The New Year is here and it's not too late to get organized in your busy life. One of the tools that I have to do that, which I absolutely love, is my BusyBodyBook! The BusyBodyBook is a stylish and easy-to-use family organizer that allows you to keep track of the entire family's schedules. My BusyBodyBook is for the 2007–2008 academic year, but they also offer a traditional 2008 calendar year version which could definitely come in handy right now at the start of the year.
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.
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