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A Good Start for Baby, A Good Start for You

A Good Start for Baby, A Good Start for You

When I had my baby, I knew I planned to breastfeed and tried to refuse the “free diaper bag” from the formula company.  “Take it,” they said, “It has free samples and coupons.”  Too exhausted to argue, I accepted the bag.  Beyond the formula, there was one newborn-sized diaper and a lot of advertisements. A breastfeeding friend of mine kept finding her formula samples mysteriously appearing on her kitchen table.  Her mom explained, “Just in case … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breastfeeding, Featured, Mommy Gifts, Pregnancy

Doll Play for Back-to-School Jitters

Doll Play for Back-to-School Jitters

Whether your child is eagerly or anxiously anticipating the first day of school, doll play is a perfect way to work through these emotions. My daughter adores her collection of dolls, caring for each as if it were a real baby. Now that she is a preschooler, Corolle sent her Annabelle (re-Christened “Calliope” by my daughter), the latest addition to the Miss Corolle collection. Miss Corolle dolls are perfect pals for preschoolers, kindergartners, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Dolls, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Win an EarthLust Bottle for Your Kid and One for You

Win an EarthLust Bottle for Your Kid and One for You

My daughter and I have really been enjoying the EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottles we reviewed back in September of 2008: EarthLust bottles are fantastically chic, manufactured from a slender, tapered custom mold and coated with non-toxic paints.  Each delicately rendered design evokes a love of, or a deeply respectful lust for, nature.  Some of the artwork was created by mom-owner and inventor, Allison. …The tops don’t leak when close, though they push closed very easily with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Food, Grandparent Gifts, Hip Find, Kids Gifts, Mommy Gifts

Water Bottles of Steel

Water Bottles of Steel

Looking for stainless steel water bottle alternatives for your family?  Unlike aluminum, stainless steel does not require a liner.  While it used to be difficult to find stylish, BPA-free options for kids and the rest of the family, there are now a whole host of products available.  We’ll be reviewing a few metal bottles for kids in the upcoming months and updating this post and there will be some giveaways, too. Contests: EarthLust (Ends September 10, 2009) 1. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Featured, Feeding, Hip Find

Breastfeeding IN Boob

Breastfeeding IN Boob

When Boob sent me some of their latest nursing wear, my daughter asked, “But aren’t all of mommy’s tops breastfeeding tops?” That’s my girl! While, it is true you can breastfeed in almost any top, Boob makes nursing stylish and comfortable. Even better–with Boob I can start wearing dresses again. Boob founder Mia Seipel understands that many breastfeeding women are less concerned about revealing too much when baby latches on then they are about … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breastfeeding, Contests, Fashion, Featured, Hip Find

SIGG’s BPA Announcement – Too Little, Too Late?

SIGG’s BPA Announcement – Too Little, Too Late?

With his usual measured and even-handed reporting, Jeremiah at Zrecs has all of the information about how SIGG muddied the waters to benefit from concerns about BPA.  While it does seem to be the case that no BPA leaches from the old SIGG linings, they do, in fact, contain BPA: Whether or not you are comfortable using a bottle that contains but does not leach BPA, for us the real story here is how a company … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Featured, Food

Back-to-School Shopping Under $50?

Back-to-School Shopping Under $50?

Walmart sent me a $50 gift card to see if I could buy a week’s worth of back-to-school outfits for under $50.  I accepted the challenge and also received two gift cards to mail out to two readers.  Last weekend, we drove over to our local Walmart in search of inexpensive back-to-school outfits for my preschooler. Here’s some possible ideas from the people at Walmart: Truthfully, I have not bought much at Walmart since I moved back … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Budget Buys, Contests, Fashion, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

LeapFrog makes learning products that blend innovative technology with time-tested teaching techniques for fun and educational results. We are big fans of our LeapFrog TAG and LeapFrog just sent us a new way to enjoy it: two sets of early reader books that teach short and long vowel sounds. My daughter knows her letters and the sounds they make and she is just about ready to make the jump from pre-literacy skills to literacy. Every day she … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Contests, Electronics, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children

Pip, Pip and Green-You-Go

Pip, Pip and Green-You-Go

“Waste not, want not,” mom always said. So, mom entrepreneur Christina started Citizen Pip and created a complete, “muck-free”, reusable lunch system. This stylish Soup to Nuts Kit includes everything you need to pack a meal, from the non-squishable sandwich-sized container, to the insulated soup jar. You’ll also find utensils, cloth napkins, snack-sized containers, and a water bottle.  And it is all certified to be lead-free, phthalate-free and BPA-free by a CPSIA-accredited lab. As an addition, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Contests, Coupons, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Christmas in August with The Rockettes

Christmas in August with The Rockettes

Do you like cupcakes? How about Magnolia Bakery cupcakes? And how about the Rockettes? And the Jets and Giants?  And Santa Claus??? We are going on a private tour of Radio City Music Hall, and we have invitations for some of our readers, too! Everyone in the New York City area is welcome to Christmas in August on 6th Avenue, featuring a performance by the Radio City Rockettes. The Rockettes will create NYC’s longest kick line with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christmas, Contests, Events, Featured