November 21st, 2012
As parents, we are lucky because our children give us a heads up on happiness. But what is it that truly makes people happy? Documentary filmmaker Roko Belic explores that question as they search different countries, tribes and villages for the secret to life greatest emotion. Belic said making this film changed his life, he moved to be closer to his family and friends and took up surfing, a past time that he used to love doing.
“Prioritize the people you love in your life and prioritize your happiness,” he advises. “It’s good for everything else you care about—your health, your longevity, your work and your relationships.” You can find the documentary here and on Netflix
Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo.
October 5th, 2012
” The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.
Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.” – http://www.nbcam.org/
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we are giving away TWO Vita Indies and donating TWO more to Baby2Baby during the month of October. To enter, comment on this blog sharing a local resource that supports breast cancer awareness, prevention, education or treatment (comments are moderated, please allow time for your comment to be visible). Please make sure to comment with your city and state/province first, followed by the resource and or link. This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only. One entry per day allowed. Winners will be chosen by random.org and resource verfied/authenticated. The winner will be notified the first week of November by email so please also include your email address.
Thank you for supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and good luck!
July 24th, 2012
We all want the best for our little ones and trying to keep up with the latest health and safety information can be overwhelming to say the least. We like Healthy Child’s Pocket Guides that put informative and practical information right at your finger tips. Helpful guides such as Safer Plastics, Super Baby Gear, Baby Body Care and Safer Cleaning, all with quick tips, resources and DIY ideas. You can print the guides out at http://healthychild.org/live-healthy/pocket_guides/ or you can download an app to your iphone/ipad or Android.
June 25th, 2012
The Animalarium is a feast for your eyes, full of vintage illustrations of animals, art prints and books. Italy based blogger Laura Ottina says she has always been fascinated by strange and beautiful things and that the Animalarium is a way to share her love of animals, art and graphic design. Whether you’re looking for nursery inspiration or just sharing the pictures with your little one, you will definitely be inspired by the amazing collection of illustrations.
May 24th, 2012
Last week was career week at our local elementary school and we were invited to talk about designing and manufacturing strollers. We had the kids design their own strollers and got a kick out of seeing their imaginative engineering and creativity. Nothing like starting them young for a fresh perspective 🙂
Here are a few drawings from a first grade classroom.
May 15th, 2012
We recently spent half a work day volunteering at the San Diego Food Bank preparing produce for the hungry in San Diego. We had a blast and it felt great to give back to hungry parents and children in our hometown!
The San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. Funded by foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, sponsors and individual donors, the Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Learn more and see how you can help at, http://sandiegofoodbank.org/ .
March 15th, 2012
Family travel shouldn’t only consist of trips to amusement parks. Exposing our children to real travel can change the way they see the world and this can start at an early age. From observing the wonders in nature, going on an adventure or experiencing life in different cultures, travel will open the minds of our little ones and leave lasting memories. In a new series by Keith Bellows editor of National Geographic traveler he highlights trips from his book he is writing for next year “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life”.
It is always fun to plan your own adventure but if in need of suggestions here are a few travel ideas for this summer: http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/triptypes/family
March 2nd, 2012
What child doesn’t love their parents’ suggestion of heading to the park? Then upon arriving to see the excitement pumping through your child as they begin to run free and enter the world of imaginary play, head down the slide ten times in a row, or play alongside other children as if they have met before. It is clear from these images that the universal language for heading to the local park for outdoor play translates as FUN!
Now if only we could have more parks that are as creative as the designs by Monstrum in Scandinavia. To learn more, visit http://www.monstrum.dk/en.
January 25th, 2012
Not every family has the opportunity to travel the globe with a three year old and a baby in tow, but now we can live vicariously through the Goodwins. Follow their lives and adventures as they cover continents while being filmed for a future movie. In the meantime, we can get a glimpse into the culture of their own family with this trailer. While raising a family we can all apply Aamion Goodwin’s words “To have to wait for something is what we all need. Slow yourself down and you’ll see so much more.”
To learn more about the Goodwins and to see the trailer, visit http://thegoodwinproject.com/index.php/teaser.
The Goodwin Project from Avocados and Coconuts on Vimeo.
December 27th, 2011
We live in a digital world where mobile technology is a must have for a busy family. Whether you’re using an iPad or iPhone, uTales lets you download and view children’s books in a fun and innovative way. To learn more about uTales or to download their iPad or iPhone app, visit www.uTales.com.