From the category archives:

Eating

Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

Activity #30: Stumble into a family-friendly pub

September 1, 2014

  Today’s challenge, your thirtieth, is to discover a family-friendly pub in your area and test it out. Yes, we tried this a few times. Sure, baby Julian made a frat boy of himself and booted the first time. Nobody cared! You don’t have to compromise on ambiance every time you go out for dinner […]

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The day my husband visited me “at work”

August 27, 2014

The reason I’m able to be a stay-at-home-mom is a double-edged sword. My husband, Mike, has a great job, but it’s pretty demanding. Twice a year I basically become a single parent for about 4-6 weeks, while he works 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week. About five weeks into this past season of single […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

We got rowdy at a pub with our baby {Rookie Moms Challenge #30}

August 26, 2014

The Challenge: Get Rowdy With the Rest of the Crowd The day before Mother’s Day was a glorious day on Long Island; not knowing if the weather would hold up the next day, I decided it would be best to do the activities I wanted to do on my special day Saturday instead: go out to […]

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I bribed my picky eater with toy dinosaurs for 2 weeks

August 20, 2014

Professionals recommend bribery Inspired by an NPR/Freakonomics story about bribery in which an economist gives each of his four children the opportunity to earn “a lot of money” for eating fresh fish in Hawaii every day during their vacation, I decided to try to bribe my preschooler with trinkets to try new-to-him foods. After all, […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

Activity #28: Pack a picnic and roll in the grass

August 18, 2014

The challenge for the day is to take advantage of a warm afternoon and feed your family outside; it’s time for a real live picnic. It is so much easier to clean up Cheerio crumbs when I can just shake my blanket into the grass and leave the rest to the bugs. I like to […]

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Star Wars birthday party ideas on a budget

July 25, 2014

What’s the difference between a third child and a first child? The first child has a “Star Wars fourth birthday party” and he’s never seen Star Wars. The third child can hum along the Clone Wars theme song before he can even speak. With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon and Clone Wars […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

What I wish I could do over: Introducing my kid to food

July 16, 2014

My nine-year old son is a very picky eater. I was the same way. The world will not end over this, and he is certainly not lacking in the nutrition department — red bell pepper, raw spinach leaves, and hummus are on his limited list of approved foods. More than anything, it’s inconvenient. Going to […]

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Activity #20: Visit a Farmers Market

June 23, 2014

Navigating the stroller through a busy farmers market is a worthwhile challenge. There are so many things to look at for your baby, it’s worth the effort. Does this not sound like enough action for you? Believe me, it is. You will see other babies, musicians, and tasty food. Look around and choose a vegetable […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

Join the Pumping Project

May 28, 2014

Look at this woman.  Do you look like her when you express milk for your baby? If so, please explain yourself. Having spent a fair amount of time both pumping and searching for images of pumping women from the major pump manufacturers, we’ve found there is a lack of unrealistic imagery out there. That photo […]

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The control freak’s guide to grocery shopping with a baby

May 20, 2014

I am an Industrial Engineer by training. If you think that makes me a laid-back parent, you are wrong. I often obsess about the exact right solution to any given parenting challenge (many of which you would not even recognize as problems, I’m told). Whitney asked me to share my overly specific recommendations for grocery shopping […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

Sneaky parent trick: serve frozen fruit – wait for it – frozen

May 15, 2014

At my daughter’s soccer practice, held on a hot day, I was asked to bring popsicles to reward/motivate the girls. Between the shlepping involved to accomplish this feat and my Berkeley-mom guilt over giving kids a sweet treat at 5.30 pm, I decided to peer into my freezer. A bag of frozen peaches was my […]

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Activity #14: Start your own Breakfast Club

May 12, 2014

I love this rookie year activity for getting together in a social but EASY way: Start a weekly Breakfast Club with other new moms. Gather your girlfriends and take turns at each other’s houses serving breakfast and drinks and allowing the babies to play (or just roll near each other as the case may be). I tried […]

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