From the category archives:

Month 12

Activity #37: Meow, bark and tweet at the pet store

September 12, 2011

My friend Mary (who had her son Del in the same hospital the day after I had Julian) gave this idea to our moms group. She said that 13-month old Del loves the pet store where he can check out the animals, especially the birds. Does your baby love animals? Mine really did (and still […]

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Activity #191: Make a flipbook from your videos

April 13, 2011

When I read about the service,, in Real Simple magazine a few years ago, I fell in love with the idea. During a long nap I had to myself, I hung out on the computer messing with the video clips I have of Julian. They let you upload a video and then make some […]

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Activity #223: Make magnets

November 19, 2010

This is a crafty gift idea, posted by request. I recently made a set of magnets for everyone in my Mom’s Group. I presented them in a stack with a little ribbon around them. I chose to do 1.5 inch squares, but you can do whatever floats your boat. All you have to do is […]

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Complain to your baby

August 4, 2010

Here’s the affirmation of the month: It’s hard to listen to whining! No one will argue with you on that. In moments of frustration, tell your toddler that, and don’t take the whining personally. Sometimes we feel like we can’t complain about motherhood. But we can describe it. If someone asks how it’s going, you […]

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Put your Stander-Upper down for a nap

April 15, 2010

Spend a little extra time putting your active monkey down, and see if it pays off. When Julian first started standing in his crib, I was at a loss for how to get him to nap. After listening carefully to Ryan’s procedure for putting him down, I realized I was trying to do it too […]

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Activity #96: Make a list of 50 things you like to do

February 5, 2010

This sounds like a self-help suggestion, but it’s actually really fun and the best part is trading your list with your friends and/or spouse if you can convince them to do it. Heather challenged me to do make a list of 50 things I like to do, and then she went all over-achiever on my […]

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Activity #256: Make a Memory game

December 22, 2009

Here’s a gift idea. Make a personalized version of the game Memory. You know, where you turn over two tiles to try to make a match. Each time you make a match, you remove the tiles until you have matched all the pairs. I made this for my grandparents one Christmas. It is about half-way […]

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Set up a backyard festival

August 27, 2009

Entertaining Julian in the afternoon is best done outside. Inside he is totally crabby from about 3 to 6 pm. I’ve discovered things he likes and have been lazy enough to just put them all in the backyard at once so that he can roam from activity to activity over the course of an hour. […]

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Activity #285: Swap, Mamas!

August 13, 2009

We are big fans of the clothing swap as a girls-only daytime get together. Because why shouldn’t your good stuff go to someone who will enjoy it?! We’ve been doing it for about 10 years. Since we entered the world of parenthood, we started adding some maternity and baby items to our swaps, but since […]

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Give thanks (a holiday bonus) to your regular caregiver

November 21, 2008

I love our very sweet caregiver for Scarlett. She comes to our house three times per week, for five hour shifts, to allow me to do some of the freelance writing and marketing work that I do. Around here, it’s pretty common to set up what we call a “nanny share”. In our case, another […]

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Activity #430: Thrift your heart out

October 7, 2008

Dutch from Sweet Juniper is psyched about passing on his love for thrift stores to toddler Juniper. His recommended outing sounds best for a toddler who will truly enjoy the piles of broken baby dolls, rusty toy cars and weird furniture that a thrift store has to offer. (photo: Sweet Juniper in a thrifted outfit) […]

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Activity #525: Sew a tshirt dress for little missy

July 25, 2008

You know I’m officially crazy when I stop a mom in the park and ask if I can take a picture of her baby for my blog. As if a blog is something that she should understand and clearly want to be a part of. Cuckoo. Anyhow, little Natasha’s mom was agreeable, and I am […]

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