If I were the boss of the auto industry, this is how families would roll

Dream car for moms

I was invited to attend the Chicago Auto Show this year by a very friendly car company. While I considered the invitation strongly (I would have been able to visit my posse of Chicago besties) I had to decline the trip because of the impact to my family. If I were going to write about […]

Are these dad stereotypes true, fair, or productive?

Modern parents can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, wash that dish, throw away the package #dadsrule #momsrule

My husband does most of the laundry in our house, makes breakfast and lunch for the children, and works at a full-time job without a flexible schedule. When he is done with lunch packing, he cleans up the supplies and places the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher. That’s why I’m totally flummoxed when I read an article […]

Theo and Beau: The world’s sweetest nappers

Naptime with Theo & Beau by Jessica Shyba

We’d guess that many of you are aware of our friend Jessica Shyba’s photographs, as they typically garner tens of thousands of little hearts on Instagram whenever she posts one. Yin & Yang #theoandbeau A photo posted by Jessica Shyba (@mommasgonecity) on Dec 12, 2014 at 12:57pm PST About two years ago, the Shyba family […]

Activity #52: Celebrate your way

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For your 52nd weekly Rookie Moms challenge, we invite you to pat yourself on the back — You have a ONE YEAR OLD! The celebration is for you. If you are inviting others to celebrate the big ONE with you, make some plans for it. Make it easy on yourself by delegating food and decorations […]

Skip*hop launches apparel! (giveaway)

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Ooh, I’m feeling so lucky that skip*hop said we could do a giveaway of their new layette items. Someone is going to score big time! This stuff is so cute, it makes me want to have another… um, giveaway? All the items coordinate, are super cute, and made of the softest cotton. Here’s what we’ve […]

Rainbow birthday party ideas

Rainbow-themed birthday party

Birthday Express invited me to pick out some items as a way to introduce them to you. They sell tons of party items for $10 or less. This post contains affiliate links. A few times per year, Heather and I have a table at a preschool fair or some other community event. Next up, Boobie-Palooza, […]

Honeymoon, interrupted

Honeymoon interrupted, a momoir

If you met me today, you might take me for a typical minivan-driving Berkeley mom. And I am. But I’m also full of stories. And dreams. Let me start with one of each from ten years ago. The first date with my future-husband, Alec, was a long one. Four hours in, we were exchanging personal travel stories […]

Activity #51: Meet your friends out for errands

Shopping is more fun with a friend #rookiemoms challenge

Go on, it’s semi-social, you can bring your baby or toddler, and you can Get Things Done (or GTD in Internet language. Seriously.) Meeting a friend out for shopping is your 51st Rookie Mom challenge! Not ready yet? Pick another challenge. When our firstborns were too little to know the difference between Target and the Children’s Museum, […]