Family Friday: No Stress Chess

When we had a discussion about Monopoly Junior a couple of weeks ago, readers recommended No Stress Chess. I’ve been looking for a way to start playing chess with my son (even though I barely remember how to play chess myself), and so we bought this, and I love it and he loves it! It’s got a very gradual, small-step way of learning chess, and it takes away a lot of the intimidation factor of trying to remember what the knight can do and what the rook can do, etc. With more than 1,000 reviews at Amazon, this has a 4.8 rating out of 5.0! So, as with many other things, thanks to the readers for this excellent recommendation, and now I’m passing it on to you guys. No Stress Chess

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Make My Life Easier Thursday: Fly LegsUp

This Fly LegsUp system is getting a ton of positive press — here’s a Fast Company article about it. It’s basically a hammock with a pillow so that your kiddo can stretch out and sleep on the plane. So if you’ve got some major travel planned this summer, or just a flight during naptime or a red-eye flight, note that this is an option. (They also have a version for adults.) Amazon sells a similar product for kids without the hammock aspect, but they’re worth a mention as well. (They’re inflatable so that you don’t have to worry about carrying something big onto the plane.) Fly LegsUp

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: ‘Niche’ Organic Cotton Feeding Pillow

There’s a new player in town for breastfeeding pillows and crib mattresses and everything else: Nook Sleep Systems. This one has a heavily textured fabric and comes in eight colors. What’s nice about this pillow is that it can also be used as a side-sleeper pillow during pregnancy and to help a baby feel secure when he or she is learning to sit up, which I did with my My Brest Friend as well (my nursing pillow of choice) and the Boppy. This looks like a really nice, colorful, happy thing and it’s not hideous like some of the patterns from those two brands. If you’re looking for something a little more chic and still highly rated, do check this out. ‘Niche’ Organic Cotton Feeding Pillow

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Family Friday: Sun Protection Swim Hat

When my kids were younger, I put this hat on them pretty much every time we left the house, especially when I was babywearing them, because I wanted their head and neck to be covered. The one we had was some godawful green fish print — I’ve given it to my cousin for her daughter, and while it makes me happy to see her daughter wear it, I’m also glad to see that they have solid colors, for those of you who’d prefer that. Amazon has 12 colors in baby and toddler sizes. This hat was just was an easy, washable thing to throw on, and it made me feel like my kids were protected from the sun. iPlay Sun Protection Swim Hat

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Family Friday: Light-Up Crocs

As a fashion blogger, I never thought I’d be writing about clogs, but as a mom I find that I come down on the side of Crocs in the whole Crocs vs. Native Shoes debate. Even though all the cool kids are wearing Natives, my kids are obsessed with light-up things so they love their light-up Crocs. If your kid does too and needs some comfy shoes for wandering around and playing this summer, do note that Crocs now has light-up options. Light-Up Crocs (also at Amazon and Kohls)

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Family Friday: Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead

In case you’re not familiar with the Rockabye Baby! line of CDs, they are instrumental lullaby versions of popular songs (from Metallica to Bob Marley to Björk) and many of them are available to stream with Prime (which is great if you want to have Alexa sing your child to sleep!). I’ve also gotten them from the library. One of my favorites is the Radiohead CD, which is full of beautiful, layered songs that are really cool. I wholeheartedly recommend it if you’re a fan of Radiohead. The MP3 download is $10.49 and the CD starts at $3.98 used and $11.00 new at Amazon. Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead

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