From the category archives:

Month 7

Activity #163: Set the timer for 15 minutes

September 22, 2009

Having trouble motivating to clean the house? Me too! It seems like every time I manage to pick up all the plastic crap, some little person chucks it around again. And don’t get me started on the laundry situation. One idea that I like when the messes are particularly out of control is to set […]

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Make your own baby food

May 19, 2009

photo by Wendy If you think we are over ambitious granola moms for even suggesting this idea, I totally get it. There is nothing wrong with jarred baby food. I personally found making food this way fun, so there’s that. Please just click a link to the right to find an article that better suits […]

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Activity #119: Leave the house no matter what

December 19, 2008

Rainy? Snowy? Go to the mall.

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Activity #540: Buy one less thing

August 14, 2008

I am assuming that Seattle, like Berkeley, is a hotbed of green ideas. So it’s no surprise that Lynn at Family Style Love says “I think that I have become borderline obsessed with “greening” my life.” She makes the most excellent point that all the magazine articles that are selling us greener versions of products […]

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Activity #508: Make a bulldog photo wall

May 19, 2008

I saw this activity on photojojo this morning and ran right out for bulldog clips to get started. Unfortunately, my local Office Depot does not carry them in stock (nor does the next one down the street, which I stupidly thought was a different chain… but was the same chain!) so I got these over […]

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Activity #172: Get baby-proofing advice from an expert

April 25, 2008

I am not sure if I should be embarassed about this, but we had a consultant, “The Babyproofer”, come evaluate our home. He walked around and then told us all the things that could possibly kill our baby. This sounds dramatic, but we learned a distinction that we had not been making before his visit. […]

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Screen your baby’s vision

March 17, 2008

AKA Attend a private puppet show. Because of a little known program called InfantSEE (a public health initiative spear-headed by former President Carter), Holden’s eyes were checked for major vision problems by a nice person playing with hand puppets and shining lights in his face. If you ask him, I think he liked it only […]

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Activity #489: Embellish yet another baby shirt

February 19, 2008

When Heather and I were editing our book, I thought we were including one too many ways to decorate a baby’s chest. I hope we don’t sound like broken records, suggesting embellished onesies for every day of the week. But now, my friend Nila has delighted me with a style we haven’t posted yet, so […]

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Activity #155: Scatter toys

December 12, 2007

Early sitters need practice with balance. For Holden, I sit him down in Dwarf Land (pictured) and scatter rattles, toys, and other objects in a circle around him, the baby-sitter, and see what happens. Watch closely to prevent any embarrassing facial bruises. I either create a “circle of safety” with my arms or pad the […]

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Activity #162: Give yourself the four week challenge

October 2, 2007

It is flipping hard to get into a new routine. Especially with a little person in your life with their own needs, schedules, and unpredictability. I can recommend the four-week challenge to get yourself on track. Here are a few times I’ve tried it with mixed success: Prenatal yoga with a toddler in tow. Each […]

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Cook and play

August 24, 2007

Still having trouble getting dinner on the table? Us too! It seems like places like Emeryville’s Dinner Source are popping up all over the country to fill the need for quick, convenient, healthy meals. The idea is that we go there and assemble fresh, tasty meals and leave with dozens of future meals. And they […]

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Take a hike

July 15, 2007

Try out your big baby in a backpack carrier and hike around. If this is your first time using the backpack carrier, do yourself a favor and make the first hike around the house or the yard in case baby hates his new method of transport. When you’re ready, hit the real world for some […]

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