Do you remember the first time you heard your child say, “Boys don’t ___,” or “Girls don’t ___?” I remember how my heart sunk. I wanted my kids to feel free to act any which way and to feel free to do any which thing. I remember wallowing (and complaining). My friend Laurel Wider, a […]

allergy free kit

I was surprised how much my daughter loved the American Girl doll her grandmother bought her for her seventh birthday, since Amelia had been completely uninterested in Barbie, Groovy Girls, princesses, and all other dolls up until then. Go figure. When I showed her that American Girl made a special Allergy-Free Lunch set, which comes […]


As a child I invented elaborate stories about the secret lives of my dolls and stuffed animals. Which is one of the many reasons why I’m drawn to these embroidered pocket dolls stitched into existence by Stephanie Housley of Coral&Tusk. The collection includes a bird watching owl; bike riding fox; bear who loves grilled cheese […]

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