The magic jar, AKA be your own personal trainer

Magic jar of exercises for moms

I’m pleased to present this guest post from our good friend and rookie mom, Karen, who invented her own way to get fit with a baby in the house: After I gave birth last year, I lost a lot of my baby weight pretty quickly without a huge amount of effort. I did a lot […]

Tech Tuesday: Dude, Where’s my car?

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When I’m walking around the house like a lunatic in search of my glasses, keys, or phone, it is absurd to think I could lose something as large as an automobile, but given the right circumstances, I can. Have you ever driven around in circles in San Francisco, looking for a parking space within a […]

9 Favorite clutter-free gifts

Friends don't buy friends clutter, figurines, or bookmarks

Again this year, we have created clutter-free gifts for babies, kids, grandparents, moms (AKA girlfriends), and dads. But this is the mack daddy round-up of our tippy top favorites. The good news is that most (if not all) of these ideas can be obtained up to the very last second of the holidays (like Christmas […]

Holiday cards I can barely read

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If you spend any time on women’s Internet spaces, you are familiar with inspirational quotes. We’ve seen a modern typography trend arise where clean sans-serif fonts are mixed with script fonts, and maybe even some all-caps thrown in for good measure. Here’s a holiday card look that I chose in 2011. Two fonts mixed in […]

Activity #45: Do what YOU want to do

Do what you want to do #rookiemoms challenge

When my husband had to be gone for six whole nights on business leaving me alone with baby Holden, I panicked and called in my smartest mom friends for advice. They had perfectly reasonable suggestions about lowering my expectations, keeping it simple, and making plans to keep from going stir crazy. This tip came from […]

Activity #44: Wear something you normally wouldn’t

Wear something you normally wouldn't a #rookiemoms challenge

Today is the day to dig way into your closet and pull out something that doesn’t get enough love. Aren’t you pretty much guaranteed that others will be dressed in more eye-catching outfits than yours? I would steer you to a funky beanie and away from a spangly tube top with bra straps showing. Heather […]