Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

If god is in the details, then the small things that render life easier are heavenly. Here are a few items that help keep your home running smoothly when kids create chaos.

Barnes and Noble’s Home & Gift section is a rich source of useful items for home and children, and for keeping everything organized. Products include an array of distinctive bookends for children’s rooms, sketchbooks and art supplies for budding creative directors, dragon messenger bags for schoolkids, all manner of lighting, storage furniture and shelves, colorful Moleskin notebooks, arts and crafts, quality products for a wedding registry and much more. Stroll down the e-aisle at, and have everything sent straight to your doorstep for convenience.

Chico Bags assist at the green market, the beach, for toting toys and baby supplies on strollers, and for lugging around groceries. Now there’s a new Chico Messenger Bag for for school books, laptop, library books, sketch pads or books for the park. Be green with Chico – these bags can scrunch down to the size of an avocado to fit into a side pocket in your purse or coat. Choose your favorite model at

Anyone who has small children knows the incredible value of a mattress protector, and Protect-A-Bed is the place to go ( or Gracious Home stores) to find high-quality, plush, cotton, waterproof protection. Mattress protectors, mattress encasements and pillow protectors can be found at this site, which offers products that are stain-proof, highly absorbent and under warranty. Extend the life of your mattress and sanity, and protect against all manner of liquids and bugs, allergens and dust mites. They’re also washable, tested for harmful substances, approved by the FDA, cool and comfortable to sleep on — and simply a smart investment in any type of economy.

Originally published October 2009
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