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It’s time for our Friday Finds edition this week and we have a ton of great stuff to share with you! So let’s get to it!
Hit the Candy Trail Without the Scares
If you’re a kid, Halloween is the highlight of the year right after summer vacation from school. I mean, seriously, all the free candy you can carry. Who wouldn’t love that? It is the one night a year when kids venture out and enjoy themselves by the thousands. Whether you tag along with your offspring or not, it’s extremely important to discuss safety precautions ahead of time that can help ensure the only scary thing on All Hallow’s Eve is the costumes. Krav Maga Worldwide, one of the nation’s leading self-defense organizations, has a few important safety tips for parents to keep in mind before heading out the door this Halloween.
There’s mischief around every corner. Explain to kids that they need to be fully aware of what is happening around them and take notice of anything suspicious. If they do notice something is odd, they need to inform a parent or trusted adult that is with their group.
Witches and ghosts always go in pairs. Be sure to tell your child how important it is to stay with the group and not to venture off alone. With a large number of people out and about it is easy for a child to get lost in the crowd.
Teach kids to kick some monster butt. Kids should know safety and defense skills that can come in handy on any day, but especially in large crowds and unfamiliar territory. Sign kids up for age-appropriate self-defense classes that not only teach kids physical skills but body language and verbal skills that can help deter assailants. If your child doesn’t have time to go to a class, Krav Maga Worldwide offers online courses through their Online Academy that can be done in the comfort of your living room.
Be mindful of costumes. Equip your child with comfortable shoes, flame retardant costume, prop safety, forgo masks and use face paint for better sight and breathing. It is also a good idea to provide your child with a reflector strip, glow sticks, or flashlights.
Snap a picture of your Lil ghoul. Take a picture of your child before leaving the house so that you can instantly recall what their costume looked like in case you get separated. It is also a smart idea to put your name and number on your child’s hand and seal it with liquid Band-Aid so it stays put.
Stranger danger can give you a fright. Stress the importance to kids that they should not associate with strangers or enter a stranger’s home. Teach your child to only accept treats from the doorway and to let you know if something occurs that makes them uncomfortable while they are going door-to-door.
When in doubt throw it out. Once you are home and sorting through your child’s candy, get rid of anything that is open, has been repackaged or is homemade. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Also, pay attention to candy that can cause choking hazards like gum and hard candies.
Spooktacular Halloween Murals
Take your Halloween decorations to the next level this year with a spooktacular, removable wall mural from Wallsauce.com.
Murals are made to fit your dimensions, and these eerie murals will set the backdrop to a Halloween party that will leave your guests mesmerized. From pumpkins and black cats to misty forests and graveyards, choose from a vast range of paranormal imagery to suit your Halloween theme.
Available for a print onto a peel-and-stick wallpaper, these chilling murals are great for temporary decoration. Here are a few of our favorites found on wallsauce.com in the Halloween section.
FOR YOUR HOME
Limited Time Savings for Savvy Cooks and Gift Givers
This is exactly what every home chef and hostess has been waiting for and we have the details just for you!
Meyer Corporation U.S. announces special savings for a limited time only on some of your favorite cookware and stoneware from brands such as Anolon, Circulon, Farberware, and Rachael Ray! Click the links under each product to find out what the AWESOME sale price is!
I received the Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Skillet Set to review because after purchasing almost a complete set of other well-known copper (hint hint) pots and pans – um, yeah, not impressed. I’ve had them a little less than a year and the frying pan – which I use almost daily – is definitely not non-stick any longer. I’m sure my husband using metal forks and spoons in the pan didn’t do it any favors, or the constant cleaning via the dishwasher.
I really put the Circulon pans to the test the other night and made fried chicken. And used metal tongs. I barely needed any grease at all and I had perfectly fried chicken in about 20 minutes that was full of flavor and juicy. My husband said it tasted just like I had cooked it on the grill!
I let the pan cool and then put it in some hot soapy water and literally just wiped it clean. NOTHING STUCK, no scratches, no little marks or dents, nothing.
FOR THE BABIES
In case you have not seen the news plastered all over my social media accounts, I’m going to be a nana as of April 2020! I am so excited! When my daughter told me that she wasn’t going to have any children I was totally fine with that. Every now and again, however, I would see babies in my news feed and sigh … and wish. So imagine my surprise when my son and his fiance announced that a bambino for me to spoil rotten would be arriving in a few months!
Yes, I’m going to be THAT nana.
So I am making baby lists and checking out all the latest products. It’s been 17 years since I was pregnant last and all I can say is WOW, things sure have changed!
So being the blabbermouth that I am (grins) I have to tell you about these three products I discovered.
Let me just first begin by stating that Michael, the Founder of Evolved Parent Co., is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet! 🙂
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Evolved Parent Co. Baby Bottom Buddy Diaper Creme Applicator
It is inevitable that your child is going to get a diaper rash – sooner rather than later. The one thing that I really detested about the whole ordeal was the MESS after applying diaper creme to my child’s bottom. While it might work wonders on that little tush, there were a fair amount of expletives uttered trying to wash that gunk off my hands afterward!
- MESS-FREE CHANGING: With the Baby Bottom Buddy, you can apply rash cream without getting a mess on your hands. Take care of your baby’s bum and keep your hands clean.
- GENTLE SILICONE: It’s made from antimicrobial and BPA-free silicone, so you can use it on even the most sensitive skin.
- ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION: You can apply ointment, lotion, butt paste, and more with this useful tool. It’s an all-in-one solution for applying and spreading diaper creams.
- TRAVEL NECESSITY: If you’re traveling with a baby, this is a diaper bag necessity. It’s TSA-approved and easy to transport in a bag or suitcase.
- BABY SHOWER GIFT: Whether you’re going to a baby shower for a first-time parent or a gender reveal party for a 5-time mother, the Baby Bottom Buddy is a thoughtful and useful gift.
Evolved Parent Co. ChewBox Teething Rings
While it may be a “little” premature to be thinking about teething rings these are no ordinary teething rings. This teether toy set comes with 6 fun shaped items that are the perfect size for baby hands, and they provide sensory stimulation long before the teething relief is needed. There is an Animal Edition set and a Fruit Edition set.
- GREAT FOR BOYS & GIRLS: These baby accessories are suitable for all ages, including babies 0 – 3 months. These teethers are the perfect size for baby hands, and they provide sensory stimulation.
- PERFECT BABY SHOWER GIFT: If you’re looking for must-have baby gear for new parents entering parenthood, look no further. Our fun baby teethers are ideal for home and travel. They fit great in strollers and car seats!
- BPA-FREE, FOOD-GRADE SILICONE: Our teething products are made with soft food-grade silicone that’s completely safe for infants and toddlers. This top-quality material is also gentle on baby’s gums.
- DISHWASHER SAFE: At The Evolved Parent Co., we know it’s essential that baby supplies are easy to wash and care for. That’s why we make dishwasher-safe teethers. Messes are no problem with these toys!
No more buying one teether at a time! The ChewBox from The Evolved Parent Co. comes with 6 unique teethers. It’s the ultimate collection of teething toys for one great price. Your little one is sure to find their favorite chew toy in this mix.
I remember when my children were babies, there were teething rings filled with water that you popped in the freezer and had to wait hours for them to freeze. If you were seriously in a bind, you got a clean washcloth and got it wet and froze that thing real quick like!
These soft, non-toxic teethers will provide countless hours of relief to your little one’s sore chompers. At The Evolved Parent Co., the safety of your little ones is a top priority. The ChewBox was developed with:
- BPA-free Silicone
- FDA approved food-grade silicone that provides a uniquely perfect combination of softness and strength.
- Is dishwasher safe for extended use!
Your baby will love it! Parents will also love these teethers for their quality, affordable price and easy care instructions. To clean your ChewBox teethers, simply put them in the dishwasher and wash as normal! They’ll come out looking good as new and sanitized! These toys are the perfect size for bath play or on-the-go travel. They’re great for providing comfort and entertainment in car seats and strollers, and they fit just right in a diaper bag so you’ll always have a toy ready for fussy teething moments. The ChewBox comes in two collections your little ones are sure to love!
Babies especially love the giraffe teether which is perfect for reaching back teeth. The unisex design of our teethers means they’re a perfect baby shower gift for new parents. Their unique textures are an excellent source of sensory stimulation, and the soft yet firm silicone is exactly what your baby needs to soothe sore gums and cutting teeth.
SIDS Awareness Month
“Back in the day” when I was raising my children, we were told not to lay children on their back to sleep, that they should be on their stomach or their side. As I said, times have changed in the 17 years since I was last pregnant!
October is SIDS Awareness Month and we appreciate so very much all that SwaddleDesigns is doing to help keep our little ones safe while they slumber.
I will never forget the fear that struck my heart with my first child when I put her to sleep around 9:30 p.m. one night when she was about 3 to 4 weeks old. I woke up the next morning at 7:30 a.m. and had not heard a peep from her all night. I immediately went into a full-blown panic attack and ran to her room, touched her tummy and she opened her eyes and smiled at me. I burst out crying in a mixture of tears from fear and happiness – so many tears that would have rivaled any temper tantrum a 2-year-old could have thrown.
So being the conscientious nana that I am, I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to test out an Omni Swaddle Sack from our friends at SwaddleDesigns. Heathered Gray is very on-trend for baby gear right now, and these darling stripes and solids make these two safe sleep products a must-have for baby.
SwaddleDesigns Omni Swaddle Sack & Transitional Swaddle Sack
The Omni Swaddle Sack and Transitional Swaddle Sack are part of SwaddleDesigns 3-Step Safe Sleep Program product line. They even include detailed instructions for new parents on how to swaddle and the benefits of swaddling your little one.
Stage One (ages 0-3 months or until baby can roll over): Swaddle to suppress the Moro Reflex (the reflex which startles baby awake). SwaddleDesigns Omni Swaddle Sack with Wrap keeps newborns cozy and secure.
Stage Two (age range 3-6 months): Partial suppression of the Moro Reflex. The Transitional Swaddle Sack is an important innovation in safe sleep for babies who can roll over but are not ready for a loose-fitting sleeping sack. Swaddle Sack bridges the gap between a classic snug swaddle and a sleeping sack.
SwaddleDesigns products a line exclusively for Amazon called Amazing Baby. To celebrate the launch of this line, Amazon has created the 50Welcome promo code for you to receive 50% OFF one Amazing Baby item with your first purchase! Consumers can enter 50Welcome at checkout. Visit www.amazon.com/AmazingBaby to see the complete collection.
Until next week my friends,