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Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 02:01 PM
posted by mrscaz

I nursed all three of my boys for the first 6 months then incorporated the formula to satisfy the need for constant feeding while growing constantly out of their britches. Because I chose to breastfeed, I was able to save money, apply convenience because it is always accessible, comforting for the baby and very healthy for the mother mentally and physically. I believe the economic benefit of breastfeeding would be for the social services and assistance programs such as WIC (Women Infants & Children Program) and the EBT Food Stamp Program by decreasing the amount spent on formula and allow those funds to be spent on food for the mom to keep up a healthy milk supply for an ever-growing infant when ready to feed.

Now it has been a few years since I have had to buy formula but the last that I checked the cost is now upwards of $18-$40 a can depending on the digestive system and allergies of the little ones and that probably lasts about a week or so… so multiply the purchase of one at the common price of $28 and 48 weeks for the first year which will total $1,344. That’s a lot of money for some. Breastfeeding will allow that money to return to bills, healthy food for family, car payment?
In addition to raising their immunity and increase of mothers serotonin levels, you may be eliminating some expensive doctor, hospital and medication costs given the fact breast milk contains antibodies that formula just can’t provide.
 b1f bf bfs bfsss
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On the Cover of a Magazine

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 10:03 PM
posted by mrscaz

IMG_5848Sort of, but not really… Ok, so we aren’t on the cover of the magazine, but our kids belts are on the inside of the magazine!

You can see our spread in Baby Maternity Retailer here on page 28. You can also see it by simply scrolling down a little bit…

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See how easy I made that for you? I’m such a giver! I’m really excited about the exposure we will gain from this magazine. You know me, I’m all about branding. I want Dapper Snappers to be a household name (aren’t you shocked that it isn’t already, me too) and this puts us another step closer to that dream. And really, what better market than baby & maternity? I mean we do make a pretty awesome baby/toddler product and… ahem… we also make a fantastic maternity belt as well!

In this article, we chose to talk about how we are making this product in the USA. That’s always been one thing that has been very important to me. I have always wanted everything that we produce to come from the USA so that we would be helping out the economy. In addition to our day to day employees, we also work with a local behavioral health service to help package our product. How cool is that?

 It still amazes me when I sit back and think about how we started this in our garage. I was in charge of sourcing materials, manufacturing, shipping, distribution, etc, and by that I mean I went to the store and bought the elastic and snaps, came home sewed, capped and packaged everything in the garage, boxed it up and then delivered them to local stores. My… we’ve come a long way, baby!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Time for Change

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 04:03 PM
posted by mrscaz

Time for change

 

With everyone talking about the time change and springing forward, I figured I would too! Here at the kids belts office we are springing forward and felt it was time to change our look.

Yep, you guessed it, we have changed our packaging and it looks great! You should start seeing the new packing in a store near you soon.

After numerous designs and several prototypes, we finally decided on one and we couldn’t be happier! The new packaging is enclosed in clear case with a window that showcases the color or pattern.

newpackageThis is the packaging that will take us to the next level at trade shows and with larger retailers. It’s polished, sleek and very modern. We wanted to go for a look that shows off what Dapper Snappers are while still being practical and space saving. We did a soft launch with our Canadian distributor and their retailers have had nothing but great things to say about it. As of March 1st, this is the packaging that has been sent out to all US stores who place a new order. Have you seen it in your local Dapper Snappers retailers, yet?

So what do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

 

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I’m so excited, and I just…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 02:02 PM
posted by mrscaz

Ah, you get the point… So, why am I so excited? Because Dapper Snappers kids belts won another fantastic award!

Family Magazine has announced that Dapper Snappers Original Toddler Belts has won a 2014 Family Choice Award. Dapper Snappers is a toddler belt that only goes around the back three belt loops of the child’s pants, shorts or skirt. It consists of high quality suspender elastic and durable snaps.  The “Family Choice Awards” recognize the best in children’s and parenting products. Now in it’s 19th year, the “Family Choice Award” is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer award programs in the nation.

Winning this award is such an honor! As a business that always puts family first, it means so much to us to be recognized by an organization that is family centered.

Family Magazines’ continued mission is to seek out and discover those elements that enhance a family’s lifestyle and create memorable experiences. “The creativity and extraordinary imagination utilized to develop new products and enhance existing products for the benefit of consumers, continue to amaze our distinguished judges and staff. We want to convey our gratitude and recognition to Toddler Tech USA for producing Dapper Snappers Toddler Belts, an extraordinary product that makes a positive difference in the lives of our families.” Candace Evans, Chairperson, Family Choice Awards.

The last year and a half has been so exciting around here. We have won 3 Awards (Family Choice Award, PTPA Award, Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award), we have signed with two major distributors (KidCentral Supply and Treasures 4 Bubs) and are in talks with more, and we were featured on the Steven & Chris Show and Baby Zone courtesy of Disney. This year is and will be even more amazing! We are gearing up for brand new packaging, even more trade shows and magazine appearances!
Thank you all for making all of this happen! If we didn’t have loyal fans singing our praises, we wouldn’t have made it this far!
Blessings,
Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor
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How do you come back?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 11:07 AM
posted by mrscaz

Is it true that there is no such thing as bad publicity? Well, let’s just say that here at the kids belts office, we don’t want to risk it.

By now, you have probably gotten wind of the Golden Corral story. If you haven’t, here’s a local clip explaining what happened.

Ouch, that’s a pretty damaging story and the original video has gone viral. How does a restaurant gain back the trust of it’s customers? Obviously, there are two sides to every story, but right now, there’s not a lot coming out from Golden Corral, other than the manager was fired for improper food storage. Here’s a statement from the Golden Corral Facebook page:

I don’t think that passing the blame is the answer. I think that firing the manager is a start, but blaming the guy who blew the whistle doesn’t seem like the right move. He may not have gone about it correctly, but if this was an ongoing problem, maybe he thought it was the only way. Maybe he was just out for the fame, but if the food hadn’t been by the dumpster in the first place, there wouldn’t have been a story. Also, if it was an unscheduled inspection, how did the manager have time to get the food out to the dumpster? And why was it still in pans on the racks instead of in garbage bags?

I don’t know, no matter whose side you take, you have to admit that they have a PR nightmare on their hands. Since the video came out, I have driven by the Golden Corral in question and the parking lot has been deserted and let me tell you since the restaurant opened not even a year ago, the park lot has always been over-flowing.

Here’s who I feel bad for, the current employees, especially the servers who work for tips. No matter what the restaurant chose to do, the employees are now the ones suffering.

I think that it will be interesting to see how this story unfolds and how quickly Golden Corral bounces back.

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Look ma, no hands!

Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 11:06 AM
posted by mrscaz

Did you see Nik Wallenda tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon last night? Sounds like the beginning of a joke, huh? Well, it’s not, in case you haven’t heard. (Not sure how you could miss it, everyone is talking about it!)

He really did it last night, and I tell you, it was a nail-biter. My assistant, Jen, even posted about it on the kids belts Facebook page.

“Aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona on Sunday.

Wallenda performed the stunt on a 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon. He took just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him and the rope swayed.

“Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God,” he said about 13 minutes into the walk.

Wallenda didn’t wear a harness and stepped slowly and steady throughout, murmuring prayers to Jesus almost constantly along the way. He jogged and hopped the last few steps.

The event was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.” CBS News

 

Wow, talk about crazy! I can’t even climb a ladder without getting a little nervous, let alone even think about attempting a similar feat at even 10 ft off the ground. Think about the focus he must have had. (I won’t even talk about my focus, look squirrel!) One misstep and it would have been over and not just the stunt, but his whole life. I’m just thoroughly amazed at this but at the same time I can help but think, “why on earth would you want to?” Well, when he was asked he said, “I’m carrying on a legacy, this is in my blood…” Wallenda said afterwards. “It’s such a huge honor to be able to carry on the legacy in a huge fashion like this.”

Speechless, I’m just speechless…

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Earth Day – 5 Tips

Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 12:04 PM
posted by mrscaz

Happy Earth Day from all of us here at the kids belts office!

In honor of this holiday (is it really a holiday? Shouldn’t someone be giving me gifts or something?), here are some simple tips on how to be more green.

  1. Flip the switch: Yep, just turn of that light when you leave a room. Also, if you have a room that gets great natural lighting, don’t turn on a light at all! (Bonus tip: change out all of your light bulbs for those low energy ones that last forever and save money, too!)
  2. Tap water: Did you know that the bottled water industry sold 8.8 billion gallons of water in 2010, generating nearly $11 billion in profits and the energy required to produce and transport these bottles could fuel an estimated 1.5 million cars for a year. According to treehugger.com 1500 plastic water bottles are used EVERY SECOND!!! Wow, all that just to have someone else fill up a bottle for me and slap a label on it. Make a commitment to make this small change: Fill up your own water bottle! Yes, it is that easy!
  3. Peddle Power: No, not “flower power”, peddle power. Try to start eliminating one car trip a week by riding your bike. Headed to the store down the street for a few things? Ride your bike instead of turning the key. It’s a small change that can add up!
  4. Be a Bag Lady: Bring your own bags to the grocery store or farmers market. You eliminate the waste of plastic or paper bags, plus some stores, like Target, give you 5¢ off your total for every bag you use. Bonus!! Save the Earth and save money!
  5. Up-cycle: This one is my favorite. Instead of buying new and getting the same thing that everyone else has, go thrift shopping! Get something gently used and make it your own with a new coat of paint, or a coat of furniture wax. Same goes for clothes. I have been to thrift stores where the clothes on the racks still have the original tags! Bring it home and wear as is, or add your own touch, change up that t-shirt into a tank. Pinterest has tons of ideas on up-cycling clothing!

There you have it, now start hugging some trees and make everyday Earth Day, after all, it’s the only planet we’ve got!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Find the Good

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 11:04 AM
posted by mrscaz

There are no words that can express the sadness and compassion I feel for the victims of the bombings yesterday. At times like this, it’s so easy to focus on the bad and the negative. However, at times like these, more than any other, we need to be focusing on the good. I love the quote above from Fred Rogers. We need to see the good that will come out of yesterday. The first responders who rushed in, without regard for their own safety, to care for the injured. The good Samaritans who volunteered to help. Let’s focus on the heroes, not the criminals.

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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We won!

Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 01:03 PM
posted by admin

Won what? You ask? Well, we won the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Award!

PTPA Media announced that Dapper Snappers earned the PTPA Media seal of approval. PTPA Media has North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 40,000 parents and was rated the Most Trusted Seal by 22,000 parents.

When I invented Dapper Snappers kids belts, I had not only the child in mind, but also the parent, so this award, selected by parents, is a huge honor. I am thrilled that so many parents love our product. I never dreamed we would come this far! I mean, really, I started sewing these in my garage, but then again, Hawaiian Tropic was also started in a garage and look how far they have come!

When you see the PTPA Winner’s Seal you know that it is evidence of a products excellence from having been evaluated by unbiased parent testers. Dapper Snappers was among many entries from across North America competing to earn the PTPA™ Seal. Independent parent volunteers evaluate products in their own homes to ensure that PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience – not on commercial considerations. As a result, the PTPA Media™ Seal has quickly gained recognition as an international leader in certifying consumer products for quality, effectiveness and value.

Our retailers love that we have won this award and new stores are recognizing it and jumping on the Dapper Snappers bandwagon. Isn’t that great? So the next time you are visiting your favorite local children’s store, be sure to ask if the carry the “AWARD WINNING” Dapper Snappers!
Blessings,
Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor
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