From the category archives:

Big Kid

Scarlett’s class Valentine’s Day card

February 8, 2013

Before I get all braggy about Scarlett’s adorable homemade Valentine’s, I want to make a few declarations. One is a quote from my friend Wendy, who wrote the following on Facebook: We are buying valentines and not making them this year. Because let’s be honest: the kids who receive them don’t give a shit. The […]

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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, 510families.com for East Bay parents. When our first babes […]

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100th day of Kindergarten projects

February 1, 2013

All around the country, Kindergarten students are getting the same assignment: In honor of the 100th day of school, create a project that brings to life the number 100. Many classrooms have a “100 Days Party”. “When did this start being a thing?” asked my friend Jen as she posted this picture of her daughter […]

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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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Geocaching: Fun for geeky moms, dads and kids

January 4, 2013

My kids are older than many of yours, but I want to share my experience with geocaching because sometimes new moms need a mission to get them out of the house and this could be it. Here’s what it is: Trinkets or “caches” have been hidden all around the world and clues are found on […]

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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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Eight years already?

October 10, 2012

Dear Julian, When you arrived eight years ago, at the end of a rainy October, days before a high-stakes Presidential election, we had no idea who you were. A healthy boy, eight pounds exactly, with a bit of dark hair. That was all the information we had. Before you were born and afterward, I read […]

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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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A story of Maia’s pierced ears

August 30, 2012

Julian’s best friend is a girl. She got her ears pierced during first grade which signaled to me that I needed to tune in to this event. In a couple of years, Scarlett may be asking for the same treatment as Maia, who is her idol. Two things I learned from other moms (including Maia’s) […]

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Makin’ it: Stuffed animal storage facility

August 27, 2012

Today I must share my family secret: my kids collect Webkinz. We have 42. If you had told me this would happen, I never would have believed you. It’s a little obscene. This picture shows only a portion of them. Webkinz are stuffed animals — though Scarlett and Julian will correct you if you use […]

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Healthy snacks for little kids

August 20, 2012

I am sharing my views on healthy snacks for little ones courtesy of Mott’s Snack and Go Applesauce Pouches. Some time between breastfeeding and back-to-school, there’s a transition: a nursing baby can eat up to 12 times per day while an adult human generally has three meals per day with a snack or two thrown […]

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Anatomy of a slumber party

August 20, 2012

I tried to follow these great tips from Marinka on how to host your first sleepover, but I broke the most important rule immediately: Invite Only One Child. We had never hosted a sleepover before though our children have gone on them. Recently, Milo and a roving band of five year-olds had made the rounds […]

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