Wee Bits: Love Hacks, Halloween Hoopla, Dressing for Family Photos and Einstein’s Secret of Happiness

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Stressed about what to make everyone wear for your fall portrait session? The Mom Edit has some really cool ideas.

Loved this NYT piece about “love hacks” for busy married people. 

I mean, aren’t we all just mad as hell (about everything!?) these days? I’ve been TRYING to channel that anger (at least some of it) into raising a decent human being — the world seems to need as many as possible of those, more than ever. Anyway. This list from the Strategist — 16 Feminist Kids’ Books — seems like a helpful tool for the arsenal.

And speaking of raising good people: 6 Ways We Accidentally Teach Our Boys Rape Culture, via The Good Men Project. Good reminders here.

And speaking of being mad: Christ on a bike! This mold in schools story from Philly.com.

Hey all — there’s an open house at the new preschool (and pre-K), Aspen Grove, in South Philly.

More news! There’s a new (locally owned) Egg & Friends Children’s Boutique that just opened in Bryn Mawr, and the (locally designed) clothes are cuuuuuuuute. 925 W. Lancaster Avenue.

Einstein’s secret to happiness, courtesy of NPR.

I actually think I might want a Target-themed birthday party, too. (Via Select All.)

Well, this is nice. Parents.com reports on a hospital with a NICU that lets moms and dads sleep in the same room as the babies.

Thanks, ScaryMommy, for this list of 5 body rules all kids need to know. 

Halloween happenings galore! First, you should know about the annual South Street Headhouse District’s Pumpkinfest on October 28. There’ll be pumpkin putt-putt, pumpkin pie-eating and jack o’lantern contests, costume contests, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, hay-bale mazes, and a bunch of other good stuff. (Also — a winter coat charity drive!) The night before, on the 27th, there are movies, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Another good one: Smith Memorial Playground celebrates Halloween with live music, a “Thriller” dance party, arts and crafts, healthy snacks, the usual Smith playground fun … and more. (Costumes welcomed.) $10 per kid. (Free for members and ACCESS cardholders.) Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Another (and how fun is this!?): This weekend, kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite Revolutionary and head to the new Museum of the American Revolution (“open to a wide range of interpretation”, they say), and get $2 off admission. (And there’s fun Halloween goings on, too — candy and costume parades and education about ye old Halloween traditions.)

Fairmount’s annual party — hosted by the Fairmount Art Center — happens on Sunday the 29th, and includes a costume parade, art projects, music and more. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Finally .. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Rittenhouse Row Halloween celebration, wherein a bunch of the stores welcome trick-or-treaters. (Again: Dress those kids up!) The cat sign on display indicates which businesses are participating.