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It's Consignment Season, Clean Your Closets and Cash In

It's finally getting warm out, spring is in the air, and you are probably starting your spring cleaning tasks! If those tasks include clearing out your kid's closets and attempting to downsize the growing mass of post-holiday toys, then you are in luck—spring is peak consignment sale season! While it might be tempting to just toss the growing pile of clothes and toys, but what you have on your hands is a treasure trove. With proper planning and a little effort, you can turn that pile into a cash advance on your next big purchase, or use it to restock your child's growing wardrobe needs.

Here are our top tips for making your consignment efforts worthwhile:

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prepwork is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and creative tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest. Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that when it comes to April 1st, at least, we still have the upper hand.

Prenatal Pain Relief: Top Spots for Moms-to-Be in Philadelphia

Whether you just found out you are expecting, or you're in the home stretch, your body is probably finding 100 new ways to express pain and discomfort. Not to mention all the stresses of what you need to do when baby arrives. Is your car seat installed correctly? Do you have everything you need for a new baby? What about birth plan and delivery? Between the stress and the growing belly, it's no wonder you might be feeling out of sorts. Which means, of course, that it is time to pamper yourself! Whether you are experiencing regular pain, nausea, or just need a few moments of pampering, prenatal services such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and even massage can make a world of difference! Although a trip to the spa sounds great right about now, not all practitioners are trained to handle the particular needs of prenatal patients, so to ease at least one of your worries, we have a round up of the top spots to book for your aches and pains!

10 Tips for Taking Kids to an Art Gallery

Are you one of those parents who avoids taking kids to art galleries ... because you are sure your kid will punch a hole in the Renoir? I feel ya! But you don't have to give up on culture for the cause of parenting! Kids not only love to make art -- they love to be inspired by it! And research proves it: exploring art is good for kids, yo! So take heart. With a bit of planning, I've found art shows and galleries to be one of our go-to outings, even on (gasp!) a sunny day! 

Not sure which art gallery in Fairfield County to try first? Start with the kid-friendly Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield or the awesome local works in CityLights Gallery in Bridgeport. Be sure to find out which days are free to enter first!

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