Overcoming the fear of buying new jeans {Rookie Moms Challenge #35}

June 18, 2014

The Challenge: Buy New Jeans When I look back at family photos of myself as a child, there seems to be someone always missing from the scene: my mother. Now that I’m a mother, when someone asks me for a photo of Weston and me, it’s hard to find one. So, I decided to take […]

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Must-read: Tinkerlab, a hands-on guide for little inventors

June 18, 2014

I love following my friend Rachelle on Instagram because she is always doing simple, yet brilliant, things with her kids. Last year she started tagging her Instagram photos with the hashtag #creativetable to indicate a practice of putting a few compelling materials on a blank table as an invitation for her daughters to “tinker.” Some […]

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What big-ticket baby item was “totally worth it”?

June 17, 2014

We asked our beautiful facebook community to chime in on what splurge of a baby gear purchase has been most worth the money. And you guys had some pretty strong opinions. [Side note: that's why I love you guys.] We love our strollers! Speaking from firsthand experience as a person who tried to cheap-out on the […]

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Activity #19: Invite someone dangerous to tea

June 17, 2014

Andrea Scher, co-creator of Mondo Beyondo (Google it!) I was driving down the street yesterday when a neighborhood friend, Andrea, pulled out in front of me in her station wagon. I was only driving behind her for only a couple of blocks, but we rolled down our car windows to wave at each other and […]

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I took my baby swimming {Rookie Moms Challenge #27}

June 16, 2014

  In order to conquer Rookie Moms Challenge #27 – swimming with a baby – I signed Eli and myself up for indoor swimming lessons at our local Parks and Rec center, along with some friends who I convinced to join us. On our first day, I was nervous: It was a place I’d never been […]

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Verdant bliss for mama {Rookie Moms Challenge #22}

June 13, 2014

So much to see! It had been one of Those Weeks. Those weeks where you have a melt-down in the car in the Target parking lot, then proceed to stress-eat an entire bag of mixed nuts while shopping in Target and feel sick…you know, that brand of week. I really tried to be grateful and […]

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The control freak’s guide to moving from a crib to a toddler bed

June 12, 2014

He’s so ready to bust out of baby jail. If you clicked on this post because of the title, I need to stop you right here. If you are really a control freak, you would keep your baby/toddler/preschooler in a crib for as long as humanly possible. Once it became obvious that the needs of […]

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Why IKEA is secretly awesome for parents

June 11, 2014

Strolling through IKEA this morning — okay fine, I was totally lost in the maze of affordable European bedsheets, light fixtures, and shelf systems — I confirmed that it is prudent to suggest an IKEA outing to those of you who are lucky enough to live near one of the 40 United States stores. (European […]

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Summer reading for grown-ups (with a promo code!)

June 10, 2014

This post is sponsored by Scribd. I love reading on vacation, and often plow through three books on a week-long trip. Since both my kids can swim, when we went to Mexico in April, what my children will probably remember as a jumping-in-the-pool vacation, I will remember as a devouring-books-by-the-pool vacation. I need only look […]

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Activity #63: Check out the library

June 9, 2014

Your maternity leave challenge this week is to seek out the tot story time at your library and go there. Space out a little while someone else entertains your baby with a new voice and stories. Protip: Double check the time before you go. And, hey, be on time. If you’re 5 minutes late, you’ll […]

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Picking party-favors that won’t make other parents roll their eyes

June 6, 2014

“When my child comes home from a birthday party, I let him show me his party favor bag, and then we carefully sort the items into his existing collections. We have a shelf for plastic pencil toppers, a small basket for erasers that are too small to erase anything, and a tupperware in the car […]

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Taking the Ergo 360 for a spin {giveaway}

June 5, 2014

Thanks to Ergobaby for sponsoring this post and sending me and Piper the Four Position 360 Baby Carrier to test out and one to give away (below). When I found out that Ergo was coming out with a new baby carrier, I got so excited. I’m kind of an Ergo groupie. They make good products, […]

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