Hiho Batik: April showers activity


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I think winter is finally done in the north east, but April is a mix of beautiful days, and rainy days. After being cooped up all winter because of the snow, I am making a huge effort to get the kids out of the house everyday rain or shine. On those rainy days a great family indoor activity is going to Hiho Batik in Brooklyn, and allowing your little ones to create a super cool one-of-a-kind item. Hiho Batik is located at 184 5th Avenue, Brooklyn.

Hiho Batik Brooklyn

Batik is a cloth dyeing technique that uses a color resisting hot wax to draw designs on fabric, then the creator dyes the cloth multiple colors, and the wax is then removed leaving the negative from the original wax design. Hiho Batik has modernized this traditional Indonesian technique, and has turned the DIY, crafty type art projects into trendy wearable art and accessories. Plus Mothers Day is coming up and having something handmade by my kids is the best gift ever. But, handmade and something I would actually wear is even better!

Hiho Batick handmade

We spent an hour or so at Hiho Batik, drawing, waxing and painting. H did most of the work, I just had to do the hot wax for him (because he is 3). The final product takes a few days to complete, and they happily mailed it out to us when they were complete. It was a perfect afternoon outing for a rainy New York day. However, if you are not in New York you can mail in your artwork and Hiho Batik can recreate it onto a t-shirt, tote or pillow. You can also shop Hiho Batiks on-line shop for some fun non mass-produced items for all ages.

Our finished shirts and I absolutely love them, and yes H did a majority of the work!

HiHo Batik Rocket ship

rocket ship

Hiho Batik lolly pop

lollipop and candies

To stay up-to-date with new designs and sales follow Hiho Batik on their social media sites.
Twitter: @hihobatik
Facebook: Hiho Batik
Instagram: hihobatik
Website: http://www.hihobatik.com

I was not compensated for this post, just provided with tees a one-of-a-kid special local activity with the kids.

Baby Girl Easter Sunday Fashion


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Easter Sunday is upon us, I did not want to go over the top this year, and I am trying to avoid chocolates, sweets and eggs (all the traditional Easter things). So, here is lilStrange’s Easter Sunday baby girl gift guide featuring fashion, toys and healthy snack.

Baby Girl Easter Sunday

  • Headband from ScarletTiaras’ Etsy shop. She will wear this for about ten seconds, Long enough to take a photo, but it will be one cute photo.
  • Ruffled Dress Bloomers Set from Kissy Kissy. The entire Kissy Kissy clothing line is sweet, extremely soft, well made and perfect for special occasions or everyday wear.
  • Oliver and Adelaide Bunny Teether in Crème. Teething is the worst, and baby girl has three new teeth pushing through right now so this holiday themed teether is a perfect match.
  • Soft & Sweet Lamb from Build-a-Bear. Perfect activity to do with the kids to get them into the holiday spirit and out of the house on these rainy April days.
  • Happy Yogis, freeze-dried organic fruit and yogurt drops. lilStrange eats everything she gets her hands on and these yummy yogi treats are perfect for her to practice the pincer grasp fine motor skill. Plus she loves all of the fruit flavors.
  • Pediped shoes Originals Mirabella in Light Pink. We are days away from having a walker and the Pediped beginner walking shoes feature leather soles for ultimate flexibility and lasting quality.

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you have a special day fill with family and friends!

April is Earth Month


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Our kids will inherit our planet, so as parents, I believe it is our responsibility to teach our children how they can make more “green” decisions, to take care of our natural resources today, and for generations to come. April is Earth Month and next week April 22nd marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, a day where events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. To help get your family thinking more “green” here are some easy tips from HealthyEssentials.com about recycling in the bathroom.

Earth Day April

These bathroom items CAN be recycled

  • Plastic bottles marked #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) are recyclable in most communities. This includes: shampoo, conditioners, body wash, lotion, baby powder, face cleanser, and body oil.
  • Plastic marked #4 (LDPE) and #5 (PP) may not be accepted for recycling via curbside programs. Check with your municipality and the Earth911 recycling locator. Some #5 (PP) plastics may also be recycled via drop-off or mail-in programs.
  • Caps and closures may be kept on plastic bottles and containers at the point of recycling. Caps are often made from #5 plastic and can usually be recycled through your curbside recycling program. Check with your local municipality.
  • Most paperboard items are recyclable: Toilet paper rolls; cardboard boxes and cartons for over the counter drugs, lotions, soaps, bandages, etc.

These bathroom items can NOT be recycled

  • Toothbrushes are generally only recyclable through take-back programs, as most municipalities don’t accept them as recycling.
  • Most bathroom tubes (toothpaste, etc.) are made with plastic laminate, which most municipalities do not accept for recycling.
  • Currently, the pumps on bottles are not recyclable due to the multiple components that are contained within a pump. Please remove all pumps before recycling a bottle, then put the bottle in your recycling and the pump in your garbage.
  • Dental floss containers are usually made with multiple parts of multiple materials, so they generally cannot be recycled, except via the mail-in and drop-off programs.

Products you can recycle

To learn more about Johnson and Johnson products you can recycle click here.
If you are looking for a place to take your recycle items, use the Earth 911 Recycling Locator!

What do you do to get your family thinking more “green” this Earth Month?

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.


The Cyberchase Movie on PBS Kids


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Cyberchase has been on the air for thirteen years, and for the 100th episode, aired during Earth Month this April, they created a special eco-themed adventure: “The Cyberchase Movie.” The children Matt, Jackie, Inez and Digit must save cyberspace from villainous Hacker and his sidekicks Buzz and Delete after they ruin the habitats of many animals by drilling inside the nature preserve Ecotopia.

Cyberchase the movie


The movie’s environmental focus builds on the Cyberchase mission to inspire kids with a love of math. By modeling problem-solving and making practical connections between math and science. The Cyberchase Movie is packed with mystery, humor and action, aimed for kids age 6-11 years old. It was even entertaining for me, featuring voices of Christopher Lloyd, Gilbert Gottfried and Rico Rodriguez.


“The Cyberchase Movie” will premiere Tuesday, April 15th at 4:30pm on THIRTEEN in New York. You can check listings for local PBS station broadcast times in your area or you can stream episodes for FREE anytime using the PBS KIDS Video Player, the PBS KIDS Video App or the Cyberchase website.

Harry from Cyberchase

Cyberchase is produced by THIRTEEN in association with WNET, one of America’s most respected public media providers.

On the floor with Baby Mushroom



With a baby and toddler we are always on the floor for playtime, tummy-time, cuddle-time, anytime! Our apartment is a mixture of carpeted rooms and hardwood floors, so I like to have a clean, safe play space in each room that the kids know is their own. Now that lilStrange is cruising having a soft play space for her when she falls is vital. I discovered the brand Baby Mushroom a few months ago at the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower and I have been a fan of their play mat ever since.

Baby Play Mat_BabyMushroom

The snug square play mat from Baby Mushroom is similar to a shiatsu mattress or roll up futon mattress. Mompreneur Liat Shamash created the Baby Mushroom Sung Square After trying everything from colorful kid tiles, to activity pads, to blankets when creating a play space that was safe, sizeable, and comfortable, on hardwood and tile floors for her three children. One of her favorite features of the Baby Mushroom is how easy it is to stash away and transform their temporary “play room” back into a living room. I always keep our baby play mat unrolled, but it is light, portable and rolls up for easy storage (if needed).

The first time I rolled the Baby Mushroom out for the kids, they immediately snuggled into the soft (machine washable) cover, and kept squishing their hands into the plush padding. You will always find the kids and myself on the mat whenever we are in the playroom, because it is honestly the most comfortable spot in the room. 

Play Mat Baby Mushroom

I also love the neutral colors of the Baby Mushroom, We have the expresso cream color and It fits perfectly with the playroom decor. But if color does not scare you, the snug square also comes in blue slate and pink slate. The Baby Mushroom would be a great baby shower gift that lasts beyond the baby stage, plus we use it everyday. For more information and purchasing details click here.

I was not compensated for this post just provided with a Baby Mushroom Snug Square for review purposes. All opinions expressed here are my own.