Safety is as Safety Does {Giveaway!}

Blogging has brought me many things that I wouldn’t otherwise have the privilege of having in my life.

I’ve met people from all over the country.

People all over the world read my words.

I have made real friends who would have been inaccessible to me without the world of the written word.

I have flown across the country all alone to meet (and shack up with) women I only knew through avitars and words.

I have family pictures hanging in my house of friends in Mexico, Canada, and all over the USA.

Blogging has also brought me opportunities to save money for my children’s college funds, their Christmas and birthday presents, and other needs they have.

This past weekend blogging brought me to yet another place I would have never imagined.

Saturday I spent my afternoon in my local Babies R Us as part of a nationwide (50 cities!) product launch event for Graco referred to on social media as GracoSafety.  When did this become my life?!?

I was (am!) completely humbled to be chosen by SITS Girls to be a part of this huge event.

We kicked it all off at 1pm with our first of two sessions. With the help of the lovely Amanda, I did a demonstration of the new Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 car seat for a small, but super interested audience.  Amanda took lots of pics and tagged them with the #GracoSafety hashtag…along with all the rest of the participants in sessions all over the country.

Cort and I are big Graco fans, so to be part of this was awesome.  We already own the Graco Snugride 34, and so I felt super confident in my demonstration skills to show the new features on the Click Connect 40.

And I must say, by the time the day was over, I was super sad that this didn’t come out a year earlier while I was pregnant with Charlie.

Some of my favorite features include…

  • It is the only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to two-years old.  4 pounds up to 40 pounds.
  • The base has 8 recline positions so it can go from an infant carrier, to permanent rear-facing car seat for your child up to two years (40 pounds)
  • It’s super cute with it’s inserts to keep tiny babies cozy and comfy.
  • All the adjustments are simple and can be done with one hand: the harness, the head adjustment, even putting the seat in and out of the base.
  • There is no more re-threading of the straps as baby grows (my husband’s jaw dropped when he heard this since he is always on car seat strap adjustment patrol in our house).  It’s all done on the back of the seat.
  • it is light and easy to carry.
  • It’s unbelievably easy to use, so when you are running errands and in and out of the car with the baby, you won’t feel like your arms are falling off.

Honestly I was afraid that I would sound like a sales rep for Graco, but as a mom of two, I truly fell in love with this product.

The best parts of the day?  Giving away two of these seats!

I was totally jealous of the winners since Charlie is at that awkward age (7 months) where he is really too big for the carrier, but we don’t have another rear-facing car seat available (thanks to his brother being too young/small to graduate from the convertible seat to a booster) for him to switch.

Lucky for us, Graco has us covered there too.  I see a trip to the store in our future.

Anyway, back to the Click Connect.

It is the bees knees, and the next time we get a bun in my oven?  We will be trading in our old Snugride so we can get credit toward a new Click Connect 40 (because oh yes, Babies R Us has the trade in program!  Bring in your expired seat and get credit toward a new one).

The Graco Snugride Click Connect 40 is exclusively available at Babies R Us, so you know what I get to do?  Give one of you lucky peeps a $25 Gift Card to Babies R Us!

Aw yeah.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below about how you would spend the $25 if you win.

That’s it. Easy peasy.

Contest is open from Thursday, October 25 at midnight EST until Thursday, November 1 at midnight EST.


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.

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

***this giveaway is now closed***


  1. I’d get clothes!

  2. I’d get diapers.

  3. I’d be getting that car seat! No, seriously! I saw it a couple of nights ago and fell in love and decided it’s what I want our newest addition to have in my mom’s van.

  4. Well, since our baby carrier is expired, I would probably buy a new carseat for baby #3.

  5. Is this open to Canadians? Hope so! 🙂

    I’d use the $25 for Christmas shopping. Little baby needs some new toys!

  6. I’d definitely check out that seat for baby3. My older Graco seat is too big to fit between the other carseat and a booster seat, plus it’s heavier. I’m all about a lighter seat! I’d use the giftcard plus visit BRU when they have the trade-in event for the new carrier.

  7. Mandy Blank says:

    I’d get diapers for sure. With two in them, we can use all the help we can get!!

  8. I’ve use the card towards a new swing sure baby #2. I let day care borrow ours and when I plugged it in the other day I realized it was barely swinging now. 🙁

  9. I would get diapers.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  10. I’m so glad you were able to go to the event! I was originally selected to go, but things came up and I gave Shell your name as someone who might be interested. 😉

    Cute pic of Trisha!!

  11. Trisha V. says:

    Should I even enter?… I would totally buy diapers for the twins.. Or maybe clothes!! Heehee!

  12. Awesome! I would probably buy some kind of travel lap tray for the boys, I’ve had my eye on them 🙂

  13. I love Graco! We had a Graco Snugride and loved it.

    I’d go shopping for a friend who just found out she’s having a girl!

  14. Omg, I look like such a cheeseball! I would get my girls some new boots! There are a ton of cute clothes right now too…we also need Christmas photo dresses.

  15. wasnt_serious says:

    I’d save it until Hubs and I actually have a kid, then whatever expensive thing we absolutely have to have and having a $25 gift certificate totally justifies it.

    This is the problem with reading and identifying with so many parents on twitter…they all have interesting blogs and I am a little bit of a type-a, must plan and be kept up-to date on safety and news about children I may have one day. 🙂

  16. I have several friends expecting, so I would probably use it to buy baby gifts!

  17. I would use the $25 toward the Graco car seat in registered for! 🙂

  18. I would love to buy something for my good friend who is due early next year with her first baby. can I get a whoot, whoot?! something with that. yes.

  19. I would use it to get my youngest some new pants! Little man is growing faster than his older brother ever did and hand me down pants from boy to boy, is almost impossible! HOLE CITY! 🙂

  20. I would get my sons 1stdad birthday outfit 🙂

  21. Stephanie (SAHM to 3 Sweet Boys!) says:

    I’m expecting baby #3 in 12 weeks and our old carrier is expired, so I’d use towards buying baby #3 his very own new carseat by Graco! We love Graco!!!

  22. I would probably buy clothes or toys for Christmas!

  23. We actually are planning to get my daughter a new car seat in the next 2-3 months so I’d save this gift card for getting it at Babies R Us 🙂


  24. Hmmm … I’d probably spend it on necessities for #2, like nipples and socks and things, LOL! Kinda boring, I know 😉

  25. I’d buy as many baby essentials as I could. I’m pregnant with #2, but it’s been 5 years since my last baby. I have NOTHING!

  26. I would give it to my nephew and his girlfriend for their 9 month old son. They are young parents with not much so this would really help them out. Thanks for the chance!

  27. Jackie Wearing says:

    I would buy diapers

  28. Alisha Guy says:

    I’d buy some essentials for Ms. Paisley!

  29. I’ll be buying some new PJs pretty soon. My six months old little boy is already getting too long for his 9 month footie PJs!

  30. I’d spend it on breastmilk bags and another nipple shield!

  31. Christmas presents!

  32. I would put it towards a convertible carseat for my son. At 20 pounds and 26.75 inches at 4 months he won’t be in his infant seat for much longer!

  33. I would get some play food for the kitchen I just ordered for my baby girl!

  34. Jessica Wiese says:

    I would use it towards the purchase of a Graco booster seat for my niece.

    wiesefamily at hotmail dot com

  35. I would use the $25 towards a rock and play sleeper for my unborn son. I never got one with my daughter and I hear they are a life saver!

    I love the carseat! I got one from a home party and I feel like I hit the jackpot!

  36. I would use the $25 toward some Christmas dresses for my little gals!

    But that carseat does sound super awesome!

  37. Amy Heriford says:

    I would spend the money on diapers or training pants!

  38. i’d love a brest friend pillow! thanks so much! baby #1 due in feb!

  39. Kate Stormes says:

    Would come in handy for Christmas


  40. This would be AMAZING to win this gift card to BabiesR us. My husband and I are expecting our 3rd child and every bit would help. We would use the card on that car seat!!

  41. I have a two-year-old at home and new baby is due this December – I’d use it to buy diapers and a gift for the new big sister 🙂

  42. Amanda Oles says:

    I would either save it to go towards my own graco carseat or use it for some stuff Aiden will need

  43. I would spend it on my soon to come Nephew

  44. See my blogging absence has been due to becoming a grandmother for the first time. Truth we were not sure it was his so I have NOTHING for this little pumpkin. I feel like crap but I was justified in my fears of it not being his. Until he was born. Yeah looks exactly like his daddy. So I could definitely use the money to get my little pumpkin something cool.

  45. Honestly? I’d probably buy pacifiers because OMG how do we lose all of them at once??

  46. domestic diva says:

    I’d use it toward a carseat, actually, for my soon coming little one.

  47. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Great giveaway! If I won, I’d use it towards buying a stroller! Thanks for the opportunity.

  48. I’d get baby shoes!


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