Monthly Archive:: July 2009

Blogiversary: Top 20 List


As a followup to Kecia’s Blogiversary, I thought I’d post some “Top” lists.  Today, the top twenty (out of almost 270 blog entries) list of the most viewed blogs and pages at over the last year, according to our blog stats counter.

So, I guess it’s no surprise that our reviews and ABC Kids Expo posts were the most viewed, though possibly not the most loved!

Another One Bites the Dust


Last year around this time, I sent my Cosco Triad to the Great Carseat Graveyard.  Today, it’s a Britax Wizard.  It was one of the first ones made and it recently expired.  Before the truck arrived, I cut it up and made it virtually unusable.  It’s always sad to retire old carseats.  This one, in fact, received one of my early reviews.  Though it could use some formatting, it sounds pretty much identical to my current reviews!  I did save the cover and recently sold it.   I guess they are somewhat valuable since replacements are no longer made.

Seat Protectors: Safe for Use or Vile, Evil Predators against Our Innocent Children?


Once upon a time, whenever a vehicle with leather seats came into a seat check event, techs would automatically use nonslip shelf liner.  There was a myth that the nonslip would keep the car seat from damaging the vehicle’s upholstery and help keep the car seat from sliding around on the “slippery” surface.  It became quite the crutch because instead of just that little bit of extra oomph to tighten the belt, the tech would depend on the nonslip grip to give that false sense of tightness.  Some techs went overboard and used yards of nonslip following the theory of: if a little bit is good, then a lot must be that much better.  Parents used it because they saw techs using it.  An entire industry was born out of making nonslip mats to go under car seats so that parents will feel that their car seats are in securely AND that their upholstery will stay free from baby barf and ground-in Cheerios and French fries.

I’m Reduced to Shameless Begging


In that the money is going toward a great cause, I don’t mind begging.  Though I’m very happy that a few people have bid on it, I must say I’m a little discouraged by the overall response.  So, I’m going to do what I can to jump start the bidding, since it ends next week.

First, I’ll beg.  Oh please, oh please, oh please!  It’s a great cause and like all charities, they really need support right now.

Second, I’ll plead.  100% of the proceeds go to charity.  In fact, you can donate the widding bid amount directly to SafetyBeltSafe USA and your donation may be tax deductible, since they are a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Plus, you get a unique memento to treasure and hand down to your children or grand children!

Third, I’ll match.  In addition to what I normally give to SafetyBeltSafe USA, I will match the winning bid amount with an additional donation of my own, up to $100.  Other communities based on a common cause routinely raise huge amounts for their charity auctions and drives.  I don’t think $100 is too much to ask!

Even if the bid amount is more than you would like to donate, please consider donating a smaller amount directly to SafetyBeltSafe USA and tell them CarseatBlog sent you!