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What To Do If You Get Lost on The Way to Grandma’s

For some of us, the holiday season is all about hosting, but for many more of us, it’s about driving over the river, through the woods, down the freeway, onto some back roads and then….a couple of  hours later…into the driveway of a loved one. If you’re going to a place you’ve never visited (or that you visit infrequently), you […]

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Must Have Apps for Moms via Mom.Me

I am always willing to check out an app that could potentially add some fun to my day, make life a little easier, and these days, ease some of my new Mom worries. Our friends over at Mom.me have compiled a list of 9 must-have apps for new Moms, as well as soon-to-be Moms (note to self: download the “Lullaby” […]

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Tight Holiday Budget? Try Homemade Gifts

With news about going over the fiscal cliff dominating the headlines and e-mails proclaiming “Sale extended!” popping up in my inbox, I wasn’t too surprised to hear that the majority of consumers are cutting back on their holiday spending. A recent poll hosted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that half of shoppers plan to spend less this year […]

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Boys Are Wild Animals, and 10 Other Truths the Parenting Books Won’t Tell You

Random observations from a mother of three boys who grew up with two sisters, and so was wholly unprepared. 1. Boys are wild animals. Just watch any nature documentary footage of lion cubs wrestling, and imagine human bodies instead of cat bodies. Really, there’s very little difference. 2. They never get tired of having their hands down their pants; they just eventually grow […]

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Someone Sends You Food in the Mail. You Don’t Know Who it’s From. To Eat or Not to Eat?

Last Friday night I was in New York with three friends, getting punched in the stomach for 3 hours straight (a.k.a. attending the excellent production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? currently playing at the Booth Theater). Right before the play started, I got a text from my husband with a photo of a box of Goo Goo Clusters in UPS […]

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3 Things to Clean After Your Child’s Been Sick

Tis the season for sniffly noses and sore throats. To keep your family healthy and prevent one cold from being passed around all season, pay special attention to cleaning these three areas of your home after you or your child has been sick. 1. Bath towels Give the patient their own hand towel for the bathroom and kitchen while they are […]

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Stuck Inside During Hurricane Sandy? Stay Busy With These Three Ideas

If you’re holed up in the house due to Hurricane Sandy, I hope you’re drinking hot chocolate, watching movies, snuggling in bed with the kids—and enjoying the quiet. But as the hours wear on, you and your little ones may start to get restless. So here are three ideas to add a little activity to the day: 1. Have an […]

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Best News of the Day: Parents Get Fewer Colds

You may think that sending Junior into the den of germs known as third grade makes you more likely to get sick. But according to new research led by Carnegie Mellon University, adults who have children are 52 percent less likely to catch colds than are adults without children. Scientists exposed 795 healthy people between the ages of 18 and […]

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Save the Date: National Costume Swap Day

So let’s say that your daughter went as “raining cats and dogs” for Halloween last year. Chances are she won’t want to repeat the same thing this year (if the costume even still fits!). So, save the date for this Saturday, October 13th because it’s National Costume Swap Day! There are already swaps scheduled in 37 states and in 3 […]

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