Month: June 2007

The End of Cooties As We Know It

As anyone who’s ever thrown a party knows, you need about six times as many cups as guests. Mainly because half of them get wasted when the guests get…well, wasted…and forget which half-full cup was theirs after they put it down. Or worse, instead of leaving it altogether, they unknowingly drink from someone else’s cup. Yuck.

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Take a Hike, Tinkerbell

I’m always looking for books for my daughter featuring strong female protagonists. They don’t have to be fist-in-the-air feminist characters, but they don’t have to be princesses dreaming of marrying princes, either. So I’m really enjoying having discovered The Fairy Chronicles series by JH Sweet. Despite the name, these aren’t really fairy chronicles. They’re more like adventures of regular girls who discover they have magical fairy powers, to be used on adventures like saving the source of all hope on earth–all while encountering trolls, witches, magic gargoyles and unicorns along the way. What 9 year old wouldn’t keep reading...

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Take a Hike, Tinkerbell

I’m always looking for books for my daughter featuring strong female protagonists. They don’t have to be fist-in-the-air feminist characters, but they don’t have to be princesses dreaming of marrying princes, either.

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Clippy Not Slippy

My first child is on her way and while I still have a lot to learn, one thing I’ve already got down pat is how not to experience a repeat of The Slippy Blanket Stroller Incident that occurred while I was walking with my infant niece. Let’s just say that when a blanket slides off a stroller and gets caught in the wheels, it’s not pretty. Thanks to Amy Long, the owner and creator of the ingenious Secure2Me Blanket, I don’t have to ever worry about losing my daughter’s blanket–or capsizing her stroller. These luxurious and stylish blankets come...

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Caterpillars in the Shower

My daughter has been introduced to the scientific concept of metamorphosis by, of all things, an episode of The Wonder Pets. She now understands, in her 2 year-old way, that a caterpillar turns into a "buh-fwy." Also that butterflies sing and dance.

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Triple the Fun

I can barely keep my head above water with two kids of different ages so the notion of triplets (triplets!!!) sends me into shock. And I’m not just talking about all those diapers or managing their feeding schedules. I’m thinking about the important issues–like how the heck you dress them.

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A is for Anhui, B is for Beijing

As a writer I’ve always subscribed to the adage, "write what you know." And I assume the same goes for other art forms as well. (Paper maché what you know!) So it’s not surprising that prolific illustrator and photographer Stephanie Wise began creating a spectacular series of modern adoption art in 2005 after setting off on her own adoption journey.

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Will Clean Up Toys for Peanuts

It’s hard to beat little cotton dresses on little girls for summer. The problem is, not every girl is the gingham and bows type, and that’s a lot of what toddler dresses are. If we put my daughter in something frilly and flouncy…well let’s just say it wouldn’t happen.

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The End of Shrieking Wet Baby Syndrome

There’s nothing like seeing your happy, warm, water baby turn into a screaming cold monsterwhen you attempt to extract her ever so quickly from the bathtub. Even the most highly skilled supermom does not have the power to wrap that baby up quickly enough to avoid those awful yelps.

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No C-Ems

Aside from the rare celebrity or overexposed heiress who schedules her delivery around her publicity schedule, most women don’t exactly look forward to c-sections.

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A Dry Heiny is a Happy Heiny

If you’ve been wavering on whether or not to cloth diaper your child, we might have found something to seal the deal. Although sorry, it isn’t totally odorless poop that magically disappears on contact with air.

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