Maria Plasterer My Pick of the Pack

Welcome to My Pick of the Pack

I hope to share my perspective on well designed products, great services and other tips that can make life with small children a little easier and safer. I only post about products or topics that I truly believe in. I encourage you to read my disclosure to see why you can trust my site. [read more...]

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Swim Goggles for Kids: Aqua Sphere Seal Kid

Swim Goggles for Kids: Aqua Sphere

The best features of Aqua Sphere goggles for kids include the Quick-Fit kid friendly buckle system which is really easy for young kids to loosen and tighten with the press of a button and pull of the straps, [read more...]

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CTA Holiday Train

CTA Holiday Train: 2012 Schedule

Catch a ride on the CTA Holiday Santa Train. What a great time getting a picture with Santa right there on the Linden St. ‘L’ platform, followed by a colorful & musical ride to Belmont, complete with elves and candy canes [read more...]

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Kids' Step Stool: Baby Bjorn Safe Step

Kids’ Step Stool: Baby Bjorn Safe Step

The Baby Bjorn Safe Step is the perfect all-around safe and lightweight kids step stool for the bathroom when one step up is required. This step stool has a great rubber non-slip top surface in addition to a non-slip underside. It’s a very stable and sturdy design with [read more...]

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Organic Stuffed Animals: Fair Indigo Racky the Raccoon

Organic Stuffed Animals: Fair Indigo Joobles

The Joobles are a collection of organic stuffed animals. They are hand-knit at small Peruvian cooperatives with organic yarn and Oeko-tex certified safe dyes. They are incredibly soft [read more...]

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Kids' Sun Hat: Flap Happy Floppy Hat with Ties sq

Kids’ Sun Hat: Flap Happy Floppy Hat with Ties

The Flap Happy Floppy Hat with Ties is an adorably floppy and bright kids’ sun hat. The extra wide brim is a full circle which most sun hats don’t offer, and is what accounts for the “flop” [read more...]

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Waterproof Bibs: Bumpkins SuperBib

Waterproof Bibs: Bumpkins SuperBib

With the fast drying waterproof bibs by Bumpkins I only need one bib for each kid. I simply wash off the SuperBib in the kitchen sink, hang it on a hook with the pocket flipped inside out, and it’s dry [read more...]

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Travel Cooler: Igloo Hard Liner Cooler

Travel Cooler: Igloo Hard Liner Cooler

This is such a great travel cooler. It has a leakproof soft sided design with a hard plastic removable liner, which can easily be removed for cleaning. It stands upright for packing [read more...]

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Oaklee's Guide: Parent Guide Chicago Metro

Parent Guide Chicago Metro: Oaklee’s Guide

Don’t forget about Oaklee’s Guide if you’re a parent in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Oaklee’s Guide is a great resource for all sorts of family activities, including coupons [read more...]

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Toy Storage Containers: Ikea Kusiner Box

Toy Storage Containers: Ikea Kusiner Box

Legos all over the living room floor? I can’t think of an easier way to quickly pick up a whole bunch of toys, small parts and all. Ikea Kusiner Boxes are small storage bins which come in 2 sizes [read more...]

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Fruit Pouches: Materne GoGo squeeZ

Fruit Pouches: Materne GoGo squeeZ

GoGo squeeZ squeezable fruit pouches are a huge hit with our kids for those times when we must resort to the “car snack”. I am the first to say that I’d rather have my child eat a real apple [read more...]

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Princess Storybook: Princess Bubble

Children’s Storybook: Princess Bubble

In this princess tale, you won’t find any damsels in distress, wicked stepsisters or evil spells. In the Princess Bubble modern day princess story, each princess defines her own happiness [read more...]

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