Katy Killilea

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Katy Killilea lives in Barrington with her husband, their sons (2001 + 2003), and a dog named Grover. Katy loves reading, cooking, loud pants, the Beehive in Bristol, and learning everything she can about Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. She says more about that at Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes.

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46 Mommas Shave for the Brave

46 Mommas Shave for the Brave

[ 6 ] April 15, 2010 |

By Katy Killilea Rebekah Ham has beautiful hair. She’ll be shaving it all off this September with 45 other women equally devoted to children who’ve had cancer. She knows that a big group of women shaving their heads will raise money and awareness, and Bekah also considers it performance art. When 46 women get shaved […]

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Book Review: The Green Hour

Book Review: The Green Hour

[ 3 ] April 13, 2010 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea Regarding happy children, the evidence is clear: one requirement is time outside in unstructured activity. GreenHour.org, a website of the National Wildlife Foundation, encourages families to carve out one hour every day for outdoor exploration and play. It’s hard to imagine an argument against that. And it doesn’t sound hard to […]

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April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

[ 1 ] April 1, 2010 |

By Katy Killilea April is National Poetry month, and kids are natural poets. They’ve got that unselfconscious rhythm, love to rhyme, and they get passionate pleasure from alliteration. While they’re pounding out the beats all year long, we can celebrate poetry month with special activities that people of many ages can get into. 1. Hinky […]

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Edible Chemistry

Edible Chemistry

[ 0 ] April 1, 2010 |

By Katy Killilea Recently in the kitchen laboratory we learned how to make ginger ale, ice cream, and Jello from almost nothing but pixie dust. Some people observe the transformation of ingredients and think: How did we get from point A to point B? Others think merely: Where is my spoon? These are worthwhile experiments, […]

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Great Cookbooks for Families: SoupLove and Love Soup

Great Cookbooks for Families: SoupLove and Love Soup

[ 1 ] March 24, 2010 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea Spoon it up, dip a hunk of bread into it, and if you are a baby, eat it by the fistful. Soup brings joy to so many. But how much devotion can a bowl of soup inspire? Consider these two new soup books. SoupLove is a teeny-tiny book with three (yes, […]

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The Duck & Bunny

The Duck & Bunny

[ 4 ] March 16, 2010 |

Red velvet cupcakes and Nutella are featured, so please count me in. The Duck & Bunny just opened on Wickenden Street in the space most recently occupied by The Blue Elephant. The Duck and Bunny calls itself not a cafe, not a restaurant, but a snuggery. Meaning a cozy place to relax with something yummy. Cupcakes (in both […]

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Mixing Errands with Pleasure: EATS

Mixing Errands with Pleasure: EATS

[ 7 ] March 1, 2010 |

by Katy Killilea EATS sits between our house and the Target in Seekonk so we’d gone past it zillions of times. The neon “Hot Wieners” sign never really called out to me until I won a gift certificate to EATS in a school silent auction’s “Eat Local” basket. Long story short, we went. We ate. […]

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Great Cookbooks for Families: Crescent Dragonwagon’s Cornbread Gospels

Great Cookbooks for Families: Crescent Dragonwagon’s Cornbread Gospels

[ 5 ] January 14, 2010 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea At a friend’s cookout, the children tasted heaven in a Shaw’s brand corn muffin.  A feeding frenzy ensued: The kids dropped everything to cram the yellow golf balls into their faces with two fists. However delicious they may have been, grocery-store muffins have two strikes against them: The list of ingredients […]

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Family Travel: The Tragic Kingdom

Family Travel: The Tragic Kingdom

[ 29 ] January 13, 2010 |

by Katy Killilea and Jaci Arnone In each of our families, fun-loving grandparents organized a trip to Disney World. Lacking intuitive understanding of why parents consider this kind of trip “fun,” we experienced some apprehension and gathered information from every seasoned Disney veteran we knew. We’d both enjoyed mid-1970s trips to Disney World as little […]

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How Convenient: Smart Ideas from Parents We Know

How Convenient: Smart Ideas from Parents We Know

[ 6 ] January 1, 2010 |

By Katy Killilea Families do all kinds of kooky things to save money and/or time. Shopping at a warehouse club, for example: It takes forever to maneuver the giant cart around the place, and then the line to pay is long, and something like a case of pens or forearm-size loaf of goat cheese finds […]

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