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I write about about being a 40-something mum of five wonderfully exasperating children, attachment parenting, my adventures in the kitchen, and whatever else comes to mind. 

-Melissa.

Giveaway: 5 Car Seat Inspections*

This giveaway is now closed. Please scroll down to see the winners! Yesterday, my friend Rae (of Chartreuse Industries) popped by to check out one of my car seats and give it a tweak. While she was at it, she adjusted the straps for Boy#2's height and gave me a bit of well-deserved guff about the projectiles in my van. See, my friend Rae is a registered car seat technician and she takes these things very seriously. ;)

We all want our kids to be safe from harm and one of the easiest ways to ensure this in our busy lives is to make sure their car seats are properly installed and our vehicles are free of debris that could become dangerous projectiles in a collision. It is so simple and obvious, yet can be difficult to accomplish. It is incredibly easy to install a car seat wrong -- much easier than it is to install one correctly -- not to mention the challenge of making sure you have the best seat for the particular shape and size of your vehicle.

Rae can help take the mystery and stress out of your car seat difficulties, offering service at her offices or your house. She has been a car seat advocate since 2003, a technician since 2004, and an instructor since 2009! She has installed several of my seats and I've taken her technician course -- she's fast, efficient, and extremely knowledgeable. Check out her business site for more details.

Rae has graciously offered to give away 5 car seat inspections via my blog. Here's the nitty gritty:

- 5 seat inspections - value $30 each. Only one free inspection per winner -- any additional seats or bases will be at regular fee.

- All inspections will be done at Chartreuse Industries office, and not at location of winner. By appointment only. See the business website for contact information.

- You must be local to the Ottawa, ON area. (Sorry, as much as she might like to, Rae can't travel to BC to check your car seat!)

- This contest runs from September 21st - September 28th. Winners will be chosen via Random.org on September 29th and notified by email.

To enter, make sure each entry is a separate comment!

Mandatory Entry:

1. In a comment below, tell me why you would like to have Rae check your car seat. Be sure to include your email so that I can contact you if you win!

Extra Entries (maximum of 4 entries total):

2. Tweet about this contest: "I entered to win a free car seat inspection (http://is.gd/Ci3Tka) via http://refashionista.wordpress.com #carseatinspection" and post the link below in a comment.

3. Post about this giveaway on Facebook "I entered to win a free car seat inspection (http://is.gd/Ci3Tka) via http://refashionista.wordpress.com #carseatinspection" and provide a link to your post below in a comment.

4. Follow Chartreuse Industries on Twitter. Post below with your Twitter handle.

Good luck! :)

*Disclosure: I'm being provided with a very yummy apple pie in exchange for hosting this giveaway. I'd have hosted it for free, but who am I to turn down free pie? ;)

And the lucky winners are:    Tiana, James McCrea, Christina, Erinn and Nicole! We will be in touch shortly with more details. Congratulations! :)

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