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June 30, 2010

Fitness for Expecting Moms Event

Come join us at giggle Pasadena for this informative class that explores the benefits of and myths about prenatal exercise. Mia B. Smith, B.S., ACE, NESTA and owner of sweat Fitness of Sweden will go over the dos and don’ts of exercising while pregnant and teach a few simple moves and breathing techniques.

This class is FREE! Pre-Registration required. Call us at 626.744.0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com to reserve a spot!

June 30, 2010

Hola, Bonjour

Little Pim made his way to the giggle upper west side on Saturday.  Children were singing and clapping along to French and Spanish music, while parents sat on the side line enjoying some international treats. 

 Where was the place to be on Saturday or any other day of the week…giggle upper west side!

June 30, 2010

Mamma Mia, Its the Tatamia!!!

giggle adds to our selection of highchairs and introduces the Tatamia.  It may be hard to imagine but this unique chair functions in varies ways.  First of all you can use it right away at birth as a baby recliner.  Then you can use it as a swing to entertain the little one. And finally, its will function as a highchair with 2 trays.  It also folds easily to be able to store it away when not is use.  Needless to say this chair is fantastic!  Such a great deal since you’re combining 3 main functions into one seat.  So come on by and check this chair out!

June 30, 2010

Whooping Cough Epidemic

Top story in the news recently: This year’s surge in whooping cough cases is a four-fold increase from the same period last year statewide. A typical case starts with a cough and runny nose for one to two weeks, followed by weeks or months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with ‘whooping’ sound. For further education visit: www.whyichoose.org

Additional information from Almaden Pediatrics: Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Update
1. All children should receive 4 shots for whooping cough (the P in DTaP) by 18 months of age, and a booster prior to kindergarten. If your child is between the ages of 2 years and 10 years and has received all his/her vaccines, then they are considered fully immunized.

2. For our patients who have chosen to delay immunization, we highly recommend that you bring your child to our office ASAP to receive any overdue vaccines.

3. A whooping cough booster is available for adults between the ages of 11-64 yrs. We highly recommend that all parents, caregivers, and close family contacts of children and particularly infants receive a whooping cough booster. If you are unable to get it from your doctor we can provide it for you in our office.

4. The whooping cough vaccine does not provide 100% protection from whooping cough. Therefore, in order to achieve the highest protection possible for all, it is important that all eligible people in the community become immunized.

For more information regarding whooping cough you can visit doitforyourbaby.com or visit the CDC website.

June 30, 2010

Hot Summer Deals!

Stop by giggle Corte Madera to beat the heat and take advantage of our sweet summertime sales!

If you’ve had your eye on DwellStudio bedding for your Stokke crib, Zutano clothing for your toddler, or just want a fantastic deal now is the time to visit!

We have everything from Babyganics to Pedi Ped shoes on sale, and they’re going fast! All sales are final, so stop by soon and get your pick of the coolest deals for the hottest season.

June 30, 2010

An A-List Interview: Lucy Sykes Rellie

This week we’re talking to Lucy Sykes Rellie. Lucy is well known both for her fashion pedigree and for being a fixture on the New York social scene. (You also might know her as the TJ Maxx “Maxxinista.”) But it’s not just her astute fashion sense that got our attention. Lucy is also the mother of two young boys and has been a designer of high-end children’s clothes that embrace “sensibility with an American twist.” We’re excited to pick Lucy’s brain about what inspires her the most!


Lucy, her husband and two boys.

Ali Wing: What is your motto?
Lucy Sykes Rellie:

Fake it until you make it.  That means have fun, don’t be held back, never assume that you can’t do anything or achieve anything, and when you’re out of your depth, act the part and you’ll normally be fine.
AW: What inspires you?
The view from my bedroom window in our beach cottage in Water Mill, NY.  The trees are just starting to turn green again.
AW: What color are you loving right now?
Magenta, which is lovely when it’s paired with black & white.  I love the cheekiness of the Liberty of London for Target collection.  It’s old meets new meets now. Those florals have got me thinking again. 
AW: What are you currently reading?
Vicky Ward’s Jackie-Collins-meets-investigative-journalist book, The Devil’s Casino, and Derek Blasberg’s popcorn confection, Classy.

AW: What’s your favorite city/location/destination?
LSR: I just came back from our latest trip to County Carlow in Ireland with my husband Euan Rellie and our boys Heathcliff and Titus.  Everyone should go to stay in the Lisnavagh Cottages in Rathvilly.  They’re something out of the 1940s, surrounded by evocative rolling fields. (info@lisnavagh.com)

AW: Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre?
Tchaikovsky’s ballets, especially Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.

AW: What is your most favorite baby gift you received?
LSR: The simple white, striped towelling in which the nurses wrapped both my boys after they were born at St Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village, NYC.  Tragically, the hospital is closing this month despite our efforts to keep it open.
AW: What is the baby product you can’t/couldn’t live without?
LSR: Pyjamas from the Poppy Store, Brentwood Country Mart.  I’m so inspired by Heather Whitney, the co-owner and designer.
And please complete the following:
…make(s) me laugh.
LSR: “Jersey Shore”.  Have you seen the Vitamin Water ad starring Mike “The Situation” and David Wright of the Mets?  Watch it on YouTube.

My proudest moment in parenting was…
LSR: Titus Rellie singing the alphabet to me in the park yesterday.  He was even prouder than me though.

June 30, 2010

Active Mom’s Club…..biceps, babies & buggies!

Our good friend and frequent “giggle” Lincoln Park events cohost - Coach Cassandra of Active Mom’s Club has launched her Summer Post Natal Fitness program – “Bicep, Babies & Buggies”.  A full schedule can be found @ www.activesmomsclub.com  but a class gathers @ “giggle” 2116 N Halsted every Wednesday @ 10:30 am for an 11am start to Oz Park. Recently Cassandra & her class were featured on the WCIU channel…….check out the tape below and be inspired.


June 30, 2010

Check out “giggle’s” new “SWEET” neighbor!

Our intrepid on the go urban Mom Cindy has done it again …….. finding the latest and greatest in the hood !

Their’s a new bar on the block, and this one serves something a bit sweeter than martinis. The Cookie Bar (2475 N. Lincoln) opened last month to the smiles and cheers of Lincoln Park’s adults and kids alike.

The space has a cool retro vibe, and offers a wide selection of cookies from the standard chocolate chip (6 different varieties) to the more unusual Lisa Marie Presley (peanut butter, chocolate and banana). I stuck with the standard Chocolate Chip with nuts, and it was fabulous.

Pop in next time you are strolling down Lincoln (they offer a free sample). Your sweet tooth will thank you, and so will your kids!

Check out Cindy’s other fav new eatery http://onthegochicago.com/goeat/nohea-cafe-yummy-toys-tots/

June 29, 2010

The hardest item to find for a green nursery

A few weeks ago I wrote about my family’s misadventures trying to find a simple ‘green’ rug for the room our kids will soon share (link to previous post on this topic here).

Rugs and carpets seem to be the trickiest item to find when your goal is greener and healthier. It seems simple enough: something good looking that doesn’t use any chemical treatments (stains, flame retardants, etc) and is made of decent materials (no PVC plastic, etc).

Natural Home Magazine’s current issue (June/July) has a few resources. As I learned in my search, it’s worth asking a few questions to be sure these aren’t treated with chemicals we don’t want around our kids (several times a sales person said one thing and the company said something different).  Ask specifically about flame retardants, stain repellents, and materials.  Stick with natural fibers (cotton & wool) without PVC backing.  Please post a comment if you have a question.

-         Earth Weave (wool):  www.earthweave.com

-         Flor (recycled carpet tiles):  www.flor.com

-         Nature’s Carpet (wool): www.naturescarpet.com

-         Garuda Woven Art (cotton & wool):  www.garudawovenart.com

June 29, 2010

Rub A Dub Time for Fun in the Tub

Bath time is an important part of the day for you and your baby.  It not only provides great opportunities for bonding and learning, but also soothes fussing little ones and helps to establish a sleep inducing night time routine.  No matter what stage of development your little one has reached giggle has you both covered.  Looking for an easy and safe solution for washing up?  Try the wash pod; the up right bucket design is space saving and because it uses less water, it’s easy on the environment too! Let them explore an entire new world of sensory exploration with nesting cups for floating and pouring water.  Or tickle them with squirts of water from one of our Bath Squirters collections.   Baby will love getting all soapy and clean with our refreshing California Baby and Mustela Bath Lines and Better Basics organic cotton linens.  Delight them with our Duck Wash Mitt while keeping a good hold off those slippery arms and legs.  Then bundle them up all warm and cozy with one of our Hooded Towels or Wrap Kimonos.  Who’s ready for a bath?