Keep Kids Safer For Longer with the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 #GracoSafety

It is amazing that a lot of us are alive. Think about what “safety measures” for riding in the car were around when you were a kid. I know my parents grew up driving in cars that didn’t even have seat belts- and when I was a kid and I needed to hitch a ride with my aunt, her car didn’t have seatbelts in the back, so she’d have me sit in the front when I was just five. But, don’t worry- I was sitting on a The Little Mermaid pillow so I wouldn’t get hurt.

Thank goodness things are a lot safer now. Even in the three years since Shane was born, technology for car safety has improved so much! In fact, in March 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics {AAP} changed their recommendation for when to switch your tot to face forward in the car. When Shane was little, the recommendation was at one year or twenty pounds, whichever came first. Now, it’s literally doubled- to two years, or until they hit the weight limit for their car seat.

So why is that? Well, according to the AAP, toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear facing in a car seat. &I don’t know about you, but I’d do anything to keep my kid safe. But what if you have a large child who outgrows their infant car seat well before their second birthday? With the new Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40, that won’t happen!

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I recently attended a #GracoSafety event hosted by Emily from Our Knight Life and learned all about the amazing features of this new car seat!

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While most infant seats are small, which is great for a newborn, they don’t adjust as your little one gets older. The new Graco Click Connect seat is the only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old. The car seat can grow with your baby all the way from 4 to 40 pounds! That means your child will have that extra safety clear up until their second birthday and you won’t even have to buy a second seat!

Beyond the safety aspect, which is enough to buy the seat for alone, it has some really convenient features as well. The base reclines to eight different positions to give your baby the most leg room possible so that they are comfortable as they continue to grow. The headrest and harness can be adjusted with just one hand to fit the right height for your child as they grow- without having to rethread the harness. {If you don’t have a child yet, trust me when I say this is HUGE.} &Of course there’s the feature that the seat is named after- the “click”! The Click Connect attachment allows parents to easily transition their babies from the car seat to the stroller with just a click- which is absolutely great if you don’t want to wake a sleeping baby to run into the store!

Buy It: The car seat is available in two adorable patterns- Moonstruck for boys/unisex & Mena for girls. The seat retails for $219.99 and is sold exclusively at Babies R Us, both online & in store.

You can learn more about the car seat by visiting the Graco Safety website!

More about the seat:

The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

Note: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.

What Would YOU Ask These Hollywood Stars? #DisneyMoviesEvent

In just a few short days, I’ll be heading back to LA to soak up some more Disney magic! You can read my event preview here, but right now, I need your help!

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I am going to have the opportunity to interview some amazing people- and I’m horrible at coming up with questions. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask any of the following people, please share them & I’ll do my best to have them answered!

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Atticus Shaffer {TV’s “The Middle”}, voice of “Edgar ‘E’ Gore” in Frankenweenie

Robert Capron
Robert Capron {“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies}, voice of “Bob” in Frankenweenie

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Charlie Tahan {“Charlie St. Cloud”, voice of “Victor Frankenstein” in Frankenweenie

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Rich Moore & Clark Spencer, Director & Producer {respectively} of Wreck-It Ralph

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John Kahrs & Kristina Reed, Director & Producer {respectively} of Paperman

 

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Peggy Holmes & Makul Wigert, Director & Producer {respectively} of Secret of the Wings

So if you have any questions, feel free to share them now or tweet them to me during the event, which is from September 23-26, using the #DisneyMoviesEvent hashtag!
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Note: Disney is covering my travel expenses to allow me to cover these events. All experiences are authentic & opinions are my own.

Pamper Your Pup at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena!

Living in Las Vegas, I’ve been to a lot of hotels. I’ve stayed in some, gone to parties at some, and visited family staying at some, and each one has had it’s own unique qualities. When I go out of town, I always try to find a new hotel to stay at because it’s always so fun to discover new places. Last week, I spent the night at the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever been to in my life, the Langham Huntington in Pasadena!

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With it’s gorgeous scenery, quiet location, award-winning spa services and new doggie services, it’s no wonder that Disney chose the Langham Pasadena to shoot their new movie, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!

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Last week, I joined several other bloggers {and some of their pups!} for an event to celebrate the new movie as well as the Langham’s new doggie services. While we were there, we relaxed at the hotel, enjoyed their fine dining and saw some of their new special features that are focused around the furriest members of our families!

Upon arriving at the Langham, I was amazed at it’s sheer size. The hotel sits on 23 acres & includes more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space that can host groups from 10 to 1,400! If this hotel was in Vegas, I’d be having my wedding there- seriously.

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As soon as I followed the map to my room {which took a second, because the place is huge, and I’m not so great with maps}, I found a yummy welcome gift in my room waiting for me. The music on the radio was also turned on to a soothing jazz station, so I sat for a minute and tried to unwind from my hectic hours of traveling! {Side note: If you’re flying in to stay at the Langham- fly into the Burbank Airport. It’s 10 miles closer, and you won’t spend 90 minutes in rush hour traffic on the freeway like I did!}

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Even though it’s an older hotel, they have all of the modern amenities, including Wi-Fi & an alarm clock that doubles as an iPhone dock! Sometimes, it’s the little things that impress me the most.

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My room had a sitting area as well with a really comfy chair, along with a table that held a coffee maker and, of course, some coffee. I actually checked out a few of the other bloggers’ rooms and of the five that I saw, no two were the same! They all had the chair, the bed and the table, but the rooms were all shaped differently and the furniture was moved around in all different combinations. It was fun because you could stay there twice and have a whole new room!

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When it was finally time to head to bed, I was SO excited. I usually share a queen sized bed with Justin, Shane, and Bella- so having a whole King bed to myself was amazing! {Even though I woke up at the edge of the bed as if I was still at home- old habits die hard, I suppose!}

Langham Pasadena Outdoor Area

The next day, we had breakfast in one of their many beautiful meeting rooms and then caught a screening of the new movie {look for that review next week}! After a Q&A with the filmmakers and trainers, we grabbed some lunch outside and it was beautiful. I’m from the desert obviously, so I’m not used to seeing so many trees and such green grass. It truly looked like something out of a movie- and it is, since it’s in movies- but even just standing there “in real life” I felt like I was watching a movie. It was gorgeous!

Langham Pasadena Doggie Massages

After lunch, the bloggers who brought their pups were able to treat them to doggie massages, a new service offered by the hotel. Dogs get a lot of the same benefits as people from massage, including a reduction in stress and anxiety, help with digestion, a strengthened immune system, and better blood circulation, joint flexibility, and range of motion. &They really enjoy it! The pups I watched getting massages all sat perfectly still and enjoyed every last second of it.

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The Langham just launched their new Doggie Program, too! While they’ve always been a pet-friendly hotel, they have been working hard to make sure that your pup enjoys their stay as much as you do. For $135, you can upgrade your hotel room to include the Doggie Program, which includes use of a Langham pink porcelain pet bowl, gold mat and plush pink bed pillow, a bag of gourmet doggie treats, a doggie door hanger, and The Langham Doggie Newsletter, which includes a list of dog-friendly parks, restaurants and more around the hotel. It also includes the spa menu, highlights of which include massages {with many different kinds to choose from},  a cold stone massage, yoga ball exercise, paw care, aromatherapy, and a nice walk. {The $135 also includes the deep cleaning fee for the room.}

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If that’s not enough, you can get the Distinguished Doggie Package, which includes all of the aforementioned services as well as one Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! plush toy and a “Bow Wow Breakfast” for your dog. Breakfast options include:

The Bowser Burger
All-beef burger meat served with raw carrots and snap peas

Chow Down Chicken Breast
Grilled free range chicken breast served with a side of rice

Scrappy’s Steak n’ Eggs
Petite filet mignon, served with two scrambled eggs

The Doggie Diet: Crunchy Crudité
Raw carrots, snap peas, green beans and sliced apples

The menu also includes some side dishes, treats, and pre-packaged food for the less adventurous pooches!

Langham Pasadena Courtyard

The Langham is a great choice whether you’re visiting with your family, are there on business or just need a bit of “me time”. I just wish I could move in like the pups in the movie!

Note: Disney & Click Communications hosted this event, for which my accommodations were provided. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

I’m Headed to a Fiesta! #BHC3BloggerDay

Shane is obsessed with dogs movies, something he totally gets from me. He has a thing for talking dogs, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua is no exception! He’s very excited about the new movie coming out and so am I- especially because I will be meeting the star pups tomorrow!

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This afternoon, I’ll be hopping on a plane to Pasadena, CA to check out the hotel where the upcoming Disney movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!” was shot! Tonight I’ll be meeting some other fantastic bloggers at a cocktail party, and tomorrow I get to learn some fun behind-the-scenes info about the film! Here’s what I’ll be up to:

  • Screening of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!”
  • Q&A with director Lev L. Spiro, producer Sara E. White and an animal trainer that worked on the film
  • Hollywood dog training session
  • Doggie spa sessions and in-room pet amenities offered by The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
  • Photo opportunities with Papi and Chloe
    While I won’t be bringing Bella to get pampered {at 61 lbs. she’s over twice the weight limit for the hotel} I’m looking forward to checking out all of the fun amenities the hotel has to offer pets and meeting some of the other bloggers’ pups!
    If you have any questions for the director, producer, or animal trainers, let me know! I’d love to get the scoop for you!
    Be sure to follow along today & tomorrow on Twitter with the hashtag #BHC3BloggerDay to follow along! {You can follow my posts on Twitter & Instagram as well!}
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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 comes out on Disney DVD & Blu-Ray on September 18th! You can view clips & trailers online- and be sure to follow on Facebook & Twitter!
    Note: My trip is being provided by Disney but all experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own!

Happy Anniversary, Babe!

I can’t believe it’s been 8 years since I first laid eyes on you, playing hackey sack in the quad. I leaned over & asked who the new kid was, and had this ridiculous feeling that the answer was my future husband. I was 15, but I still wasn’t one to believe in love at first sight- until it happened to me.

I bothered our mutual friend to get your number for two weeks before he finally handed it over. The first night I got the guts to call you, we spent over 5 hours talking. We learned a lot about each other and learned even more through the MSN messenger chats we’d have every night for the next few months. When summer came around, those chats would extend until 5am, when my mom would get up for work & I’d finally crawl into bed so she wouldn’t get mad at me for staying up so late. {Sorry Mom!}

After a small hiccup {that whole, you dating one of my best friends for a few weeks first thing} and a summer apart while you went back home to Hawaii & I went back home to the Midwest, we finally had our first kiss on September 6, 2004.

Our relationship has never been traditional, but then again, neither have we. We jumped right in, yet took it slow at the same time. We were constantly talking- I’m pretty sure all of our texts were part of just one big conversation that lasted from that first Christmas when I got my cell phone {JUST to text you, by the way} all the way until we moved in together.

It’s like you said the other night at dinner- we grew up together. For some, growing up means growing apart, but for us, it has meant growing together. We have shaped each other in the best possible way- not becoming who we are for the other person, but by living alongside them.

I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me since day one. &Thank you even more for everything that you do for our family. I know you work hard- harder than you should- and to have you still come home and be a wonderful father & partner means the world to me. To us.

You’ve already been there for better or for worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health. We have loved & cherished each other for 8 years now- getting married is really just a formality at this point. Still, I can’t wait to walk down that aisle next Spring so you’ll finally be stuck with me for good.

Love you!

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