Win the Ultimate Rookie Moms starter kit

March 17, 2014

Holy Cats guys, we have an epic giveaway for you today. Who wants to win more than $700 worth of new mama breastfeeding supplies? [Click the image to see the giant-ness of the prize package, pin to remember!] We had the good fortune of meeting Kerry from MilkCharms a few weeks ago, and he wrangled […]

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Transform bottom shelves into playzones. Your toddler already has.

March 14, 2014

Jennifer Latch, our San Francisco-based mom friend who blogs at Our Urban Playground, shared pictures online of how she surrendered to her daughter Phoebe’s obsession with playing in cupboards. I did the same when my son was a toddler. Today, Jen shares her strategies for embracing Phoebe’s behavior instead of fighting it. Toddlers love to […]

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Stroller adventures in the snow {Rookie Moms Challenge #15}

March 13, 2014

The Challenge: leave your neighborhood! There is only so long a rookie mom can stay inside during a cold winter before she just about loses her mind. So, on a recent Friday, I decided we needed to just do it: go out and walk. I know that seems like a simple task, but with the […]

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How to email your baby and not screw it up

March 12, 2014

Years ago when my son was an infant, we set up an email address for him. It’s his first and last name at gmail.com. We thought it was nice to reserve that for him before hundreds of other Julians thought to nab it. We began sending him messages about his adventures on this planet, and […]

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6 really weird things I only do when I’m pregnant

March 11, 2014

I am about 30 weeks pregnant for the second time, and man, I have been doing some strange things. Luckily none of them is self-destructive or harmful, but I feel oddly compelled to share them in hopes I’m not alone. I’m not alone – right? 1. I have been obsessively eating ice. I can’t stop […]

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Activity #5: Go to the market for just one thing

March 10, 2014

The day my husband went back to work and left me and our bundle of joy alone for a full day, Whitney generously took the day off of work to show me the ropes of maternity leave.  I accomplished three things under her tutelage: taking a walk, taking  a nap, and buying one thing at […]

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Introducing fearless rookie mom, Kristin Helms

March 7, 2014

I’m so excited to introduce you to Kristin Helms, a San Diego mama to baby Blake, who has been tackling and documenting our rookie moms challenges for 6 weeks now! Awesome, right? We had the pleasure of seeing these two in person last week when we attended the Baby Bloggy Bootcamp in the same city. […]

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Getting back on the horse, confession of a rookie mom’s night out

March 6, 2014

It was Mama’s night out and you have no idea how badly I needed it. My husband,Tyler, had just returned from being out of town for work and would be leaving again in a few days. I love my baby, don’t get me wrong, but being alone with a 7-week old, around the clock, tends […]

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Goldieblox: Does it work?

March 5, 2014

Aimed to attract girls to play patterns that encourage building and problem solving, the stuff engineering is made of, new toy brand Goldiebox came to market about a year ago. I watched the Kickstarter video in 2012 and loved the idea. CEO Debbie Sterling is a young engineer from Stanford who wants to disrupt the […]

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Prunes are my secret weapon

March 4, 2014

This post was sponsored by Walmart.com, where you can order just about anything. Obviously, the views and experiences are my own and not Walmart’s. If you’ve ever introduced a breastfed baby to rice cereal, you already know what I’m about to tell you: solid food is constipating for babies. Oh boy! Perhaps if you’ve taken detours […]

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Activity #4: Visit the fabric store

March 3, 2014

This is our fourth weekly challenge for rookie moms. Take a walk through a fabric store with your baby in a front carrier. If you’re game, pick up something for a fun craft project. If your baby’s gender was not known and you have stack of pale green and yellow clothes you don’t love, buy […]

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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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