Acing back-to-school with UrbanSitter (save $50)

Going back to school with the help of an UrbanSitter

Thanks to UrbanSitter for sponsoring 510families and helping us ease the burden of finding awesome caregivers. Whether it is bridging the unfortunate gap between a late-start school and your early-start workday or the periodic meetings and functions of a new school year, UrbanSitter has got you covered. Lately, I have been loving the last minute functions to […]

Reader tip: Got lead?


The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department (formerly Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program) is offering up to $4,000 in grants for lead hazard and other safety repairs for pre-1978 owner-occupied and rental properties in the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland with low-income families with a pregnant woman and/or children under 6 living or […]

Debunking common myths about lice (sponsored)

NitPixies lice removal salon in Montclair

Sorry to make you itchy. We are grateful to present a series of helpful posts sponsored by NitPixies, Bay Area’s full-service lice removal salon, about what to do about the little buggers. Today’s post demystifies some common misunderstandings.  Imagine a blustery autumn evening, the moon is peeking through the clouds and the night is full of […]

Have you heard about Stroller Spa?

Refurbished by Stroller Spa East Bay

Stephani is the local operator of Stroller Spa in the East Bay, where she and her husband, Rob, wash and refurbish well-worn well-loved and downright abused strollers and car seats until they are clean, safe, and baby-ready. They have two children and love playing outside together. We met Stephani at The Biggest Baby Shower and […]

Reader tip: Berkeley is having an earthquake drill


On April 27, 2013 get ready for a simulated 6.9 earthquake on the Hayward Fault to hit Berkeley.  Are you prepared? Reminding me of the Parks + Recreation disaster drill on television, the Berkeley CERT Citywide Exercise provides participants an opportunity to practice disaster response in their own neighborhoods. All individuals or community groups are […]