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Saturday
Jul152006

How Cool is This?

stay_kool_trainer.jpg I would cry over spoiled milk. How could I not, after having experienced food poisoning induced “labor”? But this isn’t about me. The July/August 2006 issue of Cookie Magazine features innovative sippy cups by Second Nature. The Second Nature Stay Kool Trainer Cup has a freezable gel-filled plastic center to keep beverages cool for hours. The magazine lists these super cool cups as being available at Target but I didn’t see them online. Try a Target store, or order through One Step Ahead. The 6 oz Trainer Cup with handles ($4.95) is suitable for babes 3 months+; the 8 oz Kid Cup (no handles; $5.95) for babes 9 months+. Three-packs of the trainers are available for $15.49 at Amazon in red and blue.

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Saturday
Jul152006

Second Time's A Charm

logo_secondtimearound.jpg As a mama, it’s all about multi-tasking. So when you next hit a crisis inspired by a closet full of pre-mama clothing that no longer fits, head to Second Time Around. This boutique offers new and resale clothing – a place where you can sell your pre-mama clothes and boost up your wardrobe all in one stop. A mama friend can’t say enough good things about this shop’s chic collection and tech savvy approach (you can track the status of consignment pieces through your online account). Check out Second Time Around’s website or contact one of their many area locations (3 Boston stores, Cambridge, Newton, Wellesley, Needham, Portsmouth, NH) for consignment details; however my mama pal did pass along the general rules that consignment pieces should be: 1) in season; 2) from within the last two years; and 3) from a fairly popular store/designer (although they rarely take anything from the Gap).

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Friday
Jul142006

Take Me to Your Yogi

logo_bostonyoga.gif Sometimes the best way to cope with the rigors of mamahood is to let out an emphatic “Ohm!” To locate a studio near you, check out Boston Yoga; this resource website is blissfully clean and easy to navigate. The studio directory extends to the Cape, Southern New Hampshire, and beyond. Even better, Boston Yoga loves mamas! Check out their pre/post natal class recommendations.

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Friday
Jul142006

Calling All Frogs

frogpondfrog.jpg The underground parking rates at Boston Common Garage are well worth the fun of Frog Pond and Frog Pond Park. In the winter Frog Pond is a famous skating rink; in the summer, the pond is a place for kids to cool off. The Frog Pond spray pool and wading program is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm (free of charge) until Labor Day. Call 617-635-2120 for updated information. Before or after dipping in the pond, check out the awesome Frog Pond Park two steps away. This terrific playground has lots of cool structures to explore, including what my yummy niece called the “frog potty” (frog sculpture holding a life preserver).

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Friday
Jul142006

Cloth Diaper Genie

logo_changinghabits.jpg Cotton diapers have obvious benefits: they save trees, lessen landfills, and cut taxpayers’ costs. But it’s tough to face the rigorous routine required to launder cloth diapers at home. It’s one thing to deal with a big baby blowout in the moment, it’s another thing to deal with it again at the laundry machine. Enter Changing Habits diaper service operated out of Deerfield, MA. The owner, Donna Grybko, is a bit of a kooky koala bear but boy, is she committed to cloth diapers. She even arrived on our doorstep with the first delivery to give us a cloth diaper demo. We loved the service and it was reliable and efficient on all counts. Changing Habits travels many miles to serve towns in Western Massachusetts and Middlesex County. Check the website for town listings then call to confirm that they can service your address.

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