From the category archives:


9 do-able Thanksgiving contributions for rookie moms

November 5, 2013

Repeat after me: Rookie moms should not be in charge of the entire Thanksgiving meal! Get yourself some real help either with food prep, childcare, or (better!) both. Hacks for new parents hosting the big meal: I found myself in this position the first year I had a baby because it seemed easier than traveling […]

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Now it’s easy to take 365 pictures in a year

October 31, 2013

I’ve been wanting to do the Project 365 (take a photo a day for a year) thing since 2006 and I did it! And then some. Now I just gotta get all those pictures together and wallpaper my office or make a book. I used the app Project 365 to remind me to take and […]

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How to conquer the intimidating task of giving two babies a bath

October 14, 2013

When I became pregnant with baby #2 (the one we now call Milo), Whitney asked our friends and scoured the Internets for baby advice for me. The best one about bathing a baby (when you have two under two or even two under three) is “Just bathe the dirtiest one.” We used that tip for […]

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Books for preparing toddlers for a new sibling

September 23, 2013

You know what a lot of people do about two years after they have a baby? They have another one. Is this — or was this — your plan? Making siblings is powerful stuff. Before Scarlett was born, I took a little class helping toddlers prepare for a new sibling. The instructor shared a book […]

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Quirky product I love: the Bjorn Cape

June 24, 2013

I guess it’s technically called BabyBjorn Cover for Baby Carrier and not a Cape, but I need to recommend this nice-to-have number for the following real-life situations that I encountered while toting my baby in his carrier: Nap = worth weight in gold. I’m at Studio Grow or Music Class with the big one and […]

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5 tips for a cheap(er) third birthday party

May 15, 2013

From the oldies files! We threw a real birthday party for Holden this year and we tried to do it on the cheap. The funny thing was that we had a great plan — some of it was even well-executed — and we still spent more than $150. Ouch! I think with hindsight, I could […]

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The warm fuzzies at Mama Bear Tech conference

April 23, 2012

Last week, Whitney presented 99 content ideas for your blog in front of a packed house at the MamaBear Family Tech conference, and I was so proud of her. Since her panel was immediately following LeVar Burton (from Roots, Reading Rainbow and Star Trek fame), I grabbed them both to be in a photo with […]

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What to feed a picky toddler

March 15, 2012

While I was choosing my organic applesauce at the grocery store, I ran into Superhero Andrea, and she asked me for some good suggestions for what to feed toddlers. In fact, she asked me if I had anything on my blog about it already, which made me think I should write a little something — […]

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Flashback Friday: 10 years ago today

January 27, 2012

Ten years ago, Whitney and I ran the San Francisco Half Marathon with another friend. We were fairly fit in those days between running and biking but doing a half marathon was no easy feat. On that fateful day, I met the man who would become RookieDad Alec. A mutual friend introduced us shortly after […]

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If you named your baby after your pregnancy craving…

January 25, 2012

What would his or her name be? I read this thread in my babycenter birth club and I just about peed my pants laughing so hard. I tended toward sweet indulgences each time and I had no idea that Taco Bell was such a popular craving food. My son Sawyer would have to be called […]

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And now for something completely absurd

January 24, 2012

Nine hours spent in the Kenmore Live studio in Chicago over the weekend were filled with activity. The forty-five bloggers in attendance got divided into teams and we participated in challenges throughout the day, reality tv-style, while cameras followed us around the studio. I do not have vegetable chopping skills like a cooking channel contestant, […]

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BlogHer11: the one where I felt like a (mega pregnant) fairy princess

August 16, 2011

Just getting away on a short flight to San Diego for a few days with my BFF might have been enough to carve a smile onto my face for a week. Add to that the kindness of bloggers and strangers (and a few generous vendors) to a 35-weeks pregnant chick, and it was an amazing […]

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