Baby Jack Blankets- Best Baby Blankets Around!

This week we are teaming up with another great mom inventor to share her awesome product and offer a giveaway.   Kelley Legler is the mompreneur behind Baby Jack Blankets.…beautiful, soft and sensory stimulating baby blankets.

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Baby Jack Blankets are modern baby tag blankets with a unique process of sewing ribbons shut into Tabs. This patent pending design keeps tiny fingers from getting intertwined.

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Baby Jack has a NEW educational print that teaches kids ABCs, 123s, shapes and colors through sensory play. The blankets even have a Link Loop that has a toy link attached to clip to stroller/car seat/baby carrier!  How cool is that!  This security blanket is sold in upscale boutiques and toy stores throughout the US.
Baby Jack is offering our fans a chance to win 2 14×18 Learning Loveys!

Baby Jack Blanket facebook page. To enter the giveaway for 2 Baby Jack Blankets, visit the Parbaby jack #1

 

You can learn more about Baby Jack Blankets on their website here or on the Baby Jack Blanket facebook page. To enter the giveaway for 2 Baby Jack Blankets, visit Parking Pal Magnets facebook page.

8 Practical Beach Must Haves For Mom, Dad, and Kids

8 Beach Must Haves

If you’re heading to the beach this summer with the family, keep everyone safe and protected so you can enjoy the day. Summertime means trips to the beach and pool where the whole family can relax and soak up the sun. It’s also important to be aware of the dangers that are associated with trips to the beach and staying outdoors all day. There are several products you can pack with you that are practical for the beach and will become your go-to items for family outings this summer. Denise Whitney, mom inventor of the Parking Pal magnet, shares her favorite beach must haves for the whole family.

1. Noblo

The Noblo Umbrella Buddy is a practical, problem-solving product that anchors umbrellas for safety and sun protection. Invented by two moms to stop fly away beach umbrellas (and the injuries that can result from this), Noblo is a simple to use beach umbrella anchor. Three easy steps: 1) Fill Noblo with sand, 2) velcro to beach umbrella, and 3) relax at the beach. Noblo will take care of your beach umbrella.

$16.50
www.thenoblo.com

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2. Parking Pal

Parking lots are dangerous and it only takes a few seconds for a tragedy to occur; keep your kids safe with the Parking Pal. The Parking Pal is designed to be placed on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. While in a parking lot, children place one hand on their Parking Pal creating a safe spot. It was specifically created with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play.

$8.99

http://www.parkingpalmagnet.com/

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3. Simple Sarongs

A Simple Sarong is a swimsuit cover-up for women of all ages looking for a practical cover-up that makes them feel gorgeous. A Simple Sarong is made from a custom-woven beach towel that is lightweight and quick drying, yet luxuriously soft. With clever placement of buttons and buttonholes along one length of the towel, it easily adjusts and buttons to flatter women of all sizes. This versatile and absorbent cover-up can be worn around the hips, waist or chest. Colorful print designs on both sides give women a beach towel and cover-up combo that gets noticed.

$48.00
www.simplesarongs.com

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4. Refresh-a-Baby

A beach bag necessity! Refresh-a-Baby turns ordinary water bottles into baby bottles keeping baby happy anywhere, anytime making feeding time easy for moms and dads! Simply pop the leak free Refresh-a-Baby on a water bottle of your choice, just add baby formula, and baby is ready to be hydrated.

$6.99
www.refreshababy.com

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5. SwimZip

SwimZip swimwear is the brand parents trust for stylish kid swimsuits with fantastic UPF 50+ sun protection. SwimZip UV swimwear makes award winning baby swimsuits, toddler bathing suits, and child swimwear. Parents love SwimZip’s signature full length zipper on its rash guard swim shirts, which make them incredibly easy to put-on and take-off. Whether it is ruffles, bows, flowers, polka dots, or adorable patterns, award winning SwimZip swimwear has the look that toddlers and parents love. Seen on the children of celebrities, on Shark Tank, and sold around the world, SwimZip makes stylish UV sun protection swimwear a zip!

$29.99
www.swimzip.com

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6. Eyes Cream Shades

Eyes Cream Shades is a leader in providing quality sunwear for kids ages six months and above. As everyone knows, sunglasses are not “toys” or novelty items, but serve an important health function: protecting precious eyes. All Eyes Cream frames are fashion forward, comfortable, as well as durable; and all lenses are polycarbonate and provide 100% UVA & UVB protection. Many celebrity moms and dads sport their little ones in the Eyes Cream Shades brand.

$22.50
www.eyescreamshades.com

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7. Sand Gone

Sand Gone is a dry powder that when applied to sandy parts of your body removes the sand leaving your skin soft and smooth. Sand Gone is made with all natural ingredients with a coconut fragrance. It works on both wet and dry sand; a must-have for beach goers or after playing in the sand.

$12.95
www.sandgone.com

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8. Swimlids

Swimlids will change the way you think about a sun hat. The fabric is constructed of UPF 50+ fabric (wet or dry) and the hat will not come off during any summer activity. Swimlids will stay on your head while you cannonball into the pool. If you are an active person and you care about sun protection, Swimlids is the best sun protection hat out there. Swimlids are mom invented and patent pending. Swim. Splash. Play. Protect.

$12.95
www.swimlids.com

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ChildProof Your Car With These 5 Tips- Making Summer Travel Safe

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The summer season is the time when families like to pack up the car and head off on a road trip for their summer vacation. These trips in the car can be fun and entertaining for all, but when your kids are cooped up in the car for too long they end up getting cranky and bored. One solution is to make several sightseeing stops along the way so everyone gets a chance to stretch out their legs. However, it’s important to keep a close eye on your children when they’re out of the car and in a busy parking lot. During your family travels this summer, keep your kids safe with these five ways for childproofing your car.

1. Parking Pal Magnet

Parking lots are dangerous and it only takes a few seconds for a tragedy to occur, keep your kids safe with the Parking Pal. The Parking Pal is designed to be placed on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. While in a parking lot, children place one hand on their Parking Pal creating a safe spot. It was specifically created with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play.
Available for $8.99 at http://www.parkingpalmagnet.com.

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2. Buckle Up

It’s crucial that you make sure your kids are buckled up at all time. Teach your children to always buckle up as soon as they get in the car. You must also lead by example because your kids will not be willing to listen if they see that you are not abiding by the same rule. It’s required by law for kids to wear a seat belt and for adults too in most states. Different booster seats and car seats also have various buckles so read the manual to see if you are correctly buckling in your kids.

3. Car Reverse Alert Beeper by Dreambaby®

The Dreambaby® Car Reverse Alert Beeper will alert anyone behind your vehicle that you are backing up. Simply stick the beeper over your reversing lights and it will emit a high-pitched noise when the vehicle is put into reverse. Little ones are often hard to detect through mirrors and windows so this will be an extra precaution to help prevent accidents when backing up your car. Available for $9.99 at www.shop4kids.com.

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4. Trunk Safety

These days all cars are required to feature a glow-in-the-dark interior release handle inside the trunk of the car so anyone can get out of a locked trunk. Still, older car models do not include this feature. When children are playing and parents aren’t around, the trunk of the car may seem like a good hiding spot. Kids do not know any better and this can pose a serious danger. Make sure your children cannot access the car unsupervised. If you have an older car, a retrofit Quick-Out Emergency Trunk Release kit is available for $9.99 at www.kidsandcars.org/online-store.html.
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5. Childproof the Interior

Don’t forget about the interior of your car when getting ready to child-proof. When driving with your kids, enable the childproof locks if you can to prevent kids from opening the door while the car is in motion. If you have any dangerous items in the backseat like an ice scraper, wiper fluid, or car cleaner, take them out and keep them in the trunk of the car away from the kids. The foldable back seats of your car should always be kept locked in an upright position to prevent kids from getting into the trunk.

For more car safety tips visit http://www.kidsandcars.org. Make your summer vacation fun and safe with these childproofing tips.

Lemon Essential Oil- So Many Great Uses

EssentialGuest post by Janine Sanchez:  Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind of lemons. There are so many ways you can use this oil. Personally I use it to keep my body free of gallstones which I suffered with after having my babies. I also use it as a non toxic cleaner for my home! Here are some more uses for Lemon EO: for anxiety, atherosclerosis, bites/stings, blood pressure regulation, brain injury, cold sores, colds, concentration, constipation, depression, digestion, dry throat, dysentery, energizing, exhaustion, fever, flu, furniture polish, gout, greasy/oily hair, grief/sorrow, gum/grease removal, hangovers, heartburn, intestinal parasites, kidney stones, lymphatic cleansing, MRSA, overeating, pancreatitis, post partum depression, stress, tonsillitis and varicose veins. You can use the oil by applying topically, by diffusing or ingesting in water. If you love lemon bars add the lemon oil for the best flavor!

To learn more about Lemon Essential Oil check out this link:

http://www.everythingessential.me/Oils/Lemon.html

To learn more about essential oils you can connect with Janine below:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janines-Essential-Oils/1397620747162838
www.mydoterra.com/janinesanchez

If you would like to be a guest blogger for the Parking Pal blog, please email info@parkingpalmagnet.com.

6 Tips for Dealing With Picky Eaters

How to Deal With a Picky Eater

Having a picky eater is a challenge at any age.  It usually happens in toddlers and preschoolers as they’re still getting used to new tastes and textures.  Below are 6 tips to handle your picky eater and make sure she still gets plenty of good nutrition. Plus, I have included one of my favorite products to encourage healthy eating.  The “Today I Ate a Rainbow Chart.”  It’s a fun way for kids to keep track of the healthy foods they eat.   http://www.todayiatearainbow.com/

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Here are some other tips to dealing with picky eaters.

Think of your job as offering, not forcing

If your child is hungry, he’ll eat!  Therefore, don’t think of your job as a force feeder or monitor of how much he did or didn’t eat, instead focus on offing good choices at every meal, and allow him to make the right choices.

Set a schedule

Be sure that you’re having set meal and snack times.  This will mean that your child has less opportunity to fill up on snacks before meal time.  If they are in the habit of asking for a snack a half hour before dinner and you’re in the habit of giving them a pack of fruit gummies so you can get back to cooking dinner, of course they aren’t going to eat your dinner!

Don’t bribe her with sweets

Don’t get in the habit of forcing your child to eat “just one more bite” before she gets her dessert.  This does nothing more than feed her appetite for sugary treats!

Hide the good stuff

Try to find some ways to hide vegetables in things that your kid loves! With one quick online search you can learn how to put sweet potatoes in chocolate chip cookies, make cauliflower tots that look exactly like chicken nuggets and how to make a sauce for pasta made from carrots and cauliflower.

Get them involved with preparation

Getting a young one involved in some aspect of preparing the food is one of the best ways to get them involved. If you have a garden, they’ll love every step from planting to watering to harvesting.  If you don’t garden, you can let them choose a fruit or veggie every week at the store. Once they’re old enough they can help stir and pour ingredients (avoid letting the touch anything that could be dangerous, of course).  By involving them in the preparation in some way, they take a sense of pride in the food and are more likely to eat it!

Never fight

Fighting, arguing, coaxing and bribing just don’t work!  In fact, they usually increase mealtime anxiety, so just let it go and trust that you’re doing your best by offering good choices and your child will eat when he’s hungry.

 

 

Put Your Safety First

Here at Parking Pal we are all about keeping kids safe!  Looks like we aren’t the only ones.  I recently came across a really COOL video for kids all about safety.  It has a very catchy tune.  I actually can’t stop singing the chorus.  My 8 year old watched it and thought it was cute, but I think it would be great to start showing this to kids as a much younger age.

http://youtu.be/CD_otOjgiIk   ”A song for kids to remind them of all kinds of safety issues they need to be aware of. From chewing their food,crossing the street,playing with matches etc. A fun and entertaining way for parents to reinforce being safe. Great for teachers in the classroom and homeschoolers also.” – Discover and Learn

But they don’t just have safety songs….they have all sorts of educational music for children.  Check out their website here.

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How To Stay Healthy With Essential Oils

Are you looking for some natural ways to treat some common illnesses?  Read this post on essential oils from our guest blogger Janine to learn more.

breathe usesWhat exactly are Essential Oils and how are they beneficial? Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in plants. They are steam distilled or cold pressed extracted and very concentrated. They are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. For example, 1 drop of lemon oil is equivalent to eating 30 lemon rinds. Essential oils are not only powerful but have safe benefits without any side effects. Ancient Cultures used them as a natural way to heal the body. DoTERRA essential oils are 100% natural and certified pure therapeutic grade. They have no fillers or harmful additives and are tested to ensure safety and quality. One amazing fact about Essential Oils is that they penetrate the cell membrane to kill viruses and bacteria.

Breathe is a combination of several oils that can be used to replace some items in your medicine cabinet. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, coughs, congestion, influenza, croup, rsv, pneumonia or sinusitis, Breathe is your go to Essential Oil. It can even stop your loved one from snoring! Truly an amazing product that works for a multitude of health issues.

To learn more about the many uses of Breathe check out this       link: http://www.everythingessential.me/Search%20results.html?q=breathe

To learn more about essential oils you can connect with Janine below:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janines-Essential-Oils/1397620747162838

www.mydoterra.com/janinesanchez

12 Unique and Helpful Products for Children With Autism

12 unique products for children with autism

Parking Pal was excited to be included in an article about products that are useful for children with autism.  http://www.myprgenie.com/view-publication/12-unique-and-helpful-products-for-children-with-autism.  Leave a comment below if you know of other products that would be useful.

 

Help You Kids to Fall Asleep Naturally With This Essential Oil

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I have recently become very interested in Essential Oils and the benefits from using them. There is so much to learn about them and to me it seems a little overwhelming. Of course, I’m no expert in the area of essential oils, however, I have found someone that is. Her name is Janine Sanchez and I have asked to to contribute to my blog. Every few weeks she will teach us about a new oil and a few things it can be used for. This week is Lavender. (my personal favorite).

Guest post by Janine Sanchez:

We all know that bedtime can be quite a chore for moms. Lavender oil is great and can help you and your little ones get that much needed rest. Just put a drop on your pillow and 1-3 drops on the bottom of your feet and you will feel calmer and be able to sleep better. Lavender is the most popular and safest essential oil. Lavender can be used topically, aromatically and internally. It helps allergies, anxiety, bites/stings, burns, depression, fevers and mood swings.

To learn more about the many uses of lavender check out this link: http://www.eeoils.me/Oils/Lavender.html

To learn more about essential oils you can connect with Janine below:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janines-Essential-Oils/1397620747162838
www.mydoterra.com/janinesanchez

If you interested in being a guest blogger, please email info@parkingpalmagnet.com