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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, September 26th, 2008

News_image_newSpecial allergy-free nights at restaurants give families with food allergies a break. CNN

Are cloth diapers really the greenest choice? The Boston Globe

How two families cut their expenses and lived on a serious budget. USA Today

Seventy-seven-year-old baseball hall of famer Ernie Banks and his wife adopt a baby girl, sparking debate as to whether he’s too old. Chicago Sun-Times

Trend alert: Mini-treadmills and stationary bikes for kids provoke skepticism from experts.
ABC News

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Would You Wear This Wrist Wallet?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and these new wrist wallets that landed on my desk are being promoted as an extra set of hands for busy moms (or dads). They’re called Banjees. A comfier alternative to a bulky, heavy bag? Sure. Cooler than a fannypack? Questionable. What do you think?

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Mattel Football For Your iPhone

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Well, that settles it—I need an iPhone. There’s finally an old-school LED football game that’ll be available soon. Who cares about all the other high-tech niceties; this trumps them all in my mind. Because, as the world knows, toys of the 1980s totally pwn toys of today.

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Ruffles Gone Wild

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Whether I like it or not, I live on a very popular shopping street in a very hip Brooklyn neighborhood. Ninety percent of the time I’m happy for the chance to passively absorb fashion sense. The other 10% of the time, I see things like what I saw this weekend—a tall cigarette wielding model type wearing the adult equivalent of Ruffle Butts with heels. In and of themselves, Ruffle Butts are adorable throwback diaper covers for girls—little tiny ones. They are frilly and I love them. They make great gifts for friends’ girl babies. They do not, however, make great gifts for the friends themselves.

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Extreme Product Testing: Graco Sweetpeace Soothing Center

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I’ll just say it: My wife and I love the Sweetpeace Soothing Center. It’s the Rolls Royce of baby swings. And, thanks to the generosity of my coworkers during my baby shower here at Parents, my wife and I have one. (I propose Graco make one that’s adult sized, with surround sound, built-in remote, and cup holders.)

When we need Em to chill out a bit, or if we need to do something unnecessary (such as cook, eat, or clean), we put her in the Soothing Center’s grasp. You can choose seven different speeds, four different seat positions, vibration—it even has a speaker that plays music and sound effects. And if you don’t like any of the music offered, you plug your iPod into the bloody thing. Seriously.

Another great feature: If you’re about to head out the door, and you have a Graco-made car seat, it snaps right into the Soothing Center. We use it many times as a prep station for Emily when we’re getting ready to leave the apartment.

It even gave us a new nickname for Emily—Emily Bear. This is because the headrest looks like a teddy bear head. It’s aww cute and fuzzy and wuzzy and et cetera.

When it comes to the soothing aspects of this product, we find that calms the crank once she’s subdued a wee bit. For a while, she’d only completely chill if she was sleepy or entirely subdued. Lately, she tends to respond nearly instantaneously once the vibration, rocking, and sound commences.

The only slight drawback is that it does take up a large footprint in the living room. But who cares? I don’t. The thing is awesome. I’m restraining myself from using the word "awesome" another 18 times, because we really do love this thing. It’s worth every penny.

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This is Flat Out Cool!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Ok, if you are NOT a hardcore crafter, just skip this post because I fear you will deem us crazy if you read on. Fellow crafters, listen up—here is a compact contraption that can take your projects to a new level.

Check out this ribbon iron by Pebbles, Inc…yes, a mini flat-iron that will smooth out your creased ribbon for crafting. This tool is perfect for ribbon that is packaged around a piece of cardboard or for the scraps that you find crumpled at the bottom of your drawer. Keep this little guy in your crafting bin, and save the trip to the laundry room for the dirty jobs. (Mini ironing board not included.)

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Armor for Ears

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Outdoor concert season in Brooklyn is definitely a family affair. However, the venue I went to this weekend was louder than most. Just as I was beginning to fret over the eardrums of the cute kids sitting nearby, their parents unpacked kids’ hearing protection earmuffs from Peltor, which are made to reduce loud noise by 20 decibels, without blocking other ambient sound. The kids wore them with no complaints and seemed much happier for it. I wondered if they could sense the relief of all the surrounding adults. Truthfully though, I think they just liked the bright colors their earmuffs came in.

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Picture Perfect

Monday, July 21st, 2008

01The newest “why didn’t I think of that,” digital photo accessory has hit the market in the form of the XShot 2.0—a lightweight camera extender. Basically, it’s an adjustable pole that attaches to your camera so you can stop trying to squeeze yourself and your whole family into a frame by stretching your arm out.

If you don’t mind looking slightly goofy holding this thing, you’ll end up with plenty of stellar MySpace/ Facebook/ blog/ digital scrapbook-worthy images. Plus you can stop badgering strangers to take photos for you (and subsequently regretting the strained smile you wore while imagining that stranger running off with your brand new 10.1 megapixel camera).

If you’ve still got some fun summer activities planned, I think this gadget might be worth a, ahem, shot.

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