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Jul172006

Monday at the Movies

capitoltheatre.jpg Although the Brattle Theatre’s Rattle on the Brattle is on hiatus until further notice, you can still see movies with the babe in tow just a few miles up Mass. Ave. at Arlington’s Capitol Theatre. On Monday afternoons, the Capitol offers a baby friendly matinee for parents and caregivers, during which nursing, bottle feeding, fussing, crying, and changing diapers is never frowned upon. There is an area in the lobby to park strollers. The cost of admission is $4.75 per adult (holidays excluded). Subscribe to the listserv to receive e-mails that allow you to vote for the movie you’d most like to see. Democracy clearly exists in the entertainment industry.

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Monday
Jul172006

Too Cool for School

jazo_sunglasses.jpg As a new parent sometimes it’s hard to realize that the sun is in your babe’s eyes because you are walking around with your eyes half shut due to sleep deprivation. Solve this problem by defaulting to a pair of groovy JazO shades. The shatterproof polycarbonate lenses block out 100% of harmful UVA and UVB rays, and the soft, adjustable neoprene strap keeps the sunglasses in place and has a built in safety release. Infant sunglasses (0-3 year olds) include 2 bands (13 and 14 inches). Children sunglasses (4-8 years olds) include one 14-inch band with larger glasses. Available for $8.99 at Amazon in infants' blue, purple, pink, and red and children's blue, purple, pink, red and flag pattern.

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Monday
Jul172006

Chubby Worms

playdoh_snail.jpg People who know me know that I am keen on making stuff from scratch, whether it is pickles or tartlets or birthday invitations. But for some reason the idea of making homemade Play-doh just doesn’t appeal. Maybe it’s something about that distinct Play-doh smell, or the fact that my babe looked so joyful when she pointed out the colors of the cap containers at the CVS. This long time favorite toy not only is great to help the babe learn colors, be imaginative, and work on motor skills, but Play-doh time is a great anytime activity to give you some non-chasing play time. If you are looking for malleable inspiration, check out Hasbro’s website; otherwise, even if you aren’t particularly crafty your babe likely will delight in forming a fleet of what my toddler calls “chubby worms!”

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Monday
Jul172006

Take the Adventures Out of Babysitting

logo_citysitter.gif A mama pal struck babysitting gold using Sittercity. Search for babysitters by zip code, view detailed profiles (including reviews, references, a personal statement, photos, contact information, and schedule availability), then interview your candidates. My mama pal interviewed five candidates (all fabulous) and happily was able to secure the most fabulous of the five. Two sign up plans are offered. The annual plan is $7.99 per month + free registration and an included 2-year subscription to Parenting magazine. The monthly plan is $9.99 per month + a $39.99 registration fee.

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Monday
Jul172006

Napoleon's Quesadilla

quesadilla.jpg I am lucky to have a toddler who generally loves to eat, but getting the babe to ingest vegetables isn’t as easy as when she depended on my steady hand to get food to mouth. Quesadillas are an easy way to pack a lot of nutrients into a small space for both babes and adults. The permutations are endless, but for this basic recipe you will need: flour tortillas, shredded cheese, refried beans, frozen spinach, avocado, and tomatoes or salsa. Cook spinach according to package instructions. Press into a colander to get rid of as much water as possible. In a microwavable bowl, heat up refried beans. Mix in about 1/3 - 1/2 the package of spinach. Freeze the rest of the spinach for future use. Place a flour tortilla on a fry pan or griddle over medium heat and sprinkle entire surface lightly with cheese. As the cheese melts, spread the bean mixture on one half of the tortilla. Dice or mash 1/3 to 1/2 of an avocado and spread over the beans. Once the cheese has melted, fold the tortilla in half and press with spatula (avoid overstuffing the quesadilla so it's easy for the babe to handle). Cool slightly before serving. Top with diced tomatoes or serve with mild salsa.

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