Vermont-based business EIO recently earned some parental applause in the form of a Parent Tested Parent Approved award for its valveless EIO Kids Cup. The "cup" is a standard 8-ounce canning jar. The slanted EIO lid screws on top, and a silicone sleeve slips onto the outside of the jar. The concept of training kids to use cups without valves has support from speech and dental experts who say that "sippy" cups can lead to tooth decay or delayed speech development, says EIO owner Kathy Haskell, a former Lincoln schoolteacher. "It's been really great," she says of her first year in business. Haskell runs her start-up from home, which helps her manage a busy family life — she and her husband have kids ages 5, 4 and 2. The cup sells for $15 on the EIO website, but Kids VT picked up an orange one at City Market for $10.79. No valve, an easy-to-handle cup and bright colors. Bottoms up!
New Durham, NH
Nestled in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Camp Birch Hill offers a fun, elective based program where boys and girls aged 6-16 can participate in over 50 diverse activities of their choice. Each summer they welcome 180 to 200 campers to their grounds in New Durham, NH. This traditional,…(more)