This Car Seat Just Saved My Marriage: Britax Advocate Clicktight ARB

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September is Child Passenger Safety Month, and I am excited to say that I was asked to participate with Jacksonville Moms Blog, City Moms Blog Network & Britax to promote Child Passenger Safety Week with a review of the Britax Advocate ClickTight Car Seat with Anti-Rebound Bar (ARB). The Advocate ClickTight ARB is a convertible car seat designed for babies and children 5-65lbs.

That said, let me start off this blog post by saying that the right car seat for your child is the one that is (1) installed correctly and (2) properly used, no matter the brand. That said, the car seat itself should make those two main safety features extremely easy to achieve.

Jacksonville Moms Blog + Britax = Sweet Safety


On Wednesday, September 7, several northeast Florida bloggers were invited to the beautiful home of a Jacksonville Moms Blog founder to meet with Anna, the Britax representative who would highlight the safety features of the Advocate Clicktight ARB. Red balloons and a sign met us in the front walkway, and we were greeted inside by a gorgeous floral arrangement and food provided from Native Sun Jacksonville. The Jerusalem Wrap with quinoa, feta, and lemon tahini dressing was my amazing. I hadn’t stopped by there for lunch before but I will be taking my son there next week. I was very impressed.


Sweet by Holly never disappoints in their mini cupcakes and the hashtag detailing was too clever! I must confess that I am a big fan of the $1 mini cupcakes on Mondays at the St. Johns Town Center location, so it was fun to see their branding efforts and color-matching sugar crystals. Delicious!


Feature: ClickTight

After we had a chance to all meet, eat, and wrangle the little ones at the event, we had a good question and answer discussion featuring the innovative Britax ClickTight system. Since our seats in the car were both Diono Radian RXTs, I had been unfamiliar with how ClickTight works and why it is useful. The ClickTight system ensures the safest and easiest installation every time in every car. The seat literally clicks when installed correctly, as does the harness when adjusted properly thanks to the Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator. Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Anna demonstrated the ease of install (along with a helpful tip on what doesn’t work) on our Facebook Live video along with how to attached the Anti-Rebound Bar. The bar is designed to limit the movement of the car seat in a rear or front-end collision while in rear-facing position.

My Frustration: Seat Belt Installations

The car seat we had been using for our now 11-month-old is the second/duplicate seat we had purchased for our preschooler who was born in 2011. I love the brand (Diono), their seat, and their safety standards, but due to the fact that our vehicles are older (pre-LATCH standards), our seat belt installations are incredibly difficult. I am unable to install the seats myself, and since I am the car seat “expert” in our family, whenever we move the seats from vehicle to vehicle, my husband is the one who gets the installation privilege. We end up sweaty and swearing about all things in the blazing Florida heat due to tweaking belt paths, twisting buckles, and re-threading harnesses. This madness will no longer continue — the Britax Advocate ClickTight with Anti-Rebound Bar installation blew me out of the water. I am thrilled!

Feature: SafeCell Impact Protection & Anti-Rebound Bar


The Advocate ClickTight ARB has three layers of impact protection from the deep, energy-absorbing SafeCell shell and stabilizing steel frame. The headrest is EASILY (I cannot say this enough. EASILY, EASILY, EASILY.) adjusted by simply raising it from the top red lever. This raises the harness at the same time to adapt to your growing child. NO MORE uninstalling the seat and re-threading harness straps! The installation was almost too easy. I couldn’t believe it. You lift the cushioned seat, thread the belt, and click it in place. THAT IS IT. I immediately exclaimed, “This car seat just saved my marriage!” Imagine–no more sweating and swearing while rearranging seats in vehicles! The Anti-Rebound Bar is a padded steel bar that locks into place and braces against the seat in rear-facing mode. This bar is also sold as an accessory, so if you have an Advocate, Marathon, or Boulevard seat from Britax, add this on!


Feature: Reclined Seat

To be honest, I was extremely hesitant on even attending this event because our car is small, a 2002 Subaru, and I had assumed that due to the shape and size of the Britax Advocate that it would not fit in our car in the center position, and, if it did, that it would cause us to have to move the front seats up even more. My husband and I are tall, so finding seats that allow us full comfort while driving has been a challenge in our smaller vehicle. Surprisingly enough, the Britax fit right in alongside our Diono Radian RXT where our preschooler sits forward-facing. We may even have enough room now with the Advocate that we could adjust our configuration. It has been incredibly relieving. The Advocate will only give us more room as we can decrease the incline on our son’s seat as he maintains better head control as he gets older.


Passenger Review: A Happy Baby

In the past week of using the Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB multiple times a day, I can honestly say our son has loved it. He has napped easily, hasn’t protested buckling him in and out (though we do have to lift him more compared to the slimmer profile of the Diono seat), and we like how easily the straps adjust. Our older son loves being close to “his baby,” and stated that he likes the seat because “it looks comfortable and I can still squish his cheeks.” We are looking in to the Britax Frontier when we purchase a new seat for him.

We have one happy little passenger.

For more information on Britax, visit Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

If you have questions regarding car seats in general and are local in Jacksonville, check out the archives on Jacksonville Moms Blog for information or make an appointment with Safe Kids. In addition, I always recommend researching the detailed The Car Seat Lady and joining Facebook groups such as Car Seats for the Littles.



Wonder Crew Dolls: Go Anywhere, Do Anything

Wonder Crew dolls are inspired by boys and meant for all! How amazing are these friends and uniforms? My preschooler son has already laid claim to the Superhero Crew Member and he expressed excitement that there is an action friend made with future jobs that he wants to have (Superhero, Cooker, Dinosaur Hunter, Surveyor/Digger). Take a look! What do you think?

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Aden + Anais Ahoy Baby Nautical Anchors

Today I noticed this (new?) print from Aden + Anais on Amazon, which appears to be a collaboration with Maison Baby, and had to share for all of you nautical-lovers out there. I haven’t seen it before and I can’t resist a compass print on baby gear. Enjoy!


Muslin Swaddles


Burpy Bibs


Dream Blanket


Snap Bib Detail

I have seen this special edition (RED) print before, but it always catches my eye, so I thought you might like a peek if you haven’t seen it already. It’s always interesting to search for new aden + anais collaborations as there are so many unique patterns out there that you’re sure to find something you love.


Special Edition (RED) Swaddles

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75 Arctic & Polar-Inspired Baby Gear, Toys & More!

This may be the most comprehensive polar and arctic-inspired list of products available out there — especially in July. The summer heat in Florida has us trying to keep cool wherever possible, and what could be cooler than the Arctic? For those of you deciding on a nursery theme for baby, having a great winter in the Southern Hemisphere, or if you’re just wanting to add a little chill to your summer heat, check out these 75 inspirations for polar baby toys, feeding gear, decor, clothing, holiday ideas, and more!

Feeding Products


|1| Polar Bear Suitcase |2| My Penguin Sippy Cup |3| Polar Bear Water Bottle

|4| Polar Pals Sippy Cup |5| Polar Pals Mini Bib Set |6| Polar Pals Silverware Set

|7| Polar Pals Divided Suction Plate |8| Polar Pals Lunch Sack

|9| Teethers |10| Polar Bear Zoo Feeding Set

Bathtub Fun


|1| Walrus Hooded Towel |2| Sailing Boat Seal |3| Sailing Polar Bear

|4| Caravan Hooded Towel |5| Polar Bath Storage |6| Pirate Boat

|7| Sailing Boat Penguin |8| Polar Bears Floaty Fountain |9| Walrus Bath Storage

Blocks for Baby


|1| Arctic Expedition Adventure Set |2| Polar Bear Rattle |3| Iceberg Ring Stacker

|4| Shaker |5| Children’s Polar Bear Puzzle |6| Wooden Polar Bear Toys

|7| Super Polar Bear Doll |8| Wooden Polar Bear |9| Polar Bear Pull-Along

Baby & Toddler PJs


|1| Arctic Romper (Hat) |2| Polar Bear Sleepsuit |3| Print Fleece Footie

|4| 3-Piece Shorts PJ Set |5| Superhero 4-Piece PJ Set |6| Onesie & Bib Set

|7| Polar Bear Outfit |8| Navy Gown, Hat, & Blanket Keepsake Set

|9| Baby Swaddle Blanket |10| Plum Gown, Hat, & Blanket Keepsake Set

|11| 2-Piece PJ Set |12| Newborn Polar Bear Kangaroo Romper

Storage & Gear


|1| Polar Pals Kiddie Playpack |2| Winter Zoo Backpack & Plush Set

|3| Polar Bear Backpack |4| One-Size Cloth Diaper |5| Polar Bear Diapers

|6| Polar Bear Racksack |7| Polar Hamper

|8| Foldable Laundry Hamper |9| Walrus Caddy

Bedroom Gear


|1| Just Chillin’ Growth Chart |2| Arctic Food Chain Nesting Dolls

|3| Caravan Blanket (top) Arctic Blanket (bottom) |4| Arctic Friends Stuffed Animals

|5| Polar Arctic Animals Felt Puppets |6| Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

|7| Polar Bear Printed Wall Art |8| Canvas Wall Art

Books & Quiet Time


|1| Polar Animals Origami |2| My Pet Polar Bear |3| Polar Bear’s Underwear

|4| Polar Bear Night |5| Penguin’s Big Adventure (Pre-Order Discount)

|6| On the Night You Were Born |7| Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

|8| Polar Bears Past Bedtime |9| Flora and the Penguin

Toys for Toddlers & Big Kids


|1| Arctic LEGO Tent Set |2| Wooden 3-Layer Igloo Puzzle |3| Iceberg Hustle

|4| GUP-S Polar Exploration Vehicle |5| Arctic Nature Scenery Pack

|6| Electric Penguin & Solar Igloo Charger |7| LEGO Icebreaker Ship

|8| Collector’s Edition Arctic Barbie |9| Little Cooperation Polar Game

I feel cooler and refreshed already. Several of these items are going on my list for my son and his new little brother this holiday season. Hope you’re all finding ways to stay cool in the heat this summer!

For more Arctic & Polar Inspiration, check out my Etsy & Pinterest lists below.






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Orla Kiely for Target introduces Boppy and Aden + Anais Collection!

Orla Kiely introduced a line for Target featuring sweet prints for baby, printed on one of our favorite brands! I took a few photos of the collection while I was in the store last week and added product images here with links for your convenience. Like many things on the Target website (frustrating!), some of these items are not sold in-store, so you may want to call first before you head to your local store to purchase.


Elephants. Few websites frustrate me as much as does, and I am guessing that this print is mislabeled on their site. The link here is to the correct photo, but the print on the site is labeled Flowers, whereas the print with the flowers below, is labeled Elephants on the website. So, you may want to scope these out in the store instead of on their website to avoid any confusion.

Technically, this line is called aden by aden + anais for Target by Orla Kiely, but let’s just go with Swaddle Blankets. This is not the boutique collection by aden + anais, so your sizes will run a little smaller with a different weave, but the patterns are to-die-for and I am hoping that they can add many more of our favorite a+a products to this line.


Flowers. Again, noting the confusion above, this links to the correct photo, the site description labels this print Elephants.


Trucks. This transportation-themed print is labeled Trucks, but appears to feature all trains. What a mess, I should stop now, but I love Orla and Aden too much to let this go.


The collection, as packaged in the store. It was located on an end cap in the baby section of our local Target.


The Orla Kiely Boppy Cover + Nursing Pillow.

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From top to bottom, according to the website, we have prints labeled Gender Neutral, Girl, and Boy.


Store packaging for the little bibs. I wish they would have gone with Burpy Bibs!


Diaper Bags! Stem Flower (Red), Large Flower (Tan), Stem Flower (Navy), Two Pocket (Navy), and the Floral Hobo. I think they must have eight different people in their naming department to avoid obvious naming consistency.


Seen in-store, the 3-Piece Hobo Diaper Bag, which is the above Two Pocket Diaper Bag. Confused yet?

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Left to Right: Pink Flowers, Yellow Elephants, and Blue Cars (Oh…so close to naming three correctly!). I’m pretty sure those are trains, or am I completely off-base?

OKforTblanketsStore packaging for the blankets.

Regardless of this naming issue with Target, I highly recommend taking a look at this collection in person at your closest store. I love Orla Kiely designs and am excited to see this line of infant feeding and nursery gear.

#BrimBooks: Mouk

Our son was five weeks old when I started reading to him daily, both due to my love of reading, and also in a desperate attempt to create bedtime routine for us before my maternity leave was over. I would hold his newborn body in my arms, often nursing him at the same time, and read my absolute favorite bedtime story to him, I’ll See You in the Morning, by Mike Jolley and Mique Moriuchi. I will never forget those first weeks of reading to him, and, since he is now an avid bookworm, we hope it was that daily routine that started his love of books early.

A while back, I started a hashtag for myself on Instagram on the pictures of books we were enjoying or that I wanted to purchase, #BrimBooks.One of our son’s favorite books is Mouk by Marc Boutavant.


Mouk is a story about a bear who travels around the world. Each page layout features a different country in great detail, with local words and phrases, unique facts, and entertaining dialogue between the tiny animals. The details are fantastic, and, just like Richard Scarry books, my son can stare at the pages for a long time. A page of stickers are included, which I removed until he’s a bit older and can knowingly place them where he would like (so it’s a book that can grow with him!), and they’re gorgeous.

Mouk’s first stop is Finland.


Madagascar is featured, along with the famous ring-tailed lemurs.


Japan’s cherry blossoms are shown off, along with other Japanese cultural traits.


Mouk’s trip begins in France and takes him to Finland, Greece, Libya, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, India, China, Australia, Japan, Peru, and the US. Read along!


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10 LOVE-ly Valentine’s Day Gifts (for kids!) under $10!

Does your family celebrate Valentine’s Day for children or for significant others? Or both? When I was growing up, my sister and I would wake up on Valentine’s Day morning, open our bedroom doors, and find a little stuffed animal, tiny candy box, and card from our dad. It was so sweet, and it is a tradition that I want to carry on with my son.

If you’re celebrating with your children this year, than here are a few small gifts that would be fun for your little Valentine.


|1| Heart Cube Puzzle $6   |2| Luckies of London Wooden Heart Puzzle $8

|3| Yusuke Yonezu We Love Each Other $8   |4| Adam Rubin Dragons Love Tacos $9

|5| Baby Lit Romeo & Juliet $9   |6| Hape Bamboo Mini Mighty Racer Car $6

|7| Herbie the Love Bug $3   |8| Hero Arts Woodblock Stamps $10

|9| Hape Qube Lacing Vehicles $7   |10| Wiggly Ladybugs (set of 12, perfect for sharing!)


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