Looking For A Lunch Box That Will Keep Your Kid’s Lunch HOT? Boom. Found It!

I was tired. Tired of making lunches for my daughter that ended up swimming in a trash can because I couldn’t keep them warm enough. And who could blame her? Would YOU want to eat a room-temperature chicken-dog that has been sitting in your cubby for the past four hours? I  think not.

It took her being un-fed for me to get fed up, which is typically the case for a procrastinator. For two years, I struggled to come up with ways to help keep her lunches warm —because HOT wasn’t an option! I tried using insulated bags with stainless steel containers that were wrapped like mummys in foil, but any efforts made to improve the quality of her dining experiences turned out more like the Rappers Delight: “The macaroni’s soggy, the peas are mushed, and the chicken tastes like wood.”
Until now.

Lava Lunch™ is the first (and only) lunch box that has actually kept my daughter’s lunch HOT and I cannot believe it took so long to find it! Lava Lunch™ uses Lava Rocks™ that are made of an organic, plant-based material; designed to keep your food hot. Lava Rocks™ are leakproof —even if punctured, and are easily heated in the microwave for immediate use. Once the interior of the Lava Lunch™ begins to cool, the Lava Rocks™ release their stored energy; keeping your food hot for up to five hours —finally!

Note: They have recently upgraded the quality of their Lava Rocks™. I would highly recommend purchasing directly from them to ensure you are getting the best quality bang for your buck! This is not a paid endorsement, just a mother who learned the hard way. 

Visit them online at www.LavaLunch.com to view products and get your order in. They are currently offering 25% off using promo code: LAVA. 

Money well spent!

What To Do When There Is Nothing To Do And You Have Kids?


Some might think I’m crazy for keeping my soon-to-be seven-year-old daughter out of summer camp during a three-month hiatus from school… I think I’m downright sadistic!

It was easy last year; we spent all summer at the beach. The biggest challenge of the day was deciding whether or not we should hit the pool before heading down to the ocean or if we should just go back to bed. But this year we stayed home ––and sometimes it rains.

Enter: Ivy-Kids!

Created by a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom, Ivy-Kids are educational activity subscription kits for children between the ages of 3-8. Each theme-related kit includes an age-appropriate book and 10+ creative and fun projects related to the story that will help to reinforce your child’s educational skills in math, literacy and science. 

And guess who was lucky enough to receive sample kits for July and August for her daughter to review?

The first thing I noticed was the quality: Each kit was neatly packaged and personalized with my daughter’s name ––and she couldn’t tear into them fast enough! The activities were individually placed in zip-lock bags to keep them from shuffling around in the box and getting mixed up with the others; which later proved to be a blessing in disguise, as there were paints, glue sticks and lots of other props to compliment each and every project. The instructions were easy-to-follow; including tips to modify activities based on the age and development of the child, and the book included in each kit was a perfect anchor for what lies beneath. 

The only drawback for me was that my daughter goes to private school and is too smart for her own good. What should have taken a LOT longer to enjoy was quickly burned through in a couple of hours, so I might suggest going “up a size” when ordering if your child is advanced in their learning. 

Nutshell: Ivy-Kids are a creative solution that will keep kids entertained and learning when they’re looking for something to do. Pricing starts at around $35 for a six-month subscription, but if you order now, you can save 20% on your first kit by using the new subscriber code: IVYSUMMER20.

To find out more or to place your fist order, please visit them online at Ivy-Kids.com.

Osmo: A Real Game-Changer For Creative Learning On The iPad!

Tired of listening to your kids fight over “who gets to use mom’s iPad?” What if there was an app that made it possible for them to play together while learning; would you buy it?

Invented by young parents out of Stanford and Google; Osmo is an ingenious gaming accessory for the iPad that uses a reflective artificial intelligence to instantly transform any surface into an imaginative playing field for your child. Kid-durable, portable, and always ready for a challenge; Osmo is one of the most innovative accessories for the iPad that I’ve ever seen, and one that anyone with a flair for fun would want to own. If you ORDER NOW, you can still get 50% ($49) off your order while supplies last (offer ends June 22nd). After that, the price goes up to $99.

Oops! Almost forgot… Every referral (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) you get using the provided code will earn you a $5 credit toward your Osmo kit! Ten referrals = Free kit!

In the box 
Everything you need to play NewtonWords, and Tangram: Osmo kit, wooden tangram shapes, and words tiles. Games available free on AppStore. Note: Osmo works with the latest iPads including the iPad 2 and iPad Mini. Pre-orders will start shipping late summer 2014. For more information, or to order your Osmo kit, visit www.playosmo.com.

Designed for:

  • iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4
  • iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina
  • iPad Air
  • (not included)

Ground Control To Major Mom


When I was pregnant with my daughter, I started thinking about the kind of person I wanted her to be. I imagined her as a free spirit; moving to the beat of her own drum and creating her identity from scratch. 

Cautious. Deliberate. Original.

I didn’t want her to walk into this life without a strong appreciation for the one thing that was going to get her through it. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across RockabyeBaby’s website and found two of my all-time favorite bands; U2 and Smashing Pumpkins, transformed into lullaby renditions, suitable for nursery room play. “Pinch me,” I cried, “I MUST be dreaming!”

From the Beatles to Bob Marley to Björk, RockabyeBaby has a little something for everyone. And, if you’re smart, you will want to introduce your pint-sized groupie to the good stuff before Disney gets ahold of that funk gene.

Frozen or Bowie ––you decide!

For more information, visit www.RockabyeBaby.com.

Organic Custom Baby Quilt


Image courtesy of PitterPatternedBaby on Etsy

How awesome is Etsy? I mean almost everything on it is unique, handmade and affordable; so why not start THERE when you’re ready to buy?

Jennifer Kesler, designer and owner of Pitter Patterned, took her two favorite things; graphic design and quilts, and made a business out of it. And, what better way to welcome your newborn into the world than a personalized, educational quilt that they will be able to treasure forever?! 

Each baby quilt is crib size (33″ x 54″), made from pre-washed 100% organic cotton sateen with a glossy finish and has a 142 x 80 thread count ––not bad for a little one! As for pricing; plan on spending around $200+ for one of her gorgeous custom quilts… A small price to pay for a lifetime keepsake.

For more information and/or to see product samplings, please visit Jennifer at Etsy or her website at www.patterned.com