From the category archives:

Month 1-3

Getting used to having a new baby in the house takes time. Take some baby steps and build your confidence. Here are 25 great activities to try during maternity leave (not all at once, ok?)

Taking my baby (and dog!) to the store {Rookie Moms Challenge #5}

April 16, 2014

First, before I get into my challenge recap, let me just say that being a mom is the absolute best thing ever! I am so in love with Garrity and absolutely treasure every moment that we have here at home together. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect little girl! So here we go, challenge […]

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Activity #10: Plan a mom’s night out

April 14, 2014

This week’s challenge is to organize a Mom’s Night Out with some girlfriends. Go somewhere you used to enjoy in your old life. Book the time on your calendar and try to make it a recurring event (like every third Thursday or second Tuesday) so you and your pals (and all your respective partners) can […]

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Getting used to having a new baby in the house takes time. Take some baby steps and build your confidence. Here are 25 great activities to try during maternity leave (not all at once, ok?)

My amazing post-baby manicure {Rookie Moms Challenge #8}

April 11, 2014

Is it wrong that painting Riley’s feet had me skipping ahead directly to the mama-deserves-a-pedicure paint my own toes challenge? Well, it was truly out of my hands. It just happened to be my birthday and I was kidnapped by a friend who must be a mind reader. She treated me to a pedi AND […]

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Yeah, I brought a BABY to music class {Rookie Moms Challenge #41}

April 8, 2014

Today’s challenge: Test-drive some free music and movement classes. A friend recently mentioned to me that there are music class for babies to which I responded with judgy eyes. “Really? Take your baby to a music class?” I said. “Can’t they be stimulated by a rock at this age? Is that really necessary?” But upon further […]

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Getting used to having a new baby in the house takes time. Take some baby steps and build your confidence. Here are 25 great activities to try during maternity leave (not all at once, ok?)

Activity #9: Go to the theater where crying is allowed

April 7, 2014

Baby-friendly theaters? Yes, please. We sure love our DVRs and Netflix, but refuse to give up on going to the theater. Did you know some theaters also have special showings for new parents? These showings have different names in different cities, but the idea that yours will not (most likely) be the loudest baby in […]

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Activity #8: Get a pedicure

March 31, 2014

Your challenge this week is to enjoy a pedicure and report back. This is your eighth challenge. While your baby is still small enough for the infant carrier, take advantage of your relative “freedom” to get your toenails done. We’ve experimented with many places and techniques and find this to be a favorite outing with […]

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Getting used to having a new baby in the house takes time. Take some baby steps and build your confidence. Here are 25 great activities to try during maternity leave (not all at once, ok?)

Activity #7: Practice yoga baby-style

March 24, 2014

Many yoga studios offer mom-and-baby classes. Search online for postnatal yoga or postpartum yoga and the name of your city to find one. This is your seventh weekly challenge. Benefits of these classes include getting out of the house, being kind to your body, meeting other rookie moms, and sometimes learning a little bit of […]

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My Creative Moms’ Night Out {Rookie Moms Challenge #10}

March 20, 2014

I have to thank the Rookie Moms, Heather and Whitney, for helping to break my creative slump. Sincerely, I could not be more grateful. What with all of this painting I have been doing, when faced with Rookie Moms Challenge #10 Plan a moms’ night out with some friends,  I was inspired to choose a […]

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Getting used to having a new baby in the house takes time. Take some baby steps and build your confidence. Here are 25 great activities to try during maternity leave (not all at once, ok?)

Activity #6: Paint your baby’s feet

March 17, 2014

Our challenge for you this week is slather your baby’s feet with paint and commemorate their tiny size. Many paint-your-own-pottery places know how to help you get cute baby footprints on plates and mugs. This is your sixth challenge. We made trivets because the cheapest pottery available was a flat tile. I recommend tackling the […]

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Activity #5: Go to the market for just one thing

March 10, 2014

The day my husband went back to work and left me and our bundle of joy alone for a full day, Whitney generously took the day off of work to show me the ropes of maternity leave.  I accomplished three things under her tutelage: taking a walk, taking  a nap, and buying one thing at […]

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Getting used to having a new baby in the house takes time. Take some baby steps and build your confidence. Here are 25 great activities to try during maternity leave (not all at once, ok?)

Introducing fearless rookie mom, Kristin Helms

March 7, 2014

I’m so excited to introduce you to Kristin Helms, a San Diego mama to baby Blake, who has been tackling and documenting our rookie moms challenges for 6 weeks now! Awesome, right? We had the pleasure of seeing these two in person last week when we attended the Baby Bloggy Bootcamp in the same city. […]

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Activity #4: Visit the fabric store

March 3, 2014

This is our fourth weekly challenge for rookie moms. Take a walk through a fabric store with your baby in a front carrier. If you’re game, pick up something for a fun craft project. If your baby’s gender was not known and you have stack of pale green and yellow clothes you don’t love, buy […]

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