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I’ve spent the better part of a week counting calories. Not for me. For Little Girl. I hate it will all my being. I brought her along last Friday to her sister’s sick visit. While we were there I decided to stick her on the scale. It read about the same as it did two [...]

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Takeya USA Reusable Glass Water Bottles; $19.99 and $24.99, depending on the size. Available in mid-August 2010 at TakeyaUSA.com, Amazon.com, The Container Store, and specialty retailers. Pros: Naturally BPA-free; easy to clean; strong, break-resistant glass; comes with silicone cover; dishwasher safe. Cons: No sports cap; although glass is strong, it’s still glass so I would [...]

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Last night I went to spin class and the teacher played an entire set of Billy Joel songs. Aside from loving it and wanting to sing along, it also reminded me of a stupid mistake I made when I first gave birth. Billy Joel was playing Shea Stadium — concerts that were being billed as [...]

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REVIEW: Smartipants

Smartipants; www.smartipants.com; $14.95 for a single diaper Pros: Adjustable design so you don’t have to buy multiple sizes; absorbent insert and waterproof outer cover to keep baby (and clothing) dry; washes well. Cons: Insert can be difficult to insert; not thrilled that the snaps are plastic; packaging warns against using diaper creams or lotions. When [...]

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This past Friday I was all ready to take a half-day. We were supposed to go to my beach club’s big post-school pool party. We even invited a friend to come along, paying a $20 guest fee. In the morning we hit Trader Joe’s to get some snacks and stuff we needed for the weekend. [...]

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I started my career writing about technology and business. I was on staff at several computer pubs including PC Magazine where I wrote one or two product reviews daily. When I left to finish my master’s and freelance (on October 16, 1999) I was extremely lucky. I continued writing reviews and product-related stories, seeing my [...]

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Quick! Which underwear do you have on? Are you wearing the old ones? The ones that you bought on eBay (new, of course) and have owned for more than a decade? Or are you wearing the really cute (yet still cotton, of course) hip-huggers you bought at Aerie? The ones your husband says look adorable [...]

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Ask my sister and brother if I can cook. As my husband. They are probably going to tell you no, she can’t. My mother, too. I usually concede the point. I am the person who, one time, made cupcakes and forgot to add eggs. The one who, two days ago, almost burned down the house [...]

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Two years ago today I was a week overdue with my second child. I had 48 hours left before they would have to induce me, my midwife told me. The high risk doctor had already blasted me the day prior saying he would have induced me at 37 weeks. Two years ago today I woke [...]

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I have a big problem with plastic. It’s everywhere. Everything we buy — even at environmentally-conscious stores — is wrapped in it. Bread comes in plastic bags. Cereal is in a box. Inside the box: a plastic bag. Most cheese is wrapped in plastic. Even the paper milk cartons we use are lined with plastic. [...]

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