Thursday, December 15, 2011

Family Holiday Fun in LA This Weekend

There's so much to do in LA this weekend so bundle up the kids (yes, it is actually getting cold here in LA!) and check out a few fun things to do in the Los Angeles area.

*Where to See the Best Christmas Lights in LA*

 
HOLLYWOOD
Don't laugh but The Grove is actually a great place to see fun lights, Los Angeles' largest christmas tree, fake snow at night and a visit with Santa in his gingerbread-themed workshop.

VALLEY
Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills.  Yes, it actually exists and is centered on the intersection of Oxnard Street and Lubao avenue.  Throw on some carols and drive along a few blocks that have the best lights that will surely entertain your little ones.

WESTSIDE
If you're feeling uber fancy, go to Beverly Hills and stroll down Rodeo Avenue on Thursday and Fridays where they have snow and sparkle effects floating from the sky from 5-8pm.

*Sing-a-Long Christmas Carols at the Disney Concert Hall*


Oh, some of us just love to sing Christmas Carols and if your little ones do, then why not get completely in the holiday spirit and join in on the Sing-a-Long this Saturday, December 17th.  There are two showtimes - 11:30am and 2:30pm.  Tickets range from $33 - $85. 

*Train Ride with Santa*


Head on over to Griffith Park for a Holiday Train Ride.  Have a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus then jump on board the train for a jaunt through holiday lights and scenery.  Tickets are $7 per person and free for those under 18 months.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Another Great Holiday Gift - Bibs!

We love the holidays for many reasons and eating is a big part of it.  Who better to get the messiest than your little one.  We have an assortment of adorable Alimrose bibs to choose from - and they are also great holiday gifts!









Thursday, December 8, 2011

Love

This morning my 10-month old son wrapped his arms around my neck and gave me the biggest hug. It was done with a smile and then he slobbered on me in what was his version of a kiss.

His love was obvious and it took my breath away.

When I got in my car to drive to work, a song came on the radio, that said " life is not about the breathing in and out, but the moments that take your breath away". It really hit home with me and I picked up the phone to call my husband and remind him that I love him too.

Life really is short - my son is almost 1! So don't wait for Christmas to show your love and generosity. Do it now and really absorb those moments that do take your breath away.


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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Building Up Your Little One's Immunity

With all the colds swirling around this winter season, it's so easy for baby and mommy and daddy to pick-up a winter cold.  There are ways to build up your little one's immunity system in natural ways.  I found a few tips on Parents.com.  Hope these help you cope with the sickies this holiday season!

1. Serve more fruits and vegetables. Carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries: They all contain such immunity-boosting phytonutrients as vitamin C and carotenoids, says William Sears, M.D., author of The Family Nutrition Book (Little Brown, 1999). Phytonutrients may increase the body's production of infection-fighting white blood cells and interferon, an antibody that coats cell surfaces, blocking out viruses. Studies show that a diet rich in phytonutrients can also protect against such chronic diseases as cancer and heart disease in adulthood. Try to get your child to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day. (A serving is about two tablespoons for toddlers, 1¼ cup for older kids.)


2. Boost sleep time. Studies of adults show that sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to illness by reducing natural killer cells, immune-system weapons that attack microbes and cancer cells. The same holds true for children, says Kathi Kemper, M.D., director of the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research at Children's Hospital, in Boston. Children in day care are particularly at risk for sleep deprivation because all the activity can make it difficult for them to nap. How much sleep do kids need? A newborn may need up to 18 hours of cribtime a day, toddlers require 12 to 13 hours, and preschoolers need about 10 hours. "If your child can't or won't take naps during the day, try to put her to bed earlier," says Dr. Kemper.

3. Breast-feed your baby. Breast milk contains turbo-charged immunity-enhancing antibodies and white blood cells. Nursing guards against ear infections, allergies, diarrhea, pneumonia, meningitis, urinary-tract infections, and sudden infant death syndrome. Studies show that it may also enhance your baby's brain power and help protect her against insulin-dependent diabetes, Crohn's disease, colitis, and certain forms of cancer later in life. Colostrum, the thin yellow "premilk" that flows from the breasts during the first few days after birth, is especially rich in disease-fighting antibodies, says Dr. Shubin. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that moms breast-feed for a year. If this commitment isn't realistic, aim to breast-feed for at least the first two to three months in order to supplement the immunity your baby received in utero.

4. Exercise as a family. Research shows that exercise increases the number of natural killer cells in adults -- and regular activity can benefit kids in the same way, says Ranjit Chandra, M.D., a pediatric immunologist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. To get your children into a lifelong fitness habit, be a good role model. "Exercise with them rather than just urge them to go outside and play," says Renee Stucky, Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Missouri Medical School. Fun family activities include bike riding, hiking, in-line skating, basketball, and tennis.

5. Guard against germ spread. Fighting germs doesn't technically boost immunity, but it's a great way to reduce stress on your child's immune system. Make sure your kids wash their hands often -- and with soap. You should pay particular attention to their hygiene before and after each meal and after playing outside, handling pets, blowing their nose, using the bathroom, and arriving home from day care. When you're out, carry disposable wipes with you for quick cleanups. To help kids get into the hand-washing habit at home, let them pick out their own brightly colored hand towels and soap in fun shapes, colors, and scents.

Another key germ-busting strategy: "If your child does get sick, throw out her toothbrush right away," says Barbara Rich, D.D.S., a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry. A child can't catch the same cold or flu virus twice, but the virus can hop from toothbrush to toothbrush, infecting other family members. If it's a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, however, your child can reinfect herself with the same germs that got her sick in the first place. In that case, tossing the toothbrush protects both your child and the rest of your family.

6. Banish secondhand smoke. If you or your spouse smokes, quit. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 toxins, most of which can irritate or kill cells in the body, says Beverly Kingsley, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta. Kids are more susceptible than adults to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke because they breathe at a faster rate; a child's natural detoxification system is also less developed. Secondhand smoke increases a child's risk of SIDS, bronchitis, ear infections, and asthma. It may also affect intelligence and neurological development. If you absolutely can't quit smoking, you can reduce your child's health risks considerably by smoking only outside the house, Dr. Kingsley says.

7. Don't pressure your pediatrician. Urging your pediatrician to write a prescription for an antibiotic whenever your child has a cold, flu, or sore throat is a bad idea. Antibiotics treat only illnesses caused by bacteria, "but the majority of childhood illnesses are caused by viruses," says Howard Bauchner, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and public health at the Boston University School of Medicine.
Studies show, however, that many pediatricians prescribe antibiotics somewhat reluctantly at the urging of parents who mistakenly think it can't hurt. In fact, it can. Strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have flourished as a result, and a simple ear infection is more difficult to cure if it's caused by stubborn bacteria that don't respond to standard treatment. Whenever your child's pediatrician wants to prescribe an antibiotic, make sure she isn't prescribing it solely because she thinks you want it. "I strongly encourage parents to say, 'Do you think it's really necessary?' " Dr. Bauchner says.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

More Christmas Ideas

Oh, the holidays are all about shopping, shopping, shopping.  And the best way to shop when you have your hands full or don't want to brave the cold is pop on over to our online store.

We have the perfect gift for your little one and is a great addition to their play area or bedroom.  Have a look at our Cocoon Couture Bean Bags.  They come in all different designs and colors to perfectly match your child's preference.  They are 100% cotton and completely machine washable.  Here are a few options to discover.

Also comes in Black and Sand


 Also comes in Sand/Floral

Also comes in Pink and Watermelon


(bean bag filler sold separately)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fresh organic and local is best!

The best organic food is what is grown closest to you! Every week our family receives a fantastic bag of local organic produce and the best news is - its only $10 a week. Its fresh, delivered by bicycle and most of all is helping farmers in my local inner city community.

Need help finding your local organic source - check out Local Harvest! They have a great site that can help you find your local farmers market wherever you are in America.

For my LA peeps - I love Community Services Unlimited. This is my neighborhood and I love supporting it. Get involved and enjoy the benefits of great organic produce while supporting your local community.



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Yes, it's definitely cold these days!  Even here in LA it's truly feeling like December.  With the cold, it's important to layer up and make sure that little one is bundled up with a long-sleeved shirt or sweater with a cute hood.  We have a few striped cuties for you to choose from.


Oobi Baby Appliqué Hoodie Jackets


Ooobi Baby Knitted Bear Hoodie