Category Archives: Clutter Free

Best Deal of the Week

Best Deal of the week – a day delay version. If you are redecorating your kids room don’t let this deal pass by. Toys R Us and Babies R Us both are having great deals on character themed furniture!! Check them out here,

Toys R Us coupon

Best Deal of the Week – great value for character themed furniture

Our other deals are still valid -

Check them out HERE.

 

Strollers, Car seats, Cribs and more – Do you have them sitting in your garage or storage?

Babies need a lot of stuff,  and being the first time parent you went all out and got everything for your little bundle of joy! Crib, travel crib, play pan, swing set, bouncers, play gym  and of course the basics car seat, travel system/strollers! You were both working parents, and decided you need multiple bases for the car seat and guess what you got all of those…. And now your little baby is no longer a baby he/she is a pre schooler or a kindergartner and all those stuff you bought for your baby is no longer needed!! Oh well, pass them on, donate them or save them for your second one….What to do?? What to do??

List a Toy

As long as you are not throwing them away I am okay with it, but today I want to talk to you about this cool solution to this situation – “Toysshare.com” – an online portal where you can list those extra things for swap or for sell and in that process get introduced to like minded parents within your neighborhood!! I know what you are thinking, and here are some answers to your doubts and questions…

1. Why should I list them on “Toysshare.com” wouldn’t it be better if I just donate them?

Well yes you may donate them, you can ask some one to even come pick them up from your home for donation but will it get you introduced to some like minded parent within your neighborhood? Will it bring you some money or another interesting toy in exchange of it? If you are not one of those parents who would like to make profit or resale the toys, swap it or even if you end up selling them just write a cheque to your favorite charity – this way you can still do both – charity and build a stronger parent community within your neighborhood… kind of like a cherry on top!!

2. But I am planning to have a second baby wouldn’t it be better if I save it for the second one?

Sure, you can save it for the second one if the second one is right around the corner. If not I would suggest list it on “Toysshare.com” – get something that you need in exchange or get some money. And when you are ready for the second one go and get something from “Toysshare.com” as well. Think about it, wouldn’t it be easier if you did not have to store all that stuff in the garage and would it be better to get something that has not been sitting in your garage for 4 years? Or better yet, you might be able to get something that you swapped on “Toysshare.com” back! It is all possible, and don’t forget you are helping in building a strong parent community around you!!

3. Can I just pass them on to the friends and family?

YES!! YES!! YES!! That is what “Toysshare.com” is all about. But I am sure it is not easy to check with every friend that you have on one on one basis if they need something that you are trying to pass on… so what do you do? Easy. Just list them on “Toysshare.com” and then share the listing by copy/pasting your link to your Facebook/Twitter or G+ pages or even on linkedIn – and see who all is interested! Rather than uploading details on multiple social media, you just upload details on “Toysshare.com” and share it on multiple social media websites and groups!!

And please keep in mind even though we are really new, we are growing at a very fast pace, and you can help in our cause of keeping the earth green and building a strong local parent community!!

Please feel free to share your thoughts/ideas/queries in the comment section!! Looking forward to your next listing on “Toysshare.com” soon!!

If you have queries about what you should keep in mind before listing things or buying/swapping things from “Toysshare.com” refer to our earlier blog on what to keep in mind HERE.

“Happy Sharing” Everyone!! And don’t forget you get access to some awesome deals and coupons while you are browsing for a toy at “Toysshare.com”!! Another reason to keep coming back!

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'The Baby Tree' Tells Kids Where Babies Come From So Parents Don't Have To ‘The Baby Tree’ Tells Kids Where Babies Come From So Parents Don’t Have To
From: huffingtonpost.com
If you break out in a cold sweat just thinking about talking to your kids about where babies come from, you’re not alone.

In a trailer for Sophie Blackall’s new book, The Baby Tree, it’s clear that parents don’t straight-shoot when it comes to the birds and the bees. Their explanations about where babies come from range from a cute “mommies grab them from the hay,” to the strange “they order them online.”

How parents are ruining youth sports How parents are ruining youth sports
Adults should remember what athletics are really about.

From: bostonglobe.com
Not long ago, I was invited to speak at the annual banquet for an “elite” youth hockey organization. Before dinner, the organization’s president mentioned how he and his neighbor, another hockey dad, had seen the need for a top-tier program in their area, and how much planning and money it had required to create one. He rhapsodized about the championships his teams had won in their first two years of operation. He also said his 6-year-old son and his neighbor’s boy were hockey-crazed best friends — or at least they used to be. His neighbor’s son was not selected for the mite team that first year, and the two men and their boys had not spoken to each other since.

One life – One CalendarOne life – One Calendar
From: drgreene.com
For a long time I kept two separate calendars: one for work and one for home. I thought it was necessary to keep two very separate schedules in order to be in control of both facets of my life. I wasn’t working with men who were open about what they were dealing with outside of the office, so I followed their lead and never talked about my mothering dilemmas. What kind of weakness would I be exposing if I told them that an elementary school teacher was getting under my skin?

Nor did I want to think about what might cross my boss’s mind if he saw an entry for a second-grade Halloween party on my Tuesday morning calendar. My calendar became a microcosm for what I felt I was battling in the rest of the world.

Is All Yelling Harmful?
Is All Yelling Harmful?
Understanding the differences between loud and hurtful yelling.

From: yummymymmyclub.ca
I think the key message in this study is that repeated, verbal assault is the same as repeated, physical assault. It’s a matter of clarifying what yelling or shouting means versus harsh verbal discipline. The big difference is that yelling or shouting could just be a volume thing. This is much less harmful. When verbal discipline affects the core of a person’s being, that is where the harm lies.

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success
How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

From: kqed.org
Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in children, an attribute they’ll need in order to become happy, productive adults. That’s Kenneth Ginsburg’s thesis and the core of his book Building Resilience in Children and Teens.

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Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra
From: kqed.org
The push towards employable skills like math and science is filtering down to the youngest students in the U.S. With tight school budgets to manage, school administrators are cutting music, art and foreign language programs first, despite robust research showing that training in these “extra” subjects is actually crucial to students’ development.

Babies cry at night to prevent siblings, scientist suggests Babies cry at night to prevent siblings, scientist suggests
From: sciencenews.org
When a baby cries at night, exhausted parents scramble to figure out why. He’s hungry. Wet. Cold. Lonely. But now, a Harvard scientist offers more sinister explanation: The baby who demands to be breastfed in the middle of the night is preventing his mom from getting pregnant again.

15 Clutter Busting Routines For Any Family15 Clutter Busting Routines For Any Family
From: becomingminimalist.com
6. Kids pick up their toys each evening. This has countless benefits: 1) It teaches responsibility. 2) It helps kids realize that more isn’t always better. 3) The home is clean for mom and dad when the kids are in bed. 4) It’s a clear indication that the day has come to an end. Gosh, you’d think with all these benefits it would be easier for us to get the kids to do it…

8 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in Kids
8 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in Kids
From: mummums.com
PMore and more studies are showing that early childhood eating habits can affect health status well into adulthood. The earlier you can start instilling healthy eating habits for your family the better, so here are 8 ways to encourage healthy eating habits in your kids:

Space-Starved Parents Move Their Babies Into Bathrooms and Closets
Space-Starved Parents Move Their Babies Into Bathrooms and Closets

From: dnainfo.com
UPPER WEST SIDE — This ought to speed up potty-training.

Space-starved parents are finding relief by using a new source of alternative bedroom space for their babies: their bathrooms.