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pillow cases vintage Making Better Decisions- Choosing Safer Toys as Gifts accent pillow case baby

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When beginning your research for safer toys, start here to learn more about wood toys, and don’t forget my key questions to ask yourself before purchasing a plastic toy.

While we can’;t replace everything in our house immediately (it’;s too expensive for me, even if I could get my kids to give up many of the toys they love at once!), we can strive to make better choices going forward, and holidays and birthdays make a great opportunity to do so.

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1) Tell your friends and family that you are looking to make more conscious decisions about the toys you’re bringing into your home. Recommend some brands you’;re interested in (here and here are some suggestions)pillow cases vintage, and offer key terms they should look for on packaging and websites.

Key terms: Organic, BPA-free, Phthalate-free or nonphthalate, type of plastic (food grade preferred)

Terms to avoid if they are unsubstantiated: Eco-friendly, Green, Natural, Non-Toxic. Ask yourself why they are Eco-friendly, Green, Natural or Non-Toxic. If the company explains that their toys are made with food-grade plastic, or use a certified non-toxic paint, etc, then Yes! Feel comfortable in making your judgment call based on that factual information rather than an unsubstantiated and unregulated claim.

2) If you have a particular brand or toy you’;re interested in lacking details about how the toys are made, don’t hesitate to reach out to the manufacturer and ask their Quality Assurance team or Customer Service, but make them aware that you understand that though they may comply with federal standards, you are looking for toys which go above and beyond in chemical safety for children.

3) This is a great opportunity to ask for replacement toys that regularly go in the mouth with safer alternatives. This year, on my kids’; Christmas wish list (which I luckily still get to make for them), I am asking for replacement play food items and bath toys. You may also be interested in replacing things like tea sets, whistles, horns and recorders, and teethers.

Happy shopping!

This traditional girl scout/ boy scout craft got a remake this year thanks to the Etsy fabric labs. If you missed making one for someone you love this past year for the annual international meet-ups, you can still purchase the fabric here. You can also make one yourself by tracing teacup bottoms on scrap fabric. This is a great way to stretch those left-over odds and ends you may have laying around your sewing room. You will need: Fabric (Scraps Are Fine) Pen Scissors Thread Safety Pin Needle Optional (Teacup or small circle to trace on fabric)

When it comes to interior design, most of us think of over the top showroom style homes found in magazines and adverts. While we may all dream of having a million dollar show home, the sad reality is that with the current state of the global economy, most of us are lucky to even be able to afford to redecorate. Still, no matter what your budget, there are a number of different ways to bring new life in to your home with some simple neutral interior design ideas and tips.

I have been trying out the new punchwork feature in BERNINA Embroidery Software 7. So easy!?We have a lovely yarn store a few doors down from our shop with a wonderful selection of wool roving. A little goes a long way!