Happy Hallow-Green!

Did you join us for our Hallow-Green costume swap earlier this month? For those who uncovered a new costume in the swap, please don’t forget to share pictures of your adorable little ones on our Facebook page, we’d love to see them!

A costume swap is a great idea isn’t it? You know us, we hate waste and like to do our green part wherever we can. So with that in mind, on top of the swap, we thought we would pull together some extra tips on creating a more sustainable Halloween experience. Because every little helps!

TRICK OR TREASURE:

With child food allergies to be mindful of, sometimes it’s easier to think treasure instead of candy! Little ones would love to be treated to things like stickers, collectable cards, spinning tops, mini cooker cutters, crystals, seashells, beads, crayons, and even hair barrettes, instead of candy (just avoid the cheap plastic toys).

However if you want to keep it more traditional and go with edibles, you’ve still got lots of healthy, green options – just look for organic, all-natural, dye-free ingredients, that are ideally ethically sourced and packaged.

Perhaps just keep a little bag of non-food goodies aside for those kids with allergies – join the teal colored pumpkin movement and leave one outside your house to let parents and kids with allergies know, you’ve got them covered!

TRICK OR TREAT BAGS:

Forget the plastic tubs in the store, use and decorate household items to collect candy in. A great way to bag some family craft time together! Kids will love decorating and personalizing a bucket, a pillowcase, old bags lying around at home, or even sewing one out of fabric with mom’s help.

SNACK-O-LANTERNS:

Make sure you use the goodies from inside your pumpkins. Toast the seeds – yum! Make pumpkin pies or muffins – double yum! Or simply compost it, along with any other uneaten party food. If you don’t have your own compost pile, you can also look in to local pumpkin recycling.

Have you thought about growing your own organic pumpkins in the yard for next year? Go on, give it a try!

And one more thing…don’t forget to light your pumpkins with beeswax candles, instead of soy or paraffin based waxes.

GETTING THERE:

Plan your trick or treating journey in advance and walk, bike ride, carpool or take the bus in costume to your chosen spots. You’ll be needing a light, so try a solar torch, or remember to load your regular torches with rechargeable batteries rather than disposables. If you do end up using disposables, please remember that dead batteries should be treated as hazardous waste and disposed of properly.

 

Have fun, be safe and HAPPY HALLOW-GREEN everyone!

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You Guys Rock!

winner-badgeWe won a ‘Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award 2016’. Hooray!

We are absolutely thrilled to be named ‘Hippest Baby and Maternity Shop’ in SoCal. Thank you so so much to everyone who voted for us – you guys are the best. And you ALL need to share this wonderful moment with us, because we are much more than just a business, Babies in Bloom is a community. A place to not only shop, but learn and share family experiences, whatever your parenting style (no judgement here!). You make us who we are and that’s a big part of what makes us winners.

Some wise old soul once said: ‘Customers may forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.’ And we truly believe that. We aim to make all our customers feel heard. Feel supported. Feel excited. Feel inspired. Feel confident, and just feel special – like every mama and mama-to-be should. Daddies, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles too. The whole family.

And thanks to you, we feel pretty special right now too. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you once again for taking the time to vote for us. And thank you for shopping small. We hope to see you really soon!

 

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September is Baby Safety Month

From the moment that line appears on the pregnancy test, you never stop worrying about your little ones safety and wellbeing. You worry about eating the right things while pregnant. And then how much your baby is eating once they arrive. How much they weigh. How much they are sleeping. Why they aren’t crawling yet. Sometimes Every. Darn. Thing!

It can get a little overwhelming can’t it? There’s information just everywhere. And sometimes you can’t help but think that some manufacturers are fuelling the worries in order to sell more gadgets and gizmos, right?

That’s why we like September – it’s Baby Safety Awareness Month. A whole month dedicated to helping us parents make sense of the information overload out there. A month which encourages manufacturers to highlights the main safety issues we need to be aware of. And more importantly the simple steps we can take to reduce those rising worry levels.

This year, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is focusing on the importance of product registration cards and recall response. Something that is often overlooked. Or thrown away with the empty box.

The JPMA made this little video to highlight how useful these registration cards can be when it comes to matters of safety.

https://youtu.be/FkVj4sYL-K4

Awareness of product recalls can be lifesaving – so a) make sure you register so you have a direct way for manufacturers to contact you if a product you have purchased comes in to question and b) make sure you spread the word to other parents you know, be it on the phone, at the school gates or via social media. We’re all in this together – let’s support each other through it!

If you are seeking more information re: potential baby hazards in the home, from liquid detergent packs to kitchen safety, please visit the official Baby Safety Website here.

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Grandparents Day

grandparents daySunday is National Grandparents Day – a day to celebrate all the wonderful Grandmas, Nanas, Nonnas, Grannies, Gramps, Grandpas…or whatever name you use… out there!

Grandparents Day was never designed to be a day for selling cards, flowers and gifts though –as much as they would be appreciated we’re sure. The lady behind it all, Marian Lucille McQuade, (a grandma to 43, and great-grandma to 10! Wow!) first campaigned for it to be a family day – a day that called for generations to simply spend quality time together. It was in 1978 that Congress proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day, with President Jimmy Carter stating it was a day to “honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer“.

So this weekend, if you are still lucky enough to have your own grandparents around, as well as your parents, don’t forget to take the time to really show them your love and appreciation – and make sure your littles do too! Because let’s be honest, life with kids is busy and we often forget to show it day to day, week to week, don’t we?

Hands up moms and dads, who would have been completely lost in parenthood without the support of their parents – especially in those early months, when we were finding our feet as a new parent?

Hands up – whose parents look after the littles while you work? Be it full or part time. And they LOVE it!

Hands up – whose parents always make themselves available on the phone to you if you’ve had a hard day, or if you need reassurance that you are doing this whole parenting thing right?

Hands up – whose parents can make your little kids squeal with excitement at just the mention of their name?

Hands up – who never get tired hearing your parents’ or grandparents’ stories of the ‘old days’?

I bet there are a lot of hands up right now. Grandparents rock!

Unfortunately it’s not the case for everyone, but we never stop needing our parents, or our parents’ parents, however old we are. And this weekend is another chance to remind them all of that, especially if we have been a little slack on the appreciation front recently. Another chance to remind them that they sit at the heart of your family, no matter how many miles might be between you. To remind them that your kids adore them and love their old tales, traditions…and recipes!  So whether they live around the corner, in a different state, or in a different country, put the spotlight on Grandparents this weekend. Be together – be it virtually or physically. Cherish them! And learn from them, so that one day, our own grandbabies will not only know about them, but think we are that awesome too!

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