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How to get your breast pump covered by health insurance

How to get your breast pump on insurance

I’m so happy to offer this guest post today about how to get your best breast pump covered by insurance. Sarah Wells is a mom, an entrepreneur and a women’s health advocate. She is also the CEO and founder of Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bags and she shares her best tips with us. Affiliate links and excellent advice […]

When to use black and white photo filters

Black and White makes photos better

More than once I’ve heard the tip to filter your photos to black and white in order to mask the fact that your children’s outfits were excruciatingly mismatched, and not in a quirky stylish way. When San Francisco mom Yuliya Patsay posted this cute baby photo on Instagram, and was transparent about her reasons for […]

The Control Freak’s Guide to packing your diaper bag

Diaper bag prep from rookiemoms and 7th generation diapers

Thank you to Seventh Generation and Touch of Cloth™ Disposable Diapers for sponsoring this post. I have definitely been in the position to bum diapers off strangers in the past. Accidents happen, of course they do. But to be prepared for the next rookie mom adventure, I need to channel my inner control freak (who am I kidding? […]

How to trick yourself into doing laundry

Laundry time

Thanks to Tide Pods for sponsoring this post on RookieMoms.com. I’ve tried out various laundry rituals to stay on top of dirty clothes, but the one that’s currently in place can best be summarized as “early and often.” My husband is an unstoppable laundry doer these days, so it might be time for me to […]

Easy chalkboard paint projects

How to paint a chalkboard "bubble" on the wall

While my kids were out of the house one day, I got a little crazy crafty and painted their bedroom door. It was previously all dark wood, which I didn’t like anyway, so I painted the trim white and the inner panel with black chalkboard paint. I was influenced by my Internet friend Amy, who […]

How to hack a baby’s activity playmat

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Thanks to Stef from AskANanny.com for this guest post. While an activity gym can be a great choice for unrestricted play, some can overwhelm babies of certain ages. How do you make one of these playmats work for your baby, plus get more bang for your buck as they grow? Today we’ve got two activity […]

How I saved Scarlett’s rainbow birthday cake from dying a terrible death

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My daughter had her 7th birthday party at Pump It Up, a colorful warehouse outfitted with numerous inflatable jumpy things. This operation is a birthday party machine. Parents need not lift a finger during the party; the children’s shoes and the parents purses are even carted along on a shelf with wheels as the party […]