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Author Archives: Sheri

Back to school in style

It’s hard to believe, but August is halfway over, and the new school year is just around the corner. With three kids in three different schools, I’m in prep mode already. Here are a few things I’ve found to make getting ready for school a little easier. Calendars Google calendar has been a staple for us professionally for a long ... Read More »

Three.

You’re not a baby anymore, or so you say. You’re a big boy! Well, not quite. Not yet. But you most definitely are not a baby. You’re potty trained, you talk a blue streak, you like to sing. Whatever needs doing, you want to do it yourSELF. Last night, when I had my back turned, you got into the Monopoly ... Read More »

Day 31: Sunshine Kids Car Seats

Radian XTSL Flora

This past week, I completed my Child Passenger Safety Technician training, and I’ve been eating, sleeping and breathing car seats. So it is timely that we’re capping off the 31 Days of Giveaways with not one but THREE car seats from Sunshine Kids. Car seat misuse is a rampant problem – by some estimates, up to 90% of car seats ... Read More »

Losing it

Losing weight has been a constant theme of my life, pretty much as far back as I can remember. By the time I was 12, people would reassure me: I still hadn’t lost my “baby fat.” But it wasn’t baby fat. I was just at the very beginning of a struggle that would last for years. That soft chin would ... Read More »

Day 27: Stokke Signature Collection Tripp Trapp Chair

When I first heard about the new Signature Collection Tripp Trapp chair, I was skeptical. I read the email on my iPhone as it loaded, first the text and then the pictures. My first thought was, why would anyone buy a super-expensive, pretty Tripp Trapp when the regular Tripp Trapp chairs are already so nice looking? I changed my mind ... Read More »

Road trips with kids

On Wednesday, I was invited to represent the┬áChevy Queen of the Road blog and do a segment on Fox 25 about traveling with kids. As a mom of 3 who frequently hits the road for weekends on the Cape, I didn’t have to think too hard about what I wanted to say. Here are the key pieces of advice I ... Read More »

Day 21: OXO Tot Sprout High Chair

specialty baby stores OXO Sprout Orange

Because I just recently wrote a detailed blog post about the OXO Sprout High Chair, I decided that I would share a recipe from my friends at OXO. At the Drool Baby Expo in May, they did a great seminar on cooking for kids. They had several tasty ideas, but this one stood out to me for its simplicity and ... Read More »

Day 20: Bugaboo Donkey Duo Stroller

Bugaboo Donkey in Sand/Off White

If there was one product I really wanted to have in this year’s giveaway, the Bugaboo Donkey was IT. In fact, if there were to be a product of the year for 2011, the Bugaboo Donkey should be IT. First, they revolutionized the concept of the double stroller and took it to a whole new level. Then, they marketed it ... Read More »

Day 18: Britax Frontier SICT

Over the past few years, a lot more attention has been paid to protecting children from side-impact collisions. Research has shown that 30% of fatalities in passenger cars are from side-impact. These kinds of crashes are particularly dangerous because there isn’t much car between the passengers and the encroaching vehicle. Front and back collisions have the benefit of the crumple ... Read More »

The 1000th post

This is a milestone, for sure. When we started this blog in 2005, the word “blog” was still an emerging part of the public vocabulary. In fact, Merriam-Webster named “blog” the “Word of the Year” in 2004. Back then, blogging was mostly for techies, pundits and voyeurs. It’s been almost six years since Isaac (my sister’s husband and the Magic ... Read More »