Author: Julie

The more dust bunnies, the better. For a change.

I love the idea of a growth chart, but I’d never found any that appealed to my decor sensibilities, which are admittedly a bit quirky. Then I got a peek at the Dust Bunnies height chart from UK graphic wall art shop Spin Collective, which is actually a wall decal. I laugh every time I see those wide-eyed, spindly-legged dust bunnies teetering on top of each other. The measurements are in meters, but I figure that will help my kids learn the metric system.  Unique, hilarious, and educational – plus measuring my kids’ growth in terms of dust bunnies...

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Making shots less shot-like

I think I can safely state that most parents would like to spare their children as much trauma as possible, which is why I was intrigued by the concept of the Buzzy. This FDA-approved plastic bee uses mechanical vibrations to “confuse” nerve endings, distracting kids from the pain of a shot, finger prick or even an IV insertion. Developed by pediatric emergency physician (and mom of three) Amy Baxter, Buzzy’s effectiveness for kids age 4+ seems to be supported by a bunch of scientific evidence along with scads of personal anecdotes. In fact, this may be so revolutionary, she’s...

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Let’s go surfin’ now

I may have mentioned once or forty times that our family spends a lot of time in the pool.  Which means that we buy bathing suits and board shorts as part of the new baby layette.  Problem is, it’s not that easy to find cool swimwear sized for surfer dudes under a year old. Haiden Surf has solved that problem for pool-going families like mine with their super-cool kids’ board shorts for little guys. These big kid styles come in infant sizes as small as three months, and unlike other adult fashions that look dorky on kids, boardies are...

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Buh-bye macaroni art

Craft kits are perfect for moms lacking that creativity gene, but then there are moms like me who combine both lack of creativity with an aversion to clutter. Our kids happily create, but then we wonder what to do with the (precious and unique but totally useless) results. The kids’ craft kits from The Little Experience are right up my rainy-day alley.  Not only are these craft kids an ideal way to spend an afternoon or two, I’m really impressed by all the cool stuff you can make whether your kids are 3 or 13. We (and by “we”,...

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An awesome Father’s Day gift from the kids, no glitter glue required

Obviously the greatest Father’s Day gifts are the ones that actually come from the kids. But when you’ve got ones who aren’t even old enough to sign their names to a card yet, check out the personalized Daddy books from iseemyface.com as a fantastic alternative.  You and your kids can create a board book that features a cartoon version of Dad, based on a photo you submit, and in fact I was pretty surprised by how close the resemblance turned out to be. Not that my handsome, dashing husband is cartoonish, of course. Add some of your own custom...

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BOB Strollers: It’s a Revolution

I consider myself quite a connoisseur of strollers. Having lived in the city, in urban suburbia, and in the suburbs proper, I know that owning a variety of strollers can be as essential as owning a variety of handbags. My latest stroller find is the BOB. Say it aloud; it’s got a cult-like sound to it, and for good reason. These babies are amazing. We’ve owned a few jogging-slash-multi purpose strollers, and the BOB, in my view, puts them all to shame. After trying one out for the last few weeks, the BOB’s attention to detail is what really...

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Pool safety for kids – smart, but also cute

When it first came time to baby-proof our apartment, I went to that big-box baby store to get supplies and learned there were far more ways that my baby girl could injure herself than I’d ever imagined. (Hello, bubble wrap). What I didn’t consider was our apartment pool.  If I’d known about Safety Turtle back then, it would have topped my list of must-have baby proofing measures.  This child immersion alarm system is incredibly easy to use: Just strap the locking wristband with the adorable turtle on it around your child’s wrist and plug in the base station into...

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Sassy Web Watch iC: A video baby monitor for the truly obsessed.

When I put my little guy down for a nap, I close the door and don’t look back. I’m not one for compulsively checking on him (because with my luck, I’ll wake him up) and I’d never even considered using a video baby monitor. Until now. Lately I’ve been satisfying my inner voyeur — and my mother’s and my mother-in-law’s — with the Sassy Web Watch iC. This amazing video monitor not only works here at home, but on the Internet too, with a free Skype or MSN account. Isn’t that cool? So I can watch my baby toss...

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animoto: Video editing a non-techy mother could love

Not to brag, but for a non-geeky girl I know my way around a computer.  I’m not even afraid to dive into code. But where it comes to video editing, I’m a complete dolt. So when I created my very own free (free!) 30-second video at animoto, I was astonished at the results. Just upload photos, add a few text slides, choose music (or upload your own, but be mindful of copyright laws), and let animoto take care of the rest. And by rest, I mean wow, this is some professional looking video in just seconds. Then  email it...

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Sugarcoat Decals: Like a temporary tattoo for your car

My car is completely and utterly utilitarian; it gets me and my three children from Point A to Point B. But while an upgrade to something more fun isn’t in my budget these days, Sugarcoat Decals are. These vinyl car decals helped me give my car a super-cute facelift with flowers, leaves, vines, and bugs. The decals are a snap to apply and easily withstand weather and car washes, but keep in mind there’s a fine line between cute and cutesie — apply judiciously.  While Sugarcoat Decals are helping my car stand out among the sea of SUVs at...

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