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Dinner on the table

Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

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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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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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Activity #98: Plan a pizza party playdate in the park

April 25, 2014

Inspired by the recent warmer weather, I present an activity that is both easier and more social than having a picnic dinner with your baby: Let your pizza guy do all the heavy lifting. I like to order from my local pizza place, Lanesplitters, and ask them to deliver to my nearest kiddie playground. I […]

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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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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Reader tip: Minestrone soup for toddlers

August 20, 2013

Sarah reports that her son Theo has never met a food he doesn’t like. Lucky mama! She shared a tip that sounded brilliant to me: Take a can of low-sodium minestrone soup and dump it in a strainer. Serve your self-feeding baby or toddler the remaining bits and let him explore what he likes. “Pasta, […]

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Activity #21: Cook dinner after dinner

August 15, 2013

Since becoming a mom, I have been experimenting with many different ways to get dinner on the table with minimal fuss. I was a freakin’ industrial engineer in college and I’ve been a management consultant for over ten years. Why is this still so hard for me?! Apparently during those working-sans-baby years, I was just […]

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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Pizza to the rescue. Again.

May 22, 2013

This is the second post in our series sponsored by Annie’s Homegrown. When Julian started playing soccer, I suddenly understood why fast food is so dang popular with families in America. Working parents and afterschool activities combine in a way that makes the dinner production incredibly challenging. Now Scarlett is in gymnastics and Julian has […]

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Fast, healthy side dishes for Pizza Night

May 9, 2013

This post is sponsored by Annie’s, makers of bunny crackers, and now frozen Pizza! On any given weeknight, I am working against the clock to get a healthy meal on the table during the span of a 25-minute block of television (sometimes I have only 12 minutes, but those nights are crazy!). I am a […]

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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

How to make sweet potatoes for your picky eater

January 16, 2013

Sweet potatoes are a super food, meaning that they are packed with nutrients. If you can get your kid to like them, you’ll have an easy veggie to turn to when times are tough — like when you can’t think of anything to make besides pasta. There’s a lot you can do with sweet potatoes, […]

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Rookie mom snapshot: Sabrina and Raffi at 10 months

September 5, 2012

My friend and fellow babycenter.com blogger, Sabrina, is the first-time mom to a nearly-one-year old baby boy named Raffi. She writes Rhodey Girl Tests about food, family, and fun. Her nickname RhodeyGirl started as a joke between RhodeyGirl and her husband Trig, AKA PhillyBoy. I caught up with Sabrina a few weeks ago. How old […]

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Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.

Why the bouncy seat makes me a better mom

May 31, 2012

Before having a baby, I had a very clear idea of what kind of mom I would be. Having read Babywise at the advice of a childless friend, I knew I would put my newborn on a schedule and fill my maternity leave with useful pursuits like crossing items off my to-do list and initiating […]

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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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