Review: My Favorite Baby Products

Eleven months have flown by since I had my daughter. I love her more than I ever dreamed possible. She's my favorite person on the planet. And I'm so proud to be her mom--her intelligence, her sense of humor, her love of music and dancing. She is my strong, fierce NICU graduate. Every parent has…

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First Birthdays: Jungle Animals

Jungle Jack is having a party inspired by his nursery. Although the party will only last about an hour, there will be a lot of activities for little hands to do. A ball pit filled with (stuffed) snakes, an entertainer making balloon animals, and some cardboard boxes assembled to make a tunnel through the jungle.…

First Birthdays: ¡Fiesta!

The Southwest holds a special place in Jordana's parents' hearts. The vast deserts, the spicy Tex-Mex food, the cacti all inspired this party. While the activities of the party aren't set in stone (the Georgia weather is a little iffy in late October and they're waiting for the forecast), the food certainly is. Jordana's dad…

First Birthdays: Board Games

Every family has a closet shelf devoted to brightly colored board games. Lydia's mom is drawing inspiration from her girls' shelf to celebrate, complete with life-sized versions of the games, a Jenga tower of cheese, and chess teethers as party favors. The front walk will be overlaid with a Candy Land-style runner, and Candy Land…

Review: Blessed Fury by C.S. Wilde

Angels roam the streets in C.S. Wilde's new fantasy/romance/detective novel Blessed Fury. Ava Lightway, a Guardian Angel, is assigned to a supernatural detective hellbent on avenging his partner's death. Liam Striker is impressively handsome, glowering in a corner of a dive bar when we first meet him. He and Ava fight a demon for control…

First Birthdays: Medieval Princess

Annabelle's parents feared the sanctimommies would circle their castle with pitchforks and torches if they threw their one-year-old a Game of Thrones party. So they settled for their second choice, a Walking Dead themed--JK, I'm sure it's been done though. With the show as inspiration, Princess Annabelle will be spending Saturday toddling through a yard…

First Birthdays: Monster Mash

When you nickname your offspring "Monster" and you teach him to growl like one, this colorful theme is the clear choice. (Please don't carry on with this if you have nicknamed your kiddo Booga, like another friend of mine.) Corwin's party is still in the early stages of planning, but a lot of kids from…

First Birthdays: Pandamonium

I once had a professor rant about the giant panda. "An evolutionary cul-de-sac," he blustered, listing all of the reasons why they should be allowed to go extinct. Looking back, it was oddly out of place in a level 4000 tax accounting class. But I digress. We're discussing birthday parties, not balance sheets. Weston's parents…

First Birthdays: Georgia Peachy

Georgia is always on her parents' mind, and they've decided to plan her first birthday party to coordinate with her name. A peach cake, peach bellinis, and a bowl of Trolli Peach Rings nodded to her name. Her parents struggled to find party supplies and favors that explicitly featured peach fruit, but a peach/mint/gold/ivory color…