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Quickie

5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Tech Tuesday: How I get out the door faster with Shoe Time Music

July 29, 2014

I have tried many things to make mornings run smoother in my house — especially school days — like reconfiguring my kitchen so kids can make their own breakfasts, making lunches the night before, and choosing clothes a week in advance. One of our more successful family hacks is an alarm set to kid-approved music […]

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Baby shower game for hostesses who aren’t crafty

April 23, 2014

Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. At my sister-in-law’s baby shower, we played a new-to-me game that everyone seemed to enjoy. At least, I thought it was a clever way to pass the time with a lot of women I didn’t already know. Bonus points that this hands-on activity didn’t require anyone […]

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Fun with foam, part 1

August 21, 2013

Too wet to go out? Too cold to play ball? (Oh, is that just me and my Summer in the Bay Area? Ha!) Too sick for preschool? This is the ultimate in Drugstore DIY; with a can of shaving cream or a bar of soap, here is lots of good fun that is funny: Microwave […]

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Activity #102: Photograph your baby ALONE alone

June 6, 2013

Chelsea Day and her husband, Nate, have a special ritual whenever they’re alone with the baby for any length of time. They take pictures of their little one alone like alone alone (dare I say abandoned?) and text them to each other. We met Chelsea at the Mom 2.0 conference on a bus and she […]

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Love or Shove? Major League Baseball Moby wraps

May 28, 2013

I received a pitch for this product today from the folks who represent Moby wraps. Available in 24 different team colors with logos, this Moby wrap costs $62. I want to know if you’re into it or not.

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Activity #20: Narrate your day

April 16, 2013

Days at home alone with a baby can be soooo long. On the bright side, he’s a very captive audience and interested in all your innermost thoughts. Tell your baby about what you are doing to him when you change his diaper, lift him up, feed him. Narrate life’s little adventures when you clip your […]

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Love or Shove? “Walk Mee” Training Walker

March 8, 2013

You be the judge. This product is sold online for $29.99, though I saw it on LivingSocial Deal for $15. According to the manufacturer: • Guide your little one’s steps without constantly bending over • CPSIA-compliant product teaches tots to balance and walk naturally • Fully adjustable straps for comfort • Machine-washable, 100% polyester shell; […]

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Tip: bubble wrap for new moms

February 20, 2013

The teeny tiny bubble wrap is perfect as a physical outlet for moms trying not to scream at their kids. (Confession: I have done this dozens of times) This is how it works: Get frustrated or annoyed to the point of wanting to scream. Gently, set baby in crib or other safe place. Walk over […]

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

5 ten-minute Valentine’s Day ideas

February 13, 2013

In about ten minutes, you can make someone feel loved for Valentine’s Day. Here are five fresh ideas for you using stuff you probably have around the house: 1. Mix up a love potion Follow the tasty (and fast) instructions from the lovely Marie at makeandtakes. Serve your love for breakfast, snack or dessert. 2. […]

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Activity #204: Microwave a marshmallow

January 9, 2013

For a quick and questionably tasty science experiment, microwave a marshmallow for about a minute and enjoy the results. Wondering what will happen? The marshmallow will puff up to four times its original size like a poofy souffle. It will be a hot gooey mess before cooling into a crispy pancake. Expect smiles and sticky […]

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5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Activity #222: Shoot ‘em from behind

September 7, 2012

Taking pictures of new standers, cruisers, and walkers is most adorable from the backside. Allow me to demonstrate.

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Makin’ it: Star Wars-themed baby mobile

May 1, 2012

These are the droids you’re looking for. I created this hanging R2D2 mobile after seeing this gorgeous Vespa mobile on Hey Jen Renee (please click through, pin it, love it!). For our baby brother, we wanted to make a Star Wars version, but this same idea could work for any number of fun themes. I […]

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