Gyro bowl

You’re in the car and your kid has a bowl of dry cereal to munch on for the trip. But the end result is that most of the food ends up between the cushions and not enough is ingested. Welcome the Gyro Bowl—a product that uses 360-degree technology to keep items inside the plastic sphere. The bowl stays open side up, no matter which way a child decides to twirl, dump, or throw it. There’s also a snap top lid to keep food fresh. Don’t believe us? Watch the short video on the product website.; about $15 for a two-pack

Local scholarship competition

You know your kid is one-of-a-kind and now is your chance to prove it. Through March 21, parents and educators are encouraged to submit an essay of 100 words or less to the Original Kid of the Year contest, sponsored by No Name Premium Meat and Seafood. Grand prize is a $3,000 scholarship prize as well as a $1,000 donation tao the winner’s school. Four other finalists will receive a $1,000 scholarship plus $1,000 school donation. Others will receive 2012 Twins tickets. “The No Name Original Kid of the Year contest was created to give deserving kids across Minnesota and Wisconsin the chance to shine,” said Mandy Kennedy, brand manager at No Name. “We know there are tons of incredible kids out there who are doing truly amazing things. We want to hear their stories and reward their good work.” For more information on contest rules and details, visit

New HelpLine for pregnant and postpartum families

Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM), a local chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI), a non-profit organization aimed at increasing awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum, has formed a HelpLine for Minnesota families.

The HelpLine provides trained volunteer-staffed non-emergency phone support to women experiencing anxiety or depression during pregnancy up through the first year postpartum, and connects them to local resources.

The HelpLine’s phone number is 612-787-PPSM.

“The goal of the HelpLine is to give families support and information, be listened to, validated, and understood,” says Krista Post, co-director for PPSM.
“It’s not meant to be a substitute for professional care; it is a way to connect with someone who understands and gives encouragement. It is set up so that callers can leave a message and a volunteer will call them back within 24 hours.”

Approximately 15 percent of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10 percent will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family. Women of every culture, age, income level, and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth, according to PSI.

The HelpLine provides information to callers regarding perinatal mood disorders, directs callers to local support groups and/or professional help, and can even match callers with a peer volunteer for over the phone support. Mothers, fathers, and even concerned family members are all welcome to call. The service is available at no cost to the caller and is funded through donations and association dues to PPSM.

In brief

Kuman, offering after school math and reading enrichment, opened its first center in Vadnais Heights inside the Vadnais Heights Shopping Center, visit for more info; Amma Maternity recently changed its name to Amma Parenting Center, to reflect the growing embrace of an infant’s whole family, not just Mama, visit for more info; Minnesota Parent is always looking for families interested in being featured in our Real Life or It’s My Party departments. Email and let us know about you; Baby Boot Camp will have its grand opening on January 25 at the Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury. Call 651-321-1871 or visit for more information. Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park, the world’s first all-trampoline walled playing court, has opened in St. Paul, visit