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Allergy Aware Bakeries in Connecticut

There are so many great bakeries in every corner of Connecticut. But, like many of you, my daughter’s school is a nut free facility. For everyone’s safety, if we want to send in treats for celebrations and birthdays, they have to be store bought and in their original sealed containers. For really special celebrations, like birthdays and holidays, I like to bring in something a little more festive than a box of Oreo Cookies. Thankfully, Connecticut has a growing list of bakeries that can provide a fresh-baked treat that everyone can enjoy.

Kids' Consignment Sales for Philly Families

As all parents know, children outgrow their clothes at an alarming rate. One way to avoid breaking the bank each season on a new wardrobe is by shopping consignment sales. Each Spring and Fall, these weekend mommy markets pop up all over the Philadelphia area and offer families a great way to buy gently used clothes, shoes, toys, baby gear and other items at a large discount off retail. Consignment sales are also an opportunity to sell outgrown items for some extra cash.

School Closings: How to Know If It's a Snow Day in New York City

How do you find out if your kid's New York City school is closed, because of the snow? While NYC public schools rarely close, private schools and nursery schools close frequently and it's important to know whether your child's school will be open before you head out the door. (Calling might not work if the administrators stayed home!)

Here are the best resources for finding out if New York City schools are closing for a snow day, as well as ideas for what to do in the event of snowmageddon, like NYC's Top Sledding Hills and 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters to do indoors.

The Best Indoor Shopping Malls for Families in New Jersey

Our family pretty much steers clear of New Jersey shopping malls from November through early January; we treat any holiday excursions like military missions, get in, get the job done and get out! But once the holiday shopping is over, I visit the malls with my husband and daughter again, where we enjoy leisurely browsing, relaxing late lunches, and even hop on a carousel or two. So load up the SUV, get out of the cold and gear up for an outing at these family-friendly New Jersey malls.

Relax! Baby Massage Classes to Soothe Parent and Newborn

There's no way around it: most babies fuss and cry a lot. And many new parents are eager to try anything to soothe their little charges, so perhaps it's not surprising that baby massage is one of the latest trendy mommy and me class options in NYC.

Touch is probably the first and most comforting language newborns and infants learn—and massage a timeworn practice. A gentle touch reinforces love, safety and trust between parent and child, making massage instruction one of the more bonding-focused mommy and me classes out there.

The benefits touted for adult or baby massage are compelling: improvement in overall health and sleep, reduction in stress levels, boosting the immune system and easing an infant's colic or even constipation. New York City parents have several great options to choose from, including private sessions at home, as well as venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn that host group lessons in massage.

Play for Free at These New York City Stores

Take a "playcation" this winter with a visit to one of these kid-friendly stores around New York City. No need to spend a cent!

With options a varied as building Lego friends and exercising on the Wii Fit, the kids will be so exhausted by day's end, they might not even whine about leaving the Nintendo system behind (fingers crossed).

25 Things To Do With Kids in Somerville

Somerville has been experiencing a renaissance in recent years as young families have opted to stay closer to the city center when they have children. From festival-going to exploring a new neighborhood like LEGOLAND Discovery Center's home at Assembly Row, there's plenty to do with kids of all ages. Here are 25 ideas for family fun, whether you call Somerville home or are just visiting.

Giggle Opens New Baby Store in Soho

High-end baby retailer Giggle recently opened its new Soho boutique just blocks away from its previous store. The single-floor store—its third in NYC—aims to speak to design-conscious parents with a unique layout of its baby and toddler furnishings, toys, clothing and, of course, all that other gear like strollers and car seats.

At 1,800 square feet, it's smaller in size than its Upper East and West Side shops, but the cozier digs were intentional, it says. Giggle turned to a new store design that might remind some shoppers of a prettier, sweeter version of Ikea's showrooms. It carved out four separate sections within the store to create a series o nursery "vignettes," or layouts, so parents can see its stylish wares set up in different ways. Innovative shelving makes use of the vertical space giving the whole NYC children's shop a sophisticated and airy feel to it.

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