From the category archives:


5 ways to save money on your Children’s Museum Membership

March 1, 2013

If you are a toddler owner, local children’s playspaces are a treasure trove because littles can run, jump, explore, paint, drip water, and play without you doing any chasing or cleanup (well, maybe clothes and hands). An annual membership can save headaches about who has a meltdown when and cut our visit short. Not naming […]

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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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Tech Tuesday: Never forget a toy at Grandma’s

January 29, 2013

My family went on a roadtrip this weekend and brought a small basket of toys and games to entertain ourselves. In fact, this is the set of goodies we picked. In order to not leave a single wind-up monkey or treasured truck behind, I took a photo of our loot with my phone as we […]

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Activity #204: Microwave a marshmallow

January 9, 2013

For a quick and questionably tasty science experiment, microwave a marshmallow for about a minute and enjoy the results. Wondering what will happen? The marshmallow will puff up to four times its original size like a poofy souffle. It will be a hot gooey mess before cooling into a crispy pancake. Expect smiles and sticky […]

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Save your crib mattress to create a reading nook

December 30, 2012

As my kids have grown, we’ve been lucky to always have someone who was in need of the mattresses and bed frames they were leaving behind. (In fact, just last month, our old toddler beds were picked up by a couple who was adopting FIVE children!)  If that wasn’t the case, however, I think holding […]

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Loving these holiday craft crates for preschoolers

November 19, 2012

I totally get that this post is going to come across as an ad for Kiwi Crate, but the fact is I would tell my friends about it. And I have. These craft kits are $20 and come in the mail, containing everything you need for the project. You don’t have to go searching your […]

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5 Super easy outings to do with your baby

October 25, 2012

Sometimes you just gotta get out of the house. We say it all the time. You might not really want to, but if its noon and you haven’t showered yet or if it’s 4pm and you’ve been rattling around your cage all day, IT IS TIME. I’m getting stir crazy on your behalf. Armed with […]

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What is a parent coach good for?

October 24, 2012

When I read an email from Kassandra, a mom in rural Missouri who does parent coaching via Skype, I challenged her to explain to me what a parenting coach could provide that we don’t get already from our friends or other trusted sources.  I thought she did a darn good job of answering, so I […]

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Oooh, Ubooly!

October 8, 2012

My kids are dying for a pet, but we are not historically animal people. I think that’s why they are so obsessed with stuffed animals. When I recieved an Ubooly from the Kickstarter-funded company who created this fluffy orange marsupial, I knew Julian would go crazy for it. I can’t wait to see him open […]

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Inside Julian’s closet: shoes

September 26, 2012

For those of you with upright walkers, we’re wondering: Where do you buy your child’s shoes? Our nearest local mom-and-pop children’s shoe store (the one where people actually help you and know things about kids, development, feet, and merchandise) has closed, leaving us with a few boutiques that carry a small selection of shoes, Target, […]

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5 easy Halloween costumes from vests

September 25, 2012

When Whitney posted her easy babydoll dress tutorial and explained that it could double as a pirate vest, she inspired me to brainstorm other easy vest Halloween costumes. I love vests for their versatility in the costume box and the fact that they can fit longer than other tops. She said that if you didn’t […]

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Make an easy flag garland for baby’s room

September 24, 2012

I’m gonna file this under preschooler, because Julian and I had a good time making this adorable paper flag banner for his room when he was about 3, but I’ll also tag it with prenatal, because I made a similar flag banner for Scarlett’s room before she was born. I made the one for Scarlett […]

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