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394 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

Why We Say Shabbat

Tonight’s Shabbat, and the third night of Hanukkah. James is out of town. The kids are cranky after a long week at school. The baby, newly walking, is finding life precarious. She fell hard on her bottom this morning and she keeps tripping over her feet, wailing with frustration and pain every time she does a face plant. I’m tempted to forgo lighting the menorah, lighting the Shabbos candles, and making latkes. But I won’t. Even though I’m an atheist, I really love celebrating the sabbath. I wrote a version of this essay, which was... read more

Just the Right Book! Giveaway and Special Offer

Just the Right Book! is a wonderful service that provides book-of-the-month gifting options. Perhaps the best part of it is that the experts over there take information about the recipient’s tastes and choose books based on what they are most likely to enjoy. Kind of like a real live Pandora for book gifting. As a very picky, exacting reader, I was skeptical, but when I signed up for the service, I was shocked at how spot-on these folks’ choices were. Grandparents of the world, rejoice–they also hand-pick books for kids and teens. Just the Right Book!... read more

what artists do

So, even though I 1) got up and out this morning and made it to yoga (despite feeling like crap—stupid respiratory crud); and 2) did not dawdle and finished my physical therapy regimen* in 30 minutes; and 3) eschewed the outfit I’ve worn the last three days, quickly and efficiently deciding upon an alternative ensemble: ridiculously ratty—but clean!—jeans and a dapper thrift-store sweater I found in Reeve’s drawer (Hey, he won’t need it—he’s off at school where it’s warm in the winter!); and 4) left the house earlier than usual, making just... read more

A Very Merry Teatulia Giveaway: Delicious, Fair Trade Teas!

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Happy Holidays, Tea Lovers! Teatulia is offering two wonderful prize packs to you tea drinkers out there. One prize pack has teas with caffeine; the other is made up of herbal infusions. Teatulia makes such a great gift for so many reasons–it’s fair-trade, with reusable eco packaging, so it’s a gift that keeps on giving. It’s also LIGHT, which means lower shipping costs. Beautiful and tasty, too… 1. For the caffeinated mamas: a 3-canister pack of Teatulia’s “Classics”: Black tea, Bengal Breakfast tea, and Earl of Bengal tea. 2. For... read more

Fab 5 UrthChild Winners Announced!

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This week has flown by! Here are the five winners. Thank you so much for participating in the UrthChild Giveaway Week. There are lots more giveaways to come in the next few weeks, so stay tuned. Jem of Mine doll winner: Rene, comment #19 “My favorite is now the Spencer doll for sure. I also signed up for the newsletter.” Moby Sling: Serenity Lord Kate Quinn Organics Layette: Jill Lock Robbie Adrian Blanket: Mary, who left this comment: “How beautiful! The most important things for me in a baby blanket are that the... read more

Flash Sale AND Giveaway: Bella Luna Toys

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The GIVEAWAY: One gorgeous Silk Canopy from Sarah’s Silks in the winner’s choice of either the Rose Garden or Celestial style. Play canopies are beautiful draped over a twin bed, or make a magical play space and hideaway in a play room. A $120.00 value! The FLASH SALE: Half-price on Play Silks from Sarah’s Silks in Jewel or Pastel colors for one day only: today, Tuesday, November 30, 2010. Normally $11.95, now just $5.98! Limit of three per customer, while supplies last. Play Silks are the quintessential Waldorf toy.... read more

Final UrthChild Giveaway: $255 Jem of Mine Doll (Handmade, Waldorf)

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Today’s UrthChild Giveaway: the “Emma” Jem of Mine Doll. Don’t let this doll’s sweet name fool you. Emma *is* oh so sweet, but she’s also a little bit rock ‘n roll, with her wild curly red-streaked hair. Made exclusively for UrthChild, doll artist Emma from Jem of Mine Waldorf Dolls lovingly handcrafted this gorgeous Waldorf doll using the highest quality natural materials. Emma is clothed in a hand-sewn dress, with cotton underpants, and wool felt shoes. Her wool stuffing is naturally antibacterial and absorbs the smells of your home, making her a... read more

UrthChild Friday Giveaway: Moby Wrap in Black Silk, "D-Luxe"

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One of the most popular departments (for good reason!) at UrthChild is the Babywearing Department. UrthChild features baby carriers from Ergo Baby Carrier, Moby Wrap, and New Native. Today’s giveaway is a gorgeous Moby D Wrap in Black Silk. The Moby D is the “D-luxe” version of the famous Moby Wrap, which set the standard for the wraparound-style baby carrier. The beautiful Moby D comes with a special central fabric panel of hand woven silk, which is (almost) as gorgeous as the sight of you making your way through the day snuggled up with your... read more

The Winner of the Holiday BabyLegs from Granola Babies is...

Thanks to everyone for taking part in the giveaway for a pair of holiday edition BabyLegs from Granola Babies (check out Granola’s amazing selection of beautiful products!) The  random winner is Tara W. (write me at webeditor{at}mothering.com)! If you didn’t win you can still get a FREE pair of these adorable BabyLegs($12.99 value) by spending over $20 at the Mothering Shop! Just head over to the shop and buy any of our wonderful natural family products–including books, our calendar, reprints, or back issues–and we will ship your BabyLegs out right away. Use code... read more

Win a Pair of Holiday Edition BabyLegs from Granola Babies!!

Holiday BabyLegs from Granola Babies With the holiday spirit sneaking into many of us, it’s the perfect time to break out those darling holiday outfits again. These beautiful holiday edition BabyLegs from Granola Babies are the perfect way to keep your little boy or girl warm in the chilly weather. BabyLegs is the original brand of innovative children’s leg and arm warmers that quickly became a parenting essential across the world. Granola Babies has many wonderful styles of these great warmers–take a look. To enter the giveaway: Tell us why you would love a pair of... read more

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