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On the Prudent Baby (if you haven’t been over there, it’s essenial) they have a DIY-by-craft area. Priceless. Can’t sew, that’s OK. Love to sew, great, have that, too. Current favorite DIY project they offer is baby shoes.

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So, if you’re lazy, like Tori Spelling, you can purchase a cape from the reputable source Power Capes. (If you’re in San Francisco, you can drop by Paragraph on 9th Ave in the Inner Sunset to get a unique cape). But if you’re crafty, follow these simple instruction to make your own!

You’ll need

1 yard poly-blend satin fabric

Fat quarter or 1/2 yard second (and/or third) color poly-blend satin fabric

Heatbond (to attach the applique)

Sewing machine, thread, iron… the usual

Measure your child from neck to foot, then from the tip to tip of his/her fingers. Draw a pattern using these measurements, or just draw on the wrong side of the fabric. Cut it out. Your cape should look like a half-circle.

Now cut the neck tie: a good length is 4″ by 16″. You’ll fold this in half, so don’t make it too skinny.

Now create your own applique. Follow the instructions on the Heatbond to adhere the bond to the fabric. Now draw, then cut out your design. Some basic ideas are a big star, a heart, a lightening bolt, a letter, or two of those layer on each other. Get creative.

Iron your necktie in half length-wise. Center it on the top of your cape, folded side toward the bottom of the cape. Draw a half-in seam line on each piece. Snip into the fabric of cape (not over the seam line) and center. Match your seam lines, mark and sew 6-8 ” only. (Note that you can also cut a shorter necktie and attach velcro to the ends if you’e worried your child will strangle themselves -see above photo).

Now take the unsewn ends of the neck tie and fold the ragged edge in on both sides, and topstitch or overcast stitch for longevity and strength. If there’s any give to your fabric, make sure to use the proper stretch stitch.

Now, iron-on your applique, and sew around the edges with a zig-zag or overcast stitch. Finally, fold in all your hems and topstitch. TADA!

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So, I hate most children’s clothing. Why so bright? Why so appliqued? Why must we embarrass our children this way? Well…  I did once (at five) chose a glitter-covered Donald Duck tank top in a size three times too big for me… my poor mother. Oh well.

But on our own dimes, we can choose classy digs… if we like! From the English Laundry line is a boys section that’s so chic, I just had to feature it, even though I don’t (yet) have a boy. Check it out.

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How did I never know of the Exersaucer? I realize that even if someone had shown me this item, I would have been like, “EW! That thing is ugly! Not in my house, no way!” That was before I realized that I would do almost anything (include allow my lovely home to look like a Gymboree class) to keep my baby occupied long enough for me to eat something daily. Or to do a blog post. Anyhow, it’s temporary, right?

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Can you even imagine if we lived in the dark ages of photography and had to like… print our own photos? How could I survive without online photo processors? Everyone likes photos in their hands, but can you imagine if we had to leave the house to print photos?

My new favorite thing (I’m sure everyone has already discovered this) is the photo album features on KodakGallery and SnapFish. They both have some good options for creating photo albums, and are both inexpensive options. (There are others out there, but they are pricey).

Another great and simple options if you don’t mind ordering and organizing your own photos is to get one of these adorable little KOLO photo albums from Paper Source (you can buy them online). Perfect gift for Father/Grandfather’s Day!

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So, not only do babies seem to not know how to eat, but my baby doesn’t want to eat, either. In fact, some of the faces she’s given me have been not only confused, but rather accusatory. As if this feeding procedure is a punishment for a crime for which she’s blaming the cat.

We started with the Happy Baby baby rice cereal. Boy, is it stinky. I wouldn’t want to eat it either. So, a friend suggested adding banana. The baby still looked at is as if I was suggesting she have a vodka cocktail for lunch. But then we made apple sauce. Oh, applesause. How I don’t hate you.

p.s. I’m back. Things are less crazy. We’ll see how long that lasts!

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So, I’m not a fan of pornography for so many reasons (most are detailed in New York Magazine in a piece from Naomi Wolf) but let’s just say I’m also a hot-blooded (OK, at least luke-warm blooded) woman, and I like to look at men… tee hee.

But I would never stoop to pornography. So, I found this wonderful substitute. Make sure you scroll alllll the way down. If that’s not enough hottie for you, try watching Glee’s new video of Olivia Newton John’s “Physical.” And there’s also this: hottie.

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