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Colorado State Fair - #OurSummerJourney


Disclaimer: I received products  for review purposes. No other compensation was received. Though the product was free, opinions are 100% my very own.

The summer is winding down and this year I was able to do quite a lot. I've visited 2 zoos, went to a museum, went to a carnival, to a renaissance fair and just recently our state fair. I have to say that the fair was amazing and while I had fun I knew I was safe going to and from the fair thanks to Safety 1st and my amazing new car seat I received. Not only was my seat comfy and I was riding in style but I knew that I was sitting in an amazing car seat that would protect me in the event of a crash. September is Car Seat Safety Month but I'm going to be just a tad early. I was selected to be a Safety 1st Summer Ambassador and I was ecstatic because I get to share my adventure with you.


I was sent the Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat and all I have to say is WOW! Being a toddler I still have to ride in a car seat and I was recently turned forward facing. I was rear facing for quite some time and while it's great, I wasn't really missing out on anything, but I'm pretty tall and my legs were starting to look and feel uncomfortable, so when I received my new car seat from Safety 1st, mommy decided that it was time to put me forward facing. Thank you Safety 1st and mommy!



Before I go into my review of my car seat I want to share some of my photos from the Colorado State Fair with you. There was so much to see and do while I was there and mommy just loves taking photos of me. I promise I'm only sharing a few and will show more in another post. The fair was absolutely amazing and I got to ride a horse for the very first time. I also saw a lot of animals and got to pet them as well.  There were lots and lots of rides and while I wasn't able to get on them all because of my height I was able to ride quite a few. I totally enjoyed my time at the Fair and can't wait to go back next year.








By the way, daddy's hugs are the best! Next to the Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat that is, they both keep me safe!

Now on to my review.


The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat is designed for babies and toddler 5 - 65 pounds. You can use it rear facing 5 - 40 pounds or forward facing 22 - 65 pounds. Daddy said that this was actually one of the easiest car seats he has ever installed and he's done a few. What makes it easy is the identifiable color-coded seat belt paths and installation labels. Because we have a newer vehicle we installed it using the latch system.


One of the feature that we really loved was the advanced cushion system that protects your little one's head. The headrest also has 10 positions so it totally grows with your little one. The GCell HX™ patented foam with hexagonal shapes inside the seat provides superior body protection and TOGETHER they provide full body and side impact protection. Exactly what is needed when you're in an accident. Hopefully we don't ever have to test it out ourselves.


That brings us to another feature that we loved as well. The steel-reinforced metal frame that provides extra stability. We also loved the no re-thread harness. Those can be a pain to do and nobody has time for that. Safety 1st made it so super easy. And here's a little bit of luxury for me. It even included a cup holder. Now I can store my drink while we drive.


The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards.

So here are the pros:

  • Easy to Install
  • Provides full body protection in the even of an accident
  • Headrest grows with your child
  • Re-inforced steel metal frame
  • No re-thread harness 
  • 4 position recline
  • Includes a cup holder
Cons:
  • As with most convertible car seat this is big and takes up quite a lot of room. If you have a small car you may want to think of something just a tad smaller. 

Here's a video showing you the Safety 1st Advance SE 65+ Air Convertible Car Seat in action.



The Safety 1st Advanced SE 65+ Convertible Car Seat gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP! 

So what have you done that was memorable this summer?

Here are the ways to connect with Safety 1st:


Disclosure: Growing Up Madison receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission for payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. Giveaways are not sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or any other social media site. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Annmarie John
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  1. She is so cute! And what a great giveaway for a mommy!

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  2. That is one fancy car seat! I wish I had kids. She is so adorable!!

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  3. What a nice carseat! I bet she is loving getting to see what's going on up front now too!

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  4. We planted a garden this summer for our family.

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  5. We've done lots of fun things with our kiddos this summer. Spent lots of time at festivals, swimming pools, vacation to the beach, and lots more!

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  6. It looks like you enjoyed the new carseat more than the fair. But that's ok, I'd smile big at that comfy looking seat too! ;-)

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  7. What a cutie! Sharing the giveaway! :) https://www.facebook.com/goldenstatemom/posts/756208654422618

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  8. State Fairs are the best! I went to one in my home state this past summer and loved it.

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  9. Such cute pictures! Looks like a great car seat :-)

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  10. She is so cute :) Sounds like a fantastic summer!

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  11. It looks like the fair was a blast. The car seat is really nice. I love that is has a cup holder as part of the body. I know that is such a little thing but with kids, it is nice to have one where they can get to it and it won't fall off (I had one that the cup holder attached and it was awful).

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  12. Looks like the St. Fair was so much fun!

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  13. that is one intense looking car seat! :) and looks like you guys had a great time at the state fair.

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  14. Looks like you had a great time! Fairs like that are so awesome. :)

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  15. We spent most of the summer at various appointments for my daughter who was in a car accident March 6th that left her in a coma for 10 days with a lot of injuries and a traumatic brain injury. I was blessed enough to get to watch first hand her miraculous recovery. God has been so good to us, this is a summer I'll never forget for sure!

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  16. Looks like a great car seat and a fun day at the fair. She is adorable by the way.

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  17. When it comes to the safety of our kids, choosing the high quality made ones are the way to go. This looks like made of a very high quality, good one.

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  18. This carseat looks wonderful and very high quality! I love that you can extended rear face with it if you choose. I love Safety 1st. It looks like you have a great time at the state fair too!

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  19. We went to Mammoth Caves and Dinosaur World. I loved that it was educational and kid and mommy and daddy friendly. We all really loved the caves!

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  20. I really need to look into those car seats for my nephews. I have never been to a state fair before and it sounds fun!

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  21. I'm looking forward to the fairs coming this fall, because now that my daughter is two, she's old enough to enjoy them. Last year she wasn't very interested.

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  22. We went swimming, went to tons of carnivals and festivals. Family bbq's and parks. We love summer time!

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  23. Looks like she had fun. That carseat looks nice.

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  24. this carseat looks awesome i love it!

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  25. This is so cute. Love that your daughter 'did' the review! Sounds like you had a fab time at the fair! Your little one is adorable!

    Katie <3

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  26. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! The carseat looks super comfy!

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  27. Sounds like a wonderful seat. I like that it has a built in cup holder that is easy to reach.

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  28. We got a swing for our 1 year old daughter for our backyard and she loves it!

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  29. Such a cute car seat - and your little one is adorable! Hope you all had a blast!

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  30. Oh! And we took our boys to Great Wolf Lodge this summer :)

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  31. That's a cool chair, I love going to the zoo I am intending to visit on my holiday in 2 weeks

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  32. when ever I do a family photo shoot, I always say Dad's hugs are the best, love it,

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  33. what a fun day! and that car seat looks great, very safe!

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  34. We did the Bronx Zoo and the Museum of Natural History this year. The kids actually enjoyed them both. Great giveaway and being a NYer I've never ridden a horse either. :)

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  35. She's too cute! That car seat looks surprisingly comfortable!

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  36. The highlight of our summer was definitely Disney World!! We spent a lot of time at the beach, too, which was fun!

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  37. I don't know much about carseats, but I know a TON about fairs. I love State fairs so much!

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  38. What a great looking car seat and what a great time the state fair looks like! x

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  39. Looks like you guys had so much fun! And that car seat looks really great! What an awesome giveaway!

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  40. Aw, she looks so thrilled! :P And, that car seat looks amazingly comfy and safe! Such a generous giveaway! <3

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  41. I love fairs. They are always such fun. That car seat looks amazing. I love the head protection.

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  42. This summer we visited a zoo for the first time and it was a wild success! Even the adults had a good time and loved it!

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  43. Looks like the rolls royce of car seats. The fair sounds like such a great time.

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  44. It looks like you had a wonderful time at the state fair! I would have loved that pony ride! :) That is a fancy car seat that some lucky mom or dad is going to be thrilled to win!!

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  45. What a beautiful girl you have. We loved our state fair - very similar to the one in our county of NJ.

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  46. Looks like you had a fun time. This car seat is awesome it really is a safe one.

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  47. The fair looks like it was a whole lot of fun! I love the car seat too. I wish there were car seats like that when my kids needed them!

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  48. That car seat is awesome! Wish it had been around when my kids were little. Looks like you had so much fun at the fair!

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  49. What a fun day! I am in the market for a new car seat, and this one looks awesome.

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  50. My husband and I took a couple of random roadtrips for the day. We packed lunches and just drove until we found nice spots!

    Carly D.

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  51. We are glamping in a RV to Yosemite with the family and dogs!

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  52. We went to the Splash Pad in a city near us and played. The kids and I love it.

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  53. I love that you wrote this in the voice of your daughter!!

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  54. That seems like a great car seat! Looks like a lot of fun!

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  55. I like the color you have showcased here. Good tip on the size for a compact car, if we got this one we'd stick in the SUV and put the one I have in dad's smaller car. And yes too, daddy hugs are the best...my kids would agree. :)

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  56. We spent every free moment we could at the beach and the poo, and talking about our new baby on the way !!

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  57. I LOVE the state fair, so much fun! The car seat looks amazing, so safe <3

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  58. This car seat is really nice. I love all the cushioning and padding and the sippy cup holder.

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  59. Our kids will be state fair twins soon! We're going to the MN State Fair tomorrow and Levi will be riding in his Safety First car seat to get there :)

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  60. The car seat looks great. However the picture of you on the horse steals the show. The look on your face so adorable! I could only imagine what you were thinking. :)

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  61. I've been looking at this brand of car seat for years now! With each child! This summer we took a 45 day adventure in moving from PA to FL.... With a pit stop in Kansas, South Dakota and Arkansas. Gotta see the family while were didn't have a home waiting for us! It was quite liberating!

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  62. I remember how excited everyone would get every year when the fair came to town. I have a lot of great memories from those times. It has been a few years since we have had to use car seats. This brand looks very stylish and comfortable.

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  63. We went to the Annual Grecian Festival. We always have fun!!!!!!!!!!

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  64. We took a family vacation to the East coast and had a blast. It was the first time for most of our children to fly.

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  65. Awwwe! You look so cute! And looks like you had a lot of fun!

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  66. Spent the Summer with the kids on the beach.

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  67. We travelled all over this summer. The best part was all the different zoos we went to.

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  68. We spent many afternoons at the farmers market! My daughter sampled her fair share of delicious California strawberries!

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  69. We have experienced some really rough times lately so nothing fancy but we did spend all summer together

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  70. I did all of the Twitter follows and even did the in follow/refollow and refreshed the pages but it doesn't show me getting an entry for them. I completed all BUT the Instagram one

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  71. We spent the summer a lot up at our cottage and spent a lot of time on and in the water!

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  72. we took a last minute trip to disneyworld and it was AMAZING!

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  73. We enjoyed a trip to the beach and was just so relaxing and fun

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  74. What a wonderful trip - and event better, she got to ride to it in style and comfort!

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  76. We went camping on the beach on the coast of Oregon this summer.

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  77. The times we went to the pool at family centers. It's just an amazing feeling to see how happy your children are while doing what they love to do! Play in water! :)

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  78. This is an awesome giveaway and you look like you had a great time at the State Fair. That is one huge icy. We went to the museums this year and had quite a lot of fun.

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  79. Looks like you had lots of fun at the Fair! :-) This summer out family went to the Mountains for a week. It was a lot of fun. :-)

    This is an awesome giveaway Madison! Thank you for reviewing this. We've been looking at buying a new car seat for baby but we weren't sure which kind we should buy.

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  80. We stayed home but we had a lot of family time. We watched movies, went out shopping, tried new recipes, did new things. We had an awesome summer.

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  81. We went camping in a cabin in Estes Park with our grandchildren. It was so fun! We hiked, BBQ, swam and had s'mores.

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  82. We took our kids to visit our family in NY and took them to Times Square.

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  83. the mn state fair was my favorite part of the summer!

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  84. We went to the beach and the kids enjoyed playing in the sand and surf

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  85. I spent a lot of time in the pool with my grandson this summer. We had a blast!

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  86. Went to the county fair too! It was great, rode most of the rides and ate lots of food! :) Thank you" Paula C.

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  87. We wen swimming with my family and did some cook outs with all the fam. It was a great summer :)

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  88. Over the summer my family and I did a few mini vacations and little fun things around the house.

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  89. Oh we planted our first ever mini garden! We did it in containers...and are having so much fun! Hoping our first freeze tonight doesnt hurt them...got them all covered in sheets! Carter loved it so much...everyday we would go and check it out and water them! We did cucumbers, beans, red orange and green peppers, a watermelon....celery, radishes, tomatoes, peas, carrots...tried a pumpkin but never got one. We had a blast!

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  90. Went hiking for the first time with our baby girl. It was very fun for us all--& relaxing for her. She slept all the way to the vista point. :)

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  91. Went hiking with our baby for the first time at Grand Tetons National Park. She slept almost all the way, but it was such a fun time for us all.

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  92. We are having our first kid soon and need a carseat!!

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  93. Took for 2.5 to the beach for the first time. she loved the sand and the water!

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  94. Going to the lake, riding an antique steam engine train and visiting animal ark! :)

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  95. I Took my grandkids to the park and we went swimming a lot with cookouts. we all enjoyed it so much. as of a couple weeks ago we had another grandchild. another boy. thats 4 grandsons now. I would love to win the car seat for the baby. hes the only one i dont have one for.4 GrandSons I Am Very Blessed!!

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  96. We had a garden and went on a camping trip!

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  97. This summer my 20mo & i flew to my mom's (8hr & 1 layover) just the two of us & stayed visiting w. Amie for just under a month. Good memories & good quality time w. her Amie (grammy)

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  98. Our most Rememberable outing was my sons first family Reunion

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  99. This summer we went camping for a week with our 8 children. We even did some caving!!

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  100. My husband and I took our 7 month old to Tennessee and went on our first family vacation. We stayed in a cabin and visited Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Cade's Cove and many other places. Lots of fun!

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  101. We took the kids to the fair. They loved the rides, truck and tractor pull, and all the fun games and food.

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