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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

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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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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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Activity #589: Tape up a train track for your toddler

April 29, 2014

A few weeks ago, a stroke of genius hit and I laid these “train tracks” down on the rug in Julian’s room. At four-and-three-quarters, he is over the whole Thomas thing, but larger scale train action definitely still turns him on. All you need is a roll of painter’s tape, the kind that removes from […]

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Activity #12: Enjoy modern art

April 28, 2014

This is your twelfth weekly challenge. A fun suggestion from our friend and fellow rookie mom, Rosa, is to pack yourself up and head into the city for a museum outing. Assume you go to a cocktail party sometime soon. When someone asks what you do, instead of mumbling about maternity leave or bursting into […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Online doctor’s appointments are my new favorite thing (Sponsored)

April 15, 2014

Thanks to American Well for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. Waking up and realizing you have pink-eye/strep throat/a bladder infection is immediate license for a pity party, right? Not only am I suffering from some horrendous malady, but seeking treatment looms as an obstacle that will derail my whole day. That’s the first scenario in […]

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Bring my baby to the indoor farmers market {Rookie Moms Challenge #20}

April 4, 2014

The Challenge: Visit a farmer’s market with my baby One of the words I teach my students is extemporaneously; coming from the Latin tempus, meaning time, it is defined as doing things on the spur-of-the-moment. Know what goes out of your life when you have a baby? The idea of doing anything extemporaneously. Which is […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Activity #6: Paint your baby’s feet

March 17, 2014

Our challenge for you this week is slather your baby’s feet with paint and commemorate their tiny size. Many paint-your-own-pottery places know how to help you get cute baby footprints on plates and mugs. This is your sixth challenge. We made trivets because the cheapest pottery available was a flat tile. I recommend tackling the […]

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Activity #1: Pretend you’re in Paris

February 10, 2014

This is an outing for beginners: go to your favorite coffee/tea venue. You have about five more months to enjoy cafe culture. For your sake, I hope that some of this includes the warmer months. Once your baby crawls, she will not tolerate your fondness for people watching or spacing out, so live it up […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Take baby to the grocery store {Rookie Moms Challenge #5}

February 4, 2014

The Confession I have a confession to make: My son is nearly five months old and I’ve never been in a public place alone with him. I know, crazy, right? Truth be told, the whole endeavor freaks me out, because the thing is this: it’s not just me and my adorable cherub adventuring the world […]

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In praise of the bathroom stool: one small step for toddler-kind

January 17, 2014

We’ve had a stool in front of each of our bathroom sinks for so long that I can hardly remember life without them. I’m constantly sliding them out of my way with my foot, have banged my toes on them more than once, and am counting down the days until my younger child is old […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Never give your toddler food coloring

December 3, 2013

I’ve been sitting on this “toddler friendly” art print project for YEARS because I wanted to test it before giving it my stamp of approval. Instead — holy cats, people! — I learned the hard way: NEVER GIVE A TODDLER FOOD COLORING. Let me back up a bit. The following activity was suggested to me […]

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5 activities to make long bad-weather days bearable

December 2, 2013

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… For parents of stir-crazy kids, I think the atmosphere inside the house is more frightful. Sure we could sit on the couch and watch six movies, getting up only to refill our water bottles, but that would not burn off any energy the kids need to use up, and […]

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