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butter supersoft opens

by gurumommy on August 27, 2013

in gear,hot pick,shopping

 2Butter Super Soft (formerly Ivy G and Friends) has opened their first store in LA, and right on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.  Alongside all the Butter brand sweats, t’s and bottoms, they also carry all the other favorite brands of girls & teens.  Visit now for the latest styles and back-to-school clothes and get an exclusive 10% for mentioning Gurumommy (1-time use only).  Follow  Buttersupersoftla on Instagram.

Butter Super Soft
1107 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA
90403

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doublehappiness4.com – super cool back-to-school stuff

August 30, 2011

Doublehappiness4.com is a website carrying cool school & camp supply company founded by a graphic designer, a mom of 2 sets of twins (!) (hence the name, double happiness).  They personalize everything from clipboards, to notebooks and everything in between to make back-to-school special and original.  Check out their website & order your back-to-school stuff!

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ifly – indoor skydiving

August 23, 2011

Looking for something to do the last days of summer?  Look no further, ifly – indoor skydiving, vertical wind tunnel at Universal City Walk is fun for everyone!  Kids as young as 3 years old can give it a try (although I can’t seem to get my 5 year old to do it yet!).  Experience [...]

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malibu sugar tank tops

August 16, 2011

These are the hottest tanks, 1/2 tanks & cami/bra tops we’ve seen! From Malibu Sugar they come in every color imaginable and are made our of the softest cotton!  For pre-teens they are a must in every color, they even come in adult sizes and the matching boy shorts are great for under skirts and [...]

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mixt greens opens in LA

August 9, 2011

Mixt Greens is expanding (finally!) The hugely popular salad spot in San Fran has been expanding to LA, first stops are downtown & mid-wilshire with a Malibu location on its way.  Hopefully they will continue to expand all over the Westside for us salad-junkies looking for an easy & yummy spot for lunch! Favorites are [...]

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storage bins

August 2, 2011

These adorable storage bins from 3 sprouts are just the thing I need in my daughters room to organize her ever-expanding stuffed animal collection. Priced at $39.99, they come in 10 different styles (zebra is my personal favorite) and will make your clutter look stylish in  any room in the house!

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stylemint

July 26, 2011

As a huge fan of both The Row & Elizabeth & James, fashion lines brought to stores by style mavens the Olsen sisters I was extremely psyched to get my first order from the Olsen’s newest venture StyleMint.com. This cool t-shirt “of-the-month” club in a collaboration with the team behind Kate Bosworth’s Jewelmint. My personal [...]

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sunny blue – first omusubi shop in so cal!!

July 19, 2011

Sunny Blue is southern cali’s first Omusubi shop!  Omusubi,  Japanese rice balls with different fillings inside, are popular ‘grab and go’ snacks in Japan.  Much like sushi, they are ‘rice’ wrapped around fillings (tuna, cod, veggies, etc) but here they are served in a ‘rice ball’ inside of warm seawood paper (like a taco!), made [...]

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undrest by the sea

July 12, 2011

This totally cool beachy boutique on Abbot Kinney in Venice is definitely a hidden gem for anyone looking for something different in beachwear this summer!  While other stores are starting to stock fall merchandise (seriously, in July!?) now is the time to hit undrest for totally unique bathing suits, coverups and loungewear (they are even [...]

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true food kitchen

July 5, 2011

As much as I promised myself to stop writing about Santa Monica Place, I just can’t help it! True Food Kitchen is my newest favorite, for breakfast, lunch and dinner (takeout too!) Since they just recently opened, I will make this my last entry about the place for a while (or until they finally get [...]

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Braced-lets arrive just in time for summer!

June 28, 2011

Bracedlets, made by a NY orthodontist are a combo of last summers craze, silly bandz & braces!  Just in time for camp, these cute bracelets are fun to collect and wear all the way up your daughters arms (sure they will prob be banned back at school but that’s months away!) Check them out at [...]

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Rocket Fizz

June 21, 2011

This new location of Rocket Fizz, the ultimate candy store, is amazing!! The Sherman Oaks location is the first I’ve been to, but they have franchises all over the Valley.  When I say it’s the ‘ultimate’ candy store, I’m not kidding!  They have their own brand of sodas, all the ‘old school’ candy’s we grew [...]

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new cooking school opens in santa monica place

June 14, 2011

I know I wrote about The Market opening in Santa Monica place just last month but now I’ve been to a party at this awesome cooking school, The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories, and had to tell gurumommy readers all about it!  They have a schedule of classes on their website, all ‘hands-on ‘ [...]

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books and cookies – new book store in santa monica

June 7, 2011

wow, everything seems to open in the summer!  this fab new kids book store/party location/bakery just popped up on main street in santa monica seemingly out of nowhere!  opened by a former preschool teacher, books and cookies is divided into an interactive reading room/bookstore, healthy kids’ cafe serving fresh-baked treats (cookies, muffins, granola), and an [...]

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Lemonade Brentwood Opens!!

May 31, 2011

I have been a fan of Lemonade the mini ‘chain’ of amazing lunch/dinner spots all over LA since I discovered their location on Abbot Kinney in Venice a while back.  Now they have finally come to Brentwood on Barrington (just South of Sunset) in the old Clay Pit location (for those of us that have [...]

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The Market at Santa Monica Place Opens!!

May 24, 2011

The Market on the 3rd Floor of Santa Monica place has finally opened!! The space takes up almost 1/2 the top floor with a cool group of independently owned California-based businesses offering everything from locally grown fare and fanciful beverage offerings to designer gifts and floral arrangements. On the savory side of things, famed restaurateur, Piero [...]

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preschool fair- Parents Education League

May 17, 2011

Don’t miss this great opportunity, the Parents Education League is hosting their first ever Preschool Fair on May 21st (9am-12pm) at Leo Baeck Temple.  With over 40 preschools from all over LA & the Valley in attendance, get all your information in 1 place!! Even if your kids are too old for preschool, be sure [...]

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All About the Bread

May 10, 2011

A friend raved about All About the Bread on Melrose as ‘Hollywood’s answer to Bay Cities in Santa Monica’.  Even though I live practically next door to Bay Cities, I had to try it!  She was right, their sandwiches, especially The Godfather, stands up to Bay Cities, but their breads (baked fresh every 30 minutes) [...]

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XPhappy mothers day!!

May 4, 2011

EXPIRED

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Tulaa7.com, yoga clothes with a purpose!

April 26, 2011

We all know about lululemon, it’s become so identifiable with moms in carpool line that I am always on the lookout for something new & different!  I found Tulaa7 a cute yoga line made by 2 moms in Chicago (my hometown) and love it!  Tulaa7 is inspired by the 7 major chakras, each of which [...]

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clementine’s grilled cheese month!

April 19, 2011

April is Grilled Cheese Month at Clementine’s, one of gurumommy’s favorite restaurants in Century City (even after the construction on Santa Monica Blvd makes it virtually impossible to figure out how to get to Ensley Avenue)!  They are offering 10 different grilled cheese sandwiches every day, handpicked from the favorites from the last 10 years! [...]

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starbucks card mobile app

April 12, 2011

ok, call me crazy but I haven’t been so excited about something since I got my new iphone 4! The starbucks card mobile app is simply the COOLEST!  As of January 19, 2011,  in nearly 6,800 stores in the U.S. you too can experience  mobile payment. The mobile payment feature allows users to pay for [...]

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magna tiles

March 29, 2011

Magna Tiles have been my kids obsession lately, and everyone who comes to our house and sees what they are building asks about them, so I decided to post them for gurumommy readers!  Kids of all ages will love, love these so much that they will keep asking for more sets!  This 100 set is [...]

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NOT a paper plate!

March 22, 2011

These are the coolest plates I’ve seen in a while, they only look like paper plates & plastic cups!  Designed by one hundreds and 80 degrees, they are exact replicas of those iconic red plastic dixie cups & paper plates in melamine.  My kids love them & so will you for cutting down on the [...]

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birchbox

March 15, 2011

Birchbox.com is the most innovative & cool new beauty site we’ve found!  Perfect for moms-on-the-go with no time to spend at the makeup counter.  For $10 a month they deliver top product samples from brands like NARS, Korres and Cargo to your door for you to test drive (not small tester-sized but real sample size). [...]

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la monarca santa monica

March 8, 2011

A big gurumommy welcome to La Monarca bakery to the Westside!  Located on Wilshire and Euclid this is their third outpost of the Mexican bakery.  Upon entering, grab a plastic tray and tongs and choose your own variety of croissants and sweet breads. Continue down toward the the refrigerated case stocked with all avenues of [...]

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giggles n’ hugs century city

March 1, 2011

Before you judge me for posting this, go check out GIGGLES N’ HUGS in Westfield Century City, you won’t believe it hasn’t always been there!  All I have to say is congrats to the owners on getting that LOCATION makes all the difference and there couldn’t be a better location then smack in the middle [...]

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city baby LA 3rd edition

February 22, 2011

This is my one opportunity to ‘toot my own horn’ so I will make it quick – The 3rd edition of City Baby LA is available today! After 5 plus years Lisa Rocchio & I have updated our ‘go to’  guide for families in L.A. to include over 50 new entries & tons of activities [...]

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bottega louie

February 15, 2011

Check out Bottega Louie the huge restaurant/gourmet market on the corner of 7th & Grand downtown LA.  I know it’s  quite a drive, but for brunch on a Saturday or Sunday morning it’s really about a 20 minute drive from Westside and well-worth it. If your are as sick of the local kid-friendly spots as [...]

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The Yogurt Shoppe

February 8, 2011

Gurumommy is excited to welcome The Yogurt Shoppe to the Pacific Palisades!! Now the Palisades has it’s own ‘place to mix’ self-serve yogurt & toppings shop located in the heart of the Village, owned & operated by a local Palisades family.  Stop by and have a taste, it’s sure to become your kids (and your [...]

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crewcuts opens in santa monica

February 1, 2011

Introducing crewcuts Santa Monica!! Everyone’s favorite kids clothing from crewcuts is now available in-store on third street promenade.  No more online shopping and guessing sizes, you can now shop in-person for sizes 2-14 at the new crewcuts location.  Everything from bathing suits to shoes, they carry it all!  We especially love the borrowed from my [...]

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sugarfish santa monica!!!

January 25, 2011

Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa is opening its forth location in Santa Monica, 1345 2nd Street Santa Monica, 310-393-3338 ( just West of Third Street Promenade).  The ‘official’ opening date is February 14th, so be sure to get your tastebuds ready for the most extraordinary sushi Santa Monica will now be able to call its own!  [...]

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Shop Worth Now and Save!!

January 18, 2011

What is Worth ? A fashion “Ready to Wear” Company that offers modern, luxurious clothing at affordable prices.  The company is famous for client service and attention to detail. At Worth, they believe that dressing fashionably should be easy and shopping should be fun. Great clothes should last as long as you love them, and [...]

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Hostaria del Piccolo-pizza in Santa Monica

January 11, 2011

Hostaria del Piccolo, the latest venture from Vittorio Viotti and chef Bobo of Venice’s famed Piccolo in Venice (arguably Venice’s best Italian restaurant).  This cool-looking spot with no sign on the corner of 6th & Broadway (606 Broadway, Santa Monica) has some of the best pizza around (sorry Mozza!). The modern-rustic restaurant has a bar [...]

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veggie grill comes to santa monica!

January 4, 2011

Veggie Grill, a vegan mini-chain has finally made its way to the Westside!  Located on Wilshire just east of 20th Street (next to Union Bank), it’s tasty and healthy.  The menu includes veggie burgers, wraps and salads that are yummy & vegan.  Try the sweet potato fries and flavored iced teas that you won’t be [...]

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kinetic cycling

December 28, 2010

“Change your mind, Change your body, Change your life.” That’s the mantra at Brentwood’s cycling studio, Kinetic located at 11740 San Vincente Blvd., L.A. (310) 820-0777, www.kineticcyclic.com.  Most of you all know about my obsession with Soul Cycle in New York, and until we get our West Coast outpost, we have Kinetic!  Where they will  [...]

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Happy Everything-from gurumommy!!

December 21, 2010

From my family to yours, here’s wishing you a happy & healthy holidays and new year!! Thank you for all your loyal support!

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plywerk – 20% off for 1 week only

December 14, 2010

plywerk has perfected an easy and elegant way to exhibit prints of artwork and photos without the frame or its expense.  They began selling their modern artisanal and earth friendly wares at local art walks where people went crazy for their photo mounting process that enhance your pictures and avoid the headache of framing.  They [...]

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FarmShop Opens at Brentwood Country Mart

December 6, 2010

Finally!  The day has come (almost) that the Country Mart on San Vincente in Brentwood gets a new restaurant to replace City Bakery!  The wait was definitely worth it, with FarmShop (Jeff Cerciello’s, formerly Thomas Keller’s Culinary Director) we have a new casual restaurant and market-slash-larder, complete with local produce, a butcher shop, a fifteen-foot-long [...]

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pressed juicery

November 30, 2010

PRESSED JUICERY (located below Maha Yoga in Brentwood, 13050 San Vicente Blvd, LA 310.451-1010) was born out of the idea that in order to find fulfillment and balance each day, modern people need to be armed with a fresh set of tools that are simple, convenient, and tailored to their hectic schedules.  While the benefits [...]

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pelican hill – special gurumommy offer!

November 23, 2010

I recently had a chance to visit the AMAZING resort in Newport, Pelican Hill, during the week with 2 girlfriends, what a treat!  So great to getaway and with this crazy weather in SoCal, you can sit by the pool, walk on the beach and dine outside in November!  The Spa was undoubtedly the best [...]

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jewelmint

November 13, 2010

I’ve just discovered JewelMint.com,  a jewelry line designed by Kate Bosworth and her stylist, Cher Coulter!  I get style emails, styling tips, and each piece of chic jewelry is only $29.99. The styles are cool & fun, perfect for my life on the go. I’ve stopped wearing my good jewelry because I tend to lose [...]

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bobble water bottle

November 9, 2010

Bobble, a cool reusable, patented water bottle that filters as you drink, now comes in a smaller size, perfect for school, fits inside a lunchbox!   The Bobble is perfect for taking to school, it can be used and reused all day long, simply by filling up at any sink or water fountain.  Every time [...]

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which wich

November 2, 2010

A friend of mine recently opened a Which Wich on Sawtelle & Olympic and kept raving about the sandwiches, he was right!! These are soooo much better then Subway!  Great for lunch for kids & adults, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches is committed to creating the best sandwiches available. They offer more than 50 varieties of [...]

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sugarlips tank tops

October 26, 2010

This is the best tank top!  Made by LA-based, Sugarlips, my daughter’s love the soft stretchy material and best yet they are 1-size fits all!  Great for layering in the colder weather, they come in just about every color of the rainbow & tie-dye.  Order now and get 10% off your order (plus order 3 [...]

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Greens Up!!

October 19, 2010

Greens Up! is finally open on montana & 7th in santa monica, it is simply put THE lunchtime spot we’ve been waiting for!  owner Robert Yamarone started as a food stylist in NYC and he has opened something simple but perfect,  a quick and healthy salad spot. Greens Up! does offer that whole mix and [...]

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Race to Nowhere

September 28, 2010

‘Race to Nowhere: the Darkside of America’s Achievement Culture’ is a movie that every parent MUST SEE.  I have had no less then 25 gurumommy readers contact me about seeing this movie, I finally HAD to see it.  I haven’t been able to think of anything else since I saw it, it is a disturbing [...]

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the secret society of the pink crystal ball

September 14, 2010

Risa Green, author of several great ‘chick lit’ books has made the jump to YA with this fab new book, The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball. My 10 year old daughter read it at camp this summer and loved it!  Best yet, Risa is launching a  “What Would You Wish For?” Video Book [...]

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circuit works brentwood opens!!

September 7, 2010

Just opened in Brentwood, the popular Circuit Works from Venice is a high intensity, interval training workout routine that combines Aerobic (cardiovascular training) and Anaerobic exercises (resistance movement training) that rotate through a series of stations.  Suffice it to say, it kicked my behind! Each Anaerobic station uses a combination of exercise machines, free weights [...]

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jac vanek bracelets

August 31, 2010

my kids came home from summer camp in maine with these bracelets from jacvanek.com, they are ‘all the rage’ on the eastcoast!  you can either design your own or buy them with already-made cool sayings, like ‘GLEEK’ for you GLEE fans.  Best yet, they’re only $10, making them great present toppers!

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bento stainless steel lunch jar

August 25, 2010

I have been looking for something reusable for my kids lunches forever!   Zojirushi’s Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar is the answer, simply the food won’t get crushed inside! It is totally versatile,  with four different containers that allow you to pack a multi-course lunch of both hot and cold items easily and securely.  Get [...]

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made with love bracelets

August 17, 2010

These bracelets are all over and so fun & cute for the summer and buying them raises funds for homeless children in Senegal.  You can buy them from madewithloveinbrazil.com, they are made from recycled rubber by women in Djenné, Mali providing them with a viable means of support and are sold to raise funds for [...]

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santa monica place opens!!

August 9, 2010

I can’t be more excited about the opening of santa monica place! It’s so much more then just a mall, with it’s open air decks and restaurants it is surely going to become everyone’s favorite new hangout! I am especially excited about bloomingdales, nordstroms & barneys (co-op) coming to santa monica, now i no longer [...]

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levain bakery

July 27, 2010

omg! quite possibly the most amazing cookie I have ever tasted is from this Levain bakery out in Wainscott on Long Island. Why am I writing about it since most of my readers have never been or do not plan to go to Long Island, NY? Because they have a website, itsallaboutthecookie.com, and they ship [...]

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

July 20, 2010

A friend recently took their 8 year old daughter to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (and museum) and could NOT stop raving.  No matter what your politics it is an amazing experience, and only 45 minutes away from the Westside. Besides the amazing story of the President himself the museum houses the actual Air [...]

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wooden tree swing

July 13, 2010

Whenever my kids head off to Maine for camp for the summer I get nostalgic for ‘homegrown’ fun to bring back home to LA.  This Tree Swing from craftsburykids.com is so simple I can’t believe how much my kids are fighting over it!  Each unique Tree Swing is handmade from ash, elm, or maple.  The seat [...]

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Matt Bernson Love Stud Sandal

July 6, 2010

This perfect sandal for the summer is still available and is the cutest I’ve seen around.  It’s another one of those that I had to chase someone down wearing them and then look all over for a pair in my size (I found mine at Post 26 in the Brentwood Country Mart).  They also carry [...]

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cats cradle

June 28, 2010

Bring back memories of childhood with cats cradle! My kids came home from camp wanting to master the old string games and Klutz has a book that explains every step, so easy I could even use it!  There’s even the harder Jacob’s Ladder and Eiffel Tower that I was never able to do way back [...]

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mini kick scooter

June 7, 2010

hands-down the mini kick scooter is my kids all time favorite scooter in our garage!  even though the smaller size is made for 3-5 year olds, my 10 year old fights with my 4 year old to play with it.  The rubber wheels allow them to scoot all over my wood floors without leaving a [...]

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tegu magnetic wooden blocks

May 24, 2010

these blocks from tegu are awesome, they are wooden with hidden magnets inside that make them easy to build with for endless hours.  not only are they cool & fun, but they are also socially responsible.  the founders of tegu, came up with the idea to start a company that created eco-friendly toys and help [...]

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Tick Checks, Bug Spray and Antiobiotics: Summer in the Age of Lyme

July 23, 2013

Years of tick checks and antibiotics have made me more immune then the average person to the threat of Lyme Disease, but reading this article reminds me to keep on checking (myself & my kids).  Hope Reeves writes about the threat and treatment in the NY Times/Motherlode blog about ‘Tick Checks, Bug Spray and Antibiotics:  [...]

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Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too

July 16, 2013

Interesting article about girls ‘hooking up’ in college in NY Times Sunday Styles Section.  Something to really think about: Kate Taylor writes:  It is by now pretty well understood that traditional dating in college has mostly gone the way of the landline, replaced by “hooking up” – an ambiguous term that can signify anything from [...]

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