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PICKKA Shop to Lose Healthy Eating FREE iPhone app.

03/30/2010 - one comment

I recently had the opportunity to discuss and review a new iPhone app.  No, I don’t actually have an iPhone, but this app is enough to make me consider getting one.

It is called: PICKKA Shop to Lose and is free from the iTunes store.

This app is perfect for families who looking to eat healthier and lose weight.   You use it as you shop to make smarter food choices, and it even lets you set a profile for each family member based upon their medical and physical needs and customizes it for you.

Check out the video below for more info.

Hodge Podge, I Said So, Parenting

To nap or not to nap – a poll

03/29/2010 - 12 comments

My daughter turned 2 last November. She had been a great sleeper for the most part, taking 2-3 hour naps during the day and sleeping from 8 to 8 overnight.

A dream come true.

Until now.

Potty training appears to have broken her.

She will usually still take a nap during the day but then she doesn’t fall asleep until almost 10 pm.

So my question is, do I give up my much-needed 2 hour free time to myself during the day (*sob*) and keep her up so that she goes to bed at a more reasonable hour? Or do I continue to let her nap, put her in bed at 8pm and let her talk and play until she happens to fall asleep 90 minutes later?

I’m not thrilled with going in and out of her room dealing with her alleged need to potty for an hour and a half before she falls asleep either…

I think either way I lose, but I wondered what everyone else thought…

Tip & Tricks

Evenflo Recalls Top-of-Stair Plus wood gates due to fall hazard

03/26/2010 - 7 comments
evenflo top of stairs gate

Evenflo has recalled their model #10502 Top-of-Stair Plus wood gates.  The slats on the gate can break or detach posing a fall hazard.

We have this gate and the very first slat has broken off leaving space wide enough for my daughter to squeeze through and get down the stairs…and potentially fall.  We have still been using it to prevent someone from being accidentally knocked down the stairs since they stop at the end of the hallway, but it certainly isn’t safe.  We’ve had it since late ’07/early ’08 and it broke last year so there was no opportunity for a refund.

Thankfully now they are replacing them at no cost.  But here’s the catch…they advise you to take the gate down NOW.  They will send you a prepaid mailer to return a bracket from the gate, THEN they will send you a replacement.  So you need something temporary in the meantime.

For more information about the recall and how to contact Evenflo about getting a replacement, visit the CPSC here:

Evenflo Recalls Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates Due to Fall Hazard

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Kmart smart assist savings program helps the unemployed with 20% off

03/26/2010 - 7 comments

Kmart has a program aimed at helping unemployed people save money on the products they need in their lives every day, mainly grocery and drugstore items.

The K smart assist Savings Program gives those who can prove unemployment status 20% off Kmart own-brands – from food, to mouthwash to diapers and everything in between for up to six months.

Also, just for signing up you get $10 in coupons and discounts emailed to you 2-3 times a week.