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Why should boys have all the fun dumping dirt and “fixing” (read: smashing things) with their tools?  Girls can get in on the fun too, and with Green Toy’s line of girly trucks and tools, even grandma will be tempted to pick up some tradition boy toys for the little

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We’ve featured the great Patemm changing pads on In The Know Mom in the past , and we want to let you know about Patemm’s new line of organic cotton changing pads.  First, here’s the low-down of why Patemm changing pads are great:  The design is round, making it a

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Beef Short Ribs recipe
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If you have the time, this is a wonderful weekend dish for entertaining.  It takes several hours, and there aren’t any short cuts you can take to cook the meat, but the majority of the time is hands-off and the results are well worth the effort.  Short ribs are economical for

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ghost and witch cupcakes
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The Ace of Cakes (aka Duff Goldman) shares his wicked and spooky cupcake designs via the Michael’s webiste.  The wicked witch cupcakes would also be great for a Wizard of Oz theme party. Here’s how to create these cute cupcakes at home: Start by baking the cupcakes using your favorite

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halloweenhealth and nutritionthanksgiving

Yes, it’s soup time, and this soup is the ultimate comfort food: It’s warm and creamy but completely dairy-free and healthy.  I like to make it for lunch on the weekend with grilled cheese or crostini topped with goat cheese, thyme and honey.  It’s equally great for entertaining.  I’ve served it

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beautyskincare

I first heard of Sircuit skin care during a mama-to-be facial at Exhale Spa in NYC.  The esthetician recommended Sircuit’s Molecular Mist to use as a daily moisturizer during pregnancy since those amazing pregnancy hormones already provide lots of oil (aka the “pregnancy glow”).  A light mist of facial moisturizer

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Here’s the scene: You’re on-the-go and your baby’s hunger sets in. You begin the juggling act of getting a water bottle, filling baby’s bottle and mixing in formula while trying to distract baby to buy yourself a few minutes of mixing.  Anything that can help streamline this process is welcome.

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halloween

Halloween isn’t just for kiddies. Give friends a reason to get into the spirit of the holiday by throwing a hip Halloween bash for the big kids. You don’t need a menu filled with ghoulish dishes for a festive Halloween party. Use seasonal flavors in creative ways to create a hip

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Add a little a spook to your martinis this Halloween by garnishing them with pickled onions stuffed with black fish roe (or caviar, for a splurge).  Slide a toothpick through the sides of the onions, two per pick, and place them lengthwise over the edge of a martini glass for a spooky “looking” martini.  Recipe from Pottery Barn.

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In an effort to remain green, even in the face of mountains of plastic baby toys and gear lining the shelves of most baby stores, I bought all wooden toys for my baby girl.  As a first-time parent, I didn’t realize why plastic toys were so popular, for reasons other

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