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A Boy-full Summer

A Boy-full Summer

As fall begins to settle in, I sit here reflecting on a summer that found me sharing the company of a couple of fantastic little guys. It seems so long ago, yet just like yesterday, that my teen-aged son was this young.My sister was kind enough to visit me with her grandson, Hunter, not quite 2, but with the prowess of a 4-year old. I am surprised he wasn't already tying his own shoelaces! Hunter wanted to do everything himself, and pretty much could. He loved swing sets and seesaws, slides and sandboxes. He loved running and jumping but most...

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Who is Professor Chaos?

Who is Professor Chaos?

Halloween is upon us, my favorite time of year. Not only do I love the smell of fallen autumn leaves and hot apple cider, but I simply can’t wait to see what my son is going to dream up for his costume.Both of my kids have birthdays in October, so Halloween has always been a special holiday – like a continuation of their birthday celebrations. As a birthday gift, the kids’ grandmother would always buy them whatever they wanted for a Halloween costume.It started with an infant pumpkin costume. Born at just over 6 lbs., the costume was a little...

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Meet Chichi

Meet Chichi

Name: Chichi MonkeyOccupation: Best friend, Co-conspirator, AnarchistBirth: I was gifted to my best friend by his Grandma. I come from the Now & Then Shoppe in Fort Smith, Arkansas.Hobbies: Shenanigans with my best friend Fletcher, watching Curious George, traveling on airplanes, playing with trains, and taking the blame when Fletcher gets in trouble. Sometimes I go for swims in the toilet and in the bathtub because I just can't help myself.Highlight of my life so far: Meeting Woody from Toy Story at Disneyworld. He really "got" what I've been through.Hopes & Dreams: I wish to be truly clean again, maybe...

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Mom In Training

Mom In Training

When I was just out of college, I was in sales for a very large juvenile products company. My job was to sell strollers and car seats to buyers at some very large retailers. I flew all over the country, often times with a stroller, pack 'n play, or highchair sample. Once or twice I didn't have time to ship a sample out of ahead of me, and I had to bring it with me on the plane. I would get some strange looks as I pushed a stroller with no baby in sight. Once I arrived at my destination...

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The Mechanics of Boys - True Potty Humor

The Mechanics of Boys - True Potty Humor

This is a guest blog by Becky Nutt, a mom of 2 Men in Training in Arizona. I think I always wanted boys (but I can't remember because until recently I went on a 4 year streak of never sleeping through the night and I'm certain there is permanent damage). I do remember being excited when the ultrasound tech announced a boy, and I thought "Hey, it can't be too hard! You just point it down!"Oh how I'm laughing at myself now. The logistics of boys and the bathroom are FAR more complicated than that.Initially, our biggest struggle was that...

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