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It’s a Craft! It’s a Toy! It’s a Party Favor

It’s a Craft! It’s a Toy! It’s a Party Favor

My little one just turned three and we’re still trying to hold the line on the birthday party escalation.  Since she has a some friends, now, we had a few girls over for ice cream cake and crafts. My daughter loves crafting and the party pack of small Calafant Toys cardboard toys from Creative Toy Shop was the perfect party activity and take-home toy favor. You can choose from either a mixed pack or a pack of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafts, Eco-Friendly, Featured, School Aged Children, Toys (School Age)

Read for the Record

Read for the Record

Jumpstart believes in the potential inside of each child to succeed and learn and focuses on early literacy as the path to fulfilling that potential. In 2006, Jumpstart created Read for the Record, “an international campaign to bring preschool children together with valued grownups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world.” As a mother, as an educator, and as a human being, I believe that literacy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Pre-School), Charity, Events, Featured, Reading

Halloween Adventure with the Heffalump

Halloween Adventure with the Heffalump

Confession: I am a total Halloweenie. What’s not to love? Harvest time, crisp autumn air, playing dress up, and lots of treats! Last Halloween, my daughter just started to grasp a little of the fun of dressing up, visiting our neighbors, and getting a bag full of candy. This year I’m hoping to introduce the joy of the “spookables”, as my dear friend and cartoon alter-ego Tigger calls them…and Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie has plenty … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, Featured, Halloween

Now My Dishwasher is Named Frigidaire

Now My Dishwasher is Named Frigidaire

There’s a member of my family who takes a little ribbing for an insistence on washing each dish thoroughly before placing it in the dishwasher–and the dishes are so immaculate no one knows if the washer has been run or not.  This person insists that is the only way the dishes get clean.  Add to that the time spent drying the dishes after the dishwasher is done, and there is almost no point in putting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Appliances, Eco-Friendly, Featured

Healthy Eating On-The-Go Contest

Healthy Eating On-The-Go Contest

When life gets hectic, my food choices get increasingly unhealthy. When I have time to plan ahead, I pack baby carrots, apple slices and other healthy snacks to eat in the car or in between errands.  But frequently I find myself grabbing convenience food or heading to the drive-thru. At the BlogHer conference in Chicago, food companies and restaurants had nutritionists on hand to give suggestions, tips and coupons about healthy eating. The most popular tip: If you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, DVD, Exercise, Food, Health

StrollAway by MetroTots: The Must-Have Space Saver for Your NYC Apartment

StrollAway by MetroTots: The Must-Have Space Saver for Your NYC Apartment

Being a mom-to-be in the city is certainly not without its challenges – not the least of which is finding a place to put all that cool urban baby gear that is slowly accumulating in my NY-sized apartment. Enter the StrollAway, an over-the-door stroller storage system invented by a mom (the best baby stuff is, right?) right here in NYC. I have to admit I was a little bit skeptical when I first received a review … Read entire article »

Filed under: 00-06 Months, 06-12 Months, Featured, Strollers

Remember Through Serving

Remember Through Serving

Join in a national day of service to build hope and community. Debbie and I both volunteer regularly and believe strongly in the value of service and raising our children in the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors–whether those neighbors are next door, brothers and sisters across the globe, or fellow online citizens. This year, I organized a local Kids Care Club and I’ve been planning a local book drive for a health clinic that serves children on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Events, Featured

Baby’s Got Brand New Jammies

Baby’s Got Brand New Jammies

Snug-fitting, organic cotton pajamas are the right choice for your kids…and the environment! New Jammies come in vibrant and fanciful designs that encourage kids to learn about the natural world and good nutrition. If you choose snug-fitting pajamas, you can avoid flame-retardant and reduce your child’s exposure to toxins and chemicals. By selecting organic cotton, you get a soft, breathable fabric perfect for comfortable pajamas.  Plus, you support sustainable production. I met New Jammies creator, Nicole Johnson, at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bedtime, Children's Fashion, Contests, Featured, Organic, Pajamas

We Heart Sparklehearts Hair Detangler

We Heart Sparklehearts Hair Detangler

When I was a little girl, I had long curly hair.  Except most of the time instead of looking like Shirley Temple, I looked more like Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett.  My mom would tame my mane with a leave-in conditioner, or “detangler”. Now, I have my own curly girly with beautiful ringlets that get knotty easily and I went looking at my favorite natural children’s lines for a decent detangler with no luck. So, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bath Time, Beauty, Contests, Featured, Hip Find, Made in the USA, Organic, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Customized Book for Your Creature

Customized Book for Your Creature

Personalization is enjoying a renaissance in the children’s market.  But why settle for just having your kid’s name in a book when the main character can look like your kid. Even better, MJM Books publishes original personalized, customizable children’s stories with illustrations drawn by an artist. All three available books are sweet stories about the unique perspective children have on the world.  My favorite is What Animal Are You? — a version of a game my daughter … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Baptism Gifts, Birthday Gifts, Books, Books (0-3), Books (Pre-School), Contests, Featured, Kids Gifts, Personalized, Pre-schoolers, Toddlers