Off-to-school or back-to-preschool? Win these useful goodies

August 6, 2014

We’ve assembled a few things we love for a fun giveaway, just in time for some of you to put your kids in a toddler program or preschool for the first time. Or even back-to-school for those whose preschools take a summer break. Here’s what we’ve got. Everyday Bento – An adorable book full of […]

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My very strong opinions about kids’ backpacks

August 5, 2014

Back to school shopping. Ugh. As I walk through Target and see the many character-themed backpacks trying into leap in my shopping cart, I remember why I must make this journey alone. Back-to-school shopping is no place for kids. Alluring as my sons might find these school bags, they will never come home with us. […]

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Activity #26: Count your steps

August 4, 2014

Your 26th weekly challenge is to invest in a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps each day. You’ll be surprised how many steps a mom can take just running around the house, but if you’re going to reach 10,000, you’ll need to take a walk outside for sure. This is good motivation to get some […]

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How I saved Scarlett’s rainbow birthday cake from dying a terrible death

August 1, 2014

My daughter had her 7th birthday party at Pump It Up, a colorful warehouse outfitted with numerous inflatable jumpy things. This operation is a birthday party machine. Parents need not lift a finger during the party; the children’s shoes and the parents purses are even carted along on a shelf with wheels as the party […]

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Who doesn’t like yoga pants and wine? (sponsored)

July 31, 2014

This post was sponsored by Eppa SupraFruta Sangria and Soybu (who offers a discount below) My real life is not as glamorous as all this. While I haven’t decided how much to share about the BlogHer conference I attended over the weekend because I’m never sure how much you guys care about behind-the-scenes stuff — though […]

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Loving on our (germy) local library {Rookie Moms Challenge #18}

July 30, 2014

Challenge # 18: Check out the Library is one of 52 challenges for new moms on this site. Easy peasy. After our previous Cruise Director meltdown, I felt sure that checking out the library would prove to be a walk in the park, literally. I am really lucky to live in a town with an […]

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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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Activity #25: Host an ugly baby (clothes) contest

July 28, 2014

Dress up your baby in the worst, ugliest gift outfit and invite over some other poorly dressed babies for a costume party and ugly-clothing contest. Dorky gifts, ratty hand-me-downs, and hopeless mismatches can finally have their day. Try not to be offended if your idea of cutest-outfit-ever winds up on one of the other models. […]

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Star Wars birthday party ideas on a budget

July 25, 2014

What’s the difference between a third child and a first child? The first child has a “Star Wars fourth birthday party” and he’s never seen Star Wars. The third child can hum along the Clone Wars theme song before he can even speak. With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon and Clone Wars […]

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Two kids in a room. Or not.

July 24, 2014

We are at a conference for the rest of the weekend, so I am re-posting this one from a couple years ago. Heather and I both live in Berkeley where houses are small, and expensive nonetheless. Our neighboring city Oakland is pretty much the same.  If you’ve seen the show Parenthood, which is set here, […]

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Get kids to listen without yelling {FREE class}

July 23, 2014

We are so happy to tell you that we have partnered with Amy McCready’s company Positive Parenting Solutions to bring a free webinar to you guys on the topic of getting kids to listen – without nagging or yelling. The format includes Amy presenting material and a live chat session where we can all ask […]

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Going all Mary Poppins on my bedroom {Rookie Moms Challenge #29}

July 22, 2014

When school was cancelled for a snow day this Spring (argh!), the first thing I did was jump to the list of Rookie Mom challenges and see if there were any I could complete while home with the boy all day long. There was a perfect one: Challenge# 29, Refresh your bedroom. I took Weston […]

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