Check out Native Kids shoes… they will be the coolest shoe this Spring/Summer!

As the warm weather is approaching (hopefully), I found this adorable shoe for kids by Native Kids.  The style I love is the “Jefferson”, and they come in colors like Hollywood Pink, Regatta Blue, Jiffy Black, Olympian Blue, Parachute Green, Pencil Orange, Viking Blue, Totem Red, & Gossip Purple.  They also have other styles like Corrado & Miller, I like Jefferson the best, check them out!

They look like a rubber converse with lots of holes, come in sizes from Infant-Youth, are under $35, are 100 Animal friendly, have good traction on the bottom,  as well as arch support, made of EVA and are super light, breathable, and are Anti-microbial!

I purchased them in Nordstrom, but I see they sell them on Zappos.com and many other sites!

Enjoy!

Danielle

Park and outing safety ideas for parents & kids!

As Spring and summer approaches I saw three great ideas if your child gets lost, God forbid!

1.) A mother made a colorful, beaded bracelet with her childs first name and phone number on it.  She told the child that is her phone number if she ever gets lost, to show it to an adult.   (Most children under 3 won’t be able to memorize their phone number.)  Michael’s craft store has a great selection to choose from, and their website always has coupons for purchases.

2.) Whether you are at the mall, park or museum, take a photo with your phone so it will be easier for security or the police to identify your child.  (For when we as humans panic, we can forget specific details.)

3.) A saw a few years ago in Parent’s magazine personalised temporary tattoos that say, “If lost, please call your number” from a website www.safetytat.com which you could put under your child’s short sleeve.

Always have a game plan when you go on an outing, for children get very distracted by many things.  You should always tell your child/children, “If we ever get lost or separated from one another, meet by the entrance, or have the security guard/police take you there.”

Enjoy!

Danielle

Organize kids arts & crafts in a snap!

Two years ago my mother-in-law took all of our many arts and crafts supplies and organized them in the BEST way possible!  She purchased a mesh pocket 12 pair shoe organizer for my hallway closet.  They sell them in clear plastic and white mesh at Bed Bath & Beyond, for under $20.

What is great is that I put the items that the children can get on their own on the bottom, and things like glue or scissors way up top.  Also I have paint, paintbrushes, stickers, markers, colored pencils, glitter, play dough, flash cards, glue gun, Wikki sticks, bead, foam art, pencils, pencil sharpener, tape, a stapler, and so much more in ziplocks so that the kids can see them.  It has saved so much space, as well as is a great way for kids to know where there things are in an organized way.

Enjoy!

Danielle

Great new product for sandwiches!

Pepperidge Farm makes a great product called, “Goldfish Sandwich Bread” which comes in 100% Whole Wheat, as well as White.  It is basically a flatbread shaped like a fish, which my kids were so excited about!  What a great way to get those finicky eaters to try something new!

I purchased them at Stop & Shop, but if they do not have them in your supermarket, then ask the manager to order them, for all markets carry Pepperidge Farm breads.

Enjoy!

Danielle

Great lunch product for kids!

“Lunchskins” are a great product in place of using plastic bags, is dishwasher safe, made with certified, food-safe fabric, is made in the USA, is lead-free, bpa-free and phthalata-free as well!

I found that my sons lunch bag is less bulky, when I have to fit a varierty of things, and is easy to use.

Go to www.lunchskins.com or Amazon.com sells a three pack at a great price.

Enjoy!

Danielle

How to dine, my bag of tricks…

For the past seven years I have carried a bag or bags of tricks as I call it.  Children have a short amount of time until they become bored, or lose interest in sitting, and I have found that bringing the following things have made dining more enjoyable for all!

Infants-Babies I used to bring soft books great for Teething children, Sassy flip picture cards, suction cup Sassy toys, and Sassy connecting rings which I kept in a ziplock bag (It kept my diaper bag orderly and I would wash then as soon as I got home.)  Also for those who are starting to eat, I used the disposable placements that adhere to the table, which are colorful, and kids enjoyed looking at the pictures, lastly I used to use the powdered formula holder also from Sassy, (It has four compartments) to put Cheerios, Plum Baby Puffs, Yogurt Melts, and Plum Baby Hearts & dried fruit.  Lastly the Sassy Teething Feeder, to put a large piece of fruit or food in a mesh bag holder. (All products can be found at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target and some supermarkets & drug stores.)

Toddlers-Kids I always bring coloring books, Playdoh or homemade (see past blog for the recipe), stickers, Matchbox cars, small figures/dolls, Wikki Sticks, drawing Pad, Crayola Color Wonder Markers (love them, for they do not damage clothing or table cloths for fancier restaurants lol), Legos or Duplo’s for younger children, Magnet Books,Paint with water books (they come with a paintbrush so you just need a cup of water), or any small favors from parties I always save in a box and bring them as well, for it is like getting a special gift, as well as something new to play with.  (All of which I store in Ziplock bags.)  For those who love technology, the IPAD and IPHONE has great apps for kids too!

Foodwise I always pack some cut cucumbers, or bring a vegetable my children like, so that they don’t fill up on bread, or to buy some time while waiting for a table, or their dinner.  Also I aways pack some fruit, or cut up fruit so that when we are having our main course, the kids had something to eat before dessert.  It is a good idea to keep prepackaged snacks that your child likes for those, just in case moments, and Tootsie Pops are a lifesaver as well!  If I knew we were going to a restaurant that my children didn’t eat that type of cuisine, I would pack a meal in a thermos and inform the restaurant my child is a picky eater, or had a food allergy, and have never had an issue at all.

These small tips have helped tremendously for the past seven years, and we have happily dined, as well as traveled vis airplane, and continue to do so!

Enjoy!

Danielle

Great stroller product for Moms who live in the city, or like the outdoors!

I saw this woman in the city with this amazing product called, “Kiddadle”.  They sell them at Bed Bath & Beyond (use the 20% off coupon online for a store purchase), Amazon.com, and Stroller.com and it sounds silly, but even in the Spring it is still cool lately!

What a great idea to keep your hands warm, and have easy access to your child, instead of pulling gloves off, etc.

Enjoy!

Danielle

Amazing “Blood Orange & Avocado Salsa with Pomegranate Seeds” accompanied by a “Sangria Spritzer” sound good?

Now that Spring is around the corner, I discovered in O Magazine a great recipe for, “Blood Orange and Avocado Salsa with Pomegranate Seeds”, which is AMAZING, low in calories, and healthy too!

Ingredients: 1 tbs. fresh lime juice from 1 lime, 1 tsp. kosher or sea salt, 1/8 tsp. fresh ground pepper, 6 blood oranges. 1 pomegranate (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s & some gourmet markets sells the seeds ready to go fyi.), 1 large Haas avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces, 2/3 cup of diced red onion, 1 jalapeno chili (seeds and ribs removed) minced, 2 green onions (including green tops cut into diagonal thin slices), & 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

1. Remove all of the skin and pith and seeds from the blood oranges, reserving any juice that is squeezed in the process. Drain juice into a measuring cup and set aside.  Cut orange segments into 1/2 inch pieces and add to a mixing bowl containing the lime juice.

2. Extract the seeds from the pomegranate, cut into quarters.  Submerge the quarters in a large bowl of cold water and place it in the kitchen sink to prevent staining of the juice.  Using your fingers gently detach the seeds.  Blot on paper towels , then add to the orange lime juice mixture. (I say go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s for the seeds that are ready to go, but call before you go to see if they have them!)

3. Add the red onion, avocado, green onion, jalapeno, and cilantro to the orange mixture.  Gently fold int ingredients together with a rubber spatula, and trying not to mash the avocados.  Next add the reserved orange juice, 1 tbs at a time until the salsa is moist and not soupy.  Taste to adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper, then transfer to a serving bowl, cover and set aside for an hour. (It makes about 4 cups)

Serve with baked or regular tortilla chips.

Rachel Ray’s, “Sangria Spritzer Cocktail”

Ingredients: 2 tsp. of sugar, 1 orange seeded, 1 shot (good shot) brandy, 5-6 oz of Rioja wine, splash of lemon-lime club soda

Directions:

1. Add sugar, 2 orange slices, and a good shot of brandy to a cocktail shaker.

2. Muddle together until the sugar os dissolved.

3. Add ice cubes to the shaker along with the Rioja wine.

4. Shake and strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of lemon-lime club soda, and garnish with orange slices.  (Serves 1 person)

Cheers and have a great weekend!

Enjoy!

Danielle