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Building your wishlist: Valuable parenting books, recommended by readers

Real parents name their favorite parenting books

Not all parenting books are created equal. Some provide practical, actionable advice. Buy this stroller. Put baby on her back for sleeping. Some dig in to the cultural context within which we are parenting.  Others provide insights into child development, which can shed light on why living with kids can be so difficult, and goes […]

Reader tip: Instagram-fueled holiday card

How to get a Christmas card out of your Instagram feed

Are you following us on Instagram? Anne of Winter Farm Writes enlightened me about the existence of Instagram templates for holiday cards. by PicadillyLime on Etsy For those whose year is best documented in these square snapshots, consider the option. Some Etsy sellers/designers will assemble your images for you and send you a print-ready file […]

The Control Freak’s Guide to packing your diaper bag

Diaper bag prep from rookiemoms and 7th generation diapers

Thank you to Seventh Generation and Touch of Cloth™ Disposable Diapers for sponsoring this post. I have definitely been in the position to bum diapers off strangers in the past. Accidents happen, of course they do. But to be prepared for the next rookie mom adventure, I need to channel my inner control freak (who am I kidding? […]

5 strategies to put HAPPY in your holidays

Not what we normally look like

Reposted from the wayback machine because it’s that time of year! Generally speaking, my extended family on my husband’s side (AKA in-laws) are a wonderful bunch of people that we don’t see nearly enough. Because we live clear across the country, we’ve grown accustomed to our own way of doing things so getting together involves […]

High five to Just KayBee’s year of {Rookie Moms} challenges

Just KayBee had a smash cake for her rookiemoms challenge

The newish mama known as KayBee decided to tackle our rookie moms challenges with her second baby, Peanut, and we’re super excited to share her stories with you. Anytime we see you guys toting your baby along somewhere you might not have gone, we are so happy. Here are a few highlights from their adventures: The post in […]

Easy chalkboard paint projects

How to paint a chalkboard "bubble" on the wall

While my kids were out of the house one day, I got a little crazy crafty and painted their bedroom door. It was previously all dark wood, which I didn’t like anyway, so I painted the trim white and the inner panel with black chalkboard paint. I was influenced by my Internet friend Amy, who […]