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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

News Image NEW Temporary parents relieve mothers who need a hand to get their lives back on track.The New York Times

What hidden ingredients are lurking in supposedly healthy foods in your kitchen? The Wall Street Journal

The newborn brain: Why your baby is more aware of the world than you are. The Boston Globe

Some schools are thinking of cutting back to a 4-day week to deal with budget crunches. The Los Angeles Times

A bad economy breeds good neighbors: Experts are seeing an uptick in community activities and caring. The Washington Post

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Tweet Deals

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

82 Websites offering coupon codes and online promotions are nothing new . In fact, they're so ubiquitous, there’s practically no excuse for paying full price plus shipping when you’re shopping online (seriously, this April I ordered a bookcase, shoes, and a new TV—and found deals on all of them!). Still, when I heard about CheapTweet—a new Twitter-based search engine that scans for the best steals, coupons and sales that people are tweeting about—I was intrigued and had to check it out.

Here’s what I found: Like other coupon sites, CheapTweet lists deals from major retailers like Overstock and Amazon, but it also connects me to discounts being offered by small-scale vendors—like individual Artfire sellers. Love. This afternoon I found tweets alerting me to a buy-one-get-one-half-off deal at this delightful Etsy kid’s craft shop and that Buy.com has the Graco imonitor Digital Color Video Baby Monitor for only $140 (it’s listed at $200 on Target.com). The verdict: I’m definitely adding it to my list of go-to sites for finding deals.

P.S. My other bargain faves are RetailMeNot, FatWallet and CouponCabin. What are yours?

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

News Image NEW Baby-food lessons from chefs? Some parents skip the jarred stuff and get to work in the kitchen. Washington Post

How stressed you are might depend on what state you live in. CNN

10-years post-Columbine: What are schools doing about security? Wall Street Journal

Cash-strapped parents see value in investing in straight teeth for their kids. New York Times

Dealing with kids’ health decisions, no matter how small, can get tricky when parents are divorced. Washington Post

Bedbugs are on the rise and the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to figure out how to stop the pesky biting insects. AP

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Affordable, Original Art for Your Baby’s Bedroom

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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Just a month into my new gig at Parents, I’ve been staying late at the office most nights. And since I seem to have made myself at home in my cubicle, I thought it made sense to make my cubicle a little more, well, homey. The challenge? I don’t have much of a budget for office décor, but I can’t stomach the thought of putting up something mass-produced (no Starry Night poster, please!). So, I turned to my favorite source for affordable, original art: Etsy. While browsing for prints to brighten up my workspace, I happened upon this amazing, graphic Alphabet Pipeline poster. Intrigued, I decided to check out what other cool, kid-friendly designs might be out there. Turns out, when it comes nursery art, chic (and cheap!) options abound. I couldn’t keep my excitement to myself, so I rounded up a few of my favorite finds (from $14 a pop) for you to check out. From left to right: Birds in Tree, Monstropolis, I Like to Rock, Daryl No 78365, and Jungle Animals.

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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Should boys be vaccinated against HPV? Experts weigh the benefits to extending the Gardasil vaccine to males. Washington Post

Have you gone overboard with homework help? Chicago Tribune

A six-year-old’s parents learn from Natasha Richardson’s injury, pay attention to their child’s headache, and save her life. CNN

How to talk to your kids about financial trouble. Wall Street Journal

Going under general anesthesia multiple times before age 4 might increase a child’s risk of learning disabilities, finds a new study. NPR

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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Brand-new baby boom. More babies were born in 2007 than any other year in our nation’s history. Yahoo! News

It’s back to work for many mothers whose husbands are out of jobs. USA Today

Toy manufacturers are cutting back on big-ticket items as parents choose less expensive, simpler playthings. Wall Street Journal

Your cooking and eating habits have an effect on your entire family. New York Times

Finally: A new study gives hope for a peanut allergy cure. The Washington Post

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Online Tips Part II: Shop Without Getting Scammed

Monday, December 8th, 2008

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Reading up on charity scams brought me to a few more tips from McAfee that, frankly, I’d feel bad not sharing. Without further ado, things to do before you shop online:
1.)    Check out the site. It’s not often that I stray from Amazon or Zappos, but if I’m hunting down, say, a vinyl-to-digital recording device that’s only available from obscure DJ equipment sites (Flashback to my dad’s gift two years ago, now they’re quite common.) I always feel a little leery ordering. If you find yourself in the same situation, get the contact info and call before ordering. You can also actually read the privacy policy (No I have never done this, but I think it’s a fantastic idea.) and make sure they have a decent refund policy posted on the site.
2.)    Pay by credit card. You’re protected by the law and liable only for $50 if your credit-card number is stolen and used. Getting cash back from debit cards is not as easy.
3.)    Make sure the site uses encryption. Look for a key or closed locked displayed in the web browser or check the URL address. It should begin with https://, not just http://. Note, that “s” won’t show up until after you click the “proceed to checkout” button, but before you enter any personal info.
4.)    Check your credit card statement and the package itself right away to make sure you got what you wanted at the right price.
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Who’s More Worried About Money?

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

653883948_833921a498The sorry state of our economy has everyone freaked out right now (even this cute piggy bank looks tense!), but a new survey from the American Psychological Association shows that women may be feeling more panicky about money woes than men. Stephanie Smith, Psy.D., the public education coordinator for the APA, suggests that may be because we ladies are already overwhelmed juggling our many roles in life that dealing with yet another source of stress takes more of a toll on us.

What’s it like in your household? Who’s got more money stress—you or your husband?

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