Friday, July 11, 2008

Some Cool Stuff

Here's another way cool product! My friend Kristyi (yes, I spelled it that way on purpose. She can't decide if her name ends with a "y" or an "i" so I use both. Don't ask.) Anyway, my friend Kristyi emailed me a link to this website and I thought it was such a good idea, I asked the owner, Michele, if she'd send me a sample so I could review it and pass it on to you.
Have you ever been separated from a child while at a museum, zoo, amusement park, or mall? Do you remember a time when you were a child and you were separated from your parent? Those heart-stopping moments are hard to forget. Having 6 kids, I'm forever doing the head count thing. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5....Where's 6? WHO'S 6???

I remember shopping with Austin (3 years old) and Savannah (1 1/2 years old) at Toys R Us one day. On this particular trip, I had Savannah sitting in the seat of the cart. Ordinarily, I would've put Austin into the basket of the cart, but a case of temporary insanity caused me to let him walk instead. So, I'm pushing the cart along and doing my shopping and despite the glazed look in his eyes that says he's about to take off like a rocket through the store, Austin is surprisingly following along. I turn and make sure Austin is still beside me every few seconds until one time I look, and he's nowhere to be seen. I'm sure he's just walked over a little ways to look at an especially cool toy, but still my heart starts pounding as horrible little thoughts invade my mind. I turn the cart around and retrace my last several steps. No Austin. I'm getting worried and walking faster as I push the cart up and down the aisles looking for my son. I call out his name, but to no avail. Thoughts of every tragic thing that could happen race through my mind.

Then I hear over the loudspeaker, "Mrs. James, please come to the customer service desk. Mrs. James."
I don't think anything of the announcement for about five seconds and then it hits me. I rush up to the desk and sure enough, there stands Austin. After I grab him and kiss him and sufficiently embarrass him while thanking God for keeping him safe, I tell him, "Austin, honey, that was very good of you to go to the service desk and tell someone your name. Good job, sweetie. But Austin, your name is Austin Meehan. James is your middle name, honey." Of course, that was followed by the required, "Now don't EVER take off like that again!!!

Anyway, Michele, creator of SafetyTat and mother of 3, came up with the idea of SafetyTat after taking her family to an amusement/water park. As they arrived at the park, she realized there were 4 million people there and although her children were obedient, good listeners, they were still kids and she knew that it only takes a second for one to get separated in a crowd, or for one to start following another person thinking it's mom or dad. Although her husband helpfully suggested they fashion a chain gang out of duct tape to keep the family together, Michele had other plans. She grabbed a pen and wrote her cell phone number on each of the kids so if they were inadvertently separated, anyone with a cell phone could call her to reconnect parent with child. It was a great idea, but the ink washed off at the water park so Michele came up with the idea of tattoos! How awesome is that? Kids LOVE temporary tattoos! And if they're separated from you, you're just a phone call away. What a piece of mind!


Michele has a variety of really cute designs from which to choose and not only that - she has special tattoos that say, "I Have Non-Verbal Autism" and "Alert: Diabetic" among others. That's something I would have never even thought of! Clayton's godmother has an adorable daughter with autism who is non-verbal. If she were ever separated, she probably couldn't communicate to a stranger effectively.

The tattoos go on easily and they STAY on. I tried scrubbing them off my kids' arms with water and a washcloth and they stayed put. They can be removed with baby oil, but my kids insisted I leave them on. They love them!

Did you know that over 2000 kids get lost every day? 90% of families will have the heart-stopping experience of losing a child in a public place and 27% (1 in 3!) of families that visit an amusement park, will lose a child while they're there. Now that it's summer, people are going to water parks, zoos, museums, and amusement parks by the thousands. Give yourself peace of mind and keep these outings fun with SafetyTats!
And now, just enter code "6pack" to receive FREE shipping on orders placed now through July 30! PLUS, Michele is giving away one FREE pack of 30 SafetyTats! Just leave a comment on this post and I'll pick a random winner this Saturday night.
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And lastly, this is the final call for Melissa! Melissa, who left this answer on my blog quiz:

1) C2) B3) B4) B, C, D, E5) C6) C7) D8) A, B, C, E9) F10) False
By Melissa, at June 30, 2008 3:26 PM
I need your address so we can send you the prize you won. If I haven't heard from you by Sunday, I'll choose another winner.
And I need email addresses for Debbie (mom2cors) and Carol C. and Sharon P.
Please email me mom2my6pack@aol.com. Thanks!

***Edited*** The Luvs diaper coupon can be found HERE.

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Becky said...

Ordered the tats immediately - I teach 3 deaf autistic 11 year olds and part of our goal for next year is more community trips. Though they don't tend to wander, there is no way they could communicate with a stranger so these will give me peace of mind. They always peeled the name tag labels off, or pulled off the pins but they will think these are SO COOL. I can't wait to use them. Thanks for the link (and free shipping!)

Anonymous said...

Hey Dawn. I couldn't find the Luv's coupon. I clicked on it, but I couldn't find it. Could you possibly tell me how to find it? Thanks.
Amanda

Anonymous said...

What an awesome idea...LOVE IT! Pick me, Pick me!

Carla Bryant!

mnroomom said...

Brilliant idea! Hope I win!

Alicia said...

I've heard of these tatoos recently. What a really neat idea! Thanks for sharing with us!
BTW, I love your blog!

Brynn said...

What a neat idea!

Liz said...

Wow...great idea! I sure could have used something like this a few years ago! My guys were 7, 5, and 1, and I took them to a small carnival with a friend and her kids. The two older boys were always good about sticking close, and the baby was in a stroller. We were all walking through the carnival looking at things, and somehow my 5 year old managed to disappear! I looked everywhere in the area, nothing. I had my friend watch my other two boys while I retraced our steps, looking around in the crowds for a little 5 year old boy. At that point I was imagining some pervert driving off with him with every intention of not returning my little boy, when I heard "Mommy!" My heart stopped, and two ladies walked over and returned my lost baby to me. I couldn't thank those ladies enough, or the good Lord and his angels, for his safe return to my arms. Needless to say he got to push the stroller WITH me the rest of the time we were there so I knew where he was every step of the way!

My then 1 year old is now 3 years old, and while I try REALLY hard to be aware of where my guys are, sometimes my head doesn't swivel in every direction they scatter to all at once after they've turned their selective hearing off. Something like this could really help a lot of people out! Great idea!!

julie2929 said...

great idea

Jess said...

That is a fabulous idea. It is a wonder how people come up with these great inventions.

Jessica Lovett said...

My 3 year old son would love permission to wear a tat. He has already been asking for a motorcycle.

Harmony said...

These tats are such a great idea! One of the many stories of resourseful moms! Great giveaway!

AlaneM said...

What a cool product, I don't know if I'm in time to enter the contest but I'd love to get me some of these!

Noel B said...

What a brilliant idea, I think I'll be getting some, and I'm also forwarding this post to friends with kids. Thanks for the great review!

Kris said...

I'm going to share the link with my DH - who is a police officer and used to be a DARE officer...great idea!!!

Plus, I'll order some for my boys! They would be returned shortly, but they are cute enough for someone to contemplate taking them home.

Cindy D. said...

This is my biggest fear!!! I love the tat idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea!

aceiatx said...

Even if I don't win some I will buy some of these... So clever!! I MUST have them!

ShellyBlake said...

Safety Tatoos - what a great idea! Mom's (& Dad's) make great inventors! ;o)

Lisa said...

Those tattoos are a great idea! I can't wait to try them.

Wendy said...

I'm an adult with no kids but plan on getting some of these for myself! I'm diabetic and am always fearful of losing my medic alert jewelry at waterparks. The tattoo with my husband's cell number will be a perfect alternative.

Thank you for the tip!

Mother of 4.8 children said...

SIGN ME UP! I do the same thing with printable labels, and stick them on my kids shirts. I like the idea of the number right on their skin. GREAT IDEA!

Karen said...

WHAT AN AWESOME IDEA!

Shanna S. said...

What a great idea! Maybe I'll win some free ones, but if not, I'm buying some anyway.

Jennifer Partin said...

What a fabulous idea-----how did I NOT think of that? :)

Anna said...

What a FANTASTIC idea! I'm passing this link along to every parent I know!

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