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  • Is Potty Training In One Day Really Worth It Or a Total Rip-Off?

    My daughter turned two in July and not long after her birthday, I started introducing the idea of the using the potty. Four months later and she still hasn't mastered the art of going to the bathroom. She will use the potty if I ask her if she has to go, but very rarely will she say "Mommy, I have to go to the bathroom."

    I know she isn't going to get it overnight, but I am getting a little worried she's A-OK living in diapers. I feel like I've tried everything--a "princess" potty that makes noise, Dora the Explorer pull-ups, just about every type of reward if she goes all by herself--but nothing is getting the job done. I talked to my pediatrician--and doctor mom, my mom, that is--about it and both of them say not to rush it. She is still on schedule and now that she understands the whole bathroom concept, it will click when her body is ready.

    Problem is, I'm ready. As is my budget. I've been buying diapers for over two years now and I am so over it. My daughter is so

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  • What's In Your Mom Cave?

    Oh yes, you read that right. A Mom Cave. If men are allowed to have Man Caves, it was only a matter of time before the emergence of the Mom Cave. The NY Daily News reported on the growing trend yesterday and I must admit, I'm into it!

    Okay, so what is a Mom Cave? Exactly what you'd expect it to be. That peaceful place in your home that's just for you. Some moms are decking their Mom Caves out with things they love: scented candles, soft pillows and throw blankets, books they've been meaning to read, the list goes on. One thing that isn't allowed in the Mom Cave? Anyone else! And yes, that most definitely includes kids and dad.

    Sadly, my apartment is nowhere near spacious enough to have my own private room...not even a corner, for goodness sake. I would have said the shower is a lot like my Mom Cave, but my daughter has even invited herself in there as of late.

    So let's pretend for a moment. If I had a Mom Cave, I'd have my very own television with a DVR that records all

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  • Do You Give Out Candy On Halloween?

    I've never been a Halloween person, but my two-year-old daughter is so into it. This is the first year I've actually made plans and purchased costumes, but I am still hung up on one thing: the candy.

    Now I'm not a big health nut, but on a day-to-day basis, there isn't much candy consumption in my house. I don't usually eat it and I make an effort not to let my daughter eat it. Don't get me wrong, she's had candy before, but I want to ensure her teeth are healthy so I keep it away as much as possible.

    Enter October 31 and my daughter's newfound love for all things Halloween. All she knows is that you get dressed up on Halloween, so we're putting on our costumes and going to a friend's birthday party in the afternoon. The jury is still out as to whether or not we're going trick or treating. There's just no way I am letting my daughter eat all that candy.

    Of course, the flip side to that is, if we stay home and do some sort of Halloween craft, do I give candy to the

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  • Would You Buy Your Baby Rain Boots?

    I was looking through the new items at Babies 'R Us and was amazed to find these infant rain boots. Infant rain boots? Say what? I admit, they're really cute baby shoes, but I can't imagine someone taking their six-month old out in the rain long enough for her to wear rain boots. She'd be bundled up in her stroller or infant car seat. Better yet, she'd be inside where it's nice and dry!

    What do you think? Would you spend $15 on baby rain boots?

    Find the best baby shoes and baby booties in our buying guides.

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  • 3 No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

    Any way you cut it, carving a toothy jack-o-lantern for Halloween can be a messy, dangerous task-hello, sharp tools and pumpkin guts! So if you're not yet ready to let your young kid carve his own pumpkin this Halloween, try these safe, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that are just as fun.

    This Mr. Potato Head Pirate Pumpkin Decorating Kit ($13) includes 14 plastic pieces that easily push into the side of a pumpkin.

    This Pumpkin Decorating Kit ($15) comes with enough pieces to dress up three pumpkins as a cat, bat and witch.

    Having a party? This HearthSongs Pumpkin Decorating Kit $(25) has plenty of parts for kids to decorate five different pumpkins.

    Buy your last-minute baby Halloween costumes and kids' Halloween costumes in our buying guides.

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  • Introducing the Crocs Tone--Yup, Crocs Is Joining The Fitness Shoe Craze

    Following the success of MBT trainers and FitFlops, Crocs is releasing its own version of the toning shoe in November. Aptly called Crocs Tone, the site claims that the shoe will "deliver the benefits of toning with the comfort of crocs."

    Here's how these new women's Crocs are supposed to work:

    • Sculpted outsole creates a rocker-effect while you walk that initiates key muscle activity to provide toning benefits.
    • Toning ring provides stability and support.
    • Comfortable, lightweight croslite™ footbed provides all-day comfort.

    Check out the video above and let us know what you think about Crocs' new toning shoes. Do you think they're worth a try, or are they a crock of…you know.

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  • Girls' Clothes That Make You Go Hmm...

    I'm obsessed with Crewcuts, J. Crew's line of kids' clothing. It's actually quite tragic because I can't really afford it until it goes on sale... and then there is an additional 20% off, but I digress.

    Yesterday, I was poking around the Crewcuts collection as I often do in my spare time and I stumbled upon these clothes that made me think, "Hmm, what is that?"

    They're not ugly or offensive per se, but they're just kind of... bizarre. Take a look and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

    Apparently these taffeta ruffle bloomers ($98) are best paired with tights and shoes. I guess they're the little girls' version of cocktail shorts?

    Here's another pair of shorts ($50) that you're supposed to wear with tights. Except I'm not so sure wool-cashmere bike shorts for girls are all that practical (or appropriate).

    This may very well be an example of clothing that looks better on a person than it does photographed flat because from the picture it looks

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  • How Much Is Too Much To Spend On a Kid's Halloween Costume?

    I am not at all a Halloween person. I wasn't really allowed to dress up as a child and for the last two years haven't dressed my daughter up for Halloween either.

    Well, she's two now and definitely more aware of her surroundings. She gets all the Halloween talk and constantly talks about costumes. I made the mistake of asking her one day if she wanted to be a pumpkin or a cupcake for Halloween and she enthusiastically responded, "A cupcake!" Ever since then, she's been fixated on being a cupcake.

    Back in September there was a cute, cheap cupcake costume at, but it sold out within a week and of course I didn't buy one. For the last two and a half weeks I have been looking for cupcake costumes to no avail. So finally, I just bought the Old Navy cupcake costume... on eBay. For $50.

    The costume was probably $25 at most when it was on, so basically I paid double for a costume she'll only wear once and for a holiday I'm not even psyched about. It was an

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  • Online Shoppers Beware! Has A Sneaky Online Price Mark-Up

    Last week I told you all about my hunt to get my daughter this great shearling coat I saw in my local Gap store. The short version of the story is they didn't have the coat in her size anywhere in N.Y.C. so I had my mom get it for me from a Gap store by her...two states away.

    Well, you're probably wondering why I didn't just order it online. Here's why:

    The jacket is $59.50 if you buy it in a Gap store, but if you buy it online it's $64.50.

    I know it's only a $5 price difference, but it infuriates me that Gap is selling the exact same coat for $5 more on their website. Add shipping to that and it's a $12 mark-up just for shopping online. What gives?

    And just to be sure it wasn't just this coat, I did some research. I bought my daughter the cable knit hat for $16.50 in a Gap store.

    If you buy it online, you'll spend $24.50 for it. That's an $8 difference for the exact same hat.

    Of course, because I can be a little maniacal about my online shopping, I

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  • Not Ready for a Puppy? How About a Pucci Pup Instead?

    Is your little girl begging you for a puppy but you don't think she's ready for the big responsibility? And really, are you ready to take over doggie duty when she realizes just how much poop is involved?

    How about buying some time with this Pucci Pup Play Set that comes with a cuddly dog, swanky dog carrier, and a few other doggie accessories? It's a cute toy that you can use to help teach your daughter about what it takes to own a dog, and it's also fun for pretend play and dress up.

    But you know what? I can easily see how some folks might be turned off by this kids' toy, thinking that it doesn't really teach kids anything except that pets are just another fashion accessory. Thanks a lot Paris Hilton! What do you think?

    Find more kids' toys in our buying guides.

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