Archive for June, 2009

Packing for Camp

Ugh! There are lots of household tasks that do not make my list of “Top 10 Things To Do.” Right up top is cleaning the house. Followed closely by planning dinner EVERY day for my family. (I don’t mind the cooking part, it’s the “What’s for dinner?” question running through my head that puts me on edge.)

Right behind those two is PACKING – for a vacation, a business trip, or worse, CAMP. How am I – a total organizational control-freak – supposed to pack everything my kid could possibly need over the next month? Shorts, t-shirts, underwear, swimsuits – no problem. Sunscreen? How many bottles? Bug spray? Is it buggy in Maine? How would I know? A nice outfit? And the ever-plaguing question – which shoes should we pack? How many pairs? How much money is going to be spent when they all come back trashed and I have to go buy all new shoes and clothes in August? And HOW am I going to get it all washed, dried, folded, labeled, and packed into two duffle bags, BY SATURDAY MORNING???

Okay – deep breath. For starters, I find that it is more fun to think about what I am going to send my kid while she’s AT camp – cute note cards, care packages, small snack items, things to make her smile (but not homesick). Of course, the first place I “shop” is on our own Challah Connection website. I’ve already put aside the Camp Bunk Box of Questions.
Surely a bag of black and white cookies and rugelach will be making its way to Maine this summer. And as for other fun things, I always “shop” our DIY (Do-It-Yourself Basket) department.

How about some fun ways to communicate with my kid? I remember a few special ways my mom used to write to me at camp. There was the balloon letter – she would blow it up at home, write her letter on it in permanent marker, deflate it, and stick it in an envelope. I had to blow it up to read it. There was also the circular letter – she would start writing at the outside of the page and then keep turning the paper so the words made a huge maze-like circle (kind of like those huge twisted lollipops on a stick). Those are the two I remember most clearly (and it feels like it was a VERY LONG TIME AGO).

Do you have any good tips for how to communicate with kids at camp, or great camp care package ideas? I’d love to hear them!

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Summer Means Baseball Means Kosher Beer & Peanuts!

Father’s Day is almost here, and we are so excited about some new products we have created! When we get a little goofy, we head over to the warehouse and try out new combinations of products to see what we think might work well together. This summer we are definitely in a baseball frame of mind!

When we came across these awesome specialty display baseballs, we couldn’t help but think of warm summer days spent in the ballpark watching a live game – whether it’s the Majors (local Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox) or our local minor-league team (the wonderful Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish). Other than watching the game, we think the best thing about being at the stadium is…beer and peanuts!

So putting our wonderful He’Brew Jewbilation 20 oz. kosher beer together with a bag of delicious, kosher salted peanuts-in-the-shell was a no-brainer! Add our adorable Albert Einstein (our favorite Jewish professor) doll, and you’ve got One Nutty Professor

These items, and all of the wonderful offerings on Challah Connection, make terrific kosher gifts – for Father’s Day and any day!

I know my dad is used to getting late cards and gifts from me (since I am always busy getting other people’s gifts sent on time!) – how about yours?

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