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Get kids to listen without yelling {FREE class}

July 23, 2014

We are so happy to tell you that we have partnered with Amy McCready’s company Positive Parenting Solutions to bring a free webinar to you guys on the topic of getting kids to listen – without nagging or yelling. The format includes Amy presenting material and a live chat session where we can all ask […]

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Water toys and gear that make swimming more fun for rookie moms

July 9, 2014

{Photo by Kate Marzo} When your children can swim independently, the word vacation takes on a whole new meaning. Relaxing at the pool while my kids wear themselves out with cannonballs is my happy place. Here are some fun items that I keep seeing at the swimming spots we’ve hit so far this summer. 1. […]

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Stuff moms should consider: keeping a birthday party shelf stocked

July 1, 2014

Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this post. The frequency of birthday parties, once your children are in daycare or school, can be overwhelming. That’s why I maintain a very low price point for gifts (higher for a good friend or a cousin) and try to implement efficiency measures like buying multiples. We keep a shelf […]

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Summer reading for grown-ups (with a promo code!)

June 10, 2014

This post is sponsored by Scribd. I love reading on vacation, and often plow through three books on a week-long trip. Since both my kids can swim, when we went to Mexico in April, what my children will probably remember as a jumping-in-the-pool vacation, I will remember as a devouring-books-by-the-pool vacation. I need only look […]

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Stuff rookie moms should know about (June 2014 edition)

June 4, 2014

This TED Talk, by Jennifer Senior, addresses the anxiety produced by all the parenting advice out there, written as if parenting is a crisis. Her book All Joy and No Fun, documents how our culture has transformed parenting into an active verb, signifying that we invest all our time and resources into our kids. Once […]

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Father’s Day “do-together” gift ideas

May 29, 2014

Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring this post about Father’s Day gifts. Observations of holidays like Father’s Day run the gamut from pancakes instead of cold cereal for breakfast to shiny new tablets wrapped in red ribbons. At least I’ve been led to believe this by all the Father’s Day advertising I’ve seen in recent weeks. […]

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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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Climb out of the darkness of PPD

May 14, 2014

Becoming a mother was a huge shock for me, and not just in the good way. I felt surprisingly bad at it and I found myself saying stuff like, “New motherhood is like heartbreak; everyone says it’s hard but until you actually go through it, you have no idea how hard it can be.” I was rocked to […]

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The Mother of All Giveaways

May 11, 2014

Our friend Heather over at US-Japan Fam put together this enormous giveaway. Wanna win a stream of prizes in the mail? The really fun part is that since it’s a collaboration between a ton of brands, the winner will receive each product in the mail as a separate package. That means the winner of Prize […]

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Monthly baby photos made easy

May 7, 2014

Monthly photos of baby, like the ones Karen took of Laz in her DIY monthly onesies, make me smile. (See Lazzaro’s freaking adorable monthly baby shots.) The mom behind Sticky Bellies has made it super easy to add months or milestones to your baby’s snapsuit, if DIY is not your thing. I like that Sticky […]

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Stuff rookie moms should know {Mother’s Day edition}

May 5, 2014

This post contains some affiliate links. It’s “the morning after” around here. The morning after Heather and I returned from Atlanta where we were at an amazing conference for professional-ish mom bloggers called Mom 2.0. Atlanta is really no where near San Francisco, in case that wasn’t clear to you, but traveling there was 100% […]

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Stuff rookie moms should know about (April 2014)

April 17, 2014

This post contains affiliate links. I used to do these link round-ups all the time but sort of fell off the wagon. Forgive me. * I was charmed by the appearance of this new book, Petit Collage, which provides instructions and templates for 25 home decor projects like this adorable mobile. * Baby Mum Mums, […]

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