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Real Weddings feature article about Lesley & John! June 03 2016, 0 Comments

“You might say our dogs introduced us,” says Lesley of her first meeting with John. “I walked my dog, Gabby, around the block several times a day past John’s house, which he was in the process of remodeling. I passed his house and felt someone watching me and turned around. 


Keeping Kids Safe with Laundry Pacs May 03 2016, 0 Comments

Article written by: Lindsay Fagan of Macaroni Kid (this is a sponsored article) 

I am a mom.  A busy mom of three amazing kids under the age of 7.  Like many moms, I wear many hats and I try to be everything to everyone while working from home.  My youngest child is 2.  Want to know one of my biggest fears?  That in my busyness, in the chaos of everyday life, I am going let something slip through the cracks.  And I don’t mean that I am going to forget to sign the permission slip or forget to pick up the milk from the supermarket.  I am scared, to death actually, that I am going to have one of those “I only looked away for one second” stories…. The ones we all read about… the ones that we always say that it will never happen to us but secretly deep down we know it could… And that one of my children is going to get hurt.

 

So what am I going to do about it?  Everything humanly possible to make sure it doesn’t happen to me and through Macaroni Kid help to make sure it doesn’t happen to you!  In a HUGE step in that direction, I am so excited to announce that Macaroni Kid is now an active member of the P&G Fabric Care Advisory Board!

First and foremost on the P&G Fabric Care Advisory Board’s agenda is discussing laundry pacs.  Currently being used in 20% of American households, liquid laundry pacs have quickly become popular due to their concentrated cleaning power.  Laundry pacs are truly amazing as they are premeasured, no mess, just throw them in the machine before adding clothes and done!  This high concentration however, does pose a potential risk, especially to children between the ages of 0-3.  During this phase of childhood, it is absolutely normal (and necessary actually) for children to explore with both their hands and their mouth.  This is why it is CRUCIAL that parents get in the habit of keepings laundry pacs up and keeping the container closed, so that you can keep your kids safe.   It will hopefully become second nature.  This way if you are doing laundry, and the phone rings, or the delivery man is knocking on the door, your laundry pacs will be away from that curious toddler.

P&G has also taken important steps to deter children from playing with laundry pacs.  They have partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide, The American Cleaning Institute, and The American Academy of Pediatrics to raise awareness and prevent injury due to laundry pacs.  Also, beginning in May, P&G will begin phasing into stores new packaging that is compliant with a new ASTM standard for laundry packet design and packaging.  Tide Pods and Gain Flings will now be in a bag that features a Child-GuardTM zipper!  This packaging is especially designed for families with young children in mind.  While the Child-GuardTM zipper will help with deterring young children from opening the package, it is still critical to keep all laundry pods up and closed, so you can keep your kids safe!

And if you have that moment…. The one you have always been scared of…. Please, please call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.  In fact, why not just save that number in your phone right now – you never know when you, a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger may need it!

Please take a moment to watch Tide's "It Only Takes a Moment" video below and share with your friends and loved ones!

 

 


Drowning Prevention Tips June 22 2014, 1 Comment

It's officially SUMMER and that means it's all about the pool.  Our friends at Swim Chem Sacramento www.SwimChemSac.com have some great tips to help you and your family have a safe and happy pool experience this summer.

  • Never take your eyes off a child when he or she is in or near any body of water, even for a second.
  • Don't rely on other people in the pool, barriers such as fences or walls, or your child's swimming knowledge.  There is no substitute for constant supervision
  • Keep toys, tricycles and other children's playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa-
  • Don't consider your children to be "drown proof" because you enrolled them in swimming or "water proofing" classes
  • Don't rely on inflatable devices to keep your child afloat.  These are not substitutes for adult supervision
  • Drain standing water from the pool cover.  Remember that even a few inches of water can be hazardous, especially to curious young children.
  • Make sure doors leading to the pool or spa area are self-closing and self-latching, or are equipped with exit alarms, and are never propped open.  Gates should have self- closing, self- latching mechanisms.  Latches should be out of reach of young children and kept in proper working order.
  • Learn how to administer lifesaving techniques to children, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation ( CPR )
  • Keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area and post emergency numbers in plain sight ( 911 ) and make sure everyone learns the numbers.
  • Don't assume your friends and relatives have taken the same safety precautions with their pools.  ASK!

You can get your kids in on keeping safe around the water by taking the family Pool Safety Pledge @ www.poolsafely.gov

Don't be afraid to be too cautious when it comes to pool safety.  Our family pool has one rule above all the rest that everyone knows- No One Swims Alone!  No exceptions.  Not teens, not adults.  No one.

Swim safe, swim happy.

Karen

 


Baby Steps April 07 2014, 0 Comments

On Thursday April 10th Starlight Starbright is teaming with Dignity Health and Mercy Hospital Folsom to present BABY STEPS

a fun event for couples considering parenthood.  If you're embarking on the journey of parenthood, join us for our "Baby Steps" event.  It's a fun and educational evening that gives you and your partner the opportunity to meet with obstetricians affiliated with Mercy Hospital of Folsom and discuss how to get prepared for pregnancy.  They will answer all of your questions, big and small.

 

During the evening you'll also:

  • Discover the amenities offered at Mercy Hospital of Folsom
  • Enjoy appetizers and beverages
  • Take a tour of their beautiful Family Birth Center
  • Enter to win a fabulous prize package from us! Starlight Starbright

 

Thursday, April 10                    Mercy Hospital of Folsom

Reception: 6 pm                       1650 Creekside Dr.

Program: 6:30 pm                     Folsom, CA 95630

Tour: 7:30 pm

 

Reserve your space today at dignityhealth.org/MercyFolsom

or call 916-984-7311 

 

And while you're at it check out Dignity Health's informative website, Care Begins with Me

 

http://carebeginswithme.org/cm/content/tips.asp#article2


Embrace the Camera April 02 2014, 0 Comments

Embrace The Camera is just that, a series about embracing your camera. Whether it's a fancy DSLR, the camera on your phone, or anything in between, I'm a firm believer that the best camera is the one that's with you and my goal is to encourage you to use it. 
 
Challenge #1 Embrace the Everyday
This week I challenge you to capture what your everyday looks like. The pile of laundry to be folded, the toys your children are playing with right now, and the routines you find yourself going though each day.

I know this might feel a little strange at first, but try to look at it from this perspective: How cool would it be to have photos like this from your parents, grandparents, or even great grandparents? To be able to see the pieces of their everyday lives, the toys their children played with, the bedrooms they grew up in, and the "modern conveniences" of the time that helped them get through their everyday chores.

I mean think about it, the special occasions that we have so many pictures of - birthdays, holidays, milestones, etc- are not what make up a majority of our lives. No instead it's those seemingly mundane everyday sort of things that make up our everyday.

These photos do not have to be perfect. The idea is to capture them, right now, because though they my be part of your everyday at the moment, everyday routines seem to be in a state of slow but constant change. All to soon your son will be outgrowing his favorite racecars, your daughter will outgrow pulling her socks off for you to find scattered around the house, and you will no longer have that pile of tiny baby clothes to fold that somehow, even though the clothes are so tiny, seems to be twice as big as your own clothes. So stop what you're doing right now, take 2 minutes to walk around your home and snap a few photos. Let's start now!
                     
                                                                                          
A load of diapers in the dryer...an every other day occurrence around here.
 
      
The two reasons behind why the sliding glass door is covered in smudges all the time.
 
                                                                                        
She's obsessed with shoes lately. We try our best to keep them put away and out
of reach, but the moment she finds one she tries to sneak away. Sometimes makes
finding a complete pair difficult.
 
 
A pile of books and toys beneath the bookshelf. I put them away,
she pulls them out again.  Her favorite game.
 
'Up Mama!' I'm all to happy to oblige, it won't be long until she's asking
to be put down rather than picked up.
 
The nightlight in our hallway. Makes walking between
bedrooms easier at night. She may be 9 months old,
but she's still not sleeping though the night and I know
once she is that a (very) small part of me will miss it.
 
 
Blogged by:
Anna Vollmer
 
 
Anna is a wife and Mama to our sweet baby girl, military spouse, stay-at-home-mama, scrapbooker, photographer, lover of vintage sewing patterns, and all around crafter.  She worked for Starlight Starbright for 7 years and is still an active consultant and contributor.
                                                                                                      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome! February 26 2014, 0 Comments

Welcome to ShopStarlightStarbright.com.  We are so excited to introduce you to our new site. It's been a year in the making and we think it's been worth it!   Just like it's been at Starlight Starbright for the past 10 years- we will be adding new things everyday.  Everyday!   And not just products to buy.  It's like on TV when they say "but wait, there's more"  We have more.  We have bloggers from all walks of life lined up to inspire and educate and we are adding more all the time.  In the coming weeks you will learn new skills, laugh along with the ups and downs of modern parenthood, get silly with us, find out the inside scoop on the happenings around this wonderful area we call home and much, much more!  We can't wait to get started and hope you will join us in this journey.