Thursday, December 19, 2013

An Honest Guide for Holiday Travel

Christopher Gavigan, Co-Founder of The Honest Company
Author of Healthy Child, Healthy World 

Sometimes finding a bathroom to wash up in may be difficult when traveling. Honest Hand Sanitizer Spray is my only on-the-go option to keep my family’s hands clean and moisturized. 
Hydration is important – especially when traveling.  We also love it to be 100% raw, organic, and great tasting – the perfect solution! Harmless Harvest Coconut Water takes care of quality and taste while hydrating our bodies on long travel days!
Winter weather can be rough on the skin, so a tube of Healing Balm is a must! I put a thin layer on my kiddos’ bodies throughout the day and on their faces before bedtime to keep their skin nourished and protected.
Traveling during the holidays can be overwhelming both for parents and their children. One great way I like to keep some semblance of our daily routine in place is by bringing along their favorite bedtime story books. Oliver Jeffers is a family favorite as he’s written a great selection of books that tap into my children’s vast imagination. 

Honest Travel Wipes are a lifesaver – they are absolute necessities!  I use them to clean off my children’s hands and faces when they get messy from eating on the go as well as to freshen up myself after a long drive or flight.  Thankfully, they are strong, ultra pure, and biodegradable – which means they are the perfect everyday combination – no matter how long the trip! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

How to Set Good Nite Lite (Better late than never)

We love the Good Nite Lite which has been featured on The Doctors, CBS Health Watch and The View. We know daylight savings time can be a hassle, changing the clocks in the kitchen on all the walls and even in your car. We hope the video and information below will help make one change a little easier. The video is directly from Good Nite Lite.

To Set the Current Time:

1. Press and hold (for 2 seconds) then release the right/set button. The screen will illuminate brightly and display the default time of 10AM* (default times may vary on some models).

2. Press and hold the left/select button until the time flashes. Use the toggle/mode switch to adjust the time up and down for the minutes and then for the hours. Use the left/select button to move between hours and minutes.

3. Once the current time appears on the screen, press and hold the left/select button until the numbers stop flashing to "set" your time.

To Set the Sleep Time (time you would like the moon to illuminate):

1. Push and hold down the toggle/mode lever until you see the moon icon and the default sleep time of 7PM* blinking on the screen.

2. Use the toggle/mode switch to adjust the time up and down for the minutes and then for the hours. Use the left/select button to move between hours and minutes.

3. Once your Sleep Time appears on the screen, press and hold the left/select button until the current time appears. Your Sleep Time is set.

To Set the Wake-Up Time (time you would like the sun to illuminate):

1. Push and hold up the toggle/mode level until you see the sun icon and the default wake time of 7AM* blinking on the screen.

2. Use the toggle/mode switch to adjust the time up and down for the minutes and then for the hours. Use the left/select button to move between hours and minutes.

3. Once your Wake-Up Time appears on the screen, press and hold the left/select button until the current time appears. Your Wake-Up Time is set.

Once you have the three times programmed (Current, Sleep & Wake Up), plug your light into the outlet.

If at any time you unplug the light and turn the switch to the "off" position your light will revert to the factory settings and you will need to reset your personalized times.

*The Default time may vary on some models

*Your backlight only illuminates for a few seconds before you need to start to set your clock. If the screen darkens, press/hold/release the right button once again to "wake" the timer.

Dimming Feature:

An optional dimming mode is available to further dim your Good Nite Lite. To activate this option press and hold the SET button for 2/3 seconds to illuminate the indicator in the top right corner. To de-activate this option press the SET button again until the indicator no longer appears.

Thank you and Have a Good Nite!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stay Safe This Hallow’s Eve

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, Founder of Daddyscrubs

As a daddy to seven, I know a thing or two about wanting to protect your children from all of the world’s evils. It seems certain seasons and holidays tend to bring out the crazies, Halloween being one of those crazy-induced holidays.

Here’s a bit of advice from a dad who wants to ensure you and your kids have a safe and fun Halloween.

Trick or Treat: I think most people would agree; getting free candy is amongst the more enjoyable things in life, and your child will probably want to try their hand at the fun. In order to stay safe this Halloween, trick or treat with your child during the earlier evening hours. Walk from door to door with them allowing them to partake in the trick or treating experience while knowing they are safe and out of harms way. If you have older children, you can drive them to different neighborhoods that you know are safe and hang out while they visit the homes in the neighborhood. Give them a meeting place, a time and a cell phone. Lay out the ground rules ahead of time so you and your child can stay safe while having fun.

Party-in: While scavenging through neighborhoods filling pillowcases with candy and more appealing Halloween tradition, it can be just as fun to have a party at home, which is what my wife, kids and I have done for the past several years. Everyone dresses up, you decorate your house to look like a haunted mansion, and you invite other close friends and family to come enjoy in the festivities. With your own bowls of candy dispersed throughout the house, you and your kids can indulge their Fall sweet tooth in a fun and safe environment.

Out and aBOOut: Generally, many towns and cities have festivals and activities for this season. You should check around your town to see if there is a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a wagon ride or a haunted house that you and your child can attend for fun. It will give you all something festive to do without overindulging on too much sugar or making a haunted mess of your house.

Check the Bounty: If your children do go out to collect candy from strangers, make sure you inspect the goods when they get home. Throw away candies that are open or questionable. It’s probably also good not to let your child eat as much candy as he can stomach in one sitting. Teach them self control and responsibility by allowing them to pick out several pieces of candy a day. You can spread the candy out by sending some in his lunch pail and by eating a little yourself, of course!

Good Rules of Zombie-thumb: It’s always important to lay out a few good rules of thumb – or in this case, zombie-thumb – before letting loose. In the case of Halloween, make sure the neighborhoods you’re visiting are safe and well lit. If a house is dark, don’t go up to it, and make sure you select a time and place to meet if you aren’t walking around with your child. Your kids should carry a cell phone and walk with a group. Remind them not to get in anybody’s car or go in anybody’s house.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you stay safe and have fun.

Happy Halloween!

Daddy Nickell

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of 7, offers his “5 cents” worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the CEO and founder of Daddyscrubs, the “Perfect” Gift for Any Dad, and a contributor along with his daughter for the Daddyscrubs Blog where they cover topics about parenting, pregnancy, babies, and toddlers. As well as new and unique gifts, celebrities, and interviews.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tandem nursing twins -- You can do it!!!

from Kalle Gelman, The Pump Station & Nurtury™ Mommy of Twins

I really hoped I could nurse my twins after they were born, and so in preparation, I took Kelli’s class at The Pump Station. She was able to breastfeed her twins and gave me the confidence that it was possible...even though it seemed like that would be on par with winning a gold medal at the Olympics.

Then, my twins were born almost 6 weeks early and I had severe complications including massive hemorrhaging (all of which should have lessened my milk production). My babies were in the NICU for 2 weeks and were bottle fed every drop I pumped from day one. And I pumped around the clock, determined to get them the milk they needed! While I tried to nurse them in the NICU, they were so small and so tired that I was resigned it wouldn't work to breastfeed them. I thought I would just have to pump and bottle feed.

At the urging of a night nurse who was helping us once the twins came home from the hospital, I tried to breastfeed my son (who weighed more and had a bigger appetite). To my surprise he latched on right away and ate almost a full meal! But I had a lot of difficulty with my daughter because she was so small - still just 4 pounds. That’s when I called The Pump Station and scheduled a home consultation with Barbara. When she arrived, it was as if a fairy breastfeeding godmother had come into my home. I still remember her saying, "in no time you'll have them both on a breast at the same time and it will be like, latch one...latch the problem"!  While it sounded as easy as seeing a unicorn, it actually happened a few weeks later. I was so happy I cried! I stuck with it and called Barbara frequently with many questions and for advice. She was so supportive and helpful, and I know I never would have gotten here without her.

I really feel like if I can do it, anyone can! Thank you a million times over, Pump Station.

My experience being able to breastfeed them is one of the best things I've done in my life. I look forward to our nursing times because I feel so connected to them and it makes me so happy that I'm able to nourish them both. 

All the best,

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Pump Station Marketing Photos Project

A few weeks ago, I was asked to help with The Pump Station’s marketing photos…. I immediate said YES!  The Pump Station is such wonderful resource for my daughter and I (and even for my husband!) that I knew I had to be involved with this project!  They are all about babies, children and families… and so am I!
We took photographs at two different locations…. A park in Santa Monica and a beach in Malibu.  It was so much fun photographing such beautiful families and their precious babies!
Thank you to all the families that participated for giving up a part of your weekend for us!  Here are a few photos from the photos shoots!
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