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{Sponsored} Virtual gift idea: Snarf up as many books as you want with Scribd

December 12, 2013

Thanks to Scribd for sponsoring this post, but it was already my idea to uncover the latest and greatest clutter-free holiday gifts. I love to read fiction, but I also have a habit of buying and adding to my wish list loads of craft books. I have so many craft books, I briefly considered starting […]

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Project Night Night, a kid-friendly charity

December 9, 2013

On our Bay Area website, 510families.com, we recently featured a family that did Project Night Night. But this sweet charity is available nationwide so we wanted to share the message more broadly. Our guest blogger is Rebecca from ThisFineDay. Project Night Night has become an organization close to my heart. A reader tipped me off […]

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This one goes out to the parents who replace jackets each week

December 9, 2013

This post is inspired by my son and sponsored by eBay. One of my children loses his jacket A LOT. Like a lot a lot. Consequently, I have developed a few tricks for both keeping track of his layer and replacing it wisely. Here are my best practices: Goodbye black hoodie, hello neon. Buy only […]

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Bookmark this: Baby Cheapskate’s series “Toys that get played with”

November 29, 2013

We all want to make smart choices about buying gifts this holiday season– toys that will last, clothes that won’t be rejected by picky preschoolers, and nothing that makes so much noise that you’ll go crazy. I was thrilled to see that my friend Angie at BabyCheapskate.com has been maintaining her series Toys that get […]

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Just say YES to holiday stress

November 21, 2013

This post on reducing stress was sponsored by Pediacare as part of a continuing series on wellness. The holidays will officially begin when my mom arrives for Thanksgiving week. We’ll slide down a rabbit hole of sugar castles, half marathons, turkey dinners, and chaos that continues on through New Year’s Day. And somewhere in there, […]

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Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

November 21, 2013

I love a kid-sized kitchen and the creative ways that my children can stay focused with their pretend desserts and imaginary pasta dishes (while I make a real dinner they may or may not even taste).  I have been soooo close to purchasing a miniature kitchen for my boys the past couple years, but something […]

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Create the best chocolate-free advent calendar

November 19, 2013

My friend, the very creative Wendy Copley, created a clever advent calendar for her children that has two big benefits over all other holiday countdown traditions: It focuses on experiences over stuff. She can change it according to her mood and available time. Allow me to explain. She purchased a wooden advent calendar kinda like […]

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Gender-neutral alternatives to a pink, plastic dollhouse

November 15, 2013

The dollhouse above, aka Mrs. Goodbee, is pretty great. It has two sides so more kids can play at once; it features audio effects (my daughter loves the toilet flushing sound); and, it was designed to teach manners. After the toilet flushes, a voice calls out, “Wash your hands!” But my kids don’t play with […]

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Holiday card picks from a holiday card floozy

November 12, 2013

Heather likes it when I pick her holiday card, so this year’s annual, “Ooh, look at all the pretty cards” post will have a secondary goal of helping her find one that she likes. Two years ago, I declared myself a Holiday Card Ho because I ordered from three different companies in order to make […]

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7 products for breastfeeding moms that might make your boobs leak

November 1, 2013

When I took a picture of this crystal-studded breast pump, I didn’t realize one could actually order the product. I thought the company had produced it just for fun, to attract attention at a baby products trade show. It worked — I posted it on Instagram and Twitter — so if it was social media […]

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Makin’ it: Cute Halloween printable paper dolls

October 30, 2013

{this post ran last year, too} I came upon these printable paper dolls from Mr. Printables and shared them with Scarlett. At five, she is very into drawing, cutting, gluing, and painting. This is one of my Mommy sweet spots, so I’m thrilled with this phase. Oh, you didn’t know? You don’t have to be […]

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Ashlee Wells Jackson thinks you’re beautiful

October 28, 2013

Do you love your 4th trimester body? If you’re like me, then you don’t. But if you’re more like Ashlee Wells Jackson, you recognize that motherhood, pregnancy, and breastfeeding change women’s bodies in real, beautiful, and necessary ways that shouldn’t be denied or hidden. Dang. The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photo documentary […]

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