ideal temperature is about 50 -60 degrees, with relative humidity at 50-70%. These are just a few of the various facts you'll learn from the infographic about our beloved Halloween fruit. Check it all out on SpareFoot.com

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Suave Family Perks: Get Rewarded for Buying Suave Products at Walmart + Enter to Win a $50 Walmart Gift Card!



I grew up with Suave hair and bath products. I remember my mom used to always buy the shampoo for our family. And now that I have a family of my own, we still use a lot of Suave products. We especially love the body washes for both myself and my kids. I stock up on these items all the time! :)  

So I'm thrilled to share this fantastic new offer from Suave and Walmart! Now, exclusively at Walmart, you can get rewarded for buying the Suave products that your family knows and loves!  Just sign up for Suave Family Rewards at Suave Family Perks and every time you purchase a Suave product at Walmart, you will earn points that are redeemable for a $5 Walmart gift card!

AND even better news! Right now, Walmart and Suave want you to win a $50.00 Walmart Gift Card! To enter this fun giveaway, just fill in the form below. Good luck! 

Suave Family Perks - Resourceful Mommy

*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure: "This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Global Influence Network for Suave and Walmart. All opinions expressed are 100% my own".

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More Fun & FREE Halloween Deals, Events and Offers


Looking to score some great deals and freebies on Halloween (October 31st)? Here are some more restaurants and places to check out!


Outback Steakhouse is offering up a free kids meal with an adult entree purchase on Halloween!


Participating Sbarro restaurant locations are offering kids a free slice of either a Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza when they come in their Halloween costumes on October 31st during your local mall Halloween events. Check with your local participating Sbarro restaurant location to confirm the event details.  


McDonald's is once again offering Halloween coupon booklets for only $1! The coupons have no expiration dates so you can use them way after Halloween! Yayy! :)

Coupons included in the booklet are: 
  • 4 FREE Apple Slices
  • 4 FREE Small Cones
  • 4 FREE Milk Chugs or Juice Boxe

On October 31st, stop by your local Sonic Drive-In restaurant and score 50¢ Corn Dogs! Go here for more details.


If you're near a Bass Pro Shop store, visit them now through October 31st for fun and free Halloween-themed events for the whole family! Offers and activities include: free trick-or-treating, free 4x6 photo, free Halloween-themed crafts, Scavenger hunt, Peanuts coloring sheets and more!


From now through October 31st, Build-A-Bear Workshop stores are offering kids free snack treats!


At Chuck E. Cheese's, every kid who wears a Halloween costume in-store any time during the month of October will receive 50 free tickets. In addition to the 50 free tickets for those wearing a costume, Chuck E. Cheese’s is also offering:

  • Chuck E. Trick or Treat bags
  • 20 free tokens with any food purchase on Halloween
  • A Laffy Taffy “Candy Splash” every Saturday and Sunday in October at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30
  • Chucktober pumpkin activity sheets for even more fun
  • Plus, great prizes like store gift cards and more when you post your Halloween costume photos here
 More Halloween Offers

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Fun Home Decor: Vintage Bike Sign, Only $11.95 Shipped



Love home decor with a vintage vibe? Lucky you, as today's Style Steal from Cents Of Style is a cool Vintage Themed Wooden Bicycle Sign for only $11.95 + FREE SHIPPING!  It comes in 3 styles: Vintage Bike, Ride My Bicycle, Riding My Bike Makes Me Feel Good.

Hurry, this offer is valid TODAY ONLY, Wednesday, 10/29/14, and quantities are limited. So grab these cute vintage bike signs while you can! 

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Virginia Energy Sense: Educating Families About Energy Conservation + Fun & Free Activities for Kids



The spirit of Halloween calls for monsters and vampires, but bet you never thought you’d find these frightening creatures where you live! What may surprise you is that these October characters powering your TV and drying your laundry are sucking up your home’s energy.

Virginia Energy Sense, the state’s energy education program, has developed fun and educational resources for Virginia’s youngest monster mashers!  

Here are great ideas for parents and teachers to educate families about energy conservation:

 
· A printable coloring book – Parents can print a coloring book full of Virginia Energy Sense’s original “Energy Monsters” for instant entertainment for young children. 

· Create “Energy Monster” story – Develop your children’s creative writing skills by having them come up with a fun story about the five “energy monsters” in their coloring book. Your child can be the story’s hero by stopping the “energy monsters” in their tracks. 

· A Game of Energy Sheriff – Task your youngest children with identifying areas of the home that could be more energy efficient. Here are some hints for starters:
o   LED light bulbs
o   Lights on in vacant rooms
o   Refrigerator and freezer doors left open

· Lesson plans for ages 7-10 and 11-14 – These energy-focused activities for elementary and middle school students can also be a game for the whole family. With winter break and colder weather around the corner, this is a fun go-to for snowy days.

·  A Home Energy Test – Families can take an online Home Energy Test to identify ways to make their home more energy efficient. The test suggests some fun DIY projects kids and grown-ups can do to save money in the long run.  

To learn more about energy conservation, visit VirginiaEnergySense.org


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For Halloween: DIY Spiderweb Accent Nails



Halloween is all about fun and festivities! Now, if you're looking to dress up for Halloween, why not try dressing up your nails too? How cute is this nail art with spiderweb accents? Love, love, love it! :)

Speaking of fun and festivities, one new site you have to check out is Eat Make Celebrate, a modern lifestyle resource that feature cool how-to videos and tips designed to make everyday occasions just a little bit sweeter!  If you're looking to get inspired (besides Pinterest), this site will sure to provide you that and more! 


This cool new site covers topics relating to DIY, home, entertaining, cooking/baking, beauty and other daily lifestyle moments. 

For Halloween, Eat Make Celebrate is featuring topics such as "No Carve Pumpkins," "Grown-up Caramel Apples made with Beer Caramel,"Bat Cake,"Candy Corn Manicure", "RIP Tombstone Cupcakes" and more!

Go check this site out here!

Website:  www.eatmakecelebrate.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/eatmakecelebrate
Instagram @eatmakecelebrate



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Krispy Kreme: Wear Your Halloween Costume and Get a FREE Doughnut {October 31st}



This Friday, October 31st (Halloween Day), get to a participating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts near you and grab a FREE doughnut of your choice when you wear your costume in store. 

More Halloween Offers!


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FREE Subscription to Glamour Magazine



Hurry, if you like Glamour magazine! Right now and for a limited time, you can request a FREE subscription to Glamour Magazine courtesy of Rewards Gold. No credit card info is required and you will never receive a bill. Don't wait to grab this free offer if you're interested as this usually doesn't last long! 


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Monday, October 27, 2014

FREE Eczema Kit from National Eczema Association



Do you or do you know anyone who suffers from a skin condition called eczema? Here's a nice free offer from the National Eczema Association (NEA) for a FREE Eczema Kit that includes the following:
  • Welcome letter
  • NEA brochures
  • NEA wristband
  • 0.5oz. sample of AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream
  • Coupon good for $2 off AVEENO® products
Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery and limit one request per household. 


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