Washing Your Kids’ Clothes


They go into the washer dirty and look totally clean when you put them into the dryer, so how is it possible that when you then pull them out, you find them ruined by a constellation of dark, blotchy stains that appeared from out of nowhere? Those blotches are actually oil-based stains—the remnants of last Friday’s pizza dinner, for instance. From now on, Gagliardi recommends, pretreat oil-based stains with a tiny amount of liquid dishwashing detergent. “The superconcentrated grease-cutting surfactants work well on these types of stains,” she says. Boorstein suggests washing these items in a mesh bag, so you know exactly which items should be air-dried. Another tip: If it’s a special item—say, his holiday button down—take it to the dry cleaners; the solvents used can cut through tough oil stains. To get a better price (these are your kids’ clothes, after all), tell your cleaner that the items don’t need to be pressed.

source:  7 Ways You’re Doing Laundry Wrong

Scholastic & Usher Open a World of Possible

Scholastic’s mission is built on helping children learn to read and love to read. Finding the right book at the right time can
light an emotional spark within children that motivates them to read more, understand more, and read joyfully.

When that happens, the world opens. Everything becomes possible.

Scholastic is partnering with global entertainment icon Usher, an advocate for youth education, for a live webcast that will inspire children to share the joy of reading and learn how they can help open a world of possible through reading.


to view the webcast with your children on
Thursday, November 6th, 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT
Recommended for grades 3+Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 7.51.18 PM

Design Toys by Toytoise

Design Toys by Toytoise

Design Toys by Toytoise

If you are ever looking for a cute car that will last the toddler race track this is it! I picked one up the other day for my son and he loves it! I never heard of this company until one day I saw them stationed in a booth at Grand Central terminal. The prices are reasonable and they toys are durable.

Toytoise.com presents to you a selection of fine design toys from renowned brands: Playsam, PlayforeverPapa Foxtrot and Early Rider are leaders in their class and create innovative and timeless toys for the young and young–at–heart. Toys that are classic and contemporary, fanciful and functional, simple and sophisticated. Toys that appeal to both hemispheres of the brain by combining design and engineering. These seemingly contradictory characteristics are made to work together in the context of design.  These products appeal to the sophisticated customer with an understanding and appreciation for the unique and well made.

The Streamliner Rally Red from Playsam is featured in New York’s Museum of Modern Art as part of an ambitious survey of 20th century design for children. It is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking.

School Supplies for Preschool and Kindergarten


What’s the smart way to shop for school supplies? Eliminate the guesswork by getting a list from your child’s teacher ahead of time or waiting until school starts to find out what’s actually required. The teacher may recommend specific brands, sizes, or quantities, but even if the list isn’t available, you can still take advantage of back-to-school sales.

Sample School Supplies for Preschool and Kindergarten

#2 Pencils
Pencil Box
Hand Held Pencil Sharpener with 2 Sizes of Holes
5 inch Blunt Tip Scissors
Glue Stick
4 oz. Glue
Crayon Sharpener
Colored Pencils
Watercolor Paint
Antibacterial Soap Hand Sanitizer

25 Words All Toddlers Should Know By Age 2

Below are words by that most children include in their early vocabularies.  If a parent is too busy to do this physically, you can also turn to technology for help. For example, touch based devices such as the iPad are let toddlers know new words on their own. The apps are typically designed to be engaging so your child actually enjoys the learning process.  Happy Learning!!!

  1. all gone
  2. baby
  3. ball
  4. banana
  5. bath
  6. bye bye
  7. book
  8. car
  9. cat
  10. cookie
  11. daddy
  12. dog
  13. eye
  14. hat
  15. hello/hi
  16. hot
  17. juice
  18. milk
  19. mommy
  20. more
  21. no
  22. nose
  23. shoe
  24. thank you
  25. yes