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Maternity clothes that don’t suck

Styling your baby bump with non-maternity stuff too

Aside from seeing my baby bump grow and change each and every week, a favorite part of pregnancy these past 9 months has been dressing my belly. Showing off my bump has been a fun fashion challenge throughout my pregnancy. From the minute I found out I was pregnant, I was on bump watch – waiting […]

My toddler’s favorite potty training books

Potty training books for rookie moms

As we consider upping our potty training, these books are now in rotation during storytime (Yes, storytime. I can’t doo books while on the potty. Ick). Once Upon a Potty. We love the book about Joshua and his tireless mother; it teaches patience for all of us. Also comes in girl flavor. Everyone Poops. Stylized […]

I’m a DIY girl when it comes to lice

treating-lice-hair-up

Lice. Pretty much everyone who goes to school will get it at some point. I think we’ve gotten it annually since my son entered Kindergarten. When I say “we”, I mean that even I have been afflicted. Lice-removal salons with cute names like “Hair Fairies” or “Nit Pixies” are a great resource for the newbie, […]

Rookie Santa tip: Team up for stocking stuffers

rookie santa tip from rookiemoms: Buy stocking stuffers in bulk and share

Friends, nine Christmases into this parenting thing and I have a useful tip to share: You can and your friends can go in on stocking stuffers. Here’s how: Mentally assemble your friends with similar age kids and share this post with a little note saying, “This! I want to do this for Christmas.” Gather up […]

Keep them busy: Thanksgiving craft for kids who can write

Easy activity for school-age kids on Thanksgiving

Thanks to my stepmom Grandma Leslie, who I should probably hire as a contributor for this site, for this project idea. This family tree activity has a handful of useful functions on Thanksgiving: Keeps kids busy with a craft activity that might reduce Thanksgiving Day hours logged full-speed running through a ceramic vase-filled house Produces […]

Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

DIY toddler kitchen built from IKEA components via ohdeedoh

Wanna just buy one outright? I don’t blame you, I got tired just writing about all these awesome projects. Two super cute (gender-neutral) play kitchens on amazon are Melissa & Doug’s corner kitchen (more compact) and Kid Craft red retro (more deluxe). I also encourage you to be on the hunt in your local Craig’s […]

Is it safe to paint a crib?

How to safely paint a crib RED

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 […]