Get tips from the trenches with this information-packed blog from the authors of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know, Heather Flett and Whitney Moss.

New Mom? 6 Easy Ways to Sneak in Workouts


I don’t want to sound preachy, but exercise really can put you in a better mood for the rest of the day. Working out is energizing, not depleting, so if your excuse is that you barely got any sleep last night, set that one aside.

As your “been there, wiped that” friend, I will warn you that it’s easy to let the months – or let’s be honest, years – fly by without nailing down an exercise routine that works with your new role as Mom.

Here are 6 ways to make it work…
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Cozy Winter Soups to Share With Your Tot


I have a wicked strong blender at home, which means I can pretty much turn almost anything into a yummy puree. This little trick is especially useful when I want to sneak some greens into a fruit smoothie or at this time of year, one of my favorite soups. (Shhh, don’t tell my little one there might be “salad” in his food.)

These warm, hearty soups are three of my favorites. They’re perfect for cold, chilly days, and for sharing with a curious toddler or spoon-feeding to a baby.

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4 Ways to Bundle Up Your Bundle of Joy


At the playground today, I teased my friend Karen that I was looking to her infant daughter Holly’s stroller to inspire me for this story about cold-weather baby gear. But she disappointed me, since the cozy layer spread over Baby Holly’s lap was her 4-year old brother’s fleece hoodie. Not exactly a noteworthy fashion statement.

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3 Tips for Creating a Nursery That Grows With Your Baby


Having been through the baby phase three times now, I have a vastly different perspective on creating a lovely (and practical!) baby bedroom these days. Now, I don’t want to rob you of any of the magic of choosing the ideal nursery; but I would like to steer you toward making three key choices so that your nursery can grow with your baby.

My first (rookie) nursery was exactly what I wanted at the time… and I was ready to trade it all in within two years. My mom and husband painted John Lennon sketches into a wall mural and I purchased matching everything. In hindsight, I carried my theme way too far. Rather than go overboard, I could have kept the mural and selected solid color bedding and accents. Better still – sorry, guys! – we could have replaced the mural with a few beloved wall prints.

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7 Ways to Sneak In Some Alone Time During the Holidays

Sneaking in Alone time During the Holidays

The stress surrounding the holidays is the stuff of legend. Factor in some new mommy hormones and it’s enough to make me cry and clutch my chest just remembering. I wish I were kidding.

If you’re traveling with baby to visit grandparents in the snow or hosting all the cousins at your place, you deserve to carve out a few moments of solo time every single day. (Every. Day.) In fact, I suggest you aim for an hour each day. Even extroverts need to recharge.
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3 Mantras to Follow for Happier Grandparent Visits

Mantras for Happier Grandparent Visits

The holidays can be stressful, especially when visits are long, houses are crowded, and cold weather keeps us huddled near our loved ones for hours on end. The interaction I find most challenging is maneuvering a larger-than-we’re-used-to group through any decision making process: how to spend our time and what to eat come to mind.

Here’s how I handle our togetherness-fest:
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Easy Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving with Baby

How to Have a Stress-Free Thanskgiving

Let’s start with the acknowledgement that Thanksgiving is about being grateful for what we have: food, family, and hopefully, our health. Second, if you have finagled a way to be the guest and not the host of Turkey Day, you have something extra for which to be grateful.

Next, we must confess that there are aspects of holidays that can make us feel less-than – whether it’s not knowing how to cook (or not wanting to cook), or feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of having to do so when you have a new baby at home.
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Thanksgiving Foods Babies Can Eat


I’ve had Thanksgiving babies in a broad range of ages. And trust me, they can join in on the fun, too.
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3 Tips for Making New Mom Friends & Setting Up the Perfect Play Date

Tips for making new mom friends

Arranging a play date between your baby and another baby is simply a less vulnerable way of inviting another parent to spend time with you. And as long as you’ll be feeding and wiping and changing and feeding and wiping and changing, why not have a little adult company while you’re at it? Maybe someone who wants to talk through the latest episode of Parenthood or discuss the logistics of taking a car seat on an airplane. Not all my friends are interested in that, you know.
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5 Ways to Have Fun with Your Baby on a Rainy Day


It just so happens that my baby and I didn’t have a lot of common interests for the first several months, unless you count snuggling.

Yes, staring at each other passes the time and reading books happens every day, but those aren’t very novel. Searching for a few indoor activities that are just as fun for me and a wee one, I wanted to dig a little deeper and think of the activities that brought big smiles, if not fits of giggles, to both our faces.
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