• baby proof: postpartum rest and recovery.

    Suffice to say, I’m not a medical professional. I’m not an OB or a midwife. I’m not a trained doula, or a lactation consultant. The two births I’ve witnessed have been my own. The…

    January 26, 2017 83 Comments
  • baby proof: updates.

    Greetings from a sleepy apartment. As I rest and recuperate and as we ease into life with two kiddos in the house, I thought it might be nice to let you know that I’ve been…

    January 17, 2017 21 Comments
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    gift guide: a charitable giving primer.

    Many people feel especially motivated to lend a helping hand around the holiday season and for some folks, that might mean taking a look at their coffers (or skill sets) to see who else they might…

    November 28, 2016 47 Comments
  • peace and protest songs for families | reading my tea leaves

    songs for peace and protest.

    As a kid, my parents regularly packed me and my sisters into our navy blue minivan and carted us to music festivals and outdoor concerts. We’d pack a picnic and spin in the grass…

    November 15, 2016 46 Comments
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    baby proof: pregnancy pampering.

    The word pampering gets used a lot when talking about pregnant people, especially in the lifestyle realm. And while part of the definition of the word is entirely apt—”to indulge with every attention, comfort, and…

    November 14, 2016 48 Comments
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    what will i tell my children?

    I am carrying a baby due to be born on January 20, 2017.  In the future, when my kids ask me what I did in the months and weeks and days leading up to…

    November 9, 2016 252 Comments
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    baby proof: bedtime stories lately.

    It’s been awhile since I put together an update of what books have been monopolizing bedtime at our house lately. Except that’s not totally accurate. These are books that have been monopolizing morningtime, naptime, bedtime,…

    November 7, 2016 25 Comments
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    checking chores off the list with taskrabbit.

    This post is sponsored by TaskRabbit, an online service matching freelance labor with individual demand.Painting the nursery that we’ve been rearranging to accommodate two kids has been high on my list of things to do this fall.…

    October 11, 2016 29 Comments
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    make your own: bubbles (and wand!).

    I know I’ve out-tweed myself with this one and I know we’re edging past bubble season in this hemisphere. BUT HEAR ME OUT. This is very important.Faye had one bottle of bubbles this summer, of…

    September 28, 2016 20 Comments
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    baby proof: toy storage.

    We’re not big on toys in our family. We hate fun, is the reason. Just kidding! We love fun, we just don’t have a ton of toys! If you’re after a more general toy…

    September 20, 2016 37 Comments