Consumers today are becoming increasingly interested in products that are environmentally safe and socially responsible. Of course, when young children are also involved, these concerns become especially heightened. New parents generally feel responsible for everything their children touch or ingest. As such, the importance of green certification for children’s products is on the rise. Obtaining certification allows companies to advertise their products as environmentally safe, and tells consumers that the companies care about the planet and their customers’ well-being. In this installment of The Green Scene, we’ll take a look behind the red tape of green certification and provide information on several reliable organic certification programs.
Premature infants achieve many special milestones after birth that aren’t recognized in traditional baby books and journals. As an alternative, preemie parents can look toward the personalized art of scrapbooking as great way to commemorate the unique developmental milestones of their infants. And now, thanks to My Kids’ Inspiration, new parents of premature infants even have unique scrapbooking products to fit their special needs!
When Melanie Morgenthaler and her young family moved back to her childhood home in Maine, she went to work creating a place where parents and children could go to learn, play and bond together. She began offering music programs for children and soon after added a symphony of retail products to meet local demand. Melanie shares her story about blending love of family, music and sharing. Read on to discover how “plorking,” a word she coined, defines her business philosophy!
When Samantha Asay created Pukies — her comfortable, stain-resistant line of Soy Genius baby clothing with 30+SPF, a new era of sensibility in children’s fashion was born. Asay is at it again with her innovative spring/ summer 2010 collection called “Buggies.” The new Buggies collection, with Insect Shield, pairs the brilliance of the Soy Genius fabric with Insect Shield, creating the first and only infant and toddler apparel with built-in Insect Shield Protection.
Laura Woodland went from working at the New York Stock Exchange to taking stock of product needs for expectant moms, newborns and their siblings! Since its opening in March 2008, Ciao Belly has celebrated the great expectations and gift-giving opportunities for pregnancies, newborns and growing families. From its cute, Italian-inspired store name to its highly personal service, the store has become a welcomed addition to the neighborhood. Laura shares how her dream store was born, and why listening to her gut (belly?) made her a believer in the importance of location, location, location!
Jan Brett’s beloved children’s story, The Hat, chronicles a day in the life of an amusing hedgehog that pokes his nose into a knit sock and finds himself stuck. Wandering around the farmyard, he begins to view his hat as highly fashionable and important protection against the chilly air. His barnyard friends poke fun at his new look, but are soon drawn to the thought of wearing a hat themselves.
While Halloween celebrations have existed in Europe for centuries, children dressing up in costume and “trick-or-treating” didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the 1930s. Nearly 80 years later, Halloween in the U.S. has become a multi-billion dollar industry. To celebrate this spookiest of holidays, The Giggle Guide™ takes a look at some of the creative dress-up options available for kids (and parents) today. Even if it’s too late for Halloween ‘09, we all know children enjoy dressing up and playing make-believe all year long!
No tricks! Just treats! Halloween is a favorite among old and young alike as it brings out the creative magic in everyone. As little (and big) kids race from house to house, fully garbed in costumes that have been pondered over for weeks, the most essential part of their costume has nothing to do with who or what they’re pretending to be! The Halloween bag, intended to hold the most toothsome pleasures of the night, must be sturdy, easy to hold and preferably, reusable throughout childhood.
Hello everyone! This week I’ll be adding a lot of cool and pretty items to my Etsy shop.
Some of which are these adorable little mini art ornaments. They are simply perfect all year for art to adorn your wall. Then during holiday time, place them on your tree.
So keep a look out:) Have a great day! Marnie V.