Middle Children Are Going Extinct and More in This Week’s Friday Faves (7.27.18)

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Last weekend, my best friend from home visited, and I think we talked for four days straight. We haven’t spent this much quality time together since high school, and it was more fun than I could have imagined.

Now, it’s back to reality, and for the first time in a long time, we don’t have plans this weekend. We may head down to Monterey Bay Aquarium because, I’m embarrassed to say, after living here for over ten years,  and we’ve never been! 

Exploring Our National Parks

My friend drove across the country from New Jersey to come visit me, and she’s now making her way down to SoCal. It made me realize how much of this state I still need to explore, so I started reading up on the best national parks in California.

Middle Children Unite

There are three siblings in my family but no middle children! My older brothers are identical twins, so none of us fell into the middle child category. What about your in your family? I found this article about the middle child going extinct really interesting.

GLOW Is Back!

Have you watched GLOW on Netflix? I didn’t think I would enjoy a show set in the ’80s about the making of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, but it is so good! Interesting storylines, likable and complex characters, fun costumes, and great ’80s music. Definitely worth a watch.

Too Sick for School?

Every school and daycare has its own policy on when it’s necessary to keep your sick kid home from school, but I found the guidelines in this post really helpful. 

In case you missed it, here are the week’s posts from San Francisco Moms Blog and Mid-Peninsula Moms Blog. 

Surviving (and Thriving) Away From the Kids

Meredith enjoyed a one week staycation with her husband while her in-laws looked after the kids! See how she coordinated this genius arrangement, why it’s a must do, if you can, and what changes she’s making now that the kids are home.

What You Need to Know About Ticks

We asked a pediatrician to fill us in on ticks and Lyme Disease. Here’s how to avoid getting bit, what to do if you do find a tick, and when you should and should not worry.

Book Club: Childwise

Elisa breaks down the high points of the classic parenting book, Childwise.

Kids Deserve to Hear Sorry, Too

Andrea tells us why apologizing to our children will make them more polite and empathetic humans in the long run.

Make It Easy, Cupcake

Kelly, our resident baker, raves about this creative book full of easy ways to make impressive cupcakes. It’s full of step-by-step pictures, easy enough for non-readers to follow! 

Britax’s New Line of Car Seat

Three of our writers tried out Britax’s new Essentials line of car seats and shared their thoughts. Personally, I love that the seats are a lower price point than their other lines making safe car seats more affordable!

Cheap & Amazing Things to Do in SF with Kids

Tapped out on fun things to do with the kids this summer? Amy steps in with 5 ideas you may not have thought of.

Feeding Twins 

I am tired just reading Alessandra’s account of what it takes to breastfeed and pump for her twin infants. Peek into life with twins or comment with an encouraging word if you, too, are a mom of multiples! 

Finding Your Rhythm as a SAHM

Kate loves being a stay-at-home mom but admits it’s not only easy. Here are her tips on how to make the most of the opportunity. 

BubbleBum Booster Seats Save the Day

Lighten your load when traveling with your school-aged kids. Pack inflatable booster seats, rather than lugging bulky plastic ones. Meredith tells us all about BubbleBum’s inflatable boosters.

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