Cathy says: “try the backpack booster seat and protect your child”

I love this product! The backpack booster seat could be a lifesaver

Exclusive press releases from some of the best auto sources

Exclusive press releases from some of the best auto sources

for your child. Check this article out from the Detroit News!

– by Larry Edsall


The Safety 1st BoostAPak converts from a booster seat to a backpack.



Each month of so, my mail brings a copy of “Status Report,” a publication from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the folks who do crash tests that are more stringent than those required by the government.

The most recent report details the IIHS’s tests of child booster seats, the ones designed for youngsters who have outgrown their infant seats but who aren’t large enough yet to be properly protected by a car’s seat belt system. Typically, these are children in the 4-8 age range, the IIHS reports.

Being a grandfather, I was interested in the scores, so I scanned the article, at least until I reached the fourth page, where there was a large image of a child-sized crash-test dummy wearing a backpack.

The caption explained that the backpack was more than a backpack. It was a Safety 1st BoostAPak, which is both a backpack and a booster seat being marketing for children aged 4-12 who ride in carpools. Or with grandparents. Or on airplanes.

Not only is it versatile, but it received the highest (Best Bet) rating in the IIHS testing of booster seats.

“One of the things we know is that booster seats are one of the less used seats, and that children are graduating from car seats to the adult seats with a seat belt too soon,” said Julie Vallese of Dorel Juvenile Group, which is based in Columbus, Ind.

“The booster seats often gets skipped over,” she said, adding that Dorel “has a commitment to safety and transporting children safely and was looking for ways to make booster seats more appealing to use.

“Oftentimes, what we found was that kids are reluctant [to use booster seats]. They see it as still being treated as a baby or child, and their friends may not be in these seats. How do we address that? How do you get the child to take ownership of the seat?

Dorel found a solution in England, where a company called Trunki specialized in travel products for children. Dorel became exclusive North American distributor for Trunki’s BoostAPak, which until January 2014 is sold only through the Buy Buy Baby stores and website. When the New Year begins, additional sales outlets will be added, Vallese said.

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The Distracted Mind: What are we paying attention to you while driving?

Screen shot 2013-12-19 at 12.22.01 AMThis video was extremely insightful on the human mind and how distracted we really are when talking on the phone.According to TEDPartners, who partnered with Toyota to make this video, the human brain is not wired to do more then one complex task at one time. Yet, we continue to have a variety of distractions in our vehicles such as our ipods, navigation systems, and of course our cell phones. However, we don’t just use the cell phones to talk, as many people text, check email, navigate destinations, and get on social networks while driving. The video explains that we are “4 times more likely to crash while talking on the phone and 24 times more likely to crash while texting on the phone.”

As many campaigns have jumped on board spreading awareness about this danger, and law enforcement has gotten more strict about cell phone laws, it’s about that automotive experts and bloggers become proactive in doing our part as well. Let’s not wait for one unfortunate accident to make us realize how dangerous this is. We all need to stand together and take action, spreading the word. We should teach our family, friends and colleagues to do the same. As technology advances, our minds become more and more distracted from our normal day-t0-day personal lives. So the question remains, have we given up on our regular lives to enjoy virtual ones?

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After a summer and fall filled with family trips and a few golf outings with friends, my husband and I decided to redeem some of our Marriott points and spend a long weekend in Newport Beach, California.


We planned this trip as a romantic getaway, combined with some work that could only be done at the beach or an outdoor café with a fancy French name. We figured it would be a nice break from our normal routine before the holiday season got too hectic. The only writing I was planning on doing was checking boxes in the American Girl catalog, signing for room service and completing this review.

lexus-san-franI requested a Lexus IS 350 to test-drive over to California and back. With two suitcases and two sets of golf clubs that fit easily in the trunk, we started our trip. The minute I sat in my firm-but-supple seat, I was hugged closely by the deep bolster construction. Now that’s the way to start a romantic weekend.

The ride was smooth, and the cabin was quiet, perfect for enjoying the Mark Levinson sound system that produced concert-quality entertainment. The separate temperature controls were awesome since I like to be “menopausally” cool and my husband is always hot. The legroom and headrest placement were perfect. Our conversations started to lighten up, so we turned off the phones, Facebook and emails for five hours and just relaxed.

I had the opportunity to test-drive the Lexus IS 350 sedan and the F Sport model in San Francisco earlier this year, both on a race track and through the streets of San Francisco. For this trip, however, we were simply taking a five-hour drive and in no particular hurry. Despite our laid-back driving decision, when we needed the speed to pass or merge, you could feel the power and hear the engine growl like a Barry White love song, leaving other vehicles in the dust.

The Entune navigation system was a welcomed comfort and comes standard on the IS. While getting navigation instructions, we were alerted to an accident and redirected off the freeway. We estimated that it saved us at least 40 minutes.

If you’ve never been to Newport Beach, it appears to be a town that is automobile-aficionado heaven. Wherever we went, a Maserati, Range Rover or Mercedes was in front of, next to or behind us. The nice thing about the Lexus vehicles, especially the IS 350, is that it fits in to any city or lifestyle. It is luxurious, sporty, performance savvy and family-friendly.

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All Hail the 2015 Mustang: Fast, Fierce and Fabulous

Today, Ford revealed the all-new 2015  Mustang, creating the sixth generation of the vehicle. The new vehicle marks 50 years for the Ford Mustang along with a new sexy, sleek design, innovative technologies and world-class performance.

1386223591890.jpgMustang is now available with three different engines – a powerful 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7 V6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. The steering control is a little more precise, the stance is a little lower with a smaller roof height, and the rear fenders and track are a little wider. The new design also has three-dimensional, tri-bar tail-lamps with sequential turn signals.

Though the design is sleeker, the new Mustang also has more room in the backseats providing more comfort for hips and shoulders, and a more conveniently shaped trunk.

Drivers will especially love the smoother shifts from the updated manual gearbox and a reworked automatic transmission featuring new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.

For the tech lovers, the new Mustang has a push button start, SYNC and MyKey in every Mustang built, Track Apps and a new Shaker Pro audio system. Electronic Stability Control Setting, Blind Spot Information System, alert cruise control and numerous selectable drive modes will make the ride so smooth that the car can practically drive itself.

In addition to the new model and new technology advances, customers simply go crazy over the Mustangs. The vehicle is one of the most popular vehicles in the world, and reigns as the most talk-about vehicle on Facebook with more then 5 million fans worldwide. Over 9 million cars have been sold since the first Mustang released in 1964.

As I hope to test-drive one of these new babies to check out all of these fun advances, I’m sure if you pick this vehicle you will feel like a King or Queen of the Highway. And for my ladies, make sure you wear the red Louboutins, especially if you’re searching for a candy apple color. A car this sexy must be paired with a new outfit and your sexiest heels!

MSN Autos Consumer Report releases top 10 cars under $20,000

As prices continue to keep rising throughout many areas of our economy, it’s very important that consumers are aware of where they can cut costs and save money. This is especially important when it comes to expensive items that we must save our money for and prepare for. Choosing a car that’s too expensive can make it easy for someone to overextend their credit and spend years trying to recover from hefty car payments. However, MSN recently released the top 10 cars under $20,000. Choosing a less expensive car will lessen car payments and simply make life a little easier. Check these cars out and comment below to tell me what you think about MSN’s report.

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Front Angle View#1. Hyundai Elantra Gus $19,200





Honda-Fit#2. Honda Fit $16,915








2014-Toyota-Corolla-S-front-view-in-motion1#3. Toyota Corolla $18975 (for a review of the Toyota Corolla visit )







2013-scion-xb-5dr-wagon-auto-natl-angular-front-exterior-view_100434655_s#4. Scion XB $28,612


#5. Kia Sould Plus $18,475

Unknown#6. Chevrolet Sonic LT $17,455

Unknown-1#7. Hyundai Accent $16,320

kia-rio-sedan1#8. Kia Rio EX $17,545

2012-mazda-mazda2-360spinframe_7903_032_580x435#9.  Mazda Mazda2 Touring $17,845

images#10. Scion XD $16,900

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