Things We Like by Local Moms
Connecting With Grandparents
The need to stay connected with grandparents has never been greater. But technology can be challenging for some older folks. Bay Area moms Jennifer Rhodes and Rotem Skurnik last fall launched San Francisco-based Grandy to help. The subscription service works on computers, tablets and mobile devices and offers content specially designed for kids and grandparents, including interactive games, storytelling interviews, easy-to-use messages and video dates, and more. Basic memberships include a telephone concierge to help grandparents set up and use the platform, and premium levels include additional support. FREE trial; subscriptions from $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year. grandy.com.
Tooth Fairy Magic
Tired of scrambling for cash after you child loses a tooth, unsure whether your local Tooth Fairy’s going rate is a dollar bill or a twenty? Lafayette mom Shannon Cahoon created Hold the Magic to share her family tradition of leaving special treats instead. Each set includes three golden pouches filled with tiny treasures, including a little note from the Tooth Fairy – to be read with a minuscule magnifying glass – encouraging the recipient to dream big, be kind and take good care of their teeth. $29.95. holdthemagic.com.
When her first child was born, Angie Ting found it hard to find eco-friendly, organic and hypoallergenic soft toys. So Ting, from a family of experienced toy makers, set out to make her own, and Apple Park was born. Ten years later, the San Francisco toy company continues to turn out whimsical stuffed animals and dolls for imaginative play, plus adorable organic baby clothes, rattles, teethers and more. $17 each; Ziggy Zebra rattle, $11. applepark.com.
What started as a struggle to find fun shoes for her daughter Cassidy – who was outgrowing kid shoes but not quite ready for grownup ones – has turned into a boon for Danville mom Kim Reid. Her made-to-be shoes are comfortable, durable and customizable, with interchangeable twist-on embellishments from buttons to flowers to rhinestones and charms. Sneakers and flats are available for boys, girls and women – perfect for mom-and-me looks. From $44. made-to-be.com.
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