a place for modern families with young children in Madison Wi



A few of my favorite annual Spring events are: The Madison Kids Expo in March and Listen to your Mother on Mother's Day in May.


Via swissmiss - a kid's wooden chalkboard 'laptop' called i-wood.

Guest Mom Sara: Pregnancy Exercises

Sara Johnson (Mom, Personal Trainer and co-owner of Harbor Athletic Club) specializes in working with moms-to-be or post-baby mamas; a population that is often seen at her club. Read Sara's Top 5 Strength Exercises and Do's and Don'ts during Pregnancy to make sure you're staying healthy and fit for those 9 special months. Then, check out Harbor for Pre/Post Natal fitness classes that include TRX Mamas bootcamp and Yoga Mamas.
Top Five Strength Exercises to do During Pregnancy:
1. Deep, wide-leg squats (use pole or bar for assistance).
2. Wall-washes (back against wall, shoulder blades pressing against wall).
3. Biceps curls with heavy weight (you'll be carrying a baby car seat soon!)
4. Plank on elbows and knees, and side plank.
5. Side-lying leg lifts, circles.
Do's and Don'ts During Pregnancy:
1. Do not hold your breath.
2. Avoid motionless standing (such as waiting in line).
3. Avoid high heat areas/workouts in the first trimester.
4. Do lift weights! 
5. Do not lay on your back for more than a minute after the second trimester.
6. Do alternate hard workouts with easy ones.
7. Get in the pool-the water will help your circulation and help you feel lighter.
8. Do stop if you experience dizziness, shakiness, bleeding, cramping.

Child's Own Studio

This is sweet. You can turn your child's drawing into a soft toy. Child's Own Studio makes custom handcrafted softies from a drawing that you send in… bringing your child's imagination to life. See more local children's stores in Shop for Children.


Binth Baby Book

A friend of mine who's expecting at the end of this month, asked me if I had any suggestions for baby books. Since the design is very important to me, I suggested this one from Binth in grass green or chocolate brown… modern, beautiful and handcrafted. It also includes a keepsake box for photos.

Sponsor: Rockin' Jump

is Madison's Ultimate Trampoline Park. As a locally owned franchise, we’re people like you who want to exercise (with and without our kids), but also like to have fun. Lots of fun. So instead of stairclimbers and weight machines, we decided to create a place where we and our kids can soar in open jump arenas, dive into an awesome inflated stunt air bag, play trampoline dodgeball, and do flips and somersaults to our hearts' content. We also wanted a new alternative for birthday parties and family gatherings, where quality food and private party rooms were guaranteed, and our kids could safely play while we socialized with other parents.

At ROCKIN’ JUMP you get the exercise you need and lots of laughs along the way. We are open 7 days per week and offer activities of all kinds, including our ROCKIN' TOTS program for kids 6 and under. Our Tots program is a dedicated time for young kids to jump and play without big kids and adults jumping in their way. We offer the Tots program from 9am - 11am every Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8am - 10am every Saturday.

Our biggest draw is our ROCKIN' Birthday Parties. Every party lasts 2 hours in our park and includes a private party host. Every party enjoys 90 minutes of jump time, 60 minutes access to a private party room, a private dodgeball game, special party food packages from our in-house cafe and most certainly one of the best overall party experiences available in Dane County. Visit Indoor Activities.

Ann Taylor Loft

I recently discovered that Ann Taylor Loft carries maternity clothes online. Stylish, incredibly comfortable pieces that you can wear to work and for the weekend. I love maternity clothes that don't scream "I'm wearing maternity clothes!" See a list of local maternity stores in Shop for Mom-to-be.


Arts and Crafts are great, and these Dino and Robobox Stencils from Stubby Pencil Studio are a perfect addition to your art bin. Both just $10, they're eco-friendly too!


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