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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!

5 ways therapy can help new moms

May 14, 2010

This guest post from therapist, mom, and high school friend of mine, Alison Macur, is my happy weekend gift to you.  Emphasis on the “happy”. +++ You don’t have to be crazy to go to therapy. In this day and age, the pressures to be perfect, the demands of life, and dealing with multiple relationships […]

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Go beyond prego pizza + meet your baby already

May 5, 2010

In honor of May 5th, I offer you my best tips and experience for trying to induce your full-term baby. If your baby is fully-baked and you want to help nature take its course, there are some home remedies for kicking labor into gear that folks are talking about.* I’m not telling you which of […]

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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!

The Month in Review: Running, Fundraising, and Mominatrixing

May 4, 2010

I feel like it’s Friday, but the calendar tells me it’s not. We Rookie Moms have had a big month. And I’m talking about April (let’s just pretend I wrote this post on May 1st.) We had three real-life events with our bloggy friends. 1) Heather and her teammates for The Relay ran 200 miles […]

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Help a Mother Out. Please.

April 27, 2010

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might know that I have been interested in collecting diapers to donate to women who cannot afford them. Last year, I collected more than 2500 diapers and dropped them off at a Women’s Drop-In Center in Berkeley. I was inspired by a group of moms […]

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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!

Wear the baby

January 12, 2010

By the time I took this picture, Julian was to big for this fleece sling, so I was thrilled to wear Heather’s baby Holden in it. If you don’t already have a sling, consider it. Wearing your baby keeps him happy, especially if he’s the type that likes to be held all the time. Instead […]

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Activity #254: Go to brunch

December 8, 2009

Find a good time between baby’s naps and enjoy a brunch out with your partner or some friends. You want to find a place with wide enough aisles between tables that you can wheel a stroller or walk with a toddler, no fancy table cloths, and a changing table in the restroom. Ambient noise is […]

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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!

Mom and Pop toy shops need our support

November 21, 2009

I’m not going to lie to you. My kids and I spent 90 minutes in Target yesterday, and all we bought was toilet paper and tissue.  I went there because it was raining, I needed those two items, and I thought we could waste a good hour not touching the holiday decorations.  And we did. […]

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6 cute umbrellas for preschoolers

November 7, 2009

An umbrella is a terrific gift for a preschooler. My toddler loves to hold her own kid-sized umbrella, and it gives us something to do on a rainy day – go outside and stand there with an umbrella over our heads. I saw this rainbow umbrella for kids in a Museum catalog and thought it […]

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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!

The one where I brag about 2500 diapers

October 30, 2009

At the beginning of September, I set out to rally my peeps for a diaper drive. I was inspired by Help A Mother Out and figured that between my children’s two schools, my family, neighbors, and friends, I would be able to generate a 1000-diaper donation for my nearby women’s drop-in center. They serve a […]

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Prevent cheery from becoming cheesey in holiday family photos

October 27, 2009

San Francisco-based photographer Nancy Alcott is a rookie mom who is on a mission to save you from yourself when it comes to producing a photo appropriate for a holiday card. Her aesthetic is clean and modern. No holiday sweaters allowed. Here are Nancy’s tips: Dress them like kids, not elves. The holidays are festive […]

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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!

Help a mother out

September 1, 2009

Did you know that government assistance programs like food stamps cannot be used for diapers? Also, food banks don’t stock diapers. This means that mothers without the means to pay for the supply of diapers their babies require may be using dirty diapers for more hours or reusing soiled diapers in order to make their […]

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In the case of a failed nap, treat yourself kindly

August 29, 2009

My very smart friend Joanne actually used to report to me. Now she is both a mama and the sole proprietor of her own online store, PenelopePoet.com, and sells beautiful jewelry. (Click here to see my favorite item.) Joanne just emailed me her take on “how to cope when baby doesn’t nap.” There are days […]

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