From the category archives:

Mommy

Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

When we gave each other nothing more than ideas for Christmas

The gift of experience

We really did this when we had infants. If you have a little baby (or nutty toddler), permission granted to do the same! 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 […]

Activity #45: Do what YOU want to do

Do what you want to do #rookiemoms challenge

When my husband had to be gone for six whole nights on business leaving me alone with baby Holden, I panicked and called in my smartest mom friends for advice. They had perfectly reasonable suggestions about lowering my expectations, keeping it simple, and making plans to keep from going stir crazy. This tip came from […]

5 strategies to put HAPPY in your holidays

Not what we normally look like

Reposted from the wayback machine because it’s that time of year! Generally speaking, my extended family on my husband’s side (AKA in-laws) are a wonderful bunch of people that we don’t see nearly enough. Because we live clear across the country, we’ve grown accustomed to our own way of doing things so getting together involves […]

Activity #40: Throw an Inside-Outside party

My inside-out baby party was sushi and cocktails #rookiemoms

Your 40th weekly challenge is to celebrate that your baby has been on the outside longer than she was on the inside! There are many fun ways to celebrate this milestone. We’ve done cocktails and sushi (pictured) and a moms night out at the hot tubs in the past. My Inside Out Party above was […]

Activity #34: Host a Margarita Mommies Group

Put a few inches of water in a baby pool and a whole bunch of babies. And stir.

This week’s challenge is a summery activity for babies that can sit up on their own; this is your 34th challenge. These ten-month olds (Theo, Del, Julian and Paxton) are having so much fun slurping on plastic toys and touching one another’s toes that they don’t realize their moms are having fun too. Ingredients for […]

Activity #31: Go out for just dessert

Rookie Moms Challenge #31: Go out for just dessert when using a babysitter for the first time

I am assuming that I am not the only rookie mom for whom leaving my child to be put to bed by a babysitter for the first time was scary. My kid never took a bottle, so I pretty much had to be there for a bedtime nursing for the first ten months. This feeling […]

Activity #29: Upgrade your own “crib”

bookshelf

You probably did nice things to your baby’s room to get it ready for him. How about your own bedroom? Make a small change that will make you happy in your sleeping space. Move a piece of furniture, hang something on the wall, or get rid of a clutter pile. (I didn’t say clean up […]