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How to Get Your Home and Family Geared Up for Summer
When summer comes around, it seems there are always a million things to take care of. Your home may need some sprucing up after the harsh weather of winter, the backyard should be checked for safety hazards, and the lawn will need near-constant care, especially after the rainy season ends. There’s a lot to think about, but with some careful planning, you can make sure your home is ready for all the fun that summer can bring.
With that in mind, it’s also important to make sure your family is ready for warm weather. Go over the rules of safety for swimming, playing outdoors, and staying hydrated in the heat. Make healthy snacks and cool treats easily accessible so the kids can grab what they need themselves. Talk about all the fun things you want to do as a family, and make a list of the activities that everyone wants to try. It can be hard to squeeze in everything, but if you can stay organized, it will be easier to make everyone happy.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to get your home and family geared up for summer.
Get the Backyard in Shape
Many families love to spend time in the backyard during summer. It can be a safe haven for kids with the right preparations, and it’s also a place for everyone to come together and have fun (and maybe even learn a few things!). You can set up a tent and do some backyard camping, create an area to do some bird watching, and make a treasure hunt that the kids will have a blast figuring out. Head to the local dollar store for prizes that can be hidden around the yard and give the kids a map. Your family will make memories that will last a lifetime!
Make It Safe
Making safety a priority will help ease your mind and allow you to have fun this summer. Look over the backyard -- especially if you have a swingset or other playground equipment -- to make sure there are no repairs that need to be made after the ravages of winter. Keep an eye out for fallen nails, pet droppings, and poisonous plants that may have popped up after all the spring rain. If you have a pool, it’s imperative that you check to make sure all safety equipment is in good shape and that the pool has the proper chemicals ready to go.
Talk About Hot Weather
Playing outside in the hot weather for much of the day has its share of dangers, so talk to your kids about how to stay hydrated, how to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, and how important it is to always wear sunblock. Make sure everyone has a hat and/or sunglasses for outdoor play. Dress in cool layers to avoid overheating.
Getting your home in good shape after winter and spring have gone may require a small list of to-dos. Check your A/C vents and the filter to make sure they are clean and free of debris; this can not only help keep your home free of dust and allergens, but it can also lower your utility bills. Consider having your carpets or floors steam-cleaned, and check all your pipes to make sure they haven’t taken any damage after the cold months of winter.
Preparing your home and family for the summer months will allow everyone to have fun and enjoy their time off. Even if you can’t afford to take a big family vacation, you can still have a great time in the comfort of your own backyard.
Your little one need’s her first pair of shoes because she has started cruising or taking her first steps. You are so excited; you finally get to buy those really cute miniature open toed thong sandals for her. But is she ready for such a shoe? I mean she has to be, since she is walking and they make the shoe in her size….right?
Well the answer to that question is “NO”. There is a huge misconception about the correct shoes to put on your baby’s feet and at what age you should start.
When your baby first begins to toddle, typically between 8 and 18 months, there is no real need for shoes to be worn. Babies do not need shoes to help their feet develop or to help them stand or walk. Teeny High-tops and Mary Janes are more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to practicing walking skills.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, children learn to walk by gripping their toes on the ground and don’t need arch support. It is ok to leave your child barefoot to promote natural foot development.
But when you go outside on uneven, hot, cold or rocky surfaces your baby is going to need something to protect their feet.
So, you ask “Well what kind of shoes do I put on my babies feet and how do I know that they are the right fit?”
Here are some tips to make your baby’s first shoe experience go as smoothly as possible.
#1 Footwear should be porous and flexible. Shoes made entirely of rubber or plastic tend to be stiff and cause sweating. Choose a shoe that is cloth, canvas or leather. Materials that stretch will allow a shoe to bend. This is important because you want your baby to still be able to feel her foot against the floor.
#2 You want a shoe that will approximate the shape of your child’s foot. You should choose more square or oval shapes. These shapes allow for your child’s toes to move freely in the shoe. Stay away from trendy styles like cowboy boots, which can pinch little toes and restrict growth, or a shoe that looks cute but can easily fall off.
#3 You can never go wrong having you babies feet measured and fitted properly by an experienced person such as the sales people at Buttons and Bows. This way you know you are putting the correct size shoe on your baby. Remember most people have one foot that is a little longer and a little wider so your salesperson should fit for the longest length and the widest width.
#4 Feel the heel of the shoe. The shoe should be snug but fit comfortably. If the baby’s heel slides out the shoe is too big. If the shoe seems like its pinching the heel then it may be too small.
#5 Leave a little room for growth. A child’s longest toe should be a thumb’s width (about a half inch) from the tip of the shoe.
#6 Remember that toddlers grow out of their shoes very quickly. It’s a good idea to remember to have your toddler’s shoes checked and have their feet measured every three to four months.
This new Yoplait commercial really spoke to us! Mom's are constantly under pressure and "always judged". This is a reminder that we are all awesome and doing the best that we can. We got your backs!
Memorial weekend is here and summer vacations are right around the corner! No need to dread a long road trip with little ones any more. Check out this article from Kidspot:
Stop by Buttons & Bows before you leave town for suitcases, travel games, sticker books, and much more!
Flashlights are a great tool to use to help keep children in their beds! They can help younger children to overcome their fear of the dark, because the light is right there in their grasp. Older children may be allowed to keep a book or two out that they can take to bed with them to read. If you get out of bed, you have lost the privilege to look at the books with your special light. For that special guy who jumps out of bed to say “but I just have one more thing to tell you . . . .”--you can substitute a sleep journal for books. You can write (or draw) what you’d like to share with mom and dad in the morning. Then it will not be forgotten!
Director: West Hampton Day School
Visit our Shoe department for a great selection of brands like Stride Rite, See Kia Run, Saltwater Sandals, Keen, Hannah Anderson, and much more!
While you are here... Sign up for our FREE SHOE LOYALTY PROGRAM! We keep track of your shoe purchases (Style and Size) for each child. Earn $20 off any regular priced shoe purchase for every $200 you spend!
We are excited to be a part of an event to connect with other local moms and celebrate your pregnancy, birth and beyond. The event will include delicious gourmet snacks, a mocktail bar, fun photo wall, expert panel moderated by RVA Parenting’s Sarah Bloom, shopping, lots of amazing SWAG and giveaways!
We love babies of all shapes and sizes! Check out these big bundles of joy http://www.babygaga.com/15-pictures-of-the-worlds-biggest-newborns/?utm_source=BG-FB-B&utm_medium=Facebook-Distribution&utm_campaign=BG-FB-B&view=list!
Can you imagine bringing home a newborn that was the size of a 3 month old?!?!?!
These new prints are just in time to brighten up anyone's rainy day! Get yours now before they float away!
We are recieving our fresh and exciting spring styles in everyday! Check out this adorable Navy Sundress with Flutter Sleeve. Perfect for everyday!
$40!! Sizes 2-7
Available to ship next day delivery. Shipping costs vary.
We would like to thank our wonderful customers for a great 2016! As we say goodbye to the past year...we need to make room for the fabulous styles 2017 will bring. We have some great deals in store now! ALL WINTER COATS are now 75% OFF and ALL HOLIDAY STYLES are now 75% OFF! Start your new year with some great savings!
30% OFF ALL HOLIDAY ITEMS! Gifts, Clothes, and Pajamas!! Hurry in to get your list complete!
Come check out the large selection of John Deere toys that are in store now! Just in time for the holidays. Your children will have so much fun "driving" around the farm with toys that are built to last!
Attention Southern Tots Customers!
We were sorry to learn about the online retail store Southern Tots closing its doors and how that has impacted customers. As the holidays are quickly approaching, we would like to invite you to check out Buttons & Bows for your holiday needs. Christmas pajamas, smocked clothing, and adorable knit styles are in our store now! Bring in your proof of unfulfilled order from Southern Tots to receive 10% OFF your Buttons and Bows purchase! Not local to Richmond, VA? No problem! Give us a call and we are happy to ship across the US!! (804)285-0482
Check out this article from The College of Podiatry
On average children’s feet grow at two sizes per year in the first four years of life and one size per year thereafter until growth is complete. However, a child’s foot may not grow for a considerable period of time and then grow several sizes in a relatively short period. To ensure that shoes still fit properly for length and width a trained shoe fitter should check them every eight weeks. You may do this more frequently if you are aware that they are actively growing in height....
I think can all agree that we are sick and tired of this rain in RVA! Emma came in today with her Grandmother to make sure a little rain doesn't ruin her fun day! How cute is she?!?!
We want to thank our wonderful customers for voting for Buttons & Bows a "Best of Virginia" winner! If you haven't already... come in to our store and see what everyone is talking about!
Best Businesses Rewarding the Best in Business
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Buttons & Bows Toys Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Richmond Award
Richmond Award Program Honors the Achievement
Richmond, April 14, 2016 -- Buttons & Bows Toys has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Richmond Award in the Toy Stores category by the Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program. Each year, the Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Richmond area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program and data provided by third parties. About the Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program The Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Richmond area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program
CONTACT: Best Businesses of Richmond Award Program Email: PublicRelations@BestBusinesses.biz URL: http://www.BestBusinesses.biz
Before we turn around Memorial Day will be here! Pools, beach trips, cookouts, and fireworks will fill our calendars instead of projects and homework. Come see whats new at Buttons & Bows!