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Outside

Activity #23: Build muscles at bootcamp

July 14, 2014

By the time my first baby was 10 weeks old, I had not exercised for about 6 months. Baby Bootcamp was my re-introduction to sweating and I loved it. I was not a gym-goer in my normal life, and Baby Bootcamp was perfect for me. Here’s why: Exercising in the company of other sleep-deprived, temporarily […]

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My first attempt hiking with a baby {Rookie Moms Challenge #16}

June 27, 2014

I think of myself as a nature girl. I would say my friends think of me that way as well. Truth be told, I feel as though it has been 1,000 years since I’ve been outside. OK, I do check the mailbox every so often and try to walk down to Main Street once in a while. But […]

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Verdant bliss for mama {Rookie Moms Challenge #22}

June 13, 2014

So much to see! It had been one of Those Weeks. Those weeks where you have a melt-down in the car in the Target parking lot, then proceed to stress-eat an entire bag of mixed nuts while shopping in Target and feel sick…you know, that brand of week. I really tried to be grateful and […]

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Activity #16: Hit the trails with your baby

May 26, 2014

Get out into nature! Hiking with your baby is easier than you might think. Oh sure, you’ll need to be prepared just like when you go practically anywhere, but the exercise and fresh air are a little bit magical. Your challenge for this week is to find a pal (or a whole moms’ group), choose […]

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Activity #98: Plan a pizza party playdate in the park

April 25, 2014

Inspired by the recent warmer weather, I present an activity that is both easier and more social than having a picnic dinner with your baby: Let your pizza guy do all the heavy lifting. I like to order from my local pizza place, Lanesplitters, and ask them to deliver to my nearest kiddie playground. I […]

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Start training your toddler for Easter 2014

March 18, 2014

His first Easter, four-month old Julian slept through the whole thing, but once he got his first taste of modern American celebrations of this holiday the following year as a determined toddler, he never looked back. Since he is not actually Christian, his experience of Easter was limited to the hunting of plastic and hard-boiled […]

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Stroller adventures in the snow {Rookie Moms Challenge #15}

March 13, 2014

The Challenge: leave your neighborhood! There is only so long a rookie mom can stay inside during a cold winter before she just about loses her mind. So, on a recent Friday, I decided we needed to just do it: go out and walk. I know that seems like a simple task, but with the […]

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Activity #1: Pretend you’re in Paris

February 10, 2014

This is an outing for beginners: go to your favorite coffee/tea venue. You have about five more months to enjoy cafe culture. For your sake, I hope that some of this includes the warmer months. Once your baby crawls, she will not tolerate your fondness for people watching or spacing out, so live it up […]

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Yes, I love to play fetch with my crazy active children

January 30, 2014

There’s a scene in the movie Knocked Up in which the parents mock the “clueless bachelor” for playing fetch with the kids (around min 1:45 in this preview for those with no patience). Well, screw that; there’s no shame in inventing games that get children to chase things that are tossed for them. Little people […]

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Family Fun Hikes: Expectations vs Reality

January 14, 2014

Recently, RookieDad Alec and I took our two older boys around a two-mile hiking trail in the Berkeley hills. We left the toddler at home to give the big boys some special attention. My oldest, nearly nine, had chosen the path because he knows it well from summer camps and school field trips. As we circled […]

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Never give your toddler food coloring

December 3, 2013

I’ve been sitting on this “toddler friendly” art print project for YEARS because I wanted to test it before giving it my stamp of approval. Instead — holy cats, people! — I learned the hard way: NEVER GIVE A TODDLER FOOD COLORING. Let me back up a bit. The following activity was suggested to me […]

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Flashback Friday: Boys at the park

September 20, 2013

Babies in swings: Holden (L) and Julian (R) circa Sep 2005 Buddies on the play structure Holden (L) and Julian (R) circa Sep 2008 These boys are now eight years old and on the same soccer team; this is the closest thing I can get for a photo together. Holden (L) and Julian (R) playing soccer […]

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