by Janine DeFao
New Life for Old Strollers
Got a gross stroller that needs some serious TLC? Check out Stroller Spa, a full-service shop with nationwide locations including San Francisco, San Jose and Los Gatos, founded by San Francisco mom Jamie Mamikunian. Stroller Spa will strip away the crud and mildew from the dirtiest car seats and strollers and hand-clean them to gleaming perfection. On our test stroller, Mamikunian even extracted a ready-to-hatch spider sac. Stroller Spa can also tune up and make repairs on brakes, suspensions and chasses, and offers stroller and car seat rentals. $15-$125 for cleaning; $10-$18 a day for rentals. www.strollerspa.com.
Is “make an earthquake kit” one of the things on your to-do list that never gets done? Don’t let another Loma Prieta anniversary pass by. Get PrepareUs to do it for you. The San Francisco firm, whose co-founder lost his home in the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, offers a three-day emergency survival bag that exceeds FEMA guidelines for food, water and earthquake necessities from flashlights to first-aid kits, as well as a step-by-step preparedness guide. The company will alert you as supplies expire and replace them at cost. $395.45 for a four-person bag. www.prepareustoday.com.
Welcome fall with an “over-the-top” headband for your fashionable girl from Twinsanity Designs. Fremont mompreneur – and mom of 2-year-old twins – Eileen Burns-Jin crafts gorgeous, fun hair accessories for any season or occasion. Custom headbands to match an outfit, favorite sports team or hobby are also available. Mention Bay Area Parent for 10 percent off your first order. $7-16. www.facebook.com/twinsanitydesigns.
Get the latest recall information at your fingertips with Recalls Plus, a free app for iPhones and Android smart phones. Recalls Plus, from software maker SAP, compiles thousands of recalls from four major U.S. government agencies. You can customize “watch lists” by your children’s ages, by product or brand, or by food allergen. It’s also available as a Facebook app. www.recallsplus.com.
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