Author: Jennifer Chasse

Lay-N-Go

I found the greatest product that solves a toy storage problem that was designed by a family in Virginia. It’s called Lay-N-Go and it is a storage play mat for small toys like Barbie®s, PlayMobile®, Star Wars®, Littlest Pet Shop® and other collections that are expensive to replace and hurt bare feet when you step on them. Lay-N-Go is a sturdy five foot round mat for your kids to play on. It has a drawstring edge that gathers easily and secures into a satchel to carry and store toys. There’s no need to transfer toys to a bin or toy box,...

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The Atlantis Resort

Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas is simply put, amazing.  In every way it exceeded my expectations.  I anticipated it would be beautiful with fun slides and a great aquarium.  I did not expect it to be laugh-out-loud fun, top-notch in staffing and service, have virtually no wait lines due to its size, and make me want to return so greatly!  We had just one day to enjoy the resort while we stopped on a family cruise, but I imagine you could stay a week and still not experience all there is to offer. We spent our day enjoying...

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Sh*tty Mom; The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us

When you were pregnant with your first child, did you have plans to be the perfect mother? Have you now been sleep deprived for years and find you’ve shifted your goal to keeping your kids safe and fed? Or maybe you need to lower your parenting standards or just want to feel better about your parenting.  I’ve got a book to suggest. Sh*tty Mom is perhaps the first parenting “guide” that suggests we parent with less effort, and it does so in a way that is witty, refreshing and plain naughty fun to read.  Sh*tty Mom starts by explaining how children want to ruin you, and moves through chapters with titles including Stop Not Taking The Easy Way Out,  and Yes, It’s OK To Hate the Zoo. Chapters are short enough to allow you to grab a quick laugh while you hide from your kids, and it’s fun to pick a topic amongst the many choices.  My favorite chapters included:          It’s Come to your Attention That Your Kid is Merely Average          Should You Stop Texting If Another Mom Yells At Your Kid?          Miss Work Without Saying It’s Because of Your Sick Kid          The NOM (non-mom) At Work Who Thinks Her Dog Is  A Child Sh*tty Mom is ballsy and brash, and  4 authors Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Yearbo, Mary...

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Dear Lilly by Peter Greyson – A Must for Teens and Parents of Teens

When I stumbled upon Greyson’s book, “Dear Lilly,” I absentmindedly opened it up and it fell to a chapter discussing the author’s past drug use. By the time I finished that page I was hooked. Already I could see that Dear Lilly just may help me be a more effective parent down the road, simply by giving my children first-hand advice and information in a manner that is nonjudgmental or clinical. Dear Lilly is a book written by a father to his daughter that is a sort of a handbook of life. In this public letter to Lilly, Greyson is completely candid...

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Colonial Williamsburg: Something for Everyone

When I combine history with travel, I’m always pleased with the results, so I was excited to explore Williamsburg, VA, for the first time.  We met friends from New England and rented a condo to share between the two families, which proved to be more comfortable than a hotel and let us cook the majority of our meals- a great perk for this group with children of all ages. We began with a stop at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, and I suggest you do the same.  The Visitor Center features shops, a cafe, tickets, maps and information on...

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