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From The Cradle To The Stage

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Daphyl’s a New Jersey based company, has rocked the baby community and is rewriting the proverbial parenting gear playbook. Stemming from the desire to bring greatness to the youngest generation, Daphyl’s CEO & Founder Micky Goldschmidt has licensed the most iconic brands in Rock N Roll history and emblazoned a slice of their largess and grandiosity onto the lifestyle essentials of parenting.

From a black sippy cup with the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon prism to an all tie dye stroller covered with the Grateful Dead’s loveable dancing bears it is truly a new dawn for the baby gear market. The emergence of Daphyl’s seeks to mark the end of the overly sanitized, and immense glut of cartoon characters that have singularly dominated the creative sphere of the marketplace for the last sixty plus years. Daphyl’s has secured licensing with The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Who, Pantera and most recently “The King” Elvis, allowing the company to truly encapsulate all arenas of Rock N Roll with their product line. The need for upgrade in the marketplace and the freshness of Daphyl’s products has not been lost on some of the largest retailers in the country.

Currently being carried by Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Amazon, Shoprite supermarkets and others it looks as though you really “Can’t stop Rock N Roll”.

Beatles Quiz

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My 9 year old, Nicholas, really enjoys reading. He recently found a book series at his school book fair that he fell in love with. It is called the Who Was Book Series, it is intended for children, and the book that caught his attention is Who Were The Beatles? by Geoff Edgers. There are over 120 books in this series, 6 of them being musicians.

He now walks around like a Beatles expert telling the family all these interesting facts about The Beatles or quizzing us to see if we know the answers; we hear a lot of “Did you know…” and “Guess what…” It is very cool to see him delving into the history of the band and not just the music.

We were driving through a town called East Liverpool the other day and he saw the road sign and said “Liverpool, that is where The Beatles are from, but in England not America.” We got a good laugh out of that. So without further ado, I thought it would be fun for him to come up with a quiz about The Beatles to test your knowledge, see how well you can do!

 

Beatles Quiz Questions:

  1. What name did The Beatles go by before they became The Beatles?
  2. What were two nicknames The Beatles may have been called?
  3. Where did the name The Beatles come from?
  4. Who was the youngest and oldest Beatle?
  5. What inspired them to form a band?
  6. How did The Beatles style their hair?
  7. Which Beatle had the happiest childhood?
  8. What was their first single in England?
  9. They could sell out a show in 30 mins and fans chased them everywhere they went, what was this frenzy called?
  10. Why did The Beatles leave their families?

 

 

Answers:

  1. The Quarrymen
  2. The Mop Tops or The Fab Four
  3. Not a bug, it was because their music had such a strong beat.
  4. Youngest Paul McCartney 6/18/42 and oldest Ringo Starr 7/7/1940
  5. Other bands like Elvis and Little Richard
  6. 1st with grease, then in German style later known as the mop top (grow your hair out and comb it forward), eventually long
  7. George Harrison, he didn’t lose parents or get sick like the others.
  8. Please Please Me
  9. Beatlemania
  10. To go on tour

 

— Jessica Blackwood is a mother of 3 boys from Pennsylvania

Tie Dying with Kids

Tie Dying with Kids

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Tie Dying with Kids

At our house tie dying is an exciting craft for the kids. They like to do it every couple of months so that they have a good supply of colorful t-shirts. My 9 year old is happy to be known as “tie dye boy” at school because he has such a vast supply of dyed shirts. It is a relatively easy craft that parents can enjoy as well as kids.

We had a tie dye baby shower for my youngest and had onesies, hats, socks, crib sheets, receiving blankets, burp cloths, etc… for the guests to tie dye. It was a lot of fun and we got tons of great looking stuff for the baby. Many of our guests tie dyed for the first time ever this day, which was pretty cool, and they were very surprised with how well they did once they saw the finished products.

My older boys decided they wanted to make twin sized sheets and pillow cases for their beds, now that the baby had so much tie dye stuff. They are used to doing shirts but had never done anything larger so we figured this would be interesting. Natural fabrics are best for dying, so we bought plain white cotton sheet sets at the store.

We use tie dye kits from a craft store to do our dying. We aren’t professionals so that works well for us cost wise. The pieces turn out beautiful and the color holds well. The first thing we do is get dressed in old clothes that won’t matter if the color splashes. Next we set up a work area; we like to do it outside in the grass to avoid messes in the house.

Now we let the kids get the items they will dye and use rubber bands to tie them up. Sometimes, they want a specific pattern and we will use the internet to look up pattern ideas. If this is the case then the adult will usually put the rubber bands on for the child. If they are not concerned with a pattern, then we will let them do the rubber bands themselves, both ways turn out great.

If you don’t want rainbow colored hands, wear gloves! The gloves that come with the kit aren’t the best so we usually buy medical type gloves. Mix the colors per the instructions on the kit. Some people prefer to wet their pieces prior to coloring, we usually just color them dry, and either way will work fine. Now for the fun part, choose your colors and start dying! Some of our best looking items came from letting the kids do them completely on their own. After coloring is done we bag each item individually, usually in grocery store bags, and let sit for 24 hours.

Once the 24 hours is up we remove the items from the bags, take the rubber bands off (save them for next time!), and rinse thoroughly in the sink with warm water until the water runs clear from the items. Now throw all your tie dyes in the washing machine in warm or cold water and wash as you normally would with soap. Dry and enjoy your amazing finished products that you can proudly proclaim you created yourself!

If you love tie dye, then you’ll love the Grateful Dead Tie Dye Sippy Cup like we do!

— Jessica Blackwood is a mother of 3 boys from Pennsylvania

Outdoor Concert Checklist

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When going to an outdoor concert or music festival with my children I have a go to list of must haves to bring along with us to make the experience as comfortable as possible for all of us. Every venue differs so it is wise to check the venue rules and regulations beforehand but in general when it comes to kid supplies they are pretty reasonable. Here is our outdoor concert checklist …

1. If there are no seats a blanket to sit on. We like the waterproof ones so damp grass doesn’t soak through.

2. Camping chairs if allowed

3. Blanket to cover with (sometimes it gets chilly after the sun goes down)

4. Easy snack foods

5. Bottled water

6. Sunblock

7. Bug Spray

8. Jackets or hoodies in case they get cold

9. Foldable wagon-this has been a life saver! It doesn’t take up much space in the car, makes lugging around all the kid supplies much easier, and if a little one falls asleep during the show you can put them in the wagon to sleep then pull them back to the car when it is over.

10. Glow sticks for kids to wear so even in the dark they can play nearby and you can see them. Can also be used if a child is sleeping on a blanket to surround them with glow sticks so people will notice them and not step on them.

11. A couple fun outdoor toys; we like to bring balls, Frisbees, hula hoops, and Orbits.

Our children really enjoy going to see outdoor shows and everyone can have a great time if you are well prepared. If you do some research there may be more free or low cost shows in your area than you would have realized, which we try to attend to save money while having fun!

— Jessica Blackwood is a mother of 3 boys from Pennsylvania