From the category archives:

Moms Night In

Activity #470: Pick your flix

June 22, 2010

Here’s a fun little activity to squeeze in during naptime this week. This suggestion was excerpted from the book If You Give a Mom a Martini…100 Ways to Find 10 Blissful Minutes for Yourself: Update your Netflix queue–it’s surprisingly relaxing. “Accidentally” delete any movies chosen by your husband that feature Angelina Jolie wearing leather. Intentionally […]

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Date night in: Let’s get cooking!

June 4, 2010

New parents owe themselves date nights. Regular, frequent, child-free nights of enjoying each other’s company. If the kids must be around, I think its fair to dress them up as waiters or maids and have them serve you. When some nice folks at Nintendo offered to send me the Nintendo DSi new game from America’s […]

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Easy Trader Joe’s recipe: Lentil Stew

April 5, 2010

I’ve never written a recipe before, so please be forgiving as I share these instructions. I make this lentil stew dish about once per week and it takes no time at all. I have served it to all three sets of grandparents and they all (claimed to) like it. Plus, I started giving it to […]

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Activity #96: Make a list of 50 things you like to do

February 5, 2010

This sounds like a self-help suggestion, but it’s actually really fun and the best part is trading your list with your friends and/or spouse if you can convince them to do it. Heather challenged me to do make a list of 50 things I like to do, and then she went all over-achiever on my […]

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Take the 52 Date Challenge

January 25, 2010

I love challenges, lists, and being cheap so this post from Simply Modern Mom is right up my alley. Tiffany challenges her readers to take 52 dates — one per week — while keeping the costs low. Inspired by the challenge, I commit to have 52 date nights this year with my husband. Here are […]

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Mominatrix Resolution (and you can win!)

January 11, 2010

If you have been getting a little behind in your Mominatrix-inspired sexual resolution, we totally feel you. This has been hard. We’re not exactly on top of these daily challenges ourselves. In case reclaiming your mama mojo is not enough motivation for you to stay up past 10pm, we’re going to sweeten the deal for […]

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Commit to a sexual resolution

December 31, 2009

Our friend and once-rookie mom Kristen Chase, aka The Mominatrix, has challenged moms across the nation to participate in a 30-day program during which we’ll have one new task per day, all aimed to improve your sex life and self confidence. Tomorrow’s challenge? Wear a thong. And make sure your partner knows it. I think […]

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Activity #533: Host a gnarly 80s party

September 25, 2009

At the BlogHer conference, I grabbed a great stack of paper with swell ideas for mommy self-care called “Pamper Yourself for Less” created by Kim Danger of mommysavers.com. One of my favorite ideas is for a girls’ night in called Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Here are Kim’s tips: Host a totally gnarly 80s party, […]

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Activity #506: Host a wine tasting after bedtime

September 14, 2009

Well before we cared about saving money on babysitters by entertaining at home, Alec and I threw a wine taste-testing party. We did a version of this party in preparation for our wedding; we had a few cheap-o bottles of wine from BevMo and we were trying to assess if any of them were drinkable […]

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Reconnect in the kitchen

July 20, 2009

When I’m on schedule with the evening routine, I pick up the kids and hustle them in the door a few minutes before the crazy dinner rush starts. If I succeed, we might have a little playtime before the show starts at 5:30. Once the show begins, I have 25 minutes to prepare dinner with […]

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Host a FRESH movie screening

July 3, 2009

Last week I saw this eye-opening documentary, Fresh, about our overly-complex food system and I wanted to share. My favorite story from the movie was about the woman who figured out how to get grocery stores in her area to label Fresh and Local products so it is much easier to support our local farmers […]

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Plan a Mommy Playdate

March 16, 2009

During my first pregnancy, I learned the term “NMS” on the BabyCenter message boards. This means “not my style,” as in, “You want to decorate your baby’s room in a rockabilly theme? That sounds like fun, but NMS.” Or, if someone is planning to name their son Clifford, again, fine, but NMS. It’s like, I’m […]

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