Monthly Archive:: July 2009

Carolina’s: What Mexican Food Should Be


What’s your favorite kind of food?  For me, it’s Mexican.  It’s the only kind of food I really get a hankering for, a true gotta-get-me-some feeling.  It’s well into the 100s now, the wind is blowing and it feels like when you first open the oven door and that blast of heat strikes you in the face when you’re not expecting it.  It’s so hot it could melt-an ice cube.  Yeah, that kind of heat.  I grew up in the Phoenix area and dh and I still have family there.  It’s home, no matter how much it changes or grows.

A Weekend Off From CPS


I did it again.  Unlike last year, it wasn’t just one of my kids, but all of them riding unrestrained.

As it happens, Minnesota passed a new child restraint law just this month.  Fortunately, the fine local, county and state police along the parade route opted not to enforce the law.  More likely, there’s an exception somewhere in the law for parade trains…

First Peek: Combi Zeus 360 Convertible Carseat


Full review coming soon but I wanted to give everyone a quick peek at the new Combi Zeus 360* and showcase a few of its unique features. The model that I have is the “Chestnut” fabric.

The Zeus 360 is rated from 5-33 lbs and up to 36″ tall rear-facing and from 20-40 lbs (over 1 year old) and up to 40″ tall forward-facing. This is the new, improved model which replaces the original “Zeus Turn” convertible.   

The infant insert that comes with the Zeus 360 MUST be used for all children under 25 lbs (11.4 kg). Instruction manual states that you should discontinue use of the insert (after 25 lbs) when the harness becomes too short to fit the child or, if forward-facing, when the child’s shoulders are above the top harness slots.  

Truthfully, it took me a while to figure out how to make this seat rotate (even though I was reading the directions) but now that I’ve got it down – it’s pretty simple. So far, the unique features are impressive but I haven’t tried to install it or put a child in it yet. Stay tuned for a more thorough review coming soon! The full review is now posted HERE.

The First Years True Fit Premier Giveaway!


Thanks to our sponsor,, we have the luxury of giving away a sporty, anti-rebound-bar equipped Learning Curve/The First Years True Fit Premier C670 convertible carseat in Blue Aurora today!  It will be shipped directly to the winner from Kids-N-Cribs (shipping is free in the 48 contiguous United States, but a charge will apply anywhere else they can ship).  You can also read Heather’s review of the True Fit Premier C670.


All you have to do to win is leave a comment!  You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or sponsor giveaway at (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.  We politely ask that you only enter if you intend to use this convertible seat and would also appreciate the favor of a followup comment about the True Fit Premier in reply to our review.  Eligibility outside of the USA will depend on where is able to ship this product.  A random winner will be chosen one week from today (July 29) out of the eligible comments left in reply to this blog.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above.  We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.  Good luck!

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This giveaway ended 7/29/09.  Thanks for entering!