From the category archives:

Month 7

I was a tourist in my own town {Rookie Moms Challenge #24}

May 23, 2014

There is nothing I love more than exploring new small towns full of local stores and delicious eats. When I saw Rookie Moms Challenge #24: Be a tourist in your own town, I loved the idea of “visiting” my own hometown. I took this challenge very seriously. And by seriously, I mean, I packed as […]

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The new mom challenge I didn’t want to do {Rookie Moms Challenge #17}

May 13, 2014

When I first discovered, it must have been by googling “What to do if you are a mom” at 3:45 AM. And hallelujah, the clouds parted. A list! A challenge! A saving grace! This would help me get back on track. This would help me figure out what to do with my new-momhood. This […]

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Activity #13: Hit on another rookie mom

March 25, 2014

Making other new mom friends is vital. And, yes, a little bit scary. Are you too shy to meet a possibly interesting person? While that’s totally and completely NORMAL, we want you to go for it anyway. Today’s assignment is to approach someone else with a baby. Your own baby is a social lubricant. Check out […]

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Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges

February 2, 2014

Why these challenges? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of talking about length of […]

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Dangerous baby photo inspiration from Someday I’ll Learn

September 2, 2013

I am excited to share more fun photos to share with you from Chelsea and Nate Day. I call these the Danger Baby series. Degree of Difficulty = EASY Baby driving a car, just add parked car.  Degree of Difficulty = Medium Baby as football, just add strong arm Baby flying, be careful. Degree of […]

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Activity #137: Split your movie date

July 18, 2013

Between the high price of a babysitter and movie admission prices, it can be hard to imagine a cheap evening date. So, follow the example of rookie dad Edwin and his wife: Go see a new-release movie while your partner stays home with the baby; return home and then stay with the baby while your […]

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Activity #158: Get on the dance floor at Baby Loves Disco

February 7, 2013

Last year, Heather and I had the pleasure of teaming up with Baby Loves Disco, the providers of kid-friendly dance parties around the country. They had a 10-day mini-tour in the Bay Area and we hit two of the parties in partnership with our hyperlocal blog, for East Bay parents. When our first babes […]

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Bake a cookie (or three)

October 15, 2012

When Whitney was a brand-new-rookie-mom, I brought over a half-cooked lasagne and a carton of cookie dough balls from a specialty deli. I thought I was pretty darn smart. Unlike most other things I thought I knew before having a baby of my own, I was right about the cookies! You can bake them one […]

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Activity #305: Alter your board books

August 16, 2012

We had a board book that I didn’t like too much. The illustrations were too wishy washy and there were too many words. We also had a board book that I loved, by Todd Parr, called This is My Hair. Bold illustrations and simple text. Plus funny. I decided I wanted the first book to […]

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Makin’ it: Monogrammed baby blanket

June 25, 2012

I saw this cute personalized baby blanket made by Two Tinas* on Daily Candy years ago, and I thought, “I can do that!” Well, I was half right. Though it counts as easy sewing, it took me a team to get it done. I first tried to make one for my niece and required my […]

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Makin’ it: Shopping cart cover (no sew!)

March 19, 2012

I wanted to buy or make a shopping cart cover for Baby Sawyer to protect him from those nasty grocery store germs when I discovered this tutorial from Kim on Little Rays of Sunshine. Because it uses fleece, there is NO SEWING INVOLVED. It also does double duty as a highchair cover. Yippee and Yahooo! […]

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Activity #43: Try a half-sleepover

October 24, 2011

When our kids were younger, Heather was a little bit obsessed with putting them to bed at each other’s houses in order to allow us to have nighttime plans with each other. We pulled this off quite a bit when we were rookie moms. With two kids each now, it’s not really worth the hassle; […]

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