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June 10, 2011

CleanBeeBaby is visiting giggle again this Sunday June 12th!

Don’t miss your chance to have your stroller and/or car seat cleaned by CleanBeeBaby while you shop! We love CleanBeeBaby because they professionally steam clean your baby gear using eco-friendly, non-toxic products that kill germs and make your items beautiful again. After cleaning, CleanBeeBaby’s Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will also reinstall your car seat!

But we’re not the only ones who love CleanBeeBaby’s awesome service– check out this review by Macaroni Kid Pasadena: http://pasadena.macaronikid.com/article/134467/cleanbeebaby-review

Don’t miss CleanBeeBaby at giggle, Pasadena this Sunday June12th from 11am-5pm. Prices start at just $19 and your gear will be clean and dry in just 30 minutes. Speak with a giggle representitive or make an appointment online at www.CleanBeeBaby.com

 Make sure to reserve your 30 minute appointment as soon as possible, space is limited!

May 9, 2011

Check out giggle Pasadena’s Fun May Events!

spanish

Spanish language demo class

WHEN: Monday, May 23 at 11:30 am
WHAT: Join us at this free Spanish Language demo class from our friends at Lango! You’ll have the chance to experience a typical Spanish language class that introduces children to the language through music, games, art and stories.
HOW: EVENT IS FREE! Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling 626-744-0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com.
   
chinese

Mandarin language demo class

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24 at 11am
WHAT: Join us at this free Mandarin Language demo class from our friends at Lango! You’ll have the chance to experience a typical Mandarin language class that introduces children to the language through music, games, art and stories.
HOW: EVENT IS FREE! Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling 626-744-0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com.
   
music

Kindermusik

WHEN: Thursday, May 26 at 11:30am
WHAT: Join us for this special free DEMO class, led by Ms. Emily! Enjoy developmentally appropriate songs, movement, instrument play and more in this fun music class for children and parents. It’s a great opportunity to share the love of music with your child!
HOW: EVENT IS FREE! Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling 626-744-0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com.
   
carseat

Stroller & Car Seat Cleaning by CleanBeeBaby

WHEN: Every First Wednesday from 11am-5pm
Every Third Sunday from 11am-5pm
WHAT: Time for a little spring cleaning? This is your chance to get your car seat or stroller seat professionally cleaned while you shop! CleanBeeBaby will steam clean your seat using eco-friendly, non-toxic products, and they’ll even reinstall it when they’re done.
HOW: Prices start at just $19 and gear will be clean and dry in just 30 minutes. Speak with a giggle representative or make an appointment online at www.CleanBeeBaby.com. Limited spaces available.
   
diaper

diapering 101

WHEN: Every Second Tuesday at 6pm
WHAT: Join us for a fun, interactive and informative class on cloth diapering! Learn the proper folding techniques, benefits of using cloth diapers, and let us help you figure out whether cloth is a good option for you. Attendees will each have a doll and cloth diaper to practice with. A terrific activity for any new or expecting parent!
HOW: EVENT IS FREE! Call 626-744-0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com to reserve a spot.
   
carrier

how to wear your baby

WHEN: Every Third Tuesday at 6pm
WHAT: Sling? Carrier? Learn how to “wear” your baby the way that feels most comfortable to you with this interactive class! Discuss the benefits of carriers, slings, backpacks and more, and discover what feels most comfortable to you (hint: it’s NOT always the same for your partner!).
HOW: EVENT IS FREE! Call 626-744-0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com to reserve a spot.
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!

February 6, 2011

giggle Pasadena’s Fun & Free Events in February

Need something fun to entertain your little ones during the week? Are you expecting and have questions on diapering and carriers? Then you need to check out our FREE classes happening in February at giggle, Pasadena!

 Tuesday, Feb. 8th @ 6pm: Diapering 101

Join us for a fun, interactive and informative class on cloth diapering! Learn the proper folding techniques, benefits of using cloth diapers, and let us help you figure out whether cloth is a good option for you. Attendees will each have a doll and cloth diaper to practice with. A terrific activity for any new or expecting parent!

 Thursday, Feb. 10th@ 11am: Mandarin Language Demo Class

Join us at this free Mandarin Language demo class from our friends at Lango! You’ll have the chance to experience a typical Mandarin language class that introduces children to the language through music, games, art and stories.

 Monday, Feb. 14th @ 11am: Spanish Language Demo Class

Join us at this free Spanish Language demo class from our friends at Lango! You’ll have the chance to experience a typical Spanish language class that introduces children to the language through music, games, art and stories.

 Tuesday, Feb. 15th @ 6pm: How to Wear Your Baby

Sling? Carrier? Learn how to “wear” your baby the way that feels most comfortable to you with this interactive class! Discuss the benefits of carriers, slings, backpacks and more, and discover what feels most comfortable to you (hint: it’s NOT always the same for your partner!).

 Thursday, Feb. 17th @ 11:30am: Kindermusik

Join us for this special free DEMO class, led by Ms. Emily! Enjoy developmentally appropriate songs, movement, instrument play and more in this fun music class for children and parents. It’s a great opportunity to share the love of music with your child!

All events are free, but space is limited.

Call us  626.774.0233 or email us  Pasadena@giggle.com to reserve your spot today!

January 27, 2011

Making your own healthy meal options has never been easier!

 We here at giggle realize how important it is to make sure your little ones are getting the right types of food to nourish their quickly growing bodies and making your own purees, snacks and meals is an easy way to make this happen. giggle has lots of options to help you in your healthy mission. Nothing’s easier at home than the Babycook to steam & puree fruits, veggies and meats. If you’re on the go, bring the Deluxe Foodmill to puree without electricity (it even has a cute travel tote!) Need inspiration? giggle has plenty of cookbooks to help you out! While you’re here be sure to check out our new line by Annabell Karmel—full of tools to make your job in the kitchen even quicker! If you’re transitioning to solids we’re here to help! Not only do we have the instruments, we also have our friendly and knowledgeable staff that will gladly answer questions you have on this new stage. Stop by giggle, Pasadena today!

December 31, 2010

Ring in the New Year… giggle style!

Happy New Year to all our gigglers out there! Wishing you and your family a fun New Year with plenty of time to giggle! Come and celebrate 2011 with us here at giggle, Pasadena with these awesome January events: 

 

Tuesday, January 11th @ 4pm: Celebrate Foreign Languages with Little Pim

Join Little Pim founder, Julia Pimsleur for a Spanish and

French sing-a-long!

 

Tuesday, January 11th @ 6pm:  Diapering 101

Join us for this fun, interactive and informative class on cloth diapering!

 

Thursday, January 13th @ 11:30am: Kindermusik

Join Ms. Emily for fun developmentally appropriate songs, movement, and instrument play. Fun for you and your child!

 

Tuesday, January 18th @ 6pm: How to Wear Your Baby

Learn how to ‘wear’ your baby the ways that feels most comfortable to you with this interactive class!

 

All events are FREE!

Just RSVP!

Pasadena giggle    626.744.0233      pasadena@giggle.com

October 22, 2010

Have a Blast with Language & Music at giggle!

Join us for these fun & educational classes! Both classes are free just call the store to RSVP!

spanish language demo class

spanish language demo class
WHEN: Monday, October 25 at 11am
WHAT: Join us at this free Spanish Language demo class from our friends at Lango! You’ll have the chance to experience a typical Spanish language class that introduces children to the language through music, games, art and stories. 18 months to 5 years old
HOW: EVENT IS FREE! Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling 626-744-0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com.

 

kindermusik

kindermusik
WHEN: Tuesday, October 26 at 11:30am
WHAT: Join us for this special free DEMO class, led by Ms. Emily! Enjoy developmentally appropriate songs, movement, instrument play and more in this fun music class for children and parents. It’s a great opportunity to share the love of music with your child! Newborn to 4 years old
HOW: EVENT IS FREE! Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling 626-744-0233 or email pasadena@giggle.com.
October 7, 2010

A Chore By Any Other Name Does Sound Sweeter

I discovered a trick that has helped eliminate all of the reminding (aka nagging) I have been doing: I name chores something that sounds sweeter!

I know, I know. This sounds a little ridiculous, but it works. Here’s what happened:

My boys have several chores they do during the week, most of which involve cleaning their rooms. Two chores, however, they seem to forget: bringing in the trash cans on trash day and filling the dogs’ water dishes. I end up reminding them, which causes stress. So one night at dinner I started this conversation:

Me: “So, what did you do today to contribute to the family?”

Boys (in unison): “Huh?”

Me: “How did you contribute to the family today?”

10-year-old: “What does ‘contribute to the family’ mean?”

Me: “Good question. I’ll answer that by telling you what I did today to contribute to the family: I prepared your breakfasts, packed your lunches, brought you to school, went to the grocery store, returned our library books, checked out a movie for family movie night, did a load of laundry, paid the bills, picked you up from school and prepared dinner. All of those things helped the entire family, not just me. What did you do?”

My husband: “I went to work to earn a paycheck to pay the bills, I walked the dogs, I helped mom make dinner and I will be coaching your hockey team tonight.”

Me: “So, boys, what did you do to contribute to the family?”

Boys: shrugged shoulders.

End of conversation.

The next night, I asked the same question. The results were pretty close to being the same but I could tell that they realized that this question was going to be a part of dinner conversation. The third night, both boys sat down at the table with a different attitude. And this time, they got the conversation started.

10-year-old: “So, what did you do to contribute to the family?”

14-year-old: “I gave the dogs water, I turned off the bathroom light that was left on, I brought in the newspaper and I brought the laundry basket to the laundry room.”

10-year-old: “Wow, that’s great. I gave the dogs food, set the dinner table, let the dogs out and helped mom make dinner.”

Since we added this question, I have not had to remind my boys to bring in the trash cans or give the dogs water. And they’re finding ways to be helpful without being told. Calling a chore a contribution has put the task in context for them. How sweet is that!

October 4, 2010

A Hacker Is Born?

So the Little Man is now officially becoming a computer user and more importantly (and scarily) an internet user.  Me, being the always clever chap, decided we’ll limit that usage by using the standard password feature of Windows so he can’t access it without the password.  No Club Penguin or drooling over the Lego sets without some parental supervision. 

Naturally next time he wants to get on the information superhighway, he comes to me and asks what is wrong with the computer.  I explained to him the concept of a password as a key to lock things and that he’d need mom or dad unlock it to use the computer.  Of course, the normal protest stomps that follow every time the Paternal Dictator gives an unsatisfactory answer, but we all seemed on the same page. 

Fast forward a few days later and I walk in to find him using the computer.  When I inquire if his mother said it was ok and he said he was just checking on some new Lego set.  When I pressed on how he got on, he replied with an innocent smile, “I figured out the password, it was easy.  I tried my name, mom’s name then your name.  Now that I know it I can get on the computer without bothering you.”

September 30, 2010

Do You Have House Rules

I attended curriculum night at my son’s school and I was looking around the room. One of the things that I found most interesting was the posted list of Class Rules. Each of the children had signed his or her name at the bottom, which meant that they understood the rules.

I started to think establishing some house rules – and writing them down – might be helpful.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Wake up time
  • TV, video and computer time
  • Chores
  • Rules about friends
  • Rules about kindness
  • Nap or rest time
  • Snacking
  • Bedtime

Make rules, post them and make sure everyone is on the same page. For example, we have a rule that homework must be completed as soon as you come home. No TV before chores. And lights are to be turned off when you leave a room.

What kind of rules do you have?