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Day 28 – Babysitter Balance

We’ve had our fair share of funny coincidences surrounding these giveaways. Like all the winners from the South Shore area, one of whom even won twice! But we weren’t laughing when we got a call that our scheduled giveaway for today was going to coincide with a voluntary recall announcement. Yep, that’s right, today’s giveaway is the Baby Bjorn Babysitter ... Read More »

The dark side of influence

Fresh off the heels of BlogHer, I am home feeling very inspired and slightly unsettled. The “mommyblogger” movement has been gaining momentum for some time now and big corporate America has bowed to their power on more than one occasion. The latest BlogHer survey showed that 85% of respondants made a purchase decision based on something they read on a ... Read More »

Day 27 – Orbit Infant System

I’ve already written at length about the Orbit Infant System, as I’ve been using it with Zev for 11 months now. As I write this, I’ve just returned from our 14th airplane trip with the Orbit, and accordingly can attest at length to its suitability for travel. But there’s another story to tell about Orbit Baby that goes all the ... Read More »

Day 26 – Playmobil Egypt Set

It’s probably not easy to be the person at Playmobil responsible for dreaming up new themes. In theory, the world offers a vast amount of inspiration, but still. How many different settings can legitimately be a springboard for multiple play sets? Playmobil has already covered so many, with farms, castles, pirate ships, zoos, a circus, a hospital, and so many ... Read More »

Day 25 – Wishbone Bike

The Wishbone Bike from Skip Hop is my new favorite recommendation for someone looking to buy a really special gift for a 1-year old. This beautiful bike begins life as a three-wheeled foot-trike (meaning there aren’t any pedals, kids push with their feet to make it go). Then, as they get older, you can convert it first into a two-wheeled ... Read More »

Clek Oobr booster seat almost here

When the Clek Olli booster seat came out, it changed the world a little bit for parents of school-age children. The simplicity and appealing design made it so easy to transport a carload of kids without any arguments about being too old for a car seat. Now, Clek is kicking it up a notch with the Clek Oobr Booster Seat, ... Read More »

Day 23 – Stokke Tripp Trapp

In the general course of having three children, I get to use a lot of our products on a daily basis. But the Tripp Trapp is undoubtedly the one we use the most. It is very possibly my favorite product in the store. Most of what there is to say about this product has already been said on this blog. ... Read More »

Day 22 – Britax Advocate CS

In March 2004, I was a little busy. We’d signed the lease on the store, started the build-out, and I was working on establishing accounts with all our key vendors. The store was due to open in July, and I was right on schedule. Which was good, because I was also nine months pregnant. During the business plan phase, I’d ... Read More »

Day 21 – Monte Luca Glider

This is a story that’s taken me almost 11 months to tell, mostly because the humiliation has just recently worn off. Almost. At the ABC Kids Expo this past September, I was in rough shape. I was barely 4 weeks post-partum and terribly sick with what we would later discover was Crohn’s Disease. I could barely walk around the vast ... Read More »