29 July 2014

Bake cookies on your car dashboard

Bake cookies on your car dashboard. Photo credit: Mikeasaurus for Instructables

Road trip snacks, anyone? No kidding: Mikeasaurus has thought through the food safety issues on this one. Consider this the silver lining on your next drive in the insane summer heat.

Read the full how-to at Instructables: Dashboard Baking

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Photo credit: Instructables

28 July 2014

A trick for for preventing spills because the drinking straw's too tall

Drinking straw hack prevents kids' spills. #parenthacks

A smart drinking straw trick from Sarah, via my spiffy new hack submission form on Tumblr:

Ever have a kid who wanted to tip the cup because the straw was so long that it was above the kid's head with the cup on the table? 

Bend the straw to a 90 degree angle. Then use your fingernail to put a crease in the fold, and squeeze together. The straw should retain the 90 degree bend, and slow the drink rate a little.

YES. That should prevent a few spills when you're out to eat with your kids. Thank you, Sarah!

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25 July 2014

Turn a t-shirt into a no-sew superhero cape

Turn a t-shirt into a no-sew superhero cape. Photo credit: Cool Mom Picks #SavorSummer

This DIY project breaks Edna Mode's #1 fashion rule for superheroes, but I don't care. It's quick, easy, cute, and it involves zero sewing machines.

As part of their collaboration with Martha Stewart on the Savor Summer project, CMP founder Kristen Chase documented how well this craft turned out when her kids did it (mostly) themselves.

Follow the how-to at Cool Mom Picks: Easy DIY superhero cape project, no pattern required

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Photo credit: Cool Mom Picks

24 July 2014

Easiest frozen yogurt pops: mini yogurt + Popsicle stick

Frozen yogurt on a stick! I recommend Popsicle sticks (pick them up cheap at the craft or dollar store), but you could also use takeout chopsticks (as pictured here). Great way to prolong the life of yogurt nearing its expiration date. FOREHEAD SMACK OF BRILLIANCE to my_dream_future for sharing this...

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16 July 2014

Ever been on pregnancy bed rest? Please share your #parenthacks!

I'm writing the "Preparing for Baby" chapter in the forthcoming Parent Hacks book (did I mention I'm writing a book?) and it occured to me that some of my future readers may read it while on bed rest. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum Online Collection I'm doing research into how folks...

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14 July 2014

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to the Portland screening of BOYHOOD

It's one thing to make a movie. It's another to do something completely new with the medium. From the promotional material for BOYHOOD: Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named...

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07 July 2014

07 July 2014

Let Amazon help you better navigate your local library

I've already discovered the best reading hack of all -- our local library. The trick is to find a quick source of new material and recommendations...

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04 July 2014

Turn a binder + pencil pouches into a portable travel play kit

Jen of Mama Papa Bubba turned a binder and a set of pencil pouches into a sweet portable activity kit for little travelers.

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03 July 2014

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