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

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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Join a museum

November 21, 2011

Like they used to say on TV, membership has it’s privileges. Both of the Bay Area children’s museums that I have been to are part of a consortium of Children’s Museums that have reciprocal memberships. This means that if you get a one-year membership at Habitot in Berkeley, for example, you can go to 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!

Activity #41: Test drive some baby classes

October 10, 2011

Most classes for babies provide a free trial experience. Take advantage of these freebies before committing to a paid class. Try to talk your other mama friends into joining you so it’s the most fun for YOU. Your 41st weekly challenge is to contact a local music, dance, or exercise class for moms and babies, […]

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Link love: Mom Inc, Daily

June 22, 2011

One of the blogs in my Google Reader is Mom Inc, Daily. I was introduced to it by Mom Inc, Daily contributor, Jackie, a neighborhood friend and designing mom. The founder, Cat, is a stationery designer in San Francisco. She launched the blog as a place for her and fellow designing moms to capture some […]

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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!

Pitch a tent

December 28, 2010

My friend Jeanine once told me there’s lots of fun time to be had with a baby at an outdoor store like REI: you just set up a sweet pad in the display tent with several of the Thermarest mattresses, chirping bird toys, and bright colored water bottles and have a blast. The first time […]

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Give the gift of “experience”

December 8, 2010

Three easy steps to a super cheap (FREE + GREEN) thoughtful gift: THINK about your friend. Really think about them. What does she need? More time away from the kids? Time to run a great trail? An excuse to try the newest brunch place? Write out some fun ideas. Use your markers or different fonts […]

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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 #344: Find your rainy day meccas

November 16, 2010

What do Studio Grow, Sadie Dey’s Cafe, Habitot, and even the Berkeley YMCA have in common? They’re all fighting for my rainy day toddler entertainment dollars. Whitney challenged me to go to them all (not a problem, I was making the rounds anyway) and write up my opinions. Several years later, it has led to […]

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Awesome mom profile: Lisa Truong

September 30, 2010

Lisa has two little boys and left her non-profit job to stay home with them.  When she saw an Oprah show about the recession and how hard it was hitting some families, she felt the itch to help. The image of mothers struggling to provide the basic necessities for their babes in arms stuck with […]

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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!

Every little bottom in the Bay Area

July 1, 2010

Huggies has promised to contribute to the diaper problem in a big way. And deliver, they have. In a warehouse in San Francisco yesterday, 200,000 diapers were on hand for distribution for various social service agencies to procure for their clients. Friends pitched in and loaded up cars, trucks and vans to bring the diapers […]

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Go to the drive-in (movie)

June 14, 2010

Rookie mom, Emily, suggested hitting the drive-in movie as a great baby-on-board date night. The last time I went to a drive-in I was driving cross-country with my pal, Rachel, and we actually watched the movie Twister (in which a drive-in theater is decimated by a tornado). I only wish the drive-ins near Berkeley were […]

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