Best baby books? – Reader Q+A

Best baby books? – Reader Q+A

Any suggestions for a good baby book? I saw the “Baby’s First Year Journal” in your Ultimate Baby Shower Guide but I’m wondering if you have any other cool things you’ve found out there? -Janet First of all, our all new 2012 Baby Shower...
Play clothes for the sand trap or the sand box

Play clothes for the sand trap or the sand box

One of the many surprise discoveries I made after having a baby boy was that I’m actually pickier about boy clothes. Specifically, a lot of sports-themed duds don’t pass muster, but select favorites make me swoon. But here’s a new line that gets the...
Turn those kiddos into busy bees

Turn those kiddos into busy bees

Spring break is on its way, and I’m making plans. But my spring break plans don’t involve beaches, bikinis, or beer. Instead, I’m looking for ways to keep my kids busy. (Besides cleaning the bathroom, my standard fallback response to the cry of...
Vancouver travel with families – O Canada!

Vancouver travel with families – O Canada!

When you think of foreign travel, Canada probably doesn’t spring to mind. After all, we’ve got hockey, maple syrup, and a Francophile or two here in the United States, right? Well, yes. But as I discovered on a recent trip to Vancouver and the Whistler...
That’s right honey, you can’t win

That’s right honey, you can’t win

While I’ve never taken my husband to task for only buying three lemons instead of the dozen I requested (“Who asks for a dozen lemons anyway?”), I have to confess that I avoid sending him to the grocery store because…well, whatever he gets is...
You say it’s your Birth Day

You say it’s your Birth Day

When I was pregnant for the first time, I developed an unhealthy affinity for those birth documentaries that had previously repelled me.  Something about growing a baby myself made me want to click over and immerse myself in the gory details. A new book from...
Flipping for BrainFlips

Flipping for BrainFlips

Kids these days have it so easy: Cell phones, computers, and cartoons on TV twenty-four hours a day. Technology has even made studying a cinch. No more Encyclopedia Britannica — now it’s all about search engines. But flashcards are one classic study method...
Purple Trail makes anybody a professional party planner

Purple Trail makes anybody a professional party planner

I want to be a good hostess, really I do. But my idea of throwing a party involves opening a few bottles of wine and putting steaks on the grill. I’m a little shaky where it comes to the details that elevate a party from fun to fabulous. Purple Trail is exactly...
Group gifts get smarter

Group gifts get smarter

With a child heading to second grade next year (how did that happen already?), I’m well-versed in the usual procedure of collecting money for a group teacher gift.  Problem is, we’re still doing it the same way we did it when I was a kid: Everybody sends...

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