In a faraway, enchanted green forest, a mother whispered three very long wishes into the woods.
She wished for a naturally antimicrobial, hypoallergenic material that was renewable and required no pesticides to grow. She wished for a fabric that looked, felt, and draped like silk but was machine washable. And she wished to print her simple designs (a peaceful dove, sun and birds, the Buddha) on this material and make the softest baby blankets around.
To her surprise, the forest answered: “Take 70 percent of my organic bamboo and combine it with 30 percent of my organic cotton. If you complete this task, then your wish will be granted.”
Well, if anyone could get it done, it’s a mother of two. And the blankets became known throughout the land as Jaya Loves Tekeko.
A fairy-tale ending to any baby’s day.
Available at Genius Jones, 1661 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach (305-571-2000); 49 Northeast 39th Street (305-571-2000); Liapela, 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, suite 3227, Coral Gables (305-441-0658 or liapela.com). To see styles, go to jayalovestekeko.com.
What: Affordable camp (crafts, dancing, singing, and exercise) for kids ages 3-9. Sign up for an hour, a day, or the whole week.
Why: Summer looms long.
When: Thru Aug. 21. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; before and after care available.
Where: Peace of Cake, 8787 SW 132nd St. (305-254-5064).
What: View a film showing the link between the big guys and birds, then search for a skeleton of a 40-foot-long prehistoric creature in a mock excavation pit.
Why: Dig it, man.
When: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St. (305-251-0400).
Florida’s Ban on VBAC births
What: Donate (or shop) to help change the ban on a natural birth after a C-section in Florida birthing centers.
Why: Push for change.
When: You can do it.
Where: Online at birthgirlz.com.