Woot.com launches KidWoot
Thu Aug 20
For those of you unfamiliar with Woot.com, this wholesale-for-the-masses Web site features a new deal each day on an eclectic array of products (though electronics are most common, ex: today's deal is a Sony Blu-Ray Home Theater System for $499). This week, Woot launched its family-focused offshoot: KidsWoot. If you've been looking for a Disney musical toothbrush holder, you're in luck! It's just $4.99 today (they retail for around $10). The only downsides are that you've got to act fast. A new offer goes up each day and ends promptly at 11:59pm--or whenever they run out. Of course, they do charge shipping, so it can be hit-or-miss, depending on the product and how much you're saving. If you're an avid online shopper, add this site to your bookmarks—and report back on the good deals you snag for your brood.
Parents want the ice cream man ousted from NYC
Wed Aug 19
To many of us, one of the best things about living in NYC is the amount of food trucks parked on street corners. Sweets at your fingertips whenever you crave them? Absolutely! But some local parents aren't fans: In this Times article, they rant about ice cream trucks, calling them "predatory" and complaining that they elicit a vulture-like response from kids whenever they play their signature song. Other annoyances include spoiling kids' appetites, waking them from naps and possible drug dealing on the side. These concerned parents are banding together to oust Mister Softee and his ilk, contacting 311 and chattering on sites such as Moms Like Me. Though "Entertainer"-induced squeals can be annoying, banning the trucks seems a bit extreme. How about just saying no? Easier said than done, yes, but certainly more feasible than trying to quash an entire industry. As one truck owner says, "[This] is not a valid issue...it's like a mother being angry at a store being at a particular...
Web site answers all of your kid's questions
Thu Aug 13
As kids grow up, they inevitably have endless questions about how the world works. Some you can't answer (why is the sky blue?), some you don't want to answer, yet (where do babies come from?). Now, a new Web site called whyzz.com can help you give Junior the info he's looking for. The site is designed to let kids ask any question they can think of (except just plain old "why" which yields no results. However, I asked "Why does poop smell?" and "What is love?" and both ended up with awesome answers), or they can contribute their own answers to any of life's queries. Don't expect any unfounded responses; the site uses expert resources like NYU Child Study Center and the National Association of School Psychologists so that the 411 your child receives is accurate (at least for the more fact-based questions). Head over and try it out with your little one. Don't have a query? No problem: You can browse by topic to discover the answers to thousands of kiddie conundrums.
Twittering during childbirth: TMI?
Tue Aug 11
A pop quiz: You're about to give birth. You: A) Shout loud obscenities at your partner and doctor B) Curse yourself for ever getting into this predicament C) Twitter about the experience If you answered A or B, we get it. But if you answered C, well, perhaps you're obsessed with over-sharing. But you're not alone! Apparently, certain tech-savvy mamas are beginning to take full advantage of the instant-communication capabilities we have at our fingertips by twittering while giving birth. Early this morning, Twitter CEO Evan Williams and his wife, Sara, headed to the hospital to welcome their first baby. But they didn't do it alone; they brought along all of their Twitter followers (over a million people!) and kept them in the loop via updates like "Epidural, yes please" and "Operation Baby Launch continues on track, though a bit too slowly in my opinion. That's usually the case with big launches though." Granted, there were only six or so updates in total, but still! Isn't giving...
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