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Who else abides by these rules when holiday shopping for their littles??
When you have a big family, shopping can become overwhelming, and EXPENSIVE!
Paring down the gifts to four each has helped SO much.

What are YOUR go-to shopping rules???

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Little Town

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Little Town
It’s a quiet village, but Belle would love to wander these streets with a dreamy, far-off look and her nose stuck in a book!!! Designed by PAXbaby and created by Smitten, Little Town is a tencel cotton blend. Babywearing is a “tale as old as time,” and it’s time that you join the cosplayers who are enjoying blending their hobbies into one. Cornflower blue and cream invoke images of our own Beauty in her provincial town waiting for her Prince Charming in Chapter Three. Wraps, slings, totes, and scarves are all available NOW at PAXbaby.com!!!!
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Little Town was inspired by Jillian from PAXbaby’s love of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Smitten is thrilled to help bring her beloved classic to life in this fantastic silky soft Tencel blend!

What is tencel?

Tencel or lyocell is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics. Tencel fibers are grown sustainably and eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fiber processing, using new sustainable technologies.

But what does it feel like?

Quite honestly it feels soft, dang soft. Cannot get enough of this combination of lightweight glidey and ruggedness! The bell blue tencel fiber creates a soft almost glidey feeling which will slide those wrap passes into place with ease! This is a great all around combination for those wanting to use the same carrier for their newborn and 3 year old!

Vital Stats

Appropriate for full-term newborns through pre-schoolers
Color: bell Blue Tencel & ecru cotton
Material: 52% tencel & 48% cotton
Fabric Weight: Medium (Approx 267g/m² pre-wash)
Fabric Width: 30″ post wash (1+/-)
Arrives loomstate – aka needs to be washed prior to first use
Why Smitten?

Ethically and responsibly woven and finished in the USA.
Shipped in recycled and biodegradable packaging
A portion of the profits from all Little Towns goes to Habitat for Humanity
Each Smitten comes with a gently used book saved from the landfill
Smitten has passed voluntary ASTM F2907-14b and flammability testing and is lab certified to be free of heavy metals and phthalates
6 month warranty
Sizing

Size 3 – 3.2m
Size 4 – 3.6m
Size 5 – 4.2m
Size 6 – 4.6m
Size 7 – 5.2m
Size 8 – 5.8m
Width – 29-30″ POST-WASH

Please note this is wider than traditional newborn wraps and will require some rolling of the top rail to accommodate those squishy little beings! We believe all wraps should be on the wider side of life so it can grow with your precious little person all the way through preschoolers.

Care Info

Initial Wash – Machine wash on cold with color safe detergent and tumble dry on low heat

All subsequent washes – Machine wash on gentle cycle in cold water and tumble dry low. Once dry, we recommend steam ironing the wrap to soften it and prevent creasing

Please note: some cosmetic flaws are possible. These might include skipped threads, or large floats and are not considered flaws or safety concerns. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

All images of this products are for representation purposes only. Please be aware that the final product in hand may have slight variations in color and texture when compared to the product photo.

**There will be no returns on these wraps and please allow time for shipping
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Read Aloud with The BFG

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Our newest adventure in #readaloudrevival is Roald Dahl’s The BFG in which the Giants drink an amazing beverage called Frobscottle.  I challenged each of the kids to design their own magical elixir! The results were varied, but everyone stated that their concoction was “rare!” Some were tasty, some not, and three of them had the magical ability to fill you up for the whole day; wouldn’t that come in handy! My focus with the older kids this year is GRAMMAR, so they each wrote a paragraph about their imaginary beverage. This challenged a couple of them to think outside their usual “box,” and drew out the sillies from the others who love to get creative in their writing! I love watching their vocabulary improving daily as well as their use of interesting sentence structure!
#homeschool #homeschooling #learnathome #secondgenerationhomeschooler

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School is around the corner!!

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Well, it is that time of year again! With the start of September comes…BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!
This year, all three PAXmoms are homeschooling!
For those of you that are homeschool vets, we would LOVE to see how YOUR school runs! Where do your kids do their learning?
Which curriculum do you follow? Do you un-school? Co-op? How do you wrangle and entertain your babies and toddlers while your older ones are schooling?
Email us at help@PAXbaby.com, and share your pics and ideas with us!

Those of you who are just getting started, we thought that we would share more of our own PAXmom-homeschool stories, and photos with you this year! We will let you all know what WE are up to throughout the year, you know, besides bringing you all amazing babywearing rainbows and such. ;)

 

We hope you all have an awesome back-to-school!!!

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Read Aloud Revival

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I’m a huge bookworm, but I don’t have much time for pleasure reading. What I do make sure to have time for is to read aloud to my littles.  A favorite activity in my house is to all snuggle in my bed – queen size! – and listen to mama read aloud. Picture books, chapter books, bring on the books, we read them all! Because of this family habit, it is my belief that my children will grow up to love books as much as I do, and that makes me very happy.As the new school year approaches, we’ve been discussing the addition of a few new To Do’s for the older kids to keeep life spinning smoothly during our school day. One of Lucy’s new chores will be the wonderful task of setting up our mantle in a delightful library style; I chose a few topics for September and compiled a book list for each one. The books we don’t have will be fetched from the library, or ordered from amazon thanks to school funding! I’ve also asked her to augment the arrangement with props and decorations!

#booknerd #readaloudrevival #homeschool #charlottemason
 
Sept 11 – Grandparent’s Day
The hello, goodbye window by Norman Juster
40 uses for a grandpa by Harriet Ziefert and Amanda Haley
Grandparents’ Day by Nikki Tate and Benoit Laverdiere
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomi DePaola
Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney
Spot Loves His Grandpa by Eric Hill
Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke and Paul Howard
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada and Elivia Savadier
Grandpa’s Face by Eloise Greenfield
 
Sept 15 – Robert McCloskey’s birthday
One morning in Maine
Blueberries for Sal
Make way for ducklings
Bio video http://childrensbooks.about.com/video/About-Robert-McCloskey.htm
 
September 16 – H.A. Rey’s birthday
All Curious George books + on our shelf
 
September 19 – “Talk Like A Pirate Day”
A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade by James Preller and Greg Ruth
All pirate books + on our shelf
 
September 22 – “Hobbit Day”
All Tolkien + on our shelf
 
September 23 – First Day of Autumn
Peepers by Eve Bunting
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Pieces: A Year in Poems and Quilt by Anna Grossnickle Hines
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt y Steve Metzger and Miki Sakamoto
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell
Seed, sprout, pumpkin, pie by Jill Esbaum
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
Fall Leaves Loretta Holland
 
September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month
The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Niño wrestles the world by Yuyi Morales
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
Dear Primo by Duncan Tonatiuh
Separate is never equal : the story of Sylvia Mendez and her family by Tonatiuh, Duncan.
Portraits of Hispanic American heroes by Juan Feliipe Herrera
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
A Movie in My Pillow / una pelicula en mi almohada by Jorge Argueta and Elizabeth Gomez
Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day by Pat Mora and Rafael Lopez
The rainbow tulip by Pat Mora and Elizabeth Sayles
Yum! mmmm! quu rico! : Americas’ sproutings by Pat Mora
 
Can’t wait to show you her displays! There will be plenty of pictures, don’t worry!
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Nurturing a love for books!

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Reading with your child is a small investment with a HUGE pay off! Reading the same book over and over teaches directionality and provides comfort, & the repetition of the story leads to deeper assimilation of the content.  So the next time you are ready to pull your hair out from reading that same Sandra Boynton book “just one more time,”  just remember that you are helping your child’s vocabulary, their sense well being, and their love for literature!

Reading a book to your child can take only a few minutes, but cultivating that love of books will be wonderful later. My oldest children are 11, 9 and 7 years old now and will happily spend hours reading to themselves and to their younger siblings! Take the time to read to your child today, and tomorrow you AND your child will be so happy!

A few of our personal favorites are : If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Policeman Small, The Hungry Caterpillar, and Make Way for Ducklings! What are your family’s top choices of young children books???

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Holiday Gift Giving Made Simple.

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Who else is giving their children these four simple gifts this Christmas??

It is so easy to get carried away with holiday shopping, that it is easy to get overwhelmed (you AND your children). This simple list helps you keep your buying on track, after all… Christmas is about so much more than just the gifts.

What are YOU excited about this season??

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PAXbabies LOVE reading!

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ALL of the PAXkids LOVE to read.

We need NEW children’s book recommendations, please and thank you!!!

Which are your family’s faves???

Do you read nightly to your children?

We really do try to take the time out to read group stories with our little ones, and then individual books geared toward their age level as well.

Reading is SO important, and such a great habit to pass on to your kids.

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