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August 31, 2010

September is Safety Month!!!

giggle welcomes September as Safety month.  So, every week we’ll be highlighting key safety items for expecting parents and newborns.  This week our key feature is the Groegg.  This egg-shaped thermometer will change colors as the temperature of the room rises or falls. Its always important to know the temperature of where your little one is sleeping and/or playing.  Not only will it tell you the temperature, it will also serve as a night light glow.  Plus, its a consistent pick for our Best Baby Registry.  So come visit us during Safety month and we’ll give you some amazing tips!

August 31, 2010

Super Summer Videos

As the official end of summer is approaching, I think back on all the fun, silly and sometimes crazy moments from this summer.  While some of the moments have slipped by and I kick myself for missing them in all their glory, with my Flip in hand (sometimes in pocket) I’ve been lucky enough to capture some of those moments in all their digital video glory.  So now I’m hoping that some of you readers have also captured some of your own crazy summer kid moments.  I’m sure you’ve already shared them with friends, family and those people you kind of know that friend-ed you on Facebook. 

Now we want to see them!  So please, comment on this post and include a link to YouTube, Vidme or however you want to get your video to me.  If I get enough submissions, I’ll pick a few and include them in my next post.  So get your Flip out this weekend and let’s see what happens!

 And here is my personal leading contender for crazy summer fun:

August 31, 2010

Packing the Perfect Lunch

Ahhh, lunchtime in school. It’s where kids first learn the fine art of negotiation. To ensure your kids eat what you packed (and not the mom down the street), here are some tips for packing the perfect lunch:

First, check your school’s guidelines. Some schools have a strict no-junk-food policy. Others have adopted a nut-free environment. Make sure your child stays on the right side of the cafeteria law.

For stress-free morning routines, pack lunches the night before. Be sure to ask for some input from your child. When children have a say in what goes into their lunch box and help pack it, they’re more likely to eat it.

Find out how long your child has to eat lunch. Many schools allow only 15 or 20 minutes. Make sure the foods you pack are easily opened and easy to eat.

Include foods from at least three of the five food groups. This not only is healthier, but it provides variety. For example, pack a slice of cheese, grilled chicken strips and grapes. Or send a hard-boiled egg, mini whole wheat bagel and carrots.

Small foods are easier to handle, and they can be more fun to eat. Cut sandwiches into four pieces, or use cookie cutters to make creative shapes. Kids love baby carrots and a sliced apple is more likely to be eaten than a whole one.

Skip the white bread. Instead, use crackers, mini bagels, small pita pockets or tortillas to create a unique sandwich.

Prepackaged lunches may be popular with kids, but they’re expensive and often not very nutritious. Create your own using nitrate-free lunch meats, real (not processed) cheese and whole wheat crackers. For even more kid appeal, use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.

Kids love “action” foods. Consider packing fruits or vegetables with yummy dips. Or thread pieces of fruit or cheese on a craft stick (safer than a toothpick), creating a mini kabob.

Remember food safety and keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Use a frozen gel pack or freeze a juice box or water bottle (be sure to ask your child if it had thawed by lunch time) to keep sandwiches and pudding from spoiling. When using an insulated thermos, rinse it with hot water before adding your food to keep it warm longer.

Bag the brown bag and choose an insulated lunchbox instead. Even better, let you child choose his or her lunchbox. Make sure the lunchbox you choose is large enough to hold sturdy plastic containers for fruit or crackers. They’re not only earth-friendly, but they ensure food won’t get squished.

And take a minute to connect with your kids. Include a small lunch note, smiley face on the napkin or another special token sure to make your child smile.

August 27, 2010

An A-List Interview: Emily Meyer

Emily Meyer, founder of Tea Collection clothing for kids

The Tea Collection’s tagline is “Little Citizens of the World” – and that fits for more than one reason. Their children’s clothing embraces a global aesthetic, and the company’s founder, Emily Meyer, is one of the biggest “little citizens of the world” I know. Her genuine love of world cultures shines through with every new season. Given my mixed-culture background, the way she rejoices in the world’s differences is something I both personally relate to and really respect.

Ali Wing: What is your motto?
Emily Meyer: “Travel is the best education. Just go there.”  “Seeing is believing.” and “The universe is in charge.”

AW: What inspires you?
EM: The mix of colors, patterns, textures and materials of interior design.
 
AW: What color are you loving right now?
EM: A palette of ocean blue, lime green and charcoal, with a subtle accent of pale taupe metallic is really rocking my world right now.

AW: What are you currently reading?
EM: Design blogs galore on my Google Reader iphone app.

AW: What is your favorite city/location/destination?
EM:
Right now, my new [old] home in Palo Alto, CA.  

AW: Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre?
EM: I’m lovin’ disco & soul music right now (Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross), and singing at the top of my lungs in the car!!

AW: What is your favorite dessert?
EM: Ice cream, always.  

The designer with her young son.

AW: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
EM:
Having an incredible family – being happy and content with my life, right now, just as it is.  

AW: Who are your heroes?
EM:
My husband and my mother.

And please complete the following:

The purest sensation of the joys in life…
 …make(s) me laugh.

August 27, 2010

Five Questions to Ask Your Child’s New Preschool Teacher

The start of a new preschool year can be overwhelming. Sure, there are new clothes, new backpacks and new lunch boxes. But one of the most exciting changes is a new teacher.

Parents can start the year off on the right foot by asking these five questions:

How can we support at home what you’re doing in the classroom?

This sets the tone and tells the teacher that you know we’re in this together. The best education for your child comes from a partnership between parent and teacher.  Teachers appreciate parents who do their part, and parents appreciate teachers who consider them part of the learning team.

What are your goals for your students for this school year?

Some teachers have academic goals for students. Some want to show students how to build a community inside the classroom. And other teachers simply want to give children a taste of structured school setting. By asking this question, you will get some insight into what the year will be like.

What is the best way to contact you?

An increasingly important question, today parents can reach a teacher through notes, phone calls, e-mails or in person. Your child’s teacher will probably have a preferred method. Some check e-mail several times a day, and some log on only once a week. Some teachers prefer phone calls after school, and some will allow you to call them at home in the evening. Finding out the preferred method of contact will keep the communication lines open and flowing.

What would you like to know about my child that would help you as his or her teacher?

As a parent, you know your child better than anyone. The more a teacher knows a child, the better they will be at addressing the child’s needs. Share with the teacher personality traits, strengths and weaknesses, as well as study habits. It’s also good to share family situations that may affect their school performance, such as a divorce or a family member with an illness.

What is your discipline policy?

Preschools will have a discipline policy in place. It’s important to fully know and understand how the system works. How is negative behavior handled? Is positive behavior recognized? Be sure to discuss the policy with your child so he or she knows what’s expected from them. And make sure the policy is enforced. The behavior of students in your child’s class will have an impact on how your child views school.

August 26, 2010

a healthier & safer back to school experience

My family and I just got back from some restful time in the mountains (my son fishing above).  It proved to me all over again the power of teaching children an appreciation of the outdoors from a young age.

Our attention is now, slowly, turning to back to school.

I came across this just released safer & healthier ‘back to school’ guide and thought this community would find it helpful.  It includes quick & easy information on art supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.

http://www.ewg.org/healthyhometips/backtoschool

August 25, 2010

Learn to Take Fantastic Family Photos for FREE!

WHEN: Tuesday, August 31 at 6pm
WHAT: Learn how to take great baby pictures with Erin Sullivan of Erin Sullivan Photography. The class addresses some basic approaches to photographing a baby or child, including knowing how the camera works and what to capture, picking the right background, looking at lighting, and shooting from different angles. No need to bring a camera: this class focuses on general tips for success rather than specific camera functions.
HOW: CLASS IS FREE! Pre-registration is necessary. Call 626-744-0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com to reserve a spot.
   
August 25, 2010

By Popular Demand….

We now have a courier service here at the Chestnut giggle location provided by DBH Couriers!!! This is an exciting new service we are offering to our guest who want to make purchases but are unable to make it into the store to pick them up.

Contact your favorite giggle San Francisco personal shoppers Heather or Christi for more details!

August 25, 2010

Greetings All!

We are so excited and pleased to announce that the giggle Legacy Place store is open! After lots of hard work put in by the wonderful giggle team, we have a gleaming white store with plenty of orange and stripes, filled with an abundance of wonderful products!

The store hours until Monday, August 30th, are:
Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm
Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 11am-8pm

After the 30th, the regular store hours are:
Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

The address and telephone number are:
giggle
528 Legacy Place
Dedham, MA 02026
781-326-3622

If you want to visit the giggle Legacy Place website, you can find it at:
http://www.giggle.com/store_detail.aspx?id=976

giggle Legacy Place hopes to see you all real soon!

August 25, 2010

Summer Swelter

The Bay Area’s Indian summer is heating up and as the temperatures climb into the low 90′s (!!!), families are finding creative ways to beat the heat.

If sweltering late-summer temperatures have you running for the pool, giggle favourite site Marin Mommies has you covered with their extensive list of Marin Community Pools. Most have free swim hours and reduced drop-in rates for families.

Your little one isn’t a water baby? Have no fear, giggle’s got you covered. If you’re staying at home, where it’s cool and air conditioned, we have a great selection of toddler toys and DVDs to keep little ones entertained. Pick up a drum set for your little rock star, shake things up with a mini orchestra, and make your own jam with our new conga set! Looking for quieter activities? I suggest having a tea party or getting the whole family involved in putting together a giant floor puzzle!

No matter how you choose to keep cool, remember to stay hydrated and have fun!