By Michelle Armstrong - Thursday, January 20th 2011
As harried parents know, life is generally filled with more demands than there are hours in a day to meet. Given a family’s long list of daily activities and goals, parents who want both themselves and their children to be more organized and accountable can benefit from a helpful selection of tools by The Homework Caddy, Creative Changes, Prosperity4Kids and The Reward Chain. These products help parents teach kids the importance of responsibility when it comes to activities like tracking homework assignments, performing household chores and saving money.
Young children display innocence, purity and simplicity. With their funny thoughts and inspiring insights they can teach us about life in their own easy-going way. Bente Nilssen, the designer of FROSK wear, a Texas-based children’s clothing brand, believes in the wonder of children and makes clothes that reflect their inner beauty. Pulling inspiration from nature, each piece creates a timeless quality without fancy designs that may distract from the most important element — the child who’s wearing it.
“Chicago, Chicago, I’ll show you around…” Those song lyrics hit the right note, because this January’s Chicago Market: Living and Giving® gift and home show will lead you through floor after floor of vendors offering fine products — many making their 2011 debut at the show. Unlike those song lyrics, there will be no mention of “betting your bottom dollar,” because the products presented are sure winners for retailers and consumers! Among the juvenile product manufacturers you can meet at the show, watch for Babalu, Inc., Little Toader, Stephan Baby, and Four Peas.
Even though the chill of winter is upon us, it’s not too early to start thinking about the best products for warmer weather. Spring break is just around the corner, and families will soon be shopping for the newest, hippest trends in beach fashion — high-quality products with fun-loving, bright designs. So stock up on flip flops from Fish Flops, get Short Hats to turn heads, include sunglasses from Teeny Tiny Optics, beach fashion from Gossip Girl Swim, and hand-painted beach accessories from Dpoppen. Your fair-weather sales will shine brighter!
Blue Apple Books is known for providing fantastic, original children’s publications. The creative minds behind this independent publisher are breaking new ground yet again with the recent release of a comedic line of books known as Balloon Toons. Holding true to form, the Balloon Toons series brings the philosophy of Blue Apple Books front and center: encourage a child’s development, strengthen bonds between parents and children, and do it all through a unique collaboration in books. The close knit team of writers, artists and illustrators take pride in their own unique style — and want children of all ages to benefit from it as well.
Did you know that Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has made it her personal cause to help families recover from domestic violence? For years, Ms. Berry has been working with The Jenesse Center, a Los Angeles-based shelter which takes in women and children escaping from domestic violence situations.
AmericasMart® Atlanta presents thousands of gift lines on display at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® January 12-19, 2011. Show organizers search the country for exciting product lines to debut from a variety of categories, with a focus on offering retailers innovative products that will keep their stores ahead of the trends. This season, products range from well-known characters with a twist, such as the limited edition Hello Kitty collection, to classic gifts with new appeal like hand-painted wooden yo-yos, and hand-made slippers that look like they should be on display in an art gallery!
Our 50++UPF LOL line, Laugh out Loud and Lots of Love, with UV activated images, have kids thinking its magic and parents get visual reminders to reapply sunscreen on exposed areas.
Whether it is a sun vacation or summertime back yard fun our UV swimwear dries quickly to become all day sun protection active wear. Great for biking, boating, cottage, camp and or swimming. Imediate stock available and our new 2011 summer line available in May.
New this summer Mom & Dad 50++UPF Solar Guards and Hoodies.
CPSC is in the process of notifying manufactures of the Database and encouraging them to “register” a company representative who will receive information about complaints pertaining to their company’s products. I strongly encourage each of you to nominate and register such an individual so that you will have an opportunity to timely respond to any published complaint.
For your information, a press release from the CPSC announcing the Database is available on their website (www.cpsc.gov)
Beyond the baby basics, the most desired shower gifts are functional products that showcase singular quality in design and style. “Cuteness” is also an essential element shoppers look for, hoping to induce plenty of jubilant “oohs!” and “ahhs!” during the gift opening occasion. When customers are in search of “the perfect gift,” steer them to baby shower must-haves from Itzy Ritzy, Wry Baby, Urban Smalls and Dara & Co. These innovative companies offer fresh, fun, exceptional products that are guaranteed to bring a downpour of fun-loving giggles and heart-warming memories to the party.