Got a tween on your holiday shopping list this year? Good luck….But before you go grabbing yet another iTunes gift card or trying to guess which Hollister sweatshirt she doesn’t have, check out Quagmire ColorFusion polo shirts. They change color with your child’s body heat or in direct sunlight. Playing outside? Watch how his shirt goes from all-white to splotches of green and yellow….cool or what? Available in sizes 4-14, this machine-washable apparel makes a unique gift for the fashionable kid in your life.
In a Nutshell: Let your kid express his true colors in a shirt that captures his mood and suits his discriminating taste. You’ll be the favorite aunt (or grandma, or uncle, etc.)
Maybe I have royal wedding on the brain with all the William/Kate stories circulating as of late, but I couldn’t help but wonder if they had kids right away, how might they outfit their nursery? The newest high-end model from Bratt Decor, the Chelsea Lifetime Crib in Iron, is one that surely commands our attention. The creme de la creme of cribs, this solid, yet stylish sleeping space is constructed from hand-bent wrought iron. How different is that? And when it’s time to move into a big-kid bed, this model converts into a full-size bed. With such a solid design, the Chelsea Lifetime Crib is sure to be the crown jewel of any nursery, royalty or not.
In a Nutshell: Looking for a crib that’s more than just your average sleep space? Invest in this well-structured model and your little princess is bound to be the talk of the kingdom.
Traveling with a little one this holiday season? Good luck. When packing for a trip to Grandma’s, it can feel like you’re carrying everything but the kitchen sink in your arsenal. Wipes and diapers? Check. Bottles and bibs? Got it. Pack ‘n Play, play gym?….Wait, we’re running out of trunk space here. To make your load a little lighter, check out the Baby Lounge to Go. This versatile product wears many hats: it’s a bassinet, activity gym, and changing place all in one. Pull up the canopy and let baby take a snooze. When she’s awake, add the attachable toy bar and she’s got a secure place to play. Plus, the waterproof pad stands up to on-the-go diaper changes. And once you’re ready to pack up and head out, you can strap the Baby Lounge right on your back and you’re ready to go–our favorite part. Oh yeah….just don’t forget your baby.
In a Nutshell: No need to add more gear to your already over-packed bags. With Baby Lounge to Go, less really is more.
While stuck in traffic this past weekend in Staten Island, I happened to glance over at a car that had pulled off to the side of the road. The hatch was open and inside sat a little girl on top of a potty seat while being attended to by her mom. Needless to say, she (the mom) did not look happy…not just because her travels were interrupted by a small bladder, but I’m guessing she was thinking about what she’d have to contend with afterwards. My Carry Potty seeks to make potty-training on the go a little less…well, messy. At first glance, it resembles a colorful carrying case whose contents are a mystery. Open it up and you’ll find an ample-sized seat where your little one can do her business conveniently and discreetly. There are no bags to dispose of, no leaks to concern yourself with. Simply close the lid when done and empty out when you return home. I’m betting that mom I saw on the road might have had a smile on her face, had she known about this seat.
In a Nutshell: When your kid’s gotta go, she’s gotta go. My Carry Potty demands a place in your trunk for your toilet-training toddler.
I finally decided to bite the bullet and clean out my purse. (Hey, when you have 5 minutes to spare, these are the exciting things we moms do.) Amidst the countless used tissues, gum wrappers and broken crayons was a lone diaper…with a hardened piece of gum stuck to the bottom. It really set me off–not just because it was vile-looking, but because diapers don’t come cheap and this one was headed straight for the trash can. Since I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those moms that can whip out a fresh wipe and diaper packed together–and if you remember my post from last week, you know I love Ziplocs–I can appreciate the convenience of Diaper Buds. These individually-wrapped diapers fit right into your purse or pocket, and are vacuum-sealed so they appear smaller than they are. Once you unwrap them, Diaper Buds expand into a full-size nappy. What’s more, you can use the discarded wrapper to hold dirty diaper until you can dispose of it. Just don’t look to me for a fresh wipe, ok?
In a Nutshell: No need to toss those diapers that have acquired more lint than your favorite old sweater. With Diaper Buds, you’ll be prepared with a clean diaper at your fingertips.
You know what comes right after those Thanksgiving leftovers have been polished off and the holiday decorations hauled out of the attic…a seemingly endless season of shopping for gifts. And while you may have your act together this year and have already started taken advantage of all those sales, I’ll imagine gift-wrapping isn’t high up on your priority list just yet. Me too. While I can handle the myriad purchases I’ll need to make from now until New Year’s, it’s the act of boxing and bagging I can do without. Yes, my 6-year-old’s school just finished their giftwrap fundraiser, but alas, I’m sure I’ll run out of supplies before I get through my kids’ presents, let alone the rest of my family. I’m really loving the new line from ellaWrap that takes the work out of wrapping–one most of us so desperately wish we could delegate. Not only are the prints cheery and the chic, but the assembly is practically effortless. Pop your present into the bag, tie with the included ribbon and you’re ready to roll. No fuss, no muss, no cleaning up extra scraps of paper, ribbon and tape. But that’s not even the best part: ellaWrap is completely reusable. In fact, it’s even encouraged with the included Gift Journal that lets you record a gift’s specifics before it gets passed over to the next gift recipient. Score one for the environment and for the family tree.
In a Nutshell: Never knew wrapping a present could help conserve a tree and preserve your Great Aunt Edna’s fruitcake? Neither did we…until now.
I’ll admit it: I’m a Ziploc fanatic. Ever since I misplaced my older daughter’s snack cup many moons ago, my 2-year-old has been “forced” to eat her snacks out of baggies. I am forever buying these babies and use them for everything from packing lunches, to disposing of used wipes and tissues. So when The First Years came out with a line of Ziploc sippy cups and straw cups for toddlers, I knew they had me at hello. While my little one can drink without any assistance, she has a penchant for dropping her cups in the backseat, on the kitchen floor…you name it. What a sigh of relief that these cups can stand up to the rough and tumble of a 2-year-old, due in large part to the patented Twist ‘n Loc seal for more secure storage. This is one momma that’s had her share of thrills and spills, thank you very much.
In a Nutshell: Your toddler may still throw a fit every now and then, but even if she throws her juice, you’ll be able to handle it with these invincible drinking cups.
Just one day past Halloween and my sweet tooth has kicked into overdrive. Between now and January 1st, my 1st grader’s “social life” seems to be a steady endless stream of parties that include tasty treats. How fun it must all be….unless you’re a child with allergies. One of her classmates can’t have anything with gluten, and anytime there is a class party, he must trek down to the nurse’s office to retrieve one of his gluten-free cupcakes from the freezer. I can only imagine how tiresome that can get after a while. Maybe this is why Stacey J. Miller’s book, 101 Recipes for Gluten-Free Microwave Mug Cakes, caught my attention. It’s chock-full of delightful desserts that are simple as baking can be: baked inside a microwave and involving minimal ingredients. Check out Gingerbread Microwave Mug Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake Microwave Mug Cake and, our favorite, Molasses Pudding Microwave Mud Cake. If your child or someone you know has a strict gluten-free diet, this cookbook may put a smile on their face–and keep it there through the new year.
In a Nutshell: Kids with gluten allergies can finally have their cake and eat it too, thanks to this yummy cookbook.