Kids

Git Along Little Raindrops

With two little girls, I’ve got boxes full of dress-up clothes for rainy days. Fringed flapper dresses, feather boas, and sequinned high heels – they’ve got it all. But why should girls have all the fun?

Oooooh, Balmy

I’ve got enough in my diaper bag without having to worry about the hundred products I might want to add come spring–Calamine, lip balm, Neosporin, blah blah blah. But after trying a sample of Bye Bye Boo Boo from Zen Momma, I think I’ve just pared down my kit by about 16 pounds.

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.

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 leave her creative outfits behind.

We’re Gonna Rock This House

How can you not be intrigued by a band referred to as "the Aerosmith of kids music?" This isn’t to say that they’re going to cast the lead singer’s barely legal daughter as a Lolita in their next music video, but if you stick with the music part – that’s a pretty accurate description of South Jersey boys and much lauded kid rockers Ernie and Neal.

Vintage Fabrics Go to Waist

While I rarely take the time to accessorize myself, I love finding just the right adornments to complete my daughters’ outfits. No matter how cute the clothes themselves may be, it’s often the hair clip or the cardigan or the belt that perfects the look.

Golden Girl

I’m feeling like I need a little more delicate in my life these days. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m nearing that 40 week of pregnancy mark…or maybe it’s just Spring.

Clips That Stay In? Be Still My Heart.

Not to brag, but my girls have quite lovely hair: Think spun silk. However, it’s a bear to style since elastics tangle easily, and barrettes slide right out. If my preschooler was more open to me fussing with her hair for 36 bazillion hours at a sitting it might not be so much of a problem.

What’s That Saying About Denial?

I’ve entirely accepted that fact that I must carry a diaper bag when I’m out with my kids. I know plenty of women however, who don’t care how much the thing looks like a regular handbag, it still screams "mommy" too much for their liking. Of course I think the diaper clutch, leaky bottles, and wet wipes spilling out of their purse does that regardless.

The Joys of Boys

I never truly realized the value of baby powder until I had a boy — need I say more? But with a baby with sensitive skin, I wasn’t going to settle for just any powder.

Getting All Felt Up

I love watching my daughter’s imagination in action. She sets the table for five so her imaginary friend can eat too, and there’s no end to the litany of cool animal pals that she describes as stopping by for a visit at bedtime.

Brush With Greatness


Oh, the poor, lowly, neglected baby brush. As essential as this item is to the nursery–or at least to ours, with our messy-haired daughter–the options are limited to the free crappy one that comes along with some baby bath essential gift set, or an absurdly expensive sterling one that needs more polishing and attention than the baby herself. Where are all the cool brushes?

April Showers Bring Laundry Mayhem


Now that Spring is here, that necessary evil known as the spontaneous downpour is in your immediate future. Of course to your kids, it’s not evil at all–just necessary. How else would they be able to jump in puddles, destroy their overpriced shoes, soil their pants, and generally make us crazy?

Gnome-in-the-Box

I always loved jack-in-the-boxes as a kid, but you’ve got to admit, there was something about that original "Jack" that was pretty creepy. Clowns are generally a little questionable anyway, come to think of it, let alone one intended to scare the bejeezus out of a preschooler by design.

YouTube for Moms: The Boob Tube?

One thing pregnant women and new mothers are definitely not lacking is a variety of information sources–some more desired (Cool Mom Picks) than others (the mother-in-law with some very interesting views on putting whiskey in the bottle). But picking and choosing from among the stacks of books and lists of URLs can be daunting. And frankly, who has that kind of energy these days? Sometimes a passive medium like TV is just what the doctor ordered.