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International Book Giving Day February 14

International Book Giving Day Coming Soon!

I’m delighted to join the crew behind International Book Giving Day coming up February 14th! It’s another way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Instead (or in addition to) …

We invite individuals to …

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,

2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read

3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organisation that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organisations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.

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My son's cyst surgery at Boston Children's Hospital

My Son’s Evil Unborn Twin Surgery

It turns out that my husband was thinking the same thing this past summer. Our pediatrician is only about 7 miles away but it usually takes us an hour to get there because the traffic is always in a snarl around Longwood Medical Center in Boston. Maybe it was time to get a new doctor closer to home?

But our doctor is really awesome and he’s also affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital. If anything ever happened, I’d want my kids to be treated there, especially if it’s something unusual.

In August, my daughter brought home a virus that was running rampant at her sleepaway camp. She was sick with fever, persistent cough and achy limbs for about 5 weeks. My husband was even sicker. PickyKidPix couldn’t play soccer for two weeks, a first for her. I was in bed for a week but my son was only sick for about a weekend. It turned out that his virus seemed to go into his neck where a strange swelling occurred.

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Great Biographies for Kids From Paula Yoo

Great Biographies for Kids From Paula Yoo

Please welcome my guest post author today, Paula Yoo! She is the author of Twenty-Two Cents, a picture book biography of micro loan creator and Nobel Peace Price Laureate Muhammad Yunnus.

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Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank by Paula Yoo, illustrated by Jamal Akib

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How Old Should Your Kid Be To Visit A Big Amusement Park?

Taking your kid to an amusement park sounds like a natural idea. It certainly can be fun for the whole family, but you don’t want to bring your kids to any amusement park too early. Regardless of the specific amusement park, if it’s one of the big ones, you’re going to want to exercise some caution. Read more…

Healthy Essentials for the Holidays from Johnson & Johnson

Coupons to Save on Healthy Essentials

It’s the holiday season which means two things for almost all of us: baking and spending lots of money on loved ones. So today, I am sharing coupons to save money at the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® website! You can save up to $35 on Johnson & Johnson products including these that you might already be using.

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Volunteering at Special Surfer Night in Kennebunk

Special Surfer Night in Maine

When we were first went on a vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine, we stumbled upon a surf shop called Aquaholics. I’m from a little beach town in Southern California, so finding a surf shop in New England is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. They offered surfing lessons and Grasshopper and Sensei and PickyKidPix wanted to give it a try. Thus began their great love of surfing five years ago.

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CWIST Holiday Giving Lets Kids Give Back

CWIST Holiday Giving Lets Kids Give Back

There are precious few giving back opportunities for kids that don’t require someone like a parent to stroke a check. I love how CWIST is allowing kids to give toys to less fortunate children and thus learning how great it feels to give back! It only takes one experience of giving back for kids to realize that it truly is better to give than to receive and in the process, kids learn gratitude and an appreciation for what they have. Read more…

Dealing with Allergies and Reactions

Dealing with Allergies and Reactions

Babies cry because they have no other way to let their parents know of their discomfort. In some cases, the answer is simple: hungry, sleepy, dirty diaper. But with colic, illness, teething, and allergies, the answer may be harder to identify. Allergies themselves can manifest in a number of forms, including insomnia, rashes, broken skin, and overall fussiness. Oftentimes, you may need to visit a pediatrician to identify your infant’s precise allergies, but even before that you can help prevent exacerbation and even eliminate it entirely in certain cases.

Dealing with Allergies and Reactions

Opt for Specifically Labeled Non Toxic Soaps and Lotions

Dry skin, rashes, and baby acne can all be caused by allergic reactions to soap and lotion. Many parents just pick up the nearest bottle of baby lotion without checking the ingredients. But you may inadvertently be causing more problems for your little one’s skin. Chemical components or semi agitating substances like mineral oil can create or worsen an allergy. Even dyes and fragrances can cause problems. Web MD warns  parents that even the term “hypoallergenic” does not mean that the product will be gentle on the skin. It just means that it is “less likely to cause an allergic reaction.” For babies with particularly sensitive skin, hypoallergenic is probably not enough.

Choosing organic products manufactured by a reputed retailer like The Honest Company bath and body products that are specifically developed for children with sensitive skin will help prevent allergies and reduce allergic reactions while keeping your baby’s skin healthy. Oftentimes, the ingredients listed on these products will be names you recognize rather than chemicals.

To soothe your baby’s agitation and pain, you can purchase products intended to soothe allergic reactions and irritations.  You can also prepare a tepid bath with a quarter cup of ground oatmeal or two tablespoons of baking soda can help reduce the itching and agitation. Just make sure to pat your baby’s skin dry after you’re through rather than rubbing. Just remember to apply a liberal amount of chemical free baby lotion to further nourish your baby’s skin.

Be Strictest While the Rash or Symptoms Are Present

You will want to avoid perfumes and dyes while your little one is struggling with a rash. Even if these components are otherwise labeled as safe or even hypoallergenic, they can still cause problems for newborns whose skin is particularly sensitive. “How Safe Are Your Baby’s Diapers” agrees that most of the perfumes and dyes included in these products are not harmful in the long term, but an infant’s rash may be enflamed even by small exposure.

Your baby will always be more sensitive and likely to increased breakouts and reactions while the allergy is in full swing. Just as burned skin is far more sensitive to temperature changes than normal, your baby will be more sensitive to certain products while dealing with an allergic reaction. You shouldn’t overreact by banning all products forever. But while your baby is healing, it’s important to eliminate all but the gentlest of products. A skin irritation can develop during the healing period, which is distinct from an allergy. “Baby Skin Allergies 101” explains that skin irritations can be circumstantial rather than related to a specific allergen.

If you are breastfeeding, you may also want to avoid common allergen related foods like gluten, dairy, peanuts, shellfish, and so on. What you eat may not cause your baby to have a full allergy, but those foods can exacerbate a current allergy or create a temporary food sensitivity, according to Healthy Children.

Visit the Doctor

New parents in particular have reputations for worrying too much. And it’s little wonder given all the new things a parent must learn. But when your baby displays certain symptoms, you shouldn’t discount your concerns. The following symptoms will often require a visit to a pediatrician or family doctor, particularly if they do not disappear within 48 hours:

Bleeding from cracks and sores

Bumpy or oozing rashes


Severe scabbing

Blistering or splitting of the skin


If these are combined with a fever or vomiting, you should book an appointment as soon as possible.  Kids Health warns that if the baby struggles to breathe, then you should take him to the emergency room immediately. Redness of the face when combined with an overly rapid heartbeat are also indications that the baby needs emergency attention.

Milder symptoms may not require immediate medical attention. But if your baby has had a minor rash for more than two weeks, it may be wise to talk to a doctor.

Trying to meet your baby’s needs beyond the basics can be challenging, particularly if the allergy is not readily apparent. Even if you do not identify it specifically, you can sometimes soothe your baby’s symptoms. Opt for soaps, lotions, and products that are specifically made for infants with delicate skin, take extra precautions while your baby recovers, and consider visiting a doctor.

Raising Money for First Book at Multicultural Children's Book Day

Raising Money for First Book at Multicultural Children’s Book Day

We have some wonderful news about Multicultural Children’s Book Day! We are now a non-profit! This status will help us with our mission to get diversity books into the hands of underserved children.

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To help us with this goal, we are partnering with First Book. We will be both helping them to raise money and donating money we raise through our Multicultural Children’s Book Day to donate multicultural books to kids who need them most!

First Book and Multicultural Children's Book Day


About First Book

First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 120 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  Read more…