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Boxes of Love

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Parenthood, Play, Uncategorized | 5 comments

Boxes of Love

Share the news about Boxes of Love! WECT WWAY News Channel 14 After hearing the news of the devastating tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our hearts broke. Big T and I have been wandering around the house in a daze, crying, hugging Baby T and Little M, and feeling fearful, disgusted, intensely heartbroken, and helpless. Big T grew up in Newtown, a quaint little village where the flagpole in the center of town is the biggest landmark. It’s a town where everyone knows each other, a town that’s so pretty...

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Frosty’s Busy Box

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Frosty’s Busy Box

There’s a lot going on around the holidays. It seems like there’s so much more for us parents to do that it’s easy to lose our connection with our kids. Even coming up with something creative that our kids can do while we prepare holiday meals or wrap presents can be daunting.   That’s why we came up with Frosty’s Busy Box. It’s portable, it’s convenient, and it’s filled with open-ended activities for kids. Parents can use it with their kids or give it to their kids to play with so they feel...

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Parenting – The Control Issue

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Parenthood, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Parenting – The Control Issue

I recently had an epiphany: Kids go through developmental stages. I know, I know… brilliant, right? I mean, we all know this. I’m not saying anything new. In fact, you’re probably sitting there thinking, “Duh. This girl has lost her mommy marbles.” Well, that may be true, but something else rang true to me recently: My kids are going to get through their developmental stages when they’re ready. That means that there’s not much I can do to stop tantrums, get my 3-year-old to share with his brother, and...

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Football Crafts for Kids

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Football Crafts for Kids

Big T loves watching football. Baby T gets all excited about it too, but come on: he’s three. When it comes time to watch a game, he sits just about as still as the football players on the TV. So in order to give Big T a break and a chance to nap in front of watch a game on the weekends, I’ve had to get creative with Baby T’s projects. Last Sunday, he stayed out of Big T’s hair for perhaps a whole hour. I even heard Big T say he squeezed a nap in. Surprise, surprise. When it comes to football crafts for kids, it’s...

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Hide and Seek

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Parenthood, Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hide and Seek

I haven’t been blogging that much, and I miss it. I spend so much time working on the big stuff that it’s easy to neglect the small stuff. Like enjoying my time with my kids without checking the computer. Like spending the day outside and feeling the first inklings of fall breeze across my face. Like giving Big T a hug and a smooch when we wake up in the mornings. And then something so delightfully adorable happens, and it reminds me to always stop for that second glance. Little M has taken to hanging out behind pillows, so there...

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Take Out the Trash: A Recycled Craft Supply Contest

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Take Out the Trash: A Recycled Craft Supply Contest

I collect more garbage than anyone I know. It makes Big T roll his eyes every time I yell at him for taking my cardboard boxes to the recycling center. I recently had to admonish him to refrain from throwing away any stray can or food container that had made its way to the dishwasher–that meant that I needed to keep it. I am continually reminding him that this garbage is helping us make a living. It’s also staying out of landfills, helping kids get more creative, and helping parents save money on art supplies. Now that my Activity...

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Zen Mama: An Oxymoron?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Parenthood, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Zen Mama: An Oxymoron?

If you know me, you know that I like to do things naturally. It’s not because I’m a big hippie, it’s not because I ran around barefoot as a kid, and it’s not because I fit into a particular definition of crunchy. It’s because to me, doing things naturally is simpler. And my brain can’t handle all that much complication. You know how I feel about birth, babywearing, breastfeeding, and all that: to me, it’s just easier to do it all as simply as possible. But for other moms, easy means something else. But...

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Thank You for Breastfeeding

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Parenthood, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank You for Breastfeeding

(Scroll to the bottom to print your own Breastfeeding Thank You Cards) To close out World Breastfeeding Week 2012, I’m expressing my gratitude to all of you breastfeeding moms out there. Do you think it’s a little strange to be thanked for breastfeeding your baby? And why would someone thank you? As moms, we’re connected in so many ways, and breastfeeding is one of those. When you see another mom nursing in public, do you feel a twinge of connection with her? You know a little bit about her challenges, inspiration, and...

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Bloomberg’s Not Out to Get You

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Parenthood, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bloomberg’s Not Out to Get You

When some people first heard about Bloomberg’s decision to encourage hospitals to stop sending new moms home with free formula samples, you would have thought someone had just told them they were going to send them home without their first-born child. Immediately, moms jumped on soapboxes and started chicken-fighting with each other. The problem was, from what I saw, no one was arguing about the same thing. Stealing Bread Crumbs All of a sudden, moms who gave their kids formula went on the defensive. I read many comments from moms who acted...

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BreastFREEding

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Parenthood | 0 comments

BreastFREEding

photo credit No, that’s not a typo. Having a baby clinging to your nipple 12 hours a day is actually quite freeing. Seems like a paradox, right? It doesn’t have to be. I know some moms don’t feel this way, but breastfeeding made me feel like I could do anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time. Do Anything With a body that automatically created the absolute perfect substance to feed my baby, I felt pretty powerful. After giving birth and nursing a newborn, I felt like there was nothing I couldn’t do. I knew I could...

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