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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!

Every little bottom in the Bay Area


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 […]

Go to the drive-in (movie)

let sleeping babies lie

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 […]

Activity #363: Do Music Together

Do Music Together with your toddler

Yes, I’m endorsing a product/service here. No, I am not being paid to do so.  It’s called Music Together and two past experiences made me decide to recommend this activity. Several of my friends had done Music Together for three consecutive “semesters” and then decided to skip a semester. During that period we met at […]

5 ways therapy can help new moms

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 […]

Help a Mother Out. Please.


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 […]

Wear the baby

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 […]

Activity #254: Go to brunch

brunch at sam

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 […]

Mom and Pop toy shops need our support

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. […]

The one where I brag about 2500 diapers


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 […]