Monthly Archive:: October 2012

Bloopers Happen

Most of my blog videos are done without any editing, it’s one take straight through.  Usually, I’m holding the camera in one hand, using the other hand to point or demonstrate.  That gives them a little more informal “feel” of a personal blog, rather than the appearance of a professional video, in my opinion.  Well, that, and I’m too lazy to do any post-production!  Many times, I end up doing taking an extra take or two because I stumble on a word or something else happens.  This is one of those times…

Lessons from the 1950s, Part 3: I’m a Failure

When I first got my 1950s parenting magazines (read prior entries here and here), I thought I’d entertain myself with some ads, scoff at outdated (and potentially dangerous) parenting advice, and smugly reflect on unfair gender stereotypes of yore.

At first, all went as planned. One of the very first items I read was a quiz called “Are You a Model Mother?” According to the bullets, you are if…

  • You make every effort to regain an attractive figure.
  • You faithfully do any exercise your doctor may prescribe.
  • You find enough time each day to keep your home neat, tidy, and fresh.
  • You still make tasty and appetizing meals for the bread-winner to come home to.
  • You don’t let your newly added duties prevent you from carefully grooming and dressing.

There are others, too, but those were the ones I laughed about. Bread-winner! Attractive figure! Cleaning my house!

Another article titled “Such a Pretty Mother!” gave beauty advice.

Make it an undying, undeviating rule never to appear at the breakfast table in pin curls without a glamour bandeau to hide them. And always remember the lipstick, please, for a bright morning face! … No reason for your husband to hide behind his newspaper because his little helpmate presents so dowdy a picture over the breakfast coffee!

I stayed up until midnight reading through my new/old magazines. I went to sleep and let my brain ruminate over how things were 60 years ago.

Then I woke up in the morning and looked around my house. It’s not filthy in the sense that there’s rotting food or dirty diapers lying around, but I’m not sure I’d call it “neat, tidy, or fresh.” There are newspapers stacked on my retro-’50s table, a pile of clothes waiting to be folded in the corner of a bedroom, and toys strewn everywhere. I haven’t vacuumed or dusted in…a long time. We eat out a lot. My daily beauty regimen consists of showering (hopefully before noon), combing my hair, and applying Chapstick.

I thought about all the conveniences I have that women in the 1950s didn’t (or likely didn’t). Dishwasher. Clothes dryer. Microwave. Keurig. Disposable diapers. Internet shopping. A husband who doesn’t care if my hair is coiffed (and would probably laugh if it were).

I started to realize there’s really no excuse not to have a spic-and-span house. Yes, I have three kids, and yes, they take a lot of time (especially the one I’m homeschooling, which most ’50s moms wouldn’t have been doing). No, I’m not eating bonbons and watching soaps, but I’m not busting my butt scrubbing my baseboards either.

One article gave home-making tips for after baby arrives. One of the tips was to keep clean, wet laundry in the icebox until you have a chance to iron it. Holy shirt! I think I own an iron, but I couldn’t tell you where it is. Yet here I am writing a blog post instead of taking my clothes out of the dryer because I can just put it on touch-up later.

Then I began to wonder if it was all a myth. Maybe the typical 1950s mom wasn’t as Leave-it-to-Beaver as the magazines would have me believe. So I asked my grandma, who had her first child in 1952.

She said her house wasn’t immaculate, but it was always tidy. She did her hair every day. My grandpa was quick to add that there was always a full breakfast on the table (and for them, that means eggs, some sort of meat, toast, fruit, milk, juice–the works).

That didn’t help. My kids think toaster waffles are a luxury. It doesn’t matter, though, because right now a science project is obscuring my access to the toaster.

I really have no excuse for the not-put-away clothes and the not-put-away toys and the not-put-away-box-of-Saltines-from-when-my-daughter-was-sick-two-weeks ago.

I thought that after reading these magazines, I’d feel a sense of superiority, but instead I feel extremely inadequate. I’m pretty sure I would have failed the 1950s.

Graco Size4Me 70 (My Size 70) Giveaway

In conjunction with our review of the Graco Size4Me70 (and MySize 70), we are having another giveaway!

Courtesy of Graco Baby, CarseatBlog is giving away one (1) Graco Size4Me 70 or MySize 70.  The winner may choose one Size4Me 70 in Branson, OR a My Size 70 in Odyssey or Thunder.

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone for your participation!

To Enter, you must reply to this blog with a comment and tell Graco what features in a carseat would make you say….this was sized 4 me!  The comment can be short or long, serious or funny, simple or creative. Winners must have a USA shipping address.  The contest will close sometime during the ABC Kids Expo, October 14th-17th.  The winner will be selected by a representative of Graco Children’s Products (or their designee) on or around October 14th-17th from all eligible entries submitted before the contest closes.


One entry per household/account/IP address.  If you comment more than once to this blog, only your first entry will be counted.

CarseatBlog and Graco staff not eligible.

Winners of a sponsored child safety seat giveaway at CarseatBlog in 2011 or 2012 are not eligible.

You must provide a shipping address in the continental USA (Alaska and Hawaii may require a shipping charge).  Your shipping information will be shared with Graco for delivery.


Any disputes will be resolved solely by Car-Seat.Org, who will make any necessary judgment required. In the event a prize winner has not submitted valid shipping information within 30 days of being named the winner on this thread, Graco and/or Car-Seat.Org will select a new winner. Car-Seat.Org reserves the right to modify the rules or eligibility without prior notice.


Graco Size4Me 70 Convertible Carseat Review

S4MDoes it have high rear-facing limits?  Can it fit a full-term newborn?  Can it fit a 7-year old?  Is it easy to install?  Easy to adjust the harness height?  Is it, dare I say, my favorite Graco convertible to date?  Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes And Yes!  It’s the Graco Size4Me 70 convertible carseat.

This review also applies in general to the similar Graco MySize 70 and Graco Headwise 70.  Please note that the MySize and Headwise models may have slight variations of features and fabrics from the Size4Me 70 reviewed here.

The Size4Me 70 is rated from 4 to 40 pounds rear-facing.  Forward facing, it is rated from 20 to 70 pounds.

*UPDATE – The newest models of Size4Me, MySize and Headwise are now all rated to 65 lbs. The maximum weight limits have been adjusted to reflect new federal standards that took effect in 2014.

Other key features that set the Size4Me 70 apart from its competition include the Simply Safe Adjust harness system that allows you to raise and lower the harness height with the squeeze of a lever, without having to uninstall the seat or re-thread harness straps.  Also, the unique InRight LATCH system is easy to install and even easier to uninstall, unlike those on many basic entry-level carseats!

Specs and Measurements: