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New Tween Safety PSA: Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up!

Over the past year or so my tween daughter (11) has asked for more independence, which has been bittersweet. She has blossomed seemingly overnight and is sure she knows everything. I’m sure the teen years are going to be loooong. And while she is maturing and becoming more independent, she’s still my baby and I still have tons more to teach her and instill in her. Her safety at school, online, with friends and in vehicles is a huge priority for me and won’t be dismissed even if she thinks she knows it all.wimpy kid

Every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States. For younger children, car seats can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury – but over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly. For older children, buckling up is critical. 50% of children age 8-14 who were killed in car crashes from 2011-2015 were not restrained.

That’s why parents and caregivers need to know about the importance of making sure the children in their care are safely restrained—whether that’s selecting the right car seat for their child’s age and size, or making sure that older kids (8-14) always buckle their seat belts and sit in the backseat.

As parents, we all want to do the right thing to keep our children safe and sound.  This spring, the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are unveiling new PSAs to address these important issues.  First, is the up to date car seat safety information like the tips found in the fun new video series “The Wide World of Car Seats.”

The right car seat can make all the difference in a motor vehicle crash. And car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. But despite best intentions, many parents may not realize their child isn’t in the right seat.  For example, many parents move their children to the next restraint type (car seat, booster seat, seat belt) too soon. To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat.

And just when you think you’ve got this parenting thing down, your child becomes a “tween” and you enter a whole new world.  To help with travel safety, the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are unveiling new PSAs featuring characters from Fox’s upcoming summer road trip adventure Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. The PSAs remind parents and caregivers that even if kids argue and plead, parents should stand firm and always insist that their kids buckle up and sit in the back seat (the safest place for kids under the age of 13).

My tween loves the style and content of the Diary of a Wimpy Kids series (and I’ve come to enjoy them too!) and this partnership is great because it appeals to kids and parents through something familiar, while reminding her to buckle up safely, just like some of her favorite characters.

Per data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 69,000 tweens are injured every year in car crashes and 61% of 14-year-old children killed in 2015 car crashes were unrestrained at the time of the crash.  Even though life as a parent is full of compromises, seat belt safety should never be up for negotiation. That’s why the new PSAs encourage us to: “Never give up until they buckle up!”

For more information or if you need more tips to convince your tween to buckle up, visit SaferCar.gov/KidsBuckleUp.  If you have a great tip, join the conversation on social media using: #KidsBuckleUp.

 



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Review: SoCozy Hush Hair Care for Sensitive Scalp

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

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Both of my children were born with a head full of hair, leading me to believe they were going to hae thick manes when they got older. When my now 11 year old daughter was young her hair changed from super manageable and curly to super thick and frizzy seemingly overnight. Taming her hair has been quite the journey and we’ve tried tons of products hoping one would thoroughly moisture and define her naturally curly hair without stripping it of it’s natural oils. Little did I know how difficult of a task this would be. I’ve struggled for years to find THE product her hair needs add on a sensitive scalp and our options have felt very limited.

Enter SoCozy Hush.

Many of the products we’ve tested have come from conversations with friends about what producrs work for them and their families. I hadn’t heard of SoCozy before and was intrigued at thier approoach to hair care. Many hair products that claim to be gentle on kids scalp and tough on hair haven’t stood up to the job. So I was excited to hear about the new SoCozy Hush line (which you can find in the baby aisle) formulated specially to treat sensitive scalp. Given my daughter’s sensitive scalp and dry skin, the products being dermatologist and allergy tested really appealed to me as we’ve had to be very careful of what products her skin comes into contact with. We use dye free detergent and lotion formulated for sensitive skin so it was a no brainer to use hair care products for sensitive scalp.

52297049The new SoCozy Hush line includes: Hush Sensitive Serum, Hush Sensitive Foam, Hush Sensitive 2in1 and Hush Sensitive Detangler.

A week in and I’m pretty happy to share the products are indeed made for sensitive scalp. My daughter doesn’t flinch when it’s time to detangle or moisturize after using the products which was a huge problem before!

So far so good! Keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll have the same success using the products on my son when he gets older.

Have you heard of SoCozy? Would you use their products on your family?

 



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Celebrate the Holiday Season with OshKosh and $50 Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s official…it’s the most wonderful time of the y-e-a-r! As much as the holidays bring me a little more stress than usual, our family loves the holiday season. There is kindness in the air and beautiful lights and usually lots of baking in our house. Here in Boston the winter gets pretty cold pretty fast and local meteorologists are predicting a rough winter! Which inevitably means my daughter’s fashion will have to adjust to the colder more blustery days ahead. We feel fully prepared for anything this New England weather has in store thanks to the various styles at OshKosh!

Winter takes on different meaning based on where you live. I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life so am unfortunately used to cold and snowy winters where we pile on layers to keep warm. I love the layered comfy look but my 11 year old daughter doesn’t love it as much – unless she is playing in the snow or tubing. She often finds the layered look uncomfortable, hot and feels unable to show her changing fashion and style during the cold and holiday season. Her winter fashion style is colorful and able to move with her whether in Girl Scouts, doing splits on the living room floor or cartwheels at the bus stop! Our favorite tops and bottoms from this year’s OshKosh Kids line are below:

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It can be hard to keep up with my daughter’s fashion style – this week her favorite colors are teal and purple however that could change. At any minute! OshKosh provides stylish, age-appropriate and FUN holiday outfits, separates and accessories perfect for any stylish kid at a price parents will love!

From now until December 16th, jump on social media and share your kids’ personal holiday style and flair as part of the #BgoshBelieve campaign! Strike a pose and share your children’s favorite winter OshKosh kids and Baby B’gosh styles based on how your family prepares for winter wherever you are. To help put together the perfect winter outfit use the coupon below to save 25% until December 31, 2016:

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Since it’s the season of giving, I’m hosting a giveaway for one $50 OshKosh Kids giftcard! Hooray to the holidays! Entering is simple, follow me on Instagram @MsAlexandracomment on one of my photos and come back here and comment :) It’s official, giving is more fun than receiving!

Happy Shopping!!



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