Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Product Review:

Product Name Portraits by Josée
Product Rating: 5 Rubber Duckies (out of 5)

Check out our latest product review of Portraits by Josée, one of Toronto's best maternity, baby and child photographers. Take a peek inside the photo session.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Menus 4 Moms

We came across a website called Menus4Moms.com that we thought many of you might find useful in your day to day meal planning. It's a free resource that helps you plan your weekly meals along with keeping your household organized.

You can subscribe to weekly emails that will provide you with recipes along with grocery lists for the following week. The email is sent to you every Wednesday.

The website itself is stocked with many useful tips for planning and organizing.

Please feel free to check it out and let us know what you think!

Happy planning everyone!

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Toy Recall - Choking Hazard

Name of product: Soft Blocks Tower Toys (on Graco® Baby Einstein® discover and play™ Activity Centers)

Units: About 40,000

Manufacturer: Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Exton, Pa.

Hazard: The plastic covering on the soft block towers can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants.

Incidents/Injuries: Graco has received 137 reports of infants mouthing and chewing pieces of the plastic film covering, some of whom required medical attention. Serious incident reports include 32 infants who gagged and 49 who choked on the plastic covering.

Description: The soft block tower is a stack of three different shaped stuffed fabric blocks in red, yellow and blue. Pictures of apples, fire engines, ducks, bananas, birds and blueberries on the blocks are covered in plastic film. The soft blocks are one of nine toys that snap onto the tray of the activity center. Only model number 4635BEE with serial numbers 012705 through 063005, which indicates the manufacture dates of January 27, 2005 through June 30, 2005, are included in this recall. Model and serial numbers are located underneath the activity center’s tray.

Sold at: Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Meijer, Shopko, Target, and various specialty retailers nationwide, and on Wal-Mart.com and Target.com from February 2005 through about December 2005 for $80. AND IN CANADA

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the Soft Blocks toy from the activity center and contact Graco® for a free replacement Tower toy without the plastic film. Consumers can continue to use the activity center after the soft block tower has been removed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Graco® at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or log on to www.gracobaby.com.


Car Seat Recall - 27,000 infant car seats recalled in Canada

Fall Hazard Prompts NHTSA, CPSC and Evenflo to Announce Recall of EmbraceTM Infant Car Seat/Carriers

Name of Product: Evenflo EmbraceTM Infant Car Seat/Carriers
Units: About 450,000
Manufacturer: Evenflo Company Inc., of Vandalia, Ohio
Hazard: When used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward. When this happens, an infant inside the carrier can fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: Evenflo has received 679 reports of the handle on the car seat/carriers unexpectedly releasing, resulting in 160 injuries to children. These reports include a skull fracture, two concussions, cuts, scrapes and bruises.
Description: The recall involves Evenflo EmbraceTM Infant Car Seat/Carriers made before April 8, 2006. The recalled car seat/carriers have model numbers beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 599. The model number and production date information can be found on a white label on the bottom of the carrier and on the top of the convenience base. Models beginning with “5” are units sold with the travel system (compatible stroller). “Evenflo” is on the carrying handle and car seat base. EmbraceTM infant car seat/carriers made on or after April 8, 2006 are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Department and juvenile products stores nationwide sold the car seat/carriers from December 2004 through September 2006 for between $70 and $100 when sold alone and between $140 and $200 when sold with a compatible stroller.
Manufactured in: United States and China
Remedy: Consumers should not use the handle until the repair kit has been installed. The product can continue to be used as a car seat when secured in a vehicle. Contact Evenflo to receive a free repair kit that strengthens the handle latch. Recall notice will be sent to all registered owners of the recalled product. The recalled units should not be returned to the retailer.
Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Evenflo at (800) 490-7497 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the recall Web site at www.embracehandle.com.