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Fairytale Wishes: A Unique Aromatherapy Product Line for Kids

Enter to win 1 free bottle (winner’s choice) and a personalized letter from Freddy the Frog!

Childhood fears are very real. We, as parents, will do just about anything to help our kids work through these very common phases of childhood. Mompreneur, Debbie Glickman, experienced this with her own children and when trying to find a fun, magical way to handle fear of going to sleep in the dark, she found no products out there that were targeted especially for kids.

The homemade label on a spray bottle wasn’t going to cut it with her kids who were too smart for their own good.

She knew of the calming effects of lavender and bought a very expensive bottle of Lavender infused pillow spray from a fancy “aromatherapy” bath product store and thought to herself there had to be a way to make a product like this especially for children.

It was then that Fairytale Wishes, Inc was born with a mission to “Give Children a Happily Ever After!” Each bottle is made from naturally derived ingredients with a hint of ‘magic’ glitter and a mini-fairytale written by their magical frog, Freddy on the hang tag.

Currently there are 4 products in their line:

Sweet Dreams Spray– Spray this lavender scented spray on your child’s pillow for Sweet Dreams!

Monster Repellent-Spray this bubblegum scented spray under the bed, in the closet or anywhere you think a monster or bed bug might lurk. You see they are terrified of bubblegum because it is sticky and gets in their fur and fangs and just the smell of bubblegum will keep them running for the hills.

Super Hero Spray– Spray this energizing peppermint scented spray on your child’s clothing when they need a little extra courage and confidence for the day. Great for the doctor, the school bus, trying out for a sport or play or just plain for fun!

Happy Camper Spray-Take this grape jelly scented spray to overnight camp with your child to keep homesickness far far away!

Visit Fairytale Wishes, Inc. for more information!

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TOYplay Tips: Rody Max by Gymnic

Rody Max

The other day I brought home Rody Max for my 3 kids to try. They had no idea what fun was ahead. The vibrant colored, latex and phthalate-free horse was quickly inflated to a wonderful ride-on a toy that allowed for stimulating creative play. From being a knight who is guarding the castle, to a cowboy in the wild west, Rody allowed my kids’ imaginations to take off.

Offered in two sizes, Rody and Rody Max are perfectly suited for many ages. My 5, 8 and 11-year-old not only had fun role-playing with Rody, but it also provided great exercise and worked on body coordination and balance skills as they happily bounced around the house!

My 8-year-old insisted on bringing Rody from room to room with her, and it did not leave her side all weekend. At one point, I even found Rody tucked-in beside her with his very own blanket and pillow.

Rody is great for indoor play and gets a lot of those wiggles and giggles out on a cold or rainy day. Rody can also be inflated to different sizes based on the weight of your child.

What can be better than one Rody? Two Rody toys. Double the fun and adventure for your little ones!

Developmental areas: Motor skills, including balance and body
coordination and exercise. Imaginative play.

Recommended ages: Rody: 2 – 4. Rody Max: 4 and up

Play time: hours of fun

Tested and review written by:
Jeanne Brooksbank, and 5, 8 and 11-year-old children

TOYplay Tips: Egg-Spressions by Educo

Feelings are a hard thing to communicate with children, and even harder for them to communicate with you! So, when I saw Egg-Spressions by Educo, I thought this would be a great way to work with my 3-year-old on feelings and learning how to recognize facial expressions to understand the way a person is feeling.

First, I laid out all of the eggs on the table, separate from their colored bases. I asked her to find a face that looked “happy”. When she found the egg with the happy face, I then asked her to find the matching base. We went through each of the six “feelings” this way. When I asked her to find the “sad” face, her tone of voice changed and when she found the right egg, she immediately cradled it in her hands and swayed back and forth like she was comforting it. That was a great moment to watch as a parent because I learned that she can empathize and her immediate instinct was to care for the egg when she saw the sad facial expression.

Second, we read the board book that went along with the eggs and when each “feeling” was mentioned, I asked her to find the right egg and line it up in the order it was mentioned in the story.

Third, I asked her to show me her facial expressions for each of the six feelings. This was fun for both of us and caused a few giggles! But, the great thing about this activity was that it helped her relate her own facial expressions to feelings, which will help her associate them in real life scenarios.

Overall, this is a cute activity. It may require a little more interaction with younger kids and may not be stimulating enough for older kids.

Developmental areas: Emotional development, matching, sorting, order, expression and communication

Recommended ages: 2-3 years

Play time: 10 minutes

Extension activities:

1. Help your child create a story using each “feeling” and the eggs as characters. See what kind of scenarios they can imagine up for each character!

2. Spread the eggs around the room. Make a facial expression that matches one of the eggs/feelings and have your child race to find the right egg to match your facial expression.

Tested and review written by:

Shannon McAfee (Founder/Owner of TOYconomy) and 3-year-old daughter

Toys, Travel Cases and Tools – December Recalls of Note

Guest post by:

Jennifer Toney, CEO at WeMakeItSafer.com

Three Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls topped 100,000 units in December making them, statistically, the ones most likely to be in your home.  They include the Colorful Hearts Teddy sold by Build-A-Bear Workshop, recalled for eyes that pose a choking hazard; Circo-brand children’s travel suitcases sold at Target, recalled for excess levels of lead; and Rayovac NI-CD Cordless Tool Battery Packs recalled due to risk of explosion.

In each case, as with most recalls, the remedy is relatively simple – stop using the product and return it for a refund or store credit.  Visit the links above for further instructions if you think you may own one of these products.

In terms of risk of injury, one December recall, the Pottery Barn Children’s Bed Canopy, stood out as having a relatively high number of incidents and injuries reported before the recall was announced.

The canopy, sold separately and as part of twin, full and queen-sized beds can fall and strike individuals sleeping or playing in or nearby the bed.  By the time the recall was announced there had been 33 reports of the canopies falling, causing 9 reported minor injuries and one report of an injury severe enough to require stiches.

The canopies were sold for several years, beginning in December 2003. Although there is no information about when the product-failures were reported, the number of incidents and injuries as a percentage of the number of units being recalled is significantly higher than the average recall.

Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma, is offering a free repair to canopy owners. More information can be found here.

Another stand-out in terms of incidents reported before recall was a glass dining table sold by West Elm, also a division of Williams-Sonoma.  14 reports of the table collapsing or breaking were received during the product’s short, four-month time on the market.  One minor injury was reported. West Elm is offering full store credit and will pick up the table for free. Learn more here.

Similarly, two recalls of golf cars, hunting and utility vehicles had significant reports of product failure prior to recall, so if you own this type of motorized cart, be sure to check the list.

Other consumer product recalls in December included toys, strollers, children’s sleepwear, women’s shoes, kitchen gadgets, snowmobiles and holiday décor.  You can flip through images of all the latest recalls at http://WeMakeItSafer.com .

About the Author

Jennifer Toney is CEO at WeMakeItSafer.com, a company that builds web applications to help consumers and retailers check and monitor products for safety recalls. After finding more than her fair share of recalled products in her own home, Jennifer founded WeMakeItSafer to help families and store owners identify dangerous products more easily. You can follow Jennifer on twitter at @Jennifer_Toney and WeMakeItSafer on facebook at http://facebook.com/WeMakeItSafer