Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

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Back to school….Back to reality. Or is it “Back to Life…” In any case, this time of year always feels like a huge bucket of water is being splashed on me or the lights are coming back on at the end of the party that is Summer vacation. But there are lots of reasons to smile this September: Forgiving, fashionable trench coats, Fall foliage, the return of your favorite TV shows and all the products described below.

Sydney Paige Backpacks that give back

Kids tend to feel a sense of pride and confidence when they have their own cool backpack. Sydney Paige backpacks are stylish and trendy and unlike the others, these teach kids about giving back. For every Sydney Paige backpack purchased, another one of the same class and caliber filled with supplies goes to a child in need. You get to decide which items you want to donate. You can choose to give school supplies, clothes, food, hygiene kits or money. You also get to decide which nonprofit the donation will go to – local or national, it’s all up to you. For more information, check out http://www.sydneypaigeinc.com.

Janiebee Nap Mat

Little ones can snuggle into their incredibly soft, luxe nap mat from Janiebee at naptime – at school, Grandma’s house or at home! Made with gorgeous details, including a fabric tie closure and an extra think minky pillowcase, Janiebee Nap Mats offer children a clean and cozy place to rest, and once naptime is over, simply roll up & tie closed! Offering a bevy of bright prints and designs for both boys and girls, Janiebee Nap Mats are made in the USA with quality fabric, stitching and care. Personalization and custom nap mats are available. Machine washable and dryer safe, too! http://www.janiebee.com.

GoGargle!

Anytime I’d go to the school nurse, she’d have me gargle salt water…even if what ailed me had nothing to do with my throat. Fortunately, GoGargle! offers the comfort and care of a home remedy, anywhere and is made of soothing ingredients like honey, chamomile, aloe & mint, GoGargle! is a simple, surprisingly tasty way to soothe a sore throat. GoGargle! comes in the form of an effervescent tablet that you simply drop in a glass of warm water to dissolve. Not only are GoGargle! tablets simple to use and perfect for on-the-go, GoGargle! tablets dissolve quickly, so you can start gargling sooner! GoGargle! can be used by the whole family. Visit http://www.gogargle.com.

Mighty Shield Bug Repellent Lotion

The summer might be pretty much over but the bugs won’t call it quits for a little while longer. Protect your kids during outdoor recess with Babytime Mighty Shield Lotion. Babytime! Mighty Shield is an essential oil based bug repellent that not only repels insects, it also soothes itching caused by existing bug bites. Developed by doctors, Mighty Shield is even safe to use on young babies (check with your pediatrician if child is under 6 months). Visit http://www.babytimeusa.com for this and other organic products.

PowerSpurz Light up Heels and Safety Band

A new school year brings an abundance of fun fall activities for little ones such as late night soccer games and after school band practices. With children coming and going from activates during early fall nights, 4id’s glow gear is a must to ensure they remain safe and seen while out of your sight!

The PowerSpurz Light Up Heel offers 100 hours burn time and a durable, weatherproof outer frame that attaches easily to any shoe size for optimal safety and visibility. The PowerWrapz, a multi-use LED Safety Band, fits onto bikes, helmets, poles, strollers, tents, umbrellas and more. The PowerOrbz easily light up a tent, room, closet, and more with a fun and efficient LED light. This item comes with an easy to clip carabiner style hook making it a quick and reliable hands-free light source. Up to 100,000 hours of burn time. Visit http://www.4id.com.

ObyRollz Pant Cuffs

Before you drag your little one around for some back to school clothes shopping, check out ObyRollz. For parents who struggle to find pants that fit their children in length, these easy-to-use cuffs fit around the bottom of children’s pants adding pops of color and stylish designs while shortening the pants one to four inches. The best part – no sewing required. ObyRollz cuffs fit over each pant leg and with a few simple folds will be firmly secured in place keeping pant legs from dragging on the floor. ObyRollz are reversible and come in gorgeous colors and patterns for boys and girls.

Two sizes available: small fits pant sizes 6 to 24 months and ‘skinny jeans’ while the large typically fits pant sizes 18 months to 5T.

Check out the video found at http://www.obyrollz.com to see how easy it is to use the cute cuffs – again, no sewing or cutting required. Visit http://www.obyrollz.com.

Dew Puff

Kids, teens and moms will love the Dew Puff. Made from the root of konjac, a plant native to Asia (also known as Elephant Yam), Dew Puff can clean, exfoliate and refresh your skin just by adding water. No cleanser necessary! Hard like a pumice stone when dry but once wet it becomes a soft and squishy texture gentle enough for even a baby! Chemical-free, biodegradable and vegan approved, this easy-to-use beauty tool removes toxins and impurities. Your skin will stay hydrated and moisturized even during those harsh winter months. Dew Puff is perfect for every skin type and is available in three different types of sponges: Original, Bamboo Charcoal (perfect for blemish prone skin) and Asian Clay. Visit http://www.dewpuff.com.

Originally published August 2016

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