I’m Pining for Some Wood

I’m Pining for Some Wood

With an anti-sleep toddler, I barely have time to get a shower, let alone match jewelry to an outfit. But that doesn’t mean I’m willing to sacrifice my stylish tendencies. Itjust means that I need pieces that can multi-itask as competently as I try to....
Let’s Hear it For Less Laundry!

Let’s Hear it For Less Laundry!

We all know that any eating, drooling, or art-making extravaganza on the part of your toddler is never pretty. But while you may successfully protect your child’s cute top with a smock, the pants are never so lucky. Beth Allums–mom, art teacher, and crafty...
Little Miss Can’t-Be-Matched

Little Miss Can’t-Be-Matched

You’ve surely heard the wisdom that if you buy socks for newborns and toddlers in a single color, such as white like I did, then you’ll never be without a matched pair. But just as you’re thinking you’ve outsmarted the dryer elves, along comes...
Look Ma, No Sparkles!

Look Ma, No Sparkles!

My older daughter, Mimi, is a princess-kittens-glittery flowers kind of girl. I can’t convince her to don any clothing that doesn’t scream I AM A GIRLY GIRL, most often in some shade of pink. Rosie, however, is more tomboy than princess, which makes...
Find Your Inner Silly

Find Your Inner Silly

If I have to hear Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy one more time, I just might check myself into the mommy loony bin. Thank goodness for musician Jim Gill and his newest release, Moving Rhymes for Modern Times. This isn’t your everyday kiddie album. Originally a music...
SHOOOOOOOOOOE!

SHOOOOOOOOOOE!

Every year the World Cup brings in a new spate of obsessive soccer fans, and this year my own baby’s daddy was among the casualties–er, ranks. I’m not about to let him replace all the art in the baby’s room with team posters, but I...
Babies + Chemicals: Not The Best Combo

Babies + Chemicals: Not The Best Combo

It seems that along with my bright wit and sparkling personality, my daughter has inherited my sensitive skin. And while I have found a few products that suffice, sufficing isn’t good enough when it comes to my girl.That’s why I’m delighted to have...
Take That, Atkins

Take That, Atkins

As the old ad used to say, I love sweets but they don’t love me. And then I discovered the carbs that love you back: The absolutely 100% calorie-free goodness of Heidi Kenney’s felt creations at My Paper Crane Shop. Heidi turns your favorite bakery items...
The Other Layettes Will Be Jealous

The Other Layettes Will Be Jealous

Yes, you can purchase a “layette” as a baby gift–a complete set of boring onesies, bibs, and Victorian-era booties that I’m not sure ever make it out of the box, let alone the house. And then there are those sets that just make your ovaries...
Wait, So All Drummers Aren’t White?

Wait, So All Drummers Aren’t White?

As a woman of mixed heritage, I’ve often wondered how topromote diversity in our home when most of my toddler’s toys and clothes feature white folks–you know, because all farmers, ballerinas andmusicians are white. Right. That’s why I love the...

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