From the category archives:


Happy 0-5 to Holden

May 12, 2010

Happy birthday to my five-year old rookie baby. Yes, Holden, you made me a mom, mommy, mama, mother, and even a mommyblogger. You rocked my world and changed my life. But that was then, who are you now? You are a fun-loving, outgoing, social-as-heck biking dude. You love big machines, digging in the sand, watching […]

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Who else likes BABIES?

May 7, 2010

Last month, I was very lucky to go to the BABIES documentary San Francisco premiere. I laughed; I smirked; I squirmed. And I think all parents and parents-to-be would have similar emotional reactions (but probably to different parts). You try to sit still as a naked baby is surrounded by a herd of cattle, I […]

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Eat. Blog. Run. is this weekend!

April 30, 2010

Holy Fearless Friday, Eat. Blog. Run. starts today. I am sitting at the desk of the Country Inns & Suites in Sunnyvale awaiting the rest of my teammates, guzzling water and blogging. Several months ago — when May seemed like a really long time away — Marie from Make And Takes invited me to join […]

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Stop lugging carseats on airplanes

April 9, 2010

Traveling with toddlers is not easy under the best of circumstances. If you’re really lucky, the flight is smooth, you packed enough snacks, the in-flight movie doesn’t include scary stuff, and you’ve scored a SkyMall catalog perfect for I Spy. After Holden turned about 8 months old, he was so darn squirmy that we vowed […]

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Reader Did-Do: Monthly chair photos

April 8, 2010

A local-to-us rookie mom, Jen, told us “The monthly shot (now on 2nd kid, too) with the same toy in the same chair is still going strong at now 33 months. (No, we haven’t figured out when we’ll stop. Kindergarten? When she rolls her eyes & flips us off every month?)” I asked her to […]

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Cheat sheet of non-toxic tips and eco-wisdom

March 29, 2010

I asked Janelle Sorensen, the Senior Editor and Outreach Director for Healthy Child Healthy World, to help me create a round-up of great green parent bloggers and she vastly exceeded my expectations. Janelle lives in the mountains of Arizona with her husband, daughters, and puppy. Below, she shares her story for getting involved in non-toxic […]

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Be selfish, be happy

February 4, 2010

As a mom of five children, Meagan Francis is no rookie. When she launched The Happiest Mom, I invited her to share some of her experience to inspire moms to have more fun during the first years of motherhood. She offers us some tips and reassurance that happy moms put themselves on top of the […]

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What’s new on the review blog?

January 27, 2010

Whitney reviewed a high-tech family cruiser and we are giving away a $500 Visa gift card. Your odds are still good! I explain why I love and hate the book Nurtureshock. Did you read it? Share your thoughts. I beg you.

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Bucket list update: 45 days to go

January 15, 2010

I’m going to fail this challenge. And fail it hard. If I couldn’t/wouldn’t/didn’t do these tasks in the past (1,001) – (45) days, I’m sure as heck not going to complete them now. Oh yes, I’m awesome and I can start a blog and publish a book, but I guess I can’t just do everything […]

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Our first chapter book

January 7, 2010

Holden’s preschool started reading “chapter books” before naptime at the beginning of the school year. I wasn’t familiar with the term, but as a college-educated woman, I figured it out soon enough. A chapter book is a book with chapters and maybe some pages with no pictures at all. Whoa. Harry Potter, here we come. […]

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Fearless Friday: start running

January 1, 2010

In observance of Fearless Friday today, I was torn between two recent (and fearless) pledges. I could talk about my commitment to join the mominatrix in her sexual resolution. Lord knows that’s scary to admit in public. But, nah, Whitney talked about that yesterday! So, instead, I announce my plan to fearlessly reclaim an athletic […]

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Desperately seeking 5k training buddies

December 27, 2009

My boys stayed in their matching Christmas jammies all day on Friday. It was a first. We played with new toys and read books until it was time to go to bed again. One benefit is that transitions such as “getting ready in the morning” and “getting ready for bed” are noticeably smoother when nobody […]

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