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Here I am, back in New York

We are traveling in New York and New Jersey all week visiting Bill’s family.  I went to college at NYU and this is the first time I’ve taken my kids back to the city that was so insanely important to me before they were born.  And I was so excited to share it with them — I talked about it non-stop before we got here — the subways, the huge buildings, the amazing food — it was like their mom…

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Shopping for fall sleepwear

I love it when the weather turns a little colder and all the cute, cozy, fall sleepwear catalogs start finding their way to my doorstep.  I got a big stack of them the other day and as I was sorting through them, my eye couldn’t help but catch one in particular — Cuddledown of Maine.  Their sleepwear amazed me.  It delighted me.  And it inspired me to ask Bill to photoshop  my head on a bunch of their nightgowns. Here…

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I am a hillbilly

I have never been able to get my kids to sleep in their own beds.  I feel like I’m a pretty decent parent during the day, but at night, I’m the worst.  Even if my kids get sick in the middle of the night, I feel like, I’m sorry.  I’m off duty.  Next time try barfing between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.  This probably explains why they go to Daddy for things they need during the night…

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Attack of the apple faces

Try this in your kid’s lunch box – Apple Face apples (obviously) peanut or almond butter mini marshmallows toy Directions: Cut a big wedge into the apple, apply nut butter, then marshmallows.  Stage an apple face/toy scene of your choice. These actually taste delicious.  But maybe that’s because marshmallows taste good with everything…

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10 ways to have a great kid’s birthday party

It’s birthday party season at our house.  We have three kids with three birthdays within three months.  And since I’ve learned quite a bit about throwing parties over the years, I thought I’d share some of my valuable secrets with you! 1.  Ask your husband to “quickly” run an errand right before the party begins — it can be something as simple as ice or birthday candles.  You may feel you know everything about your husband — you don’t!  You…

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What you should know about BPA-Free products

Recently when I went shopping for back to school lunch box items I noticed that everywhere I looked — from online, to Target to Toys r Us to Rite Aid — all products were splattered with happy “BPA-free!” labels.  This is meant to tell consumers that products are safe because they don’t contain the harmful chemical known as bisphenol A. But just because a product is BPA free doesn’t mean it’s safe. Here’s where I get technical.  BPA is necessary…

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How to get inspiration from a chicken

As a shy person, I always walk into any given situation and try to blend in.  Try not to make a fuss.  I will quickly assess what’s going on and join in, if possible, whether I like it or not.  If the room is too hot or too cold, I probably won’t complain and if the menu has only meat options and I’m a vegetarian, I just won’t eat.  This, of course, has a lot to do with being shy,…

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It’s time to buy sandals!

I know, I know, everyone is really boot-crazy right now, but I’m telling you now is the perfect time to buy sandals — for next year.  Here’s what you do —  buy a couple of really cute on sale sandals and sneakers today and then put them away in your closet until spring.  If you’re like me, when you find them in eight months, you will not have remembered you bought shoes and it will be like Christmas!  I swear, when…

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