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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.

Baby Shower Gifts for Outdoorsy Parents

Take it outside! Credit: Getty
Sure, bottles, blankets and binkies are nice, but baby shower gifts don't have to be bland. With so many folks shopping off of baby shower gift registries today, parents shouldn't be afraid to consider their...

Recycled, Reusable Bottle Filters Water

Fill 'er up. Credit: The Container Store
It's time to finally break the one-use bottled water habit. The Bobble Water Bottle by Karim Rashid, a reusable water bottle with a built-in carbon filter that removes chlorine and organic...

If You Build It, They Will Play: Fantasy Playhouses

With a castle in their backyard, the Budge home is a popular spot for play dates. Credit: Lisa Budge
Barbara Butler has been helping parents make their kids' dreams come true for more than two decades, conjuring up castles for little princesses,...

Help Kids Learn by Turning Science Into Magic

I'll confess this without blushing: I'm an artsy mom. Ask me what a poem means and I'm like a dog with a bone. But when it comes to answering those big, science-related questions that all kids ask - Why is the moon out during the day? Why do dogs...

Delivering Birthday Party Invitations: An Unexpected Workout

At Cabin Fever we aim to make room for everyone in the family to participate, however small or tall the activity. In our last post, our almost-seven-year-old made her own birthday invitations. Thus, our Saturday afternoon plan: to deliver...

Fun Family Activity: A Nature Walk Around the Block

When you're two-and-a-half feet tall and have only recently begun practicing the art of upright mobilization, the smallest of adventures qualify as epic journeys of discovery. Is it sunny, windy, rainy or snowy? Matters not. The world awaits, and...

Playing Outside Makes Kids Smarter

Schools are cutting recess -- that's a shame -- but parents also need to make an effort to get kids out of the house and into the yard. In the race to help kids get ahead academically, American schools seem to take a spaghetti at the wall...

Take a hike

Fall isn't just here, it's settled in and made itself comfortable. In my part of the country, the long winter ahead is looming, which means getting outside as much as possible right now, before that long cold snap sets in is more important than...

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,...

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...

How to recognize poison ivy (and what to do if you missed it)

Kids love a good walk through the woods to get away from the hot summer sun. If you go off-trail, though, be sure to keep a look out for poison ivy. Some studies suggest that global warming is contributing to the growth of poison ivy and its ability...

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...

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...

Sharing the eclipse

When we got up yesterday morning, we didn't think we would be able to see the lunar eclipse because the sky was overcast and it was snowing. In fact, we were worried about my in-laws getting home because of the weather and the chain requirements. So...

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