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The empty nest

When I moved into my college dorm room almost exactly 16 years ago, my parents needed to get a babysitter for the day to take care of my youngest sister, who was then just 2 years old. I papered the walls of my room with pictures of her, an adorable toddler with corkscrew curls and huge brown eyes. This past ... Read More »

Hello Diono

Diono RXT Car Seats

When Sunshine Kids (manufacturer of the outstanding Radian car seat) called us a few weeks ago and asked to set up a meeting, they mentioned they had some big news. But we still weren’t completely prepared for what awaited us. After 12 years as Sunshine Kids Juvenile Products, effective today the company will now be known as Diono (dee-OH-no). Why ... Read More »

The Perfect Nursery: Q&A With Interior Designer Rachel Reider

Your baby’s room should be a soothing, restful place for you as well as your child. We asked interior designer Rachel Reider for tips on creating a peaceful space for sleeping, nursing, diapering, and growing. Q: What’s the first step in the nursery room design process? I would recommend going through magazines and catalogs and pulling images of spaces you ... Read More »

Hurricane Irene Survival Kit

The last major hurricane to hit New England was the great New England hurricane of 1938 (before they even started using the alphabetical naming system). Of course, since 1938, there have been a number of significant hurricanes in the Northeast, but this weekend the entire New England coast is set to receive the highest storm surge in 50 years from the gloomy ... Read More »

Madpax Backpacks: Turtles, Dinosaurs, Koopas, and Kindergarten

We all know that we’re supposed to root for the good guy in the movies, but some bad guys are just irresistible. Like Darth Vader, or Cruella De Vil, or the Wicked Witch of the West, sometimes bad guys just steal the show. Let’s face it: the mild-mannered Mario Brothers suffer in comparison to their nemesis, the much cooler-looking Bowser, ... Read More »

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 »

A very Smurfy Blog

On Saturday mornings in the early 1980s, it wasn’t hard to find my sister and me: like millions of other kids, we were sunk deep into the living room sofa (a plushy red relic that sits in my current living room today), drinking chocolate milk and watching the Smurfs. The Hanna Barbera show was based on the comics by Belgian ... 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 »

Day 30: Playmobil Lion Knight’s Castle

Unstructured, imaginative play is loads of fun for kids – plus, it helps them to develop their creativity, and learn social skills. Playmobil sets give kids a setting and some characters to populate a fantasy world and then interact within it, and the Playmobil Lion Knight’s Castle, today’s giveaway, is full of fuel for an active imagination. The enormous castle ... Read More »