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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:
Let's play. Lest we overlook the obvious, board game nights are just right for playing with friends & family. Our top 10 co-op & competitive games, inside.
Sometimes at the end of the day, all I want to do is entirely unplug. Video games might be a passion, but man, I miss having board game nights with my friends. And so, I've put together a guide to all my favorite board games and all the board games I still want to play! Top 10 Board Games...
I have a secret.  Most mornings, I get to sit quietly and enjoy a cup of coffee (and a piece of chocolate) for a few precious, uninterrupted minutes.  Let's not go crazy, we're not talking hours, but if I do things right the night before, my little guys wake up in the morning, make themselves some cereal (I help),...
My attempt at green parenting has been a precipitously slippery slope. I started out with cloth diapers, a natural rubber mattress, all organic clothing, homemade organic baby food and exclusively non-plastic toys. But what I've ended up with is 7th Generation disposables/part-time (like, when the mood strikes me) cloth diapering, a mix of pricey organic cotton and $2.97 Target specials (made, probably, by kids only slightly older than mine), frozen "all natural" chicken tenders & Whole Market taquitos, and more plastic toys than I can shake a stick at. So much for my lofty green ideals. . .

Game Night: It’s On

In a world where we center ourselves around phones and screens, a change of pace is always a good thing. Whether you love game night because it sparks great childhood memories, or you're just a downright competitive beast who welcomes any opportunity to win (no shame) the holidays are the perfect time to bring out some fun...AND a little (or a...
*This post was originally published in 2011, and recently updated for 2015. Mike and I have always lived in small spaces.  Now that we have kids, this means we have to be very careful about the kind of toys we buy.  In order to fit in our severely space-challenged pad, they better be good.  Any toy we keep needs to...
Ten minutes is a precious commodity in the life of a new parent. Think of all the things you can do in that very short period of time: shower (!), check your email, pay your bills online, empty the dishwasher, call your best friend, clear the drain of all that hair you're shedding, paint your toenails, savor a cup of coffee or tea . . . But where on EARTH will you find ten minutes for all of these gloriously luxuriant activities I speak of, you ask?
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.
Mamas, it's all about the children.  I sacrifice and I sacrifice and I sacrifice for the children.  Those precious, precious children. As proof-positive of said sacrifice and of my worth as a mother (do they not go hand-in-hand?), I give you this, my latest ridonkulous creation my masterpiece:   I've titled it:  "Smug Mummy's Easter Basket." Do you not see the calligraphied "R"?  The "R"...
I was lucky enough, while living in Denver, to have found (and attended) The Music Train's music classes for kids. Raines and I had tried out several other music classes (Music Together, etc), but had never found ones that we loved. Raines, for example, draws a line at "shaking his sillies out" (even at age 2) and I could...

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