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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Easy outing for 2 kids: the library

August 22, 2012

When I first became a mother of two, I was afraid to be left alone at home with my newborn and almost three-year old. Unfortunately, I was also afraid to take them both out of the house. I have come to believe that I’m-a-rookie-again anxiety is totally normal and that my fear of outings was […]

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A highchair worth every penny

July 31, 2012

My red Tripp Trapp seat by Stokke is still being used by my five-year old on a daily basis. We bought it for her older brother, which means we have used it for every meal at home for at least six years. We love this thing. Since it’s the dead of summer for most of […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Do you have too many toys?

July 21, 2012

When I first read this clipping from People magazine that talks about how many toys Americans have, I felt guilty as charged. I thought that my own household probably has tons of toys that don’t get played with at all, and that my children would find it easier to occupy themselves in our house if […]

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Flashback: My tshirt-themed birthday party (1983)

May 21, 2012

Yesterday was my birthday. I did not have a party with a theme, or even a cake. I’m on vacation in Mexico, however, and that’s exactly what I want to be doing on my big day. Now let’s rewind 29 years. My mom always threw creative birthday parties for me. I believe this tshirt birthday […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Brainstorm 50 things to do on a rainy day

April 30, 2012

Many years ago, Heather got a bunch of us, her friends, to make a list of 50 things we like to do. We didn’t have kids yet, so it was simply an exercise in self-reflection, or maybe not even that deep. Just a silly project to entertain us. I thought the practical use would be […]

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6 toys found in any house

April 19, 2012

I wonder if my friends Deb and Elliott, now parents to two kids ages zero and two, remember when they had no children of their own and they hosted a Hanukkah party where the rest of us let our kids run wild in their house. The astounding thing about their home — that our kids […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Makin’ it: Kickass Blanket Fort

April 16, 2012

I am one lucky mother. Tomorrow, I’m expecting an appliance delivery which means one important thing: we get HUGE BOXES to create forts. As a kid, I could just about live in a refrigerator box with small windows cut out. The following guidelines to build a totally sweet indoor fort (for those of you not […]

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5 homemade busy bags for preschoolers

March 21, 2012

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

Publish your own I Spy book

January 16, 2012

We are big fans of the I Spy books, starting with the board book versions I bought when Julian was a baby. We play “I Spy” with regular books, too, and now we’ve graduated into Where’s Waldo? territory. When Julian was four, he and I did a little photo shoot with big plans — still […]

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Join a museum

November 21, 2011

Like they used to say on TV, membership has it’s privileges. Both of the Bay Area children’s museums that I have been to are part of a consortium of Children’s Museums that have reciprocal memberships. This means that if you get a one-year membership at Habitot in Berkeley, for example, you can go to the […]

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Rainy day activities to make you and baby smile

Activity #46: Host a clothing swap party

November 14, 2011

Nine months on, nine months off? Something like that. Your 46th weekly challenge is to obtain some new-to-you clothes that you’ll enjoy along with an afternoon of girlfriend hilarity all for the cost of some cucumber-scented spa water. The end of the year is a perfect time to plan a clothing swap. Whitney totally hates […]

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(Giveaway) New kids’ craft book from Make and Takes

November 11, 2011

I am so proud of our buddy Marie who has just published her first book. The team at her publisher, Wiley, who maintain a pretty solid crafty website themselves, put together an adorable package of Marie’s ideas and photographer Nicole Gerulat’s images. As you can see in the table of contents above, the projects are […]

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