Monday, June 29, 2009

How To Run Errands With Your Kids in Tow

Running errands with kids is hard work…you never know how many errands you’ll actually accomplish between potty breaks, sibling fights, short attention spans and hungry bellies!

Here are some tips on how to more efficiently run errands when your children are accompanying you.

Access your kids’ moods before walking out the door.
If your children seem to be in a happy, content mood, it might be a good time to try to accomplish some tasks. If your children are sleepy, hungry, or just plain grumpy, wait until a more conducive time to run errands.

Allot enough time to get the important tasks completed.
Remember that each stop will require time to get your kids in and out of the car, and into strollers or shopping carts. Also include time for potty breaks and snacks. Every errand will inevitably take a little longer than you anticipated, so build extra time into your schedule. Here is a little tip that is a big time-saver…park near the shopping cart corral. It is much less tiring and quicker to put your baby or child in the shopping cart in the parking lot than it is to carry your child across the parking lot and do it inside the store.

Don’t interrupt naptime, even if you are on a roll with getting errands checked off your list.
Naptimes often come at the most inconvenient times of day, but allowing your child to get the rest they need will make for a happier, more easy-going child. The last thing you want is your child to have a meltdown in the middle of a store because he or she is overtired.

Keep a bag of snacks and juice boxes in your car for “in case of emergency.”
Anticipating the needs of your children will help your errand-running go more smoothly. Having snacks and drinks readily available will curb meltdowns in public.

Bring toys and games in the car to keep boredom at bay.
Stickers, books and even a movie in the car are great ways to keep your kids entertained as you drive them across town for errands. Children can get very antsy sitting in a car for any length of time so having fun things for them to do in the car will stretch out your errand time.

Good luck getting your errands done from Pure and Honest Kids!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Where Do You Get Your Information?

For today’s pregnant woman, there are so many resources available on pregnancy, labor and delivery, and how to care for newborns. Expecting mommies have access to books, Web sites, magazines and pod casts all chalked full of pregnancy facts, figures and statistics … it can be overwhelming.

I asked some friends who are expecting where they get their information about their pregnancy and beyond, and these were some of the more popular answers:

- Baby Center’s Weekly Pregnancy E-mail Updates
- Bounty’s Preg Pod Cast
- Good Ol’ Fashion OBGYN Doctor
- Just Mommies Message Boards
- "Pregnancy" Magazine
- Pea in the Podcast
- Pregnancy Week By Week (book)--- This is my favorite!
- What to Expect When You Are Expecting (book)

What are your go-to outlets to find pregnancy information? Post it in the comments section below.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Check Out These Toys on Sale!

Summer just got a lot more fun with toys to spark creativity in your little ones! And even better, our "bags of fun" are on sale! Check out these great toys on sale at Pure and Honest Kids below!
Includes the necessities to create delicious cupcakes. Kit includes: paper hat, sprinkles, frosting, cupcake mix, wooden spoon, paper liners, rhyming recipe and instructions in a clear vinyl bag.

Includes the necessities to create delicious sundaes. Kit includes: 2 paper hats, 2 ice cream cups, 2 ice cream spoons, scoop, sprinkles, rhyming recipe and instructions in a clear vinyl bag.

Kids Gardening Flower Kit
Get back to your roots! Kids will love digging in the dirt, planting seeds, carefully watering the soil and watching their creations come to life. Gardening is both fun and educational and a passionate hobby that can last a lifetime. Our Kid's Garden Kit includes mini hoe, mini trowel, mini rake, plastic spray bottle, Sunflower seed packet, 2 pots with saucers, and a pair of gardening gloves all with a gardening bag. All packaged in a convenient box. The miniature garden tools are sharp and should only be used with adult supervision. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Cookie Mix, Lemonade Mix, flower cookie cutter, wooden spoon, lemonade stand banner, lemonade stand price sheet and lemonade hat all included in this set.

Play ball! Includes cookie mix, decorating gel, icing, and cutter.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cloth Diapering!

Guest Blog from Dirty Diaper Laundry
By: Kim Rosas

So you are thinking about cloth diapering and you have no idea where to start. I have been there. I've logged hundreds of hours researching cloth diapers and I believe I can make your life a lot simpler by offering you a little bit of "been there, done that" advice. So, sit back and let me help you dive into the secret world of cloth diapers.

First, the thing you need to decide for yourself is this: Am I cloth diapering to save money, save the environment, or a combination? You can save a lot of money by cloth diapering; you can also spend a lot depending on the types of diapers you choose. Here is a run down of the different cloth mamas out there. You may start out using cloth just to reduce your environmental impact, but if you are like me, you will end a Fluff Addict.

Where do you look for information on cloth diapering when there are thousands of sites with the purpose of educating you? Here are the websites I found most helpful during my pregnancy.
This website is best known for their extensive library of reviews of practically every diaper out there, including WAHM diapers (made by Work at Home Moms), accessories like pail liners and wet bags, and other cloth related items. They also have forums for more research or to ask questions on. Check out the “How To” page on this site, as it will help you understand how many diapers you will need to begin with.
I found this to me be favorite site, both when first learning and now for information and shopping. There are forums for everything. You can ask questions on the Diaper Q&A Forum to very experienced moms, buy used diapers on their FSOT (For Sale or Trade) section, or talk on unrelated matters.
Did you even realize that washing cloth diapers is not like tossing your diapers in a washer and pouring your favorite detergent in? Neither did I. Thankfully, I did my research before I ever made that mistake! This site has a handy chart of detergents to use on your diapers. It also all depends on the type of water you have. Remember, less is more. Usually half of the suggested amount or less will work to wash your diapers. Never use the full amount of detergent, ever!
So you are trying to convince your husband that cloth really can save you money but when he saw the $18.00 diaper you wanted to buy, he laughed you out of the room. Been there. Here is an excellent cost comparison chart. They compare the cheapos like prefolds, all the way up to the Cadillac diapers like All in Ones. Also, I wrote a post called “How to Get Your Husband to Cloth Diaper, in case you need some pointers.
While looking at these sites did you become overwhelmed with the lingo? AIO, OS, AI2, DSQ, NIP, EUC, FFS, FL, EBF, ISO, IHA, OBV, PUL, etc? If you are diving into cloth you will need this dictionary of the terms used on diapering websites.

Now, you have decided you absolutely want to use cloth but you don't know which type of diaper is best for your family? I wish I had followed my own advice on this one. Try out everything. Do the research. You may think you are going to love the convenience of an All in One diaper. Set it and forget it. But once you start using them you find they are taking forever to dry. Or, you would like more absorbency. Here is my best advice: Buy used. Go to the FSOT forum on and buy a few pre-folds and a cover, or two. Buy a pocket diaper like a Bumgenius One Size Pocket. Get an All in One Diaper, a fitted like Thirsties Fab Fitted, or get fancy and try an All in Two like a Piddle Poddles. You may find that you love one type, or love the variety. I personally like to mix it up depending on the situation. I like going coverless at home using Bamboo Prefolds; this helps me know when my son has wet. Out and about I prefer my Bum Genius AIO Organics. Later, your tastes may change as the eliminations of your child change.

Here are a few other ways to get started.

--- Try cloth for ten dollars at Jillian’s Drawers.
--- Find a Diaper Service in your area.
--- Buy used at Diaper Swappers.

If you are reading this article while pregnant you are in the best possible position. Beginning cloth diapering takes a large initial investment. The cost is worth it; you pay upfront but never have to spend money on buying disposables every week. I began buying my diapers a few at a time, whenever there was a good sale. If you spend what disposables would cost in a week, over time you will have a sizable stash.

Don't worry if you already have a child, these tips are for everyone. No matter what age your child is, you can start cloth diapering. You may face a different set of challenges, such as sticky or solid poop, but it can certainly be done. There are so many options available that anyone can do it. So take a moment to consider the impact disposable diapers have on our planet: 500 years in a landfill, or two hours of washing and drying...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

School’s Out for Summer!

Now that school has let out and the kids are home for a while, the big question is…how do you keep your kids healthy, happy and busy this summer?

A lot of parents cringe when the kids begin uttering the words, “I’m bored” and it’s only the first week of summer! Beat the boredom blues this summer by trying some of the following activities!

Make it a movie day!
Many movie theaters across the country have either free or dollar matinees with G and PG rated movies for kids. This is an excellent way to beat not only the boredom blues, but also beat the heat!

Attend story time at your local library.
This is a great, free activity that your kids will love! Story time at the library is another inside, cool activity that is not only fun, but also educational. After story time, stick around the library and let your kids check-out some new books.

Wet and wild backyard fun!
Turn on the sprinkler and fill-up the plastic pool! Declare one day a Wet and Wild Backyard Fun Day! Make sure there is plenty of water, slip-n-slides, water balloons and water guns, plastic pools, sprinklers and sunscreen, and it is sure to be a day to remember!

Time to make a buck….
What kid doesn’t like having a lemonade stand? This is a great way to teach your kids some entrepreneurial skills, as well as provide a guaranteed day of fun! Start by giving the kids some “seed money” to start their business, and head to the grocery store. Have them help you pick out the supplies that are the most economical (all the while teaching them a lesson on saving money), and then it’s time to set up shop! Find a table, chairs, and make a big “Lemonade for Sale” sign. Once the lemonade stand is ready, begin making the lemonade and any baked goods that are going to be sold. Don't forget to man the lemonade stand with your kids, and you’ll both be having fun by the first sale of the day!

Nature’s calling your name!
Create a nature scavenger hunt for your kids. Make a list of 20 small things that are found in nature (and also in your neighborhood.) Some examples are: acorns, green leaves, sticks, pink flower petal, clover, and dandelions.) Then it’s time to explore! Have your kids explore the yard and other natural areas looking for these hidden treasures!

School will start back before you know it, so enjoy summer while it’s here! Pure and Honest Kids hope these “boredom busters” will help you and your kids have a fun and enjoyable summer!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Making Mama Friends…Hey, You Come Here Often?

When you are a new mother, making “mama friends” can be difficult. Approaching other mothers can be as awkward as a first date! But once you get the hang of it, it does become easier. You just need a good opening and one thing in common to get the conversation started. Just think of them as “playground pick-up lines!”

You may be wondering, “Where do I to meet these mothers?” Playgrounds, mommy and me classes (such as Little Gym, baby yoga and toddler swim classes), neighborhood playgroups and even waiting at the pediatrician’s office are great places to find potential mommy friends.

Next time you run across a mom with kids about the age of your kids, you could always use the following conversation starters:

- How old is your son/daughter?
- I love your stroller. Where did you get it?
- How close in age are your two kids?
- Nice diaper bag…does it have a lot of room?

Soon you’ll be hosting your own playgroups and phoning up your new friends to meet at the local park.

What are some of the best mom “pick-up” lines you’ve used? Post them in the comments section below.

Don’t Forget the Dad-To-Be...Diaper Bags for Dads!

Are you expecting a new bundle of joy? Well, don’t forget about the dad-to-be this Father’s Day! Pure and Honest Kids has a wonderful selection of diaper bags made especially for dads. It would be a great way to surprise your husband this Father’s Day! Every new dad needs some “dad gear.” Check out some of our favorite “manly” diaper bags below.

Fleurville DJ bag--- Black Ballistic
This Dad is no frills. He wants his diaper bag to be good quality, basic and functional. He wants the DJ bag and he wants it in ballistic black. This mono strap bag has superior organization and great style at the same time. An expansion zipper opens up for 25% more volume, perfect for when Mom is not around. Fleece lined pockets protect your sunglasses and your cell phone. Don't be caught on the playground with a girly diaper bag. This bag comes with a padded, breathable strap, a wipe case pocket that is accessible without even opening the bag, 2 storage pockets, as well as many other features. Check it out here! Also comes in other Chocolate Ballistic, Khaki Ballistic, Khaki Camo, and Olive Ballistic.

Khaki and Olive Daddy Diaper Bag
Simply styled and easy to carry, this khaki saddle bag makes a great daddy diaper bag! Easily worn over a shoulder or across the body and with lots of pockets for everything you and baby need - bottles, wipes, diapers, snacks, keys and a cell - this bag is so sensible and stylish. Adjustable deep olive flat strap. Measures 9.5"l x 15"h x 4"w.
Timi and Leslie Camo Bag
Hunting for a unique diaper bag that dads will love too? This laminated camouflaged diaper bag from Timi & Leslie includes a matching wristlet zipper pouch and changing pad. Inside this camo diaper bag you'll find water–resistant lining, an insulated bottle pocket, and multiple interior compartments. The diaper bag's exterior features two bottle pockets, a zippered pocket, and a clip for keys or a favorite toy. Magnetic snap closure. Camouflaged diaper bag measures 12"w x 12"h x 4"d.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Big Splurge…Your Maternity Wardrobe

Since this is my second (and probably last) pregnancy, I am trying to be more reasonable this time around when it comes to my maternity wardrobe. However, there are just some essential pieces you need to look and feel good about yourself as your belly expands!

For instance, I am a big believer in a good pair of maternity jeans. I felt like because I wear them all the time, I could pay a little more for my jeans than some of my other maternity clothing.

What was your maternity splurge? What is the one part of your maternity wardrobe that you just couldn’t live without? Vote in the poll to the right! And leave your favorite maternity lines in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to check out our Pregnancy Must Haves Section at Pure and Honest Kids! We have a few pregnancy accessories that we know you’ll love!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

How To Celebrate Father’s Day This Year

Are you looking for ways to make your husband’s Father’s Day the best yet? Are your kids ready to shower him with love? Here are some ways to make this year’s Father’s Day one to remember!

Consider building your Father’s Day activity around an activity your husband enjoys.
If your husband is a baseball fanatic, try scoring tickets to a local baseball game or even consider hosting your own pick-up baseball game in your back yard or a nearby park. For example, my husband loves taking our little one to the zoo, so that is how we spend every Father’s Day…checking out the animals at the zoo as a family. Spending Father’s Day doing something your husband wants to do will show him how much you care and appreciate him.

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach....
The old adage is true…so feed your husband something yummy on Father’s Day! If he loves burgers, then take a stab at grilling out. If breakfast is his favorite food, then consider making him breakfast in bed, with the kids’ help, of course! One very special thing you can do is to make your husband’s favorite dessert with the kids. It will be a special memory for both your husband and your children!

Give an unexpected gift for Father’s Day.
Yes, men do love ties and golf shirts, but this year, try to get creative! For example, if your husband has been meaning to to learn how to play the guitar, purchase some guitar lessons. If your budget is tight this year, have the kids make some “coupons” for help with chores around the house that your husband usually handles or for some “dad time” that your husband can cash in and go do something he wants to do, such as golf or a sporting event. And always include a homemade gift from the kids, such as a piece of painted pottery, a homemade picture frame or a good old fashioned greeting card made with love from your little ones!

Be sure to give credit where credit is due.
A lot of times mothers get most of the credit for raising the kids. Take some time on Father’s Day to thank your husband for all the many wonderful contributions he gives to the family and for all that he does for the kids.

There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate Father’s Day and we hope these tips will help you plan a memorable Father's Day. Happy Father’s Day from Pure and Honest Kids!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Looking for a Lightweight Stroller?

The Celebrity Baby Blog reviewer loved the Inglesina's Trip Umbrella stroller because it is so lightweight (it only weights 14.5 lbs), and it also includes a four-position reclining seat, extendable leg rest, and a back zippered storage pocket.
According to Celebrity Baby Blog, the Inglesina Trip Umbrella Stroller is ideal for public transportation, quick trips in and out of the car, and it has enough suspension to work well for long walks.

The Inglesina Trip can be used from babies 6 months old to toddlers up to 45 lbs.

Sounds pretty good, huh? We know you'll love it, too, so come check it out at Pure and Honest Kids!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Be a Good Playdate Mom!

Part of kids growing up is learning how to play nice with others…but sometimes the moms forget this important lesson, too. When your child is attending or hosting a playdate, it is just as important for the moms to play nice, be a good group member and to bring something positive to the table.

Here are some tips on how to be a good playdate mom!

Keep your own child in line.
Make sure your child is sharing and not pushing, pinching or hitting others. Sounds simple enough, but sometimes moms can get wrapped up in talking to one another and may not deal with all the inevitable “squabbles” that comes with playgroups. Be the first to make sure your child is being a good friend and not crossing any lines that may cause other moms to feel uncomfortable. Of course, letting kids work it out on their own is the best option, but if that doesn’t seem to be working, you should step in to keep the peace.

Bring toys and snacks to share.
If you are bringing a special toy or snack to the playgroup, make sure your child will share the toy with others and that there is enough snack to share with the group. Demonstrating how to share will help your son or daughter learn how to share, too.

Don’t be a know-it-all or bossy with other people’s kids.
When it comes to parenting, no one likes a know-it-all. Sometimes moms just want to vent or have a listening ear, so do not feel the pressure to have all the answers. Also, when it comes to other people’s kids, let their own mother discipline them rather than you trying to take charge. Every mother has their own style of discipline, and leave it to them to handle their own children.

Don’t overstay your welcome.
Every playdate should have a start and a finish time. Try not to stay past the point the rest of the group is leaving. Your playdate host may have somewhere they need to be or things to do around the house, so do not stay too long. Also, kids have a threshold of how long they can play, and if you stay too long, your kids may become cranky or unruly. Know your child’s playgroup time limits and adhere to them as much as possible.

Playdates are a fun social interaction for both moms and children! Just follow these simple steps to help make all your playgroups a success!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Father's Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you are looking for something special for the sweet dad or grandfather in your life, Pure and Honest Kids has a few gift ideas just for you!

Blue Luxe Brag Book
Memories! This 4" X 6" blue brag book by Aimee J is perfect for bragging about the little man in your life! The brag book holds 36 4"X6" photos and makes a perfect gift for any parents-to-be. The brag book features 18 photo sleeves (holding 26 photos), handmade paper covers with a suede spine, is spiral bound, is acid and lingin free and has coordinating items for gift sets!

Family Picture Frame
Family. One of the best words in English on a multi-beige frame is perfect for your most precious memories. Comes with a wooden dowel for sitting or hangs on the wall. Handmade and handpainted in the USA. Measures 11" x 11". Holds a 4x6 photo.

The Grandkids Frame
What grandparents wouldn't love this picture frame?!?! A great way to show off your grandkids to the world. This frame has a spring green background with white dots. Follow the simple directions to place your 4X6 photo in the frame and hang with the attached ribbon. Makes a great gift!

Grandpa and Me Frame
Use this adorable hand–carved and hand–painted frame to hold a special memory of Grandpa & Me! Handmade with the softest, sweetest painted design and little wooden dragonfly detail, this frame is as wholesome as the memories it holds. Holds 4" x 6" photograph.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Passing Time During Labor?!?!

Kimora Lee Simmons (fashion designer and reality TV star) recently made headlines for how she passed time during the labor and delivery of her son. Kimora was "tweeting" her way through her labor on the popular social networking site, Twitter. She updated friends, family and fans several times about the birth of her new son.

Tweeting and updating their Facebook status are some ways women pass the time during labor. Other people have been known to text, e-mail and make phone calls during labor. Other women read books and magazines, watch movies, listen to music and knit during labor, while some moms-to-be take the old fashion approach and just focus on breathing during the labor process.

What are some of the ways you passed time during labor? Post it in the comments section below!