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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 »

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 29: Nook Pebble Lite Mattress

The Nook Pebble Lite Crib mattress has the ultimate recipe for a good night’s sleep. It isn’t something you can whip up in your kitchen, but here’s some information about the ingredients. Eucalyptus: You’re probably familiar with this tree as an ingredient in your cough drops, and as a home for koalas. But did you know that eucalyptus can also ... Read More »

Day 28: Monte Designs Ninna Nanna Bassinet

Today’s prize comes from Monte Design, one of our favorite furniture companies. Monte’s owners, Ralph and Michelle Montemurro, started the company in part to create the sort of family furniture they wanted to use, and so we’re not surprised by the look of their home, displayed in this photoset by designers Gianonne Petricone Associates: Ralph and Michelle Montemurro, founders Monte ... Read More »

Clek Boosters on Sale!

Starting Saturday, July 30th, we’re offering two of our favorite boosters at a deep discount – the Clek Oobr and the Clek Olli will each be on sale for 20% off from July 30 to August 14. If you’ve ever had trouble getting an independent child to ride in a booster, these chic seats are for you: they have a ... Read More »

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