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#GIVEAWAY: National Child Passenger Safety Week – Tips for Keeping your Child Safe

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old.  Based on NHTSA crash data in 2010, almost an average of 2 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and 325 were injured each day.  With statistics like these, it’s amazing that this fatality rate could be reduced by about half if the correct child safety seat were always used. This week, September 15th – 21st, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, marks Child Passenger Safety Week, making it the best time to

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REVIEW: Learning at Home with Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning is highly regarded in the teaching community for providing high quality educational materials for the class room and they’ve just introduced a fun new line of educational toys for the home! From cool building sets and discovery toys to hands-on educational games, Lakeshore’s Learning at Home products get kids excited about learning! Just in time for back to school, my kids got a chance to check out the Let’s Play School play set.  My kids love school, especially when they’re the teachers!  It’s got tons of realistic teaching tools like chalk and chalkboard, an American Flag, puzzle map of the

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Sniff Sniff Cough Cough #OTCSafety

My family and I are no strangers to allergies.  We’ve got them all – food allergies, medication allergies to seasonal allergies.  Given our family history, the combination can cause a lot of anxiety for our family, especially surrounding the little Mister.  Our family is always on high alert when it comes to allergic reactions but come fall/winter time, distinguishing between a common cold and allergies can be difficult.  With the kids’ back to school (the little Mister’s first foray into a school setting too!) and germs rearing its ugly head in full force, we’re all too nervous.  OTC Safety has come up with these

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REVIEW: Ergo Xtra Baby Carrier

The word on the street has the Ergo Carrier as being the “IT” carrier.  Always being more of a lover of clean lines and the modern, I identified the Ergo Carrier with the hippies.  I never had the urgency to try it as my first two weren’t much of carrier children.  The Little Miss did a stint in a sling, but generally they liked the stroller.  McChubbs often had to sit things out in his Mamaroo or Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker while I tended to the two other more active children.  He often cried to be held or just to

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Checking Out the Revolutionary Olympus OM-D E-M1

If the name itself OM-D E-M1 didn’t sound high tech enough for you, let me tell you, this may be the only camera you’ll ever want to carry.  If you’re a semi-pro or as I like to dub myself, “amateur pro” — we like, even LOVE the big guns but taking it with us every where isn’t the most convenient.  To meet the demand for a more compact sized camera that delivers pro quality images, Olympus debuted earlier this evening at an exclusive press event, the revolutionary OM-D E-M1 and it is a beaut! The OM-D E-M1 is the successor to the Olympus E-5 DSLR , making it their new

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Safety First with Safety 1st!

When you find out for the first time you’re going to be a parent, it can be an exciting time… and also a nerve wracking time too.  The overwhelming senses of responsibility sets in fast.  One of the very first things people do when they find out they are about to become parents is research all about child safety — everything from finding the safest car seat to making their homes safe or “child-proof”. Many parents have come to rely on Safety 1st, a company that  is driven by a single-minded focus of making the world a safer and happier place for

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LAST CHANCE to see Dinosaur Safari before it becomes extinct!

Missed your chance to see the Bronx Zoo’s exciting Dinosaur Safari exhibit this summer? You’re in luck — it has been EXTENDED! Bronx Zoo just announced that they will keep these enormous creatures at the zoo through November 3rd based on overwhelming popular demand. Don’t miss your last chance to see this amazing exhibit that guests are coming back to see again and again! Come take a ride and witness over 20 animatronic creatures roar, hiss, move, and spit water on this electrifying prehistoric journey. Make sure you stop by the Dinosaur Safari Field Site, located at the ride’s disembark

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Life in the Dreamhouse with Barbie #BarbieIsMoving

As my family and I contemplate our next chapter in our life, we’ve considered that it might include a new home.  So a bit of the #BarbieIsMoving campaign really resonated with us.  I never had Barbie dolls as a child, and obviously never had a Barbie Dreamhouse… but I ALWAYS wanted one.  We had a neighbor whose grand-daughter had every Barbie and the Dreamhouse to boot.  My sister and I LOVED when she came and visited her grandmother with her Barbie suitcase and everything else Barbie in tow.  Looking back, the 1980’s Barbie Dreamhouse was really something to behold and

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