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A sad day

It’s nothing like the Cosco Touriva becoming the Scenera or the Safety 1st Uptown becoming the Avenue or even the Britax Freeway evolving into the Expressway.

It’s the demise of my favorite childhood treat.  Orange, lime or sometimes even grape.  When I was older, there seemed to be dozens of flavors and you could even get it as a “Freeze” with ice cream blended into it.  Not for my kids, the Mister Misty at Dairy Queen is no more.

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Safe harness adjustment as easy as a click – Britax Boulevard CS Review

Introduction

The Boulevard CS (now replaced by the Britax Boulevard 70 CS, please see our review of the similar Advocate 70 here) is the latest convertible seat from Britax and touts “True Side Impact Protection” along with the new “Click & Safe” feature. This new innovation gives a loud click and tactile feedback when the caregiver has adjusted the harness strap system correctly. This model can be used rear-facing for children 5 to 35 pounds, and front-facing for children above 1 year old and from 20 to 65 pounds. The maximum standing height limit is 49 inches. On their website, Britax lists seated shoulder height limits of 10.5″ to 16″ while rear-facing and 12″-16″ front-facing. While similar to the Britax Marathon, the Boulevard CS also adds the innovative harness height adjustment system found in the standard Boulevard and Diplomat models. This allows parents to change the harness height to fit their child using a knob, even without removing the seat from the vehicle.  I reviewed a pre-production model a while back, but was very excited to see a box of a production model in my foyer when I returned from a recent vacation!

New Phone, but not an iPhone! (Nokia N82 Review)

Carseatblog.com, it’s not just for carseats any more!  I didn’t really need a new phone, but for a couple years I’ve been trying to find something that would work as a cell phone and also replace a camera, iPod and a GPS unit.  Three less things to carry in my pockets!  And it really does replace a camera- this photo was taken in a garage that was almost completely dark!

I was really psyched about the iPhone 3G, but it had a few big drawbacks for me. 

Home, Sweet Boulevard…

After the TripFinally home after almost a week of vacation with Mom and 3-year old DS!  Our Odyssey transported us safely and with surprisingly good fuel economy, too.  My previous best tank fuel economy was 28.7 mpg through Iowa and Illinois on the way back from Yellowstone last year.  My previous best miles per tank was 501.1 miles the previous day on that same trip last year, from near Cheyenne to the Omaha area.  Today, those records were shattered.

Who Controls the Radio?

Last week I was listening to a broadcast on my local NPR station and an executive from RadioDisney was being interviewed.  It piqued my interest for a number of reasons: I’ve never listened to RadioDisney because we don’t have satellite radio, but I’m curious about what kind of music is aired on it; I’ve got kids in the demographic they target (ages 6-12); and my Safe Kids coalition has done some research on kids and the radio and this broadcast got me thinking about that.