New Year, New You!

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As parents, we wear many different hats as we raise our children including role model, mentor, nurterer, problem-solver, cheerleader and figurehead. Our kids look up to us and follow in our footsteps so it is extremely important to set good examples and strive to be the best we can be. Each of us have strengths and weakness and there are certain areas where we each could use … [Read more...]

It’s Not the Price, but the Thought That Counts

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For the month of Decemeber, it seems as if life consists mainly of buying presents.  It's challenging enough to come up with gifts for our family and close friends and then there's always that added pressure of picking up something appropriate for grab bags, Secret Santas, stocking stuffers and heaven forbid being empty-handed when we receive an unexpected present from someone … [Read more...]

LEGO and small storage solutions for all those holiday toys

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Are you looking at the gifts you purchased for your children with wide eyes? LEGOs are always a must-have holiday toy -- they also come with a lot of little pieces. Even the DUPLO blocks need a place to live (and hurt like heck when you step on them). Here's our roundup of this year's must-have LEGO (and other small toy) storage solutions. Swoop Bag With Swoop Bags ($45), … [Read more...]

For Those With a Sweet Tooth

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It's a very good thing that calories don't count over the holidays!  So leave the milk and cookies for Santa and indulge in these outrageous goodies which also make wonderful presents for loved ones.... Chocolate Snowmen ($33) Celebrate the season with L.A. Burdick's delectable hand-dipped chocolate snowmen. Each snowman is hand-piped with clementine and dark chocolate … [Read more...]

Provide Inspiration for Your Budding Picasos

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If your child enjoys arts-and-crafts even half as much as I do, then receiving any of these innovative products will color them happy over the holidays! Crayola Color Wonder Sound Studio ($15.00) Now you can bring your Color Wonder creations to life – with realistic sounds! This interactive coloring pad lets you choose from 60 fabulous sound effects... and place them … [Read more...]

Gifts Teachers Will Give an A+ For

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Wanna help secure your child as teacher's pet?  Based on some online research, what most teachers really want most from Santa Claus are gift cards, especially those that contribute directly to their classroom such as an office-supply store, a bookstore, or iTunes.  You also can't go wrong giving them a gift card to Amazon.com, Dunkin Donuts , Starbucks or Target. Want to … [Read more...]

Your Rock Star Will Sing for These Musical Gifts

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I have a tiny confession....I think my son is going to be the next Justin Bieber. Hey, a mom can only dream! Plus providing youngsters who show any inclination towards music with some of these items might help them on their way to being inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. (PS. In light of Hollie's PSA to Gift Giving Aunts & Uncles, this Rock Star Gift Guide is … [Read more...]

Holiday Gifts that GIVE BACK!

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Remember it's much better to GIVE than receive and with these special gift suggestions, you'll feel extra good because in addition to putting a big smile on the recipient's face, you'll also be helping various important charities and causes: What girl, regardless of her age, isn't wishing for a new pair of shoes?  TOMS was founded on a simple premise: For every pair you … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Twins–Double the Fun & Style!

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Twins can be described in many different catch phrases including "doubly blessed" and "double trouble."  Hopefully these gift suggestions will make holiday shopping for twins feel "double the fun" and twice the ease.  After all, the best things in life come in pairs. Twin Boy & Girl Baby Gift - Organic Stuffed Animals  (Regular price: $44.95; On sale for $30.00 a … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Nick Jr Addicts

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If your little ones are anything like my lil guy then Nick Jr is probably their favorite television station.  Here's a wide array of Nick Jr licensed products that your child will enjoy when you don't want them sitting glued in front of the TV.  Think of it as a present for both of you --they will immediately bond with these gifts, cutting down on their watching time and then … [Read more...]

Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

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According to the adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." However, today that adage seems to apply only to the fruit and not the juice form.  A new study found high levels of arsenic in some popular juice brands including Minute Maid, Welch’s and Tropicana. After testing 88 samples of apple and grape juice found on  grocery store shelves, Consumer Reports magazine … [Read more...]

The Greatest Travel Innovation Since the Wheelie Bag

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How difficult is it to pack to go anywhere – even just to grandma’s house- with kids in tow? Melissa & Doug have found the perfect solution to make it fun and easy to travel with little ones! Trunki is seriously the greatest travel innovation since the wheelie bag.  Trunki allows children to scoot along on their luggage through the airport, bus/train station or even on … [Read more...]

Baby Gourmet: Tasty Food for Picky Little Eaters

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My daughter is a notoriously bad eater.  We have struggled with her eating for months, and have tried a seemingly endless collection of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and even sweets to entice her to no avail.  Lately, we noticed she was a little more interested in chewing on things, so we thought we would try one of those pouch-style baby foods.  I opened it up, squeezed a … [Read more...]

RoSK Woobee Pouch Review

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The Woobee Pouch is the must-have accessory for winter! We love Rain or Shine Kids (RoSK) products so it's no surprise that we can't get enough of the newest member of the RoSK family -- the Woobee Pouch. Like its cousin -- the All-Weather Woobee -- the Woobee Pouch is designed to provide comfort, protection from the elements and warmth in cold weather conditions but the … [Read more...]

The Elf on the Shelf: A Holiday Tradition Your Kids Will Love!

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Lights, ornaments, wrapping!  It’s Christmas time, and that means one thing: traditions.  If you have a kid who’s ready to celebrate, then you might consider adding a new tradition with the Elf on the Shelf. If you haven’t yet met your family’s elf, here’s how it works:  Every year, in order to complete the Naughty and Nice list, Santa sends little elves to homes to watch … [Read more...]