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Star Wars birthday party ideas on a budget

July 25, 2014

What’s the difference between a third child and a first child? The first child has a “Star Wars fourth birthday party” and he’s never seen Star Wars. The third child can hum along the Clone Wars theme song before he can even speak. With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon and Clone Wars […]

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What big-ticket baby item was “totally worth it”?

June 17, 2014

We asked our beautiful facebook community to chime in on what splurge of a baby gear purchase has been most worth the money. And you guys had some pretty strong opinions. [Side note: that's why I love you guys.] We love our strollers! Speaking from firsthand experience as a person who tried to cheap-out on the […]

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Picking party-favors that won’t make other parents roll their eyes

June 6, 2014

“When my child comes home from a birthday party, I let him show me his party favor bag, and then we carefully sort the items into his existing collections. We have a shelf for plastic pencil toppers, a small basket for erasers that are too small to erase anything, and a tupperware in the car […]

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Monthly baby photos made easy

May 7, 2014

Monthly photos of baby, like the ones Karen took of Laz in her DIY monthly onesies, make me smile. (See Lazzaro’s freaking adorable monthly baby shots.) The mom behind Sticky Bellies has made it super easy to add months or milestones to your baby’s snapsuit, if DIY is not your thing. I like that Sticky […]

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Frozen birthday party ideas

April 9, 2014

Last night I made the possible mistake of inviting my kids to help me brainstorm what a Frozen-themed birthday party might look like. This morning I learned that Scarlett took that as a cue to start making her guest list — and her birthday is not for three months. Though I may have signed up for […]

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Amazingly creative helmets for babies with plagiocephaly

March 27, 2014

Babies wearing helmets may have them on as much as 23 hours per day. Why NOT make it fun? All these photos are the work of Lazardo Art. If you want to help anxious moms with infant helmet purchases in their future, please pin this or like it to help spread the word about this […]

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Rookie Santa tip: Team up for stocking stuffers

December 5, 2013

Friends, nine Christmases into this parenting thing and I have a useful tip to share: You can and your friends can go in on stocking stuffers. Here’s how: Mentally assemble your friends with similar age kids and share this post with a little note saying, “This! I want to do this for Christmas.” Gather up […]

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Smart idea: Chalkboard wall decals for kids rooms

November 25, 2013

This post is inspired and sponsored by eBay. As I was putting together a collection of wall decals for children’s bedrooms on eBay, it struck me how useful the chalkboard wall decals are. In my children’s room, we have a large ice cream-shaped chalkboard decal on the wall, and Scarlett and Julian can use it […]

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Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

November 21, 2013

Wanna just buy one outright? I don’t blame you, I got tired just writing about all these awesome projects. Two super cute (gender-neutral) play kitchens on amazon are Melissa & Doug’s corner kitchen (more compact) and Kid Craft red retro (more deluxe). I also encourage you to be on the hunt in your local Craig’s […]

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Heather’s hot holiday toy picks

September 30, 2013

I just got back from the Holiday Toy Showcase hosted by Time to Play Magazine. I’m sharing some of the editor’s picks (denoted by the MW icon for Most Wanted List) as well as my own discoveries. I was especially on the lookout for baby and toddler toys, while also hunting on behalf my own […]

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10 cheap birthday party ideas

August 9, 2013

We have a friend who was all set to hire a gourmet food truck to cater her child’s birthday party when she happened to stumble upon my cheaper third birthday post. Stacey said that I totally de-stressed the birthday party situation for her. “I was about to place a $350+ order with a local taqueria when […]

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My very strong opinions about kids’ backpacks

August 1, 2013

Back to school shopping. Ugh. As I walk through Target and see the many character-themed backpacks trying into leap in my shopping cart, I remember why I must make this journey alone. Back-to-school shopping is no place for kids. Alluring as my sons might find these school bags, they will never come home with us. […]

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