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Green

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Family Fun Hikes: Expectations vs Reality

January 14, 2014

Recently, RookieDad Alec and I took our two older boys around a two-mile hiking trail in the Berkeley hills. We left the toddler at home to give the big boys some special attention. My oldest, nearly nine, had chosen the path because he knows it well from summer camps and school field trips. As we circled […]

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Is it safe to paint a crib?

November 20, 2013

Really cool furniture rarely comes at really cool prices. As much as I enjoy drooling over candy-colored modern furniture for children, I rarely splurge on such things. (Caravan Crib by Kalon Studios above is $695.) When I shared Baby Guy Jamie Grayson’s advice about IKEA cribs, I did a bit of research and found that […]

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Try this with me: Smoothies in squeeze pouches for big kids

November 6, 2013

When I’m an old lady, the way 80-year olds will be able to tell that I’m 90 is because I’ll mention that when I purchased baby food, it came in jars. “Jars?” they’ll say, “No. When we were young mothers, baby food came in pouches!” “Not until 2009,” I’ll remind them. Back then, baby food […]

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3 tips for success with consignment sales of baby goods

October 1, 2013

Thanks to Jennifer Scoggins for her contribution today! Jennifer is a consignment shopping enthusiast and the owner of The Lollipop Market, a seasonal kid’s consignment sale in the Bay Area. My oldest child is a sweet little girl. If you’ve also had a girl, you know that no matter what you register for – 90% […]

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Activity #40: Park yourself somewhere for PARK(ing) day

September 17, 2013

Next Friday, September 20 is national PARK(ing) Day, an art-slash-activism event that encourages folks to occupy a public parking space with a DIY park. There are about 1000 temporary parks across the globe this year. This one was produced by the people who work at method in downtown San Francisco.  The idea is that you […]

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Activity #221: Run Mommy run

June 26, 2013

Before my first pregnancy, I trained for triathlons with The Half-Asses, a subset of my now-husband’s club, Team Bad Ass. Right now, I have a loose routine to run with a preschool parent-friend after drop-off twice per week and it works pretty well with neither of us wanting to let the other one down. She […]

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How to create a safer nursery

May 1, 2013

This post was sponsored by IntelliBED, a premium mattress company, all tips are my own. My favorite story I heard about the founders — who are all grandparents — is that they were already well into making their adult-size mattress and decided to create mini mattresses for all their grandchildren; when they received positive reports […]

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Mom and baby costume idea: Owl in a tree

October 14, 2012

This homemade owl beanie is so cute, I had to share. Not only is it a simple sewing project, similar to the make a baby hat out of a tshirt post I did a few years ago, but the whole Owl in a Tree is a clever mom and baby costume idea. The mom behind […]

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Makin’ it: Organic baby wash

July 23, 2012

Toxic goo in the baby bubble bath? WTH?! It drives me CRAZY to learn that our baby body wash has bad stuff in it. When I searched the Internet for recipes to make my own homemade baby soap, I was disturbed by the suggested ingredients. Lye?! No thank you. In fact, I believe that when […]

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Activity #197: Send your used stuffed animals to Afghanistan

May 28, 2012

If you want to clear out some old toys to make room for new ones, I’d like to remind you about this worthy cause. *** Updated ***  As of May 2012, we have an address not for Iraq, but for Afghanistan. Items are being packaged in the Bay Area and shipped to Kabul. Please send […]

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Stuff I like right now: baby feeding edition

April 24, 2012

At seven months old, Sawyer is eating and drinking whatever he can get his mouth on. Still nursing but also bottle-feeding, spoon-feeding, and dabbling in finger food. And, as always, I have some very strong opinions! I have a whole new arsenal of baby feeding products in rotation so wanted to share a few of […]

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Makin’ it: t-shirt necklace

April 23, 2012

Did I tell you guys about my DIY New Year’s Resolution? I can’t remember if I put it down in writing here. It was to make use of my extensive craft library. I have at least 25 books on my shelf packed with sewing projects, creative ideas, and even specific patterns to copy. I pledged […]

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