Apr 242012

When we were moving into our new place, I had to go to the town water company office to get the water, etc. transferred over to us.  When I did, they offered me a free plastic recycling crate to use.  We can sit it out with the trash every Tuesday, and the waste management company will pick up both for us.

While I like that they support recycling efforts, and provided the container for free, it’s not really something that I want to set in my kitchen.  It’s kind of unsightly and Bubbles would be trying to load and unload it all day long.  I also am pretty sure I would trip over it 19 times a day.  I didn’t want to just toss everything into a paper bag or box, though; so messy and they would only be good to use a few times before they were destroyed.

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Feb 172012

Thank you to Build a Dream for providing us with a car from their collection of cardboard playhouses.  All opinions are my own.

Inspiring imagination in Baby C. is something that, as a parent, I am very committed to.  While I love technology and fully embrace it, I do realize that it’s very easy for kids to just be focused on that aspect of play and miss opportunities to be creative in an un-plugged way.  I don’t see many young kids outside poking at puddles with sticks these days, you know?

So I love the products from Build a Dream Playhouse; they do double-duty in the creativity department!

Build a Dream Playhouses was founded by a Cleveland father dedicated tothe futures of the City of Cleveland, the State of Ohio, and the imaginations of children. Reflecting on his city’s hard times, he collaborated with the world famous Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, a group of 3 to 9 year old children, and the Smurfit Stone Container Corporation.  What they came up with is what they believe to be the most innovative, fresh, and fun playhouses on the market. Continue reading »