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CarseatBlog’s First Charity Auction!


A few months ago, we praised SafetyBeltSafe USA and their tech special membership package.  For those who aren’t yet aware of it, the 2009 Child Restraint Manufacturers’ Instructions with Summary Sheets with the April Revision is now available on CD.  The summaries are the result of a ton of hard work.  “Summaries for each seat include revised recommendations from manufacturers, minimum and maximum weights, first and last dates made, harness threading and belt path diagrams, and identification photos.”  This information is invaluable to review before an appointment or just to brush up on newer models.

In fact, along with Monika Toney, our very own Heather Watson was responsible for much of the effort involved in creating the summaries!  Thank you Heather and Monika and everyone who helped SafetyBeltSafe USA put this together!

To celebrate their hard work, CarseatBlog is going to auction the very first CD taken out of the shipping box by SafetyBeltSafe USA’s Executive Director, Stephanie Tombrello. But that really wasn’t enough to make it auction-worthy.  So, I went one step farther and had it autographed by Heather, Monika, Stephanie and the crew who contributed to this great effort!

Single copies start at $10 each including shipping, if you order from SafetyBeltSafe USA.  So, our auction will also start at $10.  If you would like to bid, simply reply with your bid, in even increments of $1.00 or more.  The auction will run a minimum of 2 weeks from today.  The highest bidder will be expected to pay with Paypal or a money order from the United States Postal Service or a major USA bank.  No cash or personal checks, please.  You may also arrange to make a donation for the winning bid amount directly to SafetyBeltSafe USA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  This may allow you to obtain a tax deduction as well.  The CD will be shipped once payment has cleared.  If the winning bidder does not complete payment within 5 business days of the close of the auction, the option will be given to the next highest bidder and so on.  100% of proceeds will go to SafetyBeltSafe USA.  Shipping costs will be covered by CarseatBlog.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire this unique treasure that is sure to appreciate in value for many years to come!  This autographed disc is absolutely unique and would also make a fine piece of wall or desk decor, once you’ve loaded the summaries onto your computer!  Or, use it as a coaster at your after-event parties to impress your CPS friends!

Added 7/11/09: Here’s a link to a sample summary in case you’ve never seen one before: sk-radianxt-09sample1

Where on Earth is Paw Paw, Michigan?


If you’re a computer geek, you stay up late running raids in an online game, hanging out in chat rooms or seeking out the latest reviews on the hot gadgets.  What about carseat geeks?  Well, okay, we hang out in carseat chat rooms and read all the reviews on kids gear, too.  We also drive hours to meet up at nice restaurants where we discuss the merits of the latest products.

Yesterday, we had just such a mini-conference.  A half dozen moderators and long time members at the Car-Seat.Org forums got together in Paw Paw, Michigan.  While I’m sure the area golfing was great, as the Golf Michigan commercials claim, we chose Paw Paw for another reason.  It’s more or less midway between the western suburbs of Detroit and Chicago.  Oh, and there was a Play Place!

Despite temperatures in the high 90s in the asphalt parking lot plus sweltering humidity, we managed to oogle some recently released products and try a few in vehicles, too.  My wife will be most pleased that I returned with a few less carseats than I brought!  I bet the next get together is near Vegas.

Pardon Our Dust


Many viewers reported being redirected to another website, apparently one hosted by our service provider on the same server as CarseatBlog.  I was notified yesterday that the blog and forums at Car-Seat.Org are in the process of being moved to a new server, as the old one was apparently having some issues.  Though the process should have been invisible, there have been some issues.  I am told the main issue has now been resolved.  Hopefully by tomorrow, June 25th, everything will be back to normal.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  I hope you enjoyed the other website whose lines got crossed with ours.  Whatever it was, perhaps it was more exciting than CarseatBlog;-)

Too Many Car Seats: The View from a Spouse’s Eyes


Sometimes I feel for my dh.  It’s got to be hard for him to always be tripping those size 12s over a booster seat here, a harnessed car seat there.  I try to keep them out of the way, but our house has no storage.  All of my unused and expired seats are in my ds’s walk-in closet (’cause yeah, like he uses it for clothing 😉 ); there are about 6 seats and parts of boosters in there. 

I waited patiently for dh to come home from work the other day and change out of his suit.  I was truly afraid the UPS delivery, in combination with the box I already had, would send him over the edge, but he seemed to handle it well, no?