summer 

Off to daycare

Today, Wednesday, is the last day I get to spend with my baby before he goes off to daycare. Tomorrow and Friday I'll be at work and Daddy will watch him. We'll have the weekend as a threesome. Then, bright and early Monday morning we'll start our n...

The most crowded pool I have ever seen

My daughter is obsessed with being in the water. She asks if we can go swimming every time we're together, and whenever we're actually at the pool, she sings, shouts and laughs the entire time she's in the water -- usually something like "I'M SWIMM...

Tips for back to school shopping

Yes, it's that time of year again. The most wonderful time of year (for parents, anyway, or so the commercials go). It's time to start thinking about back to school and all the shopping that goes along with it. Yay consumerism! July is still going...

Fun idea for summer afternoons

Now that my daughter and I spend our afternoons together, I consistently face the same dilemma: what are we going to do? It's not as if every afternoon needs to be some action-packed adventure, but -- even if she doesn't mind aimlessly bumming arou...

More quick and easy ideas for summer cooking

We all seem to be on the same vibe around here these days. It's hot and we don't want to cook -- at least, not for very long. Angie wrote about her own tricks and tips earlier this week. Jonathon wrote about Real Simple magazines ways to speed up the...

Can tea really help you with lactation?

I am about to start a new job, which requires me putting my little one in daycare. So, instead of breastfeeding him umpteen times a day like I have the luxury of doing now, I'll be needing to pump and store his milk to be bottle fed to him while I ...

What are your kids doing this summer?

As Ellie has grown older, her idea of a fun time has evolved. Her play is less toy-centered and more imagination driven these days. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I actually purchased a store-bought toy for her. We do have a few new board g...

Storm Trooper bike helmet

Now that summer is in full force, the kids are out and about, taking over the city on their bikes, skateboards and Rollerblades. It's great to see them being so physically active, but it's a little disturbing to see how few of them wear helmets. I k...

The dangers of pool drains

It's that time of year when parents fret about the dangers of swimming pools. By now we are all aware that seconds away from children near a pool can lead to tragedy. But did you know about the hidden danger at the bottom of the pool? When Abigail Ta...

Simple summer maternity wardrobe: bottoms

For many in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is in full swing. If you're also pregnant, you might be realizing that the clothes you've been hanging around in recently are starting to feel a bit warm. If you're going to go buy new clothes for maternit...

Cold water leads to hot water in Milwaukee

Here's a clever update to the classic lemonade stand -- kids in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are selling bottles of cold water at intersections to overheated drivers. At a dollar a bottle, it's a deal for the drivers who likely want to cool off without havin...

Why I love the dollar store

It's another lazy summer day and Ellie and her friends are bored again. Trying to keep a group of six-year-olds busy day after day is a challenge, but I have discovered an ally in my local dollar store. With a little imagination and even less cash, ...

Summertime is the best time

For the past few weeks, the weather has been just right in Texas -- hot enough to feel like summer, but not the scorching, "I can't believe I chose to live in the climate" heat that we'll see come August and September. It's the time of year that...

A simple maternity summer wardrobe: tops

For many in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is in full swing. If you're also pregnant, you might be realizing that the clothes you've been hanging around in recently are starting to feel a bit warm. If you're going to go buy new clothes for maternit...

Image of the Day: a swirl of activity

This image, shared with us by Raquita, sums up exactly how I feel about some of the busy days of summer. The swirl of acvitity, the bright colors of warm afternoons and the sweet smile of a beautiful child. I can almost smell a freshly mowed lawn, he...

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