Happy Mother's Day!

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Adventures in raising boys

Rachel Balducci shares the trials and tribulations she faces while raising her five rambunctious little guys in her new book, How Do You Tuck in a Superhero? And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys. From climbing through windows to catching bad guys, Balducci explores the laughably sweet and wild side of boyhood. Available on RevellBooks.com for $12.99.

Jewelry worn by Hollywood's hottest moms

IsabelleGraceJewelry designs are creating quite the buzz around Hollywood as well as Mainstreet America with its personalized-for-mom jewelry collection. Celebrity clientele include Maxine Bahns (the Mentalist), Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kristin Dos Santos, Tori Spelling, Alison Sweeney, Dominique Geisendorff, Nicole Sullivan and Katherine Heigl, who all love to wear their kids' names close to their hearts. The Mini Tag necklace has a fine silver initial tag accented with a sparkling cubic zirconia. To make it even sweeter, add a gold heart tag and hang it from an oxidized silver chain. Perfect for layering, too. The charms are completely handmade and the Signature Mini Tag necklace can be personalized with initials of your choice. Two tags cost around $167. For more information, go to www.isabellegracejewelry.com.

Finger food

Forget the forks and spatulas; use your hands to flip burgers, toss salads and even prepare stir fry with fingertongs. Flexible fingertongs fit your hand like a glove and are made of heat-resistant silicone to protect fingers and knuckles while cooking. This handy innovation makes cooking simple and cuts down on dirty utensils. Available on Fusionbrands.com for $16.

And then the baby came ...

Before children, many women think mothering will be full of playdates, first words and snuggling. After children, those women sometimes face the realization that motherhood can be filled with anxiety, doubt and resentment instead. Kristin Maschka addresses the issues that today's busy moms face while juggling family, work and society's ideas about motherhood in her book This is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today. Available on Penguin.com for $12.9e9.

Love through the seasons

Perfect for Mother's Day, this beautifully illustrated book by Janet Lawler celebrates the bond shared between a mother and child throughout all the seasons of the year -- from summer showers to winter snows. The mother and daughter in A Mother's Song discover the magic of nature through sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Available on Sterlingpublishing.com for $14.95.

Bedtime story

In this unlikely reversal of roles at bedtime, a very smart little girl gets overworked Mommy into her pajamas, reads her a story, then tucks her in. A funny read for children, this picture book also serves to remind moms of the simplicity of childhood, which is a good reason to stop working for the evening, relax and enjoy a little family time. Available on Bedtimeformommy.com for $16.99.


Pat the Beastie, a pull-and-poke book by Henrik Drescher, tells the story of mischievous Paul and Judy who have fun prodding at their giant, furry, green monster-like pet, Beastie. Complete with pop-ups, squishers, squeezers, squeakers and even two sticky, purple boogers, this book will fill little readers with giggles as they look, listen and touch. But don't poke Beastie too much. As Paul and Judy learn in the story, he may be looking for a feastie! Available at Workman.com for $11.95.