From the category archives:

Month 7

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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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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Activity #31: Go out for just dessert

August 1, 2011

I am assuming that I am not the only rookie mom for whom leaving my child to be put to bed by a babysitter for the first time was scary. My kid never took a bottle, so I pretty much had to be there for a bedtime nursing for the first ten months. This feeling […]

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Activity #55: Feed your baby pumpkin

October 14, 2010

Simple, cheap, healthy baby food nominee of the month: pumpkin. The fall fruits and vegetables provide a ton of great choices for easy baby food. With all the whipping and mashing, we are pretty much all eating baby food this time of year. One of my favorite go-to, easy peasy options is pumpkin. Just open […]

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Jessica and Holden’s Very Rookie Summer

August 13, 2010

Voila, the seventh edition of our Very Rookie Summer series! Jessica is a rookie mom deep in the middle of her first year in Alabama. Her sidekick is six-month old Holden (great name!). She chronicles their adventures at her blog, Mother of a Homegrown Kid. As a new mom getting the baby out of the […]

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Activity #253: Give your baby a pickle

May 25, 2010

What?! Yep, a pickle spear for a baby. I discovered this little trick while Holden was sitting in my lap and I was trying to eat a slice of pizza. I handed him the pickle spear figuring he’d lick it, make a face and get on with grabbing for my lunch. Well, he loved it! […]

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Reader Did-Do: Monthly chair photos

April 8, 2010

A local-to-us rookie mom, Jen, told us “The monthly shot (now on 2nd kid, too) with the same toy in the same chair is still going strong at now 33 months. (No, we haven’t figured out when we’ll stop. Kindergarten? When she rolls her eyes & flips us off every month?)” I asked her to […]

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Activity #442: Make a conversation heart

February 3, 2010

‘member those candy hearts that say “Me Too” or “Love Ya”? They’re called conversation hearts. A few years ago, Rookie Moms reader, Veronica, suggested that we use our babies to make cards with this Valentine’s Day theme for our family members this year: Pay homage to the throwback days when you made Valentine’s for every […]

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Commit to a sexual resolution

December 31, 2009

Our friend and once-rookie mom Kristen Chase, aka The Mominatrix, has challenged moms across the nation to participate in a 30-day program during which we’ll have one new task per day, all aimed to improve your sex life and self confidence. Tomorrow’s challenge? Wear a thong. And make sure your partner knows it. I think […]

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Activity #401: Master your household tasks

November 4, 2009

When I am queen of the universe, I will never ever have to do another dish. Nobody in my house will leave the cap off the toothpaste or leave a wet towel on the floor. And if, by chance, I ever do it, someone will pick up immediately after me without any judgment or dirty […]

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