Free concerts for kids in your local libraries. Bay Area, California.

Seven Free Children’s Concerts during October
 Join public libraries for a series of free concerts with celebrated children’s musician, Kathy Reid-Naiman. Did you know that children benefit and learn an array of new skills through singing, playing and talking? These are all important pre-reading skills needed before entering kindergarten. Concerts are free and open to everyone. No reservations required. Find many of Kathy Reid-Naiman’s music CDs at the library.
Campbell Library: Thursday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Cupertino Library: Wednesday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Gilroy Library: Monday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Los Altos Library: Monday, October 17 at 10:30 a.m.
Milpitas Library: Wednesday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill Library: Saturday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Saratoga Library: Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Hello my beloved readers from all around the world. If you live in Bay Area, love shopping and Italian fashion brands I think this article might be interesting for you.

I love Made in Italy tailoring for absolutely gorgeous costume lines, unique fabrics, design and quality. When I am wearing Italian brands I feel special, bright and absolutely amazing. The prints usually reminds me sunny Italy street scenes.

Couple weeks ago I was welcomed at opening ceremony of first Luisa Spagnoli boutique at Stanford Shopping Center. If you don’t know abound this brand I would like to tell you a story and  heritage that I have heard from representative of  the brand Karina from Milan. This absolutely sweet lady told me about the history of company and biography  of Luisa Spagnoli.

Luisa Spagnoli was born in Perugia. In 1907, with Giovanni Buitoni, she created the small company  Perugia with headquarters in historical center of Perugia and only 15 employees. Luisa was a confectioner in her own right.blogdilifestyle_8c4d3a946a1fcde2ded7e17651fd0ed7

The company was introduced to the United States at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, and has since become known for producing fine chocolates all around the world.

The company produces a wide array of chocolate and food products, including chocolate bars, hard candy, noagat , and biscotti. Their most famous product are the “Baci” chocolate “kisses” filled with hazelnut, wrapped in a multilingual love note. These love notes are written in either Italian, English, French, German, Greek, Spanish, or Portuguese.(Actually, most of the quests during the opening ceremony at Stanford received this famous candies as a gift, So TAAAAASTY treat, nommmm).




Perugina is now a division of the Nestlé corporation.

With the outbreak of World War I, only Spagnoli was left to carry on the business, with her two sons, Mario and Aldo. During the war the manufactory stuff were only ladies with own kinder garden for kids.

Angora Spagnoli.

After the end of the war Luisa created a new company: breeding of poultry and angora rabbits.

1928 – Luisa Spagnoli was the first person to introduce the angora yarn for knitwear with the trademark l’Angora Spagnoli – shawls, boleros and fashionable garments. In the Fair of Milano this innovation was noted and the activity of company expand.

Luisa Spagnoli workers in the 20’s creating rabbit angora. They combed the rabbits gently toretrieve the delicate fibersfed188cfdee61c12b430e7e174c243c8


Luisa failed to see the real lift-off company that will begin about four years later under the guidance of her son Mario. She was diagnosed with cancer. Giovanni Buitoni moved to Paris to ensure the best care and remained with her until her death in Paris in 1935.

Industrial development.

After her death, her son Mario (1900–1977) in 1937 changed the company wanted by Luisa from craft to industrial.

He was credited with the invention, patented in 1942, of two objects: a comb for collection of wool and a clamp for tattooing angora rabbits.

Mario built, in 1947, the new factory of the “City dell’angora”, around which grew a community, where the party was welfare and recreational cycle phase.

In the 1960s, he also founded the playground of the Città della Domenica it:Città della Domenica originally called Spagnolia and even today a destination for visitors.

With his son Hannibal (1927–1986), entrepreneur and president of Perugia Calcio, production diversified and the family created the sales network of Luisa Spagnoli shops; there are now more than 100 shops throughout the world, and the headquarters are still in Perugia.

In 1952 ‘Luisa Spagnoli Confezioni a Maglia S.r.l’ was established in conjunction with the beginning of production diversification: new items in different fabrics (merinfleur, honeycomb, wool and cotton jersey), some of which were patented by the Company (such as angolmere), flanked their traditional garments in Angora wool.

But above all, Luisa’s grandson had a prescient idea, which would come to be adopted decades later by the employees of the clothing division: that of creating a large number of subsidiary artisan businesses, managed mainly by personnel coming from the head office and by those having the know-how and the necessary technology.

in 1980 with the sudden passing of her father Lino, Nicoletta Spagnoli took the helm of the company. Under her guidance, a restyling process of the brand began with the creation of collections characterised by a more attractive image, without abandoning the positive qualities traditionally present in Luisa Spagnoli.

Under the guidance of Nicoletta Spagnoli, a process of restyling of the brand is begun through the creation of collections which are characterized by a fresher and more attractive image, without overlooking the positive qualities that are traditionally present in Luisa Spagnoli: an elevated intrinsic quality of the product, an offering of no overstated fashion characterisations, a great quality-price ratio, sophistication and class.


Nicoletta Spagnoli

Karina told me that there is a famous tradition in Italy as well. Most of the bride’s moms are shopping for daughter’s wedding event dresses at Luisa Spagnoli stores. All I can say it`s a great tradition that I would love to adopt for my own family.

This brand that has used the synergy between past, present and future with great care all these years is absolutely must have in true lady wardrobe.

Now days Luisa Spagnoli brand is very famous around the world. We are very pleased to have a new spacious and elegant boutique when you can feel  Italian atmosphere at Stanford Shopping center.

Big thanks to Karina for interesting story and all stuff who was working hard during the opening ceremony.

The new store is located at the Suite 1115 in the Stanford Shopping Center, at 180 El Camino Real.




First Luisa Spagnoli boutique in Palo Alto, California.

FAA approved car seats list for traveling with infants/toddlers.

Hello everybody. Summer time means traveling and vacations. We are will be traveling with our baby girl as well and I made a research about  car seats that you can use in aircrafts that approved by Federal Aviation Administration.

We bought a ticket for our baby for more convenient travel experience and because our flights are International. That means  we need a car seat. First at all, I want to share with you some rules that you should follow for your child safety.

There is link to Instructional video covering how to properly install a forward-facing child restraint in an aircraft instructional video

Do not place a child in a CRS designed for a smaller or larger child than indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions. The FAA recommends that a child weighing:


• From 20 to 40 pounds use a forward-facing CRS.

• More than 40 pounds use an airplane seat belt.

While booster seats and harness vests enhance safety in vehicles, the FAA prohibits passengers from bringing these types of devices on airplanes for use during taxi, take-off and landing.

They should be checked as baggage. Also, supplemental lap restraints or “belly belts” are banned for use in both airplanes and vehicles in the United States.

Before you take of check this requirements:

  • ✓  Make sure your CRS is government approved and has “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft” printed on it. Otherwise, you may be asked to check the CRS as baggage.
  • ✓  Measure the width of your CRS. It should fit in most airplane seats if it is no wider than 16 inches.
  • ✓  Ask your airline for a discounted fare. Many airlines now offer discounts of up to 50 percent for children less than two years of age. Purchasing a ticket for your child is the only way to guarantee that you will be able to use a CRS.
  • ✓  Reserve adjoining seats. A CRS must be placed in a window seat so it will not block the escape path in an emergency. A CRS may not be placed in an exit row.
  • ✓  If you do not purchase a ticket for your child, ask if your airline will allow you to use an empty seat.
    If your airline’s policy allows this, avoid the busiest days and times to increase the likelihood of finding an empty seat next to you.

✓ Ask your airline if they can provide a CRS for your child. If so, you may not be permitted to bring your own CRS on board and may need to check it as baggage.

✓ Arrange for your airline to assist you if you need help making a connecting flight. Carrying a CRS, a child and luggage through a busy airport can be challenging.

✓ Pack a bag of toys and snacks to keep your child occupied during the flight.

✓ And, of course, always use a CRS in your vehicle when driving to and from the airport—or anywhere!

The list of FAA approved car seats:

  1. Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible car seat.  Try this seat for a top-notch seat at an affordable price. Minimum weight recommendation 5 pounds. Maximum is 40 pounds. Item weight 12 pounds. Price  $49.99 Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat – Neptune
  2. Cosco High Back Booster, Windmill. Forward-facing with harness 22-40 pounds. Belt-positioning booster 40-80 pounds. Lightweight design for ease of traveling. Removable cup holder. 5-point harness with up-front adjustment. Price under $50 Cisco high back booster
  3. Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat, Seaport. 
    The guide 65 is a perfect fit for smaller cars and helps protect your child longer in both rear and forward facing positions. Rear-facing, it keeps them comfortable up to 40 pounds. Change the seat to a forward-facing position once they’re ready, and they’ll be snug in the 5-point harness all the way to 65 pounds. Price $76.49 Safety 1st
  4.  Graco Classic Connect 22 with EPS. Item weight 15.8 pounds. It measures 24″ x 17.25″ x 18″ when attached to the base. For children 5 to 22 lbs. or 29″ tall.
    Price $ 170
  5. Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat.It’s lightweight and built for travel with children up to 30 lbs. or 30″ in height. While lugging a car seat that is 9 lbs. Measures 24″D x 17″W x 22″H without base, weighs 9 lbs. without base. Price $199
  6. Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat. The Britax B-Safe weighs neligably more than the Onboard 35 Air at 9.2 lbs. without the base, and offers a protective steel frame and side-impact protection as well. The Britax B-Safe also features premium LATCH attachments with push-button release, and belt lock-offs for secure installation with safety belts. Price $168 Britax
  7. Maxi-Cosi PebblePebble Plus and Citi baby seats are officially approved to be used on aircraft.

I hope this information will help you. Have a safe flights.



May is skin cancer awareness month

Dear readers. The summer is around the corner. We should always think about our health. I want you remind about a simple rules as an esthetician about your skin protection. ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITH SPF 30+ up. Don’t forgot apply  SPF every day for your kids as well, it’s very important.

Skin cancer affects people of all ages. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Everyone, regardless of skin color, should take every precaution possible to protect themselves against the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Here are some reminders how you can stay safe in the warm summer months ahead:

  • Seek shade as much as possible, especially during the hours of 10am-4pm when the UV rays are the strongest.
  • Avoid tanning and tanning booths.
  • Cover up with clothing. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses whenever possible.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day. If you are going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, reapply every two hours. Remember, two tablespoons of sunscreen is necessary to cover your entire body adequately.
  • Examine your skin from head-to-toe every month. If you notice any changes to an existing mole or a new one that appears suspicious, schedule a visit with dermatologist  immediately.
  • Schedule your skin check with your dermatologist annually. Many forms of skin cancer can be successfully treated if diagnosed early. Be sure to schedule your annual skin check today if you have not had one within the last 12 months.

Stay healthy and positive.



Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years

Hello dear readers. If you are parents who prefer to give all vaccines for you child I would like to share with you recommended immunization schedule in USA. It’s absolutely easy to read and will give you idea how much vaccins your child can receive during the first 18 years of life.

You will find a Catch-up immunization schedule for persons aged 4 months through 18 years who start late or who are more than 1 month behind as well.





gerbermenu_headerAs a first time mom I haven’t any idea how to complete a menu for my baby when you are starting solids. It was a big question for me how much formula and how many ounces of solid foods my baby may need. I started research and found a great free tool on Gerber web site. You can customize a menu for your child along with counting all nutrition and make a shopping list. It’s so convenient. Even if you are making a food in food processor you can use it as a guide.

All you need is answer couple of questions about your baby date of birth and if she/he ready to take solids. I am very pleased with this tool and would be using for sure

Create your own menu here  gerber menu


Hope you will like this tool and please, share your ideas and  favorite recipes.



Great tool from “Gerber baby” for customizing and planning baby menu

Hello my beloved readers.

Today  I would like to write you about recent studies of American Academy Of Allergies about the early introducing solids to infants as a prevention of food allergies.

Public health and professional organizations fall into two camps when it comes to recommendations about solids foods: they either recommend starting between 4 and 6 months or at 6 months. There are well-respected organizations on both sides.


The World Health Organization (WHO),  recommends  that infants start receiving complementary foods at six months of age in addition to breast milk. They also make it clear that solid foods are important, as the period of late infancy is a time of rapid growth and development, and breast milk alone just isn’t enough for most babies. “Complementary feeding should be timely, meaning that all infants should start receiving foods in addition to breast milk from 6 months onwards.”

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel study. The needs for water, energy, protein, calcium and many other nutrients can be met by exclusive breast-feeding for six months. However, breast milk may not provide sufficient iron and zinc for some infants between the age of 4 and 6 months, and these infants will require complementary foods. Iron deficiency in fully breast-fed 6 month old infants is more likely to occur in boys and in infants with a birth weight of 2500-2999 g.

The Panel concludes that it is justified to assume that exclusive breast-feeding by well-nourished mothers for six months can meet a healthy infants need for energy, protein and most vitamins and minerals. However, nutrient intake and parallel anthropometric data after the age of 6 months are lacking.

However, several studies shows that early solid diet could increase a risk of obesity as well.

Scientific opinion and study

The expert panel from the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology recommends introduction of complementary foods between 4 and 6 months of age in breast-fed or formula-fed infants.

No current evidence suggests that the delay of introduction of solid foods beyond 4 to 6 months of age will prevent allergic disease. Delayed introduction of solid foods, especially the highly allergenic foods, may increase the risk of food allergy or eczema.

American Academy Of Allergies And Immunology recommends starting solids between 4 and 6 months based on some data  that this may decrease the risk of developing food allergies.


Most pediatric guidelines suggest first introducing single- ingredient foods between 4 and 6 months of age, at a rate not faster than one new food every 3 to 5 days.

Complementary foods in the United States are typically rice or oat cereal, yellow/orange vegetables (eg, sweet potato, squash, and carrots), fruits (eg, apples, pears, and bananas), green vegetables, and then age-appropriate staged foods with meats.

It is common for acidic fruits (eg, berries, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and vegetables) to cause, on contact with the skin, localized, perioral reactions that may include an erythematous rash or urticaria due to irritation from the acid in these foods and high levels of histamine-releasing compounds within the foods, respectively. These do not usually result in systemic reactions; therefore, delayed introduction of such foods is not recommended.

We do not suggest introducing one of the highly allergenic foods as one of the first complementary foods; however, once a few typical complementary foods (see above bullet) are tolerated, highly allergenic foods may be introduced as complementary foods.

Whole cow’s milk as the infant’s main drink, as opposed to cow’s milk-based formulas and other cow’s milk-based prod- ucts, such as cheese and yogurt, that are safe before age 1 year, should be avoided until age 1 year for reasons unrelated to allergic disease, that is, increased renal solute load, low iron content.

Whole peanuts and tree nuts, but not peanut/tree nut butters or other formulations, carry aspiration risk and should be avoided until the primary care physician feels they are safe.

How to introduce the highly allergenic foods

Few studies have examined the safest way to introduce highly allergenic foods. We recommend counseling parents to introduce them in the following manner:

The child can be given an initial taste of one of these foods at home, rather than at day care or at a restaurant.

Parents should be advised that for some foods, such as peanut, most reactions occur in response to what is believed to be the initial ingestion.

You can read  American Academy of allergies data here Primary Prevention of Allergic Disease Through Nutritional Interventions

How does starting solids affect the risk of allergies ?

According to Alice Callahan’s article (research scientist and  PhD in Nutrition)

 When babies start eating solid foods, new proteins bombard their GI tracts. The immune system needs to learn about these proteins and recognize them as acceptable passengers through the GI tract rather than pathogenic invaders. Food allergies represent a failure to tolerate these food proteins.

For allergies and some chronic immune diseases, there appears to be a sweet spot for when to introduce solid foods. One study found that children first exposed to wheat between 4 and 6 months (versus after 6 months) had a 4-fold decreased risk of wheat allergy.  Another found that children who first had cooked egg at 4-6 months had the lowest incidence of egg allergy, whereas those starting egg at 10-12 months had a 6-fold increased risk.

Either way, the research here suggests starting solids particularly these potentially allergenic foods  by around 6 months may reduce allergy risk.




The summer season is around the corner. Time to have fun with your precious little ones. If you are looking for some cool toys for your kids to spent more time outdoor,  please, read this article (…

Source: Top 5 outdoor toys for kids

Top 5 outdoor toys for kids

The summer season is around the corner. Time to have fun with your precious little ones. If you are looking for some cool toys for your kids to spent more time outdoor,  please, read this article (this list is my personal choice NOT associated with any affiliate programs and advertisment)

My top 5 list:

 #1 Melissa & Doug

Tootle Turtle Tent


Perfect as an outdoor shelter for kids. Very bright and fun.

Description: Turn any room into a Sunny Patch adventure land with this easy-to-set-up tent. The bold graphics invite children to enter the turtle’s “shell” for hours of fun!


  • Enough room for two or more children
  • Easy to assemble
  • Made of durable polyester
  • Surface cleanable
  • Measures: 58 x 18 x 18 inches
  • For ages 3+ years

Material: Tent

#2. Geo Space

Jumparoo Deluxe Bungee Boing Jump & Squeak Pogo for Kids 3+


The Deluxe Bungee Boing foam bouncing toy is the squeakiest, easiest pogo ever! A perfect “starter” pogo for ages 3 years and up. Soft sturdy foam, a bungee cord in place of a fixed stick, and a comfortable padded handle bar for endless jumping! Goes “squeak!” with each bounce, encouraging little ones to keep on going! Can be used indoors or out. Pogo sticks are a long-time childhood favorite that are a fun way to expend that endless energy, as well as keep physically active. Pogo jumping exercises a child’s endurance, coordination, strength and balance.

When a child advances in balance and coordination, and reaches a weight of at least 40 lbs, check out our Boing JR or full size Jumparoo Boing spring pogos. We offer multiple options, available right up to 160 lbs limit for teens/adults. Also see our extreme pogo, the JackHammer, available in two sizes.

Item #11161
Package Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 6 inches
Age 3 years & up

#3. Bigmouth inc.



Donuts, YES, PLEASE!

Count your calories that you will spent in pool or in ocean and the can eat real donuts without any gilt. Be sure you will attract attention. Check other designs as well

  • over 4 feet wide!
  • durable vinyl holds up to 200 lbs
  • easy to wipe down, inflate/deflate, and store
  • a great gift for a sweet tooth and pool owners
  • also available in a strawberry frosted color way

#4. Poof

POOF Chuck-O Splash


sq-0X0873-Chuck-O-SplashMore great time with family and friends in pool. What can be better?

AGE: 8 Years

SKU: 0X0873

#5. Elite sports equipment

Elite Ring Toss – #1Toss Game for Kids


Tossing games are very great for kids as well for adults. 

  • PLAY ANYTIME, ANYWHERE Our ring toss game can be played indoors or outdoors; Free carrying bag lets you take it with you on vacations, picnics and anywhere else!
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR FAMILY FUN Our ring toss game set includes five durable 42cm x 5cm x 1.8cm rings plus the sturdy wood ring board with point markings on the pegs
  • PUT YOUR HAND-EYE COORDINATION TO THE TEST This game is tons of fun for adults and helps kids development.





Top 5 outdoor toys for kids

Birth Control Pills without prescription available in California.

What a great news I would like to share with you today. Welcome to the 21st century. I am happy for all women in Cali, Washington and Oregon. You can obtain a Brith Control pills, over-the-counter …

Source: Birth Control Pills without prescription available in California.