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November 1 is National Brush Day

November 1 is National Brush Day

Four minutes. Four minutes a day is all it takes to keep our mouths healthy. As a mom, I can attest to the frustration that is involved with getting kids to brush their teeth. It starts when they are little, and they kick and scream before letting you pry their mouths open to scrub off they day’s meals from their teeth. As they get older and take on the job themselves, toothbrushing becomes a lightning-fast activity, nearly … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Charity, Halloween, Health, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious, Toddlers

Wild Pooches at Animal Planet Pet Parade

Wild Pooches at Animal Planet Pet Parade

If you’re like me you love dressing up your pet and taking him/her trick or treating with the family. This year be sure to dress your pet up in one of these amazing costumes from animal planet!  I am absolutely in love with this Zebra costume!  My kids had a blast dressing him up.  They sure got a kick out of the costume.  Even Snowball knew to pose!  They also list some ideas for some really … Read entire article »

Filed under: Costumes, Featured, Halloween

Fabulous Fall Getaways

Fabulous Fall Getaways

Fall is actually one of my favorite times of year to travel. My friends at TravelingMom.com have created a beautiful and FREE ezine listing some of the best fall getaways for families. If you’re looking for vacation inspiration or even just a few day-trip ideas, you’ll enjoy their suggestions. I’ve actually taken several of the trips suggested, and I agree that some locations are just better in the crisp fall air. New England is at its best … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Halloween, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Travel

4 Healthier Halloween Treat Alternatives

4 Healthier Halloween Treat Alternatives

Come next weekend, all anybody will be thinking about is candy. Kids will be dreaming of it and planning for it, adults will be combing nearby drug and food stores for bags of it and everybody will be thinking about the nutritional side effects-whether it be the future of your children’s teeth or your own waistline. Abe’s Market has hundreds of Natural and Organic Food Products for sale to help you with this particular dilemma! Go Granola! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Food, Health

6 Tips to Go Green for Halloween

6 Tips to Go Green for Halloween

Halloween does not have to mean lots of plastic trash and junk food!  You can go green for Halloween! 1. Upcycle household trash to make decorations. Check out these cute egg carton spiders from Sara from Mom Endeavors, spooky recycled jar creature votives by Candace guest posting at Make and Takes, or adorable cardboard tube owls by Valerie at the Frugal Family Fun Blog…just poke through the recycling and you will have a festively haunted house … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Featured

Easy and Affordable Halloween Decorating Tips

Easy and Affordable Halloween Decorating Tips

My uber-creative friend Martie made these adorable and affordable pumpkin people decorations. Visit her blog to learn how to make pumpkin people. Martie is the party and entertaining expert on MSN, but she’s no Martha Stewart. Her ideas are meant to be affordable and easy for normal people to do. For a recent party, Martie used hollowed out gourds she found at a farm stand as vases and candle-holders. She spent less than $40…but the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, Halloween, Home and Decorating, Parties, Seasonal, Uncategorized

Halloween Children’s Boooooo-ks

Halloween Children’s Boooooo-ks

Fueled by candy, children’s imagination runs wild at Halloween as they transform themselves into superheroes, animals, monsters, pirates, villains, and fairy tale characters. Feed your children’s imagination with some ghoulishly great books that they’ll enjoy long after they’ve eaten their fill of fun-size Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You won’t need to trick your children into reading these lively tales of ghosts, witches, vampires, monsters, witches and more.   Vunce Upon a Time is a charming and beautifully-illustrated Halloween story that might even help banish … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (0-3), Books (Activities), Books (Fiction), Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Contests, Halloween, Seasonal, Uncategorized

Photogenic Halloween Costumes for Your Boo-tiful Baby

Photogenic Halloween Costumes for Your Boo-tiful Baby

To get in the Halloween spirit, Baby Mwah and I have been reading Halloween Treats: A Touch-and-Feel Book ($6.99) by Tom Arma, who the New York Times called “the most published baby photographer in the world.” Baby Mwah loves looking at these sweet, cuddly babies all dressed up for their very first Halloween in adorable costumes. He can pet the fuzzy polar bear, touch the satiny jack-o’-lantern costume, feel the queen’s velvet robe, the farmer’s denim overalls and the ballerina’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (0-3), Contests, Costumes, Coupons, Halloween, Seasonal, Uncategorized

Babywearing Halloween Costumes

Babywearing Halloween Costumes

Trick or Treating with your kiddo in a sling, mei tai, wrap or carrier?  Make your babywearing part of the costume.  Here are a few suggestions from us here at Mamanista: Kangaroo – Forward Facing Okay, a marsupial may be an obvious choice…but still adorable!  Dress in tan, get yourself a pair of brown floppy ears, and put your baby in this adorable Baby Kangaroo Costume. Wear baby facing out in the kangaroo carry, of course! If … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Carriers, Costumes, Halloween, Slings, Wraps

Animal Planet Baby and Toddler Costumes

Animal Planet Baby and Toddler Costumes

What’s cuter than cute? Baby animals. Even cuter? Your baby dressed up as a baby animal for Halloween. Check out these Animal Planet™ Infant and Toddler Costumes, available in Meerkat, Monkey, Lemur, White Tiger, and Sea Otter. My favorite is the Animal Planet Collector’s Edition Meerkat Infant Costume (also available as  the Meerkat Toddler Costume). These are super-luxury costumes that are designed to make your baby as comfortable as he is adorable. There is a full … Read entire article »

Filed under: 00-06 Months, 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Costumes, Halloween, Toddlers