Google Helps New Parents, Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, Tree House Inspirations, Lunch Ideas :: Links of the Week

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– GIFTS: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Kristen from Rage Against the Minivan gave us some amazing gift ideas for Mother’s Day and they all have this crafts-y feeling that we just love, without requiring us to bust out the glue and glitter ourselves. Have you thought about what you might want for Mother’s Day yet? What about you, Dad? Have any big surprises planned for the special day? From personalized art to one-of-a-kind jewelry, these gift ideas should definitely inspire you.


– ESCAPE: 15 Cool Tree Houses That’ll Leave You Green With Envy

Tree houses aren’t just for kids anymore. These cool designs will have you just as excited and enchanted as your little explorers. Flip through the gallery to check out 15 majestic creations that’ll have you making travel plans, or running to your local hardware store — yes, some of these amazing places are the results of talented DIY moms and dads that you can even (er, attempt to) build at home. (Courtesy of Red Tricycle)

easy non-sandwich school lunch box ideas for kids gluten free nut free allergy friendly

– LUNCH TIME: 20 Non-Sandwich School Lunch Ideas for Kids!

Let’s face it, we all know that allergy-friendly and gluten-free breads can be expensive, and we don’t necessarily have the time to bake our own. And what if your kiddos don’t even like sandwiches to begin with?! Don’t worry – Keeley McGuire’s got you covered with some delicious non-sandwich school lunch box ideas that don’t require a culinary degree.

– PARENTING: Google Helpouts

Google wants to help out new parents in 3 easy steps: 1- You find a trusted expert on their page; 2- Connect instantly with the expert or  schedule it for later; and 3- Get 1-on-1 help over live video! That’s a link to be favorited. Watch the video above to see how it works.


– SHOPPING: Used or New Baby Gear

In addition to deciding on the perfect baby name, the most city-friendly baby stroller, and the safest car seat, there’s yet another baby-gear related decision you’re likely grappling with: buying new or used baby gear. That’s why Jennifer Saranow Schultz from well rounded ny checked in with top experts and helps you to solve the debate about whether to go new or used for six big-ticket baby gear purchases.

– PARENTING: Advice For New Dads

Being a new parent can be overwhelming and with the too-many-to-count posts, sites, and blogs dedicated to new moms, sometimes dads can be (unintentionally) left in the dark.  Thanks to advent of savvy daddy bloggers, now both parents can get some much-needed advice with just a few clicks of a mouse. If you’re looking for solid, seasoned, and honest advice, don’t miss this post (and others) by Daddy Doin’ Work.


Ally Downey

Ally Downey is the founder and CEO of weeSpring. She's also the author of Here's the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood. You can follow her on Twitter at @allysondowney.

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