Squishy Mats – for babies and kids!

I just got a Squishy Mat in the mail today. And it really is, well, squishy! This particular one is the soft baby changing mat and it’s easy to carry and super comfy for mom and baby on the go!

(One of our sweet ones enjoying the soft mat and her toy!)

I love the super soft top – kind of cuddly and you could even use this for a younger infant to sleep on the floor when visiting with friends for coffee. It’s made with a layer of memory foam and a super soft cover. Pretty easy to clean and super nice quality. We have about 8 friends, currently, that have new babies ranging in age from newborn to almost a year. I’m keeping this great mat close at hand for their visits. It’s machine washable and easy to spot clean if needed too. nike femme

(I think she likes it!)

And here’s the thing. Fjallraven Kanken Big Sale I’m a floor sitter. I’ve always preferred to sit on the floor over sitting on the couch or a chair. It gets a bit uncomfortable, however, after sitting during a longer movie or conversation with friends. This mat will be great for even me! I may even bring it along for use at sporting events! And…this mat would be great for our pets too! Nice and soft and squishy for them! I might have to buy a few more.   So…

Who can use a Squishy Mat? Sitting on the floor gets uncomfortable for anyone! These soft spots encourage parents, grand-parents and caregivers to linger at eye level with little ones, and make a nice buffer between all bottoms and the hard floor or ground. Take a Squishy Mats to an outdoor concert, baby yoga or your older kids’ sporting events, and the whole family can gather there in comfort. Fjallraven Kanken Big What is a Squishy Mat? Squishy Mats contain almost one inch of Memory Foam – also known as the low resistance polyurethane foam developed by NASA in the 1960s. The surface of each mat is covered by a super soft, micro-flannel fabric and is backed with a nonslip rubber grid. roshe run Each mat is durable, sturdy and designed for life on the move. Squishy Mats come in three sizes: 16×32″ Changing Mat – folds and fastens with a carrying handle. 3×3′ floor mat – folds and fastens with a carrying handle. Fjallraven Kanken NO.2 Backpack 4×4′ floor mat – folds and fastens with a carrying handle. How does it feel? In a word, SQUISHY! Memory Foam is known for its use in mattresses, pillows and even some shoes; it has incredible give and easily returns to its original shape. You and your child will love the luxurious feel of the minky micro flannel top as it glides under your fingers. With nonslip rubber backing, your child won’t get wrapped up as he plays, and it won’t slide out from under baby if you (or your pet) step on it!

Overall my thoughts of this changing pad:

  • Pro: Super soft!
  • Pro: Squishy! Comfy!
  • Pro: Large size is great for just a comfortable play mat
  • Pro: Non-slip backing gives an extra element of safety
  • Pro: Easy to clean and machine washable
  • Con: Large size means it won’t fit in the average diaper bag – you’ll have to carry two things
  • Con: Memory Foam. Mochilas Kanken Big The jury is still out on whether or not this is a safe product for long term use?

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        I received a Squishy Mat directly from the company in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t compensated for this review in any other way, nor was I required to leave a positive review.

Wee Alphas cards – so much fun!

If you haven’t noticed, I do a lot of book reviews on this blog. I love books but I also believe that reading to and with your children is one of the most important things that you can do for their emotional and academic health! Once in a while, the reviews can get overwhelming and that’s when I’m thankful to have something like this to share an opinion on – something so fun for kids and something that parents will love too. Introducing the Wee Alphas card pack. Doesn’t really look like much, huh? But wait – just wait!           wee3Enclosed in this adorable little box are 26 preprinted postcards. Each front is an animal shaped out of a letter of the alphabet – A to Z. Fjallraven Kanken Mini On the back of each card is an area for the sender to fill in the blanks. Sometimes it’s really simple. nike chaussure Other times it’s a little more complicated to think of what to say. But it’s ALWAYS fun – to send and to get. nike femme pas cher         I decided when I received this that I’d send a card a week to my niece’s two little cutie pies. Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack Hwee2er son is 3 and at the age where he can appreciate getting real mail. According to my niece, he loves getting his card every week.     wee5The illustrations are so cute, I could see someone putting the whole series up on a wall in a child’s room or playroom. So adorable! Is it rocket science? No. But it IS unique and wonderful. Fjallraven Kanken Kids And well worth the $8 price tag (at this writing anyway). So get a box, pick a child and start sending!         wee4I received these postcards from the publisher and was not required to leave a positive review.

Label Daddy

May 30, 2014 by  
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Got kids that are heading to camp this summer?  If so, you know the importance of labeling everything they bring along to make sure it gets back with them at the end of the camp week.

Label Daddy to the rescue!  I love this concept.  These “fabric” labels are perfect for clothing and more.  Simply stick on (no ironing or sewing needed), rub hard and wait.  The label is there to stay – even through washing!
camp pack jpgTheir “Camp Pack” is fabulous!

It includes six different label sizes which will assist campers in labeling ALL of their belongings from clothing, to shoes, bags, sports bottles, toiletries, books, and more. PLUS, all labels in the Camp Pack come already laminated. This unique extra level of protection will eliminate any fading caused by the chemicals in various sunscreens and lotions; a must for any camper’s labels. Camp Packs can be customized with our 19 color choices, 6 fonts, and 40+ icons. Peel and stick washable labels. Made in the USA!


But that’s not all!  LabelDaddy.com has major sports team logos, luggage tags, spice jar labels and more!  Check it out!

So make sure everything you own is labeled with your information so it will never get lost – at summer camp or anywhere else you might be traveling this summer!


I received a sampling of LabelDaddy.com labels for this review. I was not required by them to post a positive review. The thoughts posted are my own.

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Make these toys!

I thought this book sounded just too cute so I had to post it! Quick and easy craft projects that you can make with your kids with junk – er – things you have around your house already! Talk about a must have rainy day book to have on hand!

Product Description
An ingeniously simple and fully-illustrated book for crafting toys from objects found around the house.

This clever guide focuses on fun, homemade projects using materials anyone can find around the house or that can be purchased for a fraction of what a commercially-produced toy can cost. Using everyday objects from cardboard tubing to paper to clothespins, readers will discover how to make such projects as:

• A milk carton balloon boat

• A rubber band banjo

• A cardboard tube kaleidoscope

• An embroidery hoop tambourine

• And more

Perfect for parents and teachers, these projects enable families to spend less while keeping entertained. Because fun doesn’t always have to come in a box-sometimes, it’s the box itself.
About the Author
Heather Swain is a former third-grade teacher, mother of two, writing instructor, magazine fact-checker, freelance writer, and award- winning author. Her articles have appeared in American Baby Magazine, Time Out New York Kids, and on Salon.com. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

My Storytime Friends

December 15, 2009 by  
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Well, I got it. I actually had it in my cart at Amazon but then saw a contest for winning one … and I won! I’m so thrilled. And they shipped it super fast so now I can share my thoughts with you!
Powder Pink Kit Bear
This adorable little My Storytime Friends Powder Pink Bear.

And I love it! It’s the perfect size, the storybook is cute, the private website is adorable and not too computer driven so you can download and print off things for the little ones so as not to have their little faces in the computer all the time….

I just love it.

I almost got this one:
Midnight Bear
because I love the deep blue color but decided on the pink instead. So so cute.

Click on the images to purchase your own (you really should – such a sweet idea for little ones) – note that for some reason on Amazon the bear colors don’t show in their photo but you’ll see from the title that you’re ordering the right colors as displayed here.

Midnight Bear
Midnight Bear

Powder Pink Bear
Powder Pink Bear

Powder Blue Bear
Powder Blue Bear

Honey Bear
Honey Bear

Coffee Bear
Coffee Bear

Brown Bear
Brown Bear

Floating Swimwear Girls Pink/Stripes Swimsuit

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Where to buy: Where to buy: www.sportskids.com

Floating Swimwear make float wear products for babies, toddlers and children that are designed with water safety in mind. The built-in puncture proof flotation will give parents peace of mind when their kids are in the swimming pool but of course it doesn’t eliminate the need to supervise children near water.

This deluxe 2 in 1 swim suit is made from a light-weight and flexible material and comes in an attractive lime color with stripes that can be worn by girls and boys alike. It comes with an attachable floatation vest that consists of soft and flexible foam. It can easily be taken off when playing out of the water due to the durable snapping locks on each side of the swim suit. The suit is very comfortable to wear both in and out of the water and comes in various sizes, XS – Age 2 to 4, S – Age 4 to 6 and M – Age 6 to 8.

Enjoy the many benefits of this swim suit, especially the safety aspect in and around water. For more information on this great product, go to www.Sportskids.com.

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Easy-Set Inflatable Swimming Pool (18’x48’)

Where to buy: www.amazon.com

It’s summertime and you might be thinking about investing in your own pool at home. The Easy-Set Inflatable Swimming Pool might be a great option for you and your family to enjoy some pool fun.

The pool is 18’x48” and is set above ground. The set-up is very easy, all you need is an area of level ground. There are no tools required and the set-up should be finished in about 30 minutes. The material is very tough and durable and made from three separate layers. The two outer layers are made from heavy-gauge laminated PVC and the inner layer is made from polyester mesh to give it additional strength.

Included in the purchase price is a 1500 gallon filter pump with filtration pump filter cartridge for water circulation and removal of debris. The included ladder is constructed of a coated steel frame with sturdy plastic steps. The easy-set pool is easy to drain and take down and store in the fall and winter season.

Also included in the package is a 19ft ground cloth, a 18ft fitted pool cover, a set-up and maintenance DVD and a maintenance kit, which comes with a lightweight aluminium pool sweep and a vacuum.

This pool is an affordable way of spending long summer days in your own pool and is great for the whole family and your kids’ friends. Don’t forget that children should always be supervised by adults when in the water.

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Little Stars Bedtime Cards – fun for little ones at bedtime

March 25, 2009 by  
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Last week I got the most adorable thing in the mail. A packet from two ladies in Canada who started a company at www.bedtimecards.com.

From their press release:
Every parent knows how important it is to send their child to bed feeling secure, comforted and loved. But most parents are familiar with the feeling of “running out of steam” at the end of the day, especially when their child is pleading for “one more story!”
and that’s how Little Stars Bedtime Cards were born!

Shannon McQuillan and Linda Komori developed the cards in response to their own experiences as mothers of young children. The idea is that you tuck one of the conversation starter cards under your child’s pillow and then at bedtime the two of you discuss the simple questions on the back of the cards for a few minutes, creating a lovely bedtime routine. The kids will start to look forward to seeing if there is a card under their pillow each night – helping them to anticipate bedtime instead of avoid it. I think it’s a great idea!

Here’s a quick video showing the cards and how they work. Enjoy:

Make sure you visit their website at www.bedtimecards.com to find out more!

Preschool snuggle sack review

March 20, 2009 by  
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I was bopping around NewBaby.com getting ready to upload some review videos of my own when I saw this one on the home page. I’m thinking I want one of these snuggle sacks for myself but I love the idea of this easy to carry pack for little ones for longer playdates with naptime included, day care cots or even a visit to grandmas house. Take a look:

Find out more about the Nap Pack when you visit CraftyBaby.com

Eyes Cream Shades – protect your little ones

February 6, 2009 by  
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A few weeks ago I received a call from Faith over at www.eyescreamshades.com telling me about her wonderful products for kids. Well, yesterday I got a sample in the mail and I’m impressed so I wanted to share them with you and spread the word! Just another one of those things that I wish I knew about when my kids were young.
I love seeing little kids in sunglasses. They look so cute and they think they look so incredibly “cool” with them too – it’s just fun. But it’s important too. Unfortunately most parents buy their infant and toddler sunglasses for the “cute” factor and to help a little with the brightness while on walks or at the park but good eye protection is important beyond helping the baby not to squint too much.

From Faith’s Website:

Sunglasses are not “toys” or novelty items, but serve an important fuction- protecting our eyes from harmful uv rays. The cumulative effects of longterm exposure to such rays can contribute to the following:
cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis, ptergium, as well as skin cancer around the eyelids.
Children must wear quality sunwear with polycarbonate lenses that provide 100% UVA&UVB protection.
Eyes Cream Shades styles are fun, comfortable , and trendy…… ( Faith Smith – Founder, Eyes Cream Shades, Inc – ” The Kids Sunglass Expert“)

Here’s the great thing about Eyes Cream Shades – not only do they provide the 100% UVA/UVB protection with the required polycarbonate lenses, but they’re so cute and the colors are fun (and have fun names). They’re high quality so when your little on pulls them off, etc, they won’t break apart right away but they’re not so heavy and cumbersome that the baby will fuss when they’re on. The price is right too – they’re not the cheapy $2 things you can get at Walmart but you won’t be paying for RayBans either! 🙂

Head on over to www.EyesCreamShades.com to see all the fun colors yourself. Make sure you let Faith know that we sent you!

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