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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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Handmade Alternatives: Nursing Covers
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For any mother-to-be who plans on nursing, or moms who breastfeed currently, modesty while breastfeeding in public can be an issue. While some women feel comfortable whipping it all out in any setting, and I do truly say more power to them seeing as it is pretty much the most natural act imaginable, others are a little more booby shy. And that’s where a nursing cover comes in. After receiving a handmade nursing cover as a gift from a friend, I realized that while there are commercial versions like the Bebe au Lait Hooters Hider $35, from diapers.com (is it me, or is that name kind of…lacking in taste?)…I personally think you’ll find a broader selection of gorgeous covers on Etsy with the bonus of being handmade or even customized to your specifications.
Behold just a few of my favorites…..

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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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Etsy: Yes You CAN (A How-To For Moms and a Few Fab Sellers)
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After my recent articles about slings and carriers and shopping car covers (a series about handmade alternatives to common baby products), we had several messages from readers who have experienced confusion or frustration when shopping on Etsy. I hate to hear that, because Etsy is one of my favorite places to shop, online or otherwise. Hopefully, a few tips can help make Etsy more user-friendly for moms who are seeking handmade or vintage goods!

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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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Eating: School Lunches from Epicurious Mobile Apps
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I’ve heard it a thousand times, as I’m sure you have too: avoid labeling your kid–labels stick. This goes for anything from labeling them as shy, clumsy, chubby, and, in my case, picky. But since my elder Boy Wonder will undoubtedly be eating chicken tikka masala on a regular basis by the time he can read this (I’m an optimist), and since this is just between you and me, he’s a pretty damn picky eater. As such, I’m always looking for new, fun recipes he can help with and will enjoy eating while broadening the spectrum of his excruciatingly limited palate.

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