Category Archives: Gear


Preparing for Baby: The Registry

This is intended to be part of my sporadic Preparing for a Second Child series, but really it applies just as much, if not more so, to first children, hence the title. We’re entering the home stretch, with our littlest family member welcome to join the fun on this side of my uterus anytime in the next 1-5 weeks. We’ve reached the point where I’m taking an inventory of everything we have on hand and deciding what, if any, last minute things we need to get together this week. For new parents especially, it can be so hard to determine what is truly needed when so much is marketed as an absolute must have, so I thought I’d take a look at what I personally feel is helpful to have around. I would love to hear how this compares with your thoughts, and what worked for your family, too. Continue reading

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Beaked Hazelwood for Morning Sickness

See, isn't it pretty?

During my first trimester, I dealt with what some call morning sickness, but what I believe is more accurately referred to as “all day sickness.” Nausea is the pits, and I wanted to do something about it. Annabelle has worn a baltic amber teething necklace from Inspired by Finn for most of her life, and I have been really happy with its quality. Remembering that they also carried beaked hazelwood necklaces which are said to help with excess acidity in the body and, by extension, morning sickness for many moms, I checked their site out again. Continue reading

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Keeping a Toddler Happily Busy on a Long Flight

Regular readers are probably tired of hearing about our upcoming trip, but it’s finally almost here, so I thought I would share some of the things I’m packing to keep 23 month old Annabelle happy during our 26 hours of travel. Fortunately 8 of those hours will be made up of layovers, so running around and using up energy should fill the time quite easily. For the other 18, here’s what we have: Continue reading

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For Small Hands Review and Giveaway ***CLOSED***

Regular readers of this blog know that I do relatively few sponsored giveaways, and I’m pretty choosy about what sponsors I’ll accept.  I have said no to reviews numerous times, but when I heard from Ann over at For Small Hands, my answer was an emphatic yes. As a teacher, I was recommending their company and products long before I started blogging, and have ordered and linked to a number of things from the For Small Hands website and its companion Montessori Services since. I had the pleasure of learning a bit more about the company from Ann, and as a result am even happier than before to recommend them as a small, caring company started by a mother and teacher who wanted to stay home with her own young children. Something many of us can relate to! With all that in mind, I’m thrilled to be offering you the giveaway of a wonderful toy, and to share our experience with it. Continue reading

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Kids in the Kitchen: Finding the Right Tools

Welcome to the November Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids in the Kitchen

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how kids get involved in cooking and feeding. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

I get silly excited when I find large and small versions of the same thing.

Of course no specialized gear is required for the family looking to include their kids in the kitchen. Everyday items do the job just fine, but finding tools that are scaled to the child’s size can make things a bit easier, and help to empower children who might otherwise struggle with items that are made for adults to handle. Long before my daughter was born, I developed a keen eye for child-sized gadgets and cooking utensils. I often joke that the reason I worked a second job while teaching was to pay for all of the things I would buy for my classroom. Of course the school would always provide me with the funds for things I truly needed (and then some), but when you happen upon a miniature cheese grater while out grocery shopping, you don’t wait for the school to approve your purchase. You just buy it.

I was always surprised by how difficult it could be to find items designed with children in mind, so I was constantly on the lookout for things to add to my ever expanding collection. When my daughter became interested in working with me in the kitchen, I already had plenty of tools on hand, but I have made new discoveries along the way and continue to compulsively grow my collection, so I thought I would share some tricks of the trade for those who are still preparing a space for their own kids in the kitchen. Continue reading