Monthly Archive:: August 2012

The BubbleBum that doesn’t look like Bubble Gum!

Many of you already know that it’s now available in black and silver.  This may not only match your vehicle interior better, but perhaps also make it a little more palatable for older boys in particular!  I have a 7-year old son who uses the BubbleBum frequently and perhaps this will be a way to keep it in use until he’s at least nine:-)  We have a review of the BubbleBum inflatable booster, and the new one is different only in color!

For now, it’s available only at Target.com online, for $39.99.  Expect to see it at other retailers later this year.

An Olympic Dream is Born

I know my youngest (now 8 years old) can’t be the only kid out there who has been totally inspired by these summer Olympic games. He’s been staying up until midnight each night because he can’t go to sleep without knowing how it all plays out (we avoid the spoiler alerts). Luckily it’s summer and we both have the luxury of sleeping in most days.

He decided by day 2 that he was going to be an Olympic athlete. There was no question in his mind – only resolution. Maybe he wouldn’t win a medal (he’s okay with that – for now) but he was going to have that Olympic experience. The only question in his mind was which sport? Baseball wasn’t an option. Equestrian? Too expensive for our modest family budget. Badminten? Too uncool. Gymnastics? Requires insane amounts of flexibility (as do many other sports). Flexibility was a definite concern of his. He needed a sport that didn’t require any. This is the kid that can happily play sports all day long but ask him to bend and touch his toes and he can barely touch his knee caps!  Lol.

He pondered for another day and then decided. This was going to be his ticket to the 2020 Summer Olympics…


So, what are your kids dreaming of?



YIREN-Trouble: A Review of an Illegal Chinese Car Seat

What would you say if I told you there’s a car seat good from age 6 months to 8 years, weighs less than two pounds, and can easily fit into any backpack? Oh, and it costs a mere $31. Does that sound too good to be true?

Well, yes. Yes, it does. And when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Now and then someone will post on the car-seat.org forums about questionable foreign seats (usually sold on ebay) that don’t meet US safety standards… or any standards for that matter. The typical (and correct) response is to say that they’re dangerous and illegal and to stay away.

Although I’d never use it, I’ve always been tempted to purchase one of these seats, just because. A few years ago, an American company called Grandma Knows was marketing a horribly unsafe-looking sling-like seat that I tried to buy, but by the time I called, armed federal officials had broken into their warehouse in the dark of night and had seized all their merchandise. Or at least that’s what I envision having happened. In reality Grandma Knows probably received nothing more than a harshly worded letter from NHTSA. In any case, I didn’t get one of the seats.

So the other day, when a Chinese seat that clearly doesn’t meet federal safety standards became available on Amazon—a mainstream US retailer—I knew I had to act fast. At just $30.99, how could I pass up such a bargain? Plus my Amazon Prime membership made shipping fast and free. With just one click, my illegal foreign seat was on its way!