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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Looking for some last minute spooky fun (besides trick-or-treating, of course)? Halloween Books: Head to the Library to read one of Debbie’s Best New Halloween Books for Kids Halloween Internet Fun: Send Spooky e-Cards from the World Wildlife Federation; Find out your Vampire Name Halloween Recipes: Having a party? Make one of these Terrifyingly Tasty Treats using these Halloween Recipes; or these simply creepy Halloween lunches; or visit The Expatriate’s Kitchen for another Halloween Recipe Carnival Pumpkin Carving: Take … Read entire article »

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Help for the Multi-tasking Dad

Help for the Multi-tasking Dad

Candace has written about why she loves breastfeeding,  but after visiting her last week I’d like to add a new reason to her list. Candace can breastfeed her new baby using her favorite sling and have her hands free to play with or read to her toddler. But taking care of a baby and a toddler is harder for dad since he needs to hold baby and the bottle. Jeff Archambault invented the Baby Butler Hands Free Bottle Holder to help him take care of his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Feeding

Online Fun with Bella Sara

Online Fun with Bella Sara

We get a lot of free products in the mail at Mamanista, but we only review products that we think are cool. So when I received a few packs of Bella Sara Trading Cards, I was really really skeptical. Bella Sara (www.bellasara.com) is a horse-themed trading card game and accompanying online world that was launched in March 2007 by the same guy who created Magic: The Gathering and who introduced Pokemon trading cards to the US.  My husband’s … Read entire article »

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A Bright Idea: New Improved CFLs Pay for Themselves

A Bright Idea: New Improved CFLs Pay for Themselves

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) that screw in to regular bulb sockets consume less than a quarter of the energy of incandescent (tungsten) bulbs that produce the same amount of light.  They cost a lot more than tungsten bulbs, but since they also last at least four times longer they easily pay for themselves. I tried screw-in CFLs a few years ago and found that they had a number of drawbacks: Bad color quality Faint flickering Minutes to warm up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Home and Decorating, Tips

Fuss Free Baby Food

Fuss Free Baby Food

When I was pregnant, I had visions of preparing homemade baby food from fresh, locally-grown produce. I purchased Annabel Karmel’s bestselling baby cookbook- First Meals, and I read all the yummy-sounding recipes. (Read Candace’s full review of First Meals here.) But my first attempts at preparing homemade purees were time-consuming and frustrating. It’s hard to justify spending almost an hour preparing food and washing pots and blenders when you can buy organic Gerber purees for less … Read entire article »

Filed under: Feeding, Food, Nutrition, Organic, Uncategorized

Clean Your Home Green in 30 Days

Clean Your Home Green in 30 Days

Confession: I want to be green but sometimes, between family and work, it is just not at the top of my list.  I also want to keep my house cleaner, but I have little interest in tidying and even less time for it. So, when my organization and cleaning guru (and fellow Mamanista editor), Debbie, recommends a product like Clorox Green Works that is green and clean, I want to check out it. To find out more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Home and Decorating, Services

Dining Out with Baby

Dining Out with Baby

When baby was a newborn, I could tote his infant carseat into a restaurant and enjoy my meal while he napped peacefully beside me. But those days of napping through meals are over. Now baby sits in a restaurant high chair and snacks on finger foods during my meal. I don’t want to disturb any other restaurant patrons, so I only take baby to family friendly places like the local diner, pizzeria or the mall food court. But when I watch the restaurant staff … Read entire article »

Filed under: Food, Health, Tips

Hip and Comfortable Shoes for Mom

Hip and Comfortable Shoes for Mom

When we first got married, my husband was very confused about why I owned so many pairs of black shoes. I explained to him that each of the shoes fell in a different position on the style-to-comfort continuum. The best-looking were also the least comfortable, but I needed them for parties. The low-heeled practical shoes fit well and were essential for running around the convention center floor at trade shoes and conferences. He was (and still is) baffled. “Why don’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Shoes (Adult), Uncategorized

Save With Kroger

Save With Kroger

There are some things you can cut back on–we can buy fewer toys, take fewer vacations, and wear our clothes for at least one more season.  But food is an essential.  So it is nice to see that Kroger is making it easier for shoppers to save. Even better, because juggling several kids at the supermarket is difficult enough, they are making it really easy. Here are a few of their new services that I find really … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Coupons, Food

New York & Company Coupon Code (Deal of the Day)

Dressing for that awkward immediately postpartum period can be a challenge.  You want some new clothing that fits right so you feel comfortable leaving the house, but you do not want to spend a lot of money on clothing that will hopefully be too large in a few months. Here’s some good news: New York & Company is having a sale and offering a coupon code so you can buy some of their trendy yet appropriate, figure-friendly, A-line tops.  At prices like these, you can buy one for now and and then a smaller size for when you lose the baby weight. Get $20 off purchases of $80 or more at New York & Company (ends 11/23) Buy 1 Get 1 at 50% Off Almost Everything (ends 11/9) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons, Fashion, Uncategorized