From the category archives:


Summer Fun Giveaway

August 11, 2014

What’s all this Back to School nonsense? Stop trying to end my summer! August isn’t half over yet and we still have a lot of water play to get into. Today we have a giveaway for those who don’t have a care in the world about school starting. We are thankful to the folks at […]

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Win the Ultimate Rookie Moms starter kit

March 17, 2014

Holy Cats guys, we have an epic giveaway for you today. Who wants to win more than $700 worth of new mama breastfeeding supplies? [Click the image to see the giant-ness of the prize package, pin to remember!] We had the good fortune of meeting Kerry from MilkCharms a few weeks ago, and he wrangled […]

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Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges

February 2, 2014

Why these challenges? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of talking about length of […]

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Introducing six new rookie moms!

January 27, 2014

As Heather and I have given away all of our maternity clothes, donated our front carriers to friends and neighbors, and deemed our families “complete”, we thought it was time to bring in some voices from the frontlines of baby-having. We were thrilled by pretty much every submission we got, and asked some folks to […]

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What I keep learning from Too Small to Fail

January 8, 2014

Over the past few months I worked with Go Mighty as part of the Too Small to Fail initiative. Along with a whole bunch of smart people, we’re working to close The Word Gap that affects far too many young children by taking little steps that have a big impact. So what did I do to help close the Word […]

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Are you an adventurous new mama-to-be with a blog?

January 6, 2014

If you have a baby bump; a penchant for chronicling your escapades; and a camera, we should really talk. Rookie Moms is about celebrating what’s fun (and real!) about the early years of motherhood. Since our own babies have dared to get bigger, we are currently looking for expectant moms (or moms with babies who […]

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Free parenting classes for moms in any location

December 19, 2013

We’re so excited to open up this set of classes from Some of the classes are “teleclasses”, meaning you call in to a phone number to listen to the speaker, and some are webinars, hosted online. All of the classes are designed for moms and new moms — and all of them are free. […]

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Most popular baby names of 2013

December 3, 2013 released the results of its annual Baby Names Survey and the Top 100 Baby Names of 2013, based on the names of 555,000 babies born in 2013 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website. Since my brother is expecting a baby TOMORROW (induction scheduled for tonight) and the baby’s planned name is Jaxon, I […]

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Just say YES to holiday stress

November 21, 2013

This post on reducing stress was sponsored by Pediacare as part of a continuing series on wellness. The holidays will officially begin when my mom arrives for Thanksgiving week. We’ll slide down a rabbit hole of sugar castles, half marathons, turkey dinners, and chaos that continues on through New Year’s Day. And somewhere in there, […]

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GIVEAWAY: Eco-friendly goodies for really cute babies (like yours)

November 14, 2013

My adorable friend Rachel at Club MomMe is bursting with baby #2 and I’m very excited for her. Pregnancy-related exhaustion aside, she has put together this super giveaway for us to share with you guys. (It’s worth following Club MomMe on Facebook because they give away amazing prizes on a regular basis.) If you want […]

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Check it out: Squeezy pouches for medicine delivery (sponsored)

October 30, 2013

Pediacare® is sponsoring a series of posts here and we hope that as we trod through cold and flu season together, you’ll find them useful. Sometimes a scary news story makes me question myself, even when I know what I’m doing. I keep hearing that acetaminophen is being doled out wrong, even by well-meaning parents […]

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My toddler is a sponge that I’m trying to fill up (+ keep clean)

October 22, 2013

This post is sponsored by Too Small To Fail. As I was dropping my little guy, now two, off at preschool this morning, I realized that I’m gonna have to start censoring the morning talk radio. Bummer. Whenever I have the big kids in the car, I channel surf to music-only stations switching it back […]

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