May 22, 2013
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It's Baby Month at Macaroni Kid - Fab Prizes on Our FB Page!
month on Macaroni Kid's Facebook
page with amazing giveaways all month long! There's a Britax Advocate Car Seat valued at $350, a gift basket full of goodies from Lansinoh and more great prizes to win.
Hey if you don't have a baby, you can pick up a great shower gift for your BFF who does! Check it out by clicking here
I Can’t Take My 6 y/o's Negative Comments
Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting
Macaroni Kid Reader Asks:My daughter, who is six, can be incredibly negative, always looking for something to complain about or to criticize. Sometimes, she's an absolute angel, but often she has nothing nice to say. Do I ignore her negative, critical comments or is there something more constructive I can do?Noel Janis-Norton
Not only is it very worrying when our kids blame a lot or complain and criticize, but it can also start to create a negative environment at home.
There is definitely a more constructive way ...
Family Friendly Cleaning Products
A new family recently moved into our house. Dave, Suzy & Bill now live in the cabinet under our kitchen sink. No, it’s not some weird take on Harry Potter, Dave, Suzy & Bill are the names of Eco-Me
cleaning products, products that are safe for kids and pets.
Clinically tested for safety and effectiveness, Eco-Me Family Cleaners prove that you don’t need chemicals, preservatives, synthetic fragrances or dyes to get your home clean. In side-by-side efficacy testing, Eco-Me is proven to clean equally or better than traditional toxic products ...
Grilling Season is Here!
Make the perfect steak!
As the resident Dad around Macaroni Kid I often get the short end of the stick when it comes to events to check out in our mom-centric world. And I'm OK with that, especially when I get invited to events like the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge
, Presented by Kingsford & Coca Cola.
I not only attended the event, but got to judge steaks prepared by top chefs from Steakhouses across the Country. And my vote would determine which charity would receive a $5,000 donation. The winner was Richard Chamberlain ...
Alex's Lemonade Stand
Find one near you this weekend and help fight Pediatric Cancers
This weekend roughly 3,000 kids and groups around the Country will set up lemonade stands. Not to earn money for themselves, but to help other kids, now and in the future. They are part of the Alex's Lemonade Stand movement.Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
is a significant non-profit that raises millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research and treatments. But it started with just one kid, Alex Scott. Alex was diagnosed with cancer as a baby and battled the disease for 8 years. When she was just ...
Macaroni Kid Interviews Mark Andrews of BRAVE
Brave finally opens this week! I have been counting down the days since I saw a 30 minute sneak peek in San Fran last month! To round out the great interviews that I did while I was there here is a one on one with Mark Andrews, director of Brave.
Mark Andrews has been involved in several hit films including John Carter, Ratatouille, Cars, The Iron Giant and Spider-Man.
Here is a part of the interview that we did with him last month. He was witty, engaging and very passionate ...
Room Design Tips For Kids
Inspiration from LEGO and The Novogratz
I was recently invited by LEGO
to an event at the Novogratz
home in New York City. While I’m quite familiar with LEGO, I had no idea what the Novogratz home was. Was it an orphanage? A museum of European sculpture?
To my surprise it actually is the home of Robert and Cortney Novogratz, hosts of HGTV’s “Home by Novogratz” (I guess I need to watch more HGTV). Mystery one solved, but my next thought was what do these contemporary designers and LEGO have to do with each ...
A Pick for Dad
Father's day is hard. If your man doesn't golf, has enough BBQ tools to get through the summer and a new flat screen isn't in the budget this month, what's a gal to do?
We are kinda' loving the wireless speaker that the kind folks at iHome sent us to check out. It's cute as a button (but in a masculine way), easy to pair with his iPhone and, considering the device is about the size of a softball, delivers surprisingly good sound.
A Test Drive of the 2012 Corvette
There amongst delivery trucks, SUVs and taxi cabs sat the Corvette
I was destined to drive. So regal was her bearing that as I approached, instinctively, I named her Elizabeth. It wasn’t the shine that gleamed in the smog or the curves of her body that lured me to her. Rather, it was her stately demeanor. I shivered in anticipation. The driver’s door opened, welcoming me to her kingdom. And before I knew it, I was a sitting behind the wheel of an elegant yet sporty vehicle about ...
My Interview with Enrico Casarosa
Director of the Disney short film "La Luna"
There were many highlights of my trip to Pixar last month but I must say one of the most endearing and memorable moments was the chance to see the Oscar nominated short La Luna that will premier with Brave on June 22, 2012 and is now also available as a book.
This hauntingly sweet and moving short was written and directed by Enrico Casarosa. The group of bloggers that visited Pixar had the pleasure of sitting down with Enrico Casarosa. Here are some highlights of our interview with him.
The Bald and Beautiful Movement
Bald Dolls to Help Kid Cope
Like most people, I love a good underdog story. Especially one with a cause. I was immediately taken with Jane Bingham's story. She founded The Bald and Beautiful Movement, whose mission is to get a bald Barbie made to "help young girls who live with hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania . Also, for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother's hair loss from chemo."
While Mattel won't be creating a bald Barbie, they do intend to make a bald friend of ...