From the category archives:

Month 5

Activity #529: Cut up your baby announcements

December 15, 2009

When I saw this “first ornament” tutorial on Wedding Bee, I thought it meant for a baby’s first Christmas, but soon understood that it’s for a couple’s first married Christmas. Why was I reading WeddingBee.com? Who knows. I get easily lost in the Internets. Made from leftover wedding invites, it is a clever and subtle […]

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Activity #437: Get high on fidelity

August 25, 2009

Here’s a fun little activity to squeeze in during naptime this week. Try this suggestion excerpted from the book If You Give a Mom a Martini…100 Ways to Find 10 Blissful Minutes for Yourself to bring back that loving feeling (before its gone gone gone): TOOLS NEEDED: Wedding album and/or video Holy Matrimony! Is that […]

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Activity #291: Let your baby ride the family pet

August 19, 2009

Some day, your baby will be a man. When that time comes, your pet will fit in your kid’s lap. But for now, isn’t it super cute and funny to take pictures that really show how teeny weeny your little one is? Make sure to follow common sense tips for pet safety, but he’s your […]

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Host a FRESH movie screening

July 3, 2009

Last week I saw this eye-opening documentary, Fresh, about our overly-complex food system and I wanted to share. My favorite story from the movie was about the woman who figured out how to get grocery stores in her area to label Fresh and Local products so it is much easier to support our local farmers […]

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Activity #579: Jam it, pickle it, cure it

April 26, 2009

I consider myself a crafty lady. I’m not super accomplished in this arena, but I’ve given my share of handmade gifts. My friend Karen is suddenly challenging my definition of “crafty” by suggesting that I make fruit leather, toaster tarts, and BUTTER in her new book Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking […]

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Activity #314: Throw some (poop) away

March 27, 2009

Before I suggest an activity today, I want to share this piece of conceptual art my son produced the other day. He is four years old, and as such, poop is one of his favorite things to talk about. In this masterful drawing, he has combined visual representation of poop with text in a chaotic, […]

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Activity #302: Wear fleece

March 12, 2009

My friend at work, Melanie, gave me this tip for parents in the professional world. It’s sorta the opposite approach of Heather’s suggestion to keep your shirt off. Pick an old large fleece and designate it as your pre-work cover up. Get dressed for work in your cashmere sweater set, dry-cleaned blazer, or whatever your […]

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Activity #273: (Heart) someone or something

February 5, 2009

Make your partner feel loved by using your baby’s chest as advertising space. Put an “I love” message on a onesie or bib and take a picture of the baby wearing it. This baby is rocking the straightforward message to daddy. I myself prefer a more subtle tribute to my husband with a projection of […]

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Activity #29: Trick your baby into sitting up

January 19, 2009

Instead of just waiting around for the big milestones to occur, we want to give you something to do. Sit the baby up in front of you (supporting back shoulders, grab the overall suspenders, or whatever feels right) and dangle toys in front of him. Swinging at toys while seated is a brand new experience. […]

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Activity #134: Record baby laughing or babbling

December 15, 2008

Videotape or tape record baby laughing or babbling. These early sounds will delight you later and will also be thrilling for baby’s grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Ok, thrilling is an overstatement. Whitney went all high-tech to record this one of Scarlett “reading” the Boynton classics but you could use a simple recorder or a 10-second […]

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Activity #503: Start raising a treehugger

April 29, 2008

I’m not really so much of a treehugger myself. I’m all for the values associated with it, I just don’t like being cold or wet, so my hiking adventures are limited to sunny days. But not too sunny, because I don’t want us to get burned. Hiking is such a great thing to do as […]

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Take an arty baby picture

February 29, 2008

Whitney and I had a great time the other week lugging our boys out to Marin County to visit the professional photographer for our free 8×10. Luckily, we turned the afternoon into a huge adventure and didn’t get too upset that the photos were not worth paying for. We learned what we already suspected: that […]

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