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Prepping for Baby: Cloud Q Car Seat

Time is absolutely flying, and *gasp* I officially hit my third trimester yesterday! Eeeeeee!! Baby Dale is going to be here before we know it, so we are doing our best to check off items on our to-do list before her arrival. One of the biggest things for us, as daily commuters of over an hour each way in LA traffic, is to find a spectacular car seat. Enter the CYBEX Cloud Q! After a TON of obsessive, Erika-style research, we were beyond thrilled to find a car seat that featured top of the line safety and functionality, not to mention is very stylish to boot!

As we prepare to become new parents, our minds are already focused 100% on protecting our little girl. To be very honest, the thought of commuting and adventuring around LA with a little newborn in tow is sort of terrifying. However, buying a car seat with premium safety features eases that worry quite a lot, knowing we are doing everything we can to safeguard our precious cargo. The CYBEX Cloud Q features a load leg base (into which the car seat snaps quickly and easily), which significantly reduces the risk of injury to a baby’s head and neck in the event of a crash. In addition to making sure the car seat stays stable and secure in an accident, it also transfers the energy and impact of the crash away from the baby by an enormous percentage. I won’t get into the statistics, but let’s just say the numbers made me sleep much more soundly at night knowing we will be protecting Baby Dale against this crazy LA traffic. In addition, the Cloud Q also features a Linear Side-Impact Protection system that absorbs the force of a side-impact collision as well! To top it all off, it has an 11-position (yes, you heard me… 11!!) height-adjustable headrest that will grow with our baby girl automatically. In other words, it basically makes it dummy-proof for newbie parents like us to ensure the harness is being used correctly and is perfectly adjusted to her size with the push of one button. Hallelujah!

In addition to all of the safety features that I nerd out about, the Cloud Q also has amazingly innovative functionality that make it perfect for our on-the-go California lifestyle. After easily clicking it in and out of the base in the car, we will be able to just as easily click the car seat into our stroller without having to disturb the baby. Ready to roll (haha pun intended) in seconds! The best part of the CYBEX Cloud Q? It is the only car seat on the market that also allows us to seamlessly recline the baby into the full-recline position when it is outside the car!! This means napping on the go is easy and safe, keeping our little babe in an ergonomically correct position without having to carry an additional stroller carry cot! There is even a removable head insert that ensures the head, neck, and chest are positioned at an angle that is ideal for reducing suffocation risk for snoozing newborns. So whether we are out and about trying a new restaurant or visiting friends, Baby Dale will be able to safely nap on the go without disruption.

Another Cloud Q feature that is perfect for the upcoming hot California summer is the XXL integrated sun shade with UVP50+ sun protection, which will keep our little lady’s soft skin shaded from those bright rays of sunshine.

Anyway, I think I’ve geeked out long enough over this car seat for one day, but it is just so wonderful to find one that is the best-of-the-best as far as safety and functionality are concerned, let alone super stylish. I love the sleek, modern design of the seat, as well as the color: Moon Dust (though they offer it in a ton of fun colors as well)! We opened the box and thought it looked like a car seat from the future! I may have used the phrase “Space Car Seat” more than once… :)  In a world where most baby products scream BABY, it’s great to have a chic alternative. One major thing to check off of our to-do list while we patiently await Baby Dale’s arrival!

Thank you to CYBEX for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. Also, a little side note: I called them up with some questions, and their customer service was beyond amazing and helpful. Such a wonderful company to work with! :)

Happy 2014!

Happy new year, everyone! It is absolutely mind-boggling to me that one year ago, I was preparing to go back to school in a week. Fast forward a year and I am preparing to throw myself into my final thesis quarter with everything I’ve got for ten more weeks. THEN I AM DONE! I have been terrible about showing you all my work with the exception of the first quarter or so, but I promise there will be a final portfolio in the works this quarter with the highlights. I managed to pull off another 4.0 quarter and couldn’t be more pleased! But enough about school… let’s get you a bit caught up on the goings-on around here.

The Christmas season was more of a whirlwind than usual for me this year. Between completing many holiday string art orders (all of which had to ship by the same week as my finals…), completing finals/projects, and then mixing in the usual holiday craziness, I was doing everything imaginable to keep my head above water. However, once I finished everything on the 21st, we were able to enjoy a relaxing Christmas week with both of our families! We flew to New York on the 22nd, then to Nebraska on the 26th, and finally back to Los Angeles on the 31st. We spent the entire trip seeing old friends, relaxing with family, and (as usual) getting spoiled by everyone’s incredible generosity. After getting off the plane, we spent New Years Eve cooking an amazing surf & turf meal, playing our new Wii (WOOOO!!! My arm is killing me…), enjoying many cocktails, and embracing a wonderful night in together after a lot of traveling! New Years Day is the anniversary of our first date, but I have a bunch of fun things to post from that, so it will get its own post later! :)

Let’s see… what else has been happening? Or I guess not really happening over the past few weeks… wedding planning! We took a mini hiatus from planning in December for the most part due to the madness (see paragraph above!), but we did manage to draw, design, order, and prepare all of the Save the Dates. I plan to address them today and get them in the mail shortly. I will have a bigger wedding update post shortly, where I will share some of the fun stuff that we have accomplished for our big day!

Finally, I missed my second blogiversary on December 12th since I was up to my ears in finals and string art, but feel free to look back at some of the fun post from last year!
First Blogiversary – Day 1: New Layout and Survey!
First Blogiversary – Day 2: A Day in the Life
First Blogiversary – Day 3: Big News!!  (This is one of the top three most popular blog posts to date when it comes to comments!)
First Blogiversary – Day 4: The Year In Review
First Blogiversary – Day 5: Survey Results, Your Questions Answered, and a Little Something Special!

I am hoping to have at least one fun second blogiversary post for you over the next week, so stay tuned!

While there is a ton more to say about the past month and the upcoming few, I think this post is long enough for today. I don’t start school until late next week, so you will be hearing from me a lot until then! See you tomorrow with a recap of our New Years celebration and resolutions.

P.S. Before I leave you for today, I wanted to give a little shout out to our late December/January sponsors: Hammer It Out and NCF Furnishings. They were sweet enough to sponsor Our Cozy Cubbyhole during the holidays when I never posted, so I threw in all of January as a little thank you to them. You will hear more about them soon, but I wanted to give them a little love today too! Thank you!

October Sponsor: Pink Fox Designs

Ready to see come SERIOUS talent?! I am so so so excited to introduce you to our October sponsor, Kirsten from Pink Fox Designs! Here is a bit about Kirsten, from Kirsten, herself:

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I’m a web and graphic designer who recently graduated college and run my Etsy shop on the side. I design logos for people’s small business, business cards, and other branding designs for them. I also create digital posters, digital invitations, and I am in the process of considering adding mugs and candle holders I make. I’m also a photographer who loves hiking and I sell a few of my photos.

Kirsten’s work is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, super stunning! Her Etsy shop is full of goodies, from amazing business card designs…Business-Card-yellow-example Business-Card

… to lovely wedding invitations (hmmmmm… perhaps I need to convince Kirsten to create OUR invitations!)…yellowgrey-suite

…to the cutest prints and breath-taking photography!Somewhere-Over-Rainbow adventureframePink Fox Designs also has lovely mugs, stationary, the cutest notebook ever with the adventure design above, and even some fun, seasonal Halloween items! :)

A huge thank you to Kirsten for sponsoring Our Cozy Cubbyhole this month! You can find the link to the Etsy shop in our sidebar for the rest of October. Be sure to show Pink Fox Designs some love!