From the category archives:

Lists and numbers

5 tips for a cheap(er) third birthday party

May 15, 2013

From the oldies files! We threw a real birthday party for Holden this year and we tried to do it on the cheap. The funny thing was that we had a great plan — some of it was even well-executed — and we still spent more than $150. Ouch! I think with hindsight, I could […]

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9 books and DVDs for new moms and new dads

April 18, 2013

We asked our Facebook community of 9000 moms to answer this: What piece of advice do you give to new moms? There were so many responses that we have to break it up into several posts, and I thought this list of books and DVDs might be a good place to start. Do you agree […]

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Why new moms should leave the house each day

April 15, 2013

This little excerpt of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook is designed to inspire you to pick one of the challenges from our 52 outings for new moms. If you went somewhere with your baby today, we’d like to give you a virtual high five. Where’d you go? (Find The Rookie Mom’s Handbook on Amazon.)  

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Returning to work: Stockpiling your breastmilk

April 10, 2013

This post is part of a series sponsored by Philips AVENT in support of the launch of the double electric Comfort Pump. Pumping breast milk was still a mystery to me as I made secret lists of baby names and notified my boss of my pregnancy. I learned about it when my co-worker Mimi, newly […]

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Gabbing on Baby naming

March 27, 2013

On, where we contribute a couple of times each month, an article about baby names caught my eye: 22 Baby Naming Rules Worth Following. The “rules” were submitted by parents who were surveyed, and most make sense to me. See: No yooneek spellings.  Name your son (or daughter) Peyton or even Payton.  But not […]

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Be your own personal trainer

March 25, 2013

I’m pleased to present this guest post from our good friend and rookie mom, Karen, who invented her own way to get fit with a baby in the house: After I gave birth last year, I lost a lot of my baby weight pretty quickly without a huge amount of effort. I did a lot […]

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Eating my own dogfood, months 10 to 12

March 20, 2013

The jury is in and it turns out that while I am no longer a rookie baby mama, I’m still a total rookie at having three children. Not that I’m a pro with the baby, but this newest little guy gets to deal with carpools instead of mommy and me swimming classes; he’s more accustomed […]

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Two-year old birthday party ideas

March 13, 2013

Two-year old birthday parties are an exercise in herding cats. You can hire an entertainer, serve an aesthetically pleasing and/or well-balanced meal, and provide hands-on activities for your little guests, but it doesn’t mean they will appreciate it. In fact, some may cry or scream “MINE!” for the better part of your event. That’s why […]

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Giggling: Striped Edition

February 27, 2013

It’s been about 12 months since my obsession with stripes began. Maybe it was the French parenting craze that set in, or just finding a first favorite striped shirt that put me on a path to acquiring ten more, but I’m almost ready to put it to rest. Not just yet, though. First, I want […]

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5 ten-minute Valentine’s Day ideas

February 13, 2013

In about ten minutes, you can make someone feel loved for Valentine’s Day. Here are five fresh ideas for you using stuff you probably have around the house: 1. Mix up a love potion Follow the tasty (and fast) instructions from the lovely Marie at makeandtakes. Serve your love for breakfast, snack or dessert. 2. […]

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What should kids eat & drink when they’re sick?

February 12, 2013

Thanks to Pediacare for sponsoring our post today. They’ve enabled us to share with you a handy printable medicine dosing chart to tape inside your bathroom cabinet. I know better than to put in writing that my kids rarely get sick. So let’s just say that I don’t have “how to care for a sick […]

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Things we love: Pictures of twins

February 11, 2013

Twin parents, I know you get tired of answering our questions, especially the dumb ones. But, to the rest of us, there’s something so exciting about parenting twin children, and also? There’s something very magical about having a sibling your exact same age. (I certainly had a twin fantasy as a child. Did any of […]

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