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Soup or bowl? Great soup & chili recipes

The food traditions of Super Bowl Sunday are almost as enticing for me as the game itself. We make all kinds of fun treats each year, including both new recipes and old favorites. Soups and chili are always part of the menu, though. Here are three of my family’s favorite recipes, all of them healthy, low-fat, and quick to make. ... Read More »

Game day diversions for kids

The first time I watched the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl was 10 years ago. I was pregnant with our first child, and we were living in downtown Boston. Adam Vinatieri pulled off that improbable 48 yard field goal kick and just like that, the Pats claimed the team’s first Super Bowl title EVER. Eli and I took ... Read More »

Grand Opening Giveaway!

Every new store deserves a Grand Opening, and we’re extra excited about our newest store, at The Shops at the Prudential Center! Tomorrow, we’re going to celebrate our Boston store with a Kazoo Flash Mob, a visit from Elmo, free treats from Pinkberry, a concert with Vanessa Trien, and over $2,000 worth of great raffle prizes! If you’re not able ... Read More »

Kazoo Flash Mob?!

We wanted to find a BIG way to celebrate the opening of our fifth store. After all, it is in The Shops at Prudential Center, one of downtown Boston’s swankiest addresses. Ever since I was a college student in Boston, I’ve loved walking through the shopper’s paradise that is the Copley-Pru complex. When we opened our first store in Coolidge Corner, ... Read More »

Must-have winter gear for babies

No one likes to leave the house on a morning when the temperature is 9 degrees, but it can be especially brutal for your baby. Babies feel the cold very acutely because they don’t have the same fat stores as adults, and they also can’t shiver – and shivering is the body’s way of warming up. Now that the weather in ... Read More »

Dan Zanes & friends Concert – February 5

Who’s this goony-looking dude with the big poofy hair and the guitar? Kids and parents love Dan Zanes, and since he’s playing a show at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square on February 5, we figured we’d check him out. It turns out that Dan Zanes, formerly of the Boston rock band the Del Fuegos*, is a cottage industry unto ... Read More »

Get your car seat checked. Start here.

The story of how I became a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) starts long before I owned a baby store. I was a new mother and I was trying really hard to chill out. Babies are so small, so fragile. It’s easy to let fear drive you to irrational behavior, especially during the early months. I didn’t want to be ... Read More »

#2012 Mom-Resolutions

Some years I’m not so into New Year’s resolutions, but for some reason, I’m really feeling the promise of a fresh start in 2012. Mom-guilt is a part of life for most moms, especially working moms, and this is the time of year when it’s easiest to parlay some of that guilt into action items. I can do better next ... Read More »

Craft kits for a chilly weekend

If you’ve been enjoying a staycation this week while the kids are out of school, chances are you’re looking for activities to keep them busy as this (or any) weekend approaches. Craft kits are a perfect way to pass the time, especially when it’s cold outside. Here are five of my recent favorites, and all but the last one are ... Read More »

Jelly donut… cupcakes!

Chanukah is notable for many reasons, but the tradition of eating fried foods is both wonderful and unfortunate. On one hand, there’s nothing more delicious than hot potato latkes with cold sour cream and apple sauce. On the other hand, it’ll take a lot of hours on the treadmill to offset the impact of that treat. As if the potato ... Read More »