Scrapbooks Out, Storybooks In

Scrapbooks Out, Storybooks In

Those fill-in-the-blank baby books didn’t work well for me. While some of the questions didn’t apply, I just didn’t like to leave the pages completely empty–or worse, use the bureaucratic Not Applicable. Eventually, I decided to eschew the...
Parenthood: A Taxing Experience

Parenthood: A Taxing Experience

How you feel about today comes down to one thing: Whether the number in that teeny little box at the bottom of your tax return has a plus before it, or a minus. But one thing we can all agree on is, it’s a good day to have kids. Many, many kids. This toddler tee...
A-List Teddies

A-List Teddies

Sure, your toddler loves that ratty old blankie – it goes everywhere that he does. But did you ever stop to think about what that ratty old blankie says about you and your style…or lack thereof? I shudder to think. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade to a...
Sanity Amidst the Minivans

Sanity Amidst the Minivans

We all love swapping war stories with another mom friend: You share your potty training adventures, she describes her toddler’s attempts to escape from the crib. By conversation’s end you’re laughing, crying, and grateful for the venting that keeps...
Thrifty Gifting

Thrifty Gifting

In my late twenties, I used to buy expectant friends the beautiful white blankets or the attractive silver picture frames. Now with two kids myself, I’ve done an about face from all that keepsake stuff. What can I say? I’m practical. That’s why...
Whatcha Got Cooking?

Whatcha Got Cooking?

It’s no secret that cooking doesn’t usually inspire warm and fuzzy feelings in me. I’m especially hesitant to try new recipes – after all that effort, will it turn out well? Or will it end up dumped into a napkin when I turn my back and shoved...
Step Aside, Batman

Step Aside, Batman

I’m all for supporting my daughter’s wild imagination as my blouses become herbeautiful gowns and that old ratty dish towel, a magical cape. The only thing I don’t love is the argument that precedes almost every trip out the house when we have to...
Still Washing Those Pacifiers, Eh

Still Washing Those Pacifiers, Eh

While I’m a big proponent of pacifiers, picking them up off the ground every four seconds stinks. Especially when you’re in that early stage where you actually still wash the thing off instead of just wiping it on your jeans. The Keep-it-Kleen self-closing...

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