Unique Treats Your Kids will Scream For!


Are your little ones getting bored with same old treats? With Halloween on the horizon, we have a super-cute concept to introduce you to:

Dana’s Bakery: Not Your Ordinary Macaron creates a macaron experience unlike any other. These light, sweet and delectable treats are easier on your waistline and easy for your kids to eat. They’re also gluten-free and easy to give as hostess gifts.

For Halloween, Dana’s Bakery is rolling out their Candy Corn Macarons made from almond flour and baked to perfection with a crisp, airy-yet-chewy shell and filled with candy corn-flavored buttercream with a surprise piece of candy corn hidden inside.

Be the coolest mom on the block and serve these at your Halloween get-together! We sure will be.

$30 for a box of 12; danasbakery.com or 800 477 1816

Photo by Dana’s Bakery

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Jessica Alba and Honor Go Trick-Or-Treating

Jesscia Alba and her precious daughter Honor joined in on the holiday spirit of Halloween as they headed out for a bit of trick-or-treating in Los Angeles, California on Monday (October 31).

While Jessica was a little more reserved with just her nose painted like a kitten, Honor rocked a Princess Jasmine costume!

Photos by Fame

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The Joovy Tricycoo

Joovy’s new Tricycoo is a fabulous little trike that makes bike riding safe and easy for children as young as 18 months. Equipped with a steerable parents handle and locking wheels, you can push your younger child or set them free to pedal on their own once ready. Extra touches include a rear basket and a bell, often extra on similar trikes. The Tricycoo is also adjustable with 4 positions and ranges from 32.5 inches to 38 inches high, so it can grow with your little one as well. The parent handle easily pops off when you’re ready to let go, so this trike is great for long term use for you smaller children who really want to start rolling. The wheels are sports injection-molded wheels with urethane treads, that roll smoothly and quietly indoors and out, sure to make any mommy or daddy happy.

My favorite feature is the removable baby surround. These are little arms that wrap right around the youngest riders and help hold them steady and in place. Drop down the footrests as well and your little one is ready to ride and you don’t have to worry about them tumbling off or feeling nervous and unsteady. When ready, the arms remove, the footrests fold back up out of the way and slightly older riders can sit unaided with the feet on the pedals while you push, feeling a bit more independent with you still safely in control. When older riders are ready, everything can be converted over to a free-riding trike just be unlocking the wheel and removing the parent steering handle. It’s all as easy as that. This trike will hold up to 44 pounds, which will take you well through until your child is ready for a 2 wheeler. My 6 year old is right around 44 pounds if that gives you  an idea of how well suited this trike is for early riders and how well suited to carrying them safely through to a big boy or girl bike. The Tricycoo is fabulous . Even better it’s available in 4 colors (orange, black, pink and green), so everyone can be happy and have just the right trike. We have the Orangie and it’s been a big hit with my two youngest, ages 20 & 35 months, who fight over it and refuse to give it up (the older 2 are also quite jealous and are still hoping for a ride), so really our only problem is that we need more than one.

Easy for parents, great for kids, the Tricycoo is a fantastic little trike that will have your littlest riders rolling happily and safely for the long haul. The Tricycoo retails for $99.99. Please visit the Joovy site for more details. And be sure to check out the Joovy Moola for Yoo giveaway as well.

* A sample was provided for review purposes.

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The Joovy ScooterX2

Finding a lightweight double stroller that is heavy on features can be very difficult. Often you have to give up quite a bit to get something that is easy to carry around. The Joovy ScooterX2 is not one of those strollers. This exceedingly reasonably priced stroller (it’s just $199.99 and no, that’s not a mistake) offers features that are often found only in larger much more expensive strollers, but it weighs in at a svelte 28 pounds, great for a double. If what you need is a double that will offer a long term seat for your little ones, comfort and ease of use for both rider and parents in a lightweight package, the ScooterX2 is a great choice.

This stroller that folds down as easily as an umbrella stroller with a one-handed fold,  offers a fabulous full handlebar that makes one-handed pushing easy too. The basket is huge, really, really huge, and pockets are plentiful. Each well-sized seat offers those great Joovy mesh side of seat pockets to keep drinks, snacks or toys handy for both riders plus 2 rear cup holders and zippered pockets for parents. The ScooterX2 does not offer independent canopies, but the canopy is huge and offers great coverage for your riders. Our two testers were even sufficiently covered in a surprise rain shower, which was a great plus. More great features include the rear linked brake, infinite-position recline on each seat that allows each rider to be positioned perfectly from fully upright to a near flat position for little sleepers. The fold can actually be done one handed and it folds down to a nice, compact, flat package. The ScooterX2 is wrapped in a very sturdy  600D Fabric with reflective accents, another detail that is often only found on much more expensive strollers. This stroller will take whatever your little ones toss at it, or spill on it, and look great for years to come. A removable bumper bar and easily adjustable 5-point harness complete the package.

The most important part is of course, how it preforms. The ScooterX2 is a great lightweight double. Despite being very lightweight and smaller in stature than many doubles, it is a very solid ride. The ScooterX2 feels very stable and secure at all times and never felt tippy, unlike many smaller or medium-sized doubles we’ve tested. It handles well over most terrain too. I had a bit harder time pushing my 50 plus pounds worth of children (plus several bottles of water, snacks, my bag, a diaper bag, and 3 dozen cupcakes for the preschool picnic- I said the basket is huge) through the mulch at the playground than I did on the sidewalk getting there, but it handled bumps well and we still managed to run through the grass in the pouring rain without any trouble. And that one handed fold made it quick and easy to pop it into the car for the ride home and get quickly out of the rain. This is a great stroller if you need to take it in and out of the car over and over for trips to school or running errands. Plus with a good amount of headroom and 45 pound weight limit per seat, this is a stroller that you can use for the long term. And, if you don’t have the budget for one of those really expensive doubles, the ScooterX2’s $199.99 price tag is amazing, especially for all of the great features this stroller offers.

The ScooterX2 is available in 3 colors, Orangie, Greenie and Black. Please visit the Joovy website for more details or to buy this fabulous double stroller.

*Joovy provided a sample for review purposes

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The mountain buggy freerider

Recently I have been trying out lots of ride on boards with my 3 sons. I’ve been trying to get us down to a single, which means that I need one of the boys to ride on the back of his sister’s stroller. So far, most of the various board and stroller combinations we’ve tried have been a big bust for various reasons. My oldest would never even consider riding on a board from as early as age 2  because riding in, on or anywhere near a stroller was for babies. One scared (and hurt) my current 2 year old so badly that he would not under any circumstances even consider getting back on another board. That is, until he saw the freerider from mountain buggy. In our case, big boys and small boys do ride if it’s on a freerider.

Even though our mountain buggy duo is the only stroller we’ve been happy to use with a ride-on board, mountain buggy has come up with a  way to make it even better by designing their very own, very unique board. The freerider is unique in that it’s shaped like a scooter, which appeals to a little one’s sense of adventure and makes them immediately feel far more grown up. The older ones just think it’s cool enough to make riding acceptable and even fun. The scooter design also offers a handle that is sized and placed perfectly for a child to grab onto while riding and makes smaller children feel very secure. The look of it literally will make any child want to hop right on, board phobic or not. All 3 boys fought over who would ride, including the 2 year old who has been adamantly opposed to even board-related discussions since a previous test ride on another new board. He jumped on our freerider and had to be pried off kicking and screaming for more. He loved it and wasn’t scared at all. He fit perfectly and adored the handle.

We tested the freerider with a mountain buggy urban jungle, which very nicely allows your child to stand on a board with the handle behind their head which is great, but having their very own scooter handle to grab makes it feel not just safer and far less scary, but super fun. All 3 of my boys tested the freerider, 2 (33 months), 4 and 6 (42 lbs) and it worked well with all 3, from the bottom of the age limit right up to the top of the weight limit of 44 pounds. The board does stick out further to the rear than some others. I have a very long stride, so I did have to walk a bit to the side if it’s in the center of the stroller. The nice thing about the freerider adapter is that you can position it anywhere on the rear tube, so you can push it more to one side if you want a bit more legroom in front of you or right in the middle if you want to balance out the weight depending on your combination of riders. With a very heavy rider on the board and a light rider in the seat (19 mo old girl) I felt a bit better with the board in the middle, otherwise to the side offers less chance of kicking. The included adapter will work with all current mountain buggy stroller models, including the duo and the soon to be released duet and +one. This is great because you can use it to transport 3 children. The freerider can also be used with certain older models, the swift urban, urban elite and double urban, but not the early terrain and breeze models. Additional adapters are currently in the works for other stroller brands, including phil&teds, bugaboo, baby jogger plus several others and are due for release soon. When you don’t want to use the board it can easily be folded up out of the way (there’s even a place to put the handle) or it pops off very easily, which is part of it’s very unique charm.

The freerider pops off and, with a flip of the wheel, becomes exactly what it looks like, a freewheeling scooter. And I can tell you that this is a very popular feature. Just knowing that it pops off and turns into a scooter, makes my 3 year old more willing to ride when I need him too, but actually using it as a scooter is his favorite thing right now. As soon as he sees it he asks for his helmet. And it’s so simple to go back and forth, you really just pop a button to remove it from the stroller (which also means it’s easy to remove whenever you want, not just for scooting) and flip the wheel down into swivel mode. That’s it. The board has a non-skid surface, so it’s secure for little feet both on and off the stroller and it offers a rear wheel brake for scooter mode. Another plus, when you don’t need the board on the back of your stroller, you still have a fabulous ride that your child will love instead of just a big hunk of plastic sitting in the garage or closet. Multiple lives are always so much more pleasant. And life with the freerider is so much more pleasant for us here. I now have 3 boys that will ride when needed, which makes my life easier and they all love, love love this board, both on and off the stroller. The very fabulous freerider is available in 4 colors, orange, blue, black and pink and retails for $99.99.

If you need to add a bit more flexibility and fun to your stroller, the freerider is the perfect choice. Please visit the mountian buggy site for more details on the freerider and it’s upcoming additional adapters. While there, do watch the video to see the very fun freerider in action.

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