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  • The adventures of Samuarai Jack has been great fun to read. The series is about, an evil shape-shifter named Aku from the distant past that has brought destruction upon the land. Jack is a heroic warrior in a quest to return to the past and undo the evil wrought by Aku. ~ d

  • Dillon has been loving “The Monster Show” for weeks. It is a cute “tell all” about monsters... did you know that monsters feel silly only wearing underpants? Little D (3) now reads it back to me and it is the cutest thing ever. ~d

  • This is a great little series of books about trucks, fire engines, digger and other machines. Dillon reads these over and over again. The have cute illustrations, bright colors and they are about machines — what little boy wouldn't like! ~d


  • Milkshakes and Margaritas is a daily website dedicated to all things kid and parent related, run by San Francisco-based moms, Tanya Schevitz & Danielle Gutherie.

    Tanya is the mother of 2 boys, and a writer for several publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle. Danielle also has 2 boys and is a partner and designer in the SF based design studio — the Vega Project.

    Every week we will be sharing things we've learned, giving tips on parenting and life, recommending products we love, interviews with successful moms, and more.

    We’re always interested in new ideas, so let us know what you think — and please come back for more.

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Hey Danielle,
Nice idea. I wholeheartedly support you as I try to be a low-key parent myself. I really like the "just play with a few friends" idea, and congrats to you for being smart enough to realize you don't have to kill yourself with crazy parties to be a good parent.
btw, I'm Tanya's friend. :) You should impart this wisdom on her.


Hi, I'm just a stranger that wandered on over here and am enjoying skimming your blog (although I should be showering or cleaning while the baby sleeps!).

Just wanted to say that my sister and I have birthdays just three weeks apart and my family did the every-other-year party thing. One year I would have a "friends" party and she would pick something fun to do with the family (six flags! camping! all day movie marathon!) and the next year we would switch.

It worked out great for us.

I now have a six month old and two and half year old and already feel the pressure. It is amazing how birthday parties seem to be getting crazier and more high stress for both the hosts and guests. I hope I can continue to cling to simplicity and help our children manage expectations as we celebrate their birthdays each year.

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