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Dish it out!

Check out this new coffee table book, Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates.  Loaded with beautiful and exciting tableware, including fun dishes for your little one.


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The Truth and Nothing But the Truth: A Review of Parenting Inc.

Stop right now. Go to and purchase:

Parenting, Inc.: How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers and– What it Means for Our Children by Pamela Paul

Finally, a book that is well written, well researched and NOT the latest craze in parenting or marketing.  Seriously, you must read it. Especially if you are one of those who likes to hop on a band wagon, who thinks there is a secret formula (that comes in the form of a “How To” book)  to make your child the most stylish, intelligent, well-behaved child on the planet.  I will admit, we have a pretty pricey stroller/car seat (see and I think it was worth every penny for both its aesthetic value and functionality.  But, when I read this book, I realized I don’t really have to have a baby registry that is five pages long, I don’t have to learn baby sign language and I definitely don’t have to sign my toddler up for five different classes a week.  Parenting is overwhelming enough, forget the unnecessary  $40,000 a year added expense of pointless products, books, classes, etc.  Paul enlightens her readers about how the  baby industry has pulled the wool over our eyes and played on our fears and anxieties as parents to make a buck or two (or a billion).

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Book Review: What to Expect

What to Expect When You Are Expecting by Heidi Murkoff is perhaps the quintessential baby book for mom’s to be (there are over 14.5 million copies in print).  Some even say this book is the pregnancy bible…but I personally wouldn’t go that far. Murkoff is both comprehensive and helpful as she writes about each stage of pregnancy and any/every complication, plus a section for dad’s and multiples. But, while I think this is a great book to have in the library, I think for the modern-day woman signing up for weekly updates on is both easier and preferable.

Now, the follow-up book What to Expect the First Year is one of the most helpful books I ever read. Seriously, maybe the best $40 I spent on preparing for our baby to come.  Call it new mom anxiety, but I consulted this one pretty much every day after our first child came.  This book is extremely practical and useful. It even gives you diagrams about how to get your babies clothes on without anyone getting hurt!  Somehow, Murkoff manages to write in such a way that even when reading about sick babies or things that are extremely concerning to a new mom, a sense of panic and doom doesn’t hover over the reader.  (Unlike googling your babies symptoms which may send you into a complete panic)!  She addresses the physical and emotional needs of both mom and baby (and siblings and dad) and her advice seems to be really well validated in actual research (versus many other books out there that are completely based on popular opinion and marketing) and has really stood the test of time. Read it for yourself and give one to a friend. You won’t regret it.

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