I visited a high-security office with a baby {Rookie Moms Challenge #11}

July 10, 2014

Ever since my husband Mike and I were dating, I’ve wanted to visit him at work. He always kept me at bay, telling me that no one else’s girlfriends/fiancees/wives have ever visited, there was nothing to see, and that he wasn’t even sure it was allowed for him to have a visitor. Because he does work […]

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Water toys and gear that make swimming more fun for rookie moms

July 9, 2014

{Photo by Kate Marzo} When your children can swim independently, the word vacation takes on a whole new meaning. Relaxing at the pool while my kids wear themselves out with cannonballs is my happy place. Here are some fun items that I keep seeing at the swimming spots we’ve hit so far this summer. 1. […]

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Tech Tuesday: Save hassle with Can I Stream.It

July 8, 2014

I share this tip in the hopes that I’m not the last person on Earth to discover Canistream.it. My family has “no cable;” instead we have a hodge-podge of other subscription services like Hulu-plus and Netflix with a little Amazon streaming and iTunes thrown in for good measure. Consequently, when we decide we want to watch […]

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Activity #22: Play in another kind of nursery

July 7, 2014

  Your weekly challenge is to enjoy the rainbow of colors at an outdoor plant nursery. Let her touch/listen to the wind chimes on display, tour the orchid hot-house, and watch the koi in the water garden pond (the bright-colored fish swarm up to greet kids because they expect food). A baby carrier is perfect […]

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I loved YogiBaby but not for the yoga {Rookie Moms Challenge #7}

July 4, 2014

The Challenge: Go to a Baby Yoga Class One of the biggest worries I have as a new mom is taking Weston into the greater world. I get a little nervous about people responding to him; if he’s crying, or hungry, or needs to be changed, I don’t exactly know all the protocol yet, and […]

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Roomba, a new mom’s best friend

July 3, 2014

I picked up my Roomba for $25 at a preschool yard sale, and I love it! Though I’m not sure I would pay full price for it, I would gratefully accept one as a gift. Let me tell you why I flipping love a little robot vacuum for pregnant ladies and new moms.   When I […]

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How to behave: a Mom’s Group toolbox

July 2, 2014

Years ago, I went to my first mom’s group meeting, lugging my 5-week old in his bucket carseat. My c-section scar was still hurting when I lifted the seat and my breasts were so large from nursing that I felt unlike myself. Normally petite, abeit with C-cups passed down through many generations of voluptuous Russian […]

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Stuff moms should consider: keeping a birthday party shelf stocked

July 1, 2014

Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this post. The frequency of birthday parties, once your children are in daycare or school, can be overwhelming. That’s why I maintain a very low price point for gifts (higher for a good friend or a cousin) and try to implement efficiency measures like buying multiples. We keep a shelf […]

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Activity #21: Talk about something besides sleep

June 30, 2014

We know there are those people whose infants start sleeping eleven or twelve hours a night around four months old. These so-called “babies” take three daily naps at 8, 12 and 4.30. And then there are the rest of us. At one point my moms group’s weekly discussion was so dominated by sleep that we […]

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My first attempt hiking with a baby {Rookie Moms Challenge #16}

June 27, 2014

I think of myself as a nature girl. I would say my friends think of me that way as well. Truth be told, I feel as though it has been 1,000 years since I’ve been outside. OK, I do check the mailbox every so often and try to walk down to Main Street once in a while. But […]

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I tried to workout with my baby #fail {Rookie Moms Challenge #23}

June 26, 2014

As a fitness blogger, this is a challenge I’d been hoping to attempt every week since I was officially cleared for exercise at Week 6, but it took me until Week 11 to get it done. And, unfortunately, I think it was a bit of a fail. See, my daughter Garrity is in this major […]

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The Control Freak’s Guide to potty training

June 25, 2014

Step One: Get someone else to do it. There. I said it. I hate this phase of parenting so much, I wish I could outsource potty training my child altogether. Control freaks like things done on their timelines. Potty training doesn’t work that way. I’m so grateful that the peer pressure potty training technique of my […]

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