Last Minute Back to School Supplies Deal

If you haven’t done so already or need to finish for school supplies, Amazon has 100 Back to School Items Under $5. You can even get free shipping and handling if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

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Toddler and TV

I read this article from Yahoo today and find myself in very much agreement to her, “Kids love TV and parents love that kids love TV.” I don’t have a TV in my toddler’s room, but the equation Toddler + TV = a parents sanity is so true.  TV is a great learning tool if you think about it too. My little girl loves NickJr and she has a wonderful imagination as well as language skills. She even sings the songs to her little brother as well. She also loves WordWorld, believe it or not, she learned to read from there first. I monitor her to about an hour a day. Sometimes when my daughter plays a little too wild and I tell her to calm down, TV is the best solution. There are a few parents I know that are not into TV, but their main reason is for their child’s vision. What’s your thought on this? I honestly don’t think TV can ruin someone’s eyesight. That’s just silly.  

Does your toddler watch TV?

Recalls

Here’s a compilation of some of the latest recalls we’re seeing.  Be sure to check if you have any of these, and if so, contact your local manufacturer for an exchange.

Phil & Teds Explorer and Hammerhead Strollers

–          The broke mechanism on the stroller can fail posing an injury hazard.  8 incidents have been reported globally

Prime Lime Child Bathtub Non-Slip Pads

–          Some pads do not stick to the bathtub surface posing a fail hazard to consumers.

Prime Line Child Safety Latches & Outlet Covers

–          The screws on the safety latches and outlet covers can loosen and/or break. When this happens, young children can gain access to electrical outlets and other potentially hazardous items. Prime-Line has received four reports of screws breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Target Children’s Task Lamps

–          Lamps may overheat, causing the adhesive inside the lamp socket to melt and migrate into the bulb area of the socket. The cooled glue can adhere to the light bulb base and make the bulb difficult to remove which can result in a broken light bulb, posing a risk of laceration to consumers. Melted flammable glue that migrates onto the electrical components of the lamp poses a risk of fire. Target has received six reports of glue on the lamp socket melting and migrating into the bulb area of the socket. No injuries have been reported.

 

Britax B-Nimble Strollers

–          The click heard when the brake pedal is pressed can give a false impression that the brake is fully engaged when it is not. When the brake is not engaged, the stroller can move unexpectedly posing a risk of injury to baby.

Fall Boots – Splurge vs. Steal

Sales Sales Sales are everywhere.   It’s reallly easy to get suckered into buying something super expensive because you don’t think you’ll find the “steal” version of it’s identical twin sister, so we’re going to crawl the webs ourselves to try to bring you a splurge vs steal item as much as possible.

With Fall right around the corner, we all know that BOOTS are this seasons’ must have.  And who can resist a rugged pair of motorcycle boots that can work practically with every single outfit.

For those of us who are looking for something on the higher end, we bring you Jimmy Choo’s Zip-Up Suede Motorcycle boots from Bergdorfs for $1,095.00

For those of us who are looking for a similar look, we bring you Piperlime – Mia boots for only $69.00.

As always – Happy Shopping!

Teeth Tattoos

The Japanese usually have a head start on new trends, although it’s anyone guess which ones actually trickle over to this side of the world.   The newest thing to catch on are “teeth tattoos” that Japanese girls are matching with their nail art.  The most popular design seem to be the shooting star, or a glittering rhinestone giving wearers a “blinged” up smile.

The tattoo is placed on by glue using LED light which simply fastens and dries the glue.  It is easily removable after a few days.

What do you think?  Do you think this would catch on in the US, or would it look too much like you have spinach stuck in your teeth?

Rebecca Minkoff Endless Summer Sale

For those of us who missed or was too busy to stand on line for the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale earlier this summer – fear not, because now you can do this ONLINE.  Woo hooo.

It’s time to get back to full–on shopping mode! Starting this Wednesday, August 31st through Friday, September 2nd, Rebecca Minkoff will be hosting an Endless Summer Sale event. Their most sought after Spring/Summer 2011 styles will be up to 50% off! You also can get additional discount codes (10%, 20%, or 30%), which will be announced throughout the sale, by following Rebecca Minkoff on twitter.

Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary Sauce

Hurricane Irene ruined most of our weekend plans and we’re VERY thankful here in NY that the damage is hardly as bad as some of the pictures we’re seeing.  I hope everyone stayed safe and relatively dry this weekend.

With that mind, being stuck home for 2 days straight with both kids, a husband and a dog did spark some cabin fever in us; so I took to my kitchen both evenings and whipped up some fabulous and tasty food for my family. The great thing about having all the time at home is we’re not rushing to get anywhere so I was able to really do some experimenting in the kitchen and take my time while I was at it.  I’ll be sure to post more recipes throughout the week so you guys can try to recreate this for your family.

 

This recipe came from Food Network and is extremely easy and relatively quick to make.

 

Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary Sauce

Ingredients

 

4 lamb shoulder chops (each about ¾ inch thick)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Canola Oil (you can use vegetable oil)

2 gloves garlic, smashed and minced – more if you like garlic (I used more)

2 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves

1/2 cup chicken broth – low sodium

2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon butter.

Directions

Chop garlic. Pat lamb dry and season with salt and pepper. In a 12-inch heavy skillet heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and sear lamb 3 minutes. Turn lamb over and sear 2 minutes more for medium-rare. Transfer lamb to 4 plates. Add garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, and stock to skillet and deglaze over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, 1 minute. Whisk in butter. Pour sauce over lamb.