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

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  If you have a great tip, join the conversation on social media using: #KidsBuckleUp.



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.


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?



Thank You President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama


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Thank You President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

On November 4, 2008 I wept in my bed while my three year old daughter slept beside me. You were elected the 44th president of the United States. Despite constant scrutiny and criticism you ran your campaign on hope and change and spoke to me in a way no other presidential candidate ever had. I looked at you and saw me. Not just in color. But in values of family, progress and community. I voted for your family, for what you stood for: progress not perfection. Change we can believe in.

Today, I celebrate you. Your legacy. Your passion. Your integrity.

I’ve watched your family blossom. I’ve watched your calm and resilience in the face of devastation. Your humor and resolve. You both continually inspire me to strive for more. In myself and in my community. Through your compassion and authenticity you have opened your arms and hearts to the world allowing me to feel part of your journey – our journey. Through the good, the bad and the nasty. I applaud you for choosing to rise above on so many occassons. Going high I’m sure wasn’t easy, but showed your character time and time again.

For many of her younger years my now 11 year old daughter would refer to you as “Uncle Obama” and while I giggled every time she said it, it was a clear reminder of your reach. You have been a President for the people. For all people. Without using arrogance or being nasty and disrespectful, you’ve been absolute class acts and I am proud that my daughter and my future child, have you two as role models regardless of your no longer living in The White House.

My heart is full of gratitude, love and hope.

Thank You.


With Admiration and Deep Respect,