From the category archives:

Month 12

Activity #430: Thrift your heart out

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) […]

Activity #45: For a good time, check the garage

Let’s see… we have in our garage a baby bathtub we’re not using, a jogging stroller we rarely use, baby toys that are too young for my son, and some gift wrapping paraphanalia that he’d surely love to dig into. Do you have gear you never use? Get out that backpack or jogging stroller, even […]

Make a fancy photo book

Just in case you haven’t been so good about keeping a baby book… photo websites make it super easy to make gorgeous coffee table type albums that will make you look so very together. When my mom and I took a very special girls trip to Italy to celebrate my 30th birthday (thanks Mom!), I […]

Love your local library

Nick checks out the board books

You already know that the library is a fun place to take baby, but did you realize how it can be a money saver and a sanity saver too? You can stop by the local library and bring home board books, big kid books, learning-to-sign dvd’s, and video rentals for grown-ups (often free for a […]

Activity #395: Find a new bookstore

Today we went to Piedmont for a birthday brunch and found ourselves with 20 minutes to kill and a dirty diaper to deal with. Magically, I looked up to find that we were standing in front of Lucciola, a children’s bookstore. It was the type of place that Meg Ryan would have had in You’ve […]

Use valet parking

The seriousness of this suggestion totally depends on where you live. I can tell you, however, that in San Francisco, where I stupidly walked up a hill, at night in high heels, five weeks after a C-section, I was cursing my husband the whole time that we should have valet parked. If you are a […]

Activity #180: Play the shell game

To prepare your baby for the fact that life is hard and he may eventually be earning a living playing con-games against tourists on the streets of New York City, you’ll want to introduce him to the shell game. Take 3 plastic bowls or cups and put them face down on the ground after first […]

Wish for material possessions

Is your family big on gift-giving? Make a wishlist online on behalf of your baby to help them pick appropriate gifts. You get the joy of “shopping” without spending any money. Amazon,,, you get the idea. If you like the unique stuff found in more boutique-y style stores, check out for tips […]

Activity #248: Take splashy pictures

Soggy baby

My friend Linda suggested this one… maybe you can try it? Get a disposable water camera and get in the tub (or pool) with your little one and take splashy photos. You can take underwater pictures of their cute feet! We just did this, but haven’t gotten any photos developed so I’m not sure yet […]