Score Some Daily Deals

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If you’ve been following my posts here at babygizmo.com, it’s pretty obvious that I love to shop. Even more so, I love to get a good deal. And I am not alone. Judging by the enormous popularity of daily deal websites—and there are tons of them—lots of other people out there are also looking to… Read More

7 Yummy Spring Pasta Recipes

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Nothing screams spring more than a lighter pasta recipe that is full of delicious and colorful spring vegetables. If you’re looking for some recipe ideas for dinner, a backyard barbecue, or for your spring baby shower menu, here are seven of our favorites. 1. Bucatini with Green Peas Using ingredients that you likely already have… Read More

7 Cold Weather Fashion Faves

I like to be “into” fashion in the fall and winter months because it’s such a beautiful time to be into fashion. I love sweaters and boots and fabulous jackets, so this time is the easiest time for me to look great. No, I take that back, it’s the easiest season for me to work… Read More

How to be a stay at home parent (and not go insane)

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This January will mark my second year in stay at home parenting. Yay! When I started this gig, I hated it, but now I love it. I love it now because I know how to make it work for me and my family. So this post is for any parent out there considering stay at… Read More

Motherhood is kind of hard. But you will be amazing.

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I have two friends right now who are pregnant with their first children. They’ve been talking to me as their resident expert mom friend often about weird pregnancy symptoms and about what to expect when their babies eventually get here on earth. I’ve been thinking about how to sum up what motherhood does to a… Read More

Should girls be parented differently than boys? – My Thoughts on Caitlin Flanagan’s Girl Land

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You know the saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, it’s true. Kind of. When it comes to real books, the kind you get from a library, you have to judge books by the cover, well, unless you’re smart and have done your homework to find great books before you actually go… Read More

220,000 KidCo PeaPod Travel Beds Recalled Due to Suffocation Hazard

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This is a pretty big recall and we think it has been in the works for a while! 220,000 Kidco PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds (basically all of them!) have been recalled due to suffocation and entrapment hazards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with KidCo Inc., of Libertyville, IL, is… Read More

Preschool- Yes or No?

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My oldest daughter turns three in just a few months, but the questions about whether or not my husband and I plan to send her to preschool have been rolling in for almost a year now. Back then when the questions started, we would always cite time as the reason why we hadn’t thought about… Read More

Dream Lites Pillow Pets Changed Bedtime (Kind of)

If your child watches Sprout, you have likely seen the infamous commercials for the Dream Lites Pillow Pets. In case you can’t remember the visuals of a mother saying, “goodnight, (child’s name)” and the child and some other children, in the course of the commercial, actually going to sleep because they have a stuffed animal… Read More

Her first birthday party

One of two of her store bought birthday hats.

About two weeks ago, we celebrated my youngest daughter’s first birthday. As promised in the post on the minimal preparations I was taking this time around, the party was simple and easy. Barring one…okay, two, “moments” that I had in Hobby Lobby involving a cart full of felt paper (again!), lights, multi-colored construction paper, and… Read More

7 books for toddlers learning the ABCs

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Most developmental experts say that children begin to recognize letters between 2 and 3 and that they can identify letters between 4 and 5. Given this, it is mostly agreed that parents and caregivers should aim to begin introducing toddlers to the alphabet, via colorful books with vivid pictures and letters, by age 2. If… Read More

Are You Ready For Another Baby?

A cupcake from my second daughter's first birthday which happened just weeks ago.

I think the questions started last time when my first daughter turned 9 months. “She’s almost walking now. Are you ready for another one?” or”When is she going to get a brother?” Most parents are insulted by such questions, and I was too. Well, kind of. When my first turned one, I too, began wondering.… Read More

Why I’m planning a smaller first birthday party this year

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With my first daughter’s first birthday, I became a bit obsessed with the whole planning part. Maybe “obsessed” is not even the word for what I became in the month leading up to her party. I think I was neurotic and addicted to the idea that I had to plan this fabulous birthday party in… Read More

My baby has walked into toddlerhood

My little walker almost a month ago.

The best part of having more children is that it gives you perspective on all the things you did, and obsessed about, with your first child. With my first, I was obsessed, among a lot of other things, with getting her to walk. I wanted her to walk because everyone around me seemed so interested… Read More

Baby led weaning is not as complicated as it sounds

“Baby led -what?” I get this question/borderline insult to how I feed my daughter often. Whenever I attempt to explain why my youngest isn’t eating from a spoon or a jar, most are confused. To alleviate their confusion, I used to become a walking, talking parenting book. I would attempt to give a textbook answer… Read More

Protect your iPad with the Kid-Friendly KidBox (VIDEO)

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I’m not going to talk about why young kids play with iPads. They just do. Mine do. We’ve covered that. What I wanted to highlight today is another kid-friendly case that protects your iPad 2 and iPad 3 from damage when you do hand it over to the little ones. The KidBox by Kays Cases… Read More

My toddler is a fashionista

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I think one of the most interesting parts of being a parent to my toddler is watching her emerging fashion sense. She, unlike me, has a clear idea about “her style.” She, unlike me, is very bold and really seems to get what looks good on her body. If I had to describe her style,… Read More

Travel Review: Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA

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Two weeks ago, my family and I took a trip to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. This trip was our first to the amusement park, so we had little idea of what to expect. We had heard that Sesame Place was great for smaller children, but other than that, we knew nothing. Last year we… Read More

My baby really likes solids

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I was “late” in starting my first daughter on solids. I started with regular offerings of purees at 8 months, reluctantly, because I wanted to make sure that she would breastfeed for as long as I had in mind for her to breastfeed, or at least until the age of two when all the experts… Read More

My toddler is obsessed with my cell phone

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I thought I would be fighting with my child about her cell phone usage years from now. I thought our fights would involve music blasting in her room, a closed door, and words like “fair” and “high school” and “everybody else.” But in our house, that’s not the case. In our house, battles over the… Read More