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Jun21
The Best Children’s Clothing Labels: Good For Stuff, Bad For People.

The Best Children’s Clothing Labels: Good For Stuff, Bad For People.

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I got this letter in my imagination. Dear Melissa Summers, I have amazing news for you. You have won a summer worth of sleep away camp for both your children, all free of charge because this is your imagination. Now, how will you label their belongings so they come home with what they take with […]

Jun15
Chasing Fireflies: love it

Chasing Fireflies: love it

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I must buy too many things online, because boy-o-boy do I receive an extraordinary amount of catalogs. Most wind up in the trash, but over the years I have discovered some good ones: like Brocade, Viva Terra and Land of Nod. My new fave is Chasing Fireflies. Even the name is great. From, the cover, […]

Jun05
Best Summer Reading Ideas for Kids: They either read this summer, or clean my bathroom.

Best Summer Reading Ideas for Kids: They either read this summer, or clean my bathroom.

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I’ve had this entry brewing in the queue for a while. I haven’t been able to bring myself to write about it until now because the thought of summer vacation gives me hives. I don’t really hate summer vacation, It’s fine for the first 3 weeks or so, it’s just the last 6 which send […]

Nov21
Best Baby Books, Pregnancy Journals and Family Websites: I never wanted to forget the first time they slept through the night.

Best Baby Books, Pregnancy Journals and Family Websites: I never wanted to forget the first time they slept through the night.

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I was not a cliched mother with 3 baby books for her first child and then no baby books for her second child. I had three baby books for my first baby and three for my second child as well, so I was the cliched mother who’s obsessed with tracking her child’s development. It’s not […]

Oct17
Brusha-Brusha (Best Children’s Toothbrushes)

Brusha-Brusha (Best Children’s Toothbrushes)

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We have a very ‘forgetful’ tooth fairy who has been known to leave lost teeth under pillows for a couple of days before she finally staples a reminder to her forehead and picks up the teeth. Sometimes it seems like maybe the kids should leave their teeth on my pillow so the ‘Tooth Fairy’ has […]

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Sep01
Get your juices flowing. (Back-to-School: best getting-ready-for-school books)

Get your juices flowing. (Back-to-School: best getting-ready-for-school books)

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Do you remember an orange juice commercial from the late 80’s where a family was getting ready to rush out on their day? Kids for school, parents for work all gathered around the table frantically eating breakfast? I have a vivid memory from the summer before eight grade, that Citrus Hill Select commercial seemed to […]

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