Kiera Ashford, Associate Editor

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

Shot Stings No More!


A genius way to help kids overcome their fear of shots. It’s BUZZY: Taking the Sting Out of Shots. The name says it all, really. This cute, little bee has a removable compress that you keep in the fridge or freezer until ready to use. It then slides into place and acts as the wings… Read more »

American Flag Handprint


Want to create a unique American flag? This fun, messy craft for kids is just the thing! What you need Finger Paint (red, white and blue) Construction paper (any color aside from red, white or blue) Star whole punch White paper (for the stars) What you do Take your start whole punch and punch out… Read more »

Excitement and Adventure on the Deep Blue Sea


Grab your sea legs to set off on a memorable family vacation aboard a “Fun Ship” from Carnival. Driving up to the port, our mouths dropped open. “Oh, WOW!” exclaimed my 5-year-old daughter, Lilliana. “That is a BIG ship! Are we getting on that?!” We were about to embark on a voyage on the deep… Read more »

Paper Fireworks


Bring the fireworks inside! This cute craft for kids is easy and fun to do — and a little messy! Mess is good, when it comes to crafting. Try this craft out in celebration of Fourth of July. What you need Craft/construction paper School glue (glitter glue works good, too!) Glitter Safety Scissors Sticks Tape… Read more »

Floss with Water


Do your children hate using floss? The new Waterpik Water Flosser for Kids is hear to help. Designed for smaller hands, this water flosser helps get the food out from between the teeth, even in those tight spots. This unique tool has also been “clinically proven to be up to twice as effective as using… Read more »

Safe Drinking for Baby


Looking for a truly BPA-free bottle? Pura Stainless has just the thing with their Pura Kiki feeding system. This stainless steel sippy bottle includes a Pura silicone sip spout (which is plastic and BPA free), making it the perfect sippy cup for your growing child. But, that’s not all. This unique bottle also works with… Read more »

More POWER for Dad!


Give Dad more power in his tools with the 18V Lithium Ion Cordless 4-Tool Combo Pack by Skil. What’s great about this set is that the tools are so light weight, that you can work all day long and not feel as tiresome as you would with standard tools of the same kind. The batteries… Read more »

Have Fun Outside at Night


Who said you had to come in when it got dark outside? Not anymore! Continue your game play outside with these great products by Nite Ize. The AstroBrite ($9.99) is a bean ball/bag with a built-in L.E.D. light. Now you can even play a game of hacky-sack. This bean bag’s light is a little more… Read more »

Select Games at a Select Price!


To make the summer a little more fun for you gamer when it is storming outside — without breaking the bank — Nintendo has repackaged four of its popular family-friendly games at a GREAT price! The Nintendo Selects is a collection of these games for the Nintendo Wii: Wii Sports (ESRB Rating: E for Everyone)… Read more »

Paper Hula Skirt


Crafts for kids that are easy to do make for great family fun. You can even use your crafts at a party. Take this craft for instance. We are going to make an easy paper hula skirt. What you need: Safety scissors Green roll of streamer (that you would normally decorate with at a party)… Read more »