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Future Fashion Designers Show Style with Harumika

Future Fashion Designers Show Style with Harumika

I’m not sure who loves the new Harumika Fashion Design mannequin more, me or my daughter.  Anyone who has an interest in fashion would have fun with this toy.  Harumika sets make a great present for a kid or a fun desktop creativity toy for an adult harboring a secret dream to become a fashion designer. Although designed for ages 6 and up, my almost 3 year old daughter has been able to figure out how … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Birthday Gifts, Contests, Crafts, Dolls, Dress-Up, Fashion, Featured, Kids Gifts, School Aged Children, Toys (School Age)

Thirty Minute Decorating Projects: Transform With Muralettes

Thirty Minute Decorating Projects: Transform With Muralettes

I am so excited. In thirty minutes, I completely transformed my bathroom using Muralette Wall Decals.  My blah blah boring bathroom is now a fishie-themed wonderland that fascinates my toddler. I should note that I’m not particularly gifted as an artist. Other “easy” projects like stenciling have not turned out well, but I found the Muralette Wall Decals easy-to-use. I love this idiot-proof decorating kit! I received a sample of the Fishie Kit, which contains 19 fish, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Decor and Furniture, Design Your Own, Featured, Home and Decorating, Nursery Decor

Pictures of My Bathroom!

Pictures of My Bathroom!

Here are pics of my bathroom– which I decorated using Magpie Decorative Painting Muralette Designs. At $85 each, Muralettes are an inexpensive way to decorate a room in under 30 minutes. You can find them online at www.magpiepainting.com. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Decor and Furniture, Design Your Own, Home and Decorating

In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms Book Review

In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms Book Review

Since I work outside the home, my decision to read Dr. Laura’s new book In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms was a bit masochistic. If you are a working mother and you pick up this book, prepare yourself for a massive guilt trip. As I read, I tried to remind myself that this book wasn’t written for me. In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms was written for SAHMs who feel under-appreciated and who may face criticism from family and peers for their decision. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Advice), Featured, Uncategorized, Women's Issues

Bedtime With Elmo

Bedtime With Elmo

My son loves everything Elmo, and it shows. He’s learning his colors. Blue is “bwoo.” Yellow is “yellwoo.” But red is “Elmo.” So I suppose it’s not a surprise that the two of us loved the newest Elmo DVD- Sesame Street: Bedtime With Elmo. This DVD deals with common bedtime issues like  being afraid of the dark, not wanting to go to sleep and having scary thoughts in a positive way. The positive benefits of sleep- like … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, entertainment, Featured, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Uncategorized

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife

Best-selling cookbook author Nava Atlas of www.vegkitchen.com, sent me a copy of her new book Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife: All the Dishes You’ll Need to Make from the Day You Say “I Do” Until Death (or Divorce) Do You Part. This satirical recipe book will make you laugh as you reflect on the joys and challenges of modern marriage. Each “recipe” is accompanied with retro 1950s graphics and vintage advertisements. Nava Atlas tackles the ups and downs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Featured

Your Best Birth

Your Best Birth

Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience, by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, is a book I would love to recommend to all of my pregnant friends–and I almost can. Lake and Epstein, or, as they would probably prefer to be called given the “girlfriend” tone of the book, Ricki and Abby, set out to awaken the inner birth goddess in every pregnant woman, but more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Advice), Featured, Pregnancy

Summer Safety Tips from ThinkFirst

The Kessler Foundation’s Chapter of  ThinkFirst  is a part of a national ThinkFirst network created to help children avoid suffering disabling injuries. ThinkFirst has offered some crucial safety tips to remember throughout this summer. Kessler Foundation ThinkFirst Safety Tips:  Check all outdoor toys that have been stored during the winter to insure no wheels are lose, no pieces are missing and there is no other wear that would make it unsafe for children. Children should wear a helmet every time they ride their bike, skateboard or rollerblade. Studies have shown wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a head injuries by as much as 85 percent. When purchasing a helmet insure that it fits properly and meets or exceeds the safety standards developed by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and/or the American Society for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Safety, Socially Conscious, Summer

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

When my son was a newborn, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook helped me embrace motherhood.  Written by the two bloggers who started www.rookiemoms.com, this passage in The Rookie Mom’s Handbook spoke to me: “Welcome to Motherhood…You’re a rookie mom. Untrained, no experience. That’s you. And that’s not an insult. Even those of us who spent our adolescence babysitting for other people’s children or who work as preschool teachers or pediatric nurses are in for some big surprises. We’ve never been … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Activities), Books (Advice), Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Mommy Blogs, Mommy Gifts

Mamanista’s Going to BlogHer!

Mamanista’s Going to BlogHer!

On Wednesday, I’ll board a plane for the first time since my son’s birth in April 2008 to attend the BlogHer conference in Chicago. I would like to thank Medela for sponsoring my trip to BlogHer and WebmasterRadio.fm for their support. I am excited to meet fellow bloggers in person, but I’m also still in shock that I’m attending this event. Candace and I never planned to become “mommy bloggers.” When Candace’s daughter was born with a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breastfeeding, Charity, Mommy Blogs, Women's Issues