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Archive for May, 2008

INDIANA JONES & The Temple of Lego

We’ve stepped on more than our share of stray Legos … in the dark … and barefoot… which may be why we loved this little video clip so much! That and the fact that we’ve downed wayyyy too much caffeine preparing for tonight’s midnight showing of “Indiana Jones IV.” Enjoy!

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
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WAITING for Baby: Dad’s journey, too

cover(“Waiting for Baby” is a closer look at adoption and my family’s personal experience as we go through the process. It will appear every Wednesday in the aPARENTly Speaking blog.)

This is our journey. It’s something I’ve had to remind myself a few times as my husband and I considered and then started the process of adopting. Right out of the gate, I was 100 percent certain adopting was right for our family. My husband didn’t see it as quite so black-and-white; he had a lot of questions that needed answering first. It was the first time in our marriage that we entered a territory where we wanted the same thing but took different paths to deciding what would be best for us.

So later, with the questions answered and the big “let’s do it” decision agreed upon, I was still a little too wrapped up in my end of this journey. All the research, reading books, finding the right lawyer or agency, arranging to attend an Open Paths meeting to learn more about adoption — that became my life, often stretching late into the night and fueling bouts of insomnia. Only after we attended our first meeting with an adoption lawyer, when it seemed as if we simply couldn’t afford adoption, did reality give me a swift smack. This was affecting my husband as profoundly as it affected me. How had I lost sight of that fact? Maybe largely because the adopted dad’s perspective doesn’t usually get the attention given to the mom’s.

Fortunately, the new book “The Brotherhood of Joseph” has changed all of that.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
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TOOTHY Caption Contest

The Health Van (photo by Ron Lewis, CCT)
Brings a whole new dimension to dental hygiene, doesn’t it? This photo definitely needs a new caption. Write a funny one and you could win a pair of children’s picture books. Just click “comments” to submit your entry.

And now for last week’s winner…
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
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BEYONCE’s Provocative Kids Clothes Ad

The blogosphere has been up in arms over Beyonce’s new “House of Dereon” clothing line for kids, or more specifically, about the ads for it, which look like this:
House of Dereon ad

The clothes themselves aren’t drawing controversy, it’s the way these kids are posed. Considering we live in a culture infused with sexual imagery – “Gossip Girls,” “Sex and the City” and every music video – it’s interesting that ads like this – or Miley Cyrus’ Vanity Fair cover – strike such a nerve. What do you think? Punch a button on the poll or click “comments” and weigh in with your thoughts.

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
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MOMMY POPPINS & the Big Apple

New York City (Photo by Tomas Lara, Stockxchng Photos)
Welcome, Mommy Poppins readers!

We’ve got a guest post up on one of our favorite blogs, New York City’s own Mommy Poppins, a great insiders guide to doing the Big Apple with kids in tow. We suggested a “Fab Five” list of great things to do while visiting San Francisco – Chinatown fortune cookie factories, submarines and historic ships at Hyde Street Pier and the best ice cream sundae on the planet. Take a peek, then add your own Bay Area faves to the list. (P.S. Mommy Poppins will be returning the favor later on, with a Fab Five list of cool off-the-beaten path things to do in New York. We can’t wait!)

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
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SAN RAMON club joins diaper-bottom disco craze

Baby Loves Disco, an afternoon dance party for families featuring groovy 70s and 80s music spun and mixed by live DJs, is well known around the nation, and this summer they’re adding San Ramon’s Shboom to their Bay Area venues.

Other Bay Area tot rockin’ hot spots include Ruby Skye in San Francisco (June 21, 2-5 p.m.) and Avalon Nightclub in the South Bay (June 14 from 2-5 p.m.) The Shboom fun will be July 19, 2-5 p.m. Make sure to buy tickets fast because the events tend to sell out. They’re $12-$15 per walking person. (Crawlers and babies get in free). It’s also good to get to the club a bit early, as parents tend to line up before the doors open to get the best spots inside.


Beyond the music and big glittery disco ball, kids get to enjoy toys like bubble machines, hula hoops and noise makers. There also are quieter spaces set aside for kids not yet ready for prime time John Travolta action. The admission includes a big spread of kid-friendly food, from fruit & bagels and hummus to juice boxes.

San Francisco – Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street, San Francisco, phone 415-693-0777
Host mom: Sarah Mallas

East Bay – Shboom Nightclub, 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, phone 925.837.9777
Host mom: Sandra Turretta

South Bay – Avalon Night Club, 777 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara, phone 408-241-0777
Host parents: Jessica And Gabriel

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008
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ROOKIE MOMS in Berkeley

We wrote about the Rookie Moms, Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss, and their new handbook a couple of weeks ago — now you can meet them yourself, this Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Studio Grow, a children’s play space at 1235 10th St. in Berkeley. Grab your favorite tiny person and go get inspired with onesie decorating, personalized “get out of the house” activity lists, mom-and-baby portraits and more. Big fun. Admission is free. And if you’d like to stick around and play at Studio Grow afterward, it’s just $7.

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008
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SLIP n Slide Giveaway

Slip 'N SlideThis weekend’s high temp blast got us thinking about the scorching days of summer, and our favorite ways to stay cool. Now that we’re all grown-up, it’s probably via an icy margarita or those awesome shaken iced tea lemonades at Starbucks (mmmm, get the Passion iced tea and tell them to use the orange syrup to sweeten it). But when we were kids, we cooled down by running through the sprinklers, eating soft-serve ice cream from Frosty’s, and, of course, slithering down a Slip ‘n Slide. And thanks to our buddies at Wham-O, that’s what we’re giving away this week- a MegaShark Slip ‘n Slide. And all you have to do (Susan already knows this because she won last week’s contest!) is click “comments” and regale us with tales of your favorite childhood, get-cool, summer activity. We’ll draw a winner’s name Sunday night.

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008
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PARENT TALKS: Bullies, Step-Families

Not fair (Illustration by Hector Casanova/MCT Direct)The school year is definitely winding down, but here’s the lineup of remaining parent education talks:

“San Francisco Birth & Baby Fair”
May 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Mason Conference Center, 99 Marina Blvd., SF. Zillions of booths with childbirth, baby care and lactations experts, workshops, shopping, and more.

“Childhood Matters: Friends and Bullies”
May 25 at 9 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and 105.1 KOCN-FM
Childhood Matters’ Rona Renner and her panelists talk about friends, bullies and preteen social life.

“Loving Your Single Parent or Step Family”
May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Residence Inn, Pleasanton.
Speaker: Donald R. Partridge, author of “Loving Your Stepfamily: The Art of Making Your Blending Family Work.” Sponsored by the Institute for Family Research and Education. Free.

Something to add to the list? E-mail us the details or click “comments” and add it right here.

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008
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DOODLE 4 Google

Doodle 4 Google contestantYou know how Google changes its logo so it looks Mondrian-like or Monet-esque on artists’ birthdays, or the OOs suddenly sprout tulips on the first day of spring? Well, the tech giant has been holding a “Doodle 4 Google” contest for kids. It’s time to vote for the finalists and we’ve got to say, those are some awesomely talented kids! The image to your left is from the 4th to 6th grade category, but there are tons more. Check ’em out, then cast a vote. Or rather, have your kids do it. The national winner goes live on the Google homepage May 22.

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008
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