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Books

We give you our no-BS opinion on many books in the parenting genre from awesome cookbooks for busy parents to the book that tells your mom to step off (but you totally still love and trust her). From fun to serious. Oh, and did we mention, we have a book?!

Loving on our (germy) local library {Rookie Moms Challenge #18}

July 30, 2014

Challenge # 18: Check out the Library is one of 52 challenges for new moms on this site. Easy peasy. After our previous Cruise Director meltdown, I felt sure that checking out the library would prove to be a walk in the park, literally. I am really lucky to live in a town with an […]

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Must-read: Tinkerlab, a hands-on guide for little inventors

June 18, 2014

I love following my friend Rachelle on Instagram because she is always doing simple, yet brilliant, things with her kids. Last year she started tagging her Instagram photos with the hashtag #creativetable to indicate a practice of putting a few compelling materials on a blank table as an invitation for her daughters to “tinker.” Some […]

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We give you our no-BS opinion on many books in the parenting genre from awesome cookbooks for busy parents to the book that tells your mom to step off (but you totally still love and trust her). From fun to serious. Oh, and did we mention, we have a book?!

Summer reading for grown-ups (with a promo code!)

June 10, 2014

This post is sponsored by Scribd. I love reading on vacation, and often plow through three books on a week-long trip. Since both my kids can swim, when we went to Mexico in April, what my children will probably remember as a jumping-in-the-pool vacation, I will remember as a devouring-books-by-the-pool vacation. I need only look […]

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Father’s Day “do-together” gift ideas

May 29, 2014

Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring this post about Father’s Day gifts. Observations of holidays like Father’s Day run the gamut from pancakes instead of cold cereal for breakfast to shiny new tablets wrapped in red ribbons. At least I’ve been led to believe this by all the Father’s Day advertising I’ve seen in recent weeks. […]

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We give you our no-BS opinion on many books in the parenting genre from awesome cookbooks for busy parents to the book that tells your mom to step off (but you totally still love and trust her). From fun to serious. Oh, and did we mention, we have a book?!

100 fun things to do with your baby

February 14, 2014

A valuable list of very simple things every rookie mom needs to know are included in the new book Homemade Play by early childhood educator Kim Lyons. These are not life-saving skills like how to treat a high fever, but rather revelatory concepts, such as things you can do with a kitchen sponge to entertain […]

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Book report: Happiest Toddler on the Block

February 7, 2014

I was very lucky to meet Dr. Harvey Karp at a conference last year, and he gave me a copy of the Happiest Toddler on the Block DVD. Since I had so many specific questions for him, I didn’t confess that I’d already seen it thanks to the library. Let me cut to the chase, […]

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We give you our no-BS opinion on many books in the parenting genre from awesome cookbooks for busy parents to the book that tells your mom to step off (but you totally still love and trust her). From fun to serious. Oh, and did we mention, we have a book?!

My toddler’s favorite potty training books

January 24, 2014

As we consider upping our potty training, these books are now in rotation during storytime (Yes, storytime. I can’t doo books while on the potty. Ick). Once Upon a Potty. We love the book about Joshua and his tireless mother; it teaches patience for all of us. Also comes in girl flavor. Everyone Poops. Stylized […]

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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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We give you our no-BS opinion on many books in the parenting genre from awesome cookbooks for busy parents to the book that tells your mom to step off (but you totally still love and trust her). From fun to serious. Oh, and did we mention, we have a book?!

Ashlee Wells Jackson thinks you’re beautiful

October 28, 2013

Do you love your 4th trimester body? If you’re like me, then you don’t. But if you’re more like Ashlee Wells Jackson, you recognize that motherhood, pregnancy, and breastfeeding change women’s bodies in real, beautiful, and necessary ways that shouldn’t be denied or hidden. Dang. The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photo documentary […]

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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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We give you our no-BS opinion on many books in the parenting genre from awesome cookbooks for busy parents to the book that tells your mom to step off (but you totally still love and trust her). From fun to serious. Oh, and did we mention, we have a book?!

Book review for new parents: The Wonder Weeks

May 24, 2013

When we posted a list of 9 books for new moms and dads, I left out a book recommended by New Jersey reader Rebecca Cain, The Wonder Weeks because I had never heard of it and wanted to learn more. I asked Rebecca to tell me more about the book and she’s done us all […]

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Superfun gift idea: Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects

May 23, 2013

Mike Adamick is a San Francisco Dad that we’ve known since his first grader was a baby. We featured her doing normal baby stuff for a day, and I still love that post. In addition to thoughtful essays, his blog is stuffed full of creative adventures, crafty projects, and homemade clothing that he makes for […]

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