Sharing The Joy Over The New Child Seat We Just Bought


We agonized a lot of this decision as it has been one of the most important choices we have made concerning the safety of our little angel. We went on a massive search to find the best convertible car seat for our soon to be delivered child and after a lot of consideration we decided to go with the Chicco Nextfit Zip. We did not plan on spending this much on a child seat, but in the end it was well worth it. Momma Trauma Blog has it rated as their second best choice in 2016. After unboxing it and installing it in the car a few times we can see why parents give this seat such positive feed back.

We decided to dive straight into using a convertible car seat in the beginning since using an infant seat is only valid for such a short period of time. When considering the recommended time for switching to a convertible seat it just made better financial sense to got this route.

We were apprehensive shelling out so much money, but we could not be more satisfied with it after only a few weeks. It is now sitting in the corner of the garage waiting to be put to use once the delivery takes place, which will be very soon. We love it so much we thought we would share our joy and help anyone else looking to get a new car seat for their family.

What We Love So Far

Construction – This Chicco seat is a tank. You can tell from the moment you take it out of the box how well made it is. You can envision your child riding in this thing and being encapsulated in a protective shell that makes you feel at ease. The frame and base are solid and the side impact protection is also impressive. As far as safety is concerned the Nextfit Zip seems to have everything.

Materials – The comfort of your baby is a close second behind safety and the materials used in this seat feel plush and breathable. You do not want your child to get all sweaty from riding in the seat and this looks to prevent that from happening.

Maintenance – The ability to unzip and remove the seat pad and place it in the washing machine was one feature that really appealed to us. We are under no illusion that children do not make messes which is why being able to wash the seat is such a great idea. This is especially true with a convertible car seat that you plan on using for a few years.

Installation – Like I mentioned earlier, we have already begun practicing moving the seat between our two vehicles and installing it and it has been a breeze for the most part. The one knock we have is that because it is so well constructed, it is a little on the heavy side. It can be a little back breaking but once you get it into the car the actual installation process is rather simple. Every thing is marked clearly and the manual was easy to follow.

What Keeps It From Being Perfect

Price – We were hoping to spend somewhere between $200 and $250 and getting this seat really blew that out of the water. It currently goes for around $350 which really hurt the budget. With that said, we are confident that we are going to get our money’s worth and it gives us a tremendous amount of peace of mind knowing our child is going to riding in this every day.

Weight – We touched on this earlier, but this is not the lightest seat out there. For small individuals this might be a chore to move constantly. If you plan on using it in only one vehicle then this will not be that big of a problem.

Yes, It Is Early

Perhaps this write up is a little premature since we have not actually used it with our child yet. However, our very early experience with the Nextfit Zip fills us with confidence. If you have any issues and once we get a better understanding of what it is like to use it every day we will give you an update.

Which Juicers Are Best For Beginners?


This is one question that we get a lot of times. Most people are intrigued by the concept of juicing and wonder if it is worth the effort. On the surface it seems like getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals in a glass of juice that is easy to drink would be a no-brainer. Well, it is, especially when considering the amount of time it would take every day to eat your recommended allowance of fruits and vegetables. If you have a job, or kids, or both, then you know how valuable it is to have a convenient alternative that will allow you to stay healthy. You should still eat fruits and veggies as their fiber is great for your digestive system, but you can supplement it with easy juicing.

For beginners we found that they really like to keep things simple. Speed and convenience can go a long way to helping you maintain your motivation to juice every day. Having the right juice extractor can really make a big difference. This is why that we always recommend buying a Breville juicer as their juicing machines are extremely easy to use, simple to clean, and they are extremely fast. They take care of most of the fuss and effort that juicing may require and they will be an excellent addition to any kitchen. No matter your budget, Breville is sure to have a model that is perfect for you and your nutritional needs.

Top Breville Juicing Machines

No matter your budget, Breville is sure to have a model that is perfect for you and your nutritional needs. Below are our top three choices that can help you transform the way you get your vitamins and minerals.

Breville BJE200XL

This is their basic juicer that also happens to be one of their most popular. It comes at a low price point ( around $100) and it is a great choice for those who may be on the fence about juicing.

  • Simple to use controls. The BJE200XL has only one speed. It is extremely powerful and can handle the hardest vegetables and the softest fruits.
  • Budget-friendly. This is a terrific option for those new to juicing or for those who do not have a lot of money to spend up front.
  • Self-contained pulp catcher. This sits on top of the machine and it is dishwasher safe for added convenience.
  • Wide feed chute. Like all of Breville’s juicers, this model comes with a large feed chute that will allow you to drop in whole apples and larger pieces of food. Very little prep time is required.

This is a simple machine and while it is a great starter juicer, it does lack some of the features of some of the other models on our list.

Breville JE98XL

Hands down, this is the one that we recommend most. It has a great feature set and is the perfect balance between juicing performance and price. It can be had online for around $150.

  • Comes with two different operating speeds. It has a low speed for some finesse getting juice out of soft fruits. It also has a high speed for getting the most out of hard vegetables.
  • Easy to clean with dishwasher safe parts. Clean up is always an important aspect to look at when shopping for a new juicer and all of Breville’s juice extractors shine in this department.
  • Even though the outside body is made of plastic, it has a modern look and styling that is a real eye catcher.

Breville 800JEXL

This is perhaps the best centrifugal juicing machine on the market today. Its performance and construction are second to none, but it does come at a higher price. This can usually be found online for around $300.

  • Solid steel body and construction offers a solid machine with distinct modern styling. Perfect for any type of kitchen.
  • A motor that is extremely powerful and can withstand just about any type of food that you wish to juice.
  • Two speeds to help customize your juicing depending on the hardness of the fruits and vegetables that you juice.
  • Hassle-free operation with simple clean up.

Possible Drawbacks

While there are a number of positives when it comes to getting a Breville juicer, there are a few points to keep in mind.

  • Their very high speeds also produce extremely loud noise. This is common for all centrifugal juicers, unfortunately.
  • They are not as efficient with leafy vegetables like kale or spinach.

If you not plan on juicing primarily leafy greens and you can put up with a few minutes of noise, then there is no better option to get you started juicing that getting a Breville. They are very fast and simple to use juicers that should help you take back control of your nutrition.

Beating The Summer Heat With Some Homemade Ice Cream


It is that time of year when trying to stay cool is usually your number one job during the day. As summer kicks into high gear, finding ways for your family to beat the heat is something that every parent worries about. Fortunately, there is one simple and easy method that is sure to put a smile on your kids’ faces. Making homemade ice cream is a fantastic way to bring everyone together. It is surprisingly easy to do, especially with modern ice cream machines.

There are plenty of affordable models available that will enable you to make great tasting frozen desserts with a mere push of a button. No matter what type of budget you have there is a machine out there that is perfect for your kitchen. Below are just some of the reasons that getting one of these frozen treat makers for your home makes sense.

Quality Home Options

If you have been searching for the best ice cream maker, you will find that Cuisinart ice cream machines are some of the top rated models available.. They come in a variety of capacities, prices, colors, and options that cater to just about anyone looking to buy an ice cream machine for the first time. Customer ratings are also rather impressive and you really cannot go wrong getting one of their frozen dessert makers. Breville also makes a high end model that is worth mentioning but it is on the pricey side and is not all that budget friendly. It is, however, pretty spectacular and modern.

Do I Need Ice and Salt To Make Ice Cream?

In the olden days, these two ingredients were a requirement to make tasty ice cream, however today’s do it yourself machines can make ice cream without them. The less expensive models do require you to put the bowl that everything is made in into the freezer for a few hours before making a batch, and the more expensive models come with their own compressor to bypass that step altogether. But if you reserve a spot in your freezer for the bowl you can just keep it in there all the time so that it will be ready for whenever you get a craving to make some home made ice cream.

To add to the overall convenience, most of today’s automatic ice cream machines also have simple one button operation. You just mix in the ingredients, hit a button, and let the machine run for 20 to 40 minutes. For harder consistency you may need to add the finish product back into the freezer to firm up. But you can make batch after batch of frozen goodness without breaking a sweat.

It Makes Cents

While purchasing a new machine requires an initial investment, they pay for themselves in the long run. You will no longer have to pay for premium pints, or gallons, of ice cream at the store, plus it saves on gas. After a few batches, depending on how expensive of a machine that you got, it will end up paying for itself rather quickly.

A Family That Makes Ice Cream Together…

While this is a great small appliance to get now in the middle of summer, having your own machine is something that you can enjoy year round. Making ice cream in the kitchen is a great activity that the entire family can partake in and enjoy. Nothings brings a smile to a little child’s face like a bowl of ice cream. And sense you are in control of the ingredients, you can also make it as healthy as you desire to give them the best of both worlds.

There are a lot of items that new parents, especially Moms, need when they are expecting a child. And while an ice cream maker is probably not the first thing that will come to mind when making out a shopping list, it is something that is definitely worth looking into as it can save many a midnight trip to the local corner store for that gallon of Rocky Road. Making your own is the way to go.