July + Prime Day 2018 Carseat Deals, Sales & Coupon Codes

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DEALS TRACKER: We find the lowest prices in July 2018 and Amazon Prime Day on car seats, strollers and baby gear. Bookmark this deals page and check back frequently for the latest bargains and promo code offers, so you find them here first before they sell out!

We’re the baby gear deal experts so we know where the really good deals are, on the stuff consumers actually want to buy. We scour Amazon and other retailers daily to find the best bargains*. We don’t just rely on automated tools and other deals pages, so we find the best deals for you first. This is the resource other deal pages use to find deals!

This list will be updated any time we see a great deal or promotion code below recent average prices, so you don’t have to wade through dozens of normally priced models to find the bargains. You can help us (and your fellow shoppers) by leaving us a comment if you find a deal on a carseat, booster or popular stroller that isn’t posted yet. We recommend that you bookmark this post, as we will update it regularly throughout the holiday season! If we see a bargain price on a popular model from our Recommended Carseats List, like the Britax Frontier, Britax Boulevard ClickTight, Chicco NextFit iX, Graco 4Ever, Graco Extend2Fit, Maxi-Cosi Pria, Clek Foonf or Clek Fllo, we’ll update as soon as possible!  This post and others at CarseatBlog contain affiliate links.  Please read About CarseatBlog for our affiliate policy and see our Marketing Disclosure.

What you need to know about Amazon pricing: it’s FICKLE. When a product’s price is reduced we rarely know how long it will remain at that price. Sometimes it’s a few days, sometimes it’s a few hours. The best advice we can offer you is to ACT QUICKLY if you see a great deal on something you really need or just seriously want. Just adding something to your cart does not guarantee you that item at that price – you must complete the checkout process to seal the deal. Most items on our list offer FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS to Prime members but always double check this before you put the item in your cart and checkout. Not a Prime member? There’s a 30-day FREE trial and early Prime Day Deals. It’s a no-brainer! Try it out and score some great deals. You can always cancel before the 30 days is up if you’re not sold on the many benefits of an Amazon Prime membership.

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Select Editors’ Picks:

These carseats may not be on sale right now, but are among our Editor’s Picks and are reader favorites, too. For current deals, please scroll to the next section.

Chicco KeyFit30  

Infant Carseat Deals:

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Britax B-Safe 35 in select fashions from $169.99 (20% Off)  

Britax Endeavours in “Circa” for $279.99

Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler in “Fleur” for $199.99 (29% Off)

Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler in “Legato” for $219.99 (21% Off) LOW STOCK

Chicco Fit2 in “Tempo” 20% Off (discount at checkout) SOLD OUT

Chicco KeyFit 30 in “Eucalyptus” or “Papyrus” $159.99 20% Off (discount at checkout)

Chicco Infant Seat PRIME DAY DEALS all 20% Off (discount at checkout)

Graco SnugRide 35 Click Connect in “Pierce” for $119.99 (20% Off) BACK ORDER

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 in “Chili Red” SOLD OUT

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite in “Spencer” SOLD OUT

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite in “Oakley” for $149.98  (32% Off) BACK ORDER

Graco SnugRide SnugLock DLX *Extra Base* for $35.51 (61% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco SnugRide SnugLock *Extra Base* SOLD OUT

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 in select fashions from $149.99 (46% Off)

Nuna Pipa Lite LX in “Stone” for $299.95 (25% Off)

Britax Boulevard CT - splash Graco 4Ever -azalea

Convertible & All-in-One Deals:

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Britax Marathon ClickTight in Ashton for $209.99 (25% off – discount at checkout)

Britax Click Tight Cool Flow Summer Fabric Sale from $259.99

Britax Advocate ClickTight with ARB in “Mosaic” for $299.99  SOLD OUT

Britax Advocate ClickTight in select fashions for $299.99 ☆ (34% Off)

Britax Boulevard ClickTight in select fashions for $249.99 ☆ (34% Off) 

Britax ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar Accessory for $34.45 

Chicco NextFit iX ZIP in “Traction” $279.99 with extra 20% Off  (discount at checkout) 

Chicco NextFit iX in Firecracker and Eucalyptus $235.26 with extra 20% Off  (discount at checkout) 

Chicco Convertible PRIME DAY DEALS all 20% Off (discount at checkout)

Clek Fllo 2018 in “Noire” for $299.99  

Cosco Apt 50 in Black Arrows for $48.00 (20% Off Discount at Checkout)

Cosco Scenera NEXT from $38.00 

Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 in 3 fashions for $264.99 (20% Off Discount at Checkout)

Diono Angle Adjuster for $6.93 (31% Off) ADD-ON ITEM

Evenflo EveryStage DLX All-in-One for $229.99 PREORDER

Evenflo Symphony LX in “Kronus: for $103.99 (20% off discount at checkout)

Evenflo SafeMax Platinum in “Marshall” or “Madelynn” for $161.53

Evenflo Platinum Symphony LX in “Montgomery” for $120.00 (20% off discount at checkout) SOLD OUT

Evenflo Symphony DLX in “Modesto” or “Ocala” for $120.00 (20% off discount at checkout)

Evenflo SureRide DLX in “Paxton” or “Nicole” for $84.88  

Evenflo Sonus in select fashions for $79.99 

Evenflo Tribute Sport in “Maxwell” for $44.99

Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1 in “Hyde”  DEAL ENDED

Graco 4Ever All-in-One in “Studio”, “Azalea” or “Basin” for $199.99  (33% Off)

Graco 4Ever All-in-One in “Matrix”, “Cameron” or “Kylie” for $199.99  (33% Off)

Graco Contender 65 in “Glacier” or “Chili Red” from 99.99  (29% Off)

Graco Extend2Fit in “Gotham” SOLD OUT

Graco Extend2Fit in “Kenzie”  SOLD OUT

Graco Size4Me 65 in “Matrix” SOLD OUT

Graco Size4Me 65 in “Finch” SOLD OUT

Graco Milestone 3-in-1 in “Ayla” SOLD OUT

Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 in “Annabelle”  SOLD OUT

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 in Black Gravel for $169.99 ☆ (35% Off) Extra 20% Off In Cart

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 in Devoted Black for $183.59 ☆ (44% Off) Extra 20% Off In Cart

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Max in select fashions from $219.99 ☆ (35% Off)

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Special Edition in Black Crystal for $188.66 ☆ (39% Off) Extra 20% Off In Cart

Nuna Rava in “Verona Caviar” fashion for $374.90 ☆ (25% Off) NORDSTROM CARD HOLDERS ONLY

Nuna Rava for $404.90 ☆ (10% Off)

Safety 1st Grow and Go in select fashions from $115.59 (32% Off) Discount at Checkout

Safety 1st Guide 65 in Chambers for $66.68 (20% Off) Discount at Checkout

Britax Frontier CT - kaleidoscope Evenflo Maestro - Keller

Combination Seat Deals:

(Forward-Facing with Harness + Booster) 

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Britax Frontier ClickTight in select fashions for $239.99 (29% Off)

Britax Pinnacle ClickTight in select fashions for $259.99  (29% Off)

Britax Pioneer in Ashton from $142.50 25% Off (discount at checkout)

Britax Pioneer in Domino SOLD OUT

Chicco MyFit in “Canyon” 20% Off  (discount at checkout)

Chicco MyFit LE in “Anthem” 20% Off (discount at checkout)

Cosco Finale in “Dusk” for $48.99 (20% Off) (discount at checkout)

Cosco Finale in “Realtree Camo” and “Spring Bloom” for $40.78

Evenflo Maestro Sport in “Crestone Peaks” for $59.99 (25% Off) BACK ORDER

Evenflo Transitions in “Maleah” for $117.32

Evenflo Transitions in “Legacy” for $129.99 LOW STOCK

Evenflo SafeMax Combination in “Crimson” for $129.99 LOW STOCK

Graco Atlas in “Glacier” SOLD OUT

Graco Nautilus 65 in “Sully” for $99.99  SOLD OUT

Graco Nautilus 65 LX in “Matrix” for $119.19 ☆  SOLD OUT

Graco Tranzitions in “Kyte” for $79.99 (20% Off) SOLD OUT

Harmony Defender for $90.61 (Save $29.80)

Graco Affix Evenflo Amp - blue flames

Booster Deals:

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Britax HighPoint (with LATCH) in Mulberry for $112.50 25% Off (Discount at Checkout) LOW STOCK

Clek Oobr in “Drift” with Rigid LATCH for $199.99 (Plus $3.94 Instant Coupon)

Chicco KidFit Boosters PRIME DAY DEALS 20% Off (discount at checkout)

Chicco KidFit Zip (with LATCH) for $99.99  (23% Off) LOW STOCK

Graco Affix (with LATCH) in “Grapeade” for $37.09 (54% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco TurboBooster LX (with LATCH) in “Matrix” for $56.99  (29% Off)

Graco Highback TurboBooster in select fashions from $29 SOLD OUT

Evenflo Spectrum in various fashions from $54.99   

 

 Britax travel system  Graco travel system - soho

Travel System Deals:

(Infant Carseat + Stroller)

Britax B-Agile w/ B-Safe 35 Elite in “Cowmooflage” or “Domino” for $319.99 PRIME ONLY

Britax 2017 B-Agile w/ B-Safe 35 in Red or Black for $299.99 (32% Off) PRIME ONLY

Chicco Travel Systems PRIME DAY DEALS all 20% Off (discount at checkout)

Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System w/ KeyFit 30 in Papyrus $224.00 (20% Off)

Chicco Viaro Quick-Fold Travel System w/ KeyFit30 in Teak $280.00  (20% Off)

Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System with SafeMax Infant Seat w/ ARB in 3 fashions for $159.99 (20% discount at checkout)

Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Travel System w/ SnugRide 35 in “Gotham” for $172.00 (46% Off)

Graco Fastaction Fold Sport Click Connect Travel System in “Pierce” for $198.39 (29% Off)

Graco Aire3 Click Connect Travel System w/ SnugRide 35 in “Gotham” for $192.99 (36% Off)

Graco Modes 3 Lite Stroller w/ SnugRide 35 in “Addison” for $249.99 (24% Off) 

Graco Modes 3 Lite Stroller w/ SnugRide 35 in “Banner” for $221.01 SOLD OUT

Nuna MIXX stroller with PIPA Lite LX $785.90 EARLY ACCESS DEAL

 

Baby Jogger Vue BOB Duallie

Stroller Deals:

Single strollers

Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini GT in 6 fashions from $305.99 (15% Off)

Baby Jogger 2016 City Select in Onyx for $359.95 (32% Off)

Britax B-Mobile in Raven for $119.99 (25% discount at checkout)

GB Pockit Stroller in “Black” and other select fashions for $140 (20% discount at checkout)

Graco Snugrider Elite Stroller Frame for $48.54 (51% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco Breeze Stroller in “Piazza” for $99.99 (33% Off)

Graco Aire3 Click Connect Stroller in “Pierce” for $134.99 (25% Off)

phil&teds Sub 4 World’s Fastest Jogger in Black for $447.99 (50% Off)

Maclaren Quest in Medieval Blue/Silver for $199.88 (34% Off)

Maclaren Quest in Black/ Silver for $208.88 (30% Off)

Mountain Buggy Terrain Premium Jogging Stroller in Graphite for $449.99 (25% Off) LOW STOCK

Summer Infant 3D Lite in Black for $62.67 (37% Off)

Double Strollers  

* accepts one infant carseat; **accepts two infant carseats; @ requires adapter sold separately

Baby Trend Universal Double Stroller Frame for $66.99 ** (33% Off) 

Britax 2017 B-Agile Double Stroller in “Black” and “Red” for $249.99 (44% Off)

Graco Modes Duo Stroller in “Basin” SOLD OUT

Graco Roomfor2 Stand and Ride Stroller in “Gotham” for $108.99 * (27% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco Uno2Duo Double Stroller in “Hayden” for $278.51 * DEAL ENDED

UPPAbaby G-Link Double Stroller “Pascal/Grey” for $399.00 (20% Off)

 

Other Baby Gear Deals:

Graco Pack and Play  Fisher Price high chair

Britax Car Seat Travel Cart for $52.99 (34% Off)

Cosco Simple Fold High Chair in Elephant Squares for $30.64 (20% Off) Discount at checkout

Graco Pack ‘N Play with full bassinet in select fashions from $40.95 (49% Off) 

Graco Simple Switch Portable High Chair and Booster in “Finch” for $64.60 (20% Off) 

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo $73.49 (30% Off)

Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair in Rosy Windmill for $31.89 (36% Off)

Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Portable Playard for $52.99 (40% Off)

Winco Unassembled Wooden High Chair in Mahogany for $46.21 

 


 

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Last updated 7/17/2018 5:30 (EDT)

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Essentials by Britax Skyline Highback Belt-Positioning Booster

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2018 Essentials by Britax Skyline Highback Belt-Positioning Booster Review

In an effort to make more affordable and accessible products, earlier this year Britax introduced its Essentials by Britax line of carseats. The belt-positioning booster for this line is called the Skyline and is based on the Britax Highpoint booster seat, but with fewer features and a smaller price tag to show for it. A review on the Britax Highpoint can be found here, and here’s a top-down pic to show the basic differences between the two seats (Skyline is black, Highpoint is blue).

Weight and Height Limits

40-120 lbs.; 38-63”

Skyline Overview
  • 10 position headrest
  • Can be installed with lower LATCH connectors
  • Lined with EPP foam
  • Two removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders
  • MSRP $99
Measurements

Belt guide heights: 15 ¾”-23”
Inside shoulder width: 14”
Inside hip width: 11 ½”
Seat depth: 14”
External widest point: 19 ¼”
Seat weight: 12.1 lbs.

For more measurements, see our comparison database.

 

There are 2 fashions available, Dusk and Teal. Since this is Britax’s more affordable line, you’ll be able to find these boosters at stores like Target and Wal-Mart, and at local Brixy retailers as well.

The only assembly required for the Skyline is adding the cup holders, if desired. The booster comes out of the box in once piece and cannot be used backless, so there is no putting the back onto the bottom piece. The bonus to this is that it stays together when you carry it!

Fit to Child

Seat belt fit is very good; lap belt fit is aided by thick armrests that push the lap belt forward onto the thighs. Shoulder belt fit is adjusted by squeezing a handle on the back of the headrest and lifting up or pushing down. The Skyline is one of the tallest on the market, so it will be a good option for kids with tall torsos. Be sure to adjust the headrest so that the shoulder belt guides are above your child’s shoulders and his ears are inside the headrest. The label just above the shoulder belt guide helps you with placement. My model liked the Skyline and found it comfy. S is 5.5 years old, 40 lbs., and 44″ tall.

  

Fit to Vehicle

Check your vehicle owner’s manual to see if you can install the booster using the lower LATCH connectors. This is an optional feature that keeps the booster in place when the child is not in the seat; otherwise, the child should buckle the booster in when getting out of it so it doesn’t become a projectile in a crash.

Center LATCH installations with Non-Standard Spacing:

Permitted only in designated LATCH positions

Inflatable Seat Belts:

Not allowed

Cover/Maintenance/Ease of Use

Essentials by Britax suggests hand washing the cover and hanging it to dry. It is fairly easy to remove and has a couple of elastics.

FAA/Lifespan/Crash

Because belt-positioning booster seats require the use of lap/shoulder belts, the Skyline cannot be used on an airplane.

The Skyline has a lifespan of 10 years. Britax follows NHTSA crash guidelines for replacement after a crash.

Advantages
  • 10 position headrest
  • Can be installed with lower LATCH connectors
  • Lined with EPP foam
  • Two removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders
  • Less expensive than the similar Britax Highpoint
  • Narrower by about 1.5″ than the Britax Highpoint because it lacks the side impact cushions at the shoulders
Disadvantages
  • Made in China
  • Does not convert to backless booster

Despite not converting to a backless booster, the Skyline scores as one of the tallest highback boosters on the market. It is less expensive than the Highpoint, but it also lacks the SecureGuard lap belt clip that helps some kids stay in position when transitioning from a harnessed seat. Not having the side impact cushions on the outside of the shoulder area means that it’s narrower than the Britax Highpoint, but the downside is the loss of a safety feature. When comparing boosters, though, it’s definitely worth consideration.

The Skyline sample used in this review was provided by Essentials by Britax. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

This post and others at CarseatBlog contain affiliate links. Please read About CarseatBlog for our affiliate policy and see our Marketing Disclosure.

 

 

Britax Highpoint Highback Belt-Positioning Booster Review: The Next Generation

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2018 Britax Highback Highpoint Belt-Positioning Booster Review

Comfy fabric and smart features mark the redesign of Britax’s popular Parkway SGL booster. The new Highpoint has new fabrics and better cup holders, but does not convert to a backless booster. The LATCH attachment design is also different, with the tensioning adjuster strap on the left side only. In a new twist, Britax has also introduced a new line of seats under the Essentials by Britax name. The Essentials by Britax Skyline highback booster is similar to the Highpoint booster being reviewed here, but has fewer features and fashions available. Our review on that seat can be found here, but here’s a top-down pic to show the basic differences between the two seats.

Weight and Height Limits

40-120 lbs.; 38-63”

Highpoint Overview
  • 10 position headrest
  • Can be installed with lower LATCH connectors
  • Lined with EPP foam
  • External side impact cushions
  • Adjustable SecureGuard™ Belt Positioning Clip helps position lap belt properly
  • Two removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders
  • MSRP $149
Measurements

Belt guide heights: 15 ¾”-23”
Inside shoulder width: 14”
Inside hip width: 11 ½”
Seat depth: 14”
External widest point: 20 ¾”
Seat weight: 12.1 lbs.

For more measurements, see our comparison database.

     

There are 2 fashions generally available, Asher (gray) and Seaglass (blue), while Mulberry (purple) is an Amazon exclusive. The Nanotex fashion (black with gray) is available only at Brixy local retailers. The Cool Flow fashions, Teal and Grey, will be available soon; Teal is a BuyBuyBaby exclusive. Cool Flow is a mesh fabric designed to improve air flow and be cooler than standard fabrics.

The only assembly required for the Highpoint is adding the cup holders, if desired. The booster comes out of the box in once piece and cannot be used backless, so there is no putting the back onto the bottom piece. The bonus to this is that it stays together when you carry it!

Fit to Child

Seat belt fit is very good; lap belt fit is aided by thick armrests that push the lap belt forward onto the thighs. Shoulder belt fit is adjusted by squeezing a handle on the back of the headrest and lifting up or pushing down. The Highpoint is one of the tallest on the market, so it will be a good option for kids with tall torsos. Be sure to adjust the headrest so that the shoulder belt guides are above your child’s shoulders and his ears are inside the headrest. The label just above the shoulder belt guide helps you with placement. My model liked the Highpoint and found it comfy. Just for kicks, I’m throwing in a pic to show why he needs a booster for a very long time! S is 5.5 years old, 40 lbs., and 44″ tall.

   

Fit to Vehicle

Check your vehicle owner’s manual to see if you can install the booster using the lower LATCH connectors. This is an optional feature that keeps the booster in place when the child is not in the seat; otherwise, the child should buckle the booster in when getting out of it so it doesn’t become a projectile in a crash.

Center LATCH installations with Non-Standard Spacing:

Permitted only in designated LATCH positions

Inflatable Seat Belts:

Not allowed

Cover/Maintenance/Ease of Use

Britax suggests hand washing the cover and hanging it to dry. It is fairly easy to remove and has a couple of elastics.

FAA/Lifespan/Crash

Because belt-positioning booster seats require the use of lap/shoulder belts, the Highpoint cannot be used on an airplane.

The Highpoint has a lifespan of 10 years. Britax follows NHTSA crash guidelines for replacement after a crash.

Advantages
  • 10 position headrest
  • Can be installed with lower LATCH connectors
  • Lined with EPP foam
  • External side impact cushions
  • Adjustable SecureGuard™ Belt Positioning Clip helps position lap belt properly
  • Two removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders
Disadvantages
  • Made in China
  • Does not convert to backless booster

Despite not converting to a backless booster, the Highpoint scores as one of the tallest highback boosters on the market. It does a good job of positioning both the shoulder and lap belts on my model and the optional unique SecureGuard™ belt clip helps keep the lap belt low on kids who need that extra bit of help. The cover is comfy and colors are contemporary and ageless.

The Britax Highpoint sample used in this update was provided by Britax. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

This post and others at CarseatBlog contain affiliate links. Please read About CarseatBlog for our affiliate policy and see our Marketing Disclosure.

 

 

Jack of all trades, but master of none.

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I hear the term “jack of all trades” used a lot. But people always leave off the “master of none” part which, at least when I’m applying it to myself, is the most accurate part. You’ve probably heard the term applied to the Alpha Omega car seat, or any of it’s clones. Tries to be a lot of things, and pretty much sucks at all of them. I’m like the Alpha Omega of the mom world.

Most days it feels next to impossible to have two jobs: mom and work out of home mom. Heck, being mom in general is next to impossible some days. Or most days. Or all of them. Really.

You literally spend your whole day giving yourself to someone else. Not just your care but your soul and emotions. Then on top of that, you attempt to maintain some sort of living environment while they ransack and destroy every futile attempt you put forth. It’s something you never really feel adequate at, even though you’re doing your best.

I work weekends as a nurse, and it’s basically déjà vu but with adults. I go to work and spend my whole day putting others’ needs before my own. I don’t eat, I don’t pee. I get yelled at, hit, things thrown at me, and spend lots of time teaching and bargaining. “Please stop smoking. If you stop smoking, maybe you won’t die!” sounds a lot like “Please stop jumping off the top of the playset. If you stop jumping off the playset, maybe you won’t break both your ankles!” There’s lots of poop and bodily fluids and tears involved. And hugs. The hugs that make you mind the other stuff a little less.

The problem is, I always feel like I can’t put my whole effort into both. At home, I’m constantly on the phone about work stuff, or counting down the days till I have to drag myself back there. I snap at my kids when I’m going through work emails (I work in management as well as bedside nursing so work often does come home with me) because I’m frustrated. I don’t see much of my older son as he’s in school all day and by the time we get home from school pick up at 4pm, we don’t have time to go do anything because I have to make dinner and my kids go to bed at 7pm. I miss their weekend ball games, all the fun family events, festivals, and time with my husband.

When I’m at work, I don’t put 100% because I just want to get home to my family. I think about my kids, wonder how their games are going, wish I could give my husband a hand in the yard. I snap at my coworkers because I’m frustrated at what I’m not doing. I don’t always finish the things I should finish because I just want to get home and relieve the guilt of ignoring the kids during the week because I was thinking about work.

It’s a catch 22 really, and I feel like I don’t do anything well. Sometimes I feel like I can’t make anyone happy, including myself. The guilt is overwhelming, especially when you see other moms holding down full time jobs and seemingly rocking it. Unfortunately in this day and age, it’s hard to get by on one income. We’ve done it for years but we felt like we weren’t giving our kids enough and with both of us working, we have opportunities to go do fun things instead of not being able to because we are living paycheck to paycheck. However, working opposite schedules, we don’t really have time to do those fun things. And then apparently on top of all that, I’m supposed to eat healthy, exercise, be involved in my kid’s school, have friends, and make time for myself.

So what’s the answer? I don’t know. It’s probably family specific, and what works for us won’t work for everyone and vice versa. But how do you make it work emotionally? How do you feel satisfied with what you’re doing? How do you not feel stretched thin and still not successful? If anyone has the answers, please let me know. Otherwise, I’ll chalk it up as one of those eternally unanswered mom questions. How do we do it all, and do it well?