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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 […]

Aug31
Not just pencils, ‘Desk Enhancements’. (Back-to-School: best school supplies)

Not just pencils, ‘Desk Enhancements’. (Back-to-School: best school supplies)

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It seems even the kids in my little group of friends are ready to go back to school. My children are punching each other in the face, not because they’re fighting, but because they’re so bored. My girlfriend’s three daughters spent the other day laying on the floor with their new backpacks on asking if […]

Aug30
Or you could just buy lunch at school. (Back-to-School: best lunch boxes)

Or you could just buy lunch at school. (Back-to-School: best lunch boxes)

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Yesterday we had our last Summer Tuesday Playgroup with my group of friends and their kids. As I’ve mentioned, I’m ready for school to start and have been ready for school to start for most of the month. Today as we said our goodbyes I told Max to tell his friends to have a good […]

Aug29
Back-to-School: the best backpacks

Back-to-School: the best backpacks

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When my mother chose the name Melissa for me in 1973, she thought it was a beautiful name and unlike any of the names she’d heard around the neighborhood. She thought it was ‘unique’. She hadn’t heard of any other babies with my name at least until she arrived at the pediatrician’s office for my […]

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