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Smarty Pants Mama: December 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Recall Wednesday - How to Wire book and boy's vest!

Happy New Year!
Below are the CPSC recalls I received this past week. Please be sure to review the information provided. All information below comes directly from the listserve emails sent by the CPSC. Please see the CPSC website for further, more detailed information.
Smiles :-)
Smarty Pants Mama



Name of Product: Wiring a House, 3rd Edition and Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish Instructional Books
Hazard: The books contain several errors in the technical diagrams that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.
Description: The recall involves the 3rd Edition of Wiring a House. The paperback book's cover is white and yellow and has a photograph of a man wiring a panel. ISBN #978-1-56158-942-5 is printed on the back cover. Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish is paperback and has a green, black and white cover that shows hands wiring an electrical wall receptacle.
Sold at: Home improvement stores, book stores, and various other retailers nationwide from February 2008 through November 2008 for about $25.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09078.html


Name of Product: Boy's Reversible Vests
Hazard: The zipper tabs on these vests fail to meet the children's torques test standards, posing a choking hazard to children.
Description: This recall involves the "Ruff Hewn" reversible vests for boys sold in toddler (style # F821235) and 4 through 7 sizes (style # F841235). The vests are brown and reverse to a camouflage print. "Ruff Hewn" is printed on the tag found in the left pocket of the brown side and on the price tag. The style number is printed on the price tag.
Sold at: Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers, and Carson Pirie Scott stores nationwide and Parisian in the Detroit area from July 2008 through November 2008 for about $30.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09079.html

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Recall Wednesday - ski bindings, steel drum, crib, carousel, snow globe, hooded jacket, childrens jewlery, and high chair!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Below are the CPSC recalls I received this past week. Please be sure to review the information provided. All information below comes directly from the listserve emails sent by the CPSC. Please see the CPSC website for further, more detailed information.

Smiles :-)
Smarty Pants Mama

Name of Product: Foursquare Hooded Jackets
Hazard: The jackets have a drawstring through hood which poses a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts..
Description and Models: This recall involves the Foursquare hooded jackets with drawstrings in boys and girls sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL. The jackets come in various colors and patterns and have a logo showing four adjacent, vertically offset squares on the sleeve, waist, breast and/or back of the jacket, depending on the specific model.
Sold at: Snowboard, ski and sportswear stores nationwide from June 2008 through November 2008 for about $125.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09072.html


Name of Product: Jumbo Snowman Snow Globes
Hazard: When exposed to sunlight, the snow globes can act as a magnifying glass and ignite nearby combustible materials, posing a fire hazard.
Description: This recall involves a Hallmark Jumbo Snow Globe in the shape of a snowman with model number 1XAG5093 and UPC code 795902066666. The snow globe measures 11 by 12 by 17 inches. The model number and the UPC code can be found on the back of the hangtag.
Sold at: Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide from October 2008 through November 2008 for about $100.
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09073.html

Name of Product: Candle-Powered Carousels
Hazard: The candle holder placement on the base of the carousels is too close to the structure, allowing the candle flame to come in contact and ignite different parts of the carousel, including the fans, trees and deer, posing a fire hazard.
Description: The recalled candle carousels are made of yellow pine and stainless steel and measure about 9 inches in diameter by 13 inches high. The candle measures about 4 inches high. The candle carousels generate heat which rotate the fan blade and can cause the center platform to spin. The carousel is made of wood with cutouts of trees and deer.
Sold at: Gardener's Supply retail stores in Burlington and Williston, Vt. and Gardener's supply catalog distributed nationwide and on the internet at http://www.gardeners.com/ from September 2008 through November 2008 for about $30.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09074.html

Name of Product: Newport Rubbed Black 4-in-1 Cribs and Matching Furniture
Hazard: The red paint which is underneath the black finish paint on some of the cribs and matching furniture exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested by young children lead can cause adverse health effects.
Description: The recalled cribs and furniture are made of wood and have a rubbed black finish. Only the "Newport Rubbed Black" cribs and matching furniture manufactured in Indonesia between April 2006 and November 2008 are included in this recall. The model number, date, and country of manufacture are printed on the label attached to the side panel of the crib and the date of manufacture is on the back panel of the furniture. Models listed below are included in the recall:

Model and Name
7900 Newport Lifetime Crib
7918 Hutch for Combo & Double Dresser
7915 Mirror
7908 Combo
7902 Nightstand
7907 Conversion Kit for Lifetime Crib
7905 5 Drawer Dresser
7929 Armoire
7975 Guardrail for Lifetime Crib
7906 Double Dresser
7914 Bookcase
7901 Newport OldeWorld Crib

Sold at: Specialty furniture stores nationwide from April 2006 through November 2008 for about $600 for the crib and the matching furniture pieces were sold between $700 and $1,000. Additional accessories were sold for about $170.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09075.html


Name of Product: Calypso Steel Drum
Hazard: Surface paint on the recalled toy drums contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard..
Description: The recalled steel drum is made of steel and comes with two wooden drum sticks and a wooden stand. The sides of the drums are painted red. The drum pan is painted black with silver markings to show the location of notes. Each rim is stamped with a #5 or #6. Not all drums stamped with a #5 are affected by this recall.
Sold by: Mail order catalogues, Web sites and retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through December 2007 for between $50 and $100.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09076.html

Name of Product: Alpine Ski Bindings
Hazard: The heel housing of the bindings can crack, causing the binding to release unexpectedly. This can cause the skier to lose control or fall and suffer injuries.
Description: The recall affects the heel components of the following Atomic alpine ski bindings: Race 310, Race 412, RaceRace 310, RaceRace 412, Xentrix 310, Xentrix 311, Xentrix 412, C310, C311, C412, CR 310, CR 412, R 310, R 412, SX 310, SX 412, Device 311, Device 412, Centro 310, Centro 412, and Dynamic ADX 312, RD10, X412, Centro 412. The recall includes only those bindings manufactured from 1998 through 2002 The year of manufacture can be located on the underside of the heel lever.
Sold at: Authorized Atomic USA ski dealers nationwide from 1998 through 2005 for between $150 and $350.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09077.html

Name of Product: Evenflo Majestic(tm) High Chairs
Hazard: Plastic caps and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, posing both fall and choking hazards to children. Plastic caps and screws that become loose and fall out can cause the seatback to suddenly fall back or detach from the high chair. Children can fall out or collide with objects and suffer broken bones, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached plastic caps and metal screws also pose a choking hazard to children.
Description: The recall involves Evenflo Majestic(tm) high chairs made before January 23, 2007. The recalled high chairs have the following model numbers: 3001395A, 3001583, 3001633A, 3001669, 3001700A, 3001713, 3001713A, 3001730A, 3001732, 3001732A, 3001733, 3001742, 3001742A, and 3001756. The model number and production date can be found on a white label on the seatback. "Evenflo" is printed on the label and on the push button on the front of the tray.
Sold at: Juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory and Shopko, and on-line at walmart.com from January 2006 through May 2007 for between $80 and $110.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09069.html

Name of Product: Children's Jewelry
Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Description: This recall involves eight styles of silver-colored metal jewelry: flower ear ring, three flower pendant, necklace with red flower and metal leaf pendant, and miniature sandals in aqua, purple, green, orange and turquoise.
Sold at: Small retail stores and kiosks in Honolulu, Hawaii from April 2008 through November 2008 for between $2 and $5.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09071.html

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Last Minute Gift Purchase - Best Buy Ideas and Geo Cashing

Have you ever heard of geo cashing?? Imagine a scavenger hunt using navigational points early Christmas morning in search of the gifts left by Santa!!?? How much fun! Enjoy this video below to learn a little about geo cashing and some other techy-type gifts!!! I think they are perfect for a Smart Mama home!


Smiles,

Smarty Pants Mama



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And the winner is.....Mtlgrl4evr!!!

And we have a winner!!!! The winner of the Smarty Pants Product of the Week Giveaway is Mtlgrl4evr!! Congratulations!!!! I am certain that you will have a special little munchkin who will love to make yummy cupcakes using the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker!!!

Mtlgrl4evr said...
I love Christmas cookies with icing!
December 19, 2008 9:39 PM

Thank you to the very many readers who participated in the giveaway! This week had the 2nd greatest number of entries!!!

Smiles,

Smarty Pants Mama...a.k.a Caroline
Winner selected via Random.Org
Here are your random numbers:106
Timestamp: 2008-12-22 01:55:09 UTC

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Last Minute Gift Purchase - Peek

Hope everyone is enjoying the last frantic weekend before Christmas!!! Have the stores been crazy by you!!!???

With such a tremendous number of you sharing interest in last week's Smarty Pants Product of the Week, Peek, I wanted to share some great news I received today.

Per an email I received from Amol Sarva, Peekster-in-Charge...
..if you still haven't ordered that perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season, it's ok! As long as you order your Peek before 3:30pm EST on Tuesday, December 23 and select Overnight Shipping we can get it there for you.
We also have discounted pre-paid service plans, so if you want to give Peek with 1, 3 or even 12 months service already paid, you can also do that at
www.getpeek.com/friends.

Hope this helps a Smart Mama reader find the perfect gift!!!
Your Smart Mama Caroline

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Recall Wednesday - electric blower & fireplace insert

Below are the CPSC recalls I received this past week. Please be sure to review the information provided. All information below comes directly from the listserve emails sent by the CPSC. Please see the CPSC website for further, more detailed information.

Smiles :-)

Smarty Pants Mama



Name of Product: Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers
Hazard: The blower's impeller, which is a rotating component on the blower, can break, resulting in pieces of plastic flying out of the blower. This poses a risk of serious injury to the user or a bystander.
Description: The recall involves Toro Power Sweep electric blower model 51586 that was manufactured between 2000 and 2002. The recalled units have serial numbers that range between 000055100 and 220255609. There are two decals on the main housing of the blower. One decal reads, "TORO Power Sweep" and the decal on the opposite side of the blower contains the model number and serial number (shown by the letter "A" in the picture below). The recalled units can be identified by a black impeller fan, which can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit.
Sold through: Toro dealers and various mass retailers nationwide including The Home Depot, Lowes, Target and K-Mart stores from January 2000 through late December 2002 for about $32.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09062.html


Name of Product: Napoleon Propane Gas Fireplace Inserts
Hazard: Delayed ignition due to a build-up of propane gas can cause the insert's glass cover to break, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
Description: This recall involves Napoleon propane GDI44 gas fireplace inserts. Model number GDI44 is located on the front cover of the operating instructions or on the rating label found behind the right side panel next to the insert's viewing glass. The glass size is 36" wide and 22" high. Napoleon natural gas GDI44 inserts are not affected by this recall.
Sold at: Authorized Napoleon fireplace hearth dealers nationwide from July 2002 through September 2008 for about $2,000.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09063.html

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Smarty Pants Product of the Week - Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker

Product
Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker
Smarty Pants Review
Little girls LOVE to be just like mommy. There isn't a time when I'm cooking in the kitchen and my munchkin doesn't want to help and stir! It's so cute. The Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker is just perfect for the little one's who have an interest in cooking and especially an interest in sweets! What kid doesn't! This product is great for parties, sleepovers, expressing creativity - great to be like mom in the kitchen!
Why is it a Smarty Pants of Product?
Easy and safe to use and it can entertain children and their parents for hours on end! Quality ingredients!
Retail Value
$29.99
Website
Purchase at all Major retail stores like Amazon, Toys "R" Us, Wal-mart, Kmart, Target!

Smarty Pants Product Giveaway
Product: Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker
Retail Value: $29.99
Entry Dates: Today - Sunday, December 21, 2008, 12:00 PM EST
Winner Announcement: Sunday, December 21, 2008 via blog posting and email.
How to Enter: Share your favorite holiday "sweet" food item!
Additional Entries: Earn up to 3 more entries by posting additional comments (entries) to let me know you have:
  1. subscribed to my blog
  2. posted the SmartyPantsMama.com button on your site! (please include blog address)
  3. Blog or Twitter about this giveaway or this blog on your blog! (please include blog address)
Other Tiny Details: Product will only be mailed within the 48 continental states. One entry per person. I will contact the winner via e-mail by Monday, December 22, so please be sure I know how to get in touch with you if you win!!! If no contact info is provided it automatically disqualifies your entry. Winner selected by Random.org.

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And the winner is.....Jenn S.!!!!!

And we have a winner!!!! The winner of the Smarty Pants Product of the Week Giveaway is Jenn S.! Congratulations!!!! I am certain that you will enjoy using Peek to keep in touch with your husband!!!

Jenn S. said...
The best way to get ahold of my husband is via email. For some reason he gets email before voice mails on his pocket PC. Would love to be able to get in touch with him even when I am out and about.


Thank you to the very many readers who participated in the giveaway!
I hope you all become regular readers!
Smiles,
Smarty Pants Mama...a.k.a Caroline

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Recall Wednesday - doll clothing and Army figure

Below is the CPSC recalls I received this past week. Please be sure to review the information provided. All information below comes directly from the listserve emails sent by the CPSC. Please see the CPSC website for further, more detailed information.

Smiles :-)

Smarty Pants Mama


Name of Product: Groovy Fashions(tm) Sassy Jammies(tm) Doll Clothing Sets
Hazard: Surface paints on the pajama pants contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard..
Description: The recalled doll clothing set features a two-piece pajama set, eye mask and slippers. The pajama top is pink satin and the pants are dark brown with multiple-colored flowers printed on them.
Sold at: Mail order, Internet and specialty gift stores nationwide from January 2008 through October 2008 for about $12.
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09059.html

Name of Product: Army Figures
Hazard: Surface paint on the face of the Army figures contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Description: The recall involves 7 ½ inch tall plastic toy Army figures. The figures are dressed in Army fatigues and have guns.
Sold at: Dollar type retailers and OKK Trading's Web site http://www.okktoys.com/ from June 2008 through September 2008 for about $1.5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.okktoys.com/ (pdf)

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09060.html

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Smarty Pants Product of the Week - Peek

Product
Peek
Smarty Pants Review
Want the portability of checking your email on the go but don’t want to subscribe to some hefty data package for your phone? If so, Peek could be exactly what you need! Over the past month I have thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with my SmartyPantsMama email while getting my haircut, at the grocery and even sitting in the car waiting to pick the munchkin up from nursery school. It’s great! I can honestly say that it is SUPER easy to set up, a sure sign that it is SUPER easy to use. To test my theory, I used my not so tech savvy mother as a guinea pig. She was able to easily check and respond to an email in just 2 minutes - proving that Peek is truly a Smart Product for Smart Moms!!!
Why is it a Smarty Pants of Product?
I really see Peek as a budget-minded mom’s tool. It’s not a $300 phone with a $50 monthly charge. While some of us may want or even need all the bells and whistles, Peek gives us simply stated and accessed email. Just perfect!
Retail Value
$99 for the device and $20/month for no contract subscription!
Website
http://www.getpeek.com/

Smarty Pants Product Giveaway
Product: Peek
Retail Value: $99
Entry Dates: Today - Sunday, December 14, 2008, 12:00 PM EST
Winner Announcement: Sunday, December 14, 2008 via blog posting and email.
How to Enter: Share how Peek could help you be a Smart Mom!
Earn up to 3 more entries by posting additional comments (entries) to let me know you have:
- subscribed to my blog.
- posted the SmartyPantsMama.com button on your site! (please include blog address)
- Blog about this giveaway or this blog on your blog! (please include blog address)

Other Tiny Details: Product will only be mailed within the 48 continental states. One entry per person. I will contact the winner via e-mail by Monday, December 15, so please be sure I know how to get in touch with you if you win!!! If no contact info is provided it automatically disqualifies your entry. Winner selected by Random.org.

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And the winner is..... Valerie2350!!!!

And we have a winner!!!! The winner of the Smarty Pants Product of the Week Giveaway is Valerie2350! Congratulations!!!! I am certain that you will enjoy sharing Alphabet Circus with a special Munchkin!

Posting #6



It looks like your extra entry paid off!!! Congrats!

Thank you to the very many readers who participated in the giveaway!

I hope you all become regular readers!

Smiles,

Smarty Pants Mama...a.k.a Caroline


Winner selected via Random.org
Here are your random numbers:6
Timestamp: 2008-12-07 17:37:28 UTC

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Recall Wednesday - stockpot and hockey helmet

Below is the CPSC recalls I received this past week. Please be sure to review the information provided. All information below comes directly from the listserve emails sent by the CPSC. Please see the CPSC website for further, more detailed information.
Smiles :-)
Smarty Pants Mama


Name of Product: Century Cookware Stainless Steel Stockpots
Hazard: The stainless steel pots have metal handles that can detach during use, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.
Description: This recall involves the 8-quart, 12-quart, 16-quart, and 20-quart Century Cookware Stainless Steel Stockpots with glass lids. "Century Cookware" is marked on the front and on the bottom of each pot.
Sold at: All Ocean State Job Lot stores throughout New England from July 2008 through October 2008 for between $12 and $25.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09057.html

Name of Product: Hockey Helmets
Hazard: The helmet's chinstrap can unexpectedly disengage while in use. If this happens, the helmet can fall off, posing a head and neck injury risk to consumers.
Description: This recall involves RBK and CCM brand hockey helmets. Helmets included in this recall have a HECC sticker with date code JUN - 2013. HECC stickers and model numbers are located on the back of the helmets. Models included in the recall are:
Sold at: Sporting goods stores nationwide and Internet retailers from May 2008 through July 2008 for between $80 and $200.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09058.html

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A spoonful of sugar...

We all learned from Mary Poppins that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down! But what other ways do you know to get the medicine down? My little 2 year old munchkin is dealing with a nasty cold and absolutely to refuses to take her tiny teaspoon of Tylenol. Her doctor recommended putting it in chocolate syrup. This has worked like a charm but when I used the same trick at 11 PM, I couldn't help but wonder the impact of the 2 spoonfuls of chocolate syrup on a 2 year old - is that why she wouldn't fall asleep until 1 AM????
So, Smart Mamas, what are tricky, sly ways of getting the medicine down?

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