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5 Easy Steps to Make & Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

new year's resolutionEach year, families create their own New Year’s resolutions to try and live healthier lifestyles, spend more time together, improve their finances, and more. Unfortunately, it’s much easier to craft a New Year’s resolution that it is to stick to them. This is especially true when you make them as a family and everyone has to do their part to achieve the goal. However, it is better to work as a team and support each other. Resolutions are also a great way to teach kids about the effectiveness and importance of setting goals, and how to see them through. Here are 5 tips to help you make and stick to your New Year’s resolution.

1. Brainstorm an idea together.

As a group, your whole family should come up with ideas together, and then decide on which works best for you all. Typically, families want to save more money, use less energy, get more fit, or spend more quality time together. Have every person contribute one idea so everyone feels included. Then, think of some creative ways to actually meet your goal. Will you take a short walk every evening? Will you designate a movie night?

2. Measure your progress.

It’s important to set milestones for yourself so you know if you’re working towards your goal or just slacking. Set up a calendar or list somewhere public in your house that everyone can access. Then, write down what each person’s responsibility will be so everyone knows how they’re accountable. This will help everyone stay motivated and working toward the goal.

3. Reward yourselves.

Often achieving the resolution isn’t enough to keep us motivated. Come up with a clear reward for each person involved. Ideally this is something that can be broken into mini-rewards and given out along the way by meeting your mini-goals. If your resolution is a lofty goal (like loose 20 pounds or save a bunch of money), you’ll need to find some way to reinforce your sense of accomplishment and keep you going.

4. Try something different.

Break up the monotony of a boring routine by meeting your resolution differently. If your resolution is to be more environmentally conscious, do 1 new thing each month to ease yourself into the new lifestyle. This will help prevent sliding back into bad habits. If you’re trying to loose weight, perform different exercises so the same routine doesn’t get boring. Don’t try to do too much at once or you risk giving up all together.

5. Tell your family and friends.

Once you spread the word that you’e trying to change yourself with  a New Year’s resolution, it’s good to let the people in your life know about it. This will make you feel accountable to them and keep you motivated. You don’t want to disappoint your friends! Plus, with all the support and cheering you’ll receive, it will make the whole task easier. You might even convince them to make a change in their own lives!

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nursing pillowGuest blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

When Clark sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed, Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, who is a mother herself, said, “The San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud Double Blessings (Clark’s company) for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin polyfiber Eco*Loft™, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

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Making Your Own Baby Food – 3 Simple Recipes

make your own baby foodI know how messy it can get when you’re feeding a baby, or two, or even three! The type of food you put in your baby’s bowl can make it easier for them to learn how to feed themselves. Soft and creamy foods can be made at home and are best for easy feeding. You also save money by making them at home. This let’s you be absolutely sure your baby is eating healthy. Here are 3 recipes every parent should know.

1. Easy Applesauce

Applesauce is a great first food for little ones. Always choose organic applies that are firm without blemishes. Babies love the sweetness of Red Delicious apples. First, wash and peel the apples, then core and chop into little pieces. Boil for 10 minutes, drain, and rinse for 3 minutes. You can puree them in a food processor until creamy smooth.

2. Rice with Apple and Butternut Squash Puree

Slice apart your squash and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves face down in a pan and cover with an inch of water. Bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Once cooked, place it in a food processor with cooked rice and applesauce. Add water as necessary for consistency.

3. Traditional Oatmeal Cereal

Throw 1/2 cup old fashioned oats in a food processor until it’s as fine as you can grind it. Boil a 1/2 cup of water and sprinkle int 2 tablespoons of the oats and a bit of cinnamon for flavor. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then every so often to keep it nice and smooth for your little one.

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non slip baby bowlGuest blog by Barbara Schantz, Mom and Inventor of the Baby Dipper Bowl

The Baby Dipper bowl was invented by mom of two sets of twins, Barbara Schantz, a stay-at-home mom who faced the daunting task of feeding her twins at the same time. She became frustrated with the bowls she already had and searched everywhere for a better solution. She knew that she needed to find a bowl that would let her use just one hand to feed a baby. Disappointed with the baby bowls on the market, Schantz soon envisioned the Baby Dipper bowl and after much learning and hard work she was able to finally bring her vision to life. This innovative, mom-invented bowl is designed to stay put without the need to hold the bowl. It makes mealtime fun, easy and clean!

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3 Christmas Cookie Recipes for Santa

cookies for santaIf you have little ones who are still excited about Santa Claus visiting their house on Christmas Eve, you’ll probably be leaving cookies and milk for him. Nice kids will leave him his treats to thank him for his generosity; the naughty ones will try one last bribe to get their presents.

Leaving cookies for Santa evolved from the German tradition of honoring Saint Nicholas. St. Nick was a German bishop who is remembered for being especially kind to children. Long ago, a feast would be held in his name, and children would leave food and drink out over night for him and his attendants. Since this tradition happens near Christmas, over time the two celebrations became associated.

Here are 3 great (and simple) cookie recipes for you to make with your kids. Use this as an opportunity to build excitement with your children and talk with them about the meaning of Christmas and the importance of giving.

Holiday Sugar Cookies

You can turn a plain ole’ cookie into something special simply by cutting them into festive shapes. And everyone loves sugar!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter – softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Cream together butter and sugar until light.

3. Add vanilla and egg and stir until well combined.

4. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until a soft dough forms.

5. Shape dough into a flat disc and wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour before rolling.

6. Dust rolling surface with an equal mixture of all-purpose flour and powdered sugar. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes.

7. Place cut cookies onto a baking sheet prepared with cooking spray or covered with parchment paper.

8. Decorate with colored sugar or other decorations as desired.

9. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until very lightly golden.

10. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.

Buttery Chrisp XXL Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa’s a big guy and he needs a big cookie. Not only are these giant, gooey, and buttery, but they’re super simple to make and require minimal clean up.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place butter and sugars into a medium mixing bowl, beat with spoon until well combined. Add beaten egg and vanilla, mixing to combine. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Stir a couple timesheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. add chocolate chips, stirring to combine. Scoop dough into the middle of your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until baked through. Let cool for on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing.

4. Place on a plate for Santa Christmas Eve along with a glass of milk!

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are delicious and a bit different. Instead of raisin-y, they’re buttery, crisp, and chewy. Santa won’t be able to resist!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 stick butter (I use salted)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)

Instructions:

1. Heat the oven to 300º F and prepare a large cookie sheet. Cover with parchment paper for even browning and easy clean-up, but you could grease it instead.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, flour, sugar, and salt. Meanwhile melt the butter and syrup together in a small pot over low heat.

3. Stir the baking soda into the boiling water, then stir this into the butter and syrup and pour all of it over the dry ingredients. Stir well, then drop cookie-sized amounts onto the baking sheets, leaving plenty of space for them to spread.

4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, switching the pan around for even baking if needed, until the cookies are golden all over and quite brown on the edges (keep an eye on them — they can burn quickly); the cookies will look puffy when you remove them from the oven, and then they will sink and go a bit lacy. Leave them on the cookie sheet for 3 or 4 minutes before removing them with a spatula to cool on a rack; if you go at them too early, they will fall all to pieces.

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eco-friendly bagsWritten By Lisa Paul Heydet of ZizzyBee Bags 

At ZizzyBee, we believe children bring fun and whimsy to our lives…along with the need for organization of hundreds of teeny, tiny little toy parts. And like most moms, we believe it is important to keep organized while using products for our children that are safe, washable, well designed, and practical. With this in mind, full-time single mom and entrepreneur Lisa Paul Heydet, saw a need and created ZizzyBee Bags.™

ZizzyBee Bags eliminates the need for baskets and bins and makes toys portable and travel a snap.  The attractive bags look good hanging from a hook or stacked in a diaper bag or suitcase. Keep children’s rooms organized by storing toys and clothes in ZizzyBee Bags. With two different sizes to choose from, you can use ZizzyBee Bags to keep items organized in desks, closets and more. They are easily packable and transportable for vacations, gym and work, road trips, school, grandparent’s house, playdates, strollers and so much more.

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12 Ways Moms Can Be Greener in 2014

go green as a familyThese days it’s easier for parents to live a greener lifestyle and teach their families to be environmentally conscious. There are so many ways that you can make a difference and make small lifestyle changes in order to help save and protect the earth. For moms this includes buying products that are eco-friendly, making your own natural products, and making the effort to do things a little differently than what you’re used to. Families can start by making one simple change for each month in 2014. By introducing these changes into your families’ lives gradually, it makes the transition to a greener lifestyle easier for kids and parents so everyone will be excited to adopt these changes.

 1. Buy organic baby/kids products and clothing

Parents should be paying attention to the materials that make up the products they buy for their kids. Often these products contain harmful ingredients and chemicals that are not safe for children. Always check the labels when purchasing baby and children’s products.  Avoid items containing polyurethane foam which is often treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals.  Look for eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, and non-toxic products made from organic materials with low-impact dyes.

 2. Car-free Saturdays

Every weekend parents can make the decision to not use the car at all and opt to walk or use their bike. Many times parents rely on their cars for every little trip, even if it’s just to drive a few blocks away to a friend’s house or to the park. Making the sacrifice to not use the car one day a week encourages families to go out into the fresh air and get some exercise. Plus it saves money on gas while reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.

 3. Ditch the Ziplocs and use reusable bags

Instead of using plastic bags that can be dangerous to the environment and have chemicals that can leach into food, opt for glass containers or reusable bags. Use bags that are eco-friendly, washable and BPA and Phthalate-free. Reusable bags are much more convenient and safe for storing lunch and snacks for kids when they are chemical-free. These bags can also be used for all kinds of storage to organize clutter and can be washed numerous times while remaining durable.

 4. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergent

Using green cleaning products for the home ensures the safety of your family and pets. These cleaning products contain no harmful chemicals that are dangerous for your health and can cause allergies and skin rashes. You can even use some items you already own at home to make your own natural cleaners. Use eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents that are super-safe for your home, are all-natural and great for those with sensitive skin.

 5. Use motion sensor lights or light dimmers in your home

Motion sensor lights can detect when someone enters and leaves a room so they automatically turn on or off. With these lights you will never forget to turn the lights off again so they automatically save energy for you and they’re great for kids who can’t remember to turn the lights off when they leave a room. Light dimmers also save energy while they are in use by using less electricity and they can save you money in the long-run.

6. Be smart about your paper/plastic use

You can reuse all of the paper in your home for kids’ art projects, wrapping paper and more. Use old magazines to make fun collages and old memos and note paper for kids to draw on. Make a printing mistake?  Don’t throw the paper away!  Have a bin nearby for recyclable paper.  When ordering take-out, let the restaurant know that you do not need them to send napkins, plastic utensils, condiments or anything else you already have. Finally, opt for dry-erase boards for writing down messages and notes to the family so you don’t have to use memo pads.

 7. Donate old clothes, toys and books

If your kids have gently-used clothes and toys they have outworn, donate them to a local thrift store or Salvation Army store so another family can use them. You can donate all sorts of items to these stores,  so clean out those closets and pantries, and make one big trip to the store. This is a great family activity and teaches children the importance of giving back.

7. Line-dry your clothing

A clothes dryer may be convenient but it also results in an expensive electric bill.  It can use more energy than any other appliance in your home. Start hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry to cut down on costs and electricity. Did you know that in most homes in Russia and France they only have washing machines?  Everyone hangs their clothes to dry all year round.

9. Buy locally grown food

Buying local is a great way to save; food is fresher and tastes better. Plus, you’ll know exactly where your food is coming from and it’s healthier for you. When you buy local you’re supporting sustainability and farms with eco-friendly practices.

10. Set up recycling bins in your home

Get your kids to practice recycling regularly by setting up different colored recycling bins in the home. Teach kids which types of items go in each bin and what is not allowed in the bins. Show them the labels on items that indicate the item is recyclable and make a game out of it so kids have fun learning.  And recycle plastic grocery bags by taking them back to the grocery store and placing them in the appropriate bin. Buy and use recyclable shopping bags for your grocery runs.

11. Choose products with an Energy Star label

The Energy Star program is sponsored by the EPA and the Department of Energy and it rates different household appliances and items. An item with an Energy Star label guarantees the item is energy efficient. By using Energy Star products you use about 30% less energy than the average household.

12. Plant your own garden

Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home can save you a lot of money and provides your family with healthy, nutritious food. You don’t need a big space to grow a garden and it has an immensely positive impact on the environment. Use eco-friendly methods to maintain your garden, like composting and collecting water in a rain barrel.

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nursing pillowGuest blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

When Clark sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed, Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, who is a mother herself, said, “The San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud Double Blessings (Clark’s company) for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin polyfiber Eco*Loft™, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Little Toader? Send your topic idea to pr@littletoader.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Little Toader makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Car Seat Safety Tips for Parents Traveling With Small Children

car seat safety tipsWhen it comes to traveling by car with little ones, parents want to be prepared to make the trip as safe as possible. It’s not always easy to know what to do to protect your children, which is why you can find different resources online to help guide parents on how to keep kids safe in and around vehicles. As a mom of four and as a certified car seat safety instructor, I encourage parents to do their research on vehicle safety.  Below are four tips for choosing the right car seat.

One of my favorite sites to help parents find the right car seat for their situation is Healthy Children, which is from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They have a list of car seats on the market each year that gives the sizes and prices of each car seat.

Parents should remember that four things need to be true for a car seat to be the right one for them:

1. The car seat must fit your child.

You should choose your car seat based on your child’s age and size. As children grow they may no longer fit in the same seat. Check the manual for your car seat to determine the maximum weight and height allowed by the manufacturer.

2. The car seat must fit your car.

Car seats are not designed to fit every vehicle. To make sure it’s the right fit for your vehicle you should test the car seat that you are planning to buy and also read the car seat section of your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more information.

3. The car seat should fit your budget.

Car seats can be expensive but just because it costs more does not mean it’s a better choice. Making sure that it’s the right fit for your child and vehicle are the better criteria to go by. Choose the car seat that best suits your needs. Keep in mind you should never purchase a used car seat without knowing the history of the seat and checking to see if it has been recalled. If you have any questions about the seat, call the car seat manufacturer.

4. Most importantly, you need to use the car seat correctly EVERY time.

You have to make sure that your car seat is facing the right direction according to your child’s age. Infants and toddlers under age 2 should ride in rear-facing car seats. It’s also important that you use harness straps and chest clips correctly so they fit snugly across your child’s body. Always follow the instructions from the car seat manufacturer to ensure that you are following all of the guidelines.

Just because a seat is fancy or a brand name doesn’t mean it is the right one. Every car seat on the market meets all of the U.S. standards for car seat safety. Cup holders, colorful decorations, or licensed characters do not help at all with safety.

For more information on car safety for kids visit www.safekids.org and www.safercar.gov.

Find a car seat inspection station near you at http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm. A certified technician will inspect your car seat and show you the correct way to install it.

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no slip baby bowlWritten by Brabara Schantz or Baby Dipper Bowl

As a stay-at-home mom of 2 sets of twin babies, Barbara faced the daunting task of feeding them. Frustrated with the bowls she had already purchased, she researched and bought other bowls, but still remained disappointed. She needed a bowl that required only one hand to successfully feed a baby, but wasn’t able to find one on the market that satisfied this need. The vision for the Baby Dipper® bowl came to her when her twin girls were about 6 months old, not long after they started eating baby cereal and other pureed foods. After much learning and hard work, she was able to bring the Baby Dipper bowl to market so that others can enjoy true one-handed feeding.

For more information, visit www.babydipper.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Little Toader? Send your topic idea to pr@littletoader.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Little Toader makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Kid-Friendly Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

side dishes for kidsThanksgiving can be stressful when you have kids who are picky-eaters and you have to worry about making dishes that will please everyone in the family. Your kids may not like to eat turkey but chances are they will enjoy some of the nutritious side dishes you make to accompany the turkey. Get them to try a little bit of each dish to see what they like. These side dishes are flavorful and kid-friendly and fit in perfectly with your Thanksgiving menu.

1. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are always a crowd pleaser and you can make different variations of this dish. Babies love the creamy texture and it’s easy for toddlers to feed themselves the potatoes. You can make this dish ahead of time and store it in the fridge until it’s time to serve and then you can take it out and reheat.

2. Candied Carrots

These won’t taste like the carrots kids are used to because they’re sweetened with butter, brown sugar and you can also add some cinnamon. This dish adds color to the table and will have your kids begging for more.

3. Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Kids may not like regular stuffing, but adding apples and cranberries to your stuffing will sweeten it a little and give it great flavor. You can also add dried cherries or blueberries instead of cranberries.

4. Butternut Squash Soup

This kid-approved soup is creamy and delicious and perfect for little ones who refuse to eat their vegetables.

5. Cranberry Sauce

If your child doesn’t like turkey on its own, try serving it with cranberry sauce. You can make your own sauce to cut back on the sugar and it’s easy enough to make that older kids can help you prepare it. If you’re short on time, it still tastes good straight out of the can too.

no slip baby bowlWritten by Brabara Schantz or Baby Dipper Bowl

As a stay-at-home mom of 2 sets of twin babies, Barbara faced the daunting task of feeding them. Frustrated with the bowls she had already purchased, she researched and bought other bowls, but still remained disappointed. She needed a bowl that required only one hand to successfully feed a baby, but wasn’t able to find one on the market that satisfied this need. The vision for the Baby Dipper® bowl came to her when her twin girls were about 6 months old, not long after they started eating baby cereal and other pureed foods. After much learning and hard work, she was able to bring the Baby Dipper bowl to market so that others can enjoy true one-handed feeding.

For more information, visit www.babydipper.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Little Toader? Send your topic idea to pr@littletoader.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Little Toader makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Featured Boutique: “Runwayz Boutique”

unique baby and kids clothing, toys, and accessoriesLooking for something unique and exciting? Runwayz Boutique, located in downtown Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, offers a variety of unique gift ideas, baby and kids clothing and toys, home accents, ladies accessories and footwear.  AppeTEETHERSTM are the perfect addition to their baby and kids selection. The LOL! SuckerTM was just added in the current storefront location in Medicine Hat. You can find LOL! SuckerTM and Ice Cream U ScreamTM in store and online.

Runwayz founder, Angela Boschee, has a passion for searching out unique gift ideas as well as a love for shopping!  As a young girl, her dream was to open her very own store. Runwayz started as a home based business in 2005 and has since grown to its Medicine Hat location. The boutique also carries merchandise made by local area Mompreneurs.

Wishing Runwayz Boutique was closer to your home? No problem, you can shop online and they ship worldwide.  Sign up to receive their newsletter and join their group on face book to stay in the loop for all the latest and greatest news, events, and sales!

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teething toysWritten by Lori Bredemeier, Founder of Little Toader.

Lori Bredemeier is the co-founder of Little Toader with her husband Michael. They are the inventors of AppeTEETHERS and here is how their teething toys are chosen again and again by parents as babies’ favorite teether.

Not only are AppeTEETHERS safe and effective, they are funny too! Using a play on words with “appetizers” and “teethers,” AppeTEETHERS look like real food!

Consistently ranking as one of the top teething toys, AppeTEETHERS are a truly unique teething solution. Babies love them and parents get a kick out of watching their precious bundle of joy using them. All Little Toader products are tested and are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant.

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6 Ways to Rock Out Your Baby’s Car Seat

A good car seat is essential for baby’s safety while traveling in the car. Once you’ve got the right car seat set up and correctly installed, it’s time to make sure that it’s comfortable for baby. There are plenty of options for car seat accessories for baby’s comfort and privacy but also to keep baby entertained while you’re busy concentrating on the road. These top products make traveling by car with baby a breeze for parents.

1. Babee Covee

Babee Covee is an award-winning convertible baby blanket and cover that is SIX products in ONE! It makes traveling with baby easy by eliminating the need to buy, pack and carry bulky single-use items while helping to protect baby/toddler from germs where ever you go.

The trendy Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat canopy cover 2) nursing cover 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) stroller cover/blanket and 6) playtime blanket.

car seat canopy

$39.99 – $49.99

www.babeecovee.com

2. Pully Palz

Pully Palz are the first ever baby toys that actually help babies retrieve their own pacifiers! They’re interactive and entertaining to keep baby distracted and helpful for parents who no longer have to play the “pacifier game.” The innovative and developmentally beneficial toy keeps pacifiers in view and in reach to keep them clean. Pully Palz hold most pacifiers and attach to baby carriers, bouncers and more.

pacifier holder

$19.99

www.pullypalz.com

3. Baby Elephant Ears

Baby Elephant Ears is a multi-use headrest providing spinal/neck alignment and comfort for babies — and they’re designed to look like adorable elephant ears! Baby Elephant Ears go wherever baby goes — stroller, swing, carseat, changing table, etc. The headrests are fully washable and require no attachments, straps or special skills and they’re offered in diverse prints and organics. The superior design and durability of these headrests make them the perfect gift for parents! Winner of this year’s Huggies MomInspired Award!

baby headrest

$21.95

www.babyelephantears.com

4. Zipadee-Zip

The Zipadee-Zip is an alternative to the traditional sleep sacs and swaddle blankets because it provides babies with the snug feeling of security while allowing for the freedom of pajamas. With Zipadee-Zip, babies are free to stand up, crawl, roll and move around safely. This versatile sleep garment has 7+ uses including: encourages sleep during travel, provides a germ-free environment on planes, trains and cars, prevents scratching and more. It works like magic to help babies fall asleep and stay asleep and is ideal for transitioning babies from swaddling or for babies who do not like to be swaddled.

 

transitioning babies from swaddlin

$34.95

www.sleepingbaby.com

5. Woombie Convertible Leggies Swaddle

The Woombie Convertible Leggies allows for baby’s arms to come out which is important for car seat safety AND allows for freedom of baby’s legs.  Baby baby is free to sit in a car seat while feeling the snugness and security of being swaddled. Simple, safe and effective, Woombie Convertible Leggies easily swaddles and soothes baby and is a must-have for car travel.

lower body swaddle

$30.00

www.woombie.com

6. Little Toader AppeTEETHERS

Teething is one of the most painful development processes for babies and is just as tough on parents, especially during long car rides. AppeTEETHERS are patented, silicone teething toys free of BPA, Phthalate, PVC and lead. They provide the perfect amount of resistance to sooth babies’ sore gums, and best of all the cute one-of-a-kind designs will surely make you chuckle because they look exactly like real food! The current line includes Chompin’ Chicken Wing, Baby-Q Rib, Ice Cream U Scream, Nopainapple, LOL! Sucker and Broccoli Bites.
teething toys

$9.99

www.littletoader.com

baby blanket and coverWritten By Alma Moussa, Inventor of Babee Covee.

Invented by accident by Alma Moussa during a playdate, the Babee Covee is a versatile baby blanket and cover that has six uses in one! This award-winning, must-have baby gear eliminates the need to buy, pack, and carry bulky single purpose items while protecting baby from germs where ever you go; no more overflowing diaper bag’ no more blanket falling off the car seat and no more germs on publicly shared items!

The Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat canopy cover 2) stroller cover/blanket 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) nursing cover and 6) playtime blanket. It easily attaches to a car seat or stroller and does not fall off! It can also be used to cover the baby for privacy while sleeping (includes a peek in window).

Visit www.babeecovee.com for more information.

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5 Secrets to Feeding Picky Children

feed picky eatersAs a parent of three school-age children and a personal chef, I am always striving to put good healthy mealtime options that everyone will enjoy in front of my family or those of my clients. However, it seems that the mealtime whims of ‘the picky eater’ are common to almost every household, often dominating mealtimes to the detriment of other family members’ enjoyment. Keeping the demands of our most choosy diners in check can be challenging and often frustrating. But in my experience, once you set a rule and establish a routine and (the difficult bit), stick to it, mealtimes can become a far more enjoyable affair dominated by conversation and togetherness.

But before you get carried away with these tried and tested strategies, it’s important to recognize that you will need time, patience and resilience. Rome was not built in a day, and people are unique in their food preferences – essentially your child may never like cauliflower or peas, even if you do. But as a parent you have the ability to help your child make an informed decision about food, just as they would about sports or academics – by presenting the opportunity to try in a consistent manner.

1. Establish a Mealtime Routine

Eat meals sitting down at the table, (not in front of the TV) preferably together as a family.  Prepare a meal, one meal for the whole family – that might mean that it can’t be spicy, and for younger children in particular, it should be easily identifiable. Your aim is to put something healthy on the table that everyone will enjoy.  Be clear that the family table is just that, not a restaurant with menu options. Make one meal with choices, ideally including at least one choice you know your family will eat, and do not provide alternatives. There is a difference between “I don’t like broccoli” and “I refuse to eat my vegetables.”

2.  Establish a Snack Rule

Eat meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner and limit snacking. Cutting out the snacks is probably the biggest hurdle for most families, especially as our culture is so snack-prevalent, but it can be done and over time, your children will also come to understand smart snack choices and timing which are important lessons to teach in their own right. How would you feel if an adult came to dinner, having consumed a grand latte and three donut holes only an hour earlier?

Think of milk and juice as snacks too – if you calculate the nutrition and calorie load in beverages, you’ll start to understand why and it’s simply unfair to expect a child, especially a small one, to eat a full meal at 5 pm when they’ve only just consumed half a pint of milk or juice. Consider introducing a ‘No Snacks 2 Hours Before Dinner’ rule – and then sticking to it.

3. Introducing New Foods – GO SLOW!

Introduce new foods alongside favored ones. If your child will only eat carrots, offer carrots and corn, carrots and beans, carrots and tomatoes. And then keep offering it. Just because a child refuses something once does not mean that they do not like it. Yes, this may take years – no really, years! It took me eight long years with potatoes and my eldest son. I never stopped bringing them to the family table. He now eats all types of potatoes – apart from mashed. And I’m okay with the fact that perhaps he will never enjoy mashed potatoes.

Don’t make a ‘ta-da’ over the new item you might be introducing – that’s enough to put any reticent diner on edge. Less is more, in terms of quantity and fuss. Once you’ve established a food as a favored item, start to consider switching up the flavors. For example, if your child loves green beans – try presenting Green Beans Almondine. This is setting them up for more sophisticated dining and gets them accustomed to eating with combinations too, which can often be a hurdle for children. Above all else, take your time.

4. Make it Fun

Kids love to play, so if you consider making their food playful, then there’s a better chance of them eating it – there’s a reason why giant food manufacturers came up with macaroni shapes and chicken nugget dinosaurs! But consider this too – small kids don’t really eat much and they love finger food. By cutting their food into fun shapes in tiny quantities, you’ve made their food fun and put them in charge of their plate – something we know they love. However, as Mom, I can’t say carving out shapes is something I love! Find yourself a nifty cutter that makes food into fun shapes for kids.

5. Stock your Pantry Smarter

If your home is stocked with more healthy choices like fruit, raw veggies, nuts, and less processed choices like chips, candy, cheese, then there’s a good chance your family’s snacking habits will change, not to mention your salt/sugar/fat consumption! At the end of the day, the buck stops with you – in the grocery store. If you want your family to eat healthy, then buy healthy and set the example from the top.

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personal chef Greenwich CTGuest Blog by Joanna Wallis of The Cooking Fairy

Joanna Wallis is a busy mom of 3 who started cooking over 20 years ago. Her culinary knowledge is self-taught and spans a variety of different cuisines and styles. Her love of food was the inspiration for The Cooking Fairy which started out as a glimmer of shiny magic over three years ago. Joanna works as a personal chef for a wide range of clientele and she loves bringing families together with healthy, delicious, and fresh meals prepared just for them.

For more information, visit: www.thefairycook.com.

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3 Baby Teething Myths

teething tipsTeething is not always easy to understand and new parents especially can get confused by all the teething articles they read with differing information. To make sure that you understand the symptoms of teething and the right tips and tricks to soothe a teething baby, consult your pediatrician to get the most up-to-date information. I’d like to dispel some myths associated with infant teething and sharing information to help parents better understand their teething babies.

My baby is too young to be teething.

Six months is usually when most babies get their first tooth but some babies’ teeth appear at a much earlier age. All four of our kids started teething at two months, which is not the norm. If your baby is drooling excessively, cranky, has a change in appetite and is sticking her fists in her mouth, chances are that she is teething.

A teething baby will have trouble sleeping and be fussy.

Every baby responds differently to teething. Two of our kids were barely phased by it and never had trouble sleeping while teething. The other two did have a pretty tough time with it. If your baby is having trouble falling asleep at bedtime due to teething pains, soothe them with some gentle pats, offer a cool washcloth to numb their gums, or ask your pediatrician about a pain reliever that is safe to give baby at night.

I can only breastfeed until my baby gets teeth.

While babies can experience setbacks with breastfeeding while teething, they are usually only temporary. Some babies experience little to no discomfort while other babies have painfully swollen gums that are aggravated by sucking. Breastfeeding, however, can be very comforting and soothing for baby so even if your baby does stop nursing for a few days, continue to offer your breast when baby appears to be hungry. You can talk to a lactation consultant for help during this time.

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teething toysWritten by Lori Bredemeier, Founder of Little Toader.

Lori Bredemeier is the co-founder of Little Toader with her husband Michael. They are the inventors of AppeTEETHERS and here is how their teething toys are chosen again and again by parents as babies’ favorite teether.

Not only are AppeTEETHERS safe and effective, they are funny too! Using a play on words with “appetizers” and “teethers,” AppeTEETHERS look like real food!

Consistently ranking as one of the top teething toys, AppeTEETHERS are a truly unique teething solution. Babies love them and parents get a kick out of watching their precious bundle of joy using them. All Little Toader products are tested and are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant.

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