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Stuff We Like: Gifts for Mother’s Day

What do you think is the world’s toughest job? According to the viral video “World’s Toughest Job,” produced by cardstore.com, it goes a little something like this: 135-plus hours a week, willingness to forgo any breaks, ability to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time, and the responsibility to oversee the overall day-to-day [...]

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Stuff We Like: Gifts for Mother’s Day

What do you think is the world’s toughest job? According to the viral video “World’s Toughest Job,” produced by cardstore.com, it goes a little something like this: 135-plus hours a week, willingness to forgo any breaks, ability to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time, and the responsibility to oversee the overall day-to-day [...]

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Stuff We Like: Get Creative with Lakeshore Learning

“Why?” If you’ve got a preschooler, you’re no stranger to this question. You may even be more than a little tired of hearing it, since our naturally curious tots tend to repeat it over and over and over again, causing us to scramble for answers that are both truthful and digestible for a 4-year-old. We [...]

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Stuff We Like: Earth Day Finds

Earth Day is April 22. Celebrate the holiday with these earthy finds encouraging a green thumb or promoting green living, and don’t forget to get outside and appreciate nature!   Green Thumb Your little one doesn’t have to get dirty to enjoy gardening with the Lakeshore Learning Color Match Learning Garden ($29.99). The plush, machine-washable toy [...]

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The Garden Party by Marcelle Soviero

Years later, a mother’s sad memory is forever changed by her daughter’s very different recollection of the same day. My oldest daughter, Sophia, turned 5 one month after her father moved out. I planned her fifth birthday party with the obsession only a newly separated mother could bring to such a task, pouring everything into [...]

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The Wait and Again by Eleni Coffinas

Three years after filling out paperwork to adopt a baby from China, this NYC mother met her daughter—a moment in which time stood still, and the waiting finally stopped.   The Moment finally arrived on Oct. 8, 2007. The long wait that had begun three years earlier, when I filled out an application, was about [...]

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Stuff We Like: Snacks & Skillets

Craving something spicy, sweet, or nutty? We’ve put together a list of the yummiest snacks that have come across our desks recently, including spicy specialty pickles, whole-grain and low-cal cookies, and granola with just the right amount of crunch. And while these picks are delicious, we know that a parent can’t live on snacks alone, [...]

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Stuff We Like: Scrapbooking Supplies

Creating a scrapbook is a wonderful craft activity when you’re stuck inside on a rainy or snowy day with your little ones. Scrapbooks are fun to put together, but best of all is the end result: a long-lasting reminder of precious, funny, exciting, or lovely everyday moments spent with family and loved ones. Here are [...]

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Stuff We Like: For Traveling with Kids

Planning a family vacation? Got an antsy kid? Here, we’ve picked the best products to stash in your bag when traveling with children:   The Lifesaver They call this the TrayKit (ages 3 and older; $39.95) we call it a lifesaver. This all-in-one kid’s carry-on functions as a backpack in which your child can stash [...]

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Kids, Art, My Heart by Amy McNamara

A writer asks: Is it possible to give oneself over to creative endeavors when your most vital creation, your children, requires equal love and attention? I always wanted kids. I remember learning around age 5 or 6 that it was the girls, not the boys, who got to have the babies, and thinking with glee, [...]

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Stuff We Like: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Little Loves

Sure, we show our little ones love all year-round, but Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to gift them with a lasting reminder of our affection — which pretty much sums up like this: And now, our top picks for gifts to hand out to your top people on February 14: Baby’s BFF What better [...]