Getting the Kids Involved: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

November 19, 2007

Cooking with your children is a great way to spend quality family time, and, above all, it's fun! Here are some fun and delicious Thanksgiving side dish recipes to help you get started cooking with your children, courtesy of Michelle Stern, owner of What's Cooking. What's Cooking is a Marin-based business that offers exciting, fun, and educational cooking workshops in home or school for kids aged 2 1/2 through 19.

More Safer Toys for Christmas

November 18, 2007

Roy Toy - still made in the USAIn the search for toys that won't end up in a recall announcement on the 6-o'clock news, we've discovered that, amazingly, there are toys out there that are actually still made in the USA! While that's no guarantee of superiority, it's a pretty safe bet that there's some better quality control and a complete lack of lead paint or other toxins that could be ingested by your children. In fact, some of these toys are downright classics that provide fun, open-ended play and can be enjoyed for years to come, rather than consigned to the landfill with all the other plastic junk.

Whimsical Hand-made Christmas Ornaments

November 14, 2007

I’m always on the lookout for one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments for our tree or gifts, especially ones that the children can enjoy and remember throughout the years. Online retailer The Land of Nod offers a “Twelve Days of Christmas” ornament set featuring the whimsical illustrations of San Francisco artist Michael Mabry. Each ornament depicts a different day of the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song through illustrated words, numbers, animals, and people. Each ornament has been beautifully hand-painted in a soft pastel palette. They are made of papier-mâché and are non-toxic.

Give the Gift of Safer Toys this Holiday Season

November 12, 2007

It seems now that just about every other day there’s a new recall of toys, most of which are mass produced in China. Invariably they end up being a popular plastic toy contaminated with lead or who-knows-what-else. Although it’s difficult in this age of imports and outsourcing, you can find quality toys from the US or Europe that not only are unlikely to be tainted with anything, but are higher quality, to boot.

Sleep Safely with a Sleep Sack

November 10, 2007

sleep sackNow that the nights are getting chilly, the safest way to keep baby warm is with a sleep sack. For those who have big babies or toddlers who kick off the covers at night, Baby in a Bag carries traditional European-style sleep sacks in larger sizes. These premium sleep sacks are made from breathable, comfortable fabrics, and are available in a variety of styles, including lightweight summer and heavier winter models, both made of soft 100% cotton; as well as PamperSacks made from a variety of fabrics, including soft Minky, eco-friendly soybean protein fiber, and luxurious 100% silk. All are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Prices start at $24.95, so they're not terribly expensive, and make a great new-baby or shower gift!

Good Stuff from the Baby Bistro Cookbook

November 5, 2007
Baby Bistro CookbookWhile dueling cookbooks Deceptively Delicious and The Sneaky Chef have been grabbing the headlines lately, we recently got our hands on a fantastic little book that relies not on sneaking vegetable purees into your unsuspecting kids' food, but rather making delicious and nutritious meals that children love. The Baby Bistro Cookbook by Joohee Muromcew, a Marin mom and a frequent contributor to Town & Country and San Francisco magazines. The book, which gets kudos from food world heavy hitters like Mario Batali and Alice Waters, has great recipes that are often simplified but no less delicious versions of grown-up favorites. We like the chicken and white bean chili and peanut sesame noodles, but there are many more good things from simple dishes like toasted cheese sandwiches to shepherd's pie. Highly recommended!

The 3rd Annual Mom's Night Out

November 4, 2007

Mom's Night Out Book Review

Tuesday, November 6th at Book Passage in Corte Madera
6:30 pm

Ticket Donation:  $30

Join the Storks at Book Passage for delicious wine and appetizers, followed by the fabulous Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage President and local celebrity book expert. Elaine will entertain us with a stirring book review of the best new books for moms and children of all ages. The gifting continues with fantastic raffle prizes generously donated by Marin’s local businesses. 100% of the event proceeds will go directly to benefit the MGH Lactation Center and New Infant Care.   Click here to register for this darling event!

Fun Spooktacular Crafts, Costumes, and More

October 29, 2007

Looking for some spooktacular crafts to do with you children to decorate your home for Halloween, pumpkin carving fun, or last minute costume ideas? Looking for some party suggestions for your upcoming Halloween event, or ideas for some cool and boofull snacks? Look no further—Family Fun has everything you need.

Get Your Unique, Handmade Shopping Cart Cover

October 24, 2007
Now that fall has arrived, the flu and cold season is just around the corner. I have to admit that I’m a little paranoid about germs, so when my son and daughter were old enough to sit in a shopping cart, I quickly ran out and bought a cart cover. The one that I purchased wasn’t very good and would never fit around the shopping cart properly.
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