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She {hearts} Evenflo Right Fit Booster Car Seat

My family and I will be hitting the road this weekend for one last hurrah before we fall gracefully into the school year. And since road injuries are the leading cause of preventable death and injuries in children in the United States, Evenflo wanted to make sure that safety and comfort of older kids was being addressed. The Evenflo Right Fit Booster Car Seat offers a 2-in-1 design, allowing it to be used as a high-back booster, and then later on transforming to a backless booster. It has e3 foam integrated into the head and back to reduce side impact forces. Cosmetically, there are a variety of colors to choose from and the addition of 2 activity lights allow the child to read and play, even after dark. A correctly installed car seat can reduce the risk of death by 71%, so be sure to check out SafeKids.org for more helpful tips and info on children’s travel safety.

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Available for $89.99 at Toys r Us.com.

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She {hearts} RUND baby

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If you’re a mom, a grandmother, or someone who cares for little ones on a regular basis, you’re going to want this product as soon as you see it.  I fell in love with it at first sight!anywherechair

Introducing… the Anywhere Chair from RUND baby!  This “chair” (actually a uniquely shaped piece of fabric) simply fastens onto a normal chair to create a highchair for your baby or toddler anytime and anywhere you need it!  Genius, I’m telling you.  And what else would you expect from a talented mompreneur?  Melissa of RUND baby is a mom of three and manages this Etsy business from her home, creating products that are innovative and beautiful.  (Not a mom? Check out her tote bags and cash envelope systems!)rund_baby_toddlers

I tried out the Anywhere Chair with my 1 year old and my 2.5 year old, and it worked perfectly for either of them!  My 2.5 year old actually begged to be put back in it again after we took photos.  The hook and loop fastening in the back was strong enough to keep my lunging 1 year old from unfastening it, and the whole system was easy enough to quickly secure my very wiggly 2.5 year old.  The entire chair folds up neatly and can be shoved in a diaper bag or kept in the car.  It is machine washable and is made with beautiful designer fabrics!  (My print is called “Windy Day,” in case you’re wondering.)rund_baby_detail

This would make a great gift … but I know you want to buy one for yourself too!  Fortunately, we also have a giveaway today (yay!).

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Visit RUND Baby and pick out a beautiful handmade Anywhere Chair of your own (available in TONS of designer fabric choices) for just $35!

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Melissa at RUND Baby is giving away an Anywhere Chair to one lucky She {hearts} It reader in any fabric currently available in her shop ($35 value)!

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She {hearts} Puj

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Puj (pronounced “pudge”) is a company founded by a creative couple seeking to create products to “simplify parenthood.” As a parent, I know most of us need all the help we can get while on this crazy, challenging, ever-rewarding journey!

Puj‘s innovative products are not only appealing because of their purpose to simplify the care of your baby, but also because of their stylish and modern designs. Puj’s products include the Puj Tub (a soft, space saving, baby cradling bathtub), the Puj Flyte (an even more compact, space saving, travel friendly baby bathtub), Puj Unos (adorable, breathable, machine-washable, symmetrical baby shoes) and the Puj Snug (a flexible, ultra soft bathtub spout cover that is mildew resistant and made from recycled materials).

Puj graciously sent me a Puj Snug to try out. Not only is this soft spout cover adorable, but I love that it is non-absorbent to resist mold and mildew. My crazy kids love to splash around in the tub, so bumps are inevitable. I love the protection that the Snug provides to their baby shampooed heads! The Snug is also BPA/formamide/PVC free and made from reclaimed materials. It is flexible to fit most any bathtub spout, while still giving easy access to the shower diverter. I also love how the water still runs out of the faucet normally with the Snug, unlike other similar products that I’ve tried that make the running water spray everywhere and freaks my kids out! My kids LOVED having a new “friend” in the tub with them during bathtime, and my 3 year old daughter was sure to keep Mr. Elephant clean and rinsed. The day after their first bath with the Sung, my 22 month old son was eating dinner and announced “There’s an elephant in there!” when I mentioned bathtime. Needless to say, the Snug was a hit in our household, for both mama and babies!

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Puj’s baby care products range from $15 to $45 and can be purchased directly through their website. Also, be sure to “like” Puj on Facebook and follow Puj on Twitter to stay in the loop on new products and more giveaways of their fun products!

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Puj would like to give away a Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover to one lucky She {hearts} It reader.

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She {hearts} Citrus Lane

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Citrus Lane is a unique, very current company that provides monthly subscriptions for boxes filled with fun, practical parent-approved baby and toddler products and items. Each month has a new box theme based on the current season and customer feedback. Best of all, each “best-of” item is a surprise!

Here’s how Citrus Lane works. The great minds at Citrus Lane choose products for their monthly boxes that not only really work, but also have had great feedback from real parents and fulfill a need of parents. To subscribe to their incredible monthly boxes, simply sign up on their website, including your child’s birthdate (up to 3 years) and gender (if desired), and Citrus Lane will cater the items included in each monthly box to you and the stage your child is at. They offer monthly billing and also offer 6 and 12 month packages, which include free boxes!

Citrus Lane‘s boxes are also great for gift giving. Monthly subscription packages are available to purchase as a gift, as well as their Deluxe Shower Box, which is THE perfect present for any mom-to-be. The Deluxe Shower Box includes items such as a swaddling blanket, skin care items, baby toys, and even gift cards for baby announcements. At 32 weeks pregnant with baby #3, I would be beyond delighted if this box happened to show up on my doorstep as we prepare for her arrival!

Citrus Lane sent me their July box. The theme was “Bon Voyage” and focused on items that would be useful as families travel in the summertime. My box included travel-sized gentle skin care products for baby, travel-sized baby detergent, a diaper bag friendly sized baby essentials/first aid kit, a soft baby toy able to clip onto baby’s carseat, a fun bracelet (for mommy!) that is safe for a teething baby, and a coupon to make free postcards on my phone and send them to anyone in the world. SO FUN! I squealed with delight as I studied each product in my box. Even though I’m pregnant with baby #3 (and have tried and been exposed to LOTS of baby products), I’m still constantly on the lookout for useful, tasteful, smart new products and this box alone blew me away! The packaging even made me feel special as I first opened the box. I can’t wait to try out these new products and goodies on our new baby girl.

August’s box will be themed “Back to School” and filled with items to help prepare your child to learn! Check out their cute new video to go with their August box.

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Citrus Lane offers monthly box subscriptions for $25 a month, or subscribe for 6 months for $125 (that’s one free box) or 12 months for $250 (that’s TWO free boxes!). Each box’s surprise items will be season-themed and carefully chosen with your child and his/her stage of development in mind.

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Citrus Lane is offering a 10% discount on all orders with the code 10BLOG, good until 8/14. Also, keep an eye on their Facebook page for additional promotions and discounts!

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Citrus Lane would like to give away a “Bon Voyage” box to one lucky She {hearts} It reader. This box would be perfect for a new mom, or as a special treat for you and your baby or toddler.

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She {hearts} Boba Carrier

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Boba CarrierThose who have been reading She {hearts} It for a while now already know how much we love Boba!

I was SUPER excited to receive a Boba Carrier 3G for review shortly after my second daughter was born. I was able to use it when she was just a newborn, and I love it just as much now that she is almost 5 months old! I’ve also worn my almost-two-year-old in this carrier as well with no problems.

The Boba Carrier is an awesome carrier, and I honestly love it a lot more than I thought I would!

It’s easy to put on and take off, and I can easily carry either of my daughters in it.  I love that I can use it for newborns, babies, and toddlers!

 

Some of the great features about the Boba Carrier are:

  • adjustable straps to perfectly customize to your body
  • pockets
  • sleeping hood
  • purse strap holder (genius!)
  • removable foot straps
  • and more!Boba logo

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I love all of the beautiful prints available for the Boba Carrier.  This carrier is stylish, as well as being convenient and very comfortable!

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You can purchase your own Boba Carrier 3G here in a variety of fun colors and prints, starting at $120.  You can also purchase the Boba Baby Wrap and the new Boba Air.

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Boba is giving away a Boba 3G carrier to one lucky She {hearts} It reader ($120 ARV!)! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter this awesome giveaway.
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She {hearts} eBags

I have always loved travelling, but I haven’t always loved packing! It can be frustrating when I can’t find what I’m looking for in my bag, or my clothes are getting all wrinkled and disorganized. I find it even more frustrating when I’m packing for my kids.

My packing woes have all been solved with the new bag I got from eBags! They sent me the Mother Lode TLS Weekender Convertible and a set of 3 Packing Cubes. I never even knew something like packing cubes existed before, but now I absolutely love them. They make it so much easier to stay organized while on vacation.  Everything has it’s place and stays where it belongs, resulting in fewer wrinkles.

The TLS Weekender is the most amazing bag I’ve ever seen! It’s got so many features that I can’t possibly point them all out, but one of my favorites is the fact that it is the perfect size for carry on luggage when flying. My hubby and I are planning a big vacation for our 10th anniversary next year, and I wanted to find luggage that fit the requirements of a carry on, in order to save us the trouble of lost luggage.

Despite being a small size, this bag is plenty big enough to fit anything I need while on vacation. I have used it several times for my girls as well, and I’m super impressed with the durability.  Strong zippers and straps keep everything secure.

Watch this video for the many fantastic features of the TLS Weekender from eBags.

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  • The TLS Weekender Bag retails for $79.99
  • eBags offers several sizes of packing cubes
  •  eBags has it’s own line of bags called The eBags Brand
  • Hundreds of other brands are also offered
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eBags is offering one set of Packing Cubes for one lucky reader!

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She {hearts} The Graco TurboBooster with Safety Surround

My daughter, Allie Grace, turned a whopping THREE years old last month. Its amazing how quickly time flies by. Even though she’s a skinny little thing, she’s very tall and often looked uncomfortable in her 5-point harness carseat that she’s been in since she was 9 months old.  I came across the Graco  TurboBooster™ with Safety Surround™ just a week before our vacation and decided to give it a try. Some features that I liked about this new carseat, just from reading about its features, were the adjustable back height, it converts to a backless booster, the armrests and cup holders, the removable pads that were machine washable, and of course the new safety surround. While she’s only 30 lbs., which is the minimum weight required for this carseat, I knew it was time for her to go ahead and change seats. We are on the road all the time and she just seemed uncomfortable in her old seat.

We hadn’t had the seat for a week yet when we went to a birthday party and one of the items in the favor bags was a purple marker. Somehow the top came off the marker and it sat in the carseat on the ride home, soaking purple ink into our brand-new light grey carseat. The next day was followed by our weekly trip to the beach so I decided it would need washing again after that so I let the stain be while we were at the beach. As soon as I returned from vacation I did some minimal spot cleaning with Shout, threw it in the wash and it was good as new again!  There’s something to be said about a carseat that’s so easy to take the cover off and actually get stains out of!

Since we are on the road so often, I sometimes try and plan our long trips during Allie Grace’s naptimes. The Safety Surround also acts as a cushion for her to lay her head when she’s asleep. In her Daddy’s truck, that carseat doesn’t have the Surround and she can’t get comfortable while sleeping. The US currently doesn’t have a standard for side impact tesing but Graco decided on the European draft standard because they believed it is the most comprehensive. They tested their Safety Surround™ in Europe to ensure they have the best side impact protection.

The armrest and highback have grow-with-me features where you can adjust the height as your child grows. The seat will help safely transport your growing child from 30-100 lbs. in highback mode. Once they are 40 lbs. the back can be removed.

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Purchase your own Graco TurboBooster™ with Safety Surround™ for just $79.99 from any Target store or Target.com. They come in lots of fun colors too (black/green, black/purple, black/orange, black/tan)

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Graco & Target are throwing a party—a Twitter party, more specifically! TONIGHT (June 28) at 9 p.m. (EST), their car seat safety experts and engineers will be on Twitter, answering your questions, live! If you’ve never joined a Twitter Party, here’s how you can:

  • Log on to Twitter at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST) TONIGHT, Thursday, June 28.
  • Make sure you’re following the conversation at #TargetChat. *Target is helping Graco host the event, since they’re the exclusive retailer of the NEW TurboBooster with Safety Surround!
  • Ask a question of your own, or just learn from others at the party.

During this fun, information-packed event, a few lucky party-goers will even receive a FREE TurboBooser with Safety Surround, in one of four bright, stylish colors.

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