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Playing: Leaf Books (OMG – Did S Get Crafty??)
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So yes – Martha Stewart I am not. But capable of making messes? Oh yeah – big time. Does my husband cringe when he calls home and I say, “We’ve started an art project!!” Absolutely. Do we ever create something usable? Something that requires actual precision, skill or even nice handwriting? Nope. Never.
So I was very excited about this one.

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Listening: Best Lullaby CD Ever
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Sure, music soothes even the most savage two-year-old human beast. But for some of us, powering through a kids music CD is a cloying act of endurance, often precipitated by an already stressful meltdown situation. Not so with Anya Jane & Friends’ Lullabies, a recent release of “old favorites and new gems,” beautifully rendered in acoustic guitar, requinto (a cute little guitar), mandolin, harmonica and piano, with amazing vocals that will leave both you and your tiny person breathing a sigh of relief.

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Reader Question: What to Get a One-Year-Old and The Secret Toy Closet
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Little Lou celebrated the big 0-1 two days ago, so I just finished the scramble for one-year-old gift ideas and it’s fresh in my head. Little Lou is my second, so I feel like I have some perspective on what kids this age will actually play with, and since S. and I both have January babes, I’ll let you in on a well-tested method we’ve both employed for combating gift-o-palooza: The Secret Toy Closet.

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DIY: An Easy but Cool Outdoor Space for Toddlers (And Portable Enough for Apartment Dwellers)
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M and I were recently interviewed by the Denver Post about how to keep the little ones entertained (but safe) at home. You can read the full article here. My contribution to the article centered on the transformation my balcony goes through each summer…I’ve spent the last two years trying to find items that look cool, and are also portable, washable and store-able. Lastly, I want to be able to quickly transform the space from a day-use play space, to a night-use dinner space. Here’s what I’ve found:

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Step Into My Office: Toddler Parsons Desk
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I want to provide a fun, child-friendly atmosphere for my kids, but I loathe, loathe, loaaathe most children’s furniture, design motifs and color schemes. For the most part, they’re just so bizarrely saccharine that they seem intentionally designed to assault adult sensibilities.

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Baby Gifts: Nambe Baby Rattle/Teether
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For some kids, teething is no biggie. “I never noticed my babies getting teeth,” many a mama has told me, as I melted her with my laser-like glare. For others, teething is a personality-altering event of head-spinning, Exorcist-esque proportions. That would be my children.

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