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March 31, 2011

International Day!!!!

giggle Walnut Creek is happy to partner up with Lango and introduce International Day!!!  Join us this upcoming Sunday, April 3rd from 11:30am to 2:30pm for mini-demo classes, special storytimes, and lots of fun!  Lango will host mini-demo classes in Spanish, Mandarin, and French at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm.  They will also host special language storytimes at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.  There will also be face painting and crafts building!  Too much fun! So please come and join us for this festive celebration! Yay!

March 30, 2011

An A-List Interview: Aemout Dijkstra-Hellinga

This week, we’re excited to help launch a brand new stroller from Bugaboo: the widely anticipated Bugaboo Donkey. And this week’s A-List interview lets you meet the man behind this fabulous new double stroller, Aemout Dijkstra-Hellinga.

Aemout’s commitment to functional design, inherent sense of minimalism, and fascination with “street life” all match my personal passion. I can’t help but wonder what we might come up with if we could hit the streets of a foreign city together. Another thing we share is a love of walking in nature; I hope next time Aemout is in NYC, he’s up for a hike in the Catskills Mountains!

Ali Wing: What is your motto?
Aemout Dijkstra-Hellinga: Don’t do anything today that will harm tomorrow.

AW: What inspires you?
AD: Everyday life. People on the street. My own children. And of course products that are smart, exciting and no-nonsense.

AW: Who is your hero?
AD: My childhood hero was Thomas Muster, a very persistent and hard working tennis player. Nowadays, I don’t have a true hero but I admire people for their ideas or accomplishments, people like Eckart Wintzen (management guru), Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia), Salvador Dalí (famous Spanish painter) or Max Barenbrug (co-founder of Bugaboo)

AW: What are you currently reading?
AD: Currently I’m reading some books about leadership and team building to gain more knowledge for my new role as creative design director at Bugaboo. For pleasure, I just finished a book about the history of Logic and this week I’ll start with a book from the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, called “Kafka on the shore”.

AW: What’s your favorite city/location/destination?
AD: I love to cycle or walk in nature. Only 15 minutes away from my house is a beautiful area where we often go for hikes and enjoy one of the biggest nature area in the Netherlands. I also really like the relaxed atmosphere and nice weather in Los Angeles, when visiting our American office.

AW: Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre?
AD: People say I have quite a strange musical interest. If you look at my music collection, you will find anything from classical music up to really hardcore house music. It all depends on the mood I’m in. I appreciate all good music, and there is a lot of it.

AW: What is the favorite baby gift you received?
AD: My own designed customized Delft Blue Bugaboo stroller. Besides that I really like the Bilibo, it’s a hollow, half ball on which a child can play.

AW: What is the baby product you can’t/couldn’t live without?
AD: You mean beside my Bugaboo Donkey? We try to minimize the amount of stuff we need for ourselves and our children. When going on biking holiday with the whole family for instance, we can almost take nothing with us. So with a little imagination and improvisation, we could do with almost anything.

And please complete the following:

…make(s) me laugh.
My daughter and son make(s) me laugh all the time.

My proudest moment in parenting was…
There are many moments I am so proud and amazed of what my daughter (2 years) and son (10 months) learn and can do: the first smile, the first time they call me daddy, the first steps, the first time they start up a game on my phone by themselves, the first time my daughter can adjust the height of the stroller handlebar. They all sound really cliché, but they are cliché for a reason.

March 30, 2011

Looking For A Fun Family Outing?!

Why not take in an old family classic.  The kiddies will love watching Alice and Wonderland at The Disney Museum in The Presidio.  Showings are at 1Pm and 4PM daily.  And Saturday April 9th, preceding the showing explore The Gardens of Wonderland with Horticulturist Robert Hornback (in conjunction with The Garden Conservancy of San Francisco).   Learn about The Queen of Hearts, her roses, and The Garden of Live Flowers. 

The Disney Museum

104 Montgomery Street

The Presidio

San Francisco, CA


March 30, 2011

There’s A New Jogger In Town!!!

The Mountain Buggy Terrain stroller has made it’s way to giggle. The Mountain Buggy is not only great for strolling but also for jogging. The Mountain Buggy has excellent maneuverability, and it’s great from newborn up unto 5 years old. The reason why it’s great for a newborn, is because it fully reclines, and you have the option of purchasing the carrycot.

So stop on by giggle Upper Westside to check out this great addition to our stroller family…

March 30, 2011

Did you say FREE?

You heard me…I said FREE…

Now, for a limited time only, giggle is giving you a free gift! From us to you, we give you a free Weather Pack ($50 value) with the purchase of an Orbit G2 Travel System or stroller!!

Going from car seat to stroller and back again is easier than ever with this infant travel system. The innovative design includes a seat that swivels before locking, allowing for easy docking and easy loading from whatever angle works best! When we tell you we’ve done the homework and research, we really have  done just that. This stroller was made just for you!

Why we’re obessed? The G2 is fully loaded and has state-of-the-art features and function, including easy, one-hand collapse and 4-wheel stroller suspension for a smooth ride. Plus, the car seat features Oeko-Tex certified fabrics and foam!

We do have some extra bonus features as well…

- Stroller includes a stroller base, infant car seat, and car seat base
-a diaper bag and sun shade – (woohooo!)
-stroller base compatible with bassinet and toddler car seat (both sold separately)
-360 degree seat rotation for easy loading (phew!)
-car seat docks into base at nearly any angle
-seat also reclines when on stroller base
-4-wheel Quadshock suspension for a comfortable ride
-hassle-free, non-air tires (because you wouldn’t want to take your stroller to the gas station to fill your stroller’s tires or anything…)
-strong, lightweight aluminum frame
-folds with true one-handed, twist-and-lift motion (told you we thought of you)
-telescoping handles adjust to different heights
-drink holders incorporated into stroller frame (yes! We know you can’t do with out your latte!)
-meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards
-Orbit Baby and Orbit Baby G2 products are mutually compatible

!Wanted! A parent who wants a complete travel system (stroller + infant car seat) that can grow with the addition of the optional toddler stroller seat.

**Orbit Weather Pack promo ends May 1, 2011-Hurry in-we’re waiting with smiles :)

March 29, 2011

giggle loves Mom Index

giggle Scottsdale loves any way to connect parents to one another, and we think we have found the motherload! Enter www.momindex.com, a one-stop resource for Valley parents.

Mom Index™ was founded by a mother of three children as a hub for parents looking for kid-friendly activties. The website provides a snapshot of everything going on in the valley.

The ultimate goal is to keep families active by listing all of the great events Phoenix has to offer. Check out the “find of the day” which highlights budget friendly events. You can search the business listings section for everything from photographers to…well, giggle!

We use this website to see what fun things there are to do around here and also as a great local parenting resource. Check out www.momindex.com!!

March 29, 2011

giggle’s Complimentary Personal Shoppers help you get ready for baby!

We here at giggle know how overwhelming in can be to prepare for baby, so we’ve made becoming a parent a whole lot easier with our Personal Shopper service. Our giggle  Personal Shoppers are here to answer your questions and help make parenting fit your lifestyle. We’ve done the homework for you so can focus on putting the giggle into parenting! Stop by giggle, Pasadena and meet your Personal Shopper today!

March 29, 2011

Are You ready for a stroll…?

The winter is over on the calendar, and soon will be over on the streets of Chicago.

We at giggle all know how eager everyone is to get outside with their little ones, and take that stroll along the lake, and so does Orbit.

Just in time a great promotion from our friends, a FREE  weather pack with a 2 pc stroller purchase or a 3 pc travel system.

Orbit gives us a well constructed piece of equipment, outstanding comfort level, 360 degree spin, and one handed collapsible stroller feature makes life so much easier.

 A free with purchase rain shield will keep your baby dry during April showers, and the mosquito net will keep all the bugs away this summer.

Come visit us at  giggle Chicago  before May 1st, and get ready for a stroll!

March 29, 2011

Don’t Cook Bacon Naked

One of our many jobs as parents is to pass on to our kids some of the wisdom we’ve accumulated in our travels over the years.  Often times we do this through sayings or phrases we’ve picked up along the way, some more known than others.  There is of course the classics like “two wrongs don’t make a right” or less familiar family sayings like “he didn’t lick it off the grass” (for more on this one click here). Sometimes we’ll pull from the movies and do our best Star Wars’ Yoda, “Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try” leaving our kids walking away more confused than when they started.

As I was watching Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations the other night, he was enjoying a meal in Austria and alluded to how you just “don’t cook bacon when you’re naked.”  He was being quite literal, but it got me to thinking about how that phrase actually has a lot of wisdom wrapped up in it.  I won’t spoil it for you and give you all the deep interpretations, but be sure the next time the Little Man comes to me with some vexing question, I’ll pause, put my hand to my chin and rock his world with “You just don’t cook bacon naked.”

March 28, 2011

Estate Planning 101 this Saturday!!!

giggle Walnut Creek welcomes Estate Planning 101 to our monthly series talk.  This upcoming Saturday, April 2nd at 10:30am come and learn what you need to know about estate planning with Shirley White of Shirley White Law.  She will discuss how you can prepare for the unknown.  You’ll leave with lots of great information about what to consider when it comes to wills and trusts, as well as guardianship for your children.  She will also have a Q&A and one-on-one sessions, if needed.  So come on down and join us for this great and useful class.

Update:  Our Saturday Sing! Move! Fun! classes for this upcoming Saturday, April 2nd are cancelled for Spring Break.  We apologize for the change but the class will be available on Wednesdays, March 30th and April 6th.  Saturday classes will resume on April 9th.  Thank You!