Free, fun paper toys

Tooth Fairy Gazebo

Speaking of fun with paper, here's a selection of lovely, printable paper toys, perfect for a rainy spring afternoon (which happen to be in abundance here in Portland). A tooth fairy gazebo, a popup card, and more. Thanks for the tip, Kristen! Tags: Art projects

Kids bored? Chain ‘em up!

Gum wrapper chain

Baby chain links, paper chains, paper clip chains, gum wrapper chains! Momready has a fun "Boredom Buster" up on making chains of all shapes and sizes. (Be sure to have a nice look around Momready. Lots of quick, practical tips and ideas, and ipod-ercise — playlists for your exercise routine!) Tags: Momready, Parenting

Link roundup: baby gear, Zunafish, homemade baby wipes, Dropshots

Welcome back from your holiday festivities! (I meant to welcome you back this morning, but it's been a rather tumultuous day in the Dornfest household. I'm sure you understand.) It was quiet in the blogosphere over the Memorial Day weekend (evidence that bloggers do, indeed, have lives), but everyone's back with a bang today. A […]

Elf reminds you when library books are due

Joel leans on tech to avoid library overdue fines: Elf is a free service that works much better than taking out sets of five.  Assuming your library is on the list (and they have several hundred of the largest libraries and library networks), you enter your library card number and PIN — and the library […]

Homemade Pedialyte-type rehydration solution

Awhile back I passed along a Blogging Baby link on making your own rehydration solution for flu-ridden kids. Laryen commented that sugar (not Splenda, as in the BB recipe) is an important ingredient. Here's another option, from my (well-spoken) friend Mike: I got this from a pediatrician and he uses it to mimic Pedialyte's salt/sugar/electrolyte […]

Parenting in the TiVo age


As I scanned my Technorati "parenting" tag feed, this post caught my eye. Frazzled Parent (I wish I knew her name) talks about how her son attempted to "pause" her (a la TiVo) so he could go back to watching TV. She goes on to discuss the effects of on-demand entertainment (and tech in general) […]

Great read-alound book for space lovers


Kate Haas is a kindred writer-spirit and the author of the lovely mama zine Miranda. Here's her book suggestion for aspiring astronauts: "If You Decide to Go to the Moon" by Faith McNulty is the perfect read-aloud book for the space-obsessed kid whose parent is…shall we say…not all that thrilled by the dry parade of […]

Parent Hacks admin: A veritable smorgasbord of kid music!

THANK YOU for all of your fantastic music recommendations! I've entered a whole new world of excellent kid music! I'll be highlighting my favorites in upcoming Parent Hacks posts and in the "What we're listening to" sidebar — and, as always, feel free to email me your faves any time. Tags: Kids' music

Foodmomiac’s Daily Dinners

After I posted my 20 minute dinner (which, methinks, will become a regular feature; stay tuned), it occurred to me that other people are already doing the quick-easy-recipe thing. That won't stop me from sharing my own, but still. You probably know I'm a fan of Danielle's blog, Foodmomiac. As a person who loves good […]