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Tea with Marie Grace at the American Girl Place

Tea with Marie Grace at the American Girl Place

For Christmas, my amazing sister-in-law gave my daughter an American Girl Doll, Marie Grace. My daughter had been requesting an American Girl Doll for the last year after seeing one at show-and-tell but I held off because of her young age and because, honestly, I was never into dolls as a child! I recognize, however, all the fun and growth that can come from playing with dolls. From toddlers learning compassion or getting ready for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Featured

Sun Tea (Tea Collection’s Summer Line)

Sun Tea (Tea Collection’s Summer Line)

There is something different about Tea Collection’s clothing for kids. Perhaps it is the quality, or the globally-influenced motifs, or the sweet but still cosmopolitan styles. Whatever it is, I can spot a tea collection outfit anywhere and not just because I have the latest catalog memorized. Our friends and family can do it, too. Now whenever they ask, “Where did you get that adorable outfit?” they quickly answer their own question: “Tea Collection”. While not inexpensive, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children's Fashion, Featured

Take a Look, It’s On Your iPad…Reading Rainbow!

Take a Look, It’s On Your iPad…Reading Rainbow!

As a child, I loved Reading Rainbow and hearing the show’s theme song still brings back happy childhood memories. I can be anything Take a look It’s in a book A Reading Rainbow A Reading Rainbow I loved the way classic Reading Rainbow episodes featured books with few bells & whistles, and I credit the show with inspiring a lifelong love of reading. Since I’m a fan, I was delighted to learn that Reading Rainbow has returned in the form of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Educational, entertainment, Featured, Free, Kindergartners, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age), Uncategorized

Can I Get a Picture Perfect Do-Over?

Can I Get a Picture Perfect Do-Over?

The second I walked in to drop my son off at preschool, I knew something was wrong. All the little girls wore darling party dresses and the normally tousled little boys had on neatly tucked-in button down shirts. On what I clearly had forgotten was picture day, my son, on the other hand, was wearing a too-large, kelly green shirt with a giant image of Kermit-the-Frog’s face. Since it was the last class … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Mommy Blogs

Share Our Strength: Summer Meals for Hungry Kids

Share Our Strength: Summer Meals for Hungry Kids

Did you know that although more than 21 million children in the US get free or reduced-price school lunches, only 3 million get a free summer meal? Most of us can probably count on our children being fed to their bodies’ content at any moment of any day. But millions of kids and parents face the summer with worry; the breakfasts and lunches being fed to them during school will be missing. You may have read our … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Free, News, Nutrition, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious, Summer, Uncategorized

Cleaning Pool Toys and Outdoor Furniture

Cleaning Pool Toys and Outdoor Furniture

Summer is my favorite season. My kids love swimming, playing and dining outside. Aside from battling pesky mosquitoes during our evening meals, our biggest outdoor challenge is finding a way to clean patio furniture and grimy pool toys. Arm & Hammer has challenged me to use their baking soda to ease some of my outside cleaning pain. Knowing how versatile and effective baking soda is when I’m cleaning my bathroom and kitchen, I’m optimistic about using it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cleaning, Contests, Featured, Summer, Uncategorized

Disney’s John Carter 3D Blu-Ray Review

Disney’s John Carter 3D Blu-Ray Review

Disney recently sent me a copy of their John Carter Blu-Ray, in 3D. As I hadn’t seen the movie in theatres, I was excited to watch it at home and see what kind of movie magic can happen with a $250 million+ budget! Disney took on the very daunting task of adapting sci-fi icon Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1917 novel, A Princess of Mars. There’s no way around it, this plot-line is very complicated. My 4 year old enjoyed … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, entertainment, Featured, Movies, Uncategorized

Flying with Kids

Flying with Kids

I used to fly 100k+ miles a year pre-kids. I was a super efficient packer. I remember taking 10 day business trips with just a single carry-on bag. And I knew the system  which enabled me to consistently score flight upgrades, book the cheapest seats and quickly navigate security. Flying with kids is so much harder, but it doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. I actually enjoyed my recent flight to Orlando with my kids! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Events, Featured, Parenting, Tips, Travel

Save on MAM Anti-Colic Baby Bottles

Save on MAM Anti-Colic Baby Bottles

MAM Anti-Colic bottles are a favorite of both breastfeeding moms and bottle-feeding moms. One of the main reasons is MAM’s unique “Silk Nipple.” This extra-soft nipple makes the switch between breast and bottle easier than using a traditional (harder) silicone nipple. While I was breastfeeding, I worried about nipple confusion even though I wanted my husband’s help with nighttime feedings. Thankfully, our baby was able to switch easily from bottle to breast using the MAM Anti-Colic bottle. We were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gear, Baby Gifts, Breastfeeding, Coupons, Featured, Feeding, Gift Ideas, Nutrition, Registry Pick

Discover Boating

Discover Boating

Yachting may be an activity of wealthy celebs, but boating is a surprisingly affordable summer activity. Many resort areas offer affordable boat rentals by the hour or day. As a child, I remember learning how to sail a boat with my father. Sailing requires focus and teamwork– which makes it an ideal family bonding activity. While I enjoy the serenity of sailing on a sunny day, my husband (pictured here) prefers the speed and excitement of personal watercrafts and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Summer, Travel