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The Mighty Max Garden Cart is Great for Gardening *and* Beach Gear!

Mighty Max Garden Cart
The cart pictured above is the Mighty Max MM 800B

Before you read any further, you must know that this is one of those rare products that I will recommend to everyone.  Whether young, old, city dwellers, or country fold, the Mighty Max Cart can be used by any type of person or family and is a favorite of mine!  This is definitely a Must Have!

The Mighty Max Cart is the ideal solution for toting around beach gear, gardening supplies, toys and much more. This cart can easily be transformed for everyone in the family to use. After a simple 15 minute assembly that can easily be completed by one person, the Mighty Max Cart is ready for use.  My 6-year-old daughter handed me the tools and parts while I assembled the Mighty Max cart in a total of 15 minutes.  The Might Max MM 800B comes with an expandable flatbed, utility tub and a pair of cargo walls. By snapping the individual pieces on or off, the cart can be turned into a completely different product. Mom, dad, seniors and even kids will have no problem pulling around this light-weight cart through even the toughest terrain.  My daughter loves to pull the cart around.  She said “I finally help carry the heavy plants”!

Moms working in the garden can easily pull around their plants, tools, supplies and loose materials.
Because the cart is so easy to pull, kids can help mom with her gardening work. Instead of loading your sand, gravel and dirt into an old wheelbarrow that can be difficult to maneuver around, the Mighty Max Cart makes loading and dumping in the correct spots simple. A six inch deep tub can hold up to 1/3 cubic yards of loose material at once.  We put the risk of tipping to the test. This sturdy cart will not tip over or spill as you are pulling the cart.  Because the cart and tub are made from an all-weather material, it can be used or left outside in all elements without causing rust or paint damage.
This is a miracle garden cart product from those that do a lot of yard work. Never worry again about leaving the cart outside in the pouring rain.
Beach-goers can make use out of the Mighty Max Cart, too!
Easily tote around all of your sand and ocean gear in this cart. It can even expand to two levels so that you can place items such as a cooler and umbrella for shade underneath while your towels and beach toys will sit in the tub up top. Pulling a cart back and forth across the sand from your shore house, condo or hotel can be a hassle. Because the Mighty Max Cart is so light-weight and easy to pull, it will glide right above the sand, making it one of the best carts on the market.No need to load up a stroller full of toys and sporting goods. The Mighty Max Cart is the perfect option to bring to children’s sports games and to the playground. Soccer balls, basketballs, remote control cars and so much more can all be stored and pulled along in the Mighty Max Cart.

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Alicia Hagan, Editor


Disclosure: I was not paid to write this review.  I received a Mighty Max MM 800B to facilitate the review.

BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat to the Rescue!


BubbleBum is a portable and foldable booster seat that is perfect for daily car rides or for keeping in Grandma’s car for the occassional trip to story time. Made for children who weigh between 40 and 80lbs, are older than 3 years old, and can refrain from sitting on their knees during a long car ride, the BubbleBum Booster Seat is a unique solution to a problem that’s been around for years.. ever since booster seats were introduced. The problem you ask? The lack of portability and foldability. Booster seats aren’t typically known for being foldable but once you try the BubbleBum Booster Seat, you’ll realize that it’s something you’ll use more often than you expected.


Bubblebum Inflatable Booster Seat


The school year is about to start and I bet not everyone on your child’s pickup list has a booster seat in their car. My sister-in-law is on my daughter’s ‘safe pick up’ list and she doesn’t have a booster seat in her car. Why would she.. she doesn’t have kids!? What will I do if I need her to pick my daughter up from school? When I know that she will be picking my daughter up, I’ll send the BubbleBum Booster Seat to school with my daughter.  It’s light enough for her to carry and it even fits in her backpack!  Let’s just hope I remember to give my SIL a car pool number! 😉
This booster seat is great when you travel via airplane as it will conveniently fit inside your carry-on or checked luggage. When you arrive at your destination, simply inflate the BubbleBum booster seat and install it in the taxi or rental car.

The BubbleBum booster seat is compact. Three BubbleBum Booster Seats will easily fit across the backseat of a car, suv, or van. No more excuses for Grandma and Grandpa to not take all three of your kids to the beach without you next weekend. You need a breather.. grab a few BubbleBums and send the kids off with the Grandparents!


It has been proven that children in booster seats have approximately half the injury risk of children without the use of a booster seat, and in seatbelts alone. While head injuries are the most commonly injured body region for all restrained children, abdominal injuries are the second most common injury for belted children as a result of “seat-belt syndrome” injuries. Children who were restrained by booster seats showed a notable absence of abdominal injuries.

Every parent wants their child to be safe. Here are some reasons why you should use a booster seat on EVERY journey with your child:

BubbleBum is a Belt Positioning Booster seat for children who meet all of the following criteria:
1. Children between 40lbs and 80lbs in weight
2. Children are over the age of 3,
3. Children can sit for the entire journey without sitting on their knees
A booster seat must ONLY be used with a 3 point seat belt, this is a seat belt which goes across the lap and diagonally across the chest.

To learn more about what make the BubbleBum Booster seat safe, click here.

BubbleBum can fit easily with any combination of cars seat as long as there are enough 3 point seat belts to restrain each and every child.

My 5 year old loves the BubbleBum Booster Seat. She thinks it’s cool because (a) it blows up (b) it’s comfy and (c) it makes her feel like a big girl.

You can purchase a BubbleBum for $39.99 from As mentioned above, your child must meet certain criteria to use the BubbleBum. You can connect with BubbleBum on Facebook BubbleBum on Facebook, and follow @BubbleBumUSA on Twitter.



Review: Good Nite Lite – a great gadget for kids ages 3+

This is a great gadget for a toddler or school age child or a parent who’s child’s sleep patterns need adjusted… like mine!  What a dream it would be to sleep in until I WANT Madelyn to get out of bed… 9:00a.m. would be great but I’d settle for 8:30.  With the help of the Good Nite Lite she is beginning to understand that she can’t get out of bed in the wee hours of the night.  The Good Nite Lite sun illuminates at 7:30 a.m., the time I’ve programmed it to so that she knows that it is OK for her to get out of bed.  I’ll let you know when I can push the time back to 8:30a.m… which will be.. uh, never.

Good Nite Lite

More about the Good Nite Lite

  • Program the time you want the sun to illuminate in the morning and when you want the moon to illuminate in the evening so your child knows when it’s time to get up and go to bed.
  • It’s fun to look at!
  • The Good Nite Lite features a friendly, glowing moon/sun face that changes from a Moon to a Sun at the programmed “wake-up” time and from a Sun to a Moon at the programmed “bedtime.” Children rapidly come to associate the moon image with the knowledge that it is still bedtime and the sun with the idea that it is the correct time to wake up. During the day, the Good Nite Lite automatically shuts off to eliminate any distractions and to conserve energy.
  • The Good Nite Lite will help your child learn that he/she needs to stay in bed until the ‘the sun is on’ as Madelyn says.

One minor fault I see with the Good Nite Lite is that it covers both outlets so you can’t have another device plugged into the second outlet while the Good Nite Lite is plugged in.

The Good Nite Lite is available online at for just $34.99.

Moleskine notebooks, journals, and calendars + a coupon code AND a giveaway!

Where do your notes start?
My Moleskine notebook is the first place I jot down things from items to add to my grocery list, to to-dos, and random thoughts of which there are tons, important dates, gift ideas, and other ramblings. From there I usually add those notes to the appropriate iPhone app such as Shopper or NotifyMe.
Without my Moleskine notebook, my thoughts may never make it to completion. What a disaster that would be!

What is Moleskine?
MOLESKINE is the legendary notebook that has held the inspirations and ideas of everyone from Van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway to famed author, Bruce Chatwin. Artists, authors, and geniuses of all variety have long appreciated the simplicity and superior functionality of these notebooks.

Moleskine notebooks and planners are available in several sizes.  The 3.5 x 5.5 in. pocket notebooks are the perfect size to carry in a purse or diaper bag and are great for jotting down your baby’s latest diaper change or that funny thing your toddler said during your playgroup.  I use the large A4 Folio Notebook for work notes and for jotting down thoughts I have while at home or in my office.

Moleskine notebooks, journals, and planners make great holiday gifts Get a pocket hard cover 18 month planner for $12.95 or my favorite Moleskine gift idea is the Volant Color-A-Day Monthly Daily Planner (photo above) which is usually $39.95 but our readers get 30% off by using the link below.

Use coupon code COLORDEAL, and get 30% off of the Volant Color-A-Month Daily Planner (no minimum, no maximum). The coupon is only valid on that item, and it’s good through 12/31/09. Use this link to go straight to the Color-A-Month planner page and automatically apply the coupon code to the cart.

Enter to win a set of these Moleskine items:

  • 2010 Volant Color-A-Month Daily Planner
  • Folio A4 Ruled Notebook
  • 2010 Weekly Notebook Planner

To enter, visit (opens a new window or tab) then come back and tell me what your favorite Moleskine product is in the comments below.  Get two entries for Tweeting this post and then leave a second comment with your Twitter ID.  Entries accepted until November 30th.

Toddler Must Have: Melissa and Doug Puppet Theater

This Melissa and Doug wooden puppet theater has a sturdy non-tip base and plenty of room inside. The playful detailed graphics and soft fabric curtains will help inspire expression in any child. The puppet theater features a chalkboard and clock with movable hands.

What age is it for? Ages 3+

How much is it? $100

Where can I buy it? Ciucci Couture

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