Bright Start – Lots of Links

bright starts links

File this one under “why didn’t I think of that?” When I had my first baby, a good friend gave me these links and told me they would be indispensable. Man, was she right. It surprises me that I don’t see more people using them. They are one of those small items that no one talks about, but are incredibly useful. We have used these links

  • to attach toys to the stroller, jumparoo and exercise mat so when my son drops his toy it doesn’t go very far;
  • as a teether – the grooves on the links feel great on sore gums;
  • as a way to practice picking up smaller items; and
  • during tummy time by rattling them together and waving them around so he reaches for them.

These links are less than $5 making them even more appealing. Throw them into the next baby gift you buy and you are guaranteed to be a hero.

Thanksgiving Eats Round-Up

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Not only is it the best time to reflect on all our blessings with our families, but the entire day revolves around one of my favorite things in life: food.   Here is a round-up of some of delicious Thanksgiving recipes!


  • Alton Brown’s Traditional Brined Turkey: We’ve made turkey every which way, from roasted to grilled to fried.  Our favorite method of cooking turkey is by brining and roasting a turkey.  You’ll never go back.
  • Cranberry-Serrano Relish: This fun take on a traditional Thanksgiving side was a huge hit a few years ago.
  • Corn Casserole: My family loves this dish so much I devoted a whole blog post to it last year!
  • Sweet Potato Mash: Sweet potato mash is a must-have at every Thanksgiving table.  This recipe includes yummy pecans!
  • Pumpkin Pie: This year, one of the dishes we are in charge of is dessert.  I hope everyone saves room for what is sure to be a delicious pie.  Yum, yum, yum.

Lastly, I’m not a huge fan of stuffing so I have no go-to recipe.  All I can share is the sage advice of Alton Brown: stuffing a bird is evil.  If you make stuffing, please cook it in a separate dish so your turkey doesn’t dry out and you don’t get salmonella.  That wouldn’t make for a very fun Thanksgiving!

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Original Sprout Curl Calmer

417KtD44agLI have previously written about my daughter’s beautiful, silky blond curls and my hunt for the best products for it.  Last week, while we were getting her hair cut, the stylist recommended Original Sprout Curl Calmer as a finishing product.  Now, I think it’s a must-have for any littles with curly hair.  After combing the Shea Moisture spray through my daughter’s wet hair, I run the curl calmer through it.  It gives her hair the finishing touch it needs.  Her locks are soft and frizz-free and they smells heavenly.  Plus, it’s safe and environmental-friendly, formulated sans sulfates, soy, gluten, honey, peanut, or dairy.  My next experiment will be to see if it works on my crazy curls!

Zutano Fleece Booties for Babies

All of a sudden, it is minus 1000 degrees in the Northeast. Natually, I am ill prepared. I drop my older son off at school every morning, with the baby along for the ride. He is nice and cozy in his stroller with his BundleMe, but when I have to take him out and walk into school, he looks frigid. I recently saw another child wearing the Zutano Fleece Bootie and I knew they would be perfect for the days where he did not need to wear a snowsuit, but it was still pretty cold.

zutano bootie

The booties are super soft and really warm. They are easy to take off, but actually stay on because they button. Plus, they look super cute and can stay on when you go indoors. No more cold toes!

If My Kids Ruled The World

if my kids ruled the world via @twohappymamas

1. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner shall be abolished. Only snacks made of cheese may be consumed.

2. Subjects may only eat on blue plates. No purple ones. No blue. Purple. BLUUUUUUUUE.

3. Sharing is expressly prohibited. If you want something that your friend is currently playing with, grab it and lay on top of your friend until they surrender.

4. At bedtime, all subjects must make up at least 5 excuses before surrendering to bed. Excuses such as “I am thirsty,” “I have to go to the bathroom,” “My arm hurts,” and “I can’t find my (insert stuffed animal no one has ever cared about before)” are all acceptable.

5. At bath time, you must ensure that more water ends up outside of the tub than inside. Soap should not touch any areas except your elbow. Bonus points if you throw water in your brother’s face or make your mom have to change her clothes.

6. If you are dressed to go outside and your mom and dad are in a hurry, announce that you need to go to the bathroom. When you get into the bathroom, forget why you are there. This does not apply if you are going to the park or for ice cream.

7. At least once per week, throw yourself on the floor and cry hysterically. Under no circumstances are you permitted to tell anyone why you are crying.

8. If a grown up accidentally curses in front of you, repeat that word at least 50 times and preferably in front of other grown ups.

9. When choosing what book to read before bed, choose the longest book you own and interrupt every third word to ask a question. The question does not need to relate to the book.

10. Just when your mom and dad can’t take it anymore, give them a hug and tell them you love them. They live for that stuff.

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