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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Favorite ride-on toys for toddlers and wobblers

December 14, 2012

I gave Julian this Radio Flyer “bike” on the morning of his first birthday, because he had just started walking and it fulfilled my fantasy of the stylish, classic gifts I would be giving him throughout his childhood. Now he wants nothing but Pokemon cards and Webkinz, which was not in my dreamy vision of […]

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Activity #243: Start a ladies poker club

October 9, 2012

My very good friend, Crystal, lives in Chicago as a writer with her two sons, Harry and Max. She wrote about starting a Ladies Poker Club when Harry was an infant. Harry is a mere one day younger than Milo and sadly they’ve never met in person. We fully expect that one day they’ll be […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Make an easy flag garland for baby’s room

September 24, 2012

I’m gonna file this under preschooler, because Julian and I had a good time making this adorable paper flag banner for his room when he was about 3, but I’ll also tag it with prenatal, because I made a similar flag banner for Scarlett’s room before she was born. I made the one for Scarlett […]

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Makin’ it: Stuffed animal storage facility

August 27, 2012

Today I must share my family secret: my kids collect Webkinz. We have 42. If you had told me this would happen, I never would have believed you. It’s a little obscene. This picture shows only a portion of them. Webkinz are stuffed animals — though Scarlett and Julian will correct you if you use […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Easy outing for 2 kids: the library

August 22, 2012

When I first became a mother of two, I was afraid to be left alone at home with my newborn and almost three-year old. Unfortunately, I was also afraid to take them both out of the house. I have come to believe that I’m-a-rookie-again anxiety is totally normal and that my fear of outings was […]

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A highchair worth every penny

July 31, 2012

My red Tripp Trapp seat by Stokke is still being used by my five-year old on a daily basis. We bought it for her older brother, which means we have used it for every meal at home for at least six years. We love this thing. Since it’s the dead of summer for most of […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Do you have too many toys?

July 21, 2012

When I first read this clipping from People magazine that talks about how many toys Americans have, I felt guilty as charged. I thought that my own household probably has tons of toys that don’t get played with at all, and that my children would find it easier to occupy themselves in our house if […]

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Flashback: My tshirt-themed birthday party (1983)

May 21, 2012

Yesterday was my birthday. I did not have a party with a theme, or even a cake. I’m on vacation in Mexico, however, and that’s exactly what I want to be doing on my big day. Now let’s rewind 29 years. My mom always threw creative birthday parties for me. I believe this tshirt birthday […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Brainstorm 50 things to do on a rainy day

April 30, 2012

Many years ago, Heather got a bunch of us, her friends, to make a list of 50 things we like to do. We didn’t have kids yet, so it was simply an exercise in self-reflection, or maybe not even that deep. Just a silly project to entertain us. I thought the practical use would be […]

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6 toys found in any house

April 19, 2012

I wonder if my friends Deb and Elliott, now parents to two kids ages zero and two, remember when they had no children of their own and they hosted a Hanukkah party where the rest of us let our kids run wild in their house. The astounding thing about their home — that our kids […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Makin’ it: Kickass Blanket Fort

April 16, 2012

I am one lucky mother. Tomorrow, I’m expecting an appliance delivery which means one important thing: we get HUGE BOXES to create forts. As a kid, I could just about live in a refrigerator box with small windows cut out. The following guidelines to build a totally sweet indoor fort (for those of you not […]

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Publish your own I Spy book

January 16, 2012

We are big fans of the I Spy books, starting with the board book versions I bought when Julian was a baby. We play “I Spy” with regular books, too, and now we’ve graduated into Where’s Waldo? territory. When Julian was four, he and I did a little photo shoot with big plans — still […]

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