Passionate About Wine Country
and the Moms Who Live Here

How Much Should I Pay My Babysitter?

{Our regular guest contributor, Sydney Beebe, is back with her monthly Nanny’s Notes series to tackle the ever-stressful decision: How much should you pay the babysitter?} How much is a night out worth to you? Or a quiet dinner with your Honey? Or even an hour or two to grocery shop without your sweet little […]

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weekend round-up

Weekend Round-Up: April 15th-17th, 2016

Music, festivals, parades and farmer's markets! Let's see what this weekend has in store for us! Special EventsFarmer's MarketsStorytimesSpecial Events Next Level Musical Showcase & Conference April 15th-17th | All-day Creative Sonoma and The North Bay Hootenanny are teaming up to bring you a two-day showcase of regional talent, as well as a professional music conference [...]
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DO Talk to Strangers

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Do Talk to Strangers

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and as a parent, it’s a natural instinct to protect our children – but sometimes we sabotage our own best efforts.  Have you ever thought about how conflicting some of the things are that we tell our children? Consider: “Don’t talk to strangers.”  I can vividly remember, as a […]

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Born This Way {Two of Three Part Series}

I always knew I was meant to be a mother, from the poop and tears to the bond and laughter. Making him was worth every stretched piece of skin, every extra pant size, the donut I had to sit on for weeks, the future saggy boobs, all of it. And giving birth to him was […]

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Pitfalls InStep-Parenthood

Pitfalls in Step-Parenthood

When I met Bonus Son he was very young and very much still a baby in many ways.  Until he hit the tween stage, it hadn’t dawned on me that those sweet moments of early childhood were so fleeting and important all at the same time. “You’re not the boss of me. You’re not even my real […]

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National Sibling Day

National Sibling Day: Date Ideas

We grew up together – spending hours plotting revenge on the parent who denied you candy for breakfast, building forts, arguing over the remote control, lying to cover the other’s mistakes, and yet we so rarely take time out to spend quality time with our siblings.

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Siblings: The Good The Bad and The Beautiful

My brothers don’t know it, but they helped me get a husband. It’s because of our Greek God genes that my boyfriend-at-the-time finally bit the bullet and put a ring on it, after four years of dating.  All that talk about evolution and how men choose their mates based on genetic compatibility?   Yup.   My husband […]

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