Archive | October, 2013

Babies vs. WaitStaff : Protecting baby at a Restaurant

26 Oct

Not surprisingly, I was stunned when the burning hot water from the tea mug drip-dripped onto my leg. As I moved back I was more concerned with hot liquid so close to my baby… my fear was realized as I saw the waiter put the same mug at the corner of the table within easy reach of my baby’s fast hands!

Unfortunately or not, my fear turned to anger quickly… I moved the tea as I looked up at the waiter, who had just finished apologizing and asking if I was OK. I couldn’t contain myself, “I’m fine, but you have really got to be more aware of hot liquids when you have babies at a table! Do not place hot liquids in front of a baby!!”
Our own server was at the ready for our order… I looked at her and reiterated my concern. Having children, herself, she assured me she understood! I took a breathe, looked at my hubs holding our baby and picked up the menu… but I still couldn’t concentrate and instead asked for a minute.

Just when I thought I was “OK” I realized that emotionally my nerves were frayed… my eyes teared up and when I looked at my sweet boy’s face, my eyes welled. I asked my hubs how he felt and he agreed with my actions.

You see, we were at a favorite breakfast place on the Peninsula of the Bay Area… we’d sat at this corner table before and I didn’t like that it was so close to the coffee/tea/hot water station. This morning I figured it was alright, since baby would be in a highchair at the other side of the table. Then we had this occurrence…

In other area restaurants I’ve had to address this concern, I was just helping the waitstaff become aware of serving/delivering hot dishes to a table with a baby sitting at it. After this occurrence, I will, indeed, continue to educate waitstaff on this particular safety issue!
We love going out to eat and we like to be respectful diners. We take it upon ourselves to ‘pick up’ after our baby when we are done eating, we strive to keep baby happy and if he’s fussy will take him for walk… we, also, move utensils and other items out of baby’s reach… there is, now, just one more aspect of eating out that we will be diligent with!

I write and share this blog post in the hopes of providing a bit of awareness to this topic for other parents and for the waitstaff that do not know how quickly kids can move and pull things off a table!

Take Care!

Thankfully, the waitstaff and management were not surprised at my reaction… they were understanding and generous in their offer to pay for our complete breakfast.

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Bring on the cool design! CitrusLane September ’13 Review

16 Oct

Wow, our September Citrus Lane! box was really awesome and beautiful!

Citrus Lane is a local Bay Area Peninsula company and I could not be more happy with their service!

Upon signing up, we provided age and gender of our little one and now receive a wonderful box of age-appropriate goodies every month!  September was an awesome box with great designs that greatly pleased my Graphic Design trained hubs! !

Here’s a look inside Citrus Lane’s September 2013 box :

~ A Charley Harper book :
WOW!  Absolutely gorgeous! We received the “123s” book,  Hubs pulled this book out of the box and said, “I love the design of this book!”… I knew we were getting a Charley Harper book, but I had no idea what to expected! I’m in love… this is one of my favorite of baby’s board books, luckily he likes it as well!
As an added bonus, Citrus Lane had beautiful artwork printed on the inside of the box! They recommend opening the whole box and letting baby color it in… then it can be wall art OR fold it back together and be a colored toy box! Awesome!

~ A wooden push toy by Hape Toy  :
Hee hee! So adorable! We received a little Baby Tiger push toy… Bean was already starting to push toy cars around… so it was fun for him to see this in his box! Hape Toys makes eco-friendly toys from sustainable materials! So cool!

~ Playful Wash from Episencial :
YUM! This smells delightful, a light citrus scent. It’s easy to use, because it rinses nice and clean off of baby. It leaves Bean’s skin soft and his hair looks so silky, yet it’s completely manageable! It’s really quite a nice product! Apparently, it’s the “#1 Organic Wash chosen by Hospitals”… that, of course, is quite impressive!

~ Soothing Cream from Episencial :
This is a nice, light, and unscented lotion. I used it as an all-over body cream on Bean after bathing with Playful Wash, it left his skin hydrated, but not greasy! It would be a perfect cream for when his little feet and hands get a bit dry.   It was created to comfort irritated baby skin with Neem, Calendula, and Probiotics.

~ Nail Color by Julep :
Lovely! I received the Coco color, deep and gorgeous! I LOVE that they have a Quiz to determine your best suited nail color and style profile… I was Boho Glam… what are you!?
I love having a nice nail and a facial day once a week at home… but with my new little one, my time is not as available as it once was… typically I’d just go for a nice buffed nail, since being a Jeweler gets to my nails/hands… but the colors at Julep AND the fact that they are Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde resin free is pretty tempting, to be sure!! 🙂

If I had purchased all these items individually… I’d have spent more than $45, not including shipping & tax.
We, also, received great coupon codes for almost every company/item represented in the box!

As always, we are excited for October’s box!!!!
It’s so fun watching my guys’ (hubs and boy) open the Citrus Lane box every month! :)

Receive $10 off your own order here!

Kai Citrus Lane Sept 001