Recycling: This will make you flip your lid!
Fri Jan 16
I dined with my friend Michael last night and he clued me into an important nugget of info I didn't know: Bottles with caps left on will NOT be recycled. Crazy, right? Michael had recently been to the Trash Museum in Hartford, CT. On the tour, visitors watch as a bunch of bottles is separated into two piles, one that will be recycled, and one that won't simply because the caps were left on. The result is thousands and thousands of bottles that end up in landfill instead of being made into new products. The reasons are logistical and complex, but it basically boils down to the fact that the cap is made from a different type of plastic that has a higher melting point. Recycling guidelines vary by location, but you can read up on NYC's rules here . Thankfully this is an easy mistake to rectify: Simply get your little ones (and everyone you know, for that matter) to get in the habit of removing caps, corks and any other type of lid before tossing the bottles...
Thu Jan 15
I am not a fan of snow. My daughter, on the other hand, would live in an igloo, if the choice presented itself. If you're like me but you don't want to deprive your child of the fluffy stuff, here are some suggestions. You've got to learn to love it! 1. Get a very, very warm coat. None of my fashionable outerwear was ever really warm enough for spending any extended period of time outdoors, so I went to the Salvation Army store on 23rd Street and bought the warmest (which also happened to be the ugliest) thing I could find. It's a combo electric blue and red long parka, filled with down, made in Austria, and it cost me $10. We refer to this monstrosity as my snow coat and my daughter knows that when I put it on, it's playtime! While you're there, invest in a pair of waterproof gloves for a couple of bucks. 2. Snow-writing. When my daughter was first learning to write, I would write a single letter on a snow-covered car and my daughter add another letter. If your child is writing...
Toss the booties, keep the memories
Thu Jan 15
Step into your garage, peer into your attic or open up your closet and you'll probably find boxes upon boxes of, well, crap. Chewed apart rattles, a broken highchair, stained onesies. Why do we keep this stuff? Probably because it's all that's left once your little one has let go of your hand, taken his first steps and (eventually) grows up. But instead of hanging on to every last keepsake, consider bronzing the goodies. Immortalizing your baby's first pair of shoes may seem weird in the 21st century, but it's a good way to preserve memories when pictures just won't cut it. "Electroplating" has been around for decades, with companies bronzing family footwear and offering tips and how-tos in articles like this one from 1949 (ya know, for those parents too paranoid to send off baby's boots to strangers for metallizing). Though it seems a bit dated, companies around the globe are still offering bronzing services, like Memories in Bronze and Baby Steps Shoes . And...
Full White House: Barack Obama's mother-in-law moves in
Wed Jan 14
If your mother-in-law said she was moving into your place, would you object? Michelle Obama begged her mom to come live at the White House and the President elect is reportedly okay with this. A word of counsel to the first family from someone who lived with her mother: Tread ever-so-lightly. I know your new digs are large, so that should alleviate the discomfort of being in each other's faces every time you turn a corner. But don't rely on that alone to establish independence. When my daughter arrived, my mother moved in for the first year. I went back to work and was completely reliant on her. But expecting my mother to abide by my rules was a joke. No sweets? My mother yes'd me over and over, and as soon as I was out of sight, she proceeded to do what she thought was right, which included stuffing tiny pieces of cake in my baby's mouth on a daily basis. Judging by what Michelle's mom, Marian Robinson, has said about her daughter's rules, looks like the White House will soon...
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