Now that school is right around the corner, it’s time to start shopping and buying those back-to-school basics. One of those basics for all children is a lunchbox. My son discovered these very cute lunch boxes from Crocodile Creek. The front of the lunch boxes are decorated with whimsical, colorful illustrations depicting a variety of themes including dinosaurs, horses, wild animals, farm animals, and garden. The lunch boxes are made of vinyl, which make them durable and easy to clean with a wet cloth. These lunch boxes are fun and educational at the same time. You can purchase the lunch boxes online at Oompa Toys
In our household, where we're always on the hunt for children's music that doesn't make you lose the will to live, we've been fans of Susie Tallman and her children's music ever since we received copies of her lullaby CDs as new baby gifts for Trevor, who's now 4. We're excited about her recent release, Let's Go! Travel, Camp & Car Songs.
After my son was born a few years ago, we experienced the hottest summer that I can remember in a long time. When we went for a walk I was constantly draping the stroller with baby blankets, shirts, or whatever else I had on hand, to shade him from the sun. Of course I didn't want to make it too hot for him, either, so it was always a balancing act. I searched high and low for some type of sunshade that would fit the stroller, but had no luck. I wish that I found these fashionable sunshades for Your Little Ones from Bellah May Designs. Choose from 27 different styles, all of which are reversible and are made of 100% breathable cotton.
One of my favorites is the Natalie (pictured above), which offers a Parisian flair with Eiffel Towers and polka dots in shades of pink and brown. The sunshades offer a sleeping baby privacy, and full or partial protection from the sun. They also offer a handy pouch for storage. Prices range from $75.00–$85.00. For more info or to purchase, go to www.bellahmay.com.
Ok, when my kids were born for some reason I just couldn’t seem to find that many cute birth announcements online. Now, of course, I ran across Tiny Prints (when I don’t need them, naturally). Tiny Prints offers super cute, unique birth announcements, baby shower invitations, and baby shower favors that you can personalize and instantly preview. The styles, by a number of noted artists and designers, are simple and modern, yet chic and sophisticated. Prices are very reasonable, too.
Tiny Prints have been featured in InStyle Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, and were given out as favors for the Golden Globes and Entertainment Weekly parties. Check out their styles at www.tinyprints.com.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve been talking to the kids about gift ideas for their daddy. I like to be creative with my gifts and give him something that the kids have truly created. Café Press online is a great place to create your own masterpiece for Father’s Day. You can take your child’s artwork, scan it, and have it printed on a shirt, apron, mug, cap or a number of other custom products. It makes for a unique, one-of-a kind gift that your husband will cherish. You can also search their marketplace for shirts and other products designed by Café Press’s thousands of users.
Most dads like gadgets, so another idea for Father’s Day is the Swiss Army SwissMemory USB multitool by Victorinox, maker of the original Swiss Army Knife. This cool gadget combines a pocketknife, USB 2.0 flash drive in varying sizes up to 2GB, and a variety of other devices, including laser pointers, flashlights, and even MP3 players. You can buy SwissMemory tools at a variety of stores, or order them online direct from Victorinox.
With two small kids, my daily life seems can sometimes feel overwhelming, hectic and unorganized. I feel like we are always on the go to preschool, appointments, classes and keeping up with my business and logistics of the house. MomAgenda is a day planner designed specifically for busy moms to track the multiple schedules that are a part of daily life. Developed by a Nina Restieri, a busy mom of four who was also overwhelmed with her daily schedule, momAgenda combines functionality and style, and features week-at-a-view spreads that have rows for each child, the mom, as well as room to write for notes and dinner suggestions, and a weekly inspirational quote. Prices range from $35 for the myAgenda: for everyone to $175 for the Executive Edition. For more information about all the momAgenda products, go to www.momagenda.com.You can also download momAgenda printables to try out for free.
Your average super-hip urban dad won't be caught dead carrying just any old garden variety diaper bag. For him, there's the über-cool Diaper Dude!The Diaper Dude is a sturdy, handsome, messenger-style diaper bag designed for many men, with cool patterns, colors, and fabrics so you can haul your baby supplies without compromising your street cred. Pictured here is the faux-suede model with guitar print. Other masculine designs include an Asian dragon motif, camouflage, tartan, and a skull-and-crossbones for self-styled pirate dads. The Diaper Dude is jam-packed with all sorts of features including ergonomically correct straps and padding, a multitude of pouches, pockets, and hidey-holes, and of course a cell-phone pouch.
Needless to say, the Diaper Dude makes a great Fathers Day gift for dads and dads-to-be. Prices range from $39.95 for the Mini Dude to $124.95 for the faux-suede Diaper Dude. Order it from our partner Zappos.com and get free overnight shipping!
I’ve heard a lot of talk from moms in the last week about the hazards of using plastic products for children. There are concerns, spurred by recent reports like this in the San Francisco Chronicle, that chemicals used to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC), namely bisphenol A or BPA, may pose health concerns when used in children’s toys, baby bottles, and sippy cups. Glass baby bottles are making a comeback, and I recently ran across this nifty little gadget: Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Sippy Cup
At the end of a busy day chasing the kids all around, I’m usually relieved to have my own time when they finally go to bed. I often plop down on the couch and reach for the foot cream and put my husband to work by massaging my feet. I bought some Foot Miracle Therapeutic Cream, but this stuff is worth a splurge. It is a deep-penetrating cream that softens the rough areas on the feet. It leaves your skin looking and feeling soft and revived. If you are interested in buying some, HansonWellness.comis offering Marin Mommies readers a 10% discount on the purchase of Foot Miracle only with coupon code mmfootmiracle.