Best Natural Sunscreens for Kids

Jun 30, 2015

Summer vacation means lot's of time in the sun. We're all aware that conventional drug-store sunscreens contain lots of harmful chemicals that, while bad for adults, definitely do not belong on baby's and kids' skin. Luckily many companies came to the rescue by developing sunscreen lotions and sprays with non toxic  ingredients.

Please keep in mind, that not all products labeled as 'natural' contain only natural ingredients. There are hordes of sunscreens out there that sneak chemical ingredients into products advertised as being "natural". If you're particular about what goes on your kids' (and your own) skin, read the ingredients list thoroughly.

Another point to note is that since natural sunblocks are mineral based, they will stay on the skin as apposed to being absorbed into the skin. This just comes with the territory of using non-toxic mineral based sunblocks and should not be viewed as a product flaw.

Here are some of my favorites mineral sunscreens, which contain ONLY natural ingredients, to the best of my knowledge.

Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Spray - $9.99

Thinkbaby SPF 50+ Sunscreen - $12.50

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen - $17

Honest Coompany Sunscreen Lotion - $13.99 

 Honest Company Sunscreen Spray - $13.95

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen - $11.28

Goddess Garden Kids Natural Sunscreen - $19

New For 2015 - Aprica Smoove 3-Wheel Stroller

Jun 29, 2015

The name Aprica has long been synonyms with lightweight and compact strollers. I've always been a huge fan of Aprica strollers for all the thoughtful details they managed to pack into tiny little frames. However, the light weight and compactness does have its price. Aprica strollers have never really been terrain friendly. That is until now. It's funny, but just the other day I was thinking how wonderful it would be to have an Aprica stroller with air filled tires. That would just be a dream come true.

I like to check Aprica Japan site on regular basis because they're very good about updating their stroller models often and releasing new colors. Well, today, as I scrolled down the row of strollers, I could not believe my eyes. Aprica has a released a new stroller model, called Smoove. For the very first time in the history of Apricas, they've broken with tradition and ctreated a 3-wheel stroller with air filled tires. I can't tell you how excited I was to see this hybrid. This is equivalent to a Maclaren becoming all-terrain. Can you imagine such a possibility?

Despite looking radically different from other Aprica strollers, Smoove is still very compact and has a lot in common Aprica's smaller models. 

Here are some features that make Smoove unique in it's class:

1. Compact for a 3-wheeler. Only 21.5" (55cm) wide!
2. Weighs only 9kg (20lb)
3. Huge canopy with UV protection
5. Adjustable leg rest
6. One hand fold (similar to Baby Jogger fold)
7. Huge storage basket
8. Ventilation system in the back of seat
9. 3D air mesh seat liner
10. Flat recline 
11. Hand break
12. Air filled wheels
13. Bumper bar
14. Seat is 58 cm from the ground
14. Comes with infant neck and spine support inserts

Smoove will be available in 4 colors and is due in stores July 2015. Although the stroller is made for Japanese market, many baby stores in Europe and Asia do stock Apricas. If you live in US or Canada and have your heart set on this stroller, you can order online from Global Rakuten.

Etsy Finds - Stylish Baby Moccasins

Jun 26, 2015

I've been kinda obsessed with baby moccasins lately. One of my favorite places to shop for accessories is on Etsy. If you ever browsed Etsy, I'm sure you know that it's a treasure trove of awesomeness. And the best part? Everything is hand-made by artisans.

Here is just a small sample of incredibly cute baby shoes that can be found on Etsy. 
  1. Leather Loafer Moccasins with Tassels
  2. Cotton Candy Suede Baby Moccasins
  3. STEELE Baby Boy Shoes
  4. Grey and Yellow Oxford Baby Boy Shoes
  5. Desert Cactus Baby Moccasins
  6. MADDEN Baby Boy Shoes
  7. Cotton Baby Moccasin
  8. Canvas Premier Organic Feathers in Mineral Blue
  9. ARROW baby moccasins
  10. 4th of July Moccasins
  11. Floral Rose Leather Moccs Moccasins
  12. Mint and Gold Leather Baby Moccasins
  13. TWISTED BLOOMS soft sole baby shoes

Happy Father's Day!

Jun 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day to the man I had four kids with (because good genes are a terrible thing to waste), and all the other fathers and grandfathers out there! 

Thank you for supporting us, teaching us, loving us, inspiring us, taking care of us, comforting us and playing with us. 

Thank you for your willingness to do those things that are less than pleasant, for taking the early morning feedings, for changing dirty diapers, killing spiders, taking out the garbage and most of all, for putting up with mommy!

We LOVE you!

Extra 20 % Off Tea Collection Summer Sale!

Jun 17, 2015

Tea Collection's Summer Sale  just got a little bit better. Take an extra 20% off already reduced prices for total savings of up to 70%! Use code SUMMER20 at checkout to receive your discount. Sale runs till Monday, June 22nd.

Here's a small sample of what can be found in the sale section.

New Nuna Tavo Stroller, Coming Summer 2015

Jun 8, 2015

Nuna is on a roll. It hasn't been so long since they've unveiled the new luxury IVVI stroller, but it seems that more good things are brewing at Nuna.

This Summer we are to see another addition to the Nuna collection, the Tavo stroller.

What makes Tavo different from other Nuna strollers? Well, it is a hybrid of sorts between Nuna's high end, reversible strollers and the lightweight, compact Pepp. Though a full list of Tavo's features hasn't yet been released, here's what I snooped out so far:

While the Tavo stroller is not reversible, it is a full featured stroller with,

A plush padded seat,
Completely flat recline,
Adjustable leg rest,
Extendable canopy that unzips in the back for ventilation,
Huge basket,
One-hand fold,
Weighs 21lb.

The Nuna  Pipa car seat clicks right into this stroller without the need for adapters.

Tavo will retail for $349 and will be offered in 4 colors.

I'm sure that Tavo will be a gorgeous, high quality stroller, just like the rest of Nuna products, and I'm very much looking forward to getting my hands on it.

Image via Tutti-Bambini

New Mountain Buggy Swift 2015

Jun 1, 2015

Mountain Buggy has updated most of their strollers for Summer 2015.  The Urban Jungle, Swift, Mini +One, and Terrain strollers, all  feature many improvements. All of these strollers now have a more compact standing fold with a one-hand fast fold mechanism, just like on the new Urban Jungle Luxury Collection stroller. 

I'd like to talk specifically about the changes to the Swift stroller (or Swift V3), since it's my favorite in the Mountain Buggy lineup. 
What I always liked about the Swift is it's compactness. Well, for 2015 Swift is even more compact! The width is now 58cm (22.8 inches) and the length is 83cm (33 inches). The stroller now weighs 9kg (20lb). This makes Swift one of the most compact all-terrain strollers on the market. Despite the petite size and relatively light weight, Swift still features 10" air filled wheels. The front wheel swivel locking mechanism has been updated from an awkward turning knob to a simple lever which you press down to keep the wheel stationary. 

Other notable improvements to Swift:
  1. The fast-folding mechanism is now located under the seat.
  2. Hidden automatic frame lock
  3. More compact standing fold
  4. Handbrake, with green 'go' and red 'stop' indicators
  5. Longer seat back to accommodate taller kids
  6. Softer, durable canvas fabric 
  7. Reversible seat liner
  8. Peekaboo window with silent magnetic closure
  9. New bright color options - choice of 4 primary and 4 secondary colors
  10. Compatible with Swift Carrycot Plus (a carrycot that converts into a parent facing seat)
  11. Compatible with new Food Tray
As in the previous version of Swift, the new one has a flat recline, adjustable handle bar, nifty curb pop, 10" air tires, tail-free five point harness, zip-off seat fabric and 20lb maximum weight capacity. 

Swift is compatible with freerider stroller board and converts into a travel system with an infant car seat.

All in all the new Swift looks like a smart little stroller and I'm looking forward to test driving.
Swift 2015 will retail for $399 and will be available sometime in July, along with all the other updated Mountain Buggy models.

Compact standing fold

Carrycot Plus

Carrycot Plus converted to a parent facing seat


Favorite Toys - 6 Months

May 28, 2015

When it comes to toys, I'm a big believer that "less is more". Instead of overloading Little Missy with too many toys, I prefer to be selective and buy high quality toys that won't overstimulate her, but will hold her interest and encourage exploration. 

Currently, the 5 in the picture are Little Missy's personal favorites. 

Made of solid piece of natural rubber and free from phtalates, colors, pvc, evatane, silcone & bpa. This one is a life savor for a teething baby! The gently textured surface massages irritated gums and I have a piece of mind knowing that my baby is not sucking on harmful chemicals. 

This dog and other Farm Buddies are made of organic cotton. Boxer is really cute and easy for baby to grasp. Little Missy like sucking on his paws and fingering all the little details like the bow-tie, ears and tail. Even the tag is a point of interest. As an added bonus, this dogie is also a rattle.

Made of 100% Pure Natural Rubber and colored with certified non-toxic, food-grade paint. Hermetically sealed design prevents the accumulation of bacteria, mold and dirt. The different ridges and textures on the Seahorse and the bright yellow color hold Little Missy's attention. Whenever I hand her this toy, her eyes light up and she grabs it enthusiastically. 

4. Winkel Color Burst Rattle by Manhattan Toy
The center holds a rattle and the soft wires are easy to grasp with hands or feet! This picture was not posed. My little monkey started off with the rattle in her hands, then she dropped it and caught it with her feet. Needless to say, mommy was very impressed with this display of dexterity. I guess this toy is excellent for developing baby's motor skills.

5. LEKA Playbook from IKEA
This book is made of fabric and is just the right size and weight for baby to hold comfortably. The pages show various 3-dimensional animals. A variety of textures, patterns and crinkly sounds provide a sensory experience for your baby. This little book is very high quality, yet costs only $6. Gotta love IKEA!

Tea Collection Memorial Day SALE - 20% Off + Free Shipping!

May 21, 2015

Tea Collection, one of my favorite kids clothing brands, is running a Memorial Day Weekend promotion - 20% OFF EVERYTHING + FREE SHIPPING. Use code WEGOTHERE at checkout. Valid through 5/25/15.

Here's just a small sampling of some of the gorgeous, 
world-inspired styles currently on sale at Tea.