November 21, 2012. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hunter Douglass, has issued a recall of nearly 4,400 window coverings.
The cellular and pleated window coverings, offered in a variety of colors, pose as a strangulation hazard. Some of the cords inside the breakaway cord stop (the plastic device used to combine two cords into one to adjust the blind) were tied in a single knot which could cause the cord to function incorrectly. Though no injuries have been reported, this can lead to strangulation if young children live or visit in the home. For more information on the affected window coverings and how to check whether or not your breakaway cord stops are affected, visit the CSPC.
November 21, 2012. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Jo-Ann Fabric, has issued a recall of about 1,800 Foam Pumpkin Turkey Craft Kit’s.
The craft kits were sold at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores from August 2012-October 2012. The magnets that hold the pumpkin pieces together can become loose and pose as a serious threat if ingested by a young child. Though no injuries have been reported, the craft kit should be immediately returned to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for a full refund.
For more information, visit the CSPC. You can also contact Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores toll free at (888) 739-4120, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.joann.com/ – go to the Product Recall link near the bottom right of the page.
It seems Sesame Street can’t stay out of the news lately, from attacks on Big Bird to the ultimate demise of Elmo as we know it. The mood at Sesame Workshop, the educational non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, is at an all-time low as the behind-the-scenes face of Elmo steps down after 28 years of loyal service to the fuzzy red, ticklish puppet that we all know and love. Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, has resigned from his post after two recent allegations that he had sexual relationships with underage boys.
Undoubtedly a loss for Sesame Street, the gossip mill circles in anticipation over whether or not the allegations carry any weight. After the anonymous 24 year old male who issued the first allegation retracted his statement last week, it’s hard to tell. However, after Cecil Singleton stepped forward yesterday alleging Kevin Clash had taken advantage of him as well, Clash ultimately stepped down from his position to deal “with the[se] personal matters privately.” Clash did not want to tarnish the reputation Sesame Street has built as a popular educational platform for children, stating “Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer.”
Sesame Workshop issued a statement stating that “Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us wants, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”
Though I can’t say Elmo was my absolute favorite- I have an allegiance to the Cookie Monster as we both have quite the sweet tooth-it saddens me to see Kevin Clash go on some level. Don’t get me wrong, if the claims are true, it sickens me and I hope that these men find justice and peace. With that said however, there are too many rumors flying around at the moment for me to decide how I feel just yet. I am not one to quickly judge, so I’ll leave that up to you.
How do you feel about the allegations made about Kevin Clash? Is there any truth behind the claims? If the claims are false, how can someone live with themselves to slander the very character, both literally and figuratively, they grew up on?
Thanksgiving is essentially a day away. Soon enough the house will be filled with the warmth and intoxicating aromas that only a Thanksgiving meal and an overworked oven can produce. The slow-roasted turkey, buttery oven-baked rolls, and bubbling pineapple-cranberry sauce (trust me, pineapple is key) will soon be accompanied by the faint sound of football in the background – and I can’t wait!
If you’re a new parent, it will also include the babbling and giggling of a precious little one experiencing his/her very first Thanksgiving. To commemorate this joyous occasion, it seems only right to create a Thanksgiving craft that you can hold onto forever (and annoy your “little one” with when they aren’t so little anymore for Thanksgiving’s to come).
With just a few simple materials, you can create a beautiful Thanksgiving keepsake. In between the mad dash to prep for Thanksgiving, run out to your local craft store and pick up the following:
Paper plate and/or plastic cups for the paint/paintbrushes
Oh, and make sure your baby’s teeny little feet are clean and dry before you start.
Once all materials are in your possession, get to work! Feel free to use our picture as a guide but don’t be shy to get creative!
Prep the plate by cleaning it with alcohol. Dry completely.
Paint the turkey feathers on the plate however you’d like, big, small, a lot, a little, multi-colored, one color, okay…you get the point. Allow the wings to dry a bit before the next step.
Then paint baby’s foot with paint and lightly place in between the wings. Make sure you have a pretty thick coat of paint (but not too much!) on baby’s foot so that it will show up nicely on the ceramic. I highly suggest using the newspaper/spare paper to do a few practice rounds before you make your one and only stamp on the plate.
Allow the footprint to dry as you wash away the paint on baby’s foot.
Then, paint on the face with a paintbrush.
To finish it off, simply grab a permanent marker and write whatever you would like to commemorate their first Thanksgiving! Our sample reads: “Thanksgiving 2012, [insert name here]“, but again, feel free to add your own personal touch. You can write why you are thankful for them, something funny/memorable they did on their first Thanksgiving, or they can even add their own paint stokes/scribbles depending on their age!
*This can be done and displayed by Thanksgiving, but to permanently set the plate AND make it dishwasher safe (bonus!), you’ll need to do a few more steps…
Allow the plate to dry fully for four days. It does take awhile to dry completely, but it can still be displayed on Thanksgiving. (This can also be a great craft for all the kids on Thanksgiving Day if you are looking for craft ideas). Just make sure to keep it away from curious little fingers.
Without preheating the oven, “bake” the plate for 30 minutes at 325°F. Let cool with the oven door open.
*This craft was recently created by our awesome in-store participants. If you are unfamiliar, BabyEarth love’s to hold events at our Round Rock location just outside of Austin, Texas. We offer an array of workshops, classes, playtime, and crafts for parent and baby. If you are in the area, please check out our Events page for more information.
November 20, 2012. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Boden, has issued a recall of nearly 1,1300 children’s pajamas due to risk of burn injuries.
The pajamas, sold at BodenUSA.com for children 1.5-14 years old, fail to meet the Federal Flammability Standards for Children’s Sleepwear. The recalled pajamas were sold from July 2012 to September 2012, Though no injuries have been reported, consumers should immediately take the pajamas from children and stop use. The pajamas are sold in a 2-pack containing two pants and long-sleeved tops in the following color schemes:
Motorcycle print in black, white, and blue
Rocket and stars print in blue, white, and pink
Cars print in blue, light blue, and green
The brand name printed on the tag should read “Mini Boden.” For a full refund, exchange, or store credit, contact Boden toll-free at (866) 206-9508, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST daily, or visit their website at www.bodenusa.com and click on the ‘Product Recall’ tab located near the bottom.
November 20, 2012. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Elephantito, has issued a recall of nearly 180 girl’s pajamas due to risk of burn injuries.
The pajamas, sold at specialty stores and boutiques nationwide as well as online from August 2008 to September 2011, fail to meet the Federal Flammability Standards for Children’s Sleepwear. Though no injuries have been reported, consumers should immediately take the pajamas from children and stop use. The recalled pajamas with style number JP 12 FL (on garment tag) is a 2-piece cotton set with a pink flower and green leaf print.
The girl’s pajamas should be immediately returned to Elephantito, or the store of purchase, for a refund, exchange, or store credit.
For more information, visit the CSPC. You can also contact Elephantito toll-free at (888) 776-9541, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday, visit their website www.elephantito.com, or email the company at [email protected]
Breastfeeding is a special journey that nurtures the bond between baby and mom, so much so that mom’s body becomes completely in sync with her little one’s feeding needs. In fact, the cry of her baby-heck-any baby, can bring on an embarrassing moment in public… So, what happens if your workplace is less than accommodating?
According to Yahoo! Shine, a California mom, and now former teacher, is suing her previous school district after being told she could not pump breast milk during working hours. Sarah Ann Lewis Boyle, an employee of the Child Development Center within the Carmel Unified School District, returned from her maternity leave in September of 2011. She had requested to pump breast milk during the work day which is in accordance with California law. However, Boyle was allegedly told by her supervisor to train her “breasts not to make milk between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.” What? I hate to bring up politics, but that comment is oddly reminiscent to a certain representative’s remark during an interview on KTVI-TV in which it was said the female body had certain ways to “shut the whole thing down.”
In short, Boyle was uncomfortable with stretching out feeding times and had made a request to Human Resources to accommodate her breastfeeding needs. Though HR replied that they would, no changes were made. Boyle found herself sneaking off into the attached bathroom of the classroom to pump while also watching the kids through the crack in the door. The stress-induced environment had weakened her breastmilk production, and she eventually stopped trying. By February however, she was asked to resign after her first-ever negative evaluation. As a result, Boyle filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and was given the green light to file a lawsuit. Prior to doing so she tried to reason with the district once more to which they responded that they would strongly deny her claims as they were more than accomodating.
It seems that this issue comes up time and time again in the workplace as well as the general public. What’s your opinion of this story? Have you ever dealt with a similar issue? What’s the best course of action?
November 17th is a monumental day for children as it is also National Adoption Day! In the United States, there are over 100,000 children in foster care that are in need of a loving family. This annual event works to raise awareness, encourage prospective parents to adopt, and to find forever homes for foster children. National Adoption Day hosts events that run across the nation as well as Puerto Rico and Guam to ensure children are placed in loving homes. Whether you can conceive or not, adoption is a wonderful avenue for parents looking to expand their family and give the gift of love to a child that so desperately needs it.
For those of you thinking of adoption or have adopted, thank you! The gift of love and family is so very precious. To learn more or share your story, visit National Adoption Day.
As of today, Hostess has officially decided to close its doors and halt the assembly line that has for decades packaged empty calories and chemicals into unsuspecting snack cakes and other refined foods. How Wonderbread was ever that white and fluffy, I’ll never know. Seriously, I never want to know.
But for many of us, Hostess was a childhood staple. I’ll admit it, back in the day I packed away quite a few cupcakes donned with the loveable white squiggle on top. I wanted my sandwiches on Wonderbread because the bread was so soft it nearly melted in my mouth (seriously, what’s up with that?). I would pout at the store when my mom told me I couldn’t have that snack cake I had been longing for. In retrospect, I understand why. So now, as Hostess begins the liquidating process, I can’t help but think of all of the mom’s (and dad’s!) out there celebrating it’s shut-down. As an advocate for healthy eating, Hostess certainly isn’t an item I include in my grocery list.
Though I can’t help but feel a tinge of nostalgia that an era has ended, this time-lapse video reminds me of why I am a-okay that Hostess will be off the shelves and away from the diets of our growing kids. Maybe saying goodbye isn’t so bad after all…