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Glorified playdates make the best 2nd birthday parties!

The best second birthday party is a glorified playdate

We’ve gone on the record as saying that two-year old birthday parties are the ones you can just skip. A two-year old doesn’t know or care about such matters, so spare yourself the headaches of herding the kittens. My big caveat is when there are older siblings around because you don’t want them to think that the […]

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 […]