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The Kindle Review: The Gadget Gal’s Latest Toy

I admit it.  I had never heard of the Kindle until Oprah said it was one of her favorite things.  My friends know I’m an Oprah junkie: “Did you see what Oprah had on yesterday?”  “Did you hear what Oprah had to say about . . .”  “I really love those shows Oprah does on . . .”  Girlfriend and I have so much in common, I feel like we’re best friends and she’s talking right to me: she’s in her 50s and hey! I’m almost 40!  She’s black and I’m white (but that doesn’t matter-she likes Jen Aniston).  She has a private plane and I don’t.  Hmmm.  She’s worth millions upon millions and I’m . . . not.  But she has a Kindle and so do I!

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Recaro Young Sport as a Booster (Part V – Combo Seat Review Series)

I’ve decided to document how various combination (harness/booster) seats fit my 4-year-old, 41 lb, 43″ tall son in booster mode.  He’s at the size where most parents would be switching from the 5-pt harness to the vehicle’s lap/shoulder belt in booster mode if they had a combination seat with a 40 lb limit on the harness.  In each case I’ll use the same seating position in my van – driver’s side captain’s chair in a 2005 Ford Freestar.     

The IIHS booster study compared the fit of various boosters using the 6-year-old Hybrid lll dummy who weighs 51.6 lbs (23.41 kg) and has a standing height of almost 45″.  I thought it would be even better to show belt fit on a child who was just over the 40 lb weight limit for the 5-pt harness.  I’ve decided to focus exclusively on combination seats because of their popularity.         

In previous blog entries we looked at a few combination seats made by Evenflo, Dorel (Cosco/Safety 1st/Eddie Bauer) and Graco.  This week we’ll be looking at the Recaro Young Sport.   

Sell Me an iPhone!

I’ve always been a bit of a phone-o-phobe.  Cell phones to me have always been for emergencies.  Great to have and once the kids started preschool, I started keeping my phone on during the day.  Big step!  Then a little over a year ago, my dh had to get a Blackberry for his job.  Oh my!  A smartphone!  He showed me all it could do-IMs, emails, basic internet.  I didn’t like the size of his, but the Blackberry Pearl was just my size.  I was in heaven.  It synced up with Outlook, a program I use heavily, I could retrieve my Gmails, and I could GoogleTalk with my friends.  My phone became my computer away from my computer.  I was in love, but I didn’t have to talk on the phone (yay!).  And it took pictures!

My New Toy: Samsung NC10 Netbook Review

No, this isn’t a stuffy computer hardware blog.  It’s a stuffy child safety and parenting blog.  So, I’m not going to copy and detail all the specifications one-by-one.  I won’t take dozens of photos from every angle, a video of me opening the box and starting it up for the first time or even run a single performance test.  I’ve never owned another netbook, so I certainly can’t even do a feature-by-feature comparison with the competition, except that I’ve read a lot of reviews and seen some others in stores.  Those kinds of reviews are great, but best left to expert reviewers you can find on Google.

No, this is just a summary review for parents who are addicted to CarseatBlog and Car-Seat.Org and might be interested in an ultralight computer that they can easily carry from room to room or even outside.  Between the normal household stuff and chasing after kids, it’s nice not being tied to one room or lugging around a 10 pound behemoth notebook like my HP ZD7000.  It might also appeal to people who travel frequently or even every once in a while.

The Samsung NC10 is a Netbook.

Carseat Gossip

Sometimes we get the inside scoop on something.  Maybe a new model coming to market, maybe a recall, maybe a clever accessory.  That’s great if we get to break the news.  It stinks when we have to keep it a secret.  On the other hand, when someone else gives up the secret inside goods, we’re all to happy to share it.

Just check out this blog for some great gossip on upcoming Britax products, including the Roundabout 50, the Marathon CSChaperone Infant seat and Parkway 120!  There’s also a new Blink stroller.  The Advocate is already announced and close to market.  We actually spilled the beans on that one last fall.  Aside from the Advocate, the other models are earlier in development.  So, all this information is very preliminary and intended for sales personnel to discuss with retail buyers.  If these products do make it to retail shelves, they may well have different features than what is listed.  In fact, I know that some of the things I heard about the Chaperone changed between a year ago and the ABC show last fall.  The same was true of some of the early Frontier information that made it out to retailers.

Still, like any gossip, it makes for interesting discussion;-)  Just don’t put aside buying a child restraint you need now for a feature that may not make it to release or a model that may not ever make it off the prototype shelf!