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

August 1, 2014

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 […]

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99 balloons and 99 poops (Yet, another potty training experiment)

July 8, 2014

Like many new toilet trainees, my son mastered the art of #2 a few months after he mastered #1. Even though my rational mind told me that more patience is required, my eager-to-stop-cleaning-poopy-pull-ups mind determined that MORE BRIBING is the answer. At the time, I believed that I hit the jackpot in terms of bribery. […]

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The Control Freak’s Guide to potty training

June 25, 2014

Step One: Get someone else to do it. There. I said it. I hate this phase of parenting so much, I wish I could outsource potty training my child altogether. Control freaks like things done on their timelines. Potty training doesn’t work that way. I’m so grateful that the peer pressure potty training technique of my […]

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7 flexible jobs for stay-at-home moms

June 24, 2014

This is a list of flexible jobs for stay-at-home moms, and I’ll acknowledge that for some women, none of them will be a fit. It’s not a list of flexible jobs for women who are lawyers, pilots, pharmacists, or product managers. The idea here is that there are some opportunities to leverage technology to earn […]

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I took my baby swimming {Rookie Moms Challenge #27}

June 16, 2014

  In order to conquer Rookie Moms Challenge #27 – swimming with a baby – I signed Eli and myself up for indoor swimming lessons at our local Parks and Rec center, along with some friends who I convinced to join us. On our first day, I was nervous: It was a place I’d never been […]

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

June 6, 2014

“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 […]

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5 homemade busy bags for preschoolers

May 27, 2014

It’s my pleasure to introduce Steph from Modern Parents Messy Kids as our guest contributor today! Thanks so much to Heather and Whitney for having me today, it’s such an honor to be here sharing with all of you!  Recently over at Modern Parents Messy Kids, we’ve embarked on a small little adventure we’re calling […]

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The control freak’s guide to grocery shopping with a baby

May 20, 2014

I am an Industrial Engineer by training. If you think that makes me a laid-back parent, you are wrong. I often obsess about the exact right solution to any given parenting challenge (many of which you would not even recognize as problems, I’m told). Whitney asked me to share my overly specific recommendations for grocery shopping […]

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What to do if your baby or toddler wakes up too early

May 6, 2014

Waking up before 7 am is total BS. Here’s how to shift the schedule when your little one doesn’t know how. I received so much positive feedback when I shared how I get my children to go to bed and stay there, but I asked baby sleep expert, Nicole, because I do not have the answers on […]

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What to do when childcare falls through?

April 30, 2014

The stress of a childcare fail? I’ve been there. Nothing throws a wrench into the delicate balance of parenting and working like a sick child (or a sick nanny!). Suddenly, the regular childcare / transportation equilibrium is all out of whack, and I find myself playing chicken with my husband over who sacrificed more lately. […]

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Baby shower game for hostesses who aren’t crafty

April 23, 2014

Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. At my sister-in-law’s baby shower, we played a new-to-me game that everyone seemed to enjoy. At least, I thought it was a clever way to pass the time with a lot of women I didn’t already know. Bonus points that this hands-on activity didn’t require anyone […]

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Tech Tuesday: Clever home screen for people who are likely to lose their phones

April 22, 2014

“I’m prone to losing things,” said a mom I sat next to yesterday at the park, and then she proceeded to tell me about driving away with her cell phone on the roof of her car. I can relate, and I’m quite surprised that I have not lost a cell phone yet. Except in my […]

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