Author: Liz Gumbinner

New study: Married people have an advantage when it comes to cancer survival

This week, a new study was published in the journal Cancer, indicating that married people have a “marked survival advantage” when it comes to cancer. And this here single mom sat up and took note. (If, admittedly, a little defensively at first.) As reported by HealthDayNews on the nih.gov site, researchers from the non-profit Cancer Prevention Institute of California looked at more than 800,000 adults in California diagnosed with invasive cancer over 10 years and the results indicated: -Married men had a 27% higher cancer survival rate than single men -Married women had a 19% higher cancer survival rate than single women. Wow. This also...

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The single best dry shampoo ever, according to someone who has tried them all

Okay so maybe it’s a wee bit of an overstatement to say I’ve tried every dry shampoo — but definitely enough that I can state with all confidence that I have discovered the very best dry shampoo. After several years sampling the dry shampoo promises from blow dry chain brands, high end salon brands, fancy haircutters-to-the-stars with their names on their own products brands, the only one I keep coming back to is Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. As a busy working mom, there is no way I’m washing and drying my super-thick hair every day. Or even every other...

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A hot new line of diaper bags from a designer who’s not so new to them at all.

I recently got wind of the hot new line of Newlie diaper bags created by Leslie Newton, who might be best known as the Leslie of Timi and Leslie. I have to say, I’m impressed. And I’m a mom who doesn’t impress that easily when it comes to accessories, whether they’re meant to hold spare diapers or not. As with so many diaper bags these days, Newlie diaper bags are designed to look like nothing of the sort. It’s only the a wipe-clean interior, zillions of pockets, and a sizeable insulated pocket on the inside of each bag that gives its primary use away. That pocket is perfect...

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Fisher-Price hires Jonathan Adler, and wait until you see what’s coming for babies and toddlers

This post has been updated with corrections. Fisher-Price is of course the brand behind many of our favorite childhood toys like that now iconic telephone and the little gumball machine looking push-toy. So their big announcement this week that Jonathan Adler — yes, that Jonathan Adler — has signed on as their new creative director in charge of baby and children’s items is huge news for those of us fans of his modern, clever design work. And those of us fans of modern, clever children’s gifts and gear that won’t break the bank. It’s not a totally shocking move for him considering he’s got...

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The adult coloring book that’s perfect for Mother’s Day

Just when you think you’ve seen every adult coloring book concept on the planet, along comes another made just for moms — or those who love them. My Mother, My Heart: A Joyful Book to Color is so much more beautifully designed than I, admittedly, was expecting from the title alone. As a typography geek, I appreciate Eleri Fowler’s exquisite hand-lettering that she uses throughout the book to bring to life inspirational quotes and poetic messages of love for mothers, from the likes of Robert Browning, Louisa May Alcott, and Marcel Proust. But of course the star of the show are the fabulous, intricate illustrations that cover 96 pages....

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Parent Hacks is the book that will literally change parents’ lives. Here’s why.

We’ve been friends and fans of Asha Dornfest, and her brilliant website Parent Hacks, for a full decade, since we both got started at the very same time. In fact, if you click that link, you’ll see we first touted the brilliance of her site back in April of 2006 (wow!) referring to it as the antidote to the disappointing Dr. Expert parenting book that everyone raved about. Over that time, Parent Hacks grown to be such a helpful resource for millions of parents that, at long last, Asha has compiled the best of the best of 10 years of parent-generated tips in a new must-have parenting book. Parent Hacks: 134...

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The new BabyBjörn watercolor collection is a thing of beauty

Okay so maybe we didn’t completely buy those pastel Pantone colors of the year during the winter. But now? Spring! And just in time, BabyBjörn is totally on trend with a new line of baby gear they call the BabyBjörn Watercolor Collection. In fact, I get a little daydream-y just looking at all those icy blues and soft turquoises, and not because I’m jonesing for a new baby to stick in their carriers.  (Though if you have one, I’ll gladly ooh and ahh at you.) Not every color is available for every item. Like you’ll find our highly recommended BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light in...

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Happy birthday Jane Goodall! 5 fun, easy ways to introduce her to your kids

Is there one kid in the world who isn’t fascinated by animals? (Answer: no.) So today, Jane Goodall’s birthday, is a perfect opportunity to cozy around your tablet or computer together and dig into her life just a bit. Especially if you think her legacy is limited to her work with Chimpanzees. Here are five places to start.   1.  Read a quick bio of her on the wonderful The Reconstructionists site, an homage to amazing women through history. Their Jane Goodall page includes a fantastic illustration and Goodall quote from Lisa Congdon, that would happen to make a nifty screensaver for...

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Powerpuff yourself! Townsville needs you!

Have you ever fancied yourself fighting two-dimensional crime alongside Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup? Well get on it! Thanks to the super fun new Powerpuff Yourself website from Cartoon network, you can create your very own Powerpuff Girl avatar faster than you can say Professor Utonium. Okay so maybe not that fast. But still, somewhat fast. I love how mine came out above! Notice, my superhero accessory is an iPhone. Also my hair is now impervious to bad guys and sudden rises in humidity.   Pick male or female features, clothes, accessories and a backdrop, then download as Wallpaper, a social avatar or a blinding...

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Disney LEGO minifigures are released, but look who’s missing.

Now that they’ve been revealed, I’m looking at the new Disney LEGO minifigures with great interest. I mean, I doubt there’s a kid on this planet who doesn’t imagine an array of 18 Disney characters transformed into LEGO minifigures and know right away that there will be at least one they absolutely have to have, please Mom, I’ll do anything, pleeeeeease….!  Related: 19 cool Rey Star Wars toys and gifts, from LEGO to tees to wall art It’s a fairly diverse selection, with characters ranging from classic Mickey and Minnie, to Pixar faves, and even less blockbuster-ish characters like Stitch, all available in May in those $3.99 surprise packs. But looking...

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9 fantastic girl power movies for kids, streaming right now

Having two girls, I am definitely hyperaware of their increased interest in a film when it has a strong female lead. That said, when they’re with their male friends, and they’re trying to pick a movie to watch together, I realize how rare it is for some of the kids to be aware of movies beyond the usual big blockbusters. I really think it’s important for all kids to see girls and women in positions of power in the media they watch — whether that means fighting crime, protecting a family, solving a mystery, or just getting through life. I mean, as much...

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Earmuffs! Or, how to talk to your kids about politics during an ugly election season

I’ve always aimed to raise my kids to be politically aware and engaged, and to help them understand how valuable their voting rights are and how important it is to become an informed voter. Ever since they were toddlers, I’ve taken them into the election booth with me, even letting my now 10-year-old step behind the curtains and pull an historic lever for me in ’08. (Yes, New York State still has levers. Don’t ask.) So I’ve looked forward to the presidential election year in which they’d be old enough to really really get it. In my mind, that would be the time...

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The coolest Easter Peeps diorama contest entries, FTW!

Easter traditions, in no particular order: 1. Dye eggs. 2. Find eggs. 3. Open baskets. 4. Steal all the Reese’s eggs from the kids. 5. Look at all the winners of all the Peeps art contests. Related: Fun ideas for what to do with Easter Peeps (besides eat them all)   I always head to the annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama winners first, followed by the excellent Seattle Times Peeps Contest. And then there’s also the WashPo’s dedicated Kids’ Peep Contest that your kids will love, featuring sugary homages to Inside Out, DC area sports teams, fairy tales, and Peep Steve Harvey whiffing the Miss Universe Peepgeant...

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Adorable, free last-minute Easter printables for the finishing touch on those baskets

We’re always grateful to the designers who create cute free printables, like these fun printable Easter basket gift tags.  Melanie has designed them in five fun colors, all of which should go perfectly with jelly beans, chocolate eggs, and and unnaturally colored Peeps of every kind. Just add an optional bunny tail (or “bunny butt,” as she calls it) and the Easter Bunny’s basket is ready to go. Related: The ultimate last-minute Easter idea guide, newly updated for 2017 You’ll find them at the wonderfully named Reasons to Skip the Housework, ready for printing. And hey, for more fun last minute crafts and...

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Web coolness: Awesome Easter treats, the new LEGO Batman trailer, must-see commercial of the week and more.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Fun last minute Easter egg sprinkle cookies recipe from Sprinkle Bakes. 6 absolutely amazing Easter cake recipes. 14 super easy Easter crafts for kids. 24 DIY pop culture Easter eggs featuring your kids’ favorite characters. Win! More easy Easter treats to make with the kids Color wheel eggs – so fun! Laughing so hard at the new LEGO Batman trailer. Speaking of which, a great crowdsourced LEGO set to vote for: LEGO I am Amelia Earhart. Ha! 21 baby milestone photos every parent must...

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Making natural Easter egg dyes perfectly: 2 expert methods and step-by-step tips

My kids have shown more of an interest in making natural easter egg dyes this year. It’s like part science experiment, part craft project, and there’s something kind of cool about not entirely knowing how the results will come out. So as much as we’re fans of finding creative ways to decorate Easter eggs without dyeing them, we have a few die-hard dyers (or dye-hards?) in my family who will be excited to check out this cool, easy step-by-step DIY for making natural Easter egg dye, using colors from actual food, courtesy of Chris McLaughlin. She’s a long-time garden columnist and home agriculture magazine editor, as...

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24 pop culture Easter eggs featuring your kids’ favorite characters: Parenting win!

If your kids are looking for their Easter eggs to have a little more personality this year, we’ve found tons of ways to make some fabulous pop culture Easter eggs, all representing some of kids’ favorite characters. While it’s always fun just to dunk eggs in dye or color them with markers, these ideas just might keep your kids decorating the entire day. Or…us. (If we’re honest about it.) However while some of these pop culture Easter eggs require a steady hand and some pro skills to make them come out just like the photos, you can also use these ideas as a jumping-off...

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Beer cocktails that make the weekend go down easier.

If you want to amp up your March Madness schedule this week, or you happen to be combining a watching party with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, may we suggest some beer cocktails? (No coincidence they’re both the same week, say beer and basketball fans everywhere.) Fortunately, we’ve got a great one to start you off. This Sriracha-Lada beer cocktail recipe from Bon Appetit looks like it will add some proper heat to the night. It’s rather like a Bloody Mary, only replacing the tomato juice and vodka with a Mexican lager. I’m in! If that’s not your speed — or you...

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Pi Day pencils: Geekery at its most pointed

With today being Pi Day, I cannot advocate for scribbling the first 10 or so digits of Pi on one’s sneaker soles before a test in math class. (Not that I’d ever know of such things.) But I can certainly go for the transparency of the awesome set of Pi pencils found at the Columbus based Wacodis Etsy shop. I love the pretty pastels juxtaposed with the exquisite nerdery of 3.141592653589793238462… and so on. Nice bonus that they’re USA-made. Today, March 14, is of course a perfect day to order them. Mmm….Pi.  Find the of Pi pencils and other fun geeky pencil designs online at...

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7 drugstore beauty products that are better than the expensive stuff

Recently I shared my top 7 beauty splurges that I think are worth the money. And I still do. but to be clear, I think there are tons of great drugstore beauty products out there, and I don’t think that everything in the world is worth a splurge. In fact, there are plenty of times that even after trying a pricier alternative, I return to a drugstore beauty product. Not just because it’s more affordable either, though that’s always a plus! So here’s a list of my picks for some of the best drugstore beauty products that I absolutely swear by....

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