Play

I love pretend play and dress-up, but I'm not a big Halloween fan.  I mean sure...if babies are involved, I'm ALL in.  I dressed R up as a bee, and remember Pax the chicken?  Yeah - that's my kind of Halloween dress-up.  But as soon as they get old enough to form their own opinions, I find myself trying...

Friday

I got a Pap smear yesterday.  Whoa, maybe I should say good morning first.  Hope you already had your coffee!  But I booked my appointment in honor of Megan's recent health scare.  The Happiest Mom says go get it done, Mamas.  I did mine.  Now it's your turn. In semi-related news, I am a MILF.  (Love the folks at True...
Mamas, I apologize for the light week.  I had intended to post the promised hair article, but man.  I'm wiped out.  Mike has been gone (since Sun!!) on a business trip, and in his absence, I've broken one coffee cup and two plates, lost the car keys six times, left Pax's winter coat somewhere in Easton, PA (Crayola "Experience"...
Mamas, have you heard of these things?  These by-mail subscription packages where a box of kid-friendly projects (for ages 3-7) is delivered to your house? They. Are. Awesome.  And perfect if you (like me) are dreading the after-Christmas influx of crappy toys.  (Really, we don't have the room.)  Instead of _____ (fill in the blank with annoying toy), how 'bout...
Mamas, add this to the top of your lists:  The Pewi Ybike Ride On Toy and Walking Buddy is one of the best things to happen to almost-walkers in a long, long time.    We bought it for Pax a year ago, a month or so before his first birthday.  He wasn't quite walking...it was more like...squat stepping. The Pewi bike was awesome.  Pax...
Mamas, our dear friend J was in NY for a long weekend.  So of course we drove up. Really, we don't need much of an excuse to visit.  And our very favorite thing to do with the kiddos?  Visit MOMA.  Not only do they have cool activities for kids just walking around the museum, but they have an interactive...
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"...
****Giveaway is closed! Congrats to Jane Little, our winner!*** I'm always delighted to support companies that are all about promoting open-ended and creative play.  Especially companies who are also well-versed in the benefits of Reggio Emelia (my hands-down, current favorite early childhood education philosophy).  So when I was contacted by the folks over at the Learning Materials Workshop to see...
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...
*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...