Category: Helpful Services

You Spin Me Right ‘Round, Baby

Since joining the cult of motherhood in 2004, myregular trek to some loud, late night dance club where I slugged down glow-in-the-dark cocktails has been replaced with a different kind of play. One that’s decidedly strobe light free. But oh how I long for a little taste of the old life. It’s hard to believe I only just discovered Baby Loves Disco, but now that I have, I may be well on my way to shaking it like a Polaroid picture. Created by mom and professional dancer Heather Murphy, who later teamed up with Brooklyn-basedmusic guy Andy Hurwitz, BabyLoves...

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Photo Cards Just Got Less Photo Card-y

Holiday cards never fail to make me smile. Yes, even the ones containing a single-spaced, full-page dissertation of the year’s activities–heavy on the boredom, light on the entertainment (and ocassionally the truth). My favorite cards include pictures, but let’s be honest, most photo cards leave something to be desired in the taste department.

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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

Living away from friends and family has its good and bad points. Sure, you don’t have to deal with unannounced visits from the in-laws, but you do have to cope with the millions of questions pertaining to your child. Is she talking? What is she saying? Why don’t you put her on the phone…?

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Crafting for Compliments

Growing up, I rarely saw my mother without knitting needles in her hands. Whether we were on long car trips or visiting family and friends, the needles clicked away endlessly. The lesson I took from it: Great way to stay entertained while visitingthe in-laws.

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Isn’t a Jack Jill’s Brother?

I am clueless about cars. Give me a reliable car with four wheels and a good mechanic and I’m set. However, it has crossed my mindthat I’m not so sure what I would do if I had engine trouble on the road, or God help me, had to buy a car without the assistance of my husband (aka The Haggler).

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Run Mommy, Run

I learned that if there are two things that all new moms have in common, it’s the desire to meet other new moms, and the desire to fit back into the pre-pregnancy jeans. Like, yesterday.

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Block Party

The pressure to outdo, outspend, outimpress when it comes to your child’s birthday party is extraordinary. We’re not necessarily advocates of extravagance, but we understand that sometimes you just can’t resist going all out where the kiddo is concerned. In which case, have we got an idea for your next bash.

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Thanks, Made it Myself

Whenever Hillary Lang posts photos of her crafty creations on her blog, Wee Wonderfuls, I sigh and try to imagine what it must be like to have that kind of talent. Mending a sock or sewing on a button, I can handle. Anything more complex gets outsourced.

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When You’re Too Sleep-Deprived to Cut Through the BS

As a new mom, it’s hard to know where to turn for good advice. There are several websites offering free newsletters, which at their best clutter up your in-box unopened. At their worst, they make you feel like if you don’t buy a particular developmental toy from their online store right now now NOW, your child will grow up to rob banks and torture small animals.

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Oh, Just Print the Damn Photos Already

Switching to a digital camera was supposed to mean no more shoeboxes of curling, dusty photos in the closet. Of course now my snapshots are cluttering up folders on my hard drive, never to see an album or picture frame let alone actual photo paper. How do I organize this mess? Enter Tabblo. It’s a service that lets you compile your photos into virtual albums, complete with colorful backgrounds, photo editing tools, even headlines and captions. They can then be e-mailed to friends and family, pasted into a web site or blog, or printed into archival quality posters that...

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Summer Essentials for the Dad in Your Life

Since summer has quickly reared its hot and humid head here in the Northeast, I thought I’d start preparing for the season. Like most men, this entails digging out those flip flops from storage, loading up on some steaks, firing up the BBQ grill and enjoying some cool alcoholic beverages with friends.

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PopPop? Uncle Marty? Who are They?

As a military family, we do our best to keep everyone posted on the goings on of the first grandchild. But, let’s face it, I can barely keep track of my own relatives, let alone my husband’s huge family. And, while we try to send dvds and get our daughter to talk on the phone to "DeeDee and Poppop," we still get the guilt ridden comments about how they don’t think she knows who they are anymore. So, that’s why I’m thinking about signing up for Amiglia, a family tree and photo album website that helps you keep track...

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Let Someone Else Remember For You

You look at your calendar and realize you’ve forgotten your mother-in-law’s birthday. You jump online and send her a crappy e-card that she won’t be able to open anyway because she still uses dial-up. And even if she can get to it, it’s going to take her 2-hours to figure it out. Chances are, you’re never going to hear the end of it. Ever. Sound familiar? Well, don’t get stuck like that again. Join Red Stamp Cards for free and be fashionably on time with real live cards. Mom-trepreneurs Renee and Erin have designed a service that allows you...

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Green beer is nice and all but do you have a shamrock pinata?

There is pretty much no point in having a St. Patty’s Day bash if you’re not going to do it up. I’m talking glittery shamrock centerpieces on the tartan table cloth, shamrock guest soaps in the bathroom, baskets of shamrock mints to mask the Irish whiskey-breath. If you hit a party like that tonight, rest assured the hostess is either Martha Stewart or a fan of Plum Party. I love the cheeky sensibility, the helpful party tips, and the insane number of products this online party boutique has for sale. Owners Melinda and Risa have tracked down absolutely everything...

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This is My Kind of Scrapbooking

Isn’t there a saying that goes something like The Road to Hell is Paved in Good Intentions? Well, that seems to be where I’m headed when it comes to putting together my daughter’s baby scrapbook. I haven’t been lax in saving items; her memory box (as I like to call it) is almost totally full – and to be quite honest, I’m not sure I’ll ever get to putting it into something I’d ever feel comfortable showing to anyone older than the age of 2. So, thankfully, Pam over at Enduring Notions is here to get me back on...

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