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Activity #10: Plan a mom’s night out

April 14, 2014

This week’s challenge is to organize a Mom’s Night Out with some girlfriends. Go somewhere you used to enjoy in your old life. Book the time on your calendar and try to make it a recurring event (like every third Thursday or second Tuesday) so you and your pals (and all your respective partners) can […]

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Activity #8: Get a pedicure

March 31, 2014

Your challenge this week is to enjoy a pedicure and report back. This is your eighth challenge. While your baby is still small enough for the infant carrier, take advantage of your relative “freedom” to get your toenails done. We’ve experimented with many places and techniques and find this to be a favorite outing with […]

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Activity #7: Practice yoga baby-style

March 24, 2014

Many yoga studios offer mom-and-baby classes. Search online for postnatal yoga or postpartum yoga and the name of your city to find one. This is your seventh weekly challenge. Benefits of these classes include getting out of the house, being kind to your body, meeting other rookie moms, and sometimes learning a little bit of […]

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Activity #6: Paint your baby’s feet

March 17, 2014

Our challenge for you this week is slather your baby’s feet with paint and commemorate their tiny size. Many paint-your-own-pottery places know how to help you get cute baby footprints on plates and mugs. This is your sixth challenge. We made trivets because the cheapest pottery available was a flat tile. I recommend tackling the […]

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Help me stop wearing my gray fleece every day!

February 28, 2014

This guest post was provided by Shana from Ain’t No Mom Jeans to solve my real-life fashion challenge of always grabbing my gray fleecy North Face jacket-sweatshirt-thing Every Single Day. Last time, she answered my clothing conundrum call for help (4 perfect pooch-hiding nursing-friendly outfits), I bought 5 new things. FIVE! That’s crazy for me. […]

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Binge-worthy TV: SCANDAL

February 5, 2014

What follows is an actual email dialog between myself and my friend, Crystal (both moms of three small people): FROM ME TO CRYS {Re: notes on SCANDAL} Have you watched SCANDAL? Whitney turned me onto it and I watched the first season on Netflix in two days. Granted the first season was only seven episodes, […]

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Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges

February 2, 2014

Why these challenges? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of talking about length of […]

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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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Sports bras for nursing moms

January 22, 2014

Having had a few bouts of trying to exercise while nursing, I can tell you from firsthand experience that the selection of bras SUCKS. Nursing breasts are hardworking and need support not to mention easy- and frequent-access. Unfortunately, it seems like these two criteria are often at odds. Support. I’ve doubled up on sports bras […]

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Stuff your own stocking: 10 gifts you can only buy yourself

December 18, 2013

The things you can only buy yourself One thing that my husband and I do this time of year is give the gift of permission. What? Yes, I’m not throwing back to the days of OBEY in the marriage vows. Instead, I’m suggestion that there are some really wonderful (sometimes-pricey) items that a woman might […]

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Smart idea: Chalkboard wall decals for kids rooms

November 25, 2013

This post is inspired and sponsored by eBay. As I was putting together a collection of wall decals for children’s bedrooms on eBay, it struck me how useful the chalkboard wall decals are. In my children’s room, we have a large ice cream-shaped chalkboard decal on the wall, and Scarlett and Julian can use it […]

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Lightsabers + brats: a tale of two quirky, affordable dates

November 5, 2013

This post was sponsored by HowAboutWe, a date-planning service for couples. Alec and I usually try to squeeze in at least one date night each month, whether we have the energy for it or not. I loved taking HowAboutWe for Couples for a test drive because they helped us out of our usual datenight rut. […]

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