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Green

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Activity #27: Go swimming

July 4, 2011

Taking the baby in the pool is both scary and funny. A kid’s gotta stick his toe into the water at some point, right? Buy a package of disposable swim diapers or a reusable one, and plan your outing. This is our 27th rookie mom challenge. If you are alone, think carefully through the logistics […]

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Activity #26: Count your steps

June 27, 2011

Your 26th weekly challenge is to invest in a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps each day. You’ll be surprised how many steps a mom can take just running around the house, but if you’re going to reach 10,000, you’ll need to take a walk outside for sure. This is good motivation to get some […]

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Camp in your own backyard

June 21, 2011

In theory, my family likes to camp. We celebrated Holden’s first birthday with a camp-out barbecue bash. We camped in a big group when I was pregnant with Milo (pregnant camping is questionable). More often, we fall apart trying to reserve a spot, pack the gear, be healthy, and coordinate with friends. One solution: Pitch […]

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Activity #23: Build muscles at bootcamp

June 6, 2011

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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Activity #20: Visit a Farmers Market

May 16, 2011

Navigating the stroller through the market area is a challenge and 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 your […]

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Activity #19: Invite someone dangerous to tea

May 9, 2011

I was driving down the street yesterday when a 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 grin like goofballs at the simple coincidence of seeing […]

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Activity #18: Check out the library

May 2, 2011

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

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Life is a picnic (win!)

April 22, 2011

Contest is now closed. Winner will be notified. Random.org tells me its comment 66. Celebrate Earth Day with your little one with this limited edition eco-friendly “Life is a Picnic” Kit. This adorable picnic pack (valued at $36) features goodies from many of our favorite greenish companies. The kit includes the following items: 40 CleanWell […]

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Activity #16: Walk into nature

April 18, 2011

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 an easy hiking trail, […]

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Activity #14: Start your own Breakfast Club

April 4, 2011

I love this idea that Thrifty Toddler shared as her favorite rookie year outing during our book-launch blog blast: Start a weekly Breakfast Club. She and her girlfriends 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). […]

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What a new mom *actually* needs

February 25, 2011

We participated in a twitter party last night with Healthy Child Healthy World to talk about what a parent really needs to have on hand for a new baby. There were a few excellent panelists and a gajillion other participants. The panelists included: Meagan Francis (@meaganfrancis), The Happiest Mom Jennifer & Jeremiah McNichols (@zrecs_safety and […]

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Baby names inspired by J.Crew

February 4, 2011

My daughter, Scarlett, is one of two Scarletts in her 3-year old ballet class. While the color scarlet is spelled differently, her name does evoke a deep red image for me, and I hope that as she grows older, she develops an affinity for red as her signature color. As I’ve met an increasing number […]

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