Infant Car Seat Safety with the Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip

This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales on behalf of the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

How many times have you seen pictures of friends’ kids on Facebook in the car with their car seats strapped incorrectly? I know it makes me want to pick up the phone and call but sometimes we worry about stepping on feelings. But September is Baby Safety Month and now is the perfect time to share information on the correct ways to install and fasten a car seat.

In the United States during 2013, 638 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes and more than 127,250 were injured says the CDC.

Did you know that 84% of rear-facing only infant car seats are misused or installed incorrectly? Whether you’re driving with children for five miles or five hundred, it’s important to make sure that your child is safely secured in the appropriate seat, and that it is installed correctly.

chicco infant car seat

In honor of Childhood Safety Month, I had the opportunity to check out the #1-rated infant car seat, the Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip Infant Car Seat. From the initial opening of the box I learned:

  • It is already seemed and attached to the base, ready to go.
  • I LOVE the zip boot. Perfect for keeping baby warm in the cooler weather or when it rains.
  • I love that the canopy is zip on and off. Great for when you need it and when you don’t

The Chicco base is what the fuss is all about with this car seat. It is easy to install and there is no guessing if the seat is installed correctly. Here’s how it’s achieved:

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  • ReclineSure®Spring-Loaded Leveling Foot to help achieve proper base angle in vehicle seat
  • RideRight®Bubble Level-Indicators on each side of the base to indicate accurate angle in vehicle seat
  • SuperCinch®One-Pull LATCH Tightener with force-multiplying technology to help achieve a tight and secure fit with a fraction of the effort!

Chicco Infant Car Seat

The base also features easy vehicle belt routing and a built-in lock-off system for vehicles without LATCH. An enclosed underside helps protect vehicle seats from damage and it also conforms to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.

My husband and I love that it has the easy to remove LATCH system. To take the car seat out of the car it is as simple as undoing a seat belt…just press the button. So now that we have safety covered let’s talk more about the bells and whistles. Now on my second child, I have learned the cardinal rule of style is one thing, but being functional and easy to clean is way more important.

Chicco Infant Car Seat

The KeyFit® 30 Zip features a quick-remove seat pad that is machine-washable for easy cleanup. The shell is lined with energy-absorbing foam, and is super comfy. I actually really love that it is black too. It shows less wear with the darker color and is more gender neutral if you plan to use it for multiple kids.

According to the CDC, buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries. Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles. Help spread the word by sharing Chicco’s handy infographics on your social channels!


Gift Idea for Girls: The Stationery Studio

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While a product was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

Like it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner. Smells of pumpkin spice everything are in the air and it is hard to overlook the less than 95 days till Christmas. With two girls in my house, you can imagine that gifts under our tree are filled with sparkles and lots of pink. But my oldest daughter who has entered the tween phase is becoming increasingly harder to shop for as dolls and toys are the unpopular choice.

Her passion in life at the moment is dance so you really can’t go wrong with a dance related gift be it leotards, stockings, makeup, or even hair accessories. But when shopping at The Stationery Studio, I found an even better idea….a dance cover up! Ok, so they are really “Spa Wraps” but these will work perfectly to cover up costumes at dance recitals and competitions without messing up perfectly placed hair.


Because little sis can’t be left out, I ordered two of the Terry Velour spa wraps which come in a tween size of 21″ in length. These can be completely customized with your choice of towel, ribbon, thread color, name and font. Of course, I went with our dance studio colors of purple and zebra stripes!

From the website: “Our wraps are hand crafted in the USA from 100% cotton terry velour, and feature an extra-long Velcro strip and soft-rolled elastic top which fits most sizes.”

When these wraps came in the mail, I knew immediately I would not be able to wait till Christmas to show them to the girls. Because we installed a pool in our backyard this Summer, the wraps were too perfect for our summer swimming activities.


The quality of the towel is excellent…very soft and a nice weight. The ribbon is attached very well and I have no hesitation about washing this garment or having the ribbon come unattached. The Velcro is long enough to make the wrap adjustable and fits both my 7 and 10 year old daughters just fine with lots of room to grow.


We have gotten lots of use out of our Stationery Studio Spa Wraps this summer and can’t wait to show them off as they switch function to our dance competition cover ups! Like what you see? Order one in your team colors for just $53!

Bow-Tiger: Multi Purpose Toy Storage Bag

This post was written by Linzy from Crawfish Tales. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

We are a house divided when it comes to LEGO. My husband grew up with them and to him they are as much of a part of childhood as cartoons and popsicles. I however don’t feel the same way. Over here in mom camp, I see a mess, more parts to lose and tiny pieces the baby can put in her mouth.

So the boxes upon boxes of LEGO toys that my mother in law has saved from when my husband was little have remained safely at her house…until last month. Now my husband’s inner child has been coming out to play with his old LEGO sets. He is having so much fun building with our five year old that I admit that I am enjoying watching them play together.

However since we have a eight month old baby, I have been strict about them playing with the tiny LEGO pieces in the playroom and only after the little one has gone to bed. Although the baby is little she is fast and could get a piece in her mouth before any of us noticed.

It was really ironic timing that Bow-Tiger reached out to offer me to review the Multi Purpose Toy Storage Bag. In the midst of LEGO invasion of our house, I was trying to figure out how to keep the clean-up process of all those tiny pieces to a minimum.

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Bow-Tiger describes it as a magic activity mat that becomes a bag instantly. Instead of wasting time on finding every little piece just pull the cord and you’re done. It does absolutely that.

It is a very large mat, I tried the 60” product that provides plenty play surface and easily pulls shut. It even has two shoulder straps that make it easy to carry around. My five year hold has worn it as a back pack when she wanted to bring the Bow Tiger bag with us when we went out of town.

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We use it as a LEGO storage bag but it also works well for dolls and all the tiny clothes and accessories. Because it is so easy to clean, it is great for the park or beach because it pulls together quickly. Just throw the beach toys on it and clean up is done!

I am a huge fan and we now use this product in our house almost nightly. This would make a great birthday gift and I know the mother would be thankful to get something like this among the oodles of toys at a birthday party.

You can find the Multi Purpose Toy Storage Bag on Amazon which is available in turquoise and bordeaux. Three sizes are available as well: 20 inch, 40 inch or 60 inch. Right now the 20 inch is on sale for less than $12 and has free shipping and the large one is around $35. That is more than a reasonable price not to have to pick up LEGOs every night!

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Faster Meal Prep with the Thaw That II

This post is written by Experimental Mommy contributor, Erin. While a sample was received to facilitate this post, all opinions remain 100% honest.

I don’t know if it is just me, but I am horrible about planning dinner during the busy work week. I tend to have so much going on that I wake up, go to work, come home and realize that I didn’t think about what we are going to eat for dinner. After debating with my husband for a while, we finally decide on a recipe at the last minute only to realize that some of the necessary ingredients are still frozen.

I hate to defrost food in the microwave because I feel that it compromises taste and texture. By this point, our only option is running to grab take out.  I’d like to say that this cycle causes us to then think about planning ahead next time, but with such busy lives, that normally doesn’t happen. But now, we have discovered the Thaw That II.

defrosting chicken

This product creates a very easy, fool proof way to defrost food in half the normal time.  You simply put the item you would like to defrost on it and let it sit. I recommend flipping the food over every hour or so. This product does not require any electricity, no hot water, no batteries, all you do is simply put a piece of food on it and let it do the work!! My food was defrosted in only a few hours as compared to the old way of it defrosting for a day in the refrigerator.

defrosting chicken, Thaw That

Thaw That II has a very small unnoticeable slant to it. The concave thawing surface directs all liquid from the defrosting food to the center and it is naturally collected by the attachable drip-catcher so you don’t have to worry about the liquid from the food all over the place.


We used the Thaw That II last week during another forgotten dinner plan.  Our chicken defrosted quickly and thoroughly allowing us plenty of time to prepare dinner before it got too late. The finished dish was very tasty and I did not notice any difference in taste or texture by using the That That II.

The Thaw That II retails for $59.95 and should be a staple in every kitchen!