Monday, 1 July 2013
Everyone’s a fan of Tiffani Thiessen and we are honored that she is a Joovy Mom! Tiffani has starred in so many great shows, Saved By The Bell, Beverly Hills 90210, and currently White Collar on the USA Network. She and her husband Brady have embraced parenthood and family full steam ahead! Yes, our favorite Kelly Kapowski is playing her most important role as mom to daughter Harper these days!
“We are HUGE fans of Joovy! We were introduced to them after Harper was born and we fell in love with their many amazing, great and innovative products!!! We continue to use and love the Moon Room/Playard, the Nook, the Foocot and the fun 4×4 Ride On – which might be Harper’s fav. We are definitely a Joovy loving family!”
– Tiffani Thiessen
(Photo credit- BlueLily Photography)
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Thank you to all who entered the Little Pim contest! There are many of you wanting to teach your children a language and we applaud this! Remember to check out all the great language sets from Little Pim! And, the winner is……
Randi Wall! Congrats Randi. You will be hearing from Little Pim directly.
This summer, how about teaching your little ones a little French or Spanish? Hola! Bonjour!
It’s never too soon to learn a foreign language and Joovy is excited to partner with Little Pim for this Joovy Tuesday giveaway! Little Pim ia a super cool company that markets language kits for babies and kids! Have you ever thought of teaching your child(ren) another language? Little Pim language kits are available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian and English.
Joovy loves Little Pim and we are excited to offer this giveaway of one of their deluxe sets valued at $169.95! This awesome prize is a Complete Spanish or French Language Gift Set with videos, books and more! These thoughtful sets are visually engaging and stimulate your child in fun and familiar ways. Get in on the fun today!
To enter, scroll down to Rafflecopter. Contest runs through Saturday! Also, don’t forget to enter the $500 shopping spree from Joovy! Enter both contests for a great start to summer!
Winner chooses from these sets:
Complete French Gift Set
The ultimate Little Pim package! Includes:
- All 6 French DVDs (“Eating and Drinking,” “Wake Up Smiling,” “Playtime,” “In My Home,” “Happy, Sad and Silly” and “I Can Count!”)
- 9″ velvety soft plush Little Pim panda
- French Bop music CD
- French Word & Phrase Cards
- Two Little Pim Books (“Colors” and “Feelings”)
- A brand new Little Pim backpack
Complete Spanish Gift Set
The complete Little Pim package! Includes:
- All 6 Spanish DVDs” (“Eating and Drinking”, ”Wake Up Smiling,” ”Playtime, ” “In My Home,” ”Happy, Sad and Silly,” ”I Can Count!”)
- 9″velvety soft plush Little Pim panda
- Spanish Bop music CD
- Spanish Word & Phrase Cards ***PLEASE NOTE ***This item is on backorder. It will be shipped separately when available OR winner may choose a tee shirt or onesie in it’s place.
- Two Little Pim Books (“Colors” and “Feelings”)
- A brand new Little Pim backpack
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Monday, 24 June 2013
Summer travel is here and our parenting expert has some simple suggestions that you might take to heart while planning your family’s excursions and trips.
From the git-go, you know the kids are going start asking for goodies (and keep asking) the entire trip. Two weeks before leaving, assign them age appropriate “chores” so they can earn an allowance. An allowance is great because the kids get excited about having their own money (they have earned), and you won’t have to break your bank during the trip.
While packing always remember less is always more. Pack things you know the kids will wear versus what they may look good in. The last thing you want to do after returning from vacation is a bunch of laundry.
Never forget the sunscreen! Regardless of where you’re going its always important to keep you and your child’s skin protected. The higher the SPF the better and remember to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, especially if you are in the water. Everyone should have a hat and sunglasses too!
On the day you leave, have your kids wear comfortable shoes you know they can walk in easily. There can be lots of walking involved in travel so its important to be as comfortable as possible for the best experience. Even if you live in the desert and can’t imagine wearing a sweater in the summer months, if you’re flying always bring something to cover up your arms on the plane or restaurant just in case!
Put down the electronics. Kids can be very observant. This is quality time your kids will remember forever. Don’t worry about posting on twitter/facebook or sending that email. Enjoy your vacation with your family without the distractions!
5 Simple Tips for Summer Travel with Kids:
- Have them earn their own spending money a couple of weeks leading up to the trip
- Remember that less is more when packing!
- Pack the sunscreen, hats and sunglasses for everyone!
- Wear comfortable shoes and take a sweater!
- Put down the electronics!
Thursday, 20 June 2013
So you’re expecting and the delivery date is drawing near. How do you ease your child into the big brother or big sister role? Barb Arnondin of Metroplex Baby and Kids shared some great tips on CBS. She suggests reading! There are so many wonderful books, both story and picture books that share about this big new thing. She also recommends products like baby dolls and Joovy’s toy infant car seat and toy Caboose. The infant car seat has been crash tested so it is safe for cars. What better tool than having your child learn how to care for their doll by properly having them ride in a LATCH compliant infant car seat?
Thanks Metro Moms for sharing!
Monday, 17 June 2013
Are you ready for this? One lucky SuperDad just won our#PickMySuperDad photo contest and won more than $3500 in prizes from the best baby gear brands!
And the winner is: Nicole Dufour Suhre!!!
“Our family hero is a web developer and photographer by day and by night and the weekends: Super Dad! Always up for diaper changes, bath time and messy feedings he can make our son giggle and laugh like no one else can. When Daddy is in the room, no one else is. His super skills are all the more impressive when you know that he also battles Cystic Fibrosis every day. SuperDad, SuperHusband, SuperMan.”
Congratulations Nicole! Look for an email from us very soon with details on how to claim your SuperDad prize!!!
It’s true that Father’s Day is just around the corner! So, this Joovy Tuesday we’re sharing something SUPER to celebrate the Super Dad in your life! Enter our Super Dad – A Father’s Day Giveaway of Mega Brand Proportions!!! Brought to you by Joovy and some of our favorite brands, what dad wouldn’t LOVE this amazing and SUPER giveaway!
Enter here and surprise the Super Dad in your life!
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013
This month, we are proud to present Sarah from In The Know Mom. Mom, wife, best friend and product pro, we think Sarah is pretty hip and Groovy! Read on to get to know her a bit more and be sure to visit, In The Know Mom dot net for a look at her style, passions and cool outlook on life.
From Sarah’s bio on the blog: Sarah (Co-Founder) Born on the East coast, transplanted to the West coast (California), I understand what the modern mom wants and needs. We have a beautiful little girl, born in 2007, who is witty and kind, and a lover of pretty much everything. We also welcomed our baby boy into the world early 2013. We find it important that we surround our children with only safe, modern and eco-friendly products, as well as those to encourage their expanding minds. Equally important to me is my need to maintain my own self… in style and health.
Joovy: Sarah, to begin, how did you get started blogging?
Sarah: I first started a family blog to document our lives in California. Both my and my husband’s families live on the East Coast and the blog was a way to keep everyone updated. At the same time my best friend, Erin, and I started a group on Cafemom called Fendi Moms. The idea was to gather together a group of moms who didn’t want to just talk coupons. It was a sanctuary for moms who were judged for preferring high-end baby products, over-spenders and dreamers both welcome! It was so popular by 2009 we decided to take it to a new level where we could be seen by people beyond Cafemom, and In The Know Mom was born.
Joovy: How did you come to name your blog In The Know Mom?
Sarah: My husband and I have always looked for friends who are “in the know”. To us, it basically describes people who are passionate about life, are unique and true to themselves and look at every area with intelligence and criticism. So when Erin and I were brainstorming a blog title, I could not even entertain anything other than In The Know Mom, so much so, I stubbornly went with a name that had already been taken, hence intheknowmom.net.
Joovy: How does your blog differ from others?
Sarah: We pride ourselves on finding products others can’t, which is why we tend to have a lot of international companies featured. We also aim to keep a high-end feel, staying true to our roots, whereas many other blogs go the frugal or couponing route.
Joovy: How do you balance parenting and blogging?
Sarah: I have a really supportive husband who knows my blog is important to me. When I have a deadline or am behind, he takes the kids somewhere far away from my ears. I do my best blogging during those crunch times. That can’t always happen though, so when life gets in the way, multitask! I write my most creative blog posts walking around, wearing my youngest in a Babasling, speaking into a dictation app while also cleaning the house. I’ll also dictate blog posts while driving in the car! Hands free, of course.
Joovy: What has been the most rewarding part of blogging?
Sarah: The smile my daughter gets when the UPS man is at our door. Fun mail surprises are part of her daily life.
Joovy: When you’re not blogging, where do you escape to on the web?
Sarah: I try to step away from the computer if I’m not blogging, but I do tend to drift over to Pinterest and other blogs. If I’m on my phone, I’m in Instagram. It seems I’m a very visual person!
Joovy: What’s been your most popular post or topic or favorite thing to share?
Sarah: Our most popular post is a DIY for postpartum pain, Padsicles. This post went absolutely viral on Pinterest and, as a mom who recently put them to the test , they work wonders!
Joovy: Can you tell us a bit about your family? How do you involve your kids and family in your blog?
Sarah: Well my blog and my family intertwine quite a bit, which makes it a family affair. I’m married to the aforementioned supportive man, Neil, and we have two really special children. Everyone plays a part in the blog. My husband is the photographer for my posts, which I’m really proud of. He’s amazing *gush* Our six year old, Savannah, has proven to be crucial! She gives me smart feedback on every kid product, and she is also a fabulous and often-featured model. We have a four month old son, Gabriel, as well. He’s not good for much at this point besides looking cute… really cute! We are a fun-loving, outdoorsy, always up for a new adventure kind of family, and you will see that reflected in the blog.
Joovy: The photographs on your blog are really good. What kind of camera do you use and are you a professional photographer?
Sarah: Lucky me, I have a professional photographer as a husband, but you don’t have to be a pro to shoot like one. We use a Nikon D600 for most blog posts but also sometimes use our old Nikon D90. Sometimes I can’t tell the difference! Just as important as your camera choice is your lens choice (maybe more so). I guess we are extremists because we most often reach for a macro (micro) lens or wide angle lens. I tend to be my husband’s counterpart in the post-processing. How you handle post-processing is key — here you can really make or break a photo! I use Lightroom 4 for 90% of my editing. Photoshop CS6 for the other 10% (the fancy things).
Joovy: Tell us something random about yourself (- what did you want to be when you were a child or what did you study in college?)
Sarah: I went to college (Virginia Tech) with a major in Human Nutrition Food and Exercise because of my passion for health and fitness, but I ended up in Los Angeles casting TV shows and movies for NBCUniversal. You just never know!
Joovy: Summer plans? Travel, stacation?
Sarah: The only mandatory travel for this summer is to Arizona to see my BFF, and ITKM co-founder, Erin. We both have new babies the other hasn’t met yet, and that is unacceptable! My family tends to be spontaneous in travel, so we shall see where else the summer will take us.
Joovy: So, you’re a Joovy Blogger, right? What’s your favorite thing about Joovy?
Sarah: I respect Joovy, not just because of the stellar products they create, but for how they raise the bar. Every product that comes from Joovy challenges the rest of the industry to be better. There is no status quo at Joovy, just ingenuity, skill and a lot of passion. I’ve never met a brand more excited about what they do. That is truly unique and inspiring.
Joovy: One more question Sarah, as a mom, what one thing do you want to instill in your children as they grow up?
Sarah: Wow, big question. I have to say confidence. When you love and believe in yourself you can do anything.
Joovy: Thanks Sarah! And, we invite you to read Sarah’s blog post, The Other Boob to get some more insight into her precious family as well as her style of writing.