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Maybe the Graco My Ride 65 Could Be *My* Ride? A Review.


The latest trend in child restraints is higher rear-facing weight limits.  We’ve been seeing 35 lbs. rear-facing weight limits, but now we have a standout.  Graco has introduced a new seat called the My Ride 65 that breaks the 35 lbs. barrier and accommodates a rear-facing child to 40 lbs.!  This is a convertible (rear-facing and forward-facing) child restraint for kids 5-65 lbs. who are less than 49″ tall.  Rear-facing the seat is rated from 5-40 lbs.  Forward-facing, it can be used for children over 1 year old who weigh between 20-65 lbs.

The My Ride 65 comes with an infant body support cushion, a head support pillow, and harness strap covers.

Combi Dakota Review

Friends of mine in the CPS world have sung the praises of the Combi Dakota backless booster for years now. I recommended it right along with them, usually for older, larger children, but never truly understood the magic of this seat. What could be so great about plastic and cloth that I should NEED to add it to my already-vast booster collection?

But finally I broke down and got one and my 9 year old sat right down in it and proclaimed it her all-time favorite booster.  I asked what she liked so much, and she declared, “It’s cushy for my tushy. And it’s so tall! And the cup holder is big and easy to use. And it’s really easy to buckle”

Of course I read the manual before we went out to the car to test the seat. It has broad weight and height limits: 3 years/33 pounds/33 inches, up to 100 pounds/57 inches. And the instructions are standard for a backless booster, such as requiring a head restraint and shoulderbelt. One interesting warning I found was: “NEVER allow child to buckle themselves in this Booster Car Seat”. I do applaud Combi for encouraging adult involvement in the buckling process, but I think for my own child I’ll just be sure to make a visual check that she’s secured properly.  

What Does A Good CPS Tech Do?


I frequently read posts on various parent forums from moms and dads who have taken their vehicles and car seats to child passenger safety technicians to be inspected or installed.  They seem to either have glowing reviews of the tech with whom they worked or they were fuming about something the tech did or didn’t do.  So let’s go through the steps a good tech will take with a parent to ensure the car seat is installed and used properly.

You’ve Been Boo’d


This has become a Halloween tradition in my neighborhood and the kids have so much fun with it each year! My oldest has been Boo’ing his friends for about 5 years but this was the first year that my youngest, who’s 4 now, was able to join in the Boo’ing festivities. He had a blast but his giggling almost got us busted last night.

If you’re not already familiar with the game, let me explain how it works and what you need to get started.

What is Boo’ing? It’s a Halloween game where kids secretly leave treats on the doorsteps of their friends and neighbors. It’s up to the recipients to keep it going until Halloween.

How do you “Boo” someone? You need a bag of treats – preferably in a clear cellophane bag or wrapped in clear plastic Saran wrap so it’s obvious that it’s a treat and not something malicious or dangerous. You also need a “Boo” sheet with a picture of a ghost or something halloweenish explaining the rules of the game. The sheet can be double sided with the “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign on one side and the “You’ve Been Boo’d” instructions on the other side. Or, you can use 2 separate sheets of paper. You can even draw a picture and handwrite the instructions:

1.  Enjoy your Treat!

2.  Place the “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign on your front door.

3.  Within 24 hours – make 2 copies of this note, the “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign and 2 treat bags.

4.  Secretly deliver to 2 neighbors/friends without a Boo sign on their door. Don’t get caught!

5.  Keep an eye on nearby front doors to see how far and fast it spreads by Halloween!

Last night we dressed in black hoodies, waited until dark and then the kids and I snuck around to some neighborhood homes and Boo’d some friends. The kids like to hide and watch instead of running away so we pick a hiding location first, then we set down the treat bag on top of the paper, ring the doorbell and RUN! Our first mission went well. The intended recipient came to the door, looked around bewildered, then spotted the loot. Success!

The second house was more complicated. They had a lot of stairs leading up to the front door so we knew that we had to get down them quickly (and safely) to get to our hiding spot on the side of the house. Our first attempt was a bust because either the door bell didn’t ring or they didn’t hear it. We tried again. This time we knocked loudly and ran. The mom came to the door, saw no one and went back inside without seeing the loot on the doorstep! So my oldest went back to knock again while the little guy and I waited by the side of the house. Third time was the charm! She came to the door again and this time she saw the loot bag and the note. The little one was giggling so hard that I thought we were going to get caught! Actually, we did get busted – by the dog! LOL! When she opened the door the second time, their toy poodle bolted outside and immediately saw our shadows lurking by the side of the house. At first I was a little nervous since I didn’t know how the dog would react to us. But it just came over to jump on us in a friendly way before it ran back inside. Someday I have to tell her what a lousy guard dog she has!

Happy Boo’ing!

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