My son loves to play in dirt, mud, sand, and anything messy. I've had surprisingly good luck washing his shoes in the washing machine. This has worked for both shoes explicitly marked washable and also those that were not. However, most of the time he just has some dirt on the soles on the shoes [...]

I still love the messenger style bags for new parents, but I've now switched to a backpack style diaper bag. When your children are smaller, you're often doing diaper changes in public bathroom changing stations. The messenger style bag is great to get things in and out of the bag while you're still wearing it. [...]

Our toddler is a picky eater. He always has an excuse why something isn't quite right and why he doesn't want to eat it. He's especially concerned when his food is too hot. After struggling with blowing on each bite of food to cool it down for him, I realized a small portable fan would [...]

An infrared thermometer has proven to be an indispensable tool since becoming a parent. It takes the guess work out of whether something to too hot or cold. As I pointed out in this post, it'a a great way to check the temperature of a bath for baby. Now that my son is a toddler, [...]

Since my original post about mounting a baby monitor to a stand to make it portable, we've updated some of the equipment we use. We no longer use the Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor. While we were happy with it in our old residence, our new home presented some issues. The extensive masonry [...]

I've always loved how the Bang and Olufsen BeoLab 4500 speakers could blend into the interior design of a home. I've purchased many pairs of excellent condition BeoLab 4500 speakers that required shipping. Sadly all of them were destroyed, either by poor packing or rough shipping. After many failed attempts, I decided to keep two [...]

The five year anniversary of the completion of my restoration is quickly approaching. I'm happy to report that the speakers sound just as good as the day I completed the restoration back in 2011. These Bang and Olufsen Penta speakers have weathered almost 4 years of having a toddler in close proximity to them. I'm [...]

The first 3 months of a baby's life are quite stressful since any fever means a trip to the emergency room. Keeping baby well is of the utmost importance. This becomes difficult when mom or dad come down with a cold or the flu. As always, practice good general hygiene, washing hands frequently, don't touch [...]

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