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American Baby Bests: Vote for Swaddlers and Pacifiers!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Do you burrito-wrap your little bundle for a better night’s sleep? Have you found a swaddler that your infant can’t break out of? What about a pacifier…is there one you count on for soothing? Click on the brand you love, then leave a comment below explaining why you love it. And don’t forget to enter to win a $250 gift card! Don’t see your brand? Feel free to write it in.

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Mother’s Day…Your Way

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

It may be cold and dreary outside now, but springy Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Since it’s never too soon to start making your wish-list (and dropping hints), we want to know what really makes the day special for you.

Moms, this is your chance to weigh-in (Dads, take note)! Vote in our poll below, and check out the final results in our May issue.
Mother's Day

Image: Little boy giving flowers to his mom via Shutterstock

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Faves of 2012: Holiday Helpers

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

If you’re hosting any holiday parties this year, you know how much work can go into a “fun” evening with family and friends. The good news is help is right around the corner…if you’re willing to splurge on it. We’ve compiled our wish-list of our dream party products.

Cool Cleaner: Dyson’s Animal Complete (DC41) is a dream machine for vacuuming up before and after your big shindig. The unit comes with a genius tangle-free turbine tool that sucks up pet (and guest) hair out of the carpet. It’s also awesome for parents who have kids kids with long, vac-killing locks (sorry, Mom). While Dyson is the designer vacuum, it does all the dirty work…and makes tons of accessories for just about any hairy situation. Click here for details.

Easy Bake: Bread, desserts, cookies for Santa–keep them all yummy for your party go-ers with NewMetro Design’s Dome Savers. The containers vacuum seal at the press of a button, so your fruitcake can stay fresh into the new year. Click here for details.

Live Entertainment: Get a big show from a little box with 3M’s innovative Streaming Projector. The portable device uses Roku to project TV shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, HBO GO, and more. Or you can just wow your guests with a screening of a life-size home movie on your living room wall. Click here for details.

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Faves of 2012: Cool Tablet Keyboards

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

During the holiday season, there are gadgets and gizmos a plenty, but the tech that caught our eye this year is the key to an great gift for that special someone (or yourself). These cases, stands, and tablets come with awesome keyboards to make typing on a device a breeze. Check them out.

For the iPad owner: Cygnett’s Lavish Connect has a Bluetooth keyboard cleverly attached to the protective case through built-in magnets. It tucks inside for easy storage and travel. Plus, the space-saver also has a kickstand on the back for instant movie night. Click here for details.

For the multi-device owner: If your husband, dad, or friend is one of those guys who has so many devices you (and probably he) can’t keep track of them all, Brookstone’s Tablet Station and Keyboard is a smart solution. The universal stand works with most tablets, comes with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard, and has two USB ports to charge multiple gadgets at once. Click here for details.

For the laptop lover: Of all the new gadgets that could be under our tree this year, we’re hoping Microsoft’s new Surface is wrapped and waiting. The nifty device combines what’s best about tablets (touch screen, apps, user-friendliness, portability) with what we love about laptops. The attention-grabber is the flashy removable keyboard (available in different colors) that clicks into the bottom of the device. But it also comes loaded with Windows 8, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and other laptop favorites. Click here for details.

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Faves of 2012: Season’s Readings!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Looking for a last-minute gift for your adult friends and family? Check out Livrada! These e-book gift cards fit perfectly in holiday cards or even make great stocking stuffers. The best part is you don’t have to know which tablet your friend uses. The included code works for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and devices that can use their reading apps (such as the iPad). The gift cards are $10 and up. Click here for more information.



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Faves of 2012: Angry Jedi!?!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

If you’re an Angry Birds AND Star Wars fan, you’re in luck this year! Now your family can shoot for the stars with Angry Birds’ new line of movie-themed toys, games, and an app, of course. We particularly liked Hasbro’s play sets for little jedi and princesses, which include the awesome Death Star version of the game Jenga, complete with a piggy Darth Vader. May the anger be with you!

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, November 16th, 2012

This Week’s Holiday Goody:

I’m not a Black Friday person. I’d rather pay full price for something than endure the mall madness that day for a bargain. But one of the things I love is the DVD collections that come out leading up to the holidays. In fact, this week was jam-packed with them. For the kiddos, you have your choice of getting them hooked on a childhood fave, from Flintstones: The Complete Series to Scooby-Doo Where Are You: Complete Series to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection. But personally, I’d go with Friends: The Complete Series on Blu-ray. Getting to revisit my Central Perk pals in HD may just be worth standing in line at midnight.


This Week’s DVD Goodies:


Magic School Bus: Holiday Special

Pixar Short Films Collection 2

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season 2 Part 1: Danger in the Deep

Spongebob Squarepants: Complete Fourth Season

Spongebob Squarepants: Complete Fifth Season

Spongebob Squarepants: Complete Sixth Season


The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, November 9th, 2012

This Week’s Big-Screen Goody:

Get ready for an alien invasion this winter! Well, actually, the aliens are the good guys in Escape From Planet Earth. Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Brendan Fraser star in the animated adventure about little green…er, blue…men. The studio released the teaser trailer this week. Check out the clip below:



This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero

The Amazing Spider-Man

Arthur Christmas

Barney: Let’s Go to the Doctor

Kung Fu Panda Holiday

Leapfrog: Gift of Learning 2 (DVD & Plush Gift Set)

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Porky & Friends

The Muppet Christmas Carol: 20th Anniversary Edition

Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection

Sesame Street: Old School 3

SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s A SpongeBob Christmas!

Thomas & Friends: Let’s Explore With Thomas

The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa


The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

Call the Midwife: Season One


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