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Ridin’ in Style: Our New MiniVan and Evenflo Carseat!

**I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. I received the carseat mentioned for free, but as always, all opinions stated are my own.**

I never thought I’d be a minivan mom.  Not that I have anything against moms with minivans.  My own mother was one, and I drove said minivan for several years in high school.  I just figured we’d never have enough kids to need a minivan, and since we’ve always had a Ford Explorer with a third row seating option…we’ve never really needed one.

However.  Between the Explorer breaking down numerous times in our 6 years of owning it, the third row being virtually inaccessible to anyone over 45 lbs, and a 3rd baby {and 3rd carseat} on the way….it was inevitable.

Chrysler Town and Country..the perfect fir for our new Evenflo Carseat - Palmettos and Pigtails

So Dave and I broke down {after the Explorer did.  Again.} and headed to Carmax.  We got a fantastic deal on a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country with all the bells and whistles we need {which is not many!}.  I just wanted heated seats {didn’t get them}, a DVD player for long trips, and an easy entry to the “way back” row.  Two out of three ain’t bad!

Interior of new Town and Country minivan...compliments our new Evenflo Symphony DXL Carseat perfectly! Palmettos and Pigtails

To make my week even better, I was sent a FREE Evenflo Symphony DLX carseat to try out.  It was just in time too, since Baby Boy will be arriving in about a month, and Millie’s hand-me-down carseat was getting old, squeaky and stinky.  I was thrilled when I realized that the Evenflo carseat accommodates kids 5-110lbs…so just about when Millie is ready {and big enough!} to graduate to a booster seat, Baby Boy will be ready to leave the carrier and venture into the Evenflo carseat as well!  But I love having versatile carseats, because with our busy schedule, who knows which kid will be riding in which carseat….and all THREE of my kids can ride in this new one!

I just love the look of the Evenflo carseat…I find it very stylish and gender-neutral.  Millie just loves that it has cup-holders! And according to a study conducted by American Baby and Safe Kids Worldwide, new moms are 300% more likely to get into an accident than other drivers, in part due to tending to an upset baby.  But we’ve found the fabric to be really soft and the whole carseat to be really comfy.  And happy baby means a safe driver!

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One of my biggest concerns about the new minivan, is that it has leather seats {yay for wiping down, boo for sticking to sweaty legs!}, and to top that off…they are black.  And since all of our cars live in the driveway since the garage is Dave’s workshop, that means the sun will be beating down on black leather seats all. summer. long.

But, the silver lining is that the Platinum Series of the Evenflo Carseats feature NASA-developed Outlast® technology, a temperature regulating fabric that keeps babies and toddlers comfortable during hot and cold weather.  Which is key, because Millie is a sweaty kid.  It’s nice to know that the sides of the carseat have little buckle pockets to keep the hot metal buckles off of her as well.  Summertime in the South is a go for this carseat!

Riding in Style in her new Evenflo Symphony DXL Carseat! Palmettos and Pigtails

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Flowertown Festival and Craft Show

Flowertown Festival Booth and Tips for Participating in a Craft Show - Palmettos and Pigtails

Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the Flowertown Festival and Craft Show here in the Lowcountry.  With 200,000 visitors over the three-day festival, and 200 vendors, it's one of the biggest Craft Shows in the … [Continue reading...]

{From the Archives} Tips for Doing Disney While Pregnant

Doing Disney While Pregnant: Tips from Palmettos and Pigtails

 Good morning!  It's hard to believe that it was exactly a year ago that we took our family vacation to Disney with our best friends, Betsy and Jay.  So in the spirit of all of you spring breakers headed to Mickey-Land in the next few weeks, and for … [Continue reading...]

Big Baby Giveaway – It’s Finally Here!!!

Big Baby Giveaway-Over 20 prizes for Mom and Baby from Palmettos and Pigtails

Y’all know that we are expecting our first baby boy in about a month, and we are soooo excited!  Even though it’s only been two and half years since we had Millie, I’ve forgotten how exciting baby stuff can be!  And there are so many new and … [Continue reading...]

April 2014 Cleaning Calendar

April 2014 Cleaning Calendar

I cannot believe April is already here!  I have less than 7 weeks before Little Man comes into our lives....and apparently I have a lot to do.  This month, I'll be using a combination of my April 2014 Cleaning Calendar, and I'll be utilizing some … [Continue reading...]

The Best Thing about Being a Mommy Blogger

Bloggy Boot Camp for Mommy Bloggers in San Diego #LizLange #babybbc #ErgoBaby #ad #swag

This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided. As you know, a couple of weeks ago I was able to escape for a few days to sunny rainy San Diego, CA to attend the SITSgirls' Baby Bloggy Boot Camp.  A special … [Continue reading...]

Rewined Candle Company Tour

Rewined Candles Launch Party for Spring Scent: Mimosa - Palmettos and Pigtails

Happy Spring!  It's FINALLY here...and hopefully sticking around for a bit!  My sister works for a local Charleston company called Rewined Candle Company.  They create wine-scented candles in repurposed champagne bottles and sell them all over the … [Continue reading...]

{Guest Post} DIY Crafts That Brighten the Room

Another Awesome Guest Post over at Palmettos and Pigtails!

Good morning!  My name is Naomi and I'm thrilled to be guest posting on Palmettos and Pigtails today.  I've been a stay-at-home mother for several years, and in my free time, I do a bit of blogging on the side.  I enjoy creating DIY and crafts for … [Continue reading...]

{From the Archives} DIY Spring Wreath

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Here's one of my favorite DIY projects from the archives....just in time for Spring, which seems to finally be popping up!  A DIY Spring Wreath! I was challenged about a month ago, by my mother, to make a spring wreath. And because I have … [Continue reading...]