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Disposable Tableware Made With Sugar Cane? Sweet!

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Take your next picnic to a whole new level with WASARA disposable tableware, a line of gorgeous Japanese-designed products made to fit comfortably in the hand, while beautifully framing your culinary...

Olympic Fun at Home: Cooperation Meets Competition

A Facebook friend posted yesterday that his four-year-old son was speed skating non-stop in the living room. Apparently, this dad had his finger on a trend, because reports began pouring in from other parents. Pairs figure skating in the dining room....

Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep...

Do You Have Toy-Free Rooms in Your House?

Tired of stepping on Legos every time you walk across the room? Frustrated by the gigantic piles of plastic stuff on every surface? Would you ever declare a toy-free zone in your house? If you've got kids, then you are probably familiar with the...

More New York Moms Choosing to Birth at Home

Wow. Here's a loaded topic! Want to have your baby at home? Home birth is a process that has been eschewed--well, OK, to use the word from a recent New York Times article on the subject, "condemned"--by the American College of Obstetricians and...

Michelle Obama pledges to help working families and military families

This should come as no surprise given that her husband ran on not only the Democratic but also the Working Families ticket, but Michelle Obama wants to help working families and military families. As part of her duties as First Lady, Michelle sees...

Sick of the staycation?

Chances are, if you weren't saving money hiding under a rock this summer you heard, perhaps one time too many, about the values and virtues of the 'staycation.' A staycation is exactly what it sounds like--a 'vacation' where you and your family...

Can a room be chic and kid-friendly?

Can a room in your home be both chic and kid-friendly? According to Better Homes and Gardens, it can. I guess personal style can determine just how chic you think the ideas in the slide show provided are, but at least they're giving it a shot. I...

How to stop checking email when you should be hanging with the family

I'm guilty of it: the furtive Saturday-morning email check, done between sips of coffee as I guiltily let Nolan crunch and apple and watch fifteen minutes of ear-grating Barney. And I'm also guilty of obsessive Blackberry checking: during a recent...

Can you clean your house in 19 minutes?

Someone once told me that when they had their first child, they ran around constantly trying to pick up after them. When they had their second, they learned to watch where they stepped. This has kind of been my philosphy as well -- I figure we'll...

The joys of urban neighbours

With the craziness of housing prices everywhere, we settled on a neighbourhood that hadn't quite yet become "desirable." While the adjacent 'hoods are gentrified and rather pricey, it's safe to say we won't be getting a Starbucks anytime soon. I kind...

A black and white intruder

I'll admit that I sometimes get spooked, at nights alone. While Nolan slumbers peacefully, I labour at my computer, hunting and pecking and searching for words and clients. Sometimes I hear a rustle outside, and I envison a masked intruder, hunched...

What makes a house a home

All of our stuff is in here now -- the living room furniture with the coffee-rim stain, old photographs and chipped dinner plates, handed down from my Mom, witness to hundreds of my well-intentioned dinner attempts. My laptop is in its familiar perch...

Color your water

I came across a gadget that might just seem like chindogu if you're not a parent. For $20, you can get an attachment for your faucet that will turn your water blue. What makes it of special interest to parents is that when the water temperature...

Do your kids have a normal room?

What does a normal room look like? Depends on where you are, I suppose, and the purpose of the room. But would a kid's room in Idaho really look all that different from one in Finland? Normal Room is a website that will let you find out. Basically,...

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