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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – It’s back to school for several school districts over the next few weeks and that means it’s time to purchase school supplies.

Lifestyle expert Susana Franco joined News 8’s Heather Myers with a look at some of the latest school supplies on the market from companies who are focusing on giving back to their communities.

Here are a few of the supplies featured in this segment:

Sydney Paige: This company’s mission is to not only develop community awareness but provide children with the essential tools they need in order to receive a proper education. Through their Buy One/Give One program, Sydney Paige donates a matching bag filled with school supplies to a child in need every time a purchase is made.

ZizzyBee:  Reusable, washable, clear zippered mesh storage bags. They come in several sizes to hold everything, from snacks, toys and sports equipment.

Humble Brush: Toothbrushes designed and developed by dentists in Sweden.

Handcrafted HoneyBee: Empowering girls to dream big with each of their Create-Your-Own Skin Care Kits. In every box comes an activity that will help grow her interest in STEAM and critical thinking.

SmartGurlz: Self-balancing robots and action dolls are encouraging young women to become tomorrow’s programmers. Is she interested in the latest tech? Or does she struggle with math concepts and how they apply to her own life? With SmartGurlz, girls ages 6 and up will learn to see science, technology, engineering, and math in a different way.

EcoVessel: Stainless steel water bottle. The EcoVessel SCOUT is lightweight and will fit in most lunchboxes and you don’t have to worry about BPA, phthalates or liners.

Vessel: Elegant, everyday tote.

Read more and watch video at CBS8

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Final product #find of the day and another #sweet #giveaway for you, friends!

Have you heard about these @zizzybeebags? They are causing quite a storm, and I just received mine this week! I love how it’s so #versatile–not sure what I will use it for yet (it works for EVERYTHING!), but I am leaning towards a #travel #toiletry #bag–makes it so easy to see everything without having to dig when on a #trip! Best news? One is up for grabs here for one of you!

To enter: like this post, follow @MeredithSpidel and @zizzybeebags and tag a friend in the comments who would love to win a bag!

Read more at @MeredithSpidel

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Recently, I keep finding myself needing a bag, not a big bag or a small bag, just something in the middle, that can hold what I need it to hold, and be easy to look through to find what I put in there. I am loving the new bag from ZizzyBee!

ZizzyBee bags are the perfect size. They hold everything I need when I need it, so far I have been using my bag for :

  • The beach (sunscreen, lotion, my phone)
  • The store (coupons, phone, shopping list and pen)
  • School (snacks, pens, pencils)
  • Park (notepad to draw on, pen and pencil and markers)

ZizzyBee Bags help you store and organize just about anything…from toiletries, diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter! These handy compact reusable bags are convenient for every part of your life. Pack snacks and toys for road trips to grandma’s, or for those wet swimsuits after a day at the beach.

Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for all your home storage and travel needs.

You can purchase a ZizzyBee Bag online here for $19.99 for a set of 3 bags!
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

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ZizzyBee creates innovative, reusable, and washable zippered mesh storage bags. They’re see-through, so you’ll always know what’s inside. They come in several sizes to hold everything, from snacks to toys and sports equipment.

They’re accented with bright colors and patterns, a far cry from boring plastic bins. And because you can use them over and over, you won’t be adding to the world’s waste by using resealable plastic bags.

ZizzyBee is perfect for getting those toy sets with seemingly thousands of tiny pieces off your floor and in one easy to find place. They’re great for toting your child’s bathing suit, sunscreen, toys and towel to the beach. And they’re just right for on the go snacks.

If you’ve got stuff, ZizzyBee can help you organize it!

ZizzyBee’s Favorites:

  • Large 3-pack – This set of 3, 12” by 12” bags is perfect for art supplies, beach gear or toiletries for travel. You can pick 3 matching bags or 3 different colors.
  • Mix 3-pack – Comes with 2 large bags and 1 small 9” by 9” bag, use it for makeup, crayons or anything small that needs a home.
  • Small 3-pack – This set of 3, 9” by 9” bag, use it for makeup, crayons or anything small that needs a home.
  • Dirty laundry bag – Great for traveling and storing all your dirty clothes or tote your sports gear to the park.

About ZizzyBee:

Like most parents, Lisa Paul loves her kids, but she can do away with the clutter that comes with them. She wanted a practical, child safe, well-designed, earth friendly solution and she found it.

She found the solution by inventing the ZizzyBee collection of washable, reusable, see-through mesh storage bags.

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ZizzyBee creates innovative, reusable, and washable zippered mesh storage bags. They’re see-through, so you’ll always know what’s inside. They come in several sizes to hold everything, from snacks to toys and sports equipment.

They’re accented with bright colors and patterns, a far cry from boring plastic bins. And because you can use them over and over, you won’t be adding to the world’s waste by using resealable plastic bags.

ZizzyBee is perfect for getting those toy sets with seemingly thousands of tiny pieces off your floor and in one easy to find place. They’re great for toting your child’s bathing suit, sunscreen, toys and towel to the beach. And they’re just right for on the go snacks.

If you’ve got stuff, ZizzyBee can help you organize it!

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Large 3-pack – This set of 3, 12″ by 12″ bags is perfect for art supplies, beach gear or toiletries for travel. You can pick 3 matching bags or 3 different colors.

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Mix 3-pack – Comes with 2 large bags and 1 small 9″ by 9″ bag, use it for makeup, crayons or anything small that needs a home.

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Small 3-pack  – This set of 3, 9″ by 9″ bag, use it for makeup, crayons or anything small that needs a home.

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Dirty laundry bag – Great for traveling and storing all your dirty clothes or tote your sports gear to the park.

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About ZizzyBee:

Like most parents, Lisa Paul loves her kids, but she can do away with the clutter that comes with them. She wanted a practical, child safe, well-designed, earth friendly solution and she found it.  She invented the ZizzyBee collection of washable, reusable, see-through mesh storage bags.

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I love our ZizzyBee Bag! Since school has started, we have bits and pieces of supplies all over the house and in the car. Instead of being left in just any nook or cranny, I gathered up a few essentials to store in our bag to keep in the car. It keeps the clutter at bag and the kids always have what they need!

Read more at Lynchburg Mama.

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…from diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter! These handy compact reusable bags are convenient for every part of your life. Pack snacks and toys for road trips to grandma’s, or for those wet swimsuits after a day at the beach.
Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for all your home storage and travel needs.

Read more at Faithful Baby

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“I’m a mom with 2 kids and was tired of using ziploc bags. I couldn’t find a bag that was see-through that wasn’t plastic. I wanted a bag that had a zipper and handle (not a draw string) that was easy to hang and close. So I decided to create my own and ZizzyBee Bags was born.

When you have kids, you have stuff. Your home, car and self become a receptacle for an ever-growing collection of toys, diapers, swim goggles, baby clothes, you name it. That mess may threaten to hijack your home, but ZizzyBee you can help you control the chaos, corral the clutter and organize your everything!

ZizzyBee creates innovative reusable and washable zippered mesh storage bags. They’re see-through, so you’ll always know what’s inside. They come in several sizes to hold everything from snacks to toys to sports equipment. They’re accented with bright colors and patterns, a far cry from boring plastic bins. And because you can use them over and over, you won’t be adding to the world’s waste by using resealable plastic bags.

ZizzyBee Bags are perfect for swim gear, snacks, toiletries, art supplies, toy storage and the list goes on!”

Read more at Redtri

Just like you and just like me, our dear Earth isn’t getting any younger. As a result, we need to nurture it and take care of it, and that’s exactly what founder Lisa of ZizzyBee Bags felt when she aimed to create a alternative to plastic bags.

ZizzyBee bags are an alternative to the plastic bags, bins and boxes you are constantly going through trying to keep organized. These eco-friendly, mesh bags are washable making them perfect for activities of all kinds!

Discover more at zizzybeebags.com.

CLICK TO READ FEATURE about the best eco, travel bags.

If you enjoy dressing up in costumes for Halloween, you’re probably aware of the growing trend for groups of family members or friends is to wear complimentary costumes. People are choosing group costumes from their favorite movies, TV shows, and books. Most of the entertainment options geared toward children make great Halloween costumes, so look at these ideas for enlightenment when you decide on one for your family. Here are some of my favorites.

1. The cast of Despicable Me

Your kids have probably seen this movie and will love playing their part. (Credit)

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2. Batman and his villains

The cool part about this idea is that there are dozens of characters in the Batman universe to dress up as, so everyone in your family can be included (grandma, grandpa, etc.) no matter the size of your family. (Credit)

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3. The cast of Nintendo’s Mario

Every kid old enough to understand Halloween has probably played one of the Mario games. There’s a large selection of characters to choose from, so invite your friends as well. Also, that bomb costume is the cutest thing ever. (Credit)

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4. Aliens from Toy Story

This is another great costume because everyone can be included. It doesn’t matter if your family has four people or ten, everyone can play one of the aliens from the claw game. If you’re really crafty, mom or dad can play their godlike “claw.” (Credit)

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5. The cast of The Hunger Games

This costume is best if you have older children who have read the books or seen the movies (and understand them well enough – they’re made for preteens and teens). Plus the costumes aren’t immediately distinguishable, so you’ll have to stay together for other people to understand, but it’s still a great group costume. (Credit)

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6. The Lord of the Rings cast.

If you have toddlers with you, this is the perfect group costume. Dress them up as little hobbits with hairy feet and short tunics. Mom and dad can play the heroes (the rugged adventurers or elegant elves), and anyone else you bring along can play a devilish orc. (Credit)

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7. The Star Wars cast.

Star Wars is a staple franchise of anyone’s childhood. Whether you’re seven or forty-seven, you probably saw one of the films in the theater, played with the toys, or read some of the books. Everyone can relate, so it’s the perfect Halloween costume with plenty of characters to choose from. (Credit)

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Written By Lisa Paul Heydet of ZizzyBee Bags

At ZizzyBee, we believe children bring fun and whimsy to our lives…along with the need for organization of hundreds of teeny, tiny little toy parts. And like most moms, we believe it is important to keep organized while using products for our children that are safe, washable, well designed, and practical. With this in mind, full-time single mom and entrepreneur Lisa Paul Heydet, saw a need and created ZizzyBee Bags.™

ZizzyBee Bags eliminate the need for baskets and bins and makes toys portable and travel a snap. The attractive see-through, reusable storage bags look good hanging from a hook or stacked in a diaper bag or suitcase. Keep children’s rooms organized by storing toys and clothes in ZizzyBee Bags. With two different sizes to choose from, you can use ZizzyBee Bags to keep items organized in desks, closets and more. They are easily packable and transportable for vacations, gym and work, road trips, school, grandparent’s house, playdates, strollers and so much more.

Interested in writing a guest blog for ZizzyBee? Send your topic idea to pr@zizzybee.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. ZizzyBee makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

October is SIDS Awareness Month and parents are encouraged to learn more about the risk factors involved in SIDS and what steps they can take to prevent it. SIDS is defined as the death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly and cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. Scientists have learned a great deal about SIDS over the last years and SIDS cases have decreased drastically, but there are still over 4,000 kids that die unexpectedly each year with no known cause.

The leading theory is that SIDS affects babies with an undetected condition (such as a respiratory or heart vulnerability) combined with an environmental stressor (such as an obstructed airway). Babies born prematurely, have a young mother (under 20 years old), or experience a life-threatening event early in life are at a higher risk for SIDS. There’s no way to prevent SIDS entirely, but you can work to make your baby’s chances of avoiding the syndrome as low as possible.

When parents better understand the risks involved with SIDS, this can help to reduce future infant deaths.  Here are five tips on how to help reduce the risk of SIDS along with how to make sure you are swaddling baby correctly and safely.

1. Always place baby on his back to sleep.

Many studies have found that there is a higher incidence of SIDS among babies who are placed to sleep on their stomachs. It is thought that sleeping on the stomach narrows the baby’s airway and causes difficulty breathing. There is also a possibility that an infant sleeping on his stomach is “rebreathing” his own exhaled carbon dioxide. Baby must be put to sleep on his back throughout the first year of life. Swaddling helps baby sleep on their backs and helps prevent sleep-deprived parents from placing baby on their stomach to sleep.

2. Keep baby’s crib clear of blankets and toys.

You never want to put blankets, comforters, bumpers, stuffed toys or pillows anywhere near the baby while he is sleeping. Baby’s head and face must remain free of any blankets or coverings. If using a blanket, make sure it gets tucked around the mattress but a tight fitted sheet is best. By keeping the crib clear it can prevent rebreathing and suffocation. Bumper pads should also be avoided as they can be a potential risk of suffocation or strangulation.

3. Practice safe swaddling.

Pediatrics study suggests that babies who are swaddled experience a more restful sleep than unswaddled babies and can awaken more easily in response to noise, potentially decreasing the risk of SIDS.

For safe swaddling parents should always:

  • Use a swaddle where baby can have good hip range of motion; swaddling too tightly can cause hip dysplasia.
  • The preferred sleeping position for babies is the “hands over heart” position; use a swaddle that does not pin baby’s arms to the side. Babies (and especially babies with colic) can self-sooth and settle by using their hands and fingers in the natural “hands to heart” position just like babies do in the womb.
  • Use a swaddle that will not unravel- this prevents blankets from becoming lose and covering baby’s face. There are swaddles that do not even require wrapping!
  • Don’t over-swaddle baby or double swaddle- overheating baby is linked to SIDS. The new Woombie Air is the first breathable swaddle that regulates baby’s body temperature by allowing excess heat to escape. (Another tip, use a fan in baby’s room to maintain airflow. Plus, the white noise sound the fan creates will help baby sleep!)
  • When baby begins to roll, it’s no longer safe to swaddle. To transition baby to arms-free sleep, take one arm out of the swaddle at nap time and then when baby is used to it, try it at night time.  Take out the other arm and remove the swaddle completely gradually.

4. Keep baby at a comfortable temperature.

You don’t want baby to get too warm while sleeping so it’s best to keep them somewhere that’s room-temperature and don’t excessively clothe them. It has been suggested that babies who get too warm go into a deeper sleep making it more difficult for them to awaken. KidsHealth.org suggests keep the room at a temperature that feels comfortable for an adult in a short-sleeve shirt.

First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival, says, “When a healthy baby becomes overheated their brain recognizes the problem and attempts to correct it. When a baby predisposed to SIDS overheats, nothing happens to correct the situation.”

5. Place baby on a firm sleep surface.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, SIDS is sometimes called “crib death” and while cribs themselves don’t cause SIDS, the baby’s sleep environment can influence sleep-related causes of deaths. It’s important to use a safety-approved, firm mattress covered with a fitted sheet and avoid placing baby on a pillow, waterbed, couch, chair or other soft surface. This can help prevent smothering or suffocation. You can check the safety of your baby’s mattress or crib by contacting the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov.

While the exact cause of SIDS remains a mystery, we’re closing in on a solution. The number of SIDS deaths has declined by 50% since 1990, but more work is needed. You can help by donating to the American SIDS Institute and helping us share these tips.

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