April 23, 2014

Clek Foonf... The Mother of all Car Seats!!

If you in the market for an amazing sleek, modern, and safe convertible car seat the Clek Foonf is the way to go. This seat is everything and more! I'm so honored to be able to share my thoughts and opinions on this amazing piece of gear with you! 

One of my biggest worries as a mama is car seat safety. Car seats reduce the risk of deaths in infants  (one year and under) by 76% and in toddlers (1-4 years) by 54%. If you think about it, that's huge! The Clek Foonf is one of the top convertible car seats on the market! With its best in class safety features, sleek and modern look, this seat is a must have. 

What sets the Foonf apart from other carseats is unique style and features. We were using the Evenflo Triumph with Asher prior to switching to this seat and I'm almost embarrassed that we used it as long as we did. The Foonf seriously puts the Triumph to shame in a number of ways. I totally understand why this car seat is the Mother of all car seats!

Overall Aesthetic: I adore the style of this seat. It is modern, compact, and comes in array of colors/styles... 15 to be exact. We went with "blue moon". I drive a Jeep Patriot, which is on the smaller size for an SUV and this seat fits extremely well in my vehicle, forward and rear facing. The seat itself is heavy, but it is not bulky and doesn't take up the entire backseat of my car like some car seats do. 

Weight Limits: The weight limits on this seat go up to 50lbs rear facing and 65lbs forward facing. The seat is recommend for use (rear facing) when children are 14lbs and able to sit upright without any assistance... The large weight range makes for lots of use out of the seat. A huge perk! 

Installation: I found the seat quite easy to install. The instruction manual that comes with the seat is easy to read, very straight forward, and tells you everything you need to know about the seat. We installed the car seat in about 30 minutes with no issues. 

Forward/Rear Facing:

-Rear Facing (Height: 25-43in, Weight: 14-50lbs): The extended rear facing option for this seat is amazing. The seat sets on a base and has an opening where you install the seat belt, which makes for an easy installation. The seat also has an anti-rebound bar giving it a snug installation. I have no doubt that this seat isn't going anywhere in a collision. You can see the seat rear facing here

-Forward Facing (Height: 30-49in, Weight: 25-65lbs): We chose to install the seat forward facing because Asher is over the age of one, 30lbs, and a little over 31in tall, meeting the AAP requirements for forward facing in this seat. The seat has 2 forward facing position options and we decided to go with option #2. This option places Asher a slightly reclined position, but yet it is still safe. The seat also has the Revolutionary REACT Safety System which prevents the child from forceful movement in a collision. You can read more about the Revolutionary REACT system here

Rigid-LATCH Forward Facing Installation: My favorite thing about this seat is the Rigid-LATCH FF installation. Instead of having basic straps and a hole to place a seatbelt through, this seat has steel latches that connect to the seat of your vehicle, an incredibly secure seatbelt installation system, and a rear strap that connects to the back portion of your vehicle. 

Here are a few pictures of the installation process and Rigid-LATCH FF Installation.

Steel rods instead of basic straps that connect to your seat. When they are properly installed the "green" circle is indicated. 
Forward facing seatbelt system. Also notice the steel bars on the back of the seat.

The red piece of the seat is a locking mechanism for the cars seatbelt... making the seat belt hold the car seat firmly and stay in place. 
Rear attachment for forward facing. Holding the top most portion of the seat into place. Therefore, you have the steel clamps, the cars seatbelt, and the top rear strap securing the seat in place. This is seriously such an extremely safe installation and hands down the best I have ever seen. 

Comfort: The Foonf is an extremely comfortable seat. The Greenguard certified material is soft, cool, and stain/odor resistant. Some car seat materials are hot and this seat does not get hot on warm days in my car. The large structural headrest functions as a safe place for Asher to rest his head and also a safety barrier in a side impact collision. The headrest is also adjustable, so as your little one grows you can adjust it to the required position for your little ones height.

Quality: Overall the quality of this seat is amazing. It's made from a heavy steel that does make the seat slightly on the heavy side, but it also makes for extremely safe car seat. It's compact, functional, sleek, and perfect! I seriously have no negative things to say about this seat! 

Investment: The price of the seat is slightly on the expensive side, but with all the safety features it is well worth it. You will not find any other seat on the market as well made as the Clek Foonf.  And since the seat has a longer usage period than most convertible car seats it will save you in the long run. You can purchase your Clek Foonf here

Overall Asher and I both are in love with the Clek Foonf and would highly recommend it to any of you! I love all the amazing safety features and he loves the fact that he sits up higher in the vehicle and is comfortable on long trips. I seriously have nothing negative to say about this seat! Now, when we are traveling in the car I feel reassured and safe with the Clek Foonf! 

Be sure to check out Clek and for those of you who have older children, be sure to check out Clek's line of booster seats

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Tomorrow I will be sharing tips on how to clean your Clek Foonf! Stay tuned! 

Disclaimer: I was given this car seat in exchange for a reviewed post. All opinions are of my own and I only share products that I find to be of excellence and benefit my readers. 

April 22, 2014

Play Space Tour...

The biggest issue we have with our current rental is space... Since we do live on a military base, in the middle of nowhere, we limited to our housing options. When we first moved into the house we live in now, we were stumped as to where we would put most of our belongings.. Asher's toys being the biggest issue.. And let's be honest, the collection them them keeps getting larger and larger. We didn't have a spare room to covert into a play room so we decided to make due with a small corner we had in our living room.
I had originally wanted to put Asher's play teepee in the area, but since we were super limited on space, we decided that keeping it in his room would be our best option. For toy storage, I ended up going with the Trofast storage system from Ikea. It's is seriously an amazing storage system and comes in an array of sizes. The bins are also interchangeable and the system can grow with Asher throughout the years... Not to mention the unit is clean, sleek, and tucks the toys away quite nicely. We also placed a small table and chairs set from Ikea in the space to give Asher a place to color and read. I decorated the rest of the space with toys, colorful bins, a funky hanging lamp, and an oil pan that I turned into a magnetic board. 
Here's a list of where you can find everything in the space:
(click on the links below) 
Toy Bin - Ikea
Hanging Lamp - Ikea
Wooden BBQ Grill - Hape
Table and Chairs - Ikea 
Black and White book bin - Target
Play Time Print - Mod by Mel 
Green Book bin - The Dollar Tree
Puzzle - Hape
Wooden Truck - A Summer Afternoon
Small Cars - Plan Toys
Magnetic Board - It is a car oil pan.. You can find them at Autozone for under $10.
Foam Shapes - DIY (I will post the how to soon!)  

This storage system is so amazing! The bins come in additional colors other than white as well. 
Books and toys are a fabulous accessories to decorate with. Functional too! 
Missing puzzle pieces.. I wonder where they went?!?

Overall I think the space works really well for us. I definitely have a playroom on our forever home wish list. I think the next thing I may add to the space will be a rug.. I've been looking at play car mats and I think that would be something Asher would love! 
So what do you think?!? Have you created a play space for your little one? 

Happy Tuesday!!

April 21, 2014

Easter Recap...

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We had some good friends come in from San Diego for the weekend to celebrate Easter with us. We visited the national park, filled up on ham and deviled eggs, and enjoyed each others company. Asher received a super rad Easter basket from the Easter bunny and looked so handsome in his Easter attire. In the mist of all the Easter celebrations, I stepped back today to remember the true meaning of this special holiday... My heart and belly is full from a fun filled weekend! I hope yours is as well!
(photos via my Instagram page: @everythingemilyblog)
Be on the look out this week for a fun DIY and a little post about about an amazing car seat! 

Happy Monday Friends! 

April 16, 2014

18 Month Favorites...

My sweet boy is 18 months old today! Hard to believe that in less than 6 months we will have a 2 year old on our hands! I say this every month but where does time go?!? We now have a full blown toddler on our hands who is full of energy and quite spunky! He has a vocab of about 27 words and of course his favorite one to use is "no". He's been testing his limits here lately along with my patience! He loves to sing songs, play outside, and eat clementines! 
Here are a few of our favorite items we've been frequently using these past few months! 

1. Ikea L√ĄTT Children's Table and Chairs // Asher loves to color at his little table and this table is easy to clean, stylish, and extremely budget friendly. 
2. Converse High Tops // Asher has never been able to wear Converse until recently due to his super chubby feet! I'm so happy he can now wear them because they are such fabulous shoes! Light weight, easy to clean, durable, and stylish. 
3. Zoe Organics Bath Wash // You may have seen my ZO post earlier this week, but if not then you should know how amazing this bath wash is! I love that it is foamy, smells amazing, and leaves Asher's skin feeling so soft and moisturized. 
4. Potty Books // Asher has shown some interest in the potty so we decided to take advantage of it and introduce "the potty" to him. These cute little books are fun to read! He will now point to the toilet and say "pee pee, Mama!". 
5. PlanToys Wooden Vehicles // Asher is OBSESSED with cars and loves these little wooden cars by PlanToys. They are wooden with rubber wheels and super cute. They also aren't as painful to step on in the middle of the night! 
6. Graphic Tees // Now that Asher doesn't wear many onesies anymore, graphic tees have been our go to. A few of my favorite graphic tee brands are Peek, Geofox Apparel, Passive Juice Motel, and Of One Sea!
7. Little Tikes Slide // We snagged this slide during the sale Target had on it a few weeks ago and it was such a great deal! Since we have purchased the slide Asher has spent hours on it! Perfect for indoors or outdoors! 

What are some of your favorite 18 month items? Any recommendation for items after 18 months?

Happy Wednesday!