Family Road Trip Memories: Win a Car Seat from Toyota and #BuckleUpForLife

Updated: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Cynthia Painter for winning her choice of Evenflo brand car seat!

Some of my fondest memories with my girls are made during family road trips, whether it involves playing silly car games, singing at the tops of our lungs, or making a pit stop for lunch. When they were toddlers I always knew a good time had been had by the departure to zonk out time ratio when we were traveling. If they were good and worn out they’d snooze the entire way home. Actually even today at ages 9 and 12 that fun ratio still applies. It doesn’t matter if a car ride is 10 minutes, or 10 hours, we can always bond with our kids during drive time.

 Buckle Up For Life Twitter Party

My older daughter Miss C age 2 (left) on vacation in Navarre Beach, Florida, and at age 3 (right) on vacation in Chattanooga…love the Chattanooga Choo Choo hat and her little pink soft doll is packed away with some special items from years ago.

To celebrate these precious moments I’m honored to join Toyota, Traveling Mom, and She Buys Cars this week for two educational and fun social media events. A car seat is one of the most important initial purchases you’ll make for your child and they’ll log many hours making memories on the road with you.

Want to join me tomorrow night? Here are the details:

#BuckleUpforLife Twitter Party, Monday, September 8, at 8 p.m. CST

Make sure you RSVP for a chance to win one of four Evenflo car seats. Visit Traveling Mom’s post to RSVP and be sure to follow the hashtags #BuckleUpForLife and #TMOM

Then on Wednesday, September 10 join myself and the other blogger panelists for the Buckle Up For Safety Google hangout with child safety experts from 11 a.m. CST to 1 p.m. CST. This Google hangout will feature experts on car seat safety, including Toyota Safety Engineer Jennifer Pelky, as well as the Visionary of Buckle Up for Life, Dr. Victor Garcia. You will also have a chance to win one of 20 car seats being given away by event sponsor Toyota.

In addition to the Twitter Party and Google Hangout you have the chance to win a car seat here on my blog. I’m also giving away a new Evenflo car seat to one lucky reader! (The seat you receive will be based on your child’s needs.)

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what kind of Evenflo Car Seat you would love to win. Here’s a link to all of their car seat products. They’ve come a LONG way since we shopped for our first one back in 2002!

For up to three additional entries (please leave an additional comment below with a link to each extra comment):

  • Follow @BuckleUpForLife on Twitter

  • Follow @BlondeMomBlog on Twitter

  • Tweet the following: Hope I win an Evenflo car seat from @blondemomblog #BuckleUpforLife

Good luck and thanks for entering! Will I see you at the Twitter party tomorrow or during the Google hangout on Wednesday?

I’ll select one winner from all eligible comments using; giveaway closes at midnight CST Sunday, September 14. The giveaway is open only to U.S. residents, ages 18+.

Fall Fashion Friday: Bring on the Boy Bands and Bring on the Boots

Back to School Girls fall Fashion FridayMy 9-year-old Miss A rockin’ her new P.S. Aeropostale clothes! Love her jacket and love the 1987 since that is my high school graduation year.

I love, love fall fashion. Don’t get me wrong. I do love flip flops and warm weather and summer vacation but there’s something about the weather being cool enough in Nashville to wear boots and jeans and sweaters that makes me feel all Pumpkin Spice Latte warm and fuzzy.

I’m working witih P.S. Aeropostale for Kids this year as a blog ambassador which means I get to check out all the new arrivals each season. It’s always fun to start the school year with brand spankin new supplies as well as do a little shopping for my girls. Because they both wear school uniforms, they don’t always get to let their inner fashionista off the hook.

My 9-year-old did all the shopping this time online and I adore what she chose! She wore the black rhinestone short boots to the One Direction concert in Nashville a couple of weeks ago and they were perfect. They’re so cute I wish they came in my size! The black skater skirt is extremely versatile and can be worn year round as well as to school as it meets her uniform requirements. I also love the fun and funky high ruffle black knee socks. I threw in the cute “chic” ball cap. How fun is that?

Some more of my favorites this fall from P.S. Aeropostale include this polka dot crew sweatshirt (dressed-up sweats are in for kids and adults this season), this fun fox crewneck sweater, these houndstooth leggings, and the always versatile jean jacket.

What are your kids choosing to wear to school this fall?

Back to School Chic from P.S. Aeropostale Kids

Love the school theme chalkboard printable? It’s from Denise on a Whim.

school days

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday today, which is hosted by some fabulous blogs such as Musings of a Housewife.

fashion friday blog linky

Things I Love Thursday Summer’s Last Hurrah Edition

So, did everyone survive the back-to-school madness? Now that my girls are both both in school (4th and 7th…OMG how did that happen?!) I’m trying to play catch up on things I am loving.

Things I Love Thursday


I was long overdue for a dermatologist check up and being a big sun worshiper and child of the 80s who did her tanning bed time, I was a little nervous about some spots on my face and body. Thankfully I’m in good shape and I’ll go back in a year. I’ve been using Neurium AD this summer and really love the way it helps diminish fine lines.

More things I love that I think you’d love, too!

Things I Love Thursday

Shark Rocket Vacuum – Our three-dog household is very, very tough on vacuums. I can honestly say this is my most favorite vacuum ever and I could write an entire song a la Taylor Swift about it. It’s extremely lightweight. It doesn’t take up a lot of space in our utility room. It took less than 5 minutes to assemble. Yet despite it’s dainty appearance, it’s AWESOME. I’ve recommended it to my mom and my girls can easily use it. It has two settings (carpet and hard surfaces.) My only complaint is the cord is quite long and I wish it was retractable as it can be a bit of a pain when carrying the vacuum out to the trash to empty. But seriously, if you’re looking for a lightweight, but powerful, vacuum, I highly recommend it. It’s on sale right now on Amazon for $169.

California Naturel Products – I’m a skincare junkie and always on the lookout for new products that are kind to my skin, and to my family’s! My 12-year-old had an outdoor travel soccer tourney this past weekend and I packed the new SPF 30 sunscreen I was sent to check out from California Naturel. They have an entire line of products. My other faves are the lip balm and the gentle cleansing gel (which removes my makeup and has an awesome, fresh scent.)

Ninja Ultima Blender Plus- More household awesomeness. I was on a huge smoothie kick this spring and summer and our Ninja blender is a beast! Love it. I’ve yet to fully master all of its capabilities, which includes making soups, etc.

Lazybunz Pool Float – This is definitely a conversation starter at the pool! Comfy and cool, the Lazybunz enables you to sit upright in the pool so you can relax, enjoy a drink, and just concentrate on pool time. It’s extremely durable and stores flat, making it easy to toss in the car. Also there is NO inflating involved which gets a huge thumbs up from this mom. So far this float appears to be indestructible. It comes in fun colors, collegiate editions, AND is on sale right now for $39.99. There’s even a Lazy Bar float. (awesome)

Citrushine Stainless Steel Wipes – A friend in marketing for GE sent me these wipes and they work amazingly well on our stainless steel dishwasher. I also use them to spiff up our stainless steel trash can in the kitchen, as well as our coffee maker.

R. W. Knudsen Just Juice – R.W. Knudsen Family is proud to be the innovator of Just Juice juices made with top-quality fruit. We’ve tried the Just Cranberry (which just has 9 grams of sugar) and Just Aronia Berry. These great make amazing cocktail mixers. Here locally in Nashville you can find them at Produce Place and Wild Oats.

Carmex – This is old school awesomeness. I love the new pomegranate flavor!

What are you loving this week?

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