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Bookmark Posts, Notification Settings & More Speed!

Bookmarking lets you pocket the good stuff

Sometimes you see a fellow ‘hooder post a fascinating question and you want the answer too. Other times a parent shares an article that sparks your interest, but you won’t have time to read it until the kids are in bed.

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When you see a post, just click the bookmark icon in the upper right corner. Then, when you want to get back to it, click the Bookmarks button on your Profile. When you bookmark a post you’ll also get push notifications when another ‘hooder responds.

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Notification Settings

You can now edit which notifications you receive from our new Notification Settings page (get there from your Profile, and click the gear icon on the upper right.


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The Need for Speed

You have no time, and if you did, you wouldn’t waste it on apps waiting to load. That’s why we’re prioritizing speed. In this release you’ll notice things load a lot faster.

OK, let us know what you think and happy bookmarking!

 

San Francisco’s Best Halloween Costume Shops

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It’s almost Halloween and you’re either an overachiever with costumes awaiting their trick-or-treat debut OR you’re like 80% of parents still in need of that perfect gem. Well fear not you 80%, we have the list of best costume shops for kids in San Francisco to fit any effort level.

SF Party - Ready to Wear

This SF treasure has a great selection of costumes for kids as well as a full selection of accessories to match that lion or bunny onesie costume. In addition to their low prices, they also offer free shipping if you need to have a costume delivered.

Tenderloin

Address: 939 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-931-9393

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am – 6pm; Sat, 10am – 5 pm; Closed Sunday

 

Chloe’s Closet - Second Hand 

Chloe’s Closet offers great prices for gently used clothes and accessories in excellent condition. This consignment shop is dependent upon what others trade in, so while it doesn’t have the most variety you can bet your bottom you can find a mini costume at a reasonable price.

Inner Sunset

Address: 616 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-664-4611

Hours: 10am – 6pm, every day

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Bernal Heights

Address: 451 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-642-3300

Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am – 6pm; Sat & Sun, 10:30am – 6pm

 

Thrift Town - Second Hand

Thrift Town is a great place to get into the Halloween spirit. Because most Halloween costumes are worn only once, buying gently used costumes is a great way to reduce waste. You can shop racks by theme while saving money and going green!

Mission

Address: 2101 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-861-1132

Hours: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm; Sun, 10am – 6pm

 

Mendel’s - From Scratch

Feeling crafty? Head to Mendel’s for fabric, wigs, hats, tails, and feathers to help create or complement any costume. What’s more, they have the best selection of fake fur in the Bay Area – you know, in case you want to build a snowman…

Upper Haight

Address: 1556 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-621-1287

Hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 6 pm; Sun, 11am – 5pm

 

Fantasy Clothing Co - Let’s Rent 

Want to press the easy button and get a costume for the whole family? Fantasy Clothing has a wide selection for adults and a handful of furry animal costumes for the itty bitties. You can buy or rent with many one-of-a-kind finds!

SoMa

Address: 1275 Folsom St, Ste 100, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-556-9900

Hours: Tues-Fri, 11am – 6pm; Sat, 11am – 5pm; Closed Sunday and Monday

 

Photo by Anders Ruff Custom Designs 

This Weekend’s Activities in the Bay Area

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Art and Pumpkin Festival

Come and enjoy the autumn harvest of gigantic heavyweight champion pumpkins, two stages of entertainment, a pie-eating contest, a costume contest, and the Great Pumpkin Parade! Saturday, October 18th from 9am to 5pm, Half Moon Bay’s historic downtown will be full of pumpkins, homestyle foods and even a haunted house. Bring the kids to meet the new Pumpkin Festival mascot, Gourdy.

Sunday Streets - Mission

This Sunday, October 19th from 11am to 4pm get your little ones out of the house for some fun-filled exercise. The Mission District will be closed off to all car traffic, letting you ride, walk, skip, or hop safely from one end of the event to the next. Great for kids of all ages, Sunday Streets features live music, djs, yoga lessons, belly dancing, swing dancing, hula hooping, free massages, and much more! There are even free bike rentals to make sure you and your kids don’t miss a thing.

Give & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap, Oakland

This swap is a great way to save some hard-earned cash for the upcoming holidays! Bring your gently-used kids clothes, books and toys to trade with others on Saturday, October 18th from 11am to 12pm at the Lakeview Branch Library in Oakland. Arrive a half hour early for library storytime!

Products Parents Are Buzzing About

When your baby arrived you stocked up on everything you could possibly need – and lots of things you didn’t –  in preparation for their arrival. Now that babe is a little older it’s time to invest in some new helpful gear that will last. Once again, the Parenthoods community has you covered. Here are three items that parents are raving about.

 

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Haba Discovery Wagon

This wagon is pricey, but worth it. Parents are saying the sturdiness and multiple uses will have you and the kids loving it for years. It can be used as a walker, as a chair, to push dolls and a lot more. Plus it comes with a few fun discovery toys built in.

How to not break the bank – Amazon is currently offering 40% off of this sweet ride.

 

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Little Partners Learning Tower

Did you know that kids that help in the preparation of a meal are more likely to try the new foods you’re cooking? Score! The Learning Tower allows your littles to participate in kitchen life. They can help make food, put away dishes and wash their hands at the kitchen sink. What’s more, you can add on items like an art easel to get even more use out of it.

How to not break the bank – These towers are always on craigslist. Check for listings near you. OR check out this awesome Ikea hack.

 

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Melissa & Doug Kitchen

Do you smell what the Tot has cookin? Well you will when they start frying up some happy play time. This kitchen has the works, from a microwave to a refrigerator. A wow-toy for any play date and a solid structure that will still be going strong for any future tikes.

How to not break the bank – Another regular on craigslist, check for listings near you. OR look for online stores that offer promo codes through sites like retailmenot.com

This Weekend’s Activities in the Bay Area

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Fleet Week

It’s San Francisco’s Fleet Week! From Thursday, October 9th to Sunday, October 12th head to Pier 39 for performances from a number of different bands and the opportunity to meet the Blue Angel pilots. Be sure to check out the full schedule for all of the weekend’s activities. And don’t forget ear plugs for the little ones.

Urban Air Market: Lower Haight

Saturday, October 11th from 11am to 6pm is the Urban Air Market in Lower Haight. Grab a Halloween costume if you don’t already have one, or get in some early holiday shopping. All this goodness and a kids activity area!

Biking With Kids Workshop

San Francisco’s Bicycle Coalition has a Biking With Kids Workshop this Saturday, October 11th from 2pm to 4pm at St. Cyprians Church. Get your bike family ready. They’ll have tips and tricks on riding while pregnant, with babes and toddlers.

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Parenthoods Gets Musical

Music is a hot topic among the Parenthoods community. We discuss everything from our children’s favorite songs to using music to express our parental feelings.

Today we have a list of some of our favorite music related conversations.

1) Parenthoods Spotify Playlist – What are your babe’s favorite songs? Two dads from Parenthoods, okaythankyou and Angelo of Dadpreneur, came up with the great idea of making a Best of Parenthoods spotify playlist with all of the music our kids love. Let’s just say, Parenthoods kids are really cool. Turn it on, and get those little booties moving!

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2) Viral Video – The latest viral video to hit Parenthoods is a new take on Frozen’s “Let It Go”. We know, we know, you’re so over it. But what if we told you the new lyrics included “Let Me Poop”.

3) One Great Song – While we’re on the poop subject, one Hooder happily shared an instructive song of where it belongs. This potty training guide by indie artists Over the Rhine is a must listen!

4) Music As Expression – Our favorite musical discussion illustrated one mama’s internal dialogue when thinking about having a second baby.

This Weekend’s Activities in the Bay Area

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Sumo Wrestling Festival & Expo

Meet professional Sumo Wrestlers in person! Sunday, October 5th from 11am to 5pm, head to Japantown for the Sumo Wrestling Festival & Expo. Kids get their own private meet & greet at 11am where they can high five and take pics with professional sumo wrestlers including Byamba the 370lb, Mongolian, three-time World Sumo Champion, and 600lb, Yama, the heaviest Japanese person EVER! And yep, it’s free.

Bay Area Circus Arts Festival

Friday, October 3rd to Sunday, October 5th, the Bay Area Circus Arts Festival in Alameda has a killer line up of free workshops and entertaining shows. Kids can hop on a unicycle or learn the trapeze. Parents, try your hand at some balloon animals. All workshops are free. Saturday night’s, Art in Motion, Variety show is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

PortFest

This Saturday, October 4th from 8am to 5pm, head to Redwood City for PortFest. Enjoy free boat rides and a packed schedule of children’s activities, including a kids area with a bouncy house. Admission and parking are free or take CalTrain down and hop on their free shuttle to the festival.

 

Inventions in Parenting

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As parents we experience situations that can be tough and inconvenient. We typically grin and bear it, making the most out of the resources we have, but we often daydream about simple inventions that could make our lives much easier.

Our Parenthoods community has come up with a few winners that we had to highlight. So get those Kickstarter campaigns ready and let’s make these dreams into a reality!

1) Drive Thru Everything – You know those times where babe falls asleep in the car and you can either risk a transfer to the house or sit in the car for an hour while they finish their nap. And since many of us choose the latter, how many times did you wish there was a way to get a coffee or get some grocery shopping in? Well, fellow Hooder Katie H says her parent invention would be a one stop drive thru shop. With everything from household goods to your favorite treat. They will have you covered.

2) Dad Pants – What are Dad Pants you ask? They are underwear with pockets of course. Let us paint you a picture. You’ve been spit-up on countless times, all your clothes are dirty or in the wash. Plus you haven’t left the house in days, so underwear is all you’re sporting at the moment. But where do you put your phone? Or the most recent burp cloth? In your Dad Pants pocket!

3) Baby Mani / Pedi Spa & Bar – This is exactly how it sounds. We know you’ve all been there, struggling to get the kid to sit still while you trim one nail every 5 mins. Take the lame out of these weekly trimmings and bring the baby to fellow Hooder, TK’s, Mani/Pedi Spa & Bar. Babe gets their nails cut while mom and dad enjoy a drink.

This Weekend’s Activities in the Bay Area

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Cole Valley Fair

Sunday, September 28th from 10am to 5pm, visit the Cole Valley Fair. One of SF’s most kid friendly neighborhoods will have live music, a bouncy house, balloon artist, face painting and some treats for the parents as well.

Excelsior Festival

This family friendly art and music festival can’t be missed. Held this Sunday, September 28th from 11am to 4pm, the streets are being shut down so you can bring your bikes, skates, or strollers while checking out the different activities, vendors and food booths.

Marina Family Festival

Just when you thought you had your pick of family festivals, enter the Marina Family Festival. Also this Sunday from 11am to 4pm, the Marina Green will be filled with a ton of family activities.

It’s Summer in San Francisco

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It’s getting to be fall everywhere else, which means it’s finally summer in San Francisco. So go ahead and bust out those summer clothes grandma and grandpa bought your kids months ago. And in order to get more than two wears out of them before donating to Chloe’s Closet, we’ve listed some suggestions from local Hooders on how to take advantage of our Indian summer.

1. North Beach & Chinatown – When was the last time you’ve been to these neighborhoods? Explore the fun shops in Chinatown, including the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory then grab a sandwich to go at Molinari Delicatessen and take it to Washington Square Park for a picnic. Lot’s of photo opps for your baby photostream.

2. Ferry Building & Sue Bierman Park - Have lunch at the Ferry Building, soak in the views while walking down Embarcadero and make a pit stop at Sue Bierman Park.

3. Wine Country -It’s not necessarily in San Francisco, but what better way to enjoy wine country after the summer tourists have left! There are a ton of baby and kid friendly wineries. Here are a few to get you started: Arista Winery, Larson Family Winery, and Roche Winery.

4. Rainy Day Activities – For the rainy days in our summer head to a San Francisco library for Story Time then finish the day off at Rigolo Cafe, where mom and dad can have coffee or wine while kids have fun in their play area.

photo by David Yu

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