From the category archives:

Green

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Activity #23: Build muscles at bootcamp

July 14, 2014

By the time my first baby was 10 weeks old, I had not exercised for about 6 months. Baby Bootcamp was my re-introduction to sweating and I loved it. I was not a gym-goer in my normal life, and Baby Bootcamp was perfect for me. Here’s why: Exercising in the company of other sleep-deprived, temporarily […]

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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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Activity #19: Invite someone dangerous to tea

June 17, 2014

Andrea Scher, co-creator of Mondo Beyondo (Google it!) I was driving down the street yesterday when a neighborhood friend, Andrea, pulled out in front of me in her station wagon. I was only driving behind her for only a couple of blocks, but we rolled down our car windows to wave at each other and […]

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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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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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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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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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Activity #12: Enjoy modern art

April 28, 2014

This is your twelfth weekly challenge. A fun suggestion from our friend and fellow rookie mom, Rosa, is to pack yourself up and head into the city for a museum outing. Assume you go to a cocktail party sometime soon. When someone asks what you do, instead of mumbling about maternity leave or bursting into […]

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Baby items you should borrow, not buy

February 26, 2014

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 […]

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100 fun things to do with your baby

February 14, 2014

A valuable list of very simple things every rookie mom needs to know are included in the new book Homemade Play by early childhood educator Kim Lyons. These are not life-saving skills like how to treat a high fever, but rather revelatory concepts, such as things you can do with a kitchen sponge to entertain […]

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