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Friday, June 7th, 2013
Does your child’s room have a theme? Often we start out theming a baby’s room, and then as he or she grows, it becomes a bit of a hodge-podge of whatever they’re into at the moment. My daughter’s room started out red and flowery but then grew pink as she went through her pink phase, and now it looks like an American Girl store exploded into a stuffed-animal emporium. My son’s room had a transportation theme originally, but now he’s put Star Wars stickers all over one wall and pictures of penguins on another. And graffiti on the closet. Sigh.
What I need is a weekend to devote to cleaning/organizing/painting and yes, giving a real “look” to each of their rooms. Maybe it will happen this summer.
Part of what’s inspiring me is that the Disney folks came through our offices to talk up their Disney paint line, with lots of pictures of perfectly pulled-together kid rooms. I know our rooms won’t ever look as clean as their models, but at the same time, I know I can do better than we’re doing now!
Disney Paint is going to give two lucky commenters a Disney-themed comforter plus a $150 Walmart gift card to get going on your child’s room upgrade. You can choose between a Cars 2-themed comforter and a Disney Fairies comforter. All you have to do is leave a comment below; you can leave up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Thursday, June 13th. Check back here on the 14th and we’ll announce the winner (and contact the winner via Facebook; look for our message in your “other” Facebook message folder; I’ve included a picture so you can see where I mean!).
Read the official rules here. Goody luck!
Congratulations to our winners Nicole Amorosi Rollins and Nicole Crisafulli Grant!
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Thursday, September 13th, 2012
A friend and I talk often about how Halloween has turned into the most fabulous holiday. It’s not loaded with the traditions and expectations of a religious holiday. No one expects you to cook, like you do on Thanksgiving, or travel, like people often do for the Fourth of July. You walk around in your own neighborhood, and eat a lot of candy! You have fun with your kids, and very rarely have to deal with coordinating visiting relatives.
Halloween gets really superb when you have a little munchkin to dress up. Whether you go to a party with your baby or walk in your town’s Halloween parade or just sit on your porch and hand out candy, it is SO much fun to have a Halloween sidekick.
My favorite costumes come from Chasing-Fireflies.com. Their catalog, Wishcraft, comes out in the summer and always gets my kids thinking about how they want to dress on October 31. (I think Grace is going for a fortune teller this year, and Joe changes his mind every other day.) We feel like we have to step things up in the costume department, because our neighborhood takes the Halloween-dress thing pretty seriously. You can see an amazing slideshow of kids in costumes from my part of Brooklyn; it might give you some good ideas! We decorate our house, too. Nothing fancy, but you can see Grace likes to cover the front with cobwebs.
Browse Chasing-Fireflies.com and you’ll see a lot of decorations, too. And here’s the giveaway news: Chasing Fireflies will give one person a $100 giftcard, which should help you afford outfits for two kids, or one outfit and some decorations, you get the idea. To be eligible, leave a comment (up to one a day) between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, September 19. Tell me what your child is likely to be for Halloween this year, and whether you prefer to buy or make a costume. We’ll pick one winner at random to get the $100 giftcard. You can read the official rules here. Goody luck!
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Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Baby stuff is expensive. Maybe not each individual piece of gear, necessarily, but by the time you get a crib and car seat and diapers and clothes, you’re already kind of financially in over your head. I have a lot of people trying to convince me that parents will pay more for something if it’s really better for their baby, and that parents are paying more these days for stuff that’s got great design, but you know, we all only have so much cash to throw around. We can’t keep paying more and more and more when salaries are not going up and up.
Dang kids are cute...but expensive! I bought Joe's star coat a few sizes too big to try to get a few years out of it!
I think that’s why flash-sale sites and all their various dot-com cousins are breeding like bunnies. We need discounts! I’m not a flash-sale addict myself, but I’ve scored a couple of good deals on those kinds of sites. I’ve recently revised one of the original sale sites, called BabySteals.com, that posts two sales a day, one in the morning (right when you get to work and can be “checking your email”) and one in the evening (after the kiddos are, hopefully, asleep). And good news! To help initiate more parents into the e-sale world, the folks at BabySteals will give $100 giftcards to four folks who post a comment right here!
Some rules: You can post up to once a day, from now until midnight on Wednesday, May 30th. You can leave any comment you’d like, but maybe tell me what you’d most like to find on sale for your baby! You can read the complete rules here. Goody luck!
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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
They've got a beautiful online baby registry!
You don’t have to be a “green” mommy to love eco-friendly baby products. Sometimes the earth-friendly stuff is just ridiculously adorable. That’s how we found AbesMarket.com some years ago. We were looking for something new and different for a nursery-storage story in the magazine, and found the $70, completely recyclable, no-screws-necessary Beehive Bookcase. And we were hooked!
We’ve since gone back to them a bunch of times. We showed one of their $68 organic baby blankets in a layette story, for instance. And here I’ll give up one of my editor’s secrets, which is that I sometimes refer to them as a sort of cross-check. Lots of companies promise that they are eco-friendly, but because I know Abe’s Market does a serious amount of research before taking on a product line, I’ll sometimes just peek and see if a product that says it’s green is on their Web site. (I do these kinds of cross-checks with Whole Foods too, but they’re tougher, because you can’t shop Whole Foods online!)
Also, if you just like to read about where your baby products come from, you’ll like the company overviews. Check out this one about Green Sprouts. You can learn what they make, where, and with what materials! If you’re not careful, you’ll turn into a product geek like me.
I’m finally working around to their new news: AbesMarket.com launched a baby registry! It’s presented in a gorgeous online magazine format and is a pleasure to browse through.
To help them celebrate and spread the word to moms and moms-to-be, we’re giving away a $100 giftcard to AbesMarket.com. Just leave a comment here (you can comment up to once a day) and let us know what your favorite eco-friendly baby product is. You can comment through Wednesday May 9th; on the 10th, we’ll randomly chose one winner. See the complete rules here. Goody luck!
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What would you buy with $100 at their site?