28 August 2014

Last chance to unlock vaccine donations: #Blogust ends August 31

#BlogustAs you know (especially if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook), I'm a participant in this year's Shot@Life #Blogust campaign to donate 60,000 vaccines to children in need.

I set a goal of 500 vaccine donations for my Blogust post, What I Learned By Sending My Kids to Summer Camp. With your help, we not only hit that goal, we surpassed it.

Thank you. Thank you so much. Reading your comments was so powerful. Special thanks to those of you who tweeted the link and encouraged friends to comment as well (Adrienne/@babytoolkit and Homa/@woodrumlaw, you come to mind right away).

All that warmth and generosity didn't just feel good, it directly affected the lives of over 500 kids.

We can do more.

Blogust ends August 31, 2014 and there are still over 10K unclaimed vaccines campaign-wide. Will you help unlock every single vaccine donation?

If the answer is YES, here's what to do right now (choose one or all):

1. Leave a comment on any Blogust post.

Single-word comments, multiple comments...they all count. Here are links to every Blogust post.

2. Leave a(nother) comment on my original Blogust post. 

(Not the post you're reading right now; my original #Blogust post here.) Every comment on that post unlocks a vaccine.

3. Click the "Tweet" or "Like" button at the bottom of my original Blogust post. 

(Not the post you're reading right now; my original #Blogust post here.) Every social share using those buttons unlocks a vaccine.

4. Tweet using the #Blogust hashtag.

Every original tweet containing #Blogust unlocks a vaccine.

5. "Like" and comment on Instagram posts containing the #Blogust hashtag. 

So easy to fire up the Instagram app, search for #Blogust, and then double-tap each photo you see. I just "liked" 50 photos in a minute or two. 50 vaccines: donated.

We can change the lives of 60,000 children right now.

Let's do it. Thank you, friends. You're the best.


20 August 2014

Blast stains out of white sports uniforms with a pressure washer

Blast stains out of white sports uniforms with a pressure washer. #parenthacks

Christine used a power washer (also known as a pressure washer) to blast the stains out of white baseball pants!

She shared this laundry trick for parents of busy baseball players in the “Parent to Parent” community at Parents.com. I found it because @ParentsMagazine tweeted the link with the #parenthacks hashtag. (Fist bump to Parents! Thank you!)

Give a little link love! If you come across something you think qualifies as a parent hack, share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the tag #parenthacks or go to parenthacks.tumblr.com/submit

19 August 2014

Book review: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed

I’m undone by the beauty and wisdom of Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Exquisite, funny, shocking, real and oh, so generous. I picked it up on impulse from Powell's and read it in a matter of hours.

I met Cheryl years ago at a literary salon in a Portland living room. Her first book, the novel, Torch, was newly released, and I remember being struck by her burning talent and humanity.

Since then she has gone onto great literary acclaim, and her memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, is still topping the charts (Oprah picked it to kick off her book club 2.0).

Tiny Beautiful Things is an incredible read for parents, but not because it’s about parenthood (although Cheryl’s motherhood informs several of her responses to her readers). It’s about being human...the best human one can be under the circumstances.

Parenthood will challenge you to the core, especially if you carry painful history. Parenthood has a way of shining a beam on our deepest insecurities and fears. Parenting will show you who you are, even when that doesn’t line up with what you project to the world (or yourself).

Her storytelling is powerful, but it never overpowers her purpose, which is to help an individual in pain.As Sugar, Cheryl uses her own complicated childhood, upbringing and experiences to illustrate the life lessons she’s learned. But she doesn’t tell stories from a pedestal. With the utmost tenderness she sits with her readers, their hands in hers, as she “goes there” with them, willing to explore her own painful memories if helps them feel understood.

Sugar’s advice is electric, wise, funny, profane, searing, and honest without condescending. Her writing is top-notch. Her storytelling is powerful, but it never overpowers her purpose, which is to help an individual in pain. Witnessing that intimate exchange elevates Tiny Beautiful Things beyond “self-help” into a category I can’t properly describe. Perhaps because I’ve never seen it before.

If you need inspiration, entertainment, perspective, or a good kick in the ass, read this book. I feel better, and even a little braver, for having done so.

At Amazon: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed

15 August 2014

Free screening passes: Island of Lemurs: Madagascar [Portland]

I've got a download code for free advance screening tickets for ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR, playing 8/16/14 in IMAX 3D, at 11am at Regal Bridgeport Village!

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14 August 2014

Teaching our kids the difference between video game combat and real war

On the ONE Campaign blog, I share my thoughts on a father's choice to teach his sons about videogame violence by taking them to Israel and Syria. While I respect his choice, it wouldn't be mine.

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06 August 2014

For #Blogust '14: What I Learned By Sending My Kids to Summer Camp

This post is my contribution to Blogust 2014—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for kids in need around the world. My goal for this post is to unlock 500 vaccine donations: you can help by leaving a comment or clicking “Tweet” or “Like” below. (Details at the end of the post.)

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05 August 2014

This family air travel tip simplifies packing while saving $ on checked baggage fees

This simple trick will dramatically simplify packing for a family trip, save you money in checked baggage fees, and get your family through airport security in record time.

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04 August 2014

01 August 2014

This month, your comments save lives

This year, I'm contributing to Blogust -- a month-long blog relay organized by Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation. For every comment left on a Blogust post each day of August, Walgreens will donate a vaccine to a child, up to 60,000 vaccines.

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30 July 2014

Turn a wooden magazine holder into a corner shelf or charging station

This could work well over a kid's desk to stash art or homework supplies. OR as a charging station for the family's mobile devices.

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