Keiko Zoll

Keiko Zoll is a writer, designer, advocate, geek and all-around sassypants, blogging about parenting, geek chic, and living an inspired life at Good Strong Words. She's mom to Judah and wife to high school sweetheart, Larry (collectively known as Team Zoll). Keiko is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Infertility Voice. She is best known for her lullabies, Sunday morning pancakes, Instagram-ing way too many photos of food, and obsession with mason jars.Follow Keiko's adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

The One Gift That's Perfect for Every Child

Even though I’m a mom, sometimes I struggle with what gift to get my son. “Will he like it? I mean, really like it?” I wonder. Whether you have kids or not, buying gifts for little ones, whether it’s the holidays or their birthdays, can seem daunting. That’s when I remember there is basically one gift that is perfect for any child, no matter their age, interests, or even gender!

Teaching Our Son the Gift of Giving

With eight nights of Hanukkah and the Christmas holiday season, it can seem like the focus is all on gifts, gifts, gifts. Before we ever had Judah, my husband and I decided that we didn’t want Judah to grow up focused on just getting presents – we want to teach him the value of giving to others, too.

Parenting Super Power: The World's Easiest Magic Trick

As awesome as Judah can be when we go out to eat, sometimes we still need to kill some time before the food makes it to the table. I have found, without fail, that there really is “one neat trick” to get your toddler to keep his or her cool at the table while you wait. It’s the easiest (and cheesiest!) magic trick you can do right at the table to amaze and astound your little one.

Magician’s note: they’ll probably start to get wise to the magic trick as they get older, but from 1 year on, this will blow their minds!

4 Tips for Surviving the Holiday Hustle

With Hanukkah having already begun and Christmas just around the corner, followed so closely by New Year’s celebrations, the Holiday Hustle is here. If you’re anything like our family, you might be trying to figure out how to shuttle your little ones between grandparents’ houses and plenty of holiday gatherings.

Here are four tips to help you survive – and enjoy! – the whirlwind of holidays ahead!

The 50 Rarest Baby Names of All!

While everyone’s curious as to what the most popular baby names are in a given year, there’s a lot of valuable information to be found in the names at the very bottom of those lists every year, too. Far, far below all the Sophias and Liams, Masons and Emilys is a treasure trove of rare names that are still fantastic baby name choices. The good news is you’ll practically guarantee you won’t find another baby with your little one’s name in your playgroup!

Here are 50 of the rarest baby names in 2013, according to the Social Security Administration’s top 1000 baby names. The criteria for this list: There had to be fewer than 500 births of each name, and over the 500th most popular names (so, closer to the bottom of the list).

Check out 50 rarest baby name gems I’ve found!

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