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PHONE SCREENSAVER APP FOR KIDS HANDING YOUR PHONE to your preschooler can be a gamble, especially since they could accidentally send an email or text, or even post to your social media pages. If they find your phone on their own, they can lock you out with one too many incorrect passcode entries. Enter Lockitz!, a $4 lock screen app that provides farm, sea or space themed scenes complete with sound effects on the lock screen. “Every parent I know has had that moment where they had to race after their kid and grab a cell phone out of their hands,” says app creator Melanie Lefkowitz. “Lockitz! gives them the peace of mind that their kids are enjoying themselves and learning something, and their data and phone access is protected.” getlockitz.com
NEW TRAY OFFERS SHOPPING CART SAFETY SOMETIME THIS YEAR, we’ll all surely venture back to the grocery stores with our little helpers in tow. A new product has been designed to help keep toddlers safe and entertained when they are riding in the shopping cart. Buggie Huggie was invented by Nichole Clark after her son hit his head after falling from a cart. The $40 tray helps keep toddlers from standing up while in the car and gives them space for entertainment, including toys, snacks and drawing supplies. “As parents everywhere face decision fatigue from months of quarantine with their little ones, we are passionate about reducing their stress of running errands in-store with their toddlers,” says Jack Clark III, Buggie Huggie chief stewardship officer. buggiehuggie.com
AUDUBON NETWORK HELPS COLD-STUNNED SEA TURTLES THE GULF OF Mexico is a popular destination, especially in the winter months. That’s true for people and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, which migrate to our warmer waters in the fall. Thirty of the endangered sea turtles that didn’t make the migration in time, suffered hypothermia or cold-stunning, and washed up on the beaches of Cape Cod. However, the turtles got to hop a flight to New Orleans for rehab at the Audubon Coastal Wildlife Network. “We were more than happy to jump in and offer our help with the rehabilitation of these sea turtles,” says Gabriella Harlamert, Audubon marine mammal and sea turtle stranding, rescue and rehab coordinator. The turtles will be released in the Gulf once they’re healthy.
DESIGN YOUR OWN OREO FOR A UNIQUE TREAT NOTHING BEATS AN Oreo cookie (or seven) with a tall glass of milk, but imagine the experience with an Oreo you designed yourself. The sandwich cookie company has a new program, Oreo ID, which allows customization of the beloved Oreos. Using their website, you can choose the flavors, icing colors, fudge dips, sprinkles and even add your own personalized images and text to them. Prices vary based on your choices, starting at $2.50 per cookie, and the minimum order is 20. The online ordering interface is easy enough for kids to get in on the action, and it could make for a fun project, a unique gift, or simply something to look forward to when your cookies get delivered to your doorstep as the pandemic winter continues to roll on. oreo.com/oreoid-1 16
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