Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat Review

Editor’s Note: Here at Dispatches, we are always looking for ways to help our readers do things. For some of our readers, that means helping navigate the working world, for others, it means assisting in the ever challenging question, “what’s for dinner?” For still others, it means figuring out how to balance family life with everything else. In an effort to aid in all of these endeavors, we have collaborated on this article written for our readers.

Car seats and booster seats are a fact of life for parents of children under 100 pounds. One car seat can make a car seem sizably smaller. Two or three in a compact car is nearly impossible. We’ve used the Graco brand since 2014 and have always been very happy.

In this Graco extend2fit review, from you can review the features, recalls, pros and cons of the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat.

The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat was designed to solve a variety of concerns that parents have when selecting a car seat for their kiddos.

The biggest selling feature of the Extend2Fit® is an extendable tray that gives kids an extra five inches of rear-facing legroom as they grow.

Five inches doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can make a huge difference in comfort level.  It may even make kids a little happier about riding in a rear-facing position longer.

Additionally, Graco® upped their game by extending the rear-facing weight limit in the Extend2Fit® models up to 50 pounds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all children under the age of one ride in a rear-facing position.  This rule can be tricky to follow in an infant car seat because babies usually outgrow the infant seat by eight or nine months old.

The Extend2Fit® convertible car seat solves this problem with higher weight and height limits keeping kids in the rear-facing position well past their second birthday.

Once kids outgrow the rear-facing limits, the Extend2Fit® can convert into a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness.

The weight range for this mode is between 22 and 65 pounds and can be used for kids up to 49 inches tall.  Remember, any child under 22 pounds has to ride in a rear-facing position.

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The Best Jobs You Can Do Online

Editor’s Note: Here at Dispatches, we are always looking for ways to help our readers do things. For some of our readers, that means helping navigate the working world, for others, it means assisting in the ever challenging question, “what’s for dinner?” For still others, it means figuring out how to balance family life with everything else. In an effort to aid in all of these endeavors, we have collaborated on this article written specifically for our readers.

Are you in need of a job fast, but don’t want to leave your house or aren’t able to? It’s a myth that you need to wake up at 5 a.m. and embark on a 2-hour commute each way just to have a successful career.

Here are some of the best jobs you can do online, from the comfort of your own home. 

Freelance writer/web designer/programmer
The rise of freelancing means there are tons of jobs you can do online. If you’ve got a skill that you can sell, chances are that someone will want to hire you on a freelance or part-time basis to do it for them. 

Freelance writing is a very common endeavor to do online, either on special online platforms or just independently, from your own website. You can even write e-books to self-publish, via Amazon.

Web-related jobs are also extremely popular, with high demand for web designers and programmers. Especially with every new business needing a website or their own app, the stream of jobs for people skilled in these departments is growing. 

Online teaching or instructing
The internet didn’t just change the creative job market, it also changed education. You see, online classes are more and more common, and the internet is more essential to learning than ever before.

What that means is that you can make a living as an online teacher or instructor. Foreign language teachers and English teachers are especially in-demand for this kind of educational avenue. (For example, VIPKid is an easy way to break into online teaching!) 

The set-up is simple – you just need a computer with a working webcam, a reliable internet connection, and a quiet room. Then, you can teach lessons to children (and adults!) from all over the world. 

This is not only a great money-making venture, particularly for students, but it also helps with the democratization of education. Not everyone has access to a traditional tutor, either because of money or geographical constraints. By choosing online teaching, you are helping these students enrich their knowledge. 


If it seems like everyone’s a blogger or an influencer these days, it’s because they are. However, they’re not all successful, and they’re definitely not all making money. But the important part is that it’s possible to make it a lucrative job opportunity. 


You just need to do it the right way. Engagement is an extremely important part of the job, but it’s thankfully also something you can do online, even on your phone. Liking and commenting isn’t difficult, but it’s going to boost your following. 


Online shop
Working online can also mean selling products. You don’t need a physical, brick-and-mortar store. If you create hand-made products, such as jewelry, knits, cards, glassware, clothes, artwork, etc. you may wish to sell them via your own e-store.


That also goes for other products you may not be manufacturing yourself but purchasing to sell. Your webshop only requires online supervision and management, which you can do from anywhere. Plus, there are no overhead costs, which makes it much more profitable. 

It’s not too late to start
It’s entirely possible to make a living without ever leaving your home – just find an online job. Whether you’re looking to become a blogger, freelance web designer, or online tutor, you can be comfortable and make money at the same time.

InstaPot Chicken Chilaquiles

We make this dish regularly and it is just as good in the winter as it is in the summer. Lately, we’ve been using Beanitos in place of tortilla chips and it is just as good.



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Chicken Chilaquiles
  1. In your InstaPot add the oil, chicken, cumin, garlic, paprika, salt and chicken broth. Set the venting knob to Sealing Position. Set to Poultry for 10 minutes.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, dice the onion and green pepper.
  3. When the chicken has finished cooking, quick release the pressure by carefully move the venting knob from Sealing Position to Venting Position.
  4. Remove the chicken.
  5. Add the tomatoes, onion, green pepper and green onions to the pot. Turn to saute for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Use an immersion stick blender and blend the mixture. Bring to a boil.
  7. Shred the chicken and add back to the pot.
  8. Cover and put on keep warm until ready to serve.

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love cookies. Finding alternative cookies we can eat that also taste good is a bit more challenging. Luckily, I found this recipe on the back of Bob’s Red Mill Almond flour. With a few alterations, it is the perfect chocolate chip cookie alternative.

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Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine almond meal, baking soda and sea salt and set aside.
  3. Mix room temperature coconut oil and maple syrup in a mixer until creamy but not fully incorporated. Add room-temperature whole egg, egg whites and vanilla extracts until fully mixed.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix briefly. Add M&Ms and mix until well combined.
  5. Place large rounded tablespoons (about 18g per cookie) onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.
  6. Place in oven. NOTE: after about 3-4 minutes take them out and use the bottom of a glass to flatter. If you try to flatten before the cookies will just stick to the glass.
  7. Bake until set and golden, about 12- 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Thought we made these for the Christmas holiday, you can easily add chocolate chips or regular M&Ms and eat any time of year.

InstantPot Vegan Mashed Potatoes

With the recent addition of egg, wheat, cow milk and corn allergies (no one panic, it isn’t EpiPen level allergies just allergies we have to be mindful of on a daily basis.), we’ve tried to find ways to change up our favorite dishes to accommodate these changes. For Christmas dinner this year, we decided to make mashed potatoes in the InstantPot we got earlier in the day.

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InstantPot Vegan Mashed Potatoes
  1. Peel and cube the potatoes (this does not have to be perfect).
  2. Add potatoes to Instant Pot and add enough water to slightly cover the potatoes. (For us, this was about 5 cups of water).
  3. Secure the InstantPot lid and set the pressure release to Sealing. Select the Steam setting. Set the cooking time for 4 minutes at high pressure (we did normal pressure and it was also fine). Of note, the pot will take between 10 and 15 minutes to come to pressure before the cooking program begins.
  4. When the cooking program ends, perform a quick pressure release by moving the Pressure Release to Venting. Open the lid.
  5. THIS IS IMPORTANT: Reserve at least 2-3 cups of the cooking liquid (starch water). Drain the rest.
  6. Return the potatoes to the pot, add 1 cup at a time of the water and mash until you reach your desired consistency. For us, this was about 2 cups.
  7. Add your favorite vegan butter spread and mash a bit more.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

If not serving immediately, close the lid. If you'd like to Air Fry some shallots (julienne the shallots, toss in olive oil and cook at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, checking and shaking occasionally) those add an extra burst of flavor.

You can also add garlic at steps 3, 6 or 7.