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For The Grandkids

By Lynn N. Capri

Growth Chart Art

Growth charts have moved from pencil marks behind a child’s closet door to
center stage as a work of art for the home. With designs by celebrated artist Ellen McCaleb, this art is made to go in living areas and be enjoyed by the whole family and friends. These wooden growth charts feature sophisticated and fun designs that kids and parents love, and can enjoy for decades.
Growth Chart Art is ideal for holiday, baby or birthday gifts for grandparents, parents or kids ~ from newborns to elementary-schoolers.
The first designs were launched this year ~ everything from sunflowers to skiing to fish and other nature designs to baseball to the American flag (and 10% of sales of the Flag pattern are donated to charities for the deployed).

* Made in the U.S.A.
* Materials are eco-friendly, including soy-based inks, no-VOC paints and re-purposed wood
* One chart can be used for all the kids in the family
* Specs: 7 ¼”w; 44”l; ½” deep; weight – 4 lbs.; even comes with a marker to note
* Growth Chart Ruler is customizable, so families of all heights can choose
where to hang it
* Can be personalized with one or more child’s name
* Woman-owned business

You can read more about how Ellen began her Growth Chart business (inspired, of course, by her children!), browse through all the designs, and order your favorite at

Health is Wealth Gives Popular “Fast Food” Snacks A Health Makeover
New Munchees have no cholesterol, trans or saturated fat, less than 200 calories per serving

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years ~ which is no surprise when you consider the amount of sugary, fat-filled and caloric snacks parents and grandparents are loading children up with out of convenience. No longer, though, does a fast and easy meal or snack have to be unhealthy or tasteless as Health is Wealth is proving with their new and improved line of Munchees.

Pizza rolls are a childhood classic and perfect for busy families as an after-school or sports snack or as part of an easy meal on a busy night, but usually these frozen foods are filled with preservatives and fatty cheeses and ultimately do more harm than good.
Pizza Munchee
Health is Wealth’s Pizza Munchees use only the finest, plump, vine-ripened tomatoes, combining classic Italian flavors and all-natural ingredients like soy cheese, a unique blend of whole wheat, expeller pressed non-hydrogenated oils and low-fat ingredients to create a snack that is low in calories and high in complex carbohydrates.

Munchees are also available in Spinach & Soy Cheese, Veggie, Jalapeño & Cheese, and Broccoli & Cheese varieties. Health is Wealth Munchees contain no preservatives, cholesterol, MSG or trans-fatty acids and are 100 percent vegetarian. Health is Wealth Munchees are made with whole-wheat flour packing protein, vegetables, vitamins, calcium and iron into a delicious bite-sized pouch at less than 200 calories per serving with no added sugar.

Munchees can be found in natural food and fine food retailers nationwide including: Whole Foods, Wegmans, Publix and many others. For more information about the entire Munchee line of products, please visit

Bright Starts’ “Pretty in Pink” Toys and Gear

Bright Starts developed “Pretty in Pink’, a collection of toys and gear in which a portion of every sale goes straight to breast cancer research!

For only $3.99, Pretty in Pink Chime Along Friends provide baby with tons of fun, swinging and chiming with a shake. Colorful fringes add texture and are fun to touch and its easy-grip clip attaches to almost anything.

Additional toys/gear from the Pretty in Pink collection include: for-the-grandkids-bright-s-copy

·    Pretty In Pink™ Bounce-a-bout™ – $59.99
·    Petals & Friends™ Activity Gym- $34.99
·    Pretty In Pink™ Petal Pusher Carrier Toy Bar™ – $14.99
·    Pretty In Pink™ Bend n’ Beep Phone™$6.99

Bright Starts is an innovating brand of juvenile products that provides parents with smart, fresh solutions.  With a growing portfolio of over 100 innovative activity centers, play gyms, bouncers, swings, and toys; Bright Starts’ large selection of progressive products inspire confidence and engage curiosity.  Backed by awards from numerous leading industry and consumer organizations, Bright Starts is a trusted name for cleverly-designed, quality products for young children.   Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Bright Starts is the flag ship brand for Kids II, Inc., manufacturer, designer and marketer of toys and baby gear.  Visit

Luv That Tray Keeps Counters, Tables & Floors Free From Spills & Clutter




Here’s a unique new product that could very well become a grandmom’s or granddad’s new favorite item for keeping kids’ messes contained. The Luv That Tray is an innovative product that is part placemat, part serving tray and even part surface for art & crafts projects.

The patented Luv That Tray is the only placemat-type product on the market that sports 1/2 inch raised sides that help keep items on the tray from spilling over. Uniquely shaped and made from FDA approved plastic with a safety certification, the innovative design allows the tray to flex and form an easy funnel guide so items will slide right off info a storage container or trash can.

The  Luv That Tray can be used for arts and crafts projects, keeping glitter, glue, beads, modeling clay and even paper scraps and other messes contained and off of tables and floors. Lightweight yet sturdy, the Luv That Trays are versatile enough to double as a serving tray for snacks and meals, keeping crumbs and liquid spills in control, saving lots of time and trouble when moms are ready to clean up. for-the-grandkids-tray1-copy

The product is made in the USA and is the latest innovation created by the entrepreneurial husband and wife team Robert & Ruth Goldman of Argee Corporation, 20+ year veterans in the consumer product development market.

Four colorful dishwasher safe Luv That Trays are included in each package ~ red, green, yellow, blue.  They sell for $12.99 and are available at or by calling 800.449.3030.

Maxell’s DVD Player/Video Projector For Kids


Remaining true to its home entertainment brand heritage, Maxell Corporation of America jumps into the audio/video hardware market with a combination DVD player and projector. Although aimed at the kids’ market, the product was developed with parents and grandparents in mind.  The “KDP-1” was designed as the “entertainment solution” that will keep kids occupied for hours.  This easy to use and easy to set up product requires no assembly, mounting or additional cables.  The plug and play unit projects onto any blank surface and with a maximum screen size of 45 inches!

The integrated DVD player makes the KDP-1 projector extremely portable, allowing for use in any setting where AC power is available. The product features a rounded plastic design with no sharp edges and the oversized buttons that are ideal for small hands.

Additional features include built-in speakers with kid-safe volume levels, microphone input for karaoke (microphone not included), and an LED light source providing low power consumption.
The KDP-1 is a wallet-friendly solution for your kids’ play areas, bedrooms, traveling, parties, classrooms, day care centers and more.

Available at and select retailers.

Pictured: Growth Art Chart, Health Wealth Pizza Munchees, Bright Starts’ Chime Along Friends, Luv That Tray.

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