Archives for the month of: March, 2011

Two Truck Loads of Toys…..

It’s an Itsybitsy teeny-weenie inappropriate padded top bikini for your eight year old.

Would you buy a push-up bikini top for your second grade daughter? Where do you draw the line for age appropriate clothing?

U.S. retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has come under fire for offering a padded push-up bikini top to young girls.

Gail Dines, a sociology professor at Wheelock College in Boston, slammed the top, saying it would encourage girls to think about themselves in a sexual way before they are ready. “It (also) sends out really bad signals to adult men about young girls being appropriate sexual objects,” she told CNN affiliate WHDH.

The Bod Squad States:

We believe that the fashion industry is pressuring little girls to grow up too fast! The findings of two years of study by an APA (American Psychological Association) task force state that clothing, which makes girls appear older, and the associated marketing efforts are linked to eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression. Ironically, this early sexualization presented to young girls also has “negative consequences on girls’ ability to develop healthy sexuality.” We would like to request that industry leaders send a message to the fashion industry that we want to purchase age-appropriate clothing for our little girls and would like the fashion industry to evaluate the clothing they design and the messages they send to our girls through advertising.

F.Y.I.

As of March 26th, Abercrombie and Kids no longer features “push up triangles” on its site. The link above now goes to an empty page.

It’s Oliver’s First Birthday and we know what he’s getting; a special cake baked just for him by his Grandma Stitch.

Here is a pretend cake but this year there are a few too many candles on the cake, but they are attached with velcro, so we’ll save them for another year and just leave “one” in the center.

Any lucky little one can celebrate a  birthday or un-birthday every day of the year. Close your eyes, make a wish and blow out the pretend candles. Our fun wooden birthday cake
has candles, slices and toppings for all of your guests. Includes a 6-slice cake
on a serving plate, 19 toppings, 7 candles, a wooden spatula and convenient
storage box. Happy Birthday to You!


First Trampoline

You’ll  jump for joy with this trampoline adorned with polka dot padded bumpers. Ideal for developing balance and strength. The rubber handle and rubber feet provide a non-slip grip.

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver’s mom and dad will be surprising him with a Skuut, his very first bike.

Skuut is a wooden balance bike minus pedals and no training wheels. Children kick off the
ground as if running, thus pushing or “skuuting” themselves and the bike forward.
The Skuut is perfect for learning balance, steering, coordination and independence.
Having mastered balance on the Skuut, the transition to a traditional two wheeler
bike is easy.

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Liam is wearing a first birthday crown is made of felt especially for little birthday boys by The Munchkin & Me Boutique. If you’re looking for a  crown of a different color or number, yay, it’s available.

Professional photography done by Jena Davis Photography.

Relief for anyone suffering from, or enjoying Bieber Fever. Pop Party offers anyone their very own paint by number  8″x 10″ Justin Bieber masterpiece! This would make anyone a Belieber, right?

Your kit includes 13 hand-mixed, quick-drying acrylic paints in number-coded containers and 1 paintbrush.

 

Riddell Football Helmet Safety and Concussions.

This sign may bring a smile to a few faces, disappointment to others, but  its intention is to  call your attention to a very serious matter, read below:

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell  and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall marked Brain Injury Awareness Day last week by introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.

The Children’s Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bill also increases potential penalties for using false injury prevention claims to sell helmets and other sports equipment.

United States Senator Tom Udall requested that the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) investigate alleged deceptive practices of football helmet manufactures. In response to the “serious concerns” raised by Senator Udall, the FTC is now reportedly investigating the helmet manufacturers’ marketing claims. According to Senator Udall’s letter to the FTC, “there is actually very little scientific evidence to support the claim that Riddell’s Revolution helmets reduce the risk of concussion by 31 percent.”

If you have purchased a football helmet from the manufacturer Riddell or another manufacturer, they may have violated the law by allegedly falsely claiming its helmets possessed safety capabilities they did not have.

Anyone who purchased a football helmet under a belief that it possessed safety features that would reduce the risk of concussion, it may be important to talk to an attorney.

We are looking for folks who are interested in a guest posting of any experiences they would like to share on this topic.

If you would like additional information on this consumer protection case, we have a friend who could help you with this claim.

Will you be turning off your lights for Earth Hour tomorrow? Millions plan to flip the switch Saturday.

On March 26, 2011, turn off your lights at 8:30 pm for Earth Hour, a worldwide collective display of commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet. Look who is celebrating Earth Hour

Every year Earth Hour asks individuals, businesses and communities worldwide to show their commitment to the environment. This Earth Hour, please join in this effort. We hope you will turn off your lights. When your lights go back on,  think about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the planet. Let’s work together to create a better future. Our actions can add up.

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Earth: Assembly Required
Take your geography lesson for a spin with the amazing three-dimensional puzzle globe!
Curved puzzle pieces allow for an exact fit and are easily assembled together to form a solid, smooth globe. When assembled, this puzzle will not just be fun to put together but useful for years to come – with no glue required! The underside of each piece is conveniently numbered. Display stand included. 240 piece Illustrated World map puzzleball® is approximately 6″ diameter. For ages 8 and up.

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UpCycle is another way to love your Mother Earth and Brava Boutique out of Henderson, Nevada takes a no longer worn or favorite T-Shirts and creates fabulous dresses for your little lady.

Here is an entertaining Earth Hour game for kids to play.

What kids wouldn’t find this to be the bed of their dreams?

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys is constantly searching for the most unique and creative bed options. We travel the world on that quest and pride ourselves in offering the best beds for you and your growing family.

Always at the top of our list is safety. Looking at this amazing bed, do you find anything that could be considered unsafe?

Here you see a perfect example of what at first glance might appear to be a dream bed, but in fact is a nightmare in the safety department.

 

 

The Sleep and Slide Bunk Beds are our newest fun yet safe introduction.  A place to sleep by night and an indoor playground during the day (minus the dangerous ropes and pulleys). Build of solid birch, it not only meets, but exceeds all safety standards. Since it is part of the add as you grow system, it takes your child creatively from first bed to college. Available in a warm Chestnut, painted white finish or natural birch as shown.

Over the years we have found hundreds fabulous beds that are available in other countries that fall short when safety is the main concern.

Let’s take a look at the most current regulations from the federal government.

Currently the Consumer Product Safety Commission requires the following as noted on their website:

Guardrails:
1. Bunk beds must have at least two upper bunk guardrails, with at least one rail on each side.
Lower bunks with mattress foundations that are 30 inches or less from the floor do not have to have guardrails.
2. The guardrail on the side of the bed next to a wall or on the side opposite to a ladder must run continuously from one end of the bed to the other. If the guardrail does not attach to an end of the bed, the gap between the end of the guardrail and the nearest end of the bunk bed cannot be greater than 0.22 inches.
3. A guardrail on the side of the bed away from the wall does not have to run continuously from end to end of the bed, but the distance between either end of the guardrail and the end of the bed nearest to it cannot be greater than 15 inches.
4. Guardrails must be attached to the bunk bed with fasteners that you have to release to take the rails off or they must require you to move them in two or more different directions, one after the other, to take them off.
5. The tops of the guardrails must be no less than 5 inches above the top of the mattress.
6. When you take the mattress off the upper bunk, any space between the bottom of the guardrail and the top of the mattress foundation must not let the wedge block described below pass through freely.

Bunk Bed Ends:
1. No opening in either end of the upper bunk that is above the mattress foundation can let the wedge block pass through freely.
2. When you use the thickest mattress and mattress foundation recommended by the manufacturer, the top of each end of the upper bunk must be at least 5 inches above the top of the mattress for at least half of the distance between the posts on each side of the end.
3. No opening in either end of the lower bunk below the mattress foundation of the upper bunk and above the mattress foundation of the lower bunk can permit the wedge block to pass through freely, unless the opening also allows a rigid 9 inch sphere to pass through it freely.
4. Any opening in either end of the lower bunk below the mattress foundation of the upper bunk that is tested with the wedge block must also be tested for the risk of neck entrapment if the opening lets the 9 inch sphere pass though freely.

These are the guidelines set up by the federal government to ensure the safety for bunk beds that we all need to be aware of.

SAFETY FIRST

Today another safety concern was called to our attention: Warning About Hand Sanitizer Poisoning in Children! Please read this article from Dagmar’s Momsense. If you have experienced a child’s ingesting hand sanitizer, we are looking for folks interested in doing a guest posting.

 

How to Beat Backseat Boredom….

With Spring Break and holiday travel happening there is always the question of how to keep young travelers happy and occupied on their journey. Whether you travel by air, land or sea, here are some super toy ideas to entertain the kiddos and help prevent the dreaded backseat boredom.


Flip To Win Hangman
Classic word game with a twist! Think of a word and try to
stump your opponent. Includes one game board with erasable
whiteboard, self-storing dry-erase marker and eraser. No loose
pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 6 and up.


Backseat Travel Books Set
Four great travel books make for hours of fun on the road! This  series is your source
for fighting those boredom blues. With this Kids’ Travel Activity Pack you get all four
books for hours and hours of travel fun. Are We There Yet? features great on-the-road
games, trip-tracking tools (including travel journal pages), mini mysteries, crossword
puzzles, road games, and much, much more. An answer key is also included in the
back of the book. Best Travel Activity Book Ever! features hundreds of coloring activities,
dozens of dot-to-dots, lots of mazes, and a ton of other fun games and activities.
Kids’ Road Atlas
features real road maps, great travel games, state-by-state puzzles,
state facts (including the nickname, capital, flower, tree, and bird), an index, and much,
much more. An answer key is also included in the back of the book. Coast-to-Coast
Games
travels around the United States by region through National Park puzzles, city
games and activities, fun facts and trivia, and much, much more. An answer key is also
included in the back of the book. These fun-filled books are perfect for keeping the kids
busy at home or during those long stretches.  Ages 6 and up.


Travel Bingo
Great for travel! Both players select a Travel Bingo board, insert matching game
cards into the slot at the top of their boards, and flip open all of the doors so that
the pictures on the cards are exposed. Players close the doors as they spot objects
along their journey. Includes 4 double-sided, laminated, themed game cards.
No loose pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 4 years and older.

Find these and many more great toys visit http://www.shoptotallykids.com or call a Totally Kids
personal shopper at 952-881-2425 to help you find just what you are looking for.

Totally Kids ships worldwide and offers FREE gift wrapping on most toys.

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Have Family Will Travel offers: Top 10 Tips for Flying with Kids.

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Be certain everyone gets plenty of rest before you travel. Hydrate especially before air travel. Remember to keep washing hands so you will return home happy and healthy. Do not forget to have fun and take lots of pictures.