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My very strong opinions about bath toys

All you need to know about baby bath toys

In my nine years of experience living with a kid-friendly bathroom and tub, I’ve developed some very strong opinions about what’s good and bad in bath toys. Allow me to share four lessons with you. Your squirty toys are nasty, mildewy, and gross. I’m sure there’s some recipe for regularly cleaning with bleach and then making them […]

Star Wars birthday party ideas on a budget

Princess Leia Star Wars Birthday Party

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 […]

Picking party-favors that won’t make other parents roll their eyes


“When my child comes home from a birthday party, I let him show me his party favor bag, and then we carefully sort the items into his existing collections. We have a shelf for plastic pencil toppers, a small basket for erasers that are too small to erase anything, and a tupperware in the car […]

Frozen birthday party ideas


Last night I made the possible mistake of inviting my kids to help me brainstorm what a Frozen-themed birthday party might look like. This morning I learned that Scarlett took that as a cue to start making her guest list — and her birthday is not for three months. Though I may have signed up for […]

Rookie Santa tip: Team up for stocking stuffers

rookie santa tip from rookiemoms: Buy stocking stuffers in bulk and share

Friends, nine Christmases into this parenting thing and I have a useful tip to share: You can and your friends can go in on stocking stuffers. Here’s how: Mentally assemble your friends with similar age kids and share this post with a little note saying, “This! I want to do this for Christmas.” Gather up […]

Smart idea: Chalkboard wall decals for kids rooms

Wall decals for kids rooms

This post is inspired and sponsored by eBay. As I was putting together a collection of wall decals for children’s bedrooms on eBay, it struck me how useful the chalkboard wall decals are. In my children’s room, we have a large ice cream-shaped chalkboard decal on the wall, and Scarlett and Julian can use it […]