If It Was Easy They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted Sex-Obsessed NotSo Handy Man You Married Comes Out Tomorrow

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Heads up! Jenna McCarthy will be on The Today Show today, October 3rd promoting the book- don’t miss it!
Jenna’s book, If it Was Easy They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married (Berkley Books) is coming out this Tuesday, October 4th! That’s tomorrow!

Here’s a video trailer for the book.

Don’t forget to google Zestra after you watch it… or better yet, check out the link on Jenna’s homepage, http://www.jennamccarthy.com/.

Jenna McCarthy’s 7 Steps to a Happy Marriage

I love to read. I often don’t take enough time to just relax and enjoy a good book, something I’ve been trying to do more of since surgery. There’s a book coming out in October that I am really looking forward to reading, because from what I’ve heard it’s going to be hysterical. The book is called “If It Was Easy They’d Call The Whole Damn Thing A Honeymoon”.

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Here’s an excerpt from the book (printed with permission of course).

7 Steps to a Happy Marriage

by Jenna McCarthy

I have a remarkably happy marriage, and people ask me all the time how I got so lucky. (Not as often as they ask me about autism, vaccines and Jim Carrey, so let’s get something straight before we go any further: Not. Her.) I used to wonder if it had something to do with pheromones or having relatively low expectations, but after eleven years of wedded bliss I am pretty sure the key is some combination of kindness, respect and my ability to read a road map upside down divided by my husband’s skill at tuning out my nagging.

Okay, fine. We got lucky.

Busloads of studies have attempted to figure out why roughly every other marriage fails miserably. Turns out, the success stories share a few similarities beyond the obvious stuff like “they don’t have sex with other people”. Here, then, are seven scientifically proven* steps to marital ecstasy.

  1. Be thinner and better looking than your husband. I have no idea why this works to create nuptial delight but I’m guessing it’s because if you’re fat and ugly you probably never want to have sex, which makes him grumpy and mean because sex was the one and only reason he got married in the first place. (Well, that and pie. Think about it: Most guys will never bake a pie in their lifetimes and from what I’ve seen, they really like pie.) Of course, I don’t know many women who are dying to have sex with fat, ugly men, so this one remains a bit of a mystery.
  2. Make sure he does more chores than you do (well, duh) and try to talk less than he does. I have to admit, if you asked my husband the top three things I could do to make him happier, “shut the hell up for five lousy minutes” would probably be on the list. (But not at the tippy-top. Ahem.)
  3. Don’t watch a lot of chick flicks. Seems that after sitting through Gnomio and Juliet (or any other rom-com) relationship dissatisfaction tends to skyrocket. Apparently this is because maybe it could happen to you but you realize that it hasn’t and it probably won’t and that fat bastard never sprinkled rose petals on your bed, dammit. At least you’re thinner and better looking than he is.
  4. Don’t win a best-actress Oscar. I included this one because unlike getting hotter or having your jaw wired shut, it’s actually pretty painless and doable. Personally, I am going to make this a priority in my marriage.
  5. Limit your booze consumption (both of you). No comment.
  6. Become or urge your partner to become a farmer, nuclear engineer or optometrist. Evidently every career choice has its own unique divorce-risk profile, with these three being on the lowest end. Dancers and choreographers are pretty much screwed. You can’t make this stuff up.
  7. Prefer having the car windows down. I haven’t technically seen a study on this, but do you not fight about this every single time you ride in a vehicle together? And doesn’t he get all pissed when you want them up and accuse you of being more concerned about your hair than his precious need for non-recirculated air? If anyone bothered to study this, I’m confident the results would back me up.

So there you have it. I do not suggest trying to master all seven steps at once. For instance, if you stop doing housework altogether (to try to tilt his portion of the ratio toward more), you’ll have a lot of extra time on your hands which you may want to spend drinking alcohol. Remember, there’s no rush here. Till death do us part is a really long time**.

*I may have bastardized the language a bit in some cases but the facts are mostly accurate.

**I stole that line from If It Was Easy They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married, which I wrote (and please note that it says the blah-blah-blah man you married, not the one I married. My husband likes it when I point that out). You can find out more about me, my books and how I survived tanorexia on my website.

Check out this video book trailer – it’s too funny!

Don’t forget to google Zestra after you watch it… or better yet, check out the link on Jenna’s homepage, http://www.jennamccarthy.com/.

Money Matters by Susan Hirshman

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The author of Does This Make My Assets Look Fat shares her tips on how to manage your finances and invest like a pro!

Financial expert Susan Hirshman, author of the brand new book “Does This Make My Assets Look Fat” answers our readers’ burning money questions and breaks down the concept of investing and budgeting and puts it into terms any woman can understand.

The Five D’s of Financial Sabotage…

The most common response to the question “What are the biggest risks to your financial portfolio?” usually has something to do with market volatility – i.e. the up and down movements of the stock market.

Unfortunately, market risk is not the only risk that needs to be managed during one’s lifetime. There are 5 other risks to one’s portfolio that must be taken into consideration to ensure that you protect you and your family from financial sabotage.

The five other risk’s I call the 5 D’s.
· Disability
· Dementia
· Death
· Destruction
· Divorce

Most people find the thought of one or more of these 5 D’s depressing and painful and avoid it like the plague. Like so many things in life, ignoring something does not mean that it won’t happen. So instead of becoming a victim to your fear, become a person of strength and power by addressing these risks and giving both you and your family the gift of financial security and peace of mind (in times of acute stress.)

Let’s briefly look at each of these 5D’s.

Disability - If you became disabled for an extended period of time during your and could not work what would happen to your financial security? The risk of disability does not get the respect it deserves. Few people realize that the chances of becoming disabled are greater than dying prematurely. In fact, it has been reported that by age 42, it is 4 times more likely that you will become seriously disabled than that you will die prematurely during your working years.

Dementia – If your physical or mental health deteriorates so that it prevents your from performing the ordinary tasks of life, such as bathing, dressing, eating etc will you have a choice as to how you will be taken care of? This is especially important for women, since studies show that women face a greater likelihood than men of needing long-term care.

Death - If something were to happen to you during your working years would you want to replace that income in order for your family to maintain their lifestyle and fund their long-term goals? The risk of premature death for those in their typical working years, ages 25-64, is still significant – a greater than 1-in-6 chance for males and a 1-in-9 chance for females of not surviving from age 25 to normal retirement age. These odds are much higher than most Americans perceive.

Destruction – Catastrophic events like fires, floods, tornadoes etc are not under our control and we can’t predict when they will occur. But when they do, they can be disastrous to your property. For most of us, our home is our most valuable assets and studies show that most people are underinsured. Are you?

Divorce – It happens. It’s hard to think about it going in but unfortunately the divorce rate in the US is still at 50% and the average length of first marriages that end in divorce is 7 years. You must take this into consideration before, during and after your marriages.

Ignorance in any or all of these cases is far from bliss; it is financial suicide. Know what you are up against and have the right tools in place to protect your finances from sabotage. Your investments plan means nothing if your “risks of life” are not managed and protected well. Don’t let yourself be a victim.


Susan L. Hirshman is a former managing director at JP Morgan. She holds an M.B.A. from Baruch College and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Financial Analyst. She currently lives in Manhattan.

If you have a money question for Susan, email us at [email protected]

*This post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

Important Newborn Questions and Answers

The authors of Heading Home with Your Newborn answer important questions from moms about infant and baby care

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Pediatricians, moms and authors, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP offer a wealth of “parent-tested, pediatrician-approved” advice in Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, Second Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2010). Available on the American Academy of Pediatrics official Web site for parents, HealthyChildren.org. Also available in bookstores nationwide. Here they answer a few questions from fellow moms:

Question: The new recommendation for rear facing car seats is two years now, not one year. There are moms out there who say, ‘no you switch them as soon as they start kicking the back of the seat, because if there’s an accident they’re going to break their legs’ or ‘I don’t want my seat to get dirty’.

Dr Jana: I’ve actually spent several years as an Instructor in child passenger safety. So there’s almost nothing that we haven’t heard before along those lines. Specific to your question about breaking the legs if they’re going to touch the seat… crash dynamics tell us that when a car is in a crash, everything moves towards the point of the crash, which is usually the front of the car. If they’re in a rear facing car seat, their car seat presses their whole body into the car seat as it moves towards the front of the car. Yes, there is some rebound to the seat, but if you’re in a serious enough crash, even if your child is protected in a car seat, what do you want to protect more, their head and torso or their legs? That becomes a very easy choice in terms of why we keep rear facing longer. Technically the recommendation is to keep kids rear facing as long as possible within the limits of their seat. The bare minimum is 1 year and 20 pounds, and then I always add on; and I don’t know a parent, who when it comes to the safety of their child wants to settle for the bare minimums.

In Heading Home with your Newborn, even though we already had an extensive section on car seat safety in the First Edition, the field has changed so much that we did a huge update on that section of the book with the absolute latest in child passenger safety recommendations. In a book that is meant for new and expecting parents about newborns, we give parents an overview of car seats in general, knowing that it may be the last time that parents read about car seats. We obviously spent the most time on infant car seats and making sure your baby is secured correctly in an infant car seat, because we’re talking about newborns, but we give parents a perspective of what is in their future, because really parents should be dealing with car seats for the next 10-12 years.

Dr Shu: I think where parents might be nervous about something happening to the legs are mostly a theoretical risk. We really don’t see reports of damage to the legs from rear facing car seats, where we do get reports of whiplash and brain damage and death from babies who are forward facing.

Comment: Most instruction manuals should have a set height limit for rear facing.

Dr Jana: In fact you can find those limits on the boxes when you’re walking the aisles of the store. They all very clearly say, once you know what to look for, they will all say ‘rear facing height and weight limits for seats that are meant to be used, rear and forward facing’. The other thing for parents, and partly why we were committed to including that big picture view is, there are some seats that may say they can be used up to 80 pounds, but they’re talking about the entire life of the seat, but rear facing can only be used up to a certain weight, and then it has to be turned face forward. That is something that people want to take into account when they’re buying car seats. If they want to be able to use this longer rear facing, then one of the criteria is to buy a seat that has a higher rear facing height and weight limit.

Question: Are the latch limits in the car seat manual or are they in the car manual?

Dr Jana: You need to look at both, because cars can have limits. Every vehicle has its own individual uses and cannot use recommendations for the vehicle itself. We felt it was so important to include these as a substantial chapter of the car seats, because if you’re going to pick the single most important thing in terms of preventing unintentional injury to children, all the way up to the age of 14, it is going to be motor vehicle crashes.

Question: Do you recommend in your book that parents go ahead and go to the fire station or someplace where they can have their car seat checked out once they have it put together?

Dr Jana: Absolutely, and we tell people where to go on the website, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to go find by zip code where your closest fitting station is.

If you’d like more information about caring for your infant visit Heading Home with Your Newborn at HealthyChildren.org.

*This post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

The Reality of SIDS from the Authors of Heading Home with Your Newborn

The Reality of SIDS from the Authors of Heading Home with Your Newborn

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Pediatricians, moms and authors, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP offer a wealth of “parent-tested, pediatrician-approved” advice in Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, Second Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2010). Available on the American Academy of Pediatrics official Web site for parents, HealthyChildren.org. Also available in bookstores nationwide.

The following is an excerpt to help you navigate those first crucial weeks of parenthood and caring for a newborn:

The reality of SIDS: Creating a Safe Sleep Environment.

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), sometimes called crib death, is the sudden, unexplained death of an otherwise healthy baby during the first year… there are simple things you can do to create a safer sleep environment for your newborn right from the start.

Be Safe. Play it safe by making sure that you and anyone else who cares for your baby always puts him down to sleep on his back.

Be Firm. This means making sure your baby always sleeps on a firm surface. Make sure your crib meets all safety standards, and that the crib mattress fits securely in the crib. Being firm also means keeping all soft items out of your baby’s crib-including such tempting but potentially dangerous items as fluffy blankets, stuffed animals, and soft or pillow-like bumpers.

Stay Cool. Overheating increases the risk of SIDS. Dress your baby is lightweight sleep clothing.

Clear the air. Keep the air your baby breathes smoke-free, both to reduce the risk of SIDS but also for your babay’s overall health!

Provide a pacifier. During your baby’s first year, consider offering him a pacifier when he is falling asleep. If you are breastfeeding we recommend waiting until nursing is going well (about 1 month) before introducing the pacifier.

Share a room. The AAP recommends sleeping in the same room but not the same bed as your baby for at least the first 6 months. This can make breastfeeding easier while at the same time help protect your baby from SIDS.

*Book excerpt from Heading Home with Your Newborn (Second Edition/Copyright 2010/American Academy of Pediatrics).

The Heading Home with Your Newborn excerpts are sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

Heading Home With Your Newborn

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Pediatricians, moms and authors, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP offer a wealth of “parent-tested, pediatrician-approved” advice in Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, Second Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2010). Available on the American Academy of Pediatrics official Web site for parents, HealthyChildren.org. Also available in bookstores nationwide.

The following is an excerpt to help you navigate those first crucial weeks of parenthood and caring for a newborn:

To Bathe or Not to Bathe:
Contrary to popular belief, babies do not need to be bathed every day–especially as newborns. As we enter parenthood, we should all consider ourselves fortunate that we are given a few months in which to become comfortable with our baby-bathing duties before our children effectively figure out how to make themselves truly messy.

It’s really not until babies start crawling around in dirt, sandboxes, or even just on the kitchen floor (depending on how dirty yours is), and begin to explore baby foods–routinely ending up with more smeared on their faces than in their mouths–that they warrant frequent full-body washes. Until then, however, you have the practical option of focusing your attention on a relatively limited number of parts.

Your primary area of focus predictably will be the diaper area–and, of course, the surrounding areas, the size of which will depend on whether your baby has taken to having blowouts. Other areas to pay particular attention to: around the mouth and anywhere there are skin folds.

While some of you may be looking at your newborn and thinking to yourself that there are few, if any, skin folds to be found–rest assured that they will soon appear. The present-from-birth and all-too-often-neglected arm-pit and groin folds are likely to be joined in mere weeks by double chins and thigh folds. If you make a habit of regularly spot-checking these hot spots and cleaning them as needed using a wet washcloth, you really won’t have to bathe your baby every single day. In fact, bathing a couple of times a week is often enough.

*Book excerpt from Heading Home with Your Newborn (Second Edition/Copyright 2010/American Academy of Pediatrics).

The Heading Home with Your Newborn excerpts are sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

Give Your Toddler a Job by Wendy Toone


What can often be a parents’ worst nightmare?? A long wait in a waiting room or lobby with an active toddler or two. Does the thought of sitting in a small, stifling lobby or waiting with youngsters in tow make you cringe? If you’re like me, one giant question races through the mind: How am I going to occupy my children so they aren’t consumed with boredom which results in their running around or squabbling with each other? In my previous article I reviewed a few gross motor exercises you can do to make waiting time go by. In this article, I’ll share with you some fine motor exercises that work for me.

1. Fingers. Finger songs are great waiting games. “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “10 Little Indians”, “Where is Thumbkin?” are all fun songs for kids. If it’s a quiet room you’re waiting in, whisper singing brings a new twist to the songs. Don’t worry – Paula and Simon won’t be judging you. You’re a parent; you can get away with it. Don’t forget about “Twinkle Little Star”, which is a natural progression to practicing one’s “ABC’s”……weird how they’re the same tune, huh? If you’re really on a roll and there are others waiting with you, earn a gold star by getting everyone to do a rousing chorus of “The Wheels On the Bus”. Party on!!

2. Toes. Yep, wiggling fingers counts as fine motor, but so does the wiggling of toes. Harkening back to the ballet lessons of my childhood, I remember learning “flex” and “point”. Of course, all ballerinas are supposed to point their toes. But it takes muscle control to make little feet point down and flex up to the sky. Have your child sit down and extend their legs in front of them. Using imagery such as lighting a candle (flex their feet), blowing out the candle (point their toes), can sometimes teach the concept to very young children.

3. Carry a scarf with you. Not only can you accessorize at a moment’s notice (fabulous, dahling!), but you’ll be amazed how you can occupy yourself and your child. Smooth it out and teach shapes…. it’s a square…. take one corner and fold it into a triangle…. can you make a rectangle? You can be silly, too. Be a ghost by putting it over your child’s head. Turn him/her into Little Red Riding Hood. Tell the story if they’ve never heard it. (Don’t forget to use funny voices to really hold their attention.) Use your imagination, and your child’s imagination. And encourage them to manipulate the scarf to really get those fine muscle groups working.

So the next time you and your child are waiting, don’t let boredom get the best of you. Don’t worry about your child getting out of control. Use the time to develop your child’s fine motor skills, and watch how the time quickly goes by. I am often asked a question that sounds like this, “Other than fine motor and gross motor exercises, is there anything else I can do to pass the time with my child while waiting anywhere?” Do you know the answer? Hint – I Spy, children’s digital picture books. See you in “Give Your Toddler A Job” – Part 3!


Wendy Toone is a child expert having owned and operated a leading franchise children’s fitness center and now producing MobiStories, Digital Books for KidsTM, as well as being a mom to her two children. To experience the world of digital children’s picture books, visit www.mobistories.com.

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A Look At The Medium Season Six Premiere On CBS

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I’ve gotten a peek at yet another season premiere. This time the series isn’t new, although it is moving to a new channel. I’m talking about The Medium.

From the CBS website – MEDIUM is a drama inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison Dubois, an extraordinary young wife and mother who, since childhood, has struggled to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people. Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette stars as Dubois, a strong-willed, devoted young wife and mother of three girls who has gradually come to grips with her extraordinary ability to talk to dead people, see current events and the future through her dreams and read people’s thoughts. Dubois works as a consultant to District Attorney Manuel Devalos, using her psychic abilities to solve violent and horrifying crimes that baffle Phoenix police and others within the criminal justice system. Assisting her crime-solving endeavors is Detective Lee Scanlon, her longtime ally in the local police department. Meanwhile, at home, Dubois’ husband Joe, an aerospace engineer, is a supportive husband and father who is also busy launching his own scientific engineering company. Their daughters, Ariel, Bridgette and Marie all seem to have inherited their mother’s abilities to varying, expanding degrees. Last season, after experiencing headaches and other symptoms, Allison was diagnosed with a brain tumor, but after she postpones her surgery, she suffers a stroke and is in a coma.

After watching the season six premiere of The Medium I can understand why CBS chose to pick up the show after NBC canceled it. The show is very interesting. Allison’s gift is mysterious and powerful. Most people would say she’s crazy. Fortunately for some of the people she dreams about, she’s not crazy. She accepts her dreams as fact and visions of things to come and does what she can to change the outcome and avoid tragedy. How will her life and dreams be affected by her decision to postpone surgery? Allison’s decision to postpone surgery until Castillo was caught may well have saved her family’s life but will it kill her? Tune in to CBS for the Season Six premiere on Friday, September 25, 2009, at 9:00.

Thanks to Role Mommy for the sneak peek at the premiere.

Preview of CBS New Series Accidentally On Purpose

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I was recently treated to a preview a new comedy coming to CBS called Accidentally On Purpose.

The series premiere of Accidentally On Purpose has the character of single film critic Billie (Jenna Elfman) not over the fact that her boss James (Grant Show) broke up with her. She’d wanted to be serious and he hadn’t. She goes out for a night with her best friend Olivia (Ashley Jensen), and her younger sister Abby (Lennon Parham), and when she sees her boss with someone else she decides to hook up with another guy. She has a one night stand with a young chef named Zack (Jon Foster) and finds herself pregnant. She comes to realize she wants the baby and decides to include Zack in both her and the baby’s life. She invites Zack to move in but makes it clear she only wants to be friends.

I watched this show with RB. We both thought the show was funny, although not hysterical. It will be interesting to watch Billie and Zack’s relationship evolve as the pregnancy continues. With her boss having expressed interest in getting back together and being serious it will be interesting to see if this turns into a love triangle or if all parties find other people to date. Will Zack grow up? Will Zack’s friends totally trash Billie’s house every time they’re over?

Accidentally on Purpose premieres on CBS, Monday, Sept. 21 8:30pm ET/PT.

KaBOOM Play Days

I had the pleasure of being invited to an event held earlier this week in New York City that Beth from Role Mommy organized. The event was to promote Kaboom Play Days and was sponsored by Kool-Aid.

I haven’t been to the city since I was a teenager and I went to see a show on Broadway so the day was an adventure for us. Me and the boys, along with my Mom, took a train into the city to Penn Station. We walked the few blocks to our destination – Studio 450. We were greeted by Bonny, which was pretty neat after corresponding by email with her for so many months. We arrived just in time for lunch from The Shake Shack, which the kids really enjoyed. There was salad, mac and cheese, chicken fingers mini hamburgers and cookies. Several different varieties of Kool-Aid were available, of course. (FYI. I drank the sugar-free and would never have known that it didn’t have sugar! It tastes just like regular Kool-Aid.) There was also a young man circulating through the room with the cutest mini ice cream cones. Yum!

We’d just finished eating lunch when we got to go upstairs to have a family picture taken by Jade Albert, a celebrity family photographer. While we were waiting for our turn I got to meet Beth, which was very cool after reading her site and reading her emails for a while now. She even invited me to chat with her for a few minutes on Blog Talk Radio, which was very exciting! By the time CJ decided to end my interview with Beth by running off it was time to have our picture taken. Jade and her assistant (whose name is escaping me) were quite patient. She took a lot of shots of me and the boys and a couple more of me and the boys with my mom.

Photo credit Jade Albert (www.jadealbert.com)

After having our photo session we went downstairs, where CJ got to play and I got to learn a little more about Kaboom.

Kaboom is a national non-profit organization that believes every child in America should have access to safe, unstructured play within walking distance. Kaboom would like to coordinate more than 1,000 Play Days during the week of September 19-27, 2009. These community based events will celebrate play and demonstrate its importance. If you’d like to learn more about Kaboom or plan an event in your community visit kaboom.org. You can also use the playspace finder by clicking on find a playspace and searching by location or zip code.

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CJ had a blast playing with the Kool-Aid Man, as well as with the different musical instruments and toys. I had fun just watching him play. I enjoyed the trip into the city and getting to see other Moms and their kids, as well as meeting some other bloggers like Issa and Melissa. Plus I enjoyed spending the day with my Mom, something I don’t get to do as often as I’d like.

When it was time to go home CJ didn’t want to leave. Once we were on the train on our way home he laid down across the seat and fell asleep.

I completely agree with KaBOOM on the premise that all children should have unstructured play within walking distance. Seeing the joy on my son’s face only reinforced the point. The more people that support KaBOOM the more successful their program will be. I hope you’ll check out KaBOOM and learn more about what they’re trying to do. For those so inclined you can sign up to host a Play Day while you’re on the site.

KaBOOM!’s Online Toolkit is designed to walk you through the process of how to create a community-build playspace. From fundraising to volunteer recruitment, the Toolkit can help you take your project from start to finish with over a decade’s worth of KaBOOM! knowledge, advice, and best practices in building playspaces.

The Toolkit is designed to work hand-in-hand with the brand-new KaBOOM! Project Planner. The new planner gives you:
A free Web site that helps you —

  • Plan each step of your project
  • Communicate with your team
  • Recruit local volunteers
  • Raise money
  • Free advice from the professional playground builders at KaBOOM!
  • A community of people like you who are building playspaces around the country

See you on the playground!