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Host an ugly baby (clothes) contest

July 28, 2014

Dress up your baby in the worst, ugliest gift outfit and invite over some other poorly dressed babies for a costume party and ugly-clothing contest. Dorky gifts, ratty hand-me-downs, and hopeless mismatches can finally have their day. Try not to be offended if your idea of cutest-outfit-ever winds up on one of the other models. […]

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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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Tech Tuesday: Save hassle with Can I Stream.It

July 8, 2014

I share this tip in the hopes that I’m not the last person on Earth to discover Canistream.it. My family has “no cable;” instead we have a hodge-podge of other subscription services like Hulu-plus and Netflix with a little Amazon streaming and iTunes thrown in for good measure. Consequently, when we decide we want to watch […]

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Activity #22: Play in another kind of nursery

July 7, 2014

  Your weekly challenge is to enjoy the rainbow of colors at an outdoor plant nursery. Let her touch/listen to the wind chimes on display, tour the orchid hot-house, and watch the koi in the water garden pond (the bright-colored fish swarm up to greet kids because they expect food). A baby carrier is perfect […]

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My first attempt hiking with a baby {Rookie Moms Challenge #16}

June 27, 2014

I think of myself as a nature girl. I would say my friends think of me that way as well. Truth be told, I feel as though it has been 1,000 years since I’ve been outside. OK, I do check the mailbox every so often and try to walk down to Main Street once in a while. But […]

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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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Verdant bliss for mama {Rookie Moms Challenge #22}

June 13, 2014

So much to see! It had been one of Those Weeks. Those weeks where you have a melt-down in the car in the Target parking lot, then proceed to stress-eat an entire bag of mixed nuts while shopping in Target and feel sick…you know, that brand of week. I really tried to be grateful and […]

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Why IKEA is secretly awesome for parents

June 11, 2014

Strolling through IKEA this morning — okay fine, I was totally lost in the maze of affordable European bedsheets, light fixtures, and shelf systems — I confirmed that it is prudent to suggest an IKEA outing to those of you who are lucky enough to live near one of the 40 United States stores. (European […]

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Activity #63: Check out the library

June 9, 2014

Your maternity leave challenge this week is to seek out the tot story time at your library and go there. Space out a little while someone else entertains your baby with a new voice and stories. Protip: Double check the time before you go. And, hey, be on time. If you’re 5 minutes late, you’ll […]

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

June 6, 2014

“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 […]

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Activity #16: Hit the trails with your baby

May 26, 2014

Get out into nature! Hiking with your baby is easier than you might think. Oh sure, you’ll need to be prepared just like when you go practically anywhere, but the exercise and fresh air are a little bit magical. Your challenge for this week is to find a pal (or a whole moms’ group), choose […]

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I was a tourist in my own town {Rookie Moms Challenge #24}

May 23, 2014

There is nothing I love more than exploring new small towns full of local stores and delicious eats. When I saw Rookie Moms Challenge #24: Be a tourist in your own town, I loved the idea of “visiting” my own hometown. I took this challenge very seriously. And by seriously, I mean, I packed as […]

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