From the category archives:


Love or Shove: Woombie sleep swaddle?

July 19, 2011

I love sleep. I love swaddles. But I can’t tell if this Woombie contraption is the best of both worlds or the worst? Help a nearly-born-again rookie mom out! There’s a video on if you need more help deciding (turn your volume DOWN before you head over).

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Do NOT take your little ones to see Cars 2

July 1, 2011

Before you heed my warning, let me provide a little context. I have seen the original PIXAR Cars movie dozens and dozens of times. When my sons, now 4 and 6, can’t agree on anything else for family movie night, we watch Cars. I took my then 18 month-old to see Cars in the theater […]

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What we REALLY want for Mother’s Day

May 4, 2011

Though we might feel that everyday is Kids’ Day, my nearly-six-year old disagrees. Holden told me that every day is Grown-ups’ Day because we can do what we want, eat what we want, have what we want, and stay up late if we want. He thinks we always get the good stuff. I spoke with […]

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Are there bad reasons to have a baby?

April 14, 2011

I would say yes! Check out my Thursday 13: BAD reasons to have a baby (from “everyone is doing it” to secret yearning for a minivan) along with a whole book full of selfish (good) reasons to make another whole person. Sorry for the teeny update. I am writing to you from the Denver airport […]

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The problem with potlucks (sponsored)

April 2, 2011

We recently saw this funny video from CoolMom, Daphne, about the downside of the potluck. We have long recommended that new moms host potlucks so that people will bring food to you (score!) while you do as you please with your baby (all your gear, crib, whatever!), but we hadn’t considered the problem of that […]

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Talking to our children about the scary world

March 23, 2011

Tragedy, crisis, tsunami, earthquake, war. While I’m excited to be a panelist on Momversation, this was a scary topic to start with. How do you share world events and tragedies with your kids? Or do you keep your heads buried in the sand completely? I was talking with Mr. Lady and Redneck Mommy — both […]

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What the world does not need now: Lotions, potions, and oil

January 11, 2011

What you are about to read was conceived as a “she says/she says” concept, but as we finished writing it together, we concluded it might be better presented as a video. Regardless, this is what it would be like if you were sitting next to us. Except that if you were really looking at me, […]

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The case of the misguided helicopter parent

December 29, 2010

How you can tell I am still a rookie: I am fumbling through preschool soccer lessons! I signed up Milo for his first organized classes (since Music Together years ago) to celebrate his love for ball-sports (and his favorite red shorts). Soccer drills and skills are taught along with songs and games (which he also […]

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Guest post: Choosy moms choose wipe warmers

December 27, 2010

In response to a pregnant friend asking for baby product tips and must-haves, my friend Anna sent along this advice about the considerable merits of her wipe warmer: When my daughter Emma was born, she cried constantly for days…she would not eat. We were so stressed…and we noticed that she was particularly upset when we […]

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Is blood thicker than corn syrup?

October 5, 2010

I grew up the daughter of a butcher. As a consequence, I’ve always been a meat snob. So much so, that people often mistook me for a vegetarian because I wouldn’t eat whatever crappy shrink-wrapped meat they purchased at the grocery store. But I was just picky. As a kid, if I didn’t want pork […]

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Back to preschool: wardrobe battles

September 12, 2010

Tell me, fellow parents, how do you get your kid to pose for those cute pictures in the cute outfits? Is there a candy bribe involved? Threats? I’ve already mentioned my obsession with capturing that perfect back-to-school moment. Holden, though he wouldn’t let me take a picture, allowed me to dress him any which way […]

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Join a playgroup for YOURSELF

May 6, 2010

Call it a Mom’s Group, call it a playgroup, call it whatever you like, but be sure that you’re clear on the objective: connecting with other mothers who you are going to enjoy. If Gymboree is not fun for you, don’t go! It is extremely helpful to have a circle of moms who you know […]

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