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A bajillion things to do with pool noodles

May 31, 2013

Foam noodles are lovely in the pool for kids who are close enough to swimming to use them safely. Older kids can whack them around like light sabers. But did you know that the smart people of the Internet have identified a quadrillion more things to do with pool noodles? Here’s a sampling. 1- Prevent […]

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Tech Tuesday: Diggity for digging through social media

April 30, 2013

Here’s the common situation: A super smart friend, let’s call her Julie, who always has easy cooking shortcuts when I go to her house, posted a question on Facebook asking about family dinner ideas. I remember that I loved at least five of the ideas Julie’s friends shared in the comments, but now I can’t […]

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Funny first birthday party invitation

April 26, 2013

My friends sent this one out to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday. Sense of humor, yes? Remember, do what YOU want to do and the rest will fall in line.

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Marriage and parenting

April 24, 2013

First comes love, then come marriage, then comes baby, and then another baby, and then HOLY HELL what happened to us? When I was about to take my first maternity leave, a senior executive at the company where I worked called me into her office and then got misty-eyed as she told me how magical […]

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Tech Tuesday: Geeky apps to get you outside with baby

April 23, 2013

Geeky moms and dads need to leave the house too, right? While I love seeing you here on the blog, I want you to get fresh air and sunshine. If you need someone to give you some points for your effort, try one of these apps to gamify your outings. Geo-location apps turn walks with […]

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Put your babe in a mug

April 17, 2013

Follow the hashtag #babeinamug on Instagram and you’ll quickly see that this is a Thing. Thanks to the clever blogger MommyShorts, who composed the collage above, babies and mugs are being photographed with this perspective trickery — and shared on social media. If you are able to capture such a shot and participate in this […]

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Date night idea: thrifted board games

March 28, 2013

Reader Alana shared a terrific tip for keeping an at-home date night creative for less than five bucks: Head over to the thrift store and buy a few new board games. Play with your partner after your baby goes to bed. Done and done. Nala’s games were all half off at the thrift store She […]

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Gabbing on giggle.com: Baby naming

March 27, 2013

On giggle.com, where we contribute a couple of times each month, an article about baby names caught my eye: 22 Baby Naming Rules Worth Following. The “rules” were submitted by parents who were surveyed, and most make sense to me. See: No yooneek spellings.  Name your son (or daughter) Peyton or even Payton.  But not […]

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Tech Tuesday: An easy way to keep track of kid quotes

March 26, 2013

My daughter has a wonderful knack for inventing words. “Waggy”, if you don’t know, is an adjective that describes wide-leg pants, such as men’s-styled pajama bottoms. On Pajama Day at preschool, you might think twice about wearing your waggy jammies, because if you want to climb a lot, they may get in your way. All […]

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Tech Tuesday: Pregnancy Time-Lapse App

March 12, 2013

Expectant parents can create a time-lapse video of their pregnancy – and get health tips along the way – through a new, free, interactive iPhone app called CineMama available from the March of Dimes. Watch your belly grow as you take as many or as few pictures as you like over the course of your […]

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Tip: bubble wrap for new moms

February 20, 2013

The teeny tiny bubble wrap is perfect as a physical outlet for moms trying not to scream at their kids. (Confession: I have done this dozens of times) This is how it works: Get frustrated or annoyed to the point of wanting to scream. Gently, set baby in crib or other safe place. Walk over […]

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Tech Tuesday: Free app for preschoolers

February 19, 2013

You guys, this app is really cute — and it’s free! Endless Alphabet teaches letters, and for those who already know them, introduces words. The animations are filled with charming monsters (not scary at all!) and quirky sounds. I like the artwork which will appeal to both genders. I cannot vouch for the efficacy of […]

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