The Secret World of Arrietty Movie Review

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May I borrow a sugar cube? A tissue?  I doubt you'll miss the straight pin I found on the floor. It's amazing how life goes full circle.  In college, I interned for a wonderful company which promoted box-office films and I would give up sleeping in on weekend mornings to staff children's movies.  Fast forward, more than a decades later, this company is now extending … [Read more...]

Mary Poppins Thinks They Are Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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I'm wondering why Umbrella Day which is in honor of one of the world's most invaluable inventions happens on February 10th and not in April. But I'll just go with the flow and not rain on anyone's parade.  Here are several family-friendly umbrellas to brighten up even the dreariest days. Kidorable - Clothing, Rain Wear, and Accessories for Kids, Toddlers ... Kidorable has … [Read more...]

Training In Progress


Undergarments are a very common Valentine's Day gift for the love of your life.  I just hadn't expected to be purchasing tighty whities for my two year old.  Before you get your panties in a bunch, I can explain. I've been dreading the whole potty training process until I spotted these! Although they better not encourage my son to make any ads like David Beckham did … [Read more...]

Mommy, Who’s Your Favorite?


I'm in a bit of a quandry. Friday, February 3rd is Elmo's birthday but truthfully I do not want to dedicate a full birthday post to him. It's not that I have anything against Elmo and think he's cute (in an annoying sort of way).  You have to admit that he has totally lucked out getting to host the last full 15 minute segment, Elmo's World, on Sesame Street.  Don't even get me … [Read more...]

Spread the Love with Limited-Edition Valentine’s Day Cards

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Roses are red; violets are blue, Sugar is sweet & so are you! Here's a way to be even sweeter and more heartfelt, caring and giving this Valentine's Day: Make a $25 donation to Save the Children’s “Love to Read, Read to Live” campaign, and receive a 30-card boxed set of limited-edition Valentines designed by artists your children know and love.  (That's less than 84 … [Read more...]

Me & My Shadow

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We made it through January!  I don't know about you, but the quicker and milder the winter is, the happier I am. On Thursday, February 2, an otherwise cold and dreary mid-winter's day, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will awake from a long winter's nap, and go outside of his den to see if he sees his shadow.   According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow (a sunny … [Read more...]

Super Fashions To Score the Winning Touch-Down

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No one will be waiting for the half-time show when your little players and cheerleaders show up to the party in any of these Super-Bowl show stoppers. Football Heart Appliquéd Shirt for Girls or Boys with Monogram - Fully Customizable  Never mind wearing your heart on your sleeve.  Display your passion proudly across your chest in this heart-shaped football Overtime … [Read more...]

Ernie, You’re the One


When I was growing up (back in the day), there were very few options in children's television programming. You simply watched Sesame Street, Public Broadcasting Service's long-running children's show I must have adored Sesame Street the same way my son worships Yo Gabba Gabba and Olivia because I named the goldfish I won at a local fair Ernie and Bert. Not long after we … [Read more...]

I Feel A Sneeze Coming

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Achoo!  Hand me a tissue please. Better yet, pass me The Sneezy Wheezy Day, the third installment of the COUGAR CUB TALES, an award-winning children's book series written and illustrated by Sharon Cramer. In The Sneezy Wheezy Day, when brother cub gets sick, he and his sister decide to seek their well-intentioned woodland friends for treatments and remedies to make … [Read more...]

Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog

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I'm crushin' on my son's latest toy, B. Woofer Hound Dog Guitar.  From the minute we brought this tie-dyed blue dog home, it's been music to our ears.  We're actually able to strum his heart with our finger.  Plus, he has a funky, fashionable strap. Here's more features that makes Woofer so extra-special: 3 play modes: acoustic, electric or hound dog 8 musical buttons … [Read more...]

Since We’re Talking HONEST

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I sincerely hope this does not lower your opinion of me but the only time I've ever been 'green' is "green with envy." I realize how horrible that sounds to be a mom who doesn't make it a top priority to be eco-friendly. I don't even demand my son and husband eat organic food. Ok, get your gasps out of the way. So in full disclosure, while I was extremely excited to be … [Read more...]

Should Pediatricians Be Able to “Fire” Parents?

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“There are growing numbers of college-educated parents, who are talking to their pediatricians about whether there is adequate scientific evidence to support the safety of giving children three times as many vaccinations as they use to get,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center. “Rather than engaging them in a constructive … [Read more...]

Celebrate Cuddle Up Day this Friday, January 6, 2012

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Hello 2012! The holidays and all the hoopla they bring with it are officially behind us. While we can't really complain about harsh winter weather this season, for many, there aren't any big holiday celebrations to look forward to for quite some time. Unless you choose to celebrate Cuddle Up Day which falls annually on January 6th.  Cuddle Up Day is an opportunity to snuggle up … [Read more...]

Post-Holiday Dump Truck to the Rescue


Admit it--you bought into all the marketing and holiday hype and without even realizing it, you went a little overboard on the amount of presents your children received. All the gifts have been unwrapped, played with and at least a few might already be broken and/or missing some of its pieces. Now you're feeling very stressed and anxious over where you are going to store all … [Read more...]

Almond Joy: Because Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

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Who ever thought something as simple as PB&J could get so complicated? Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks.  Some 3 million Americans have peanut allergies, and the allergy has doubled among children.  Peanut allergy symptoms can range from a minor irritation to a life-threatening reaction (anaphylaxis).  For some people with peanut … [Read more...]