Monthly Archive:: March 2013

Driving Graycie Home: The Tesla Model S Goes for a Long Drive


Matt and I worked on this next blog post together. Well, I shouldn’t say together exactly, since if we actually wrote it together, it wouldn’t be almost 22 years of wedded bliss now, would it? I wrote some parts and he wrote some parts and we meshed it together. Actually, I have to admit I slept most of the drive home; put me in the passenger seat of a smooth car and I’m out faster than a mellow baby in a swing. Matt was very sweet not to mention this part and I’m very lucky he was busy driving and not taking pictures . . .

We had been planning our “unplanned” trip home with the Tesla Model S for a few weeks, ever since we decided to go pick up the car from the factory instead of having it delivered. My dh, Matt, had wanted to make it a “bro weekend” with our son, but hello, anything that included a vehicle factory tour must include me, so the ladies barged in on their plans.

We drove to the airport and parking our old Lexus RX330 in long term parking. A colleague interested in buying it would pick it up later that day and try it out over the four days that we would be gone. We have not been in it since. She served us well.

We flew into San Jose and went out to grab a cab to go to the Tesla factory about 10 miles up I-880 in Fremont. It was amusing; the cab line in Las Vegas can be scores of people long with cabs lined as far as the eye can see. In San Jose, there was one cab waiting. So we hopped in. It was a Prius. Gas guzzler.

The factory has a new owner greeting and waiting area, where we were greeted and waited. We were early, and looked around the parking lot at the new, shiny Teslas.  On a whim I looked at the VINs of the gray cars, and lo and behold, there was ours, just waiting for us.


Tesla Model S Review: The Only Emissions Come from the Kids


In an earlier blog, my dh, Matt, and I, gave the Tesla Model S a spin as we waited for ours to be built. Now that we’ve picked ours up, how do I rate the brand new 2013 Tesla Model S all-electric plug-in sedan? It’s fantastic! It’s stupendously awesome, outrageously superb, and simply one-of-a-kind. I think everyone should own one. If that were the case, we’d have much less dependency on oil, especially once we have better solar and wind infrastructure. With the Tesla, the future is alternative.

What makes the Model S so special? First, the S is one of only three plug-in only, mainstream electric vehicles (EVs), with the Nissan Leaf and Toyota RAV-4 being the others. All the other more familiar cars on the road, like the plug-in Prius and Volt, are hybrids, which means that they not only plug in but also use gasoline. You don’t put gas in the S–the only consumer-supplied liquid the Tesla takes is windshield wiper fluid. And whatever beverage you choose to bring along.


Hot Carseat Deals from Amazon!


It’s that time of year when Amazon is generally clearing shelves and slashing prices to make room for new products and new fashions arriving soon. Take advantage of some great deals while they last! Everything listed below is directly from Amazon and that means free shipping and free returns in case it doesn’t work out!


Graco SnugRide 30 in Lexi or Dragonfly for $84.99!


Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air in Calie for $135.00


Peg Perego Viaggio Convertible in Fuscia  for $280.49


New True Fit SI C680 in Naturalization for $192.00


Combi Coccoro in Chestnut for $159.99


Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro Highback booster in Phantom for $186.15


Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro Highback Booster in Rhumba for $186.15 


Safety 1st Go Hybrid in Clarksville for $150.93


I’m sure there are other great deals that I missed so if you notice something on a well-liked product, let us know and we’ll include it!  🙂


Still Made in North America


Kecia and I toured the great new Dorel technical center, adjacent to where they manufacture many Cosco, Safety 1st and other child restraint products in Columbus, Indiana.  Kudos now to Britax, who opted to keep their main manufacturing facility in Charlotte, moving just across the border from North Carolina to South Carolina.   They are currently moving into their shiny, new digs!  I have seen it from the outside and hope to blog about a tour of the facility in the future 🙂

Other manufacturers, like Evenflo, still have major manufacturing plants in the USA as well.  We know some parents prefer products made in North America, Western Europe and certain other countries for a variety of reasons.  Keeping good manufacturing and technical jobs domestic to support local economies is a major one.  Concerns over workers’ conditions, environmental issues and product quality control are other very legitimate concerns about losing manufacturing to Asia and other regions with ultra-cheap labor and minimal government oversight.  Managers of some programs receiving funds from certain federal and state grants may be required to purchase products primarily made in the USA.  For that reason, we are also compiling a list of carseats still made in the USA, including some made in Canada, Mexico and Europe.

CarseatBlog does recommend carseats that are manufactured outside North America.  Location of the corporate headquarters or manufacturing is not usually a factor as to whether we recommend or do not recommend any particular child restraint.  Even though where a product is made does not typically affect our opinion of a carseat, we do try to mention it in our reviews.  That is so those interested in buying the product may have this information, in case it is a factor in their own purchasing decision!