Friday, April 3, 2009

sweet cheeks

Parents everywhere can relate: You're in the middle of doing something important and, all of a sudden, you smell something suspicious. If you have a kid under two, there's a good chance it's a dirty diaper. You grin (well, maybe it's more of a smirk) and bear it (actually, it's more like bare it!). Once the mess is cleaned up, you smooth on some diaper cream, tape 'em up and continue what you were doing. But more often than not, the smell lingers. That's one of the reasons I love Weleda Baby Care. The all-natural, organic line is made with Calendula flower extract which means your baby's bottom will smell clean and fresh once it's applied. And not only does Calendula smell good, since it's grown in the largest Biodynamic fields of Germany, it adds anti-inflammatory properties and helps healing. Calendula Diaper Care ($11) is formulated with zinc oxide, plus other natural ingredients, to offer your baby's skin quick and effective relief from diaper rash and relieve minor skin irritations. If you like the diaper cream, you'll also love Weleda's Calendula Oil ($12) and Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash ($10). Weleda products are available at Target, Whole Foods and

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

spring break

The kids have been cranky, your spouse snaps at everything and you really need a change from the daily doldrums. Sounds like it's time for a change of scenery. But where can you take the whole family when you need a break? Barcelo La Jolla de Mismaloya was recently named "most family friendly resort in Mexico." After a multi-million dollar renovation, the luxurious all-suite, all-inclusive property offers families all the space and amenities they need (you'll find some of the largest rooms of any beachfront property here). Says Claudio A. Zboznovits, vice president of sales and marketing in the U.S. and Canada, "With our redesigned suites and renewed public spaces, we have further strengthened our positioning as a family favorite hotel." Just 20 minutes from downtown Puerta Vallarta, the hotel overlooks Mismaloya Bay and its 317 one- and two-bedroom suites boast balconies with panoramic views. There are four outdoor swimming pools with waterfalls, a children's slide, Jacuzzis, on-site shopping, a state-of-the-art fitness center (for your well-deserved dose of R & R) and five restaurants (to please each of your children's palates). To make your reservation or for more info, call 1-800-Barcelo, or visit