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Must…. resist…. please help me!

Hello.  My name is Kecia and I have a serious problem.  I find it nearly impossible to resist a good deal on anything carseat related.  The worst part of this problem is that half of the time I buy things that I don’t actually need.  Sometimes I buy things that I don’t even want!  My friends are no help whatsoever since they tend to be as bad as I am. 

Today is the perfect example.  Britax has a couple of their covers on clearance for $25!  They don’t have anything on sale that I really want or need – so why am I having such a hard time resisting?  Yes, Ashley Floral is my favorite girly MA cover but I don’t have a MA and I don’t have any girls!  I do have a Husky and a Regent but I never really cared for the Sahara cover. So why, why, why do I have  an Ashley Floral and a Sahara cover in my shopping cart???  Help!  Someone talk me down – PLEASE!     

Mandatory Car Seat Checkpoints

I participated in a mandatory car seat checkpoint early Wednesday morning.  The police pick a part of town where they feel there’s a problem with misuse/nonuse of child restraints, set up a road block, and send every vehicle with a car seat into a parking lot where eager child passenger safety technicians wait to tackle the fun stuff.  As much as I enjoy doing what I do, I can’t say I was too eager since we needed to be there before 6:45a (I usually roll out of bed mumbling not-so-nice words at around 7:10a) and I squeaked into the parking lot just before 7a.

What do Orange County Choppers and I have in common?

We both reside in Orange County, NY and we both care about the children in our local community!  This past weekend Orange County Choppers hosted a child safety event at their world headquarters in Newburgh.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work the carseat check portion of the event.  I had no one to watch the kids and the weather was really lousy all day so I didn’t want to take them with me (it was outside).   I was really bummed out about not being there for the check but I still managed to get a light blue OCC “Fan Club” T-shirt in a youth kid size that I’m offering up as a give-away.  I realize this isn’t anywhere near as good as a $43 MA but at least you can count on actually getting this “prize” if you win.  All you have to do is be the first person to guess the right number of CRs that were checked at that event and you win!  One guess per person.       

Note to Marvin’s loyal and devoted fans:  Marvin is taking a much-deserved break today but he promises to be back next week!  ld safety event at the OCC world headquarters in Newburgh 

Reminiscing about the “real” Fisher-Price carseats

In my last blog entry, I begged the CR manufacturers to design some new, slimmer  seats and to consider bringing back some of the older designs that worked so well for us in the past.  Many of you responded, supporting this request.  And quite a few people mentioned the old Fisher Price seats.  The “real” FP seats.    

I spent some time last night reminiscing about the old FP seats and how much I loved them. 

Working Moms

Are you tired?  Frazzled?  Out-of-sorts?  You must be a working mom!  Working moms really have a rough life and I don’t mean that facetiously.  I consider myself a SAHM for the most part, but I do volunteer heavily for my local Safe Kids coalition.  I’m their volunteer and membership coordinator, web master, newsletter editor, and I’m an instructor on top of all that.  There usually isn’t a week that goes by where I’m not emailed at least daily about something SK related or called upon to attend an event (I feel obligated to attend as many events as possible, not only to keep my skills up-to-date, but also to set a good example as volunteer coordinator and instructor).  Some weeks, like this week, all of those duties assert themselves and make me wonder why I ever got involved in the first place.  When I have to help teach a class, it typically takes the better part of 3-4 full days.  Fortunately, we only teach 2-3 classes per year.  Ah really, I shouldn’t complain; I like the people I work with at my coalition.