The Red CARpet Safety Event- Spreading National Awareness for Child Passenger Safety

September is not just a special month for me personally, September is also dedicated to a purpose that I am extremely passionate about– National Baby Safety Month.

On Saturday I attended The Red CARpet Safety Event to help bring awareness and spread the importance of car seat safety. The event, held in Pacific Palisades, CA, was presented by SpokesMoms.com, sponsored by BRITAX & Buick, and held in association with Safe Kids USA– a non-profit dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury. Safe Kids and BRITAX presented attendees with valuable information, education and continued safety practices for child safety seats and car seat use leading up to Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18-24, 2011.

Event host Ali Landry hit The Red CARpet Event’s red carpet. Ali is due with baby number two next month. Photo Credit: Noah Graham Photography

During the event I listened as certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, celebrity mom and co-founder of SpokesMoms, Ali Landry, spoke about the importance of car seat education and proper installation; I watched the amazing Technicians from Safe Kids USA perform car seat installations and checks (and marveled over their installation check-lists); I drooled over the new Next Generation car seats from Britax and the newest cars from Buick; I met some amazing people all with one common goal– the safety of all children while on the go.

Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older.  Roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly. Securing children properly is the most effective thing that can be done to protect them in the event of a crash.  Safe Kids USA will host more than 300 car seat checkup events during National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18-24.  The times and location for these events can be found at www.safekids.org.

In addition to Safe Kids’ efforts BRITAX, along with the celebrity parents that were in attendance, hope to drive national awareness for child passenger safety. Through their combined initiatives, parents will be reminded that,

Head injuries are not only the most frequent injuries that occur during front and side impact crashes, but also the leading cause of vehicle crash-related deaths for children up to 12 years old. (source: Child Injury Led Design and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 2010)

 

Candace Cameron Bure from “Full House” autographs a Britax car seat that will be auctioned off online for charity. Photo Credit: Noah Graham Photography

  • Many of the celebrities at the event signed Next Generation BRITAX car seats, which will be given away on the BRITAX Facebook Page. Visit the BRITAX Facebook page September 24-29 and enter for your chance to win through the sweepstakes app.
  • You can also visit BritaxUSA.com to enter their I (Love) Head Safety sweepstakes. Three lucky winners will be selected each month and will receive a Next Generation BRITAX car seat. Contest runs September 2011 – December 2011.
  • In addition to the giveaways, BRITAX will make a contribution to Safe Kids USA for every “Birthday wish” to their Next Generation car seats made by BRITAX Facebook fans on their Facebook Page during Car Seat Safety Week September 18-24th, 2011.

 

I was fortunate to meet and mingle with many supporters and advocates for child passenger safety. I also took note that I need to keep an eye on SpokesMoms but more on that later… Everyone at the event was extremely sweet and eager to spread awareness. I just loved the Car Seat Ambassadors and some of their little baby bellies. Yes, Tori Spelling and Ali Landry are in their 9th month but they’re still so teeny and adorable!

Honorary Car Seat Ambassadors Tori Spelling and Kyle Richards, with host and friend Ali Landry. Photo Credit: Noah Graham Photography

In attendance at the Red CARpet Event were a group of honorary “Car Seat Ambassadors” – celebrity moms who have shown their dedication to bettering the lives of children.  They included Tori Spelling, Kyle Richards, Ali Landry (above), Garcelle Beauvais (below), Samantha Harris, Constance Marie, Alicia Coppola, and Sarah Drew.

Honorary Car Seat Ambassador Garcelle Beauvais of “Franklin & Bash” Photo Credit: Noah Graham Photography

 

Friday Recap

My brain is fried from the busy week (school still hasn’t started yet)(but I’m counting down the days) so I’ll pretend to be all newsy-like today and share some cool stuff/not so cool stories with you. And now, without further adieu…

Here are some noteworthies for your Friday. Or at least I think they are noteworthy.

PS. Happy Friday (11 more days till school starts)

  • I was faced with Birthday Party Invitation etiquette this past week. and? Ouch. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be on me, I mean my son. Read some more about the Children’s Birthday Party Invite etiquette that I found over on Rated by Mom.
  • A shaker hit the East Coast this week. The entire West Coast was trying to tell the entire East Coast to chill but I say you can never be too prepared (and now that goes for everyone). Read my Earthquake Kit Tutorial for Parents HERE.
  • Hurricane Irene is coming to the East Coast. I don’t have anything for you on that one… but I will say that this is a bad week for the East Coast. (*Note: I will never tell anyone to chill over a hurricane)
  • Steve Jobs stepped down at CEO of Apple. I think this is a cute video from iJustine (and I think she may have a teensy crush on the old guy).
  • We’re getting ready for back to school so I shared a parenting tip (about positive encouragement in regards to Back To School) and I’m also doing a giveaway (go enter HERE.)
  • I received an awesome rug from Mohawk Home yesterday. I also almost threw my back out trying to move that (heavy) console table, twice, by myself. I’m so happy with my random little room space behind our family room now. Here’s the before and after:


Say Wow Not Ow with a Private Yummie Tummie Style Session (FINALISTS announced)

Do you dream of being comfortable and stylish in clothing that not only makes you look good but also makes you feel good? Do you imagine clothes that smooth, slim and shape your natural curves? Do you long for Slimmers and Shapers that you can wear all day… things that make you say “WOW” not “OW”?

Then I may have just made your day a Yummie day…

What: Say Wow Not Ow with a Private Yummie Tummie Style Session during BlogHer San Diego

When: Saturday, August 6th

Why: Because you are Yummie and we love you!

Who: One lucky winner will win a head-to-toe wardrobe and style session from Yummie Tummie

 

Congratulations to the six (the judges had an extremely hard time picking only five) finalists!

aaaaand in no particular order…

Laura from An Uncommon Family

Eileen from Bringing up Bronwyn

Mandalyn from Mandalyn and the Stinky Cheese

Lisa from Nickels-n-Dimes

Vixen from Vixen’s Den

Melanie from Mel, A Dramatic Mommy

 

The (Yummie) Details:

  • Follow the Official Rules (detailed below)
  • Be creative! Tell us your story– why you want, deserve and/or need a style session with Yummie Tummie! Include some of your favorite pieces from the Yummie Tummie site, tell us about your stubborn areas, and anything else you’d like to include (see the rules below for additional blog post requirements).
  • On Friday, July 29th, 2011 five (5) finalists will be selected. Finalists will be notified via email and announced on the Yummie Tummie Facebook/Twitter page.
  • All finalists must confirm their sizing (directly from the Yummie Tummie site– top of the page “Sizing Chart” ) and supply the information to me once selected as a finalist.
  • The winner will be announced Thursday, August 4th, 2011 on the Yummie Tummie Facebook Page and Yummie Tummie Twitter page. Make sure you follow along with the Twitter hashtag #YummieChristina for updates!
  • Yummie Tummie will select the winner.
  • One (1) winner will receive a head-to-toe wardrobe and private style session from Yummie Tummie and me.
  • Winner must be available Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at the Marriott Marquis (in a private room). You must be able to attend one of the two time spots- 10:30AM or 3:00PM

 

Official Rules:

  • You must complete a post on your personal blog (minimum of 250 words) telling us why you would like to win the Say Wow Not Ow Private Yummie Tummie Style Session at BlogHer
  • Entry deadline is Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST
  • You must email the link to your post to: Christina {at} MommyLovesCoffee.com with the subject: “Say Wow Not Ow Yummie Tummie Style Session”
  • You must sign a release to be photographed and video taped for use by Yummie Tummie
  • Open to all entrants but you must be attending BlogHer 2011
  • You must include the Yummie Tummie Facebook page, Yummie Tummie site link and Yummie Tummie Twitter page in your entry post– and encourage friends and family to “put in a good word” on Facebook and/or Twitter for you! (Note: Winner will not be selected based on Facebook or Twitter interaction)
  • You MUST be available at one of the two time spots provided (10:30AM or 3:00PM)

 

Be creative, have fun and Live. Shape. Happy. with Yummie Tummie!

 

I’d like to thank Yummie Tummie for being my sponsor for BlogHer and… for being so awesome.

 

 

 

I’m going to be Yummie at BlogHer 2011!

 

I’m happy, no thrilled actually, to announce that I’ll be sponsored by Yummie Tummie at BlogHer in San Diego on August 5th and 6th, 2011!

This comes at a perfect time considering I put a goal in place, oh… back in May to drop a certain amount of weight before my 3oth birthday (which just passed). I really don’t know what I was thinking because that “certain amount of weight” which I gracefully decline to announce was not exactly realistic. But more importantly, I had a revelation a few weeks ago.

 

I am a mother of three children.

 

Okay, that’s not the revelation. Obviously.

But this is… It is okay if I’m not the 21-year-old Christina I once was. I have three beautiful, healthy children to show for and slipping into my pre-pregnancy jeans after I pop out a child is just not in the cards for me genetically. I have also learned that I’m not alone. And that most of us mothers carry our weight in really stubborn places.

Now, I believe in living healthy and feeling good about myself. Not only for myself but for my husband and my children, too. So I sometimes begrudgedly schlep myself to the gym and watch what I stick in my mouth cause, you know, I want my kids to grow up seeing mommy be conscious of her health, see mommy being physically active and see that mommy takes care of her body. In hopes they follow suit. It’s that whole catch-22: you only live once. Live it up but remember that this is your only body to live it up in. I’d also like to take this moment to thank my genetics for packing on weight in stubborn areas all because I had a baby (or three). Doesn’t seem fair, huh? I digress.

The truth (for me at least) is… it’s hard. It’s hard to fit in exercise (and stay motivated), it’s hard to eat healthy (when all I want is sugar and salt) and it’s hard when I have bad days (usually prompted by trying to wear something other than my yoga pants). It’s even harder when I’m hormonal (but I don’t need to elaborate on that one).

I know I’m making the steps, I know I’m trying, so instead of beating myself up about it, I’m just thankful to have Yummie Tummie.

I showed my husband the difference and he said it perfectly. This is what he said,

It’s not a miracle worker, it doesn’t make you lose the weight, but it makes you look good!

And I took it as a compliment. Cause it’s true. But most of all, I think he saw my confidence level shine through in my attitude, posture and smile when he saw that I was not only looking good but feeling good while wearing the Yummie Tummie shaper under my clothes. And like I mentioned before, I can now fit into a lot of my old clothes without getting a tummy ache from pants that dig into my belly or without buying only empire waist tops to hide the muffin that is my hips.

So when you see me at BlogHer 2011, come say HI, check out what I’m wearing and you just might want to follow the hashtag #YummieChristina because I’m known to do/give some cool stuff. But that’s all I can say… for now at least.

PS You should follow Yummie Tummie on Facebook and Twitter, too. Go ahead and tell them I sent you…

 

Maclaren Volo Object of Design Dylan’s Candy Bar

You may have heard about the Maclaren Volo (especially around here a lot lately) but did you know that Maclaren has a new Volo in their Object of Design collection? It’s called the Dylan’s Candy Bar Volo!

The rainbow-colored, striped hood, and coordinating seat liner evoke the vibrant and colorful look and feel of Dylan’s Candy Bar while the chic black frame further highlights the striking Dylan’s color palette.

How sweet does that look?

I swoon over the straps alone! Seriously, how adorable are the straps? I just love miss-matched colors. And the seat? It’s the same as my Volo and… I love my Volo. I love the full mesh seat (it’s so easy to clean for one). And the canopy? Don’t get me started. Although, I’m glad the candy print is on the outside where my son couldn’t see it. Otherwise, he’d be asking for a lollipop the entire time… and I don’t blame him. Speaking of candy, have you seen the rain cover?

…and the liner?

I just love the details on this one. Not to mention a visit to Dylan’s Candy Bar is on my Bucket List…

 

You can buy the Dylan’s Candy Bar Maclaren Volo on the Maclaren site for $150 HERE.

To read the Mommy Loves Coffee review of the Maclaren Volo, click HERE.

To learn more about Maclaren, click HERE.


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