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Handy Device Lets You 'Go' Whenever or Wherever

When you gotta go, you gotta go. Credit: GoGirl
Let's face it ... the world is not a pee-friendly place if you're female. Enter the GoGirl female urination device, a clever little thing made from flexible, medical grade silicone that can be...
Let's face it ... the world is not a pee-friendly place if you're female.

The Importance of Play Houses for Kids

With dreams of summer and backyard camp-outs -- and the early spring reality of chilly mud advancing to the doorstep -- the children have requested that Cabin Fever haul out the play tents from the basement. I have a love-hate relationship with these...

Boy, 3, Survives River Ride in Toy Car

Demetrius Jones took his electric toy truck for a ride down a river near Peace Island Park in Canada. Credit: Energeticcity.ca
When three-year-old Demetrius Jones went missing on Sunday morning from his family's campsite in Canada's Peace Islan...

Why take kids camping

I love camping. Being out amidst the trees, the rocks, and, yes, even the dirt is relaxing and comforting to me. If I could live in the woods year-round, I would. Not everyone is quite the Grizzly Adams type that I am, however. If you've got kids, th...

Stargazing

Labor day weekend, along with the usual suspects (a bunch of families from my son's preschool, plus a few additions from kindergarten and first grade), I took my older two kids camping at Mount Hamilton, the tallest mountain in the greater San Franci...

Family vacations - Memory-making is tiring

Last summer was our first attempt at a real family vacation (at the time, our girls were four and two). We spent our days exploring remote beaches, floating on rafts, and catching rays... heavenly. Our nights were spent at our campsite, which after f...

Are gas prices keeping you home this summer?

Because we don't like to deal with the traffic and because our town has an enormous fireworks display, we usually stick around town during the Fourth. We noticed, though, that a lot of other people stayed home last weekend, too. Our normal haunts, wh...

How to spot a really cool Father's Day gift

It seems to me that the best kind of gift is something that is totally cool but also totally unnecessary. Clothes are definitely a necessity; they're no fun to get. The same goes with ordinary tools-of-the-trade sort of thing, even if they're for a f...

Camping with kids

This past weekend, I took the kids camping (didja miss me?). We went with five other families we'd met through Jared's preschool. All told, there were eleven adults and thirteen kids in our group. We all had adjoining or nearby campsites and shared t...

Camping while pregnant

Some friends -- part of the same group we went with last time -- are organizing another camping trip. This time, it's the last weekend in April. Naturally, I want to go. Rachel, however, is complaining that it is close to her due date and she doesn't...

Boy rescued by illegal immigrant

Suppose you were doing something illegal -- say, crossing into another country to try and find a better life for yourself -- and came across an automobile accident. Would you stop to help? Even if it meant you might be caught? I'd like to think I wou...

Camping with kids

So we finally got to go camping and all I can say is I'm sorry we didn't go sooner. (Thanks for all the great advice!) It's a little late in the year now to be thinking about going again, even for me, but come next spring, you can bet your bottom dol...

Going campin'

Back in the day, I used to do a lot of camping and backpacking. When I say a lot, I mean a lot. As in, leading trips for the Sierra Club. As in knowing the exact weight of every piece of gear I owned (baby scales are good for that). As in, having had...

No sex please, I'm sleeping

Tomorrow morning Steph and I leave for a wedding on the eastern coast of Canada without our two children. We will be gone for four days. This is three days longer than we have ever been away from Hud in five years, and the first time we have been awa...

Twisted sister

My sister is older than me by three and half years. Our relationship has never been stronger as we are both lucky enough to benefit from our father's recent building of a cottage, which we find ourselves at every weekend, including the one just past,...

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