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Bay Area

We live in the Bay Area and also run 510 Families about current fun stuff to do in the East Bay with kids!

Activity #9: Go to the theater where crying is allowed

April 7, 2014

Baby-friendly theaters? Yes, please. We sure love our DVRs and Netflix, but refuse to give up on going to the theater. Did you know some theaters also have special showings for new parents? These showings have different names in different cities, but the idea that yours will not (most likely) be the loudest baby in […]

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Activity #6: Paint your baby’s feet

March 17, 2014

Our challenge for you this week is slather your baby’s feet with paint and commemorate their tiny size. Many paint-your-own-pottery places know how to help you get cute baby footprints on plates and mugs. This is your sixth challenge. We made trivets because the cheapest pottery available was a flat tile. I recommend tackling the […]

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We live in the Bay Area and also run 510 Families about current fun stuff to do in the East Bay with kids!

Introducing cool rookie mom, Hintmama

October 25, 2013

We are happy to introduce you to Jenny, AKA Hintmama. She’s a San Francisco rookie mom to young toddler, Hannah. As of the time of this interview, Hannah was 13 months old. Before entering the corporate world two years ago, she wrote about consumer finance for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. […]

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Activity #173: Chase the garbage truck

September 18, 2013

My friend Mike used to take his toddler Miles out for Garbage Truck Friday each week without fail. They did it for years. Their routine included picking up muffins from the local bakery and following the garbage truck all over Oakland for an hour or so. It was something that they both looked forward to. […]

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We live in the Bay Area and also run 510 Families about current fun stuff to do in the East Bay with kids!

Activity #40: Park yourself somewhere for PARK(ing) day

September 17, 2013

Next Friday, September 20 is national PARK(ing) Day, an art-slash-activism event that encourages folks to occupy a public parking space with a DIY park. There are about 1000 temporary parks across the globe this year. This one was produced by the people who work at method in downtown San Francisco.  The idea is that you […]

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3 cool mom-inspired inventions

July 15, 2013

At a Disney Social Media Moms conference in Berkeley, I got to hear the stories of three female inventors, all of whom were inspired by their early motherhood experience. They sat on a panel together, as all had received some funding from a Huggies grant. (If you’ve got a mom-inspired business that needs a grant […]

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We live in the Bay Area and also run 510 Families about current fun stuff to do in the East Bay with kids!

Activity #89: Get drive-through service anywhere

April 22, 2013

If your baby likes to sleep in the car seat, count your blessings. Better to have a car-sleeper than a car-screamer. You’ve also got the perfect excuse to patronize nearby drive-through businesses as a destination. My favorites were the slightly-far In-N-Out and the not-very-close drive-through Starbucks. The real magic can happen when you’re creative and […]

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The night I talked to 500 pregnant women

April 8, 2013

As part of a partnership with Philips AVENT, I attended a super amazing event in Los Angeles last month. The Biggest Baby Shower is an expo-style event where attendees pay for tickets to access a beautiful room stuffed to the gills with the stuff a pregnant woman needs to know about in her first year […]

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We live in the Bay Area and also run 510 Families about current fun stuff to do in the East Bay with kids!

Awesome (twin) mom, Lynn Perkins, founder of Urban Sitter

March 7, 2013

We are super duper excited about launching a series of posts about babysitting, sponsored by UrbanSitter.com.  UrbanSitter is a website and a mobile app that allows you to find sitters YOUR FRIENDS LIKE based on Facebook connections. We are big fans, and because babysitting is such a great topic, we’re dividing everything we want to […]

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Activity #538: Take your toddler for a latte

January 25, 2013

My middle school ex-boyfriend, Neil, is now a rookie dad to a toddler (ain’t facebook great?). He likes to take his son, Graham, out in the Burley trailer for coffee dates. Neil drinks the coffee while Graham sips his leche. Neil reports: Even in the fun Portland winter weather, I like to take Graham out […]

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We live in the Bay Area and also run 510 Families about current fun stuff to do in the East Bay with kids!

How do you get to your happy place in the morning? (sponsored)

October 2, 2012

Since my recent 13-day cleanse, during which I took a vacation from sugar, alcohol, gluten, dairy, and caffeine, I am pretty much still off the caffeine. But like most people around the world, I still like to start my morning with a warm beverage to clutch. Since we’re simply not going to make a pot […]

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Use scissors to get kids cooking

February 1, 2012

Reprinted from the wayback machine cuz I’m super busy today. Holden and I used to cook together a lot. Before his little brother Milo joined our family, Holden would stand by my side at the kitchen sink and crack eggs, stir with a whisk, or rip greens for a salad. Unfortunately, I must confess, I […]

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