Author Archive | Kate

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Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

Or so says the magnet on the side of the file cabinet in my office (that’s filled with snacks and shoes, but that’s neither here nor there). At my core, I’m an adventurer, a change-lover, someone who looks at that magnet and thinks, “Well…of course!” But let’s be honest – motherhood can be the opposite of […]

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The Two Things I’ve Learned in Two Years of Mommin’

{Photo credit: Markus Reinhardt on flickr (Creative Commons)} I’m pretty sure it’s mama-normal to obsessively pin birthday crepe-cake recipes and search for a helium source for a 3 ½-foot “2” balloon. I also think it’s natural to get kind of weepy and reflective as your tiny human finishes her second trip around the sun. In the past two years, […]

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Top Toddler Travel Toys

We have the great blessing and great curse of family scattered across the east coast, west coast and everywhere in between. Our almost-two-year-old’s got some solid frequent flier – and road-trip – miles under her belt. Because traveling toddlers are basically squirmy ticking time bombs, we’ve learned a few things about how to keep her […]

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Every Mom Blog Says the Same Thing

In my quick lunchtime perusal of the mom-blogosphere, I skimmed a post lifting up working moms and another saluting stay-at-home moms. There was an ode to breastfeeding and a defense of formula. A post promising summertime structure and one vowing to throw it out the window. And you know what? Despite the conflicting headlines, they all […]

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Healthy & Fun Toddler Breakfasts: 4 Ingredients or Less

Hello from the other side…of our toddler-breakfast rut. My one-year-old and I eat breakfast together every morning and are seriously stuck on the same boring oatmeal-banana-nut butter combo. Enter a couple super-healthy, super-easy breakfast options that I can whip up in a few minutes from stuff I already have in the kitchen. The measurements don’t need […]

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Baby Swimming Tips to Keep Kids Safe & Mamas Sane

It’s like the transition from carefree grabbing your keys and running out your door to the rigmarole that is preparing to leave the house with a baby. Swimming with a wee one is a little more complicated than just jumping in the pool. After a few rounds of swimming lessons with an infant and, now, a toddler, I’ve […]

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Confessions of a Baby-Led Weaning Mom (hint: it just means your baby feeds herself what you eat)

It sounds so complicated, and it’s so simple: baby-led weaning is a method of introducing solids where babies feed themselves the same foods adults eat. If you want to be strict about it (I’m not): no purees, no spoons, no pouches, no forays into the baby food aisle, period. “They” say it helps kids develop […]

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She-Ra Standing: A Semi-Stubborn, Cutting-it-Close Christmas Birth Story

It was a verifiable miracle: Somehow I woke up on Christmas morning able to cram my 40-weeks-pregnant belly into my festive footie pajamas and zip them up. Even though it was my due date, I’d already decided Baby would be at least a week late. Nothing was happening. The doctor and midwife agreed. Having a […]

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