Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The String Doll Gang

The String Doll Gang by Kamibashi is your new must-have accessory this year! Handmade in Thailand, each String Doll is crafted out one continuous piece of string, replete with sewn detail and a keychain.

Children and adults alike will get a kick out of these unique gift items, which exude artistry and are ready to inspire fun wherever they’re hung: key rings, bags, backpacks, you name it! The collection includes 48 pocked-sized pals—priced at $10 each—with styles that run from cute to kitschy, with Cupid and The Princess alongside Sid the punk-rocker and Jo Ninja.

String Dolls are fun for the whole family and make the perfect gift for holiday gift giving. For Halloween - check out the spooktacularly ghoulish Monster Man, Witchy Woman, Punkin’, and Vampire. At Christmas - Santy, Snowy, and Rudy make sweet, simple stocking-stuffers or eye-catching ornaments.

Established in 2005 by Kristen and Chris Daniels, Kamibashi Asian Art is the exclusive North American distributor of the String Doll Gang. The couple spent 10 years as English instructors in Asia, and stumbled upon the dolls while on vacation in Thailand. Inspired by the creative critters, the Daniels’ decided to bring this special art form back to the States, knowing that they would be an instant hit and elicit equal appreciation across the nation.

***Not for kids under the age of 8

Friday, September 21, 2007

1 million Simplicity cribs recalled

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- About one million Chinese-made, Simplicity brand cribs are being recalled after three infants died and seven were trapped when the drop side of cribs detached causing a dangerous gap, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Failures in the crib's drop side are due to a combination of hardware and design flaws that allow consumers to unintentionally install the drop side upside down. This installation could weaken the hardware and cause the drop side to detach from the crib, creating a gap that could lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants.

The affected cribs include the following models: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. The recall also involves Simplicity cribs Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio using the Graco logo.

The recalled cribs have the model numbers 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996, which can be found on the envelope attached to the mattress support and on the label attached to the headboard.

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Dyson's limited edition PINK vacuum!

I have always dreamed of having a Dyson vacuum! I have heard so many great things about Dyson like the effortless steering, the high-power suction, the clean air filter, the lightweight design and the list goes on.

There is a Dyson contest courtesy of 5 Minutes for Mom. They are giving away a PINK limited edition vacuum and you can enter the contest by clicking here - good luck!

Just in case you don't win one of these fabulous PINK Dyson vacuums, it is available for purchase at Target. Dyson is also donating $40 from each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, too!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Chicco Stroller Giveaway

Chicco, USA is having a special promotion that I know my stylish readers would love! They will be giving away one of their high-end strollers (the Ct 0.1) every day during the month of September. Visit their site and fill out a brief survey to be eligible. There is no purchase necessary and no strings attached.

Chicco is an Italian company that produces high quality, safe, and stylish products, and the Ct 0.1 is a premier stroller in their line. Enter the contest by clicking here - Good Luck!

***UPDATE*** Just in case you don't happen to win during September, no worries because Stylish Moms will be giving away one of the same Chicco strollers next month - so stay tuned!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

kajeet - cell phones for kids!

As a parent, the thought of your child with a cell phone can be quite scary. However, kajeet makes your child having a cell phone fun, safe, and real easy to manage! It is actually the first pay-as-you-go cell phone created just for families and offers tons of customizable features.

One of the coolest things about kajeet is the configurator feature. It helps you customize and configure your phone and service to meet the unique needs of you and your family. In the configurator, there is a time manager which lets you determine when the phone can and can't be used (like during study hours or after bedtime); a contact manager which lets you determine who can call or text the phone; an account activity manager which lets you know how much time is spent on calls, downloads or games; and a wallet manager which lets you manage how much money is on the account.

kajeet also allows you to set up parent and child wallets to give you better control over spending on the account. In addition, it helps you decide who pays for calls and services (great way to teach kids financial responsibility), transfer money from parent's wallet to child's wallet (great for allowances or a reward for grades), and to setup automatic transfers for when the account balance is low.

Our family tried the sleek and stylish blue Sanyo Katano (pictured above). The phone featured a digital zoom camera, speakerphone, picture messaging, a large main screen and of course call screening (you can listen to a caller while a message is being left on your phone). It was very easy to use and the preloaded wallpapers and ringtones were hip & colorful. I love that everything can be tracked especially call logs, account balances, and which features were being used. Also, calls to 900 & 976 numbers are automatically blocked.

I definitely recommend kajeet to families with kids. My little fashionista Brianna is only 2, but I used the phone with my 14 year-old niece this past week. She told me that she had a blast using the kajeet phone and playing fun games. She also mentioned that she is waiting on me to refill her wallet, too :)

So, how much does all of these great features cost? The service is competively priced and includes 5 cents per text message, 10 cents per minute of talk, 25 cents per picture message, 35 cents daily access charge (about $10 a month), and unlimited AIM for $6.99 per month. There is no extra charge for domestic long distance, no long-term contracts, no activation costs, no early termination fees and no hidden fees!

You can purchase your child's kajeet phone service online or at Best Buy, Limited Too and Longs Drugs!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Handmade Real Toys

Real Toys is unique online store that makes toys for children from recycled and savaged fabrics. Recycled clothes, scraps and remnants make up the eclectic mix of fabrics used. They are chosen based on their visual and textural appeal. Real Toys aim to provide children (and grown up children) with simple, friendly toys that stimulate the senses of sight and touch and encourage imaginative play.

Being resourceful in the materials that Real Toys use contributes in a small way to the environmental problems we face, as well as demonstrating that everything does not have to be brand new to be beautiful.

Click here to get your child's real toy today!