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Friday, February 25, 2011

Just when we thought we were out of the winter woods, it pulls us back in. Back to Square One, it seems. Despite the ice and slush and cold of this last snow storm here in the Tri-State, it was rather pretty.

Unfortunately, now the white, fluffy snow is half-melted, dirty and only partially covering an awful number of dog “presents.” Nice while it lasted, right? On to new things … like the Best of the Blogs from this week:

  • The NYT‘s Book Review just introduced a new online-only, weekly review of children’s picture books. (Wonder if this means QB will be “reading” the newspapers now too.)
  • Speaking of books, Cool Mom Picks highlights a good one for the new parent: One Year to an Organized Life with Baby. It’s a week-to-week guide to help parents (actually it kicks off before le bébé even arrives)  calm down, organize and get to that un-stressed out/un-freaked out space they’ve heard about in folktales. This way they can have a “more enjoyable experience of being pregnant, bringing home an infant and raising a baby.”
  • The wise Lisa Belkin has a solid piece in the NYT’s Magazine about mom bloggers—successful ones, making bank. She does this by talking primarily to the queens of the game: Heather B. Armstrong ( and Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman).
  • In her WSJ opinion piece, Free-Range Kids‘ Lenore Skenazy looks at how parents have stripped the fun away from children’s toys. “Remember when a ball was just a ball,” she asks, “and not a tactile stimulating sensory aid?” Ha!
  • On The Young Mommy Life, this guest post is called: “I Hate Being A Stay-at-Home Mom” No spoiler alert necessary there. Have a read through some of the comments, too. Very supportive. The post really seemed to hit home with many.
  • ParentDish has a quick interview with funny mummy (and Canadian!) Samantha Bee from The Daily Show, talking about life, her childhood and raising three kids under the age of 5. I particularly like her answer to the usual “how do you it” question.
  • Lordy. Here comes more stuff for the “Are You For Real?” file: TLC has a new “reality” show called Outrageous Kid Parties. It’s people spending crazy cash—obscene, wedding/new car amounts—on their child’s birthday party. One woman threw away $32,000 on her six (I said SIX)-year-old’s party.
  • You don’t have to convince me that the American maternity/parental leave is lacking. (Canada gets a full year’s mat leave.) But HuffPo delves into the case anyway.
  • The Juggle, the WSJ‘s smart blog for folks trying to balance work and family, looks at the dilemma of Business Travel While Breastfeeding.
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