Tag Archives: kids

the cleverly compact child carrier

designed to carry a small child of 6 months to 3 years, a bitybean will not only change the way you carry your child but also lighten what you carry around when out and about! bitybean is a great solution for parents on the go.

it’s light weight and rolls up into a small bag that easily fits in any bag or purse. a bitybean gives you ultimate spontaneity allowing you to carry a child at a moments notice. no more lugging around that bulky backpack! it’s so cleverly designed – you can carry a child in the front or the back and it’s machine washable. check out these great features.

bitybean has just been named a semifinalist in the 2012 JPMA innovation awards at the all baby and child expo. we’ll let you know how they do!

if you have a young child in your life, you definitely need a bitybean.

want one? please support them on indiegogo and help them bring you a bitybean!

before birth bonding
3D/4D ultrasound studio

using cutting edge technology you can now see your unborn baby in 3D & 4D and see what your baby is going to look like. pretty cool.

they even have this new sonostreamlive technology which allows you to share your experience, in real time, with anyone in the world.

check out these images or  their movie to get a better idea of what it’s all about.

before birth bonding also offers a variety of classes, seminars and groups , maybe there’s something for you. they have a new blog too got hollie .

perfect for impatient parents-to-be!

VCTF’s spring event is this weekend – click on image for tickets!

vermont children’s trust foundation
community creates good kids

for more than 20 years, the vermont children’s trust foundation has been supporting community based prevention programs for children in vermont. their goal is to “promote the health and well-being of vermont children and families”.

VCTF does this by supporting these types of programs:

  • After-school and out-of-school programs
  • Preschool programs
  • Literacy initiatives
  • Parenting education
  • Mentoring programs
  • Substance abuse prevention programs

VCTF has two main events each year that cleverly combine community and fundraising into meaningful events for all:

  • the polar express™ – in december take a train ride with your little ones to the north pole. hot cocoa, cookies and magic included. pajamas optional but recommended.
  • art of giving – An evening in may of great art and fine food to support VCFT as well as local vermont artists

vermonters can even donate on their taxes. how easy is that?

watch their psa – it says it all. 

so far, the vermont children’s trust foundation has given over $7 million worth of grants to over 1000 programs that have impacted thousands of families in vermont.

get your tickets today for the art of giving  – it’s this weekend!

p.s. buy a raffle ticket or 2 and this cute little vespa could be yours!


maple landmark
educational wooden toys, games and gifts

in this high tech world we live in, there is really nothing better than good old fashioned wooden toys. from blocks, to cars and trucks to puzzles and rocking horses, maple landmark has it all – and they are made right here in vermont! how can you beat that?

check out the awards they’ve won so far, 41 at press time. that’s impressive!

their products are made locally (think green) and have a high level of product safety and quality. these toys and games are meant to last!

after you check out all their great products, you can find a store that sells their toys here. it shouldn’t be a problem because they sell to over 2200 gift shops and toy stores both nationally and internationally.

they’ve also had great press – which you can see here, including a piece on cnn.

everyone has a little someone in their life who should have one of these made in vermont toys!

alex & isabelle hair ties - vermont made

alex & isabelle hair ties
custom dyed elastic hair ties & headbands

best hair ties EVER! they’re awesome. plenty of colors, styles and they even have headbands too. not only do they look great in your hair – they also make great bracelets!

we love their story – alex & isabelle are kids, who as young girls with the help of their moms started this business in 2008. you can buy them direct on their website, at various stores around the country or even at birchbox (yes, that’s huge!).

once you go alex & isabelle, you’ll never go back.

p.s. we also love that a portion of their sales go to the Conner B. Turnbaugh Foundation.

yes, it’s true the summer mini basketball league was started right here in vermont by a couple of young guys. they play with a mini basketball with 8½-foot rims on a 30×60 foot court that is surrounded by hockey rink boards in the backyard of one of the founders. they even have their own logo!

don’t live in vermont? contact these guys and they will help you set up your own league.

we think this is pretty cool.

read more about the mini basketball league In the Burlington Free Press and follow them on facebook, twitter and youtube too.

they were even mentioned in an article ESPN’s mgazine in september 2011

Alec's amazing pretzels











the best flavoured pretzels you will ever have. started by alec when he was in 8th grade (yes, it’s true, you can read it for yourself).  only certain stores have them – check out his website for places you can find them.

They are worth driving out of the way for. And don’t think you will get away with buying just one bag…

oh and, they’ve even been on the rachel ray show.

vermont is a cool place with a lot of cool things

our hope is that we’ll give you a reason or two (or three) to come and visit sometime. or at least buy vermont if you can’t make it up our way.