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    My Little Pony Live!

    Fri Apr 25

    I'll admit it: As a child of the '80s, I was a fan of My Little Pony. If I remember correctly, I think a pink one named Cotton Candy was my favorite. When I heard that My Little Pony Live!: The World's Biggest Tea Party was coming to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the horse's 25th anniversary (Has it really been that long?!), I decided to take one of the franchise's newer fans, my 4-year-old cousin Amanda, to see the show. So, last night, Amanda, her parents, her 6-year-old brother, Daniel, and I arrived at MSG along with dozens of other pony fans. The 90-minute show—with a 15-minute intermission—was kind of what I expected: A simple plot about seven friends from Ponyville planning a tea party. While the adults in the audience may have been a bit freaked out by the large ponies clomping around the stage, no one under seven seemed to mind. Kids were dancing in the aisles and singing along to songs like "I'm a Little Teapot." Amanda used the paper tea kettle everyone was given to...

    Book explains plastic surgery to kids

    Wed Apr 16

    Frequent readers of this blog know I'm fairly liberal when it comes to parenting gear and kids' products. Remember, I'm the one who thought the "Someday I'll get trashed at prom" onesie was hysterical. So, when I received a press release for a new children's book about plastic surgery called My Beautiful Mommy, I went into it with an open mind. After all, I figured, kids see enough plastic surgery transformations on reality TV and in the real world that a book explaining it to them wasn't a half-bad idea.     Keep reading for my take on My Beautiful Mommy>> That was, however, before I read an advance copy of the book (it hits shelves on Mother's Day, of course). The first problem is that My Beautiful Mommy was written by Michael Alexander Salzhauer--a plastic surgeon! Salzhauer seems to have put out this book as more of a promotional tool than anything else. In fact, the plastic surgeon that  the mom in the story goes to see is named Dr....

    All Pets Allowed!

    Tue Apr 8

    This Thursday, pups and their parents will swarm Union Square for the ASPCA's Third Annual Festival. The outdoor shindig honors the organization's 142nd year of preventing animal abuse. The party starts at 3:45pm when a new doggie drinking fountain will be unveiled outside the Union Square dog run. After your pup slakes his thirst, your kids can meet the stars of Animal Planet's Animal Precinct and pose for a portrait with their own pooch in a photo booth. There will also be chances for kids and dogs to have their caricatures drawn, and for Fido to make a Walk-of-Fame-esque print of his paw. Looking for something a bit more educational? Steer your children to the ASPCA experts, who will happily answer any/all questions about pet care. And if your family's into rock, don't forget to stop by the stage to introduce your tail-wagger to Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, and his band, X Brothers. If you stay till sundown (the festivities wrap up around 8pm), you'll see the ASPCA...

    Fresh Direct expands baby offerings

    Mon Apr 7

    It's no secret that Fresh Direct is lifesaver when it comes to grocery shopping in the city.  Anything that keeps me out of the panic-inducing Whole Foods or grimy Met by my apartment is great in my book. Those with babies, however, weren't always quite so pleased with FD. After experiencing frustration over the delivery service's lack of certain kinds of baby food, variety of diaper sizes and more,  a group of young parents expressed their concerns to the company. After hearing them out, Fresh Direct is now offering a more complete selection of baby items (including baby food, formulas, diapers and wipes), focused on organics and bulk sizes. Among the featured brands? Earths Best, Gerber, Happy Baby, Pampers Cruisers and 7thGen diapers. Oh, and on a side note: Has anyone tried FD's 4-minute meals? They're not brand new, but I'm a recent convert. They took the concept of TV dinners and turned them into healthy, freshly prepared meals that you pop in the microwave for three to...

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