Deanna Dimarzio Photography – Fresh Faces Contest!

January 28, 2010 0

Local photographer Dianna Dimarzio, owner and founder of Deanna Dimarzio Photography, makes getting that perfect picture of you little ones so much easier by bringing the studio to YOU. Book a portrait session with her and she will bring her mobile studio to the location of your choice, whether it’s your home, a local park or the beach. Deanna also puts a fun spin on the ordinary portrait session by offering Home Portrait Parties. Invite friends and family to your own home, (or another location of your choice) for a portrait session.

And… Right now Deanna is running a FRESH FACES CONTEST and has chosen us to help announce it! (It’s our first contest here at South Shore Mamas, we’re very excited!) Visit www.southshoremamas.com for contest details and rules!

Preschool Discovery Day Expo – February 20th

January 26, 2010 1

On Saturday, February 20th, the Preschool Discovery Day! Education and Innovation Expo will be coming to the Boston area. This FREE event is designed to tell parents all they need to know about early childhood education. Bring the kids! From yoga and dance for tots, to a toddler tea party, this event will showcase all the latest innovations in preschool education. Dr. Kyle Pruett, Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, will also be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of his new book (…more)

Local Consignment Stores

January 24, 2010 1

There are some great consignment shops in the area, perfect for bargains for you and the kids, or for making some cash by consigning some of your own unused or outgrown clothing! Some shops require appointments and have deadlines for accepting seasonal clothing, so be sure to call ahead.

Lil’ Red Wagon Sale

January 19, 2010 4

They’re baaaaack! The Lil’ Red Wagon Sale is planning their next consignment sale for March 12/13th! We love these sales, it’s a great opportunity to clean out those tubs of clothes that are taking up space in your basement or attic and get some cash for them. The March sale will be held at the Weymouth Eagles… (more)

Lost LEGO Directions? No Problem!

January 18, 2010 0

My 5-year-old is just starting to get into LEGO’s. We only have a handful of sets so far, but already I’m obsessing about storing the little directions booklets after the toys have been assembled. What if his little brother takes it upon himself to deconstruct the tow truck or Power Miners contraption that took us so long to build? Did you know that LEGO has a directory of building plans available on their website?

Lost Mitten Club at Land’s End

January 18, 2010 0

Do you have a bunch of single mittens and gloves hanging around your coat closet? Well, if you order from Land’s End you may be in luck!

February Activities

January 13, 2010 0

Looking to make plans to keep the kids busy this February? We’ve got some ideas… Barnes & Noble stores in Braintree and Hingham have lots of story times this month… The Ecozone in Norwell is holding A Sensational Suess Saturday… The Franklin Park Zoo will be holding a Winter Break Vacation program February 16th – 19th…

Getting Organized for Tax Season

January 12, 2010 0

It may be the middle of January right now, but April 15th will be here before you know it. Getting all of your tax related paperwork in order can sometimes be a daunting task. Today Shannon Tracy of Love Your Space shares some helpful tips on getting and staying organized for the tax season.

Scalliwags and Boomerang’s Closed

January 12, 2010 1

Earlier this week we received a comment from one of readers that two of the play places that we link to here on South Shore Mamas have closed unexpectedly. Boomerangs in Carver, and Skalliwags in Pembroke are both closed for business at this time.

Links We Love: Family Zip

January 11, 2010 0

Family Zip is a great website for all sorts of family-friendly tips. They post tons of tips on a huge lists of subjects including health, home, parenting, local activities, kids gear and more. Members can give each tip a thumbs up (zip) or a thumbs down (zap), so it’s easy to spot the most popular posts…

Mommy Tip Monday: McDonald’s Toy Swap

January 11, 2010 0

In our house we always seem to end up with doubles of Happy Meal toys, or some that we just don’t want. Did you know that you can take your unwanted, unopened toys to McDonalds when they have a prize that the kids DO want, and trade up?

Create and Play Toy

January 10, 2010 0

My five-year-old received a lot of great toys from his family and friends this Christmas. One toy that stands out amongst the action figures and race cars is the Calafant Cardboard Fort he got. The fort is made of thick, durable white cardboard and comes flat-folded in the box. We assembled it together in 20 minutes (no glue or tape required). He was so proud to be able to help! The idea is that he can decorate the fort any way he likes, he can use crayons, markers, paint, glue, glitter, whatever.

Photographing Children

January 5, 2010 0

I love to take pictures. I constantly annoy the children by pointing a camera in their face at just about every occasion. I take it to the park, to the zoo, out for a morning in the snowy yard. I squat down and snap away as they ride bikes, play football, finger paint and color. I recently read a couple of great blog posts with some helpful advice for getting those perfect photos of your kids…

Bye Bye Binky?

January 3, 2010 6

Mommy dilemma: When (and how) to take away the beloved pacifier from your baby/toddler? My daughter just turned 18 months old and I’ve been thinking about options… The Binky Fairy? Cold Turkey? Build-A-Bear?

Advice for the New Year

January 1, 2010 0

Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Share a funny story with someone whose spirits are dragging. Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep…

The Toys Have Taken Over…

January 1, 2010 2

So Christmas was great, the kids were more than happy with their toys from Santa and have been kept very busy all week assembling LEGOS, driving remote control cars and enacting battle scenes with their action figures.

Problem: What the heck am I supposed to do with all this stuff?! The toys we already owned barely fit into the small sunroom we refer to as the ‘toy’ room. Time to sort, organize, and (discretely) toss out some old toys!