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How things change: Candy Cigarettes

  Chocolate cigarettes were quite popular in the 80s… What a terrible idea!   [read more]

Baby Says Yum: Breakfast Egg Paratha

  A Tortilla meets a Croissant… A paratha is a flaky unleavened flatbread from the Indian subcontinent. You’ve probably seen them at your favorite Indian restaurant. They can be eaten plain, or flavored and they are often stuffed with a vegetable mix of sort, such as mashed peas and potatoes. When pan fried in a... [read more]

Don’t let the hanger set in!

Got home late from work to find a relatively barren fridge. I knew I was in trouble when I closed to fridge door, only to see pained look of despair in my wife’s eyes: hunger had clearly set in and she was quickly moving towards hanger. Did I mention she was also 10 weeks pregnant?... [read more]

That first ER visit: notes for next time

With an adventurous toddler in the house, a visit to the ER is more of a “when” than an “if”. It was bound to happen at some point. The backstory As is often the case, the incident happened with neither parents present, both of them being at work. Ms. Headgash was spending  the day at... [read more]

Kiva.org: social impact for the whole family

A few months ago I was introduced to Kiva. Kiva does a great job of summarizing what it does so I won’t try to paraphrase it: “We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as... [read more]

PASS: ERGObaby Performance Carrier Review

  What? Another baby carrier? Having already written and raved about the Baby Bjorn (), one must wonder why in the world we would need another baby carrier. But in the case of the baby carrier, our daughter simply outgrew the Baby Bjorn as it maxed out at 26 lbs / 19 kgs, or about... [read more]

Foam Mats Health Risk: The Test Results Are In!

On July 15, 2011, ANSES published its final report and recommendations regarding the potential health risks of formamide exposure from EVA foam mats. The short answer is that: Yes, formamide was found in these mats. But it's not as simple as that. [read more]

My toddler has designed her own aromatherapy

When I cook or go to the grocery store I like to make the munchkin smell the various ingredients, especially herbs and spices. So there we were at the grocery store yesterday doing some weekend grocery shopping. She is comfortably seated in the shopping cart. I pick out a nice bunch of mint and stuck... [read more]

My two year old beats up on her boyfriend

  My not yet two year old daughter is in an abusive relationship. And while I somewhat jest here, abusive relationships are no laughing matter. People in abusive relationships often show patterns of abuse going back many years, across many relationships, whether they are the perpetrator or the victim. Where does it start? When can it start?... [read more]

PASS: Marc Weissbluth’s “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child”

Even before having a child, expecting parents start to have sleepless nights. Everyone from your family members, friends and colleagues – as well as complete strangers – will offer various kinds of advice, tricks, tips, potions, magic tricks, warnings or horror stories as it relates to a a baby’s sleep. The Offspring-Industrial Complex (OIC) is... [read more]