2018 Toyota C-HR XLE #LETSGOPLACES

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

I drove the 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE with my family for a week and it was pretty fun to drive. With a teething baby, getting out of the house lately is a must and we love to drive around. I like how smooth of a ride this vehicle is for all of us.  It’s not quite the size of a regular car but also not the size of a large SUV. It lies somewhere in the middle (think hatchback), which makes it a decent vehicle if you have a smaller family or are single.

Interior of the 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

So, something I have never experienced yet is the band system that the C-HR has: Continuously Variable Transmission.

“A CVT is an automatic transmission that instead of using fixed gears uses two pulleys connected by a steel band, with the diameter of one of the pulleys continually adjusting as needed to  provide an optimal gear “ratio” to transfer power to the car’s tires.”

I’ll admit, when I heard this car had CVT, I was a little nervous to drive it. After driving the city streets to run errands with my daughter and after driving through windy mountain roads, I’ve found it to be not too bad at all.
2018 Toyota C-HR XLE dash and steering wheel

SPECIAL FEATURES

-Toyota Safety Sense Pre-Collision System which can alert you if a frontal collision may occur. It may also apply brakes for you.

-Lane Departure Alert which alerts you if you have most likely veered into another lane.

-Automatic High Beams: a camera on the windshield watches for vehicles in front of you and adjusts your high or low beams according to what other driver’s cars are doing.

-Dynamic Radar Cruise Control: it uses a radar and a camera to watch the car in front of you and see what speed they are going and what distance they are from you. It adjusts your speed so you are at a safe distance of that car.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE radio setup

MORE FEATURES

Radio – The radio is today’s expected standard with touchscreen, AM/FM player, auxillary auto jack and USB 2.0 port. You can also connect your phone to it by Bluetooth if you so desire. I love that you can control the radio from the steering wheel. Something that I’d definitely love included in the C-HR is GPS. I use it quite often and it’s nice to have it on the screen in my car rather than on my phone.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Interior

Electric Parking Bake – This is pretty cool. You can pull up the button for the electric parking brake and it will turn on. When you push the button down, it turns off. In Utah, we use the parking brake a good amount so I love the ease of using this.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Steering Wheel Controls

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Exterior

 

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Rear View Mirror and Backup Camera

Rear View Mirror with Backup Camera – I’ve never had a backup camera in a car so this is super convenient for someone like me who doesn’t love reversing cars. The rear and back windows are pretty small so there is not much space to see where you are backing up. You definitely can reverse without aid from the backup camera but I find it helps.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Interior

Gas Mileage – Between my husband and I driving the C-HR for a whole week, not one full take of gas was used, which is super nice (average MPG is 29). I love the luxury of having just that little bit of a larger vehicle without the sting of a high gas bill.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE TrunkTrunk Space – I think the trunk space in the car is actually pretty decent. When I went to the grocery store I was able to fit a giant box of chips, all of my groceries and a 24 pack of sodas in there. I’ve been able to fit my stroller pretty easily in the trunk as well. I definitely think this isn’t a vehicle that you could fit a ton of luggage and other items if you were using only the trunk space. But for every day items, and a few bags, it’s perfect.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Interior and Trunk

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Back Seat and Child's Car Seat

Lastly, as far as space goes, I’d say the Toyota C-HR is pretty spacious. I’m able to fit my one-year-old’s large, rear facing car seat pretty easily in the back seat. When I am sitting in the C-HR I have plenty of space both in the back and front seats and I am 5′ 8″.

We’ve loved taking the windy roads of the mountains, the hustling and bustling city roads and more this week in the Toyota C-HR. A special thanks to Toyota for allowing us to test it out! Definitely check it out HERE or at your local Toyota dealership.

#LETSGOPLACES

IF YOU WERE ABLE TO DRIVE THE TOYOTA C-HR FOR A WEEK, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

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*I was able to test out the Toyota C-HR free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

DockATot Grand Lounger – Perfect For Toddlers!

DockATot Baby Grand

If you’ve seen my previous post about the DockATot, you know that it is a prized possession in my family! We love it.

DockATot Grand Baby Lounger

The DockAtot was the first sleeper I ever put my daughter in to help her sleep when she came home from the hospital. She learned to sleep through the night in it around 5-months-old. And now that my daughter is a toddler it is the perfect place for her to lounge or take a nap if she chooses.

DockATot Grand

A Few Features I Have Loved About the DockATot

  1. You can carry it around. This is so nice when you have a smaller baby that needs to be watched over 24/7. I would carry mine to the living room and place it on the couch beside me while I blogged or did laundry, etc.
  2. It mimics the cozy space of a womb so baby feels secure and happy.
  3. Once baby gets bigger, you can resize or undo the strap at the bottom of the DockATot to accommodate their length.
  4. The outer layer is washable. Have a stain? No problem. Wash and dry the DockAtot with ease.
  5. The smaller DockATot (Deluxe+) can fit in a suitcase easily. I liked to pack the DockATot in my checked baggage for trips and place all my other items inside of it. The DockAtot Grand is larger (think crib sized), so if you wanted to, I’m sure you could fold it into your bag.
  6. Very soft!
  7. When you have a smaller baby, it is great because they can’t roll out of it. It makes it easier to co-sleep with them but it also gives you peace of mind if you need to step out of the room for just a minute.
  8. Excellent lounger for toddlers. They can watch movies in it or simply take a nap.
  9. Breathable material.
  10. I have not transitioned my daughter to a bed yet, and won’t for several years, but I have heard the lounger is great for transitioning children to bigger beds.
  11. Deluxe+: perfect for children 0-8 months. Grand: perfect for children 12-36 months.

DockATot Grand perfect for toddlers

Pricing wise, I do think the DockATot is pricey. The smaller ones range from $175-$200, while the larger ones range from $275-$300. That’s roughly the price of some cribs. The biggest thing you must weigh is if you will use it a lot or not. I know for me, I used it every day when Avery was a baby. I didn’t set up a crib until she was much older so the DockATot was my saving grace. The ease of carrying her from room to room was just what I as a new mom needed. I love that I can travel with each DockATot too.

DockATot Grand

In the end, I guess you would have to ask yourself “Will I use this a lot?”, “Can I put a price on peace of mind and good sleep?”. It is an investment, but in my opinion, I love the DockATot.

DockATot Grand for Toddlers

Use my LINK to save $10 off your DockATot.

*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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A Great Night’s Rest with Nectar Mattress

Avery with Nectar Mattress

Are you in the market for a new mattress? I have to say, I love a soft mattress and I’ve always been a mattress topper kind of girl, but I can tell you that I’ve been loving my NECTAR mattress. I mostly would put mattress toppers on my beds because they’re super soft and I love how my body sinks into them. But, after having tried a memory foam mattress like NECTAR, I am converted to this comfy mattress.

Close up of NECTAR mattress

I was given a chance to review NECTAR several months ago and I must admit that for the first week and a half of trying it, I didn’t love it. In fact,  I was wondering if I should put my old mattress back down on my bed. For someone who loves sleeping on cloud-soft mattresses, the feeling of NECTAR was much different from what I was used to. It almost felt hard at first.  I had tossed and turned for nights in this mattress and I was almost ready to give up using it. After all, sleep is golden when you have a baby and I wasn’t about to lose that luxury.  I decided to stick it out and keep trying NECTAR because most mattresses have a trial period for a reason. Your body needs to get used to them. Well, my body did get used to the NECTAR mattress. It did take that initial week and a half, but after that I have slept amazingly.

Nectar Mattress

I deal with some back issues (mostly in the middle of my back) and using NECTAR has helped me to wake up day after day with no problems. One reason that NECTAR is so comfortable is that the mattress is composed of 4 layers of foam:

Nectar Mattress Diagram

I do like the NECTAR mattress now and I feel like I’ve been able to get into deep sleep while using it. Something that I find funny is that my dog, Bear, absolutely loves it. If he’s not hanging out in the living room or in the basement (where he frequently goes) he is laying on my bed. He didn’t used to lay on my other mattress unless I asked him to.

NECTAR pillow

I quickly wanted to mention that I am not a huge fan of NECTAR’s pillows. I think they are a little bit hard for my taste. But my husband seems to do just fine with his pillow. I am one of those people who likes to stack fluffy pillows until my neck is jacked up. It’s comfortable to me. I know that a lot of people like having one pillow, though. That is how my husband is… So if you like having one pillow that is firm, this pillow may be for you.

Nectar Pillow Closeup

There are a few things I have to say that I love about NECTAR Sleep company.

  1. You can try their mattresses for 365 nights! I’m serious… TRIAL for 365 nights. I’ve heard of 30 day trials, even 90 day ones, but 365 is just crazy.
  2. There is FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS.
  3. A FOREVER WARRANTY:

Nectar Forever Warranty

You can purchase a NECTAR mattress and receive $125 dollars off PLUS two free pillows with this LINK.

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*I received products in this post free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Some links above may be affiliate links where I may receive a small commission from your purchase.

 

Nuby 360 Degree Wonder Cup and E-Z Squee-Z™

Nuby No-Spill 360 Wonder Cup

How many of you are transitioning your baby from a sippy cup to a regular cup? If you are, then Nuby has some great cups to help with that. One of the cups I have found that has helped A transition is the Nuby 360 Degree Wonder Cup.

Features of the 360 Wonder Cup

  • Made of plastic.
  • Child can sip from any side
  • 8 oz / 240 ml
  • (The cup in my post features two handles but you can get ones without handles.)
  • Water comes out from pressure of child’s lips on the cup
  • *Mostly* spill-proof. I will explain below…

My Thoughts About the 360 Wonder Cup

So over-all, I like the 360 Wonder Cup. I love that Avery has been able to drink from it easily since she was a lot younger. The fact that she can sip from any direction on the top of the cup, and her drink comes out is great. I also like that there are handles to make holding her cup much easier. Avery can hold practically any cup now, but when she was younger, she had some issues.

Something that I don’t love about the 360 Wonder Cup is that it is supposed to be spill-proof but I haven’t found that to be true yet. Granted, if Avery is drinking water from this cup, it doesn’t all go pouring down her shirt like a regular cup. But, if Avery drops her cup on the floor or drops it on her tray upside down, the pressure makes water spill out. I do still like to use this cup because I think it’s way less messy than a regular cup but I don’t think it is spill-proof.

Features of the E-Z Squee-Z™

  • Helps promote self-feeding in babies
  • For semi-solid foods and purees
  • Made of silicone
  • For babies 3+ months old

My Thoughts About the E-Z Squee-Z™

I have loved having the E-Z Squee-Z. When Avery was learning to eat semi-solid foods or when I wanted her to be able to eat berries or something similar but not choke on them, I used the E-Z Squee-Z. Avery’s favorite thing to eat in it has been bananas or yogurt. I don’t use it AS much these days since Avery can eat tons more on her own than she used to be able to. But, I like being able to put yogurt in this and Avery can’t squeeze it all over the place like she would be able to with a yogurt pouch.

The only negative thing I would say about the E-Z Squee-Z is that sometimes the bottle likes to suction and I find that it would be hard for a baby or toddler to squeeze the contents of the bottle upwards.

Over-all, I would say I have liked these two Nuby products. They have helped with Avery transitioning from a baby to an almost toddler.  They are simple to put together and also to clean which is all a mama can ask for.

You can check out Nuby’s other products on their website.

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North States Superyard® Classic Play Yard Review

North States Superyard® Classic Pink

If you have very little children who are crawling, climbing, and walking around — you probably need a play yard. North States makes some of the most versatile and easy-to-assemble play yards on the market.

I found North States through my friend’s Insta Story several months back and I loved how her little one had so much space to roam in his play yard. Not only that, but he seemed happy toddling along inside. He wasn’t off getting into mischief while she did chores and other things around the house.

Avery is nearly one and she gets into EVERYTHING! She climbs, pulls items around the house onto the floor, crawls super fast and walks along the couch. Having a play yard is a lifesaver for me and I know it is for many moms.

North States Superyard® Classic in color "Pink"

Things I Love About the Superyard® Classic Play Yard

  • Avery is able to be in a safe environment with her toys or whatever I place inside with her.
  • I am able to get chores done without having to carry Avery around with me.
  • The superyard can be made into either a square, hexagon or octagon. You can add a two panel extension to make the space inside that much larger.
  • It is tall and Avery is not able to climb out of it.
  • There is a variety of colors you can choose from. I love PINK, obviously. 😀
  • It is very easy to assemble — no tools required (see diagram below).
  • You can put your pets in it as well to keep them safe in one spot.
  • Messes are a breeze to clean!
  • It is made in the USA which is something I love to support! 🙂

North States Superyard Classic Diagram

Superyard Features

  • 26 inches in height.
  • 18.5 sq ft enclosure — with 2 panel extender, you get a 34 sq ft enclosure.
  • Non-slip pads to help keep floor from being scratched.
  • Folds for transportation and storage.
  • Panels connect by a spring mechanism that holds a pin into a cylinder by pushing down.
  • Made of plastic.

North States Superyard® Classic Pink

I’ve been really loving North States Superyard® Classic. It is easy to use and it keeps my daughter out of harm’s way when I am busy. The price point is great for this playpen as well. You can find it at Walmart for just $69.99. They have a few colors for this particular play yard.

North States actually has an abundance of different play yards as well as baby gates so definitely check them out!

*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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