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Whitney Moss

Why IKEA is secretly awesome for parents

June 11, 2014

Strolling through IKEA this morning — okay fine, I was totally lost in the maze of affordable European bedsheets, light fixtures, and shelf systems — I confirmed that it is prudent to suggest an IKEA outing to those of you who are lucky enough to live near one of the 40 United States stores. (European […]

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Summer reading for grown-ups (with a promo code!)

June 10, 2014

This post is sponsored by Scribd. I love reading on vacation, and often plow through three books on a week-long trip. Since both my kids can swim, when we went to Mexico in April, what my children will probably remember as a jumping-in-the-pool vacation, I will remember as a devouring-books-by-the-pool vacation. I need only look […]

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Picking party-favors that won’t make other parents roll their eyes

June 6, 2014

“When my child comes home from a birthday party, I let him show me his party favor bag, and then we carefully sort the items into his existing collections. We have a shelf for plastic pencil toppers, a small basket for erasers that are too small to erase anything, and a tupperware in the car […]

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Stuff rookie moms should know about (June 2014 edition)

June 4, 2014

This TED Talk, by Jennifer Senior, addresses the anxiety produced by all the parenting advice out there, written as if parenting is a crisis. Her book All Joy and No Fun, documents how our culture has transformed parenting into an active verb, signifying that we invest all our time and resources into our kids. Once […]

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Activity #17: Act like Julie from The Love Boat

June 2, 2014

It’s time to make your own fun. Plan out your week and write up the schedule. Pick an activity and a time and tell everyone who might be available that they are welcome to join you. Be brave and invite folks you hardly know. Or send out an email with your whole week to get […]

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Father’s Day “do-together” gift ideas

May 29, 2014

Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring this post about Father’s Day gifts. Observations of holidays like Father’s Day run the gamut from pancakes instead of cold cereal for breakfast to shiny new tablets wrapped in red ribbons. At least I’ve been led to believe this by all the Father’s Day advertising I’ve seen in recent weeks. […]

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Join the Pumping Project

May 28, 2014

Look at this woman.  Do you look like her when you express milk for your baby? If so, please explain yourself. Having spent a fair amount of time both pumping and searching for images of pumping women from the major pump manufacturers, we’ve found there is a lack of unrealistic imagery out there. That photo […]

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5 homemade busy bags for preschoolers

May 27, 2014

It’s my pleasure to introduce Steph from Modern Parents Messy Kids as our guest contributor today! Thanks so much to Heather and Whitney for having me today, it’s such an honor to be here sharing with all of you!  Recently over at Modern Parents Messy Kids, we’ve embarked on a small little adventure we’re calling […]

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Creative Father’s Day gift: One memorable photo

May 22, 2014

When my step-dad turned 50, I gave him a framed black and white photograph of the venue where he married my mom, a Spanish-style courthouse in Santa Barbara, CA. I bought it on one of the stock photography sites and had it framed. Whether or not a photograph is your style or you are more […]

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Activity #15: Leave your neighborhood

May 19, 2014

Today’s challenge: Find a park you’ve never visited that has baby swings.  In these pictures, Julian is four-and-a-half months old. Ask a veteran mom for a suggestion, or look at your town’s parks and rec department website, and identify a playground you haven’t tried. I find it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and […]

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Sneaky parent trick: serve frozen fruit – wait for it – frozen

May 15, 2014

At my daughter’s soccer practice, held on a hot day, I was asked to bring popsicles to reward/motivate the girls. Between the shlepping involved to accomplish this feat and my Berkeley-mom guilt over giving kids a sweet treat at 5.30 pm, I decided to peer into my freezer. A bag of frozen peaches was my […]

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The Mother of All Giveaways

May 11, 2014

Our friend Heather over at US-Japan Fam put together this enormous giveaway. Wanna win a stream of prizes in the mail? The really fun part is that since it’s a collaboration between a ton of brands, the winner will receive each product in the mail as a separate package. That means the winner of Prize […]

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