From the category archives:

Free/Cheap

‘Nuff said.

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

October2007-067

“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 […]

Activity #11: Interrupt someone’s work day

Rookie Moms Challenge #11 - Go visit someone at work

When your partner works on the other side of a toll bridge from your home, visiting him at work costs a minimum of $5.00. But still, it’s an adventure worth doing. I think it’s feasible for most professions, but feel free to let me know if you are someone for whom this suggestion is ridiculous. […]

Bring my baby to the indoor farmers market {Rookie Moms Challenge #20}

FM1

The Challenge: Visit a farmer’s market with my baby One of the words I teach my students is extemporaneously; coming from the Latin tempus, meaning time, it is defined as doing things on the spur-of-the-moment. Know what goes out of your life when you have a baby? The idea of doing anything extemporaneously. Which is […]

Baby items you should borrow, not buy

Baby items you should consider borrowing instead of buying

When we asked you guys, “What’s one baby item you’d advise a new mom to borrow instead of buy?” there was one clear winner: The Swing. I had a swing baby as I like to call her, and she slept overnight, swaddled, in the swing many times. Oh yes she did. But I can imagine […]

Glorified playdates make the best 2nd birthday parties!

The best second birthday party is a glorified playdate

We’ve gone on the record as saying that two-year old birthday parties are the ones you can just skip. A two-year old doesn’t know or care about such matters, so spare yourself the headaches of herding the kittens. My big caveat is when there are older siblings around because you don’t want them to think that the […]