Review: Baby Trend Latch Loc Infant Car Seat

Product Name: Baby Trend Latch Loc Infant Car Seat
Submitted by: Carrie Lauth; Dallas, GA
Rating: 10
Where to buy: Babies R Us ( We’ve compiled the latest Babies R Us Promo Codes here )

Description: The Baby Trend Latch LOC Car Seat is a latch compatible, 5 point harness infant safety seat. It features a base that stays in the car and attaches either with the LATCH (latches and tethers for children) system or with a seat belt, and a separate infant seat that can be used as a carrier. Also comes with a sun shade.

Review: I put a lot of emphasis on safety when it comes to my kids and their car seats. Before I purchase a safety seat I do research in Consumer Reports magazine.

The Baby Trend Latch-LOC was found to be one of the safest choices when run through their crash tests. The 5 point harness is also a great selling point, as these have been proven to be superior to the 3 point harness systems.

Also, I have found this car seat to be easy to use. It’s very simple to get a good, tight installation which is so important for baby’s safety.

For convenience the base can be attached to the car semi permanently and you can remove the infant seat to use on your shopping cart or if baby falls asleep in the seat and you don’t want to disturb him. You can purchase additional bases and install them in your other vehicle, so that you can easily move the seat from one car to another.

The sunshade is nice for preventing sunlight from getting hurting baby’s eyes.

Another thing I like about this seat is the easy to adjust headrest. It makes for a snug fit even for a newborn. And to raise or lower it, all you have to do is twist a knob in the back. It’s not necessary to rethread the straps through the back of the seat, which can be a real inconvenience.

The only drawback is that this seat is no longer being manufactured so it’s sometimes hard to find one.

Review Baby Cubes Baby Food

Product Name: Baby Cubes
Submitted by: Carrie Lauth; Atlanta, GA
Where to Buy: www.babycubes.biz

Description: Baby Cubes are 100% certified organic, frozen baby food in a variety of fruit and vegetable flavors. There is nothing added – just pure produce and a little water. Baby Cubes arrive frozen solid in dry ice so they stay fresh.

Baby Cubes are made into small frozen cubes almost like ice cubes, so if you have a young infant, you won’t have to worry about waste or contamination like you would with traditional jarred baby food.

Review: I really like this product and my young taste testers, ages 16 months and 4 years, liked it too. The mango went over especially well, and my 4 year old even ate the golden beets. We used the apple to make a yummy smoothie.

The fruits and veggies are also 100% certified organic, which is great since the “organic” label can contain up to 30% of non-organic ingredients.

This is an awesome product for a busy Mom who is concerned about reducing her baby’s exposure to harmful pesticides. All you need to do is pop a cube or two into a bowl and let it defrost (or use the microwave if you prefer) and you have fresh, healthy organic produce for your baby or toddler.

Review: Britax Convertible Car Seat

Product Name: Britax Convertible Car Seat
Submitted By: Carrie Lauth; Dallas, GA
Rating: 10
Where to buy: BabiesRUs.com (Current coupon codes and special offers from BabiesRUs.com are here: http://www.momscape.com/coupon-codes/babies-r-us.htm );
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Description The Britax Convertible Car Seat is a superior safety seat. It has several unique features that make it not only safer but more convenient to use.

Review: I put a lot of emphasis on safety when it comes to my kids and their car seats. Before I purchase a safety seat I do research online and in Consumer Reports magazine.

One seat that consistently outperforms other seats in crash tests are the Britax styles. Britax makes infant car seats, convertible seats for rear or forward facing (infants to toddlers up to 40 pounds) as well as booster seats for older kids that have a 100 pound weight limit.

The Britax models make it much easier to get a very secure, tight installation in most any vehicle. The 5 point harnesses the infant and convertible seats offer have been proven to be superior to the 3 point harness systems.

Britax seats offer features that are unlike other safety seats. One of these is the locking clips on the side of the seats. The shoulder straps of your car’s seat belt are threaded through these, and then they are locked. Other models require using a metal clip, these are very difficult to use. The lock off clips make it super easy to get that rock hard fit that you want in your seat. You can shake your Britax seat back and forth and it will not wiggle, but the entire car will rock. This ensures that the seat won’t wiggle out of place during an accident.

Britax car seats have deep side “wings” with foam that is engineered and tested for side impact protection. The restraint straps are designed to never twist… this is very important as twisted straps compromise safety. The straps are easy to loosen and tighten with a push button and front pull design. No more having to unbuckle the seat to adjust straps.

Another nice feature of the Britax convertible seat is the easy to adjust headrest. All you do is twist the large knob on the side to move the headrest up or down for your child’s comfort. No need to rethread the shoulder straps!

Britax offers all replacement parts on their website so if your car seat cover gets dirty you can replace it. You can even buy new harnesses (you know how filthy these can get with spilled milk and chocolate chips cookies mashed into them!), new pads that go under the cloth and new buckles.

Criticism: The only drawback with Britax models is the cost: they retail at nearly $200. But in my opinion, they are well worth spending the extra money for the peace of mind.

Review of Pretty Pretty Princess Board Game

Product Name: Pretty Pretty Princess Dress-Up Board Game by Hasbro
Submitted by: Faith Martin; Howard, PA
Rating: 10+
Where to Buy: www.amazon.com

Description: The object of this game is to be the first player to collect and wear all your matching colored jewelry and the crown.  Once you have collected all your pieces with the crown, you are the Pretty Pretty Princess.

Review: This game is so simple . . . children do not have to be able to read to play.  Although, if you have a child who likes to stick small objects in his/her mouth, you may want to wait until he/she is a bit older (small pieces).  You may notice I referred to boys as well . . . this is the ONLY
game I know of that you can get a grown man to wear costume jewelry.  This is what makes this game so much fun.  We have owned this game for a little over a year now.  I have watched my 6 year old daughter play this game with her dad, her 8 year old brother, and her 68 year old grandfather.  I never once heard any of the “boys” complain about having to adorn the beautiful
jewelry.  I have, however, heard groans when they didn’t become the Pretty Pretty Princess.  So, grab your daughters, sons, and a few good men for a good time, plenty of laughs, and photo ops.  And, my daughter is not the only one who requests to play this game.  Enough said.

Here is how the game is played . . . You place your colored marker anywhere on the board to start.  The youngest player gets to go first, of course. When it is your turn, you spin the spinner and move your marker that number of spaces on the board.  The spaces on the board are marked with pictures of the various pieces of jewelry.  Whatever you land on is the piece you
collect (in your color) and wear.  The plastic play jewelry includes rings, clip-on earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.  I think the hardest pieces to acquire are the earrings, because you are only allowed to take one at a time.  So, remember this when you land on a space that says you may choose any piece you want.

Sounds easy enough, right?  Well, watch out for that black ring!  For even if you have collected all your pieces and the crown, you cannot win the game until you have rid yourself of the dreaded black ring.  This can only be done if someone else lands on the black ring space or if you land on the space that tells you to put one piece back.

The playing pieces, jewelry, and crown are easily stored in a round jewelry box that is placed in the middle of the playing board (a 4-piece puzzle assembled).  The lid of the jewelry box has a mirror on the outside and a spinner on the inside.  So, once your royal highness is crowned the winner, he/she may flip the spinner over to gaze at his/her magnificence in the mirror.  We often continue play to see who will be the “lady-in-waiting”.

This game was well thought out by its creators.  It is easy to set up, progresses quickly, and promotes well-being through healthy laughter.

Oops . . . I almost forgot.  Don’t think you are safe once you have attained the crown.  Your fierce opponents have the right to seize the crown from your head during play unless you have already been proclaimed the winner.

Criticism: One minute problem – some players prefer not to wear the earrings (usually the children due to a comfort issue with the clip-ons).  However, the earrings can be placed in front of the player or clipped onto his/her necklace.

Review: Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion

Product Name: Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion
Submitted by: Carrie Lauth; Dallas, GA
Rating: 9
Where to buy: Drugstore.com (The latest Drugstore.com coupon codes are here: http://www.susies-coupons.com/ds.htm )

Description: Burt’s Bees offers a lightly scented body lotion with Vitamin E and Aloe for normal to dry skin.

Review: I’m a big fan of all the Burt’s Bees products and the Milk and Honey body lotion is one of my favorites.

The lotion has a very light scent that is not at all overpowering and won’t interfere with your perfume, but is nice on its own. I like to use it all over my body when I get out of the shower, and even in the summer it’s not heavy. It is safe for both adults and babies. I love to use it on my babies after their bath.

Some may not like the fact that the lotion seems watery, but in my experience, it moisturizes just as well as thicker lotions.

If you are going on vacation and want to pack light, bring this lotion along. It’s great for all members of the family from young to old, can be used as a shaving lotion, facial moisturizer and I’ve found that it even works beautifully as a light leave on conditioner for my hair.

Review: Mean Green Household Cleaner

Product Name: Mean Green
Submitted by: LeaAnn Massey; Covington, IN
Rating: 10
Where to buy: www.doitbest.com

Description: Cleaning product for various surfaces.

Review:  Mean Green is a cleaning product that every household should have.  It works on grease, lime, rust, stains just about anything.  I use it in the house, in the laundry, on carpets, on the car, truck, boat, trailer, outdoor furniture and even on the grill.

This is a product that every wife, mother or anyone who has a male living in the house needs to have.  Just spray it on and wipe it off.  It even works on stubborn smoke that clings to your walls, furniture, curtains and clothes.

It is also very inexpensive.  I bought the spray bottle to start for $3.00 but after using it the first time I bought the 5 gallon refill for $6.00 and it lasts forever.

You can use it full strength for those hard jobs or diluted for the smaller jobs.  I put a ½ cup in the laundry to clean work clothes, etc. or a full cup in the carpet shampooer to clean those tracked in areas on your carpet.  I would recommend this product to everyone.

Criticism:  Always be sure to test it on carpets or furniture for color safeness. I have never had a problem with this but it is always better to be safe than sorry.  Also, if you use it full strength in an unventilated area, be sure to wear a mask as with most cleaners.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Poppy Seed Facial Cleanser

Product Name: Burt’s Bees Lemon Poppy Seed Facial Cleanser
Submitted by: Carrie Lauth; Atlanta, GA
Rating: 7
Where to Buy: Drugstore.com ( Current Drugstore.com Coupon Codes are here: http://www.susies-coupons.com/ds.htm )

Description: This product is a creamy cleanser great for removing makeup and cleansing dry or normal skin. It contains poppy seeds for a mild exfoliating effect. It’s made from 98% natural ingredients and smells heavenly, good enough to eat!

Criticism: While the product has a nice texture and left my face feeling smooth and well cleansed without drying, I probably won’t be purchasing it again. You can’t use it around the eye area which is inconvenient since if you wear eye makeup, you must use a separate cleanser. If you don’t use eye makeup however, then this might be a nice cleanser for you.

The facial cleanser is applied to the face and removed with a warm washcloth. Splashing with water doesn’t remove the cleanser well despite what the packaging says.

Review: Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers

Product: Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers

Rating: 9

Where to buy: amazon.com

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Description: Fuzzi Bunz conists of a waterproof outer layer, and then they have a pocket, which contains a very absorbent removable liner. This liner is usually microfiber, so it’s very thin but highly absorbent. The diapers close with plastic snaps, so there’s no Velcro that often just ends up picking up lint from the dryer.

Review: The Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers are a wonderful cloth diaper system. They are more trim than most of the cloth diapers, yet they supeabsorbent. And because the absorbent layer is inside the pocket, your baby won’t feel the wetness against her skin. But because there are two parts to the diaper, it’s quicker to wash and dry them than other all-in-one diaper alternatives.

You can get Fuzzi Bunz in an assortment of colors. They are a little expensive, but they are such high quality that they can be used for more than one child.

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Review: Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook Chill Pad

Product Name: Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook Chill Pad
Submitted by: Marie Ynami; Redlands, CA
Rating: 8
Where to buy: BestBuy.com ( This week’s BestBuy.com coupon codes are here: http://www.momscape.com/coupon-codes/best-buy.htm )

Description: Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook Chill Pad is a cooling mat for a laptop or a notebook pc. It is made of plastic, is light weight and has 2 fans that can cool off your overworked laptop while you are working. It is powered by the laptop’s USB. You sit your laptop on it and it has rubber stoppers so your laptop won’t slip.

Review: I like it because it is powered by the laptop’s USB port – so no extra plugs and no batteries required. The cord that plugs from the chill mat to the laptop even has an on/off switch. The fan doesn’t make any noise. It keeps my laptop cool even if I use it for long periods of time. It is very light and it doesn’t bother me when I am working. The price is affordable. I paid $24 for my chill mat. I think that is a small price to pay compared to paying for repairs if my laptop overheats. I think it is a must for laptop users.

Review: Story Time Felts Jessica Doll

Product Name: Story Time Felts Jessica doll
Submitted by: Erica Johns ; Lancaster, KY
Rating: 8
Where to buy: http://www.funfelt.com

Description: This 7 inch tall felt “paper” doll with lots of clothing and accessories, and it all comes in a convenient zippered carrying case.  Nice, quiet play for the car, doctor’s office, and church.

Review: If you grew up going to Sunday School and VBS like I did, you probably remember your teachers telling Bible stories with the help of a felt board with felt figures and background scenes. I loved that stuff! Story Time Felts has Bible stories plus tons more!

Remember paper dolls? Story Time has them. Only now you won’t be accidentally ripping off the little tabs that hold the clothes on. I got a Jessica felt doll set for my daughter and we really like it! Jessica is 7 inches tall and comes in a zippered case with all of her clothes and accessories. There are something like 60 different clothing and accessory items in the bag, so Jessica is never without something to wear.

One really neat option is to get the clothing from different cultures, time periods, and careers! All 5 of my kids from age 10 and under enjoyed playing with the doll and trying all of her clothes on. I was really happy to see that there are even boy felt dolls to play with. To me, this set is perfect for the car, a quiet activity for sitting in waiting rooms, or for a nice quiet break during a busy day. All the felts are machine washable, so even a spill or blob of peanut butter isn’t going to ruin this stuff!

You can get the felts precut, or if you want to save a little money you can cut the figures out yourself!

As we have continued to enjoy our Jessica doll we have found it to hold up well to the rigors of several children, and the carrying case is very helpful for keeping the set together.  My only criticism is that we wish Jessica could stand up on her own a little better.  She does stand, but is a little “tippy.”