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CHICAGO - The annual International Home & Housewares Show filled McCormick Place in Chicago from March 15-18 with everything from food prep materials, cookware and dinnerware to ironing boards, storage accessories and small appliances. Exhibitors and buyers came from all over the U.S. and from all over the world to this annual event. More
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March 28, 2014A show of hands: How many of you swaddle your baby? If you’re a new mom looking for a way to comfort your little one, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of swaddling (how it can help babies fall asleep and stay asleep). But what you may not know is that the more natural way for your baby to sleep isn’t with her arms at her side, but with her arms UP. Studies have shown that giving babies access to their arms and hands enables them to self-soothe, and may help prevent them from rolling onto their ...
March 12, 2014For a new parent, there’s nothing more frightening than the first time your baby has a fever. When my daughters were infants, the sight of their beet-red faces, along with their heartbreaking cries, was enough to send me over the edge. And trying to take their temperatures to confirm my fears? Truly scary for this mom. While there have been plenty of innovations in the thermometer category over the years, I wished I’d been able to take advantage of the latest development. Pacifier thermometers are the answer to the prayers of any parent who dreads the mere thought ...
February 10, 2014Every year for Valentine's Day, my dad bought me a heart-shaped box of chocolates. While my candy box only held 3 or 4 candy treats, I savored each one as though it was a precious gem...and couldn't wait for the day I would graduate to the deluxe-sized box that my mom received. We were never too big on jewelry (too flashy) or flowers (they look pretty, but don't last very long) in our house, so candy was king. As I got older, I noticed how many girls favored charm bracelets, diamond studs other jewelry, but that ...