When to use black and white filters

More than once I’ve heard the tip to filter your photos to black and white in order to mask the fact that your children’s outfits were excruciatingly mismatched, and not in a quirky stylish way.

When San Francisco mom Yuliya Patsay posted this cute baby photo on Instagram, and was transparent about her reasons for using black and white, I asked if I could share it, too.

Black and White makes photos better

I don’t like to hide all the trappings of real life all the time (wanna see my home office?) but sometimes a dated couch and carpet setting or even an overly bright piece of baby gear (Fisher Price, I’m looking at you) can be transformed when you drop the colors out of the photo.

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The Control Freak’s Guide to packing your diaper bag

Diaper bag prep from rookiemoms and 7th generation diapers

Thank you to Seventh Generation and Touch of Cloth™ Disposable Diapers for sponsoring this post. I have definitely been in the position to bum diapers off strangers in the past. Accidents happen, of course they do. But to be prepared for the next rookie mom adventure, I need to channel my inner control freak (who am I kidding? […]

5 strategies to put HAPPY in your holidays

Not what we normally look like

Reposted from the wayback machine because it’s that time of year! Generally speaking, my extended family on my husband’s side (AKA in-laws) are a wonderful bunch of people that we don’t see nearly enough. Because we live clear across the country, we’ve grown accustomed to our own way of doing things so getting together involves […]

Activity #40: Throw an Inside-Outside party

My inside-out baby party was sushi and cocktails #rookiemoms

Your 40th weekly challenge is to celebrate that your baby has been on the outside longer than she was on the inside! There are many fun ways to celebrate this milestone. We’ve done cocktails and sushi (pictured) and a moms night out at the hot tubs in the past. My Inside Out Party above was […]

Win an iPad Air 2

8 ways to win an iPad Air

Friends, I am excited to share this immensely rad giveaway with you today! Whitney and I have partnered up with the lovely Christine Koh (Boston Mamas), Audrey McClelland (Mom Generations), Allison Czarnecki (Petit Elefant), Jane Maynard (This Week For Dinner), Morgan Shanahan (The 818), Rachael Herrscher (Today’s Mama), and Sarah James (Whoorl) to offer one lucky follower […]