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Mamanista Book Roundup: New Children’s Science Books

Mamanista Book Roundup: New Children’s Science Books

Science books don’t have to be boring or bland. These great new children’s books make our universe exciting and get kids excited about science. Here are some of my favorite new science books for children: Cosmic!  Starting with its glowing meteor shower cover, this is one of the most spectacular pop-up books I’ve ever seen. It grabbed me from the very first page where a loud “BOOOM!” and huge pop-up of the Big Bang got me thinking about the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged)

The Art of Choosing Joy

I rarely have time for it, but I really enjoy scrapbooking. A few years ago at a party, I met Kolette Hall. Kolette’s a designer, teacher, self-made businesswoman, and professional scrapbooker…so, of course, I thought she was cool. But what impressed me most was her amazing spirit. Kolette’s husband, Jason, is a quadriplegic. He broke his neck when he was 15 years old. They met in college and married in 1992. Five years later he was in a life-threatening … Read entire article »

Filed under: Design Your Own, Scrapbooking

Get Organized in 2009!

Get Organized in 2009!

Now that all your presents are unwrapped, give yourself a big present: get organized in 2009! Keep Track of Your To-Do List:I’m a busy mama, and I keep track of all my appointments, playdates, volunteer commitments and work projects using the 2009 BusyBodyBook Personal & Family Organizer. As a type-A person who actually enjoys organizing things, I’ve tried lots of calendars and planners over the years. I first discovered the BusyBodyBook in 2007. Its 5 column grid design has made it my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Advice), Cleaning, Organizers

Gifts for Extreme Procrastinators

It’s Christmas. If you STILL haven’t finished your shopping, here are some extremely last-minute gifts that can be delivered instantly by email. Amazon is the ultimate online mall. Amazon.com Gift Cards are sent instantly by email and are perfect for kids and grown-ups. Gifts.com Gift Cards can be redeemed for 100’s of stores, restaurants & more.   GiftCertificates.com SuperCertificates are delivered via email and can be used on 100s of stores as well.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chanukah, Christmas, Seasonal

Last Minute Gifts with Free Shipping!

Here are some great last-minute gift ideas with free-shipping. In fact, most of these gifts can be delivered via email– making them the perfect solution for Christmas procrastinators. For Tweens, Teens, and College Students: Give the gift of music with iTunes gift certificates. Everyone loves music, and they’ll appreciate this gift so much more than slipper socks, a new sweater or more shower gel. For History Buffs, Fashionistas, Sports Fans, Moms, Home Chefs, Entertainment Buffs, and more: Whatever their interests, you can find a magazine that appeals to them at Magazines.com. Even better, you can email a gift announcement to them immediately after purchase or print out a free gift announcement card so you don’t look like you’re empty-handed. For Shopaholics: No need to wait for the gift cards to arrive by mail … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chanukah, Christmas, Seasonal

You’ve Babyproofed…But Have You Fireproofed?

You’ve Babyproofed…But Have You Fireproofed?

You’ve probably baby-proofed your home, but have you fire-proofed your home?  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 47,000 household fires occur during the holidays each year. You can download a free fire safety resource guide at www.BeFireSmart.com, which is sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Since I’ve been so careful about baby-proofing, I assumed my home was fire safe. Even someone as Type A and safety conscious as me will find the room-by-room fire hazard checklist to be helpful. For … Read entire article »

Filed under: Childproofing, Safety

Give Something Back This Christmas!

A Mamanista is first and foremost a Mama…and so we support important causes, especially those that help out the most vulnerable. We posted before about ways to teach children charity at Christmas. One important way to teach your children charity is to give something back yourself by donating your time, money and gently-used items. If you are looking to make a holiday donation, here are some of our favorite charities: Candace’s daughter was born with a congenital heart defect. She is thriving and healthy today thanks to life-saving surgery. We encourage you to visit Baby Diva’s Tribute Page at the American Heart Association, read more about her story, and consider making a donation (every little bit helps) to assist the American Heart Association in their research and outreach. For Hearts and Souls – gives children in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Socially Conscious

Contraband Sock Monkeys

Contraband Sock Monkeys

I just love this sweest, handmade sock monkey from Craftsbury Kids. He’s super cuddly and squishy, and he was handmade in the USA from fabric socks that were made in the USA. Yet…in less than two months, it would be illegal for Craftsbury Kids to sell Calypso the Sock Monkey. Congress had the best of intentions (making toys safer), but they passed a flawed bill that will limit consumer choice and drive handmade toy manufacturers out of business. A new … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Made in the USA, Organic, Safety, Socially Conscious

Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Yummy Cookies

Still looking for Christmas gifts? It’s not too late to send delicious homemade cookies to out-of-town friends and family from David’s Cookies. (Read full review here.)  Get 5% off + FREE SHIPPING at David’s Cookies on all holiday orders over $79 with coupon code XMS579A – valid until January 1, 2009.  Love to cook? Make your own cookies using this easy recipe for Colossal Double Chocolate White Chip Cookies. (Read our full review of 101 Easy Peasy Cookie Recipes here.) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chanukah, Christmas, Food, Seasonal