Jackson Reece Wipes, Bumbo Baby Seat in the news

June 25, 2010 by

It’s been a good Friday for us here at Keen. A whole slew of bloggers have deemed today the day to post some lovely reviews of the awesome Jackson Reece Herbal Baby Wipes and the award winning Bumbo Baby Seat. Jackson Reece is a new offering for Keen and we’re proud to have it. It offers modern health-conscious parents a wipe made without harsh chemicals. It’s 99% comprised of vegetable and herbal extracts, and is gentle on baby’s skin.

In the Know Mom (www.intheknowmom) says of the wipes, “With ingredients such as organic aloe vera, organic lavender essential oil and organic tea tree oil, they’ll help soothe the skin and calm rashes and eczema. The wipes are free of alcohol, chlorine, parabens, lanolin, phthalates and many other ingredients considered to be harsh on baby’s skin. I love these wipes. Finally a wipe that’s gentle on my daughter’s sensitive skin, but degrades on it’s own leaving less of a carbon footprint on our earth.”

You can find other Jackson Reece reviews here: 

http://talkingwalnut.com/2010/06/no-grubby-hands.html

 http://www.mogulbaby.com/2010/06/jackson-reece-herbal-baby-wipes/

The Bumbo Baby Seat is great for babies who aren’t quite strong enough to sit up on their own yet. It’s amazing to see how they light up when they sit in it for the first time. A List Baby (http://alistbaby.net) has a cool review here: http://alistbaby.net/2010/06/bumbo-baby-seat/

You can check out another here: http://www.ladyandtheblog.com/2010/06/25/award-winning-bumbo-baby-seat/

While you’re at it, check out the new Bumbo Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bumbousa.com). We are building a fun community for Bumbo owners and kids and telling a great story about Bumbo’s charity work in its home of South Africa.

KEEN GOES GREEN WITH JACKSON REECE DEGRADABLE BABY WIPES

June 18, 2010 by

Keen Distribution introduces UK-formulated, compostable herbal baby wipes to the U.S. CHANDLER, AZ – Keen Distribution, provider of ground-breaking parenting products from around the world, launches award-winning Jackson Reece Soothing Herbal Baby Wipes in the United States. These gentle, compostable wipes contain organic ingredients that are suitable for children with eczema and sensitive skin, and are packaged in bio-degradable materials.

Jackson Reece Soothing Herbal Baby Wipes were developed in the United Kingdom and boast a unique, natural balm containing ingredients derived from renewable plant resources that are free of alcohol, chlorine, parabens, lanolin, phthalates and many other ingredients considered to be harsh on baby’s skin.

 “Jackson Reece is delighted to be working with Keen Distribution,” said Janet and Colin Cordner, co-founders and parents of Jackson and Reece. “We’ve been heavily inspired by nature to develop the Jackson Reece soothing herbal wipes, so parents will be pleased to know that they are hypoallergenic, bio-degradable and have never been tested on animals. We are really excited that through our partnership with Keen Distribution, Jackson Reece wipes will now be widely available to parents and their kids throughout the United States.”

“As American parents become more committed to providing their children with environmentally responsible products containing organic, sustainable ingredients, we are certain that Jackson Reece Herbal Wipes would be a natural place to begin,” Keen Distribution President Ryan Fernandez, said. “These wipes offer a safe and gentle solution for baby and provide a great scent that can only be accomplished with the best natural ingredients.”

Founded in 2008, Keen Distribution is a turn-key US distributor for novel and contemporary juvenile products from around the globe. Keen distributes products and brands ranging from the award winning Bumbo Baby Seat; The Mommy Hook stroller accessory, and safety sleep pioneers Gro Company from the UK. Major customers include Target, Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Diapers.com, and Giggle. Jackson Reece Soothing Herbal Baby Wipes are sold in 72-count, bio-degradable packages for SRP $4.99.

More information at http://www.KeenDistribution.com Contact: Adam Vincent, AVincent@KeenDistribution.com (480) 619-4113.

World Cup Fun with Bumbo

June 16, 2010 by

We here at Keen Distribution are excited about the World Cup going on in South Africa. While we are soccer fans, we also are excited about our ties to the host country. We are the US distributor for Bumbo, which is based in the capital city of Pretoria, South Africa. Bafana Bafana (the nickname for the South African soccer team) play today in Pretoria against heavily favored Uruguay. Some of us were just in South Africa visiting Bumbo on business and it was amazing how jazzed the whole country is on the World Cup. Everything in the country is soccer-themed right now: buildings are painted to look like soccer balls, World Cup banners are everywhere and people are driving around with South Africa flags on their car doors. Sadly we were there just a couple weeks before the World Cup, but have been watching diligently from home.

In order to celebrate the World Cup we are launching some initiatives on Bumbo’s Facebook page. One is a membership drive – sign up for the Bumbo FB page and you can win a free Bumbo Baby Seat. You will see more fun things throughout the month, so stay tuned to the Keen blog and the Bumbo Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bumbousa

Summer is here. Your kids need Pop Pals.

June 8, 2010 by

It isn’t officially summer for a few more days, but it’s already hot out there. And when it gets hot out that means one thing (ok, one thing for us, anyway) for the kids: Icy Pops. Chances are you have a freezer full of them waiting to cool the kids off. And chances are the kids will make a mess and freeze their little fingers trying to eat them. Enter Pop Pals, the convenient Icy Pop sleeve that helps reduce the mess and keep kids hands warm. Check out the reviews from moms in the know:

http://craziestgadgets.com/2010/05/19/pop-pals-ice-pop-holders/

http://www.jabberingjessi.com/pop-pals-review/

http://www.prlog.org/10723333-pop-pals-ice-pop-holders-handy-helpers-for-kids-parents.html

http://www.kidlantis.com/mealtime/pop-pals/

http://www.myvalleynews.com/story/48397/

Keen Visits Bumbo in South Africa

June 2, 2010 by

The Keen crew flew to Bumbo headquarters in South Africa last week to go over some business items and learn about the amazing charitable aspect of the company. What an amazing trip!

 Bumbo’s Bert Snyman took me around Pretoria to learn more about the company’s charitable arm.  To see Bumbo’s charity involvement in its local community is a truly special thing. The company helps thousands of people every month through several different organizations in and around Pretoria, South Africa, its hometown.  Bumbo filters most of its profits to Maranatha Bana, a non-profit organization that it created. Maranatha Bana runs its own organizations and also helps other charities in Pretoria. By the way, Maranatha Bana loosely means “He will come for the children” in the local Africaans language.

My first stop was to the Maranatha Bana School outside Pretoria. The non-profit school helps children with severe mental and physical disabilities like Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism. They nurture about 30 children from age 4-18 and plan to take up to 100 in the coming years. The work they do will pull at your heartstrings. They often take on children with no communication or social skills and often severe physical disabilities. They work patiently and tirelessly to teach motor skills, cognitive skills and communication skills. This is an environment where getting a child to smile or acknowledge you can be a huge achievement. I walked into a class where the children were learning to recognize themselves in the mirror and it made me quickly realize how we take so many things for granted.

Bumbo purchased the 2 hectare (that’s about 5 acres) plot for the school and helps it pay its bills every month. Bumbo will also help the school build its new facilities in the coming years. The school plans to up its enrollment to 100 children and also have live-in facilities for adults who cannot cope in South African society. The country is fairly advanced, but it does not have the social services to care for disabled people like we do. Charity in South Africa comes from organizations like Maranatha Bana, not the state.

The next place I visited was the Wolmer Center, which feeds and clothes hundreds of people in the poor Wolmer neighborhood of Pretoria. The center takes care of these people with almost no facilities or resources. The activity room, where local women sew dolls and make crafts to sell, also doubles as a church. All of the desks have to be moved outside every Sunday. The clothing “store” where they house their donated clothing is a shack. They have no place to store donated food and are forced to give too much away to prevent spoiling, which actually works against the people receiving it. When the people get too much food they sell it to buy booze or drugs instead of providing for their families. To prevent this, Bumbo is building the center a massive building that will house a new workshop where people can learn skills and earn money. It will have a cooler to preserve food, allowing the center to give away only what is needed. They also will have a new church.

We later visited the Jonibach Sportscentrum, a huge sports complex built by Maranatha Bana/Bumbo. The Sports Center gives local children a place to get off the street and focus their attention on more positive aspects of life. It has basketball courts, badmitton courts, pool and ping-pong tables, a stage for live music, a world-class gymnastics facility and a BMX track. It is a sight to behold. Next door to the Sports Center is a kitchen to feed all the kids and staff that come to the center every day. Some 700+ children are fed there every day—approximately 16,000 meals a month.

Stay tuned for more. I will also post some photos of our adventures.

Welcome to “What’s New at Keen”!

February 16, 2010 by

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