Lifestyle » Vol. 32

For the Grandkids

Give toys that lastfor-the-grandkids-orvis2

Orvis presents gifts for toddlers that will be treasured for years to come. These toys are designed to delight and created with the child’s safety and comfort in mind.

Mother Goose Play Set. This whimsical goose can stow six fabric books with classic nursery rhymes in her feathers, and all of the book characters are zipped inside. The top zipper opens to reveal small, stuffed fabric dolls and figures that relate to the rhymes: Little Bo Peep, Jack Be Nimble, Little Miss Muffet, Hickory Dickory Dock, Hey Diddle Diddle and Jack and Jill. $39.

Plush Puppy and If I Were A Puppy Book.

This cuddle-soft plush puppy is accompanied by the If I Were a Puppy board book with touchable puppy characteristics on each page. $39.

Speaking Good-Night Prayer Lamb. When squeezed, this soft chenille plush lamb plays a special bedtime prayer: “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.” $29.

Snuggle Bunnies. The perfect new baby gift, these soft bunnies are perfect for snuggling. Velvety velour bunnies in soft cotton-knit onesies with matching baby cap. $39, can be personalized for $8.

Lullaby and Good Night Soft Book. This sweet story helps any child prepare for bed by following a little bear from page to page as he does the same. On the last page, the bear climbs into bed. A sound chip in the bear’s tummy plays Brahms’s Lullaby. $39, can be personalized for $8.

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LUSH’S FUN Soap!fungroup-2

Now kids are going to love bath and shower time with LUSH’s latest invention ~ a multi-purpose, mouldable soap for body, hair and bath called, you guessed it, FUN! That’s right, you can wash with it, you can bathe with it for masses of bubbles,and you can even mold it into crazy shapes. Perfect for kids who don’t like bath time.

But the fun doesn’t stop at the bathtub. LUSH is on a mission to spread the fun to those who need it most ~ children living in challenging environments. A portion of the global sales of FUN will go into a newly created FunD and will be distributed as grants to projects providing recreational activities for children.

FUN ($6.95) comes in five colors, all which have their own unique scent.

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Monkey Mat takes the mess out of playmonkey-mat-2

A large, clean multi-purpose mat that can be taken everywhere, thanks to a small attached storage pouch with easy buckle strap, Monkey Mat can be used for picnics, fitness activities, beach, travel or outdoor events. It protects children from any questionably clean floor, indoors or out.

At 5 feet by 5 feet, the mat is large enough to seat multiple people and is made of custom soft, lightweight fabric that allows grass, food and other messes to shake off easily. It is water repellant and has corner weights that prevent the mat from blowing away in the wind, as well as corner loops for even more secure grounding. The entire Monkey Mat is machine washable for easy cleaning.

The storage pouch is compact and portable (6 inches by 6 inches), with an adjustable buckle strap that can secure to any purse, stroller, cooler handle, bike handle, diaper bag, luggage, belt loop, even wrist ~ like an accessory.
Available in four colors and with a chic giraffe print pouch, Monkey Mat is a simple and stylish solution to an everyday problem.

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All-natural cough syrup offers something morefor-the-grandkids-zarbee

Kids experience up to 10 colds a year, but what happens when a child has a cold that isn’t bad enough to stay home from school, but they can’t sleep and have a test the next day? They shouldn’t have to lose the time they snooze ~ or flunk their big exam.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who do not get the recommended 10-11 hours of sleep each night exhibit poor behavior and perform worse in school.

Zarbee’s cough and cold products recently released the first all-natural cough syrup containing melatonin ~ an all-natural ingredient that promotes peaceful sleep. Formulated from vitamin C, zinc and a blend of dark honeys proven to calm coughs and soothe sore throats, the new Zarbee’s nighttime syrup contains the same effective and safe ingredients with the added benefit of melatonin, so children can rest and recover.

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Children should avoid pesticides


It’s impossible to say with certainty that our modern reliance on pesticides is directly causing more of our children to get sick more often, but lots of new research points in that direction. An October 2012 report by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) titled “A Generation in Jeopardy” examines dozens of recent studies and concludes that the influx of pesticides in our society is taking a heavy toll on our kids’ health and intelligence.
There are several ways individuals can minimize pesticide exposures for themselves and their loved ones:
1. Buy organic food whenever possible.

2. Avoid chemical sprays and bug traps inside and out of the home.

3. Steer clear of farms and other agricultural lands that regularly get sprayed with pesticides.

~ EarthTalk

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