Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Parents know that minimizing stress at home paves the way for laughter, relaxation and serenity. Here’s a roundup of amazing, stress-busting products to underscore how it truly is the little things that make a big difference.

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Imagine a 10-minute progressive waking each morning, with a serene, pure-tone, acoustic chime as your alarm instead of a harsh blare or annoying buzz. That’s the Zen Alarm Clock experience. The progressive waking approach permits you to slowly detach from your sleep and dreams, and awake without grogginess. This clock, made of natural hardwood, is beautiful to look at and comes in various finishes and styles. It can also be used as a gentle reminder to wrap up play time to pave the way for nap time. Moms who meditate and practice yoga will appreciate the Zen Alarm as well. Visit www.now-zen.com for more information, or call 800-779-6383 or 303-530-9028 for a catalog. The company’s Tibetan Phone Bell & Timer and Zen Doorbell are both thoughtful and impressive, too.

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Staci Lee Sheets solve an array of bedtime problems to ensure that everything stays cozy in the bedroom. These luxurious sheets boast a unique design: half of the sheet has extra padding, which means your partner can still stay warm if you prefer things cooler, or your partner can stay cool if you prefer to be bundled and warm, or you can forget having to wear socks to bed to keep your feet warm. This useful, “why didn’t I think of that?” design in 300-thread count with a sateen finish will render life much more comfortable — and affect the way you sleep, as well as the mood you’re in the next day! Soft as a flower petal and warm as oven-fresh bread, these sheets are available in all bed sizes. Order yours at www.slcustomsheets.com or call 864-220-5202.

While you’re tucked into bed with warm feet and you Zen Alarm clock set, reach for a Katie Hays Satin Eye Pillow to de-frazzle. These satin brocade eye pillows are available in 8 different fabric designs and are filled with flax seed and organic lavender for aroma-therapeutic benefits. The soothing scent lulls you to sleep (which is important if you have a 3 a.m. feeding), and the pillows can be warmed in the microwave for 15 seconds to alleviate discomfort or cooled in the freezer to soothe puffy eyes. Visit www.katiehays.com.

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Little feet will love bunny slippers from BarefootParties.com. Adorable to look at, awesome to wear, these rabbit-head slippers come complete with ears and are perfect for wintry night or pajama parties. Available in adult and child sizes, this is just one of dozens of girl and home-friendly items available at www.barefootparties.com. The fleece robes that match the slippers are particularly conducive to hibernating.

Originally published March 2007
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