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    What are the Best and Safest Insect Repellents?

    by Nicole on 5/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Summer is almost upon us and as we head into warmer weather, I am starting to buy all of our necessary provisions! After our roundup of the best (and safest) sunscreens, we complied a list of some of the least toxic bug and insect repellents on the market with no DEET. Check out some of our top […]

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    The Best Sunscreens: Reviews and Ratings

    by Nicole on 5/16/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Now that the weather is finally warming up and everyone’s planning for their summer activities, it’s time to think about using sunscreens again. You can spend days researching and testing all the “good’ sunscreens out there. And believe me- I’ve done it. After 4 years of scrutinizing, ordering and testings various sunscreens- I have my […]

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    Product Review and Giveaway: Mini 3in1 Scooter from Kickboard USA! GIVEAWAY CLOSED

    by Nicole on 3/13/13 | 48 Comment(s)

    We have been BIG fans of the Mini Micro Scooter (Mini Kick) since my daughter was around 2. It took her a good 6 months or so to get the hang of it but now she is 3 1/2 and she is a pro at riding it along the Brooklyn streets, weaving in and out of […]

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    Review and Giveaway: Crazy about the Ninja 3-in-1

    by Nicole on 12/21/12 | 4 Comment(s)

    Regular readers to this blog know that I’m a terrible cook; I’m talking heated fish fingers and turkey burgers here.  So, when I got an email from a publicist asking me if I wanted to try a fabulous new easy cooker, I said, “heck, yes!”  The Ninja 3-in-1 arrived in October and it’s changed my […]

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    Where to Buy Used Ice Skates in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 12/20/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    Gliding on fresh zambonied ice, sipping hot chocolate at break time, spinning perfectly on point- well, now I am just dreaming. But you don’t have to dream to find inexpensive ice skates in Brooklyn. Good Footing in Park Slope has new and used skates. (Used are mainly just available for children; as the store owner […]

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    Christmas Wonderland in Manhattan

    by Nicole on 12/11/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    While I can’t deny that the Christmas trees that grace the pages of home design magazines are gorgeous with their artfully arranged ornaments, coordinating ribbons,and garlands, they aren’t for me.  I vowed that when I became a parent I would never have such a perfect looking tree.  A Martha Stewart approved Christmas tree would just […]

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    Word: Greenpoint’s Gem Bookstore

    by Nicole on 12/10/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    WORD is one of Brooklyn’s flourishing independent neighborhood bookstores; a hub for serious and young readers alike, author events and even home to a basketball league.  Located in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, the store is a mere 1000 square feet in size, but stacked with delicious reads and personable gifts in every possible […]

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    Best and Most Hilarious Etsy Costumes I Could Find in Under 3 Hours

    by Nicole on 10/17/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Just for fun I have been searching Etsy for innovative, creative and hilarious costumes…I spent way too much time looking (yawn….) Billed as a Nemo or fish costume, this outfit made me laugh more than any of the others. For $49 from pipandbean, I’m sure your kid would be the hit of the Halloween parade. […]

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    Is Face Painting Dangerous?

    by Nicole on 10/10/12 | 3 Comment(s)

    It seems like every children’s event these days has an arts and crafts table with a face painter.  But, is that face paint safe? Two years ago, I did a post on face paint and the report issued by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics where researchers tested 10 different face painting kits, all commonly found […]

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    Girl Powered Food and Design Market Debuts

    by Nicole on 10/10/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    There’s a new pop-up market coming to Brooklyn- and before you moan “another one?”- hold on! This one has a totally different mojo and has some great people behind it. The women who created Curious Jane, a summer camp and after-school program for girls focused on design and creativity, have decided to expand their program. […]

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    Top of the Shop: Iris Lingerie and Bra Fitting

    by Nicole on 9/27/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    This is the twelfth installment of our feature called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a biweekly (well, sometimes!) look at a shop in Brooklyn. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. Amazing photographer, Justine Cooper, took the gorgeous photos, although she is mainly […]

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    Radiators- Childproofing and Safety

    by Nicole on 9/27/12 | 13 Comment(s)

    Now that we are in September, those of us less inclined to the cold chill, have started our heat. That means steaming hot radiators and floor-to-ceiling scalding hot pipes. How do you child proof them and do you really need to? The short answers are: many ways, and definitely yes, yes! (We covered how to […]

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    Favorite Places for Families in Greenpoint & Williamsburg

    by Nicole on 9/20/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fast becoming THE place to raise a family in Brooklyn; between the pool finally opening and a sleuth of amazing places to shop, eat, play and ways to give back- it’s easy to see why. Jessica Glorieux and Donna Ladd launched Motherburg NYC in June 2012 to help parents in North […]

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    Backpacks: on Sale and Reviews

    by Nicole on 8/30/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    If “backpack” is on your school shopping list, then this post just might save you some time and money.  I have tried quite a few of the backpacks out there, and after testing them, I have the skinny that will tell you which ones hold up and which ones don’t. And, good news! Today a […]

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    Top of the Shop: Feliz in Fort Greene

    by Nicole on 8/27/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is the eleventh installment of our feature called “Top of the Shop”. A local photographer gives us her view of a Brooklyn establishment. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. This installment is by visual biographer, Isabelle Dervaux. From Isabelle about her […]

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    Where to Get Party Supplies in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 8/16/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Whether you are looking for goodie bags or balloons, Brooklyn has a lot of great resources for your birthday supplies. We’ve listed where to get Party Supplies in our Marketplace but we rounded up some of our favorites to share with you. Most of us dread doing the goodie bags for our kids’ birthday parties: […]

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    Beach and Bath Towels That Bite, Pow and Snarl

    by Nicole on 8/01/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Bath time can be a drag: no one wants to get in the water or out of the water- that is, unless they have a super cool towel to snuggle into. We’ve found some hooded towels that might entice even the coolest customers to transform into snarling, clucking and neighing animals that can’t wait to […]

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    Consumer Reports Best Bike Helmets: Only 2 Make the Cut

    by Nicole on 7/15/12 | 4 Comment(s)

    If you think your bike helmets are good enough: think again. Consumer Reports tested nine adult helmets and only one had enough protection for their most stringent test. And for youth helmets (those for children ages 5 years and older)? Only one of the four helmets tested passed their toughest impact absorption tests. That’s just […]

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    Review of New Inflatable Car Seat: Perfect for Urban Parents

    by Nicole on 7/05/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    I dread getting in a taxi or car service without a car seat- and yet, I do it all the time. And, I admit, I’m guilty of taking 3 kids in a car (one without a car seat) on occasion. We just don’t own a floating car seat for carpooling friends.  Baby Bodyguards, a professional […]

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    Need a passport stat? Try Brooklyn Public Library

    by Nicole on 5/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    The one place I refuse to go to in Brooklyn is the post office. It’s like hell on earth- you wait in a snaking, long line with other disgruntled customers, and then someone snaps. It always happens- and really can you blame them? The last time I did go to the post office was 2 […]

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    Organic Teethers: What to Look for and Where to Find Them

    by Serena on 5/14/12 | 8 Comment(s)

    Teething is not only painful for babies- it’s painful for us parents. The screaming, crying and anxiety of hearing your child hurt can be awful. How do you soothe your child? I have tried everything from frozen peas to cold rings, necklaces, blanket or other chewable teethers – some work and others don’t. The problem […]

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    Shopping: Old Fashioned General Store in Crown Heights

    by Nicole on 4/26/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    This week I wrote about an old fashioned sweets shop opening up in Cobble Hill and it reminded me that I have been meaning to post about another old fashioned store that opened up in Brooklyn this year. Owl & Thistle General Store doesn’t just take on the name of “general store” – it embodies […]

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    Get Nailed! A Party For Moms!

    by Nicole on 4/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    I am really excited about this party we are having with Babeland and Polish Bar BK. It’s been in the works for a couple of months- and it’s finally here! So….Get Nailed with us! Get Nailed! Mom’s Party with Babeland, Polish Bar BK and A Child Grows in Brooklyn Need a break from the stroller […]

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    How to Store Your Stroller for New Yorkers

    by Nicole on 3/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    We all live in New York which = no room, no space, no storage, nada! This is where the StrollAway comes in. We were sent the small contraption last week. It basically looks like a large over-the-door hook. I set about putting it up immediately since we are desperate for space. My husband watched me […]

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    Need a House Cleaner? And with a Discount?

    by Nicole on 3/16/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Here is one vow my husband and I made to one another after our first year of living together: we would do everything in our power to afford a house cleaner for the rest of our lives.  We couldn’t keep arguing about who had to clean the toilet or mop the floor forever, right?!  Well, […]