San Francisco, CA

Working mama trying to keep up with my daughters Bryn & Aubrey... and baby boy on the way!

Sara posted in Child Care Mar 16

Parenting & Pregnancy during Coronavirus

Winnie and Startup Pregnant held a webinar to answer questions about parenting, childcare, pregnancy and birth in the age of Coronavirus. Video of the event here:

Talk to me about preparing for a home birth

I’m 36 weeks pregnant with baby #3 and starting to seriously consider home birth. I know it’s late in the game but I want to prepare for a situation where hospitals are overwhelmed. I’ve also been monitored all pregnancy and my baby is head down, in a good position, and I had uncomplicated vaginal births with my other two. For those who had home births or considered it, what resources would yo... More

DIY hand sanitizer recipe

The stores and Amazon are all sold out of hand sanitizer but I read I can make some myself with rubbing alcohol. I found an old bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol so I’m going to try to make my own (I ordered Aloe Vera gel to mix it with). Any favorite recipes or gotchas when making your own hand sanitizer? I don’t want to mess this up because it’s also hard to buy rubbing alcohol right now too.

Suggestions for celebrating black history month?

February is black history month and I've been slacking. My older daughter has been learning about some famous African Americans in preschool but I want to do more at home too. Ideas for books or activities that are good for a 4.5 and almost 2 year old?

Sara posted in Education Jan 19

What milestones did your child hit right before entering kindergarten?

My daughter turns 5 over the summer so she’s eligible to start kindergarten in the fall. I’m now curious whether she might benefit from another year of preschool instead. What could your child do right before they entered K? Read and write? Just recognize letters and write only a few words? Would be helpful to also hear from other summer birthday parents.

New baby tech products announced at CES

A few cool new baby tech / parent tech products were just announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas -Mamaroo bassinet that looks to be a cheaper version of the famous Snoo bassinet -Willow generation 3 breast pump that claims 20% more milk than the 2.0 pump More

Watch out for counterfeit Amazon baby gear!

“The car seat broke into pieces in a 30 mph crash test commissioned by CNN, failing to meet the basic standards set by US regulators.” Some sellers are copying popular products like the Doona carseat/stroller and selling unsafe versions for a discount.

How do you talk about mass shootings with your kids?

I'm gutted by what is happening in our country and especially how I'm going to talk to my older one about all this in an age appropriate way. How have you approached talking about it with your kids?

Do you like having an au pair?

I’m moving into a house with an extra bedroom and bathroom and am considering the possibility of getting an au pair. They’re much less expensive than a nanny but the downside is they are living with you 24/7. If you’ve had one, what are the pros and cons? I’m concerned that the au pair might be looking to me to provide them with a social life and frankly I’m pretty boring and don’t get out much... More

Best Amazon Prime Day deals... go!

This article has some good ones... the Instant Pot is an amazing deal but I already have one! I just bought the crest whitestrips 😃

Be vocal at work about your child care obligations

I love this article by Emily Oster (author of Expecting Better and Cribsheet) about why parents should speak up about being parents and having child care obligations at work. I wish more parents felt comfortable sharing the realities of being a parent -- it helps pave the way for future parents and gives us all better work-life balance when we're just honest about it. https://www.theatlanti... More

How do I help a constipated baby?

My about-to-turn 1 year old is having a lot of trouble pooping. Her poops are big and hard and she is screaming in pain while pooping. I've been trying to feed her extra water and high fiber foods like pears, blueberries, and whole grains but she will not eat prunes or prune juice for the life of me. Any other ideas? It's been a week of her suffering when pooping and the doctor says if ... More

Sara recommended a place Feb 04, 2019


I took my 3 year old to the Little Learners class at the SF Zoo. We had a blast! Each week focuses on a different animal for the theme — the class I attended was all about lemurs. The hour long class is divided into free play time, an art project, circle time with songs, snack time, story time and my favorite part: petting a live animal and going on a walk to visit the animal we learned about! ... More

Sara recommended a place Jan 22, 2019


I’m a big fan of Acrosports. My daughter really loves her weekly gymnastics class and I see a real improvement in her physical skills. She now climbs equipment on the playground with a level of confidence she did not have before Acrosports.

Sara recommended a place Jan 05, 2019


This is one of my favorite date night places and it just dawned on me to bring my kids here. It was great. I called up ahead of time to make a reservation for the same night (Saturday night) and they were able to accommodate us! My kids loved the seafood dumplings and garlic noodles with shrimp. Little one got a highchair. Valet parking right outside made it super easy.

Sara recommended a place Jan 01, 2019


Great little private park for St Francis Wood homeowners (though they don’t actually check that you’re a homeowner so anyone can walk in). Big and little kid swings, slides, basketball and tennis courts and a big field. No bathrooms though so BYOP (bring your own potty 😂)

Share a goal for the new year!

Share one thing you really want to make happen in 2019. It can be parenting related or not. Sometimes sharing things publicly holds you accountable and helps make it reality. Mine is in the comments.

Have you been a victim of medical identity theft?

A reporter from NBC news is putting together a story on the rise medical identity theft (stealing people's identity to access their medical benefits) and wants to hear from parents who have been victims. Apparently it is on the rise! If you have been a victim of medical identity theft, it'd be great if you could share your story in the comments.

Sara recommended a place Dec 15, 2018


Great alternative to the busy wait at San Tung across the street. They were sooooo nice to my kids and even offered to cut my daughters beef and broccoli for her. Food was tasty and the service was prompt. We will be back.

Help! I’m sick of washing bottles

I pump when I’m at work so between all the little plastic Medela bottles I pump into to store my milk and the glass Dr Browns bottles I use to feed my daughter, I feel like I’m constantly washing bottles. Is there a better system? Maybe a bottle I can directly pump into or I should be pumping into bags I can throw away when I’m done with them? I just need some way to reduce all the stuff I have... More

What's your favorite travel product when traveling with kids?

It's holiday travel season and I'm trying to learn all the travel tips as this is my first year with 2 kids instead of 1. So reply with your favorite products for travel with little ones. For those with big enough kids, my favorite travel item is the Ride Safer Vest. It replaces a car seat and easily folds up so takes up no space. It's great for getting to and from the airport. htt... More

Sara recommended a place Nov 02, 2018


My daughter attends preschool here and we absolutely love it. Small classes, very dedicated, loving teachers and a great community. There’s (optional) opportunities for parents to participate like Friday Shabbat service which I really enjoy. There’s a variety of scheduling options which is great because as my daughter got used to school we were able to send her for more hours. Can’t recommend C... More

Sara posted in Funny Nov 02, 2018

Is it a bad sign that my 3 year old keeps accidentally calling her sister Margaret?

I was trying to figure out why my 3 year old kept calling her sister Margaret (her name is Aubrey) that thinking she might have a friend named Margaret. Then I realized it's the name of Daniel Tiger's sister. We may need to lay off the Daniel Tiger for a bit... 😂😂

Sara recommended a place Oct 22, 2018


Stopped in here for lunch during a solo parenting adventure to Aquatic Park with my 3 year old and baby. It was great. They brought my 3 yo a special pink plastic plate and cup and let us keep the stroller and all our stuff right at the table. My 3 yo loved the California roll, gyoza, chicken teriyaki and edamame (she’s a big eater). The bathroom was clean and spacious. I felt like I could actu... More

Sara recommended a place Oct 10, 2018


Highly recommend Bill Jackson and his "Find the Right School" program. We engaged him to help us think through our educational goals for our daughter and figure out which schools are right for us. The San Francisco school system is pretty gnarly to navigate so having an expert guide us through has been immensely valuable. If you have a 3 or 4 year old and need to figure out where to s... More

Sara recommended a place Oct 07, 2018


It’s pumpkin patch season so we hit up this seasonal spot yesterday!! It’s small but perfect for a quick trip to pick up some pumpkins. They have a hay ride in the back which is not super exciting (and costs $5/person) but it entertained my 3 year old and baby 🎃🎃

Sara recommended a place Oct 06, 2018


Great ballet classes for little ones. My 3 year old daughter loves it and looks forward to class each week. This location is more spacious than the north beach location and includes a whole reception area in the front where parents can watch the class. They also sell leotards and shoes and other ballet gear here. You pay for classes monthly and can make up any classes you miss so you don’t have... More

Is there a such thing as a compact minivan?

This is the second time in a month that we have had maintenance issues with our car we are starting to look at new options for a family car. I have 2 young kids (with car seats) plus us (2 adults) so I’m really drawn to getting a minivan. Unfortunately we often drive in the city where parking is tight. Is there a minivan that has a more compact profile or an SUV that you’d recommend? Bonus poin... More

San Francisco Library Fall storytime schedule

See photos for the Fall 2018 schedule at all the SF libraries

Sara recommended a place Sep 16, 2018


Love this library! The kids section is in its own separate room so you don’t have to worry about disturbing the adults and there is tons of space. It’s open 7 days/week too (and some nights until 9pm)

Sara recommended a place Sep 08, 2018


Great food and SUPER family friendly. Right away when we were seated they brought my 3yo crayons and they let me keep the stroller for my baby right next to my seat. The kids menu was affordable and had large portions. The adult food was delicious. And a real changing table in the bathroom!

Books that changed the way you parent

Tell me about the books that changed the way you parent. I remember when I was pregnant I read "Expecting Better" and it completely changed how I viewed pregnancy because I realized many of the restrictions around pregnancy were myths and I could eat sushi, for example. Any books like that for parenting that changed your views? They don't have to be strictly "parenting books&... More

🐅 Anything as good as Daniel Tiger for some variety?

My three year old daughter is obsessed with Daniel Tiger and has been watching nonstop because she’s currently sick. Any other shows or movies she might like? I don’t want her burning out on Daniel Tiger 😂

What do you do with your kids that other parents don’t seem to agree with?

For example: set their own bedtimes, no screen time, etc. For me the thing that we do with our older one is almost no sugar in her diet. We’ve become a little more relaxed about it recently though. What’s the thing you do with your kids that’s different from most parents?

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