5 products we loved this month

Strong is the New Pretty Wall Calendar

One of the joys of January is getting a new calendar and looking at 12 months of possibilities stretching out before you. This calendar, adapted from the book of the same name, is extra joyful because its pages feature different girls – of all shapes, sizes and ages – doing things that demonstrate the true meaning of “girl power.” If the future is female, these girls are our leaders, climbing trees, taking photographs, looking through microscopes. And the quotes from these wise little women will make you feel just a little bit better about 2018 and beyond.


Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies

The novelty of back-to-school season is long gone, the magic of the holiday season has worn off and summer vacay is still a little too far out of reach. It’s right about this time that parents find themselves in a rut. Specifically, a snack rut, when even tried-and-true faves are looking dull. Emmy’s Organics is a simple and delicious way to switch it up and make lunchtime or after-school snacktime exciting again. Made with only the best organic ingredients, these tiny coconut-based treats are gluten-free, vegan and soy-free. Flavors include Chocolate Chip, Dark Cacao, Lemon Ginger, Raspberry, Vanilla Bean and Peanut Butter. Plus, they conveniently come individually wrapped or in a 3-pack, making them a great grab-on-the-go option as well.


“Dear Girl,”

Chicago children’s author Amy Krause Rosenthal wrote more than 30 picture books, but she passed away before this collaboration with her daughter, Paris, was published. “Dear Girl,” provides advice and wisdom to the girls in your life, empowering them to be the smart, strong, silly, complicated people they were born to be. (Personal favorite: Dear Girl, Do you know that there is no such thing as asking too many questions??) The mixed media illustrations are charming, fun and accessible to all ages, though it’s recommended for 4-8. And knowing that the book is actually a love letter from a mother to daughter just makes it all the more touching and bookshelf worthy. It would also make a great Valentine’s gift.


Crunchies freeze-dried fruits and vegetables

Let’s get real, with everything parents have going on in their lives, finding time to make sure they are getting their recommended weekly servings of fruits and veggies often falls pretty low on the priority list. So when brands like Crunchies come along, and make doing just that not only easy, but yummy, too? It’s a given that parents are going to love it. Crunchies’ unique freeze-dried process maintains much of the original nutrients, flavor and color of the produce. And with no added sugar, it’s guilt-free! Crunchies comes in eight different varieties of fruits and vegetables, including mangos, beets and cinnamon apples.

$17.99 (6-pack)

Passback Composite Football

You’re among friends, so you can admit that sometimes – just sometimes – you get tired of playing catch with your sporty kids. That’s where these brilliant footballs come in: one side is slightly flattened, which means it boomerangs right back to the thrower – without the need for a throwing partner. The composite material feels just like a real football and comes in four different sizes (Peewee, Junior, Youth and Official) that will help get their spiral into NFL form. Watch your back, Trubisky!


Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Since 1984, the Chicago Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for Chicagoland families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.
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