Random Coolness

Booking Agents

Hurricane Katrina’s wrath was devastating for sure, but it also did damage in ways we don’t always think about. Consider the public libraries, for example. Seeing as how water and paper aren’t a very good combination, several libraries lost entire book collections–every single book–and desperately need to restack those stacks.

Whose Books Are These Anyway?

I’m happy to lend out my daughter’s 1,278 books, however, I can’t be bothered penning our name and phone number in every single one. But without some type of identifying mark, I have a feeling I’ll never see them again.

My Kingdom for an Hour of Sleep

As a new mom, I had heard that swaddling was the answer to my sleep deprivation. I tried to make that perfectly tight burrito blanket the nurses achieved so effortlessly in the hospital, only for my daughter to free her hands in a matter of seconds and commence screaming.

Journal-ist

While every new mom-to-be has an insane list of things she needs (wipe warmers not withstanding), there’s nothing cooler than getting her something she needs but doesn’t yet know she needs.

A Little Birdhouse In Your Soul

When it comes to baby gifts, I don’t want to be the practical mom who gives the ten-pack of store brand burp cloths. I want to be the fun mom! The one who gives something that will never be spit up on, peed on, or pooped on over the course of its lifespan.

Food Allergies, Now In Fashion

I have a child with a peanut allergy and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told people about it, only to watch them cluelessly offer her something made with that very ingredient. Hello? Stop trying to kill my daughter, thankyouverymuch.

Knit One, Laugh Two

Back when I was decorating the nursery, I was not exactly in love with the cookie-cutter mobiles in all of the baby chain stores. Come to think of it, if they had actually been cookie cutters I’d have liked them way more than the cheaply assembled satin ballerinas or polyester barnyard animals hanging from plastic hangers.

Make it a Double

With all the great frank and funny mom books out there, it’s about time someone came up with an equally entertaining daddy alternative. So we were tickled when we found out that Robert Wilder, well-known writer, columnist, and dad of two, had done just that.

No More Mixed Decks

If you haven’t noticed, poker is taking over the world. And if you’ve got a spousal unit like my husband, you’ve seen enough Texas Hold ‘Em on TV that you could probably beat him at his own game.

Pick Your Man a PacMan

Ever struggle over what to get your husband for Father’s Day because he just won’t tell you? Fear not, adventurers: If your baby’s daddy was a child of the 80′s, he’ll love receiving a video game from his misspent youth, one at which he can actually beat the kids of today.