Jul 31

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice the price of groceries has gone up in recent years.  And the grocery store is the one place every family visits, because everyone has to eat.  Coupons have become quite popular with families these days, but the average family’s weekly bill still totals $100 to $200.  How much do you spend and the grocery store and have you found ways besides coupons to save money?


Jul 31

Having children can turn your kitchen into a danger zone.  Knives, hot appliances and germs from uncooked foods are just a few of the ways kids can harm themselves in everyone’s favorite room of the house.  Fortunately, there are some ways to teach kitchen safety without being boring.  You can start by allowing your kids to help out in the kitchen.  Children as young as two and three are helping mom and dad cook dinner, which can also lead to some valuable life lessons.


Jul 31

Obstructive sleep apnea is thought to affect 3% of all school-age children, and it can be very dangerous. Do you know the signs and symptoms?  Snoring, sleeping during the day and changes in skin are just a few.  Check out this article from Yahoo to learn more about children and sleep apnea.


Jul 29

Once upon a time, Jeff Siegel and his then seven-year-old son, Spence, traveled around the country to a handful of NBA arenas, a road trip that was a last-minute decision.  In the years that followed, the duo decided to make a trip to every basketball arena and every baseball stadium in the country before Spence turned eighteen.  They succeeded, and now Siegel has written a book about the trips, RelationTrips, which not only documents their journey, but talks about how important it was to their relationship as well.  Read more about how much road trips meant to Jeff Siegel and his son, as well as some advice for your own father and son road trips.


Jul 29

The Smurfs movie is all the rage this summer, and it’s bringing the classic cartoon to a younger generation as well.  The movie isn’t the only way people are enjoy the Smurfs this summer though; check out this great Smurfs gear, including costumes, lunchboxes toys, t-shirts, games and more.


Jul 29

If your child has a Little People Builders Load ‘n Go Wagon from Fisher Price, you might want to take it away.  Today, Fisher Price announced a recall of the toy, saying that it is potentially dangerous.  What else do you need to know, such as which specific items are included and how you can remedy the situation?  The Stir’s CafeMom has all of the information about the Fisher Price recall right here.


Jul 28

Looking for some cool treats that will help beat the heat?  Check out this fruity popsicle recipe from Lil Sugar.  It’s healthy, easy to make, and so much fun – kids can help too!


Jul 28

Introducing a new baby to the house can be a little discouraging for your furry babies who are probably used to being the center of attention.  Suddenly, they have to share your love with a tiny, loud, hairless creature.  With this in mind, the “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan gives advice to parents about introducing the new baby to the old dog.


Jul 27

The popular baby name website Nameberry has reported that trends in baby naming are changing these days.  In the past, parents have turned to family names and personal meaning, but in 2011, celebrities seem to have all the influence.  Whether parents are naming their babies after the hottest celebrities – think “Pippa” after Kate Middleton’s younger sister or “Mila” after actress Mila Kunis – or after famous celebrity babies – think “Flynn” after Orlando Bloom’s infant son, one thing is certain: there’s a new crop of names making their way to the “most popular” list. 


Jul 27

According to a new study from the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands, kids who are not breast-fed as infants are 50% more likely to get asthma. The study included over 5,000 children. The non-breast-fed kids were also more likely to suffer from other breathing problems in their first few years of life.


Jul 26

Are you throwing a baby shower for a friend or relative, but you’re not sure how to keep your guess entertained?  Check out these great baby shower games from BabyZone.  From “Who brought Pooh?” (Winnie the Pooh that is) to Mad Libs-like games, you’ll find plenty of fun on this great list of baby shower games.


Jul 26

If you plan on moving to New Zealand and naming your baby after a number, think again.  The country has announced that “weird” names will be banned.  The measurement for what exactly constitutes a “weird”  name has not been set, but punctuation marks, numbers, Messiah, Lucifer and Duke are among the names that have been banned.  Does your child have a name that might be considered “weird” in New Zealand?


Jul 25

Birth control isn’t a topic many people like to talk about, especially men.  Many men choose to leave that aspect of their sex lives to their wives or partners.  But what if men could take contraceptive pills?  According to the New York Times, that may soon be a reality.


Jul 25

Making friends as an adult can be a difficult task, but it can be even harder when you’re a mom.  What’s to blame – moving, Facebook, bad manners?  One mom takes a look at how hard it is for Moms to make friends.


Jul 25

In most places throughout the United States right now, temperatures range from 90 to 110 degrees.  This makes playing outside a little difficult and even dangerous.  Luckily, Janice D’Arcy of the Washington Post had compiled a list of fun indoor activities that will keep you safe – and cool – inside your home.


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