From the category archives:


Activity #467: Go hunting with your preschooler

September 21, 2012

We asked Christie Mellor, author of The Three-Martini Playdate and the new Fun Without Dick and Jane, to suggest an activity for rookie moms. Put the fun back in some of your routine outings by “going hunting” with your toddler or preschooler. Here’s how: You want to spend a nice morning with your baby, but […]

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5 photo tips for your summer snapshots

May 30, 2012

We’re happy to introduce guest blogger Beryl Young, a photographer and mom who is teaching a photography e-course, Radiate, launching this June 2012. As a mom to an extremely busy and active 20 month old I know how tricky it can be to capture that perfect portrait of your kiddos outdoors in sunshine doing the […]

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BOB Revolution stroller review

May 24, 2012

Huge thanks to BOB for sending me a stroller to review. My husband and I — well, mostly him — have been driving BOB jogging strollers for more than six years but this past month was our first time testing the BOB Revolution SE with the swivel wheel instead of just the straight wheel for […]

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5 (light) green toddler activities

April 20, 2012

I started this list a long time ago (like when I had a toddler in my arsenal of boys) but decided to finish it in time for Earth Day a mere three years after I began writing it. Presenting five earth-friendly ways to spend time with your toddler: Eat > Share a smoothie (Here’s another […]

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Makin’ it: Custom letter art

February 6, 2012

In a college photography class, Sue Tenerowicz was introduced to letter art. Her assignment that was to go out in the world and find letters that the world created.  Then spell something. She says, “A simple idea, but the concept stuck with me.” “I’ve always used words in pictures to send a special message. Sometimes, […]

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Activity #556: Chill out in the snow

December 20, 2011

After returning from a jaunt to Tahoe with his toddler, Ainslie, our friend Doug gave me tips on fun stuff to do in the snow. (That’s right old friends, I’m embarrassed to admit it but snow is something we visit out here — not endure. And we “jaunt”). For the baby set: Walk around with […]

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Activity #49: Run errands or walk errands

December 5, 2011

Since my New Year’s resolution every year since Julian was born has been to walk 10,000 steps a day, and so far I have failed miserably, I have a new piece of advice for myself. I should be doing as many errands as I can on foot. I did so much better when I was […]

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Activity #48: Find some excellent graffiti

November 28, 2011

This challenge, your 48th, goes out to all the urban mamas who need a scavenger hunt for the day. Take a picture of your baby in front of graffiti – as explained by Dutch, the dad who writes on Sweet Juniper. He has an awesome set of Flickr photos that inspired us to do this. […]

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Activity #42: Take a pumpkin picture

October 17, 2011

Your 42nd weekly challenge is a seasonal photo assignment. You can’t take a bad picture in a pumpkin patch. Good assignment, right? Find a pumpkin patch. Go. Take pictures. Use hay as a background, too.   If you do this, we would LOVE to see your photos on our rookiemoms facebook page. Is your baby […]

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Activity #38: Take a sensory tour around the block

September 19, 2011

Whitney ran into my friend Jeanine outside her house. Jeanine was helping her 9-month old daughter, Pepper, touch some furry lavender sticking out from Whitney’s garden, and didn’t realize whose house it was. The girls had been going on a sensory tour of the neighborhood. Try it yourself to keep the neighborhood walks interesting: Stop […]

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Activity #34: Host a Margarita Mommies Group

August 22, 2011

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 […]

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Giveaway: Flipcam + more from GoGo SqueeZ ($225 value)

August 18, 2011

Dear readers, this contest is closed. We will contact the winner offline. Peace out. Did you see the post last month where Whitney showed how her kids used the summer fun kit from GoGo SqueeZ? It cracked me up. Our children — born at the same hospital and living only 2 miles apart — could […]

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