Graco 4Ever 4 in 1 Car Seat Review

Graco 4Ever 4 in 1 Car Seat Review

I received this item at no cost in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

In the world of car seats, there are a ton of options out there. You can start with a rear facing only (infant bucket) seat, then you need to purchase a convertible car seat that rear faces and forward faces, next you’ll need a combination seat that forward faces with a 5 point harness and then turns into a high back booster. After that you might even need a backless booster before your child is ready to just use the seat belt. Over the first ten years of your child’s life, you could end up purchasing three or four different types of car seats. That’s not only a lot of seats, but it’s also a big investment. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could start with one car seat and it would actually fit your child properly from birth through boostering? Although there are some seats on the market that claim to be 3 in 1 car seats (rear facing/forward facing/high back booster), they rarely ever fit well or even correctly in every mode. Well, until now. Canada has been waiting forever for the Graco 4Ever seat to arrive within our borders, and it’s FINALLY here! What makes the 4Ever different than other car seats currently on the market? It’s a 4 in 1 seat that actually fits well AND correctly at every stage. That’s right. The Graco 4Ever will fit your child from birth through both high back and backless boostering, and it’s got a 10 year expiry date to boot. Have I got your attention yet? I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about the Graco 4Ever so you can decide for yourself if it’s the right seat for your child!  Read More

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I Wish You Wouldn’t

I Wish You Wouldn't

Special thanks to Maman Loup’s Den who suggested what is clearly the best title for this post. 

I love a good deal. I really truly do. When I find that something I’ve been eyeing has gone on sale, I get weak in the knees. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not. When I got my laundry machines for less than half price including delivery and installation, I was on a high for weeks. I still get flutters in my heart when I think of it. So, yeah, I love a good deal. You know what I don’t love? Stealing. I don’t love stealing at all. When I see a whole bunch of theft happening right before my eyes, I can’t just sit back and watch it happen. I can’t just turn the other way and avert my eyes. But when the one doing the stealing refuses to acknowledge it, and refuses to make it right, it lights a fire under me to take some action. Today, I’m taking action. I’m talking to you, and it’s time for you to stop stealing from WAHMs, small businesses, and even big businesses. Enough is enough.  Read More

BIG News From Cotton Babies at ABC! (+GIVEAWAY)

HUGE news coming out of Cotton Babies today! They just announced at the ABC Expo that they are releasing a brand new version of their beloved Elemental diaper! They also announced a brand new pattern, Equiano!

Janessa at Thrifty Nifty Mommy has a full review of the new bumGenius Elemental 3.0 plus a look at the new Equiano print! Make sure you head over and read her full post to get all the details!

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One Year! Celebrating My Blogiversary!

One Year! Celebrating My Blogiversary!

This past weekend, October 16th to be exact, marked the one year anniversary of The Monarch Mommy. Did you know I’ve only been blogging for a year? It’s true, but I’ve been storing potential blog posts in my mind for so much longer than that. I’d wanted to start a blog for YEARS, and a handful of people in my travels had encouraged me to start one up. It wasn’t until a blog celebrity moved to my town that I decided it was time to do it. My dear friend Maman Loup’s Den (who I affectionately refer to as my blogging Yoda) said something to me that triggered the start of my blog. I was telling her about all the topics I could cover and all the posts I wanted to write when I started my blog. You know what she said? She said “You’re going to have a blog going in about a BAZILLION years!”. She was right. I was overthinking it (no surprise there). The very next day I bought my domain and a year of web hosting, picked a theme on WordPress, and started writing. The Monarch Mommy went live less than one week later. Fast forward a whole year and here we are! With 180 posts, 52 reviews, 85 giveaways, and almost 4000 comments from my readers, you could say it’s been a busy year! In honour of getting my first year of blogging under my belt, I thought it would be fun to go back and look at the top five posts I’ve written over the last year. Read More

This Is My Story: I am 1 in 4

This Is My Story: I Am 1 in 4

It was September 25th, 2014. King Dad and I were just back from our first child-free vacation ever. We’d gone to New York for the very first time, and then to Toronto to see my best friend get married. It was an amazing vacation. Of course we missed The Heir, but it was just so great to have that time to experience something new just the two of us together. We brought a couple souvenirs home for The Heir: two books from The Strand bookstore in New York (one of which was about a lion that shares his name). It turned out, we’d brought something else back from that vacation too. That something else showed up as two little pink lines on a pregnancy test that I took the morning of September 25th. King Dad had already gone to work for the day, so I decided to find a fun way to tell him the news when he got home. Read More