My interview with Lisa Birnbach

Whew – it's 6:30 AM my time, and I just finished my first live interview on the Lisa Birnbach show. For those of you who missed it, or were unwilling to get up this early (Mom!), Greenstone Media will post a recording on their site later today or tomorrow. Hopefully it wasn't too obvious that […]

Even babies can hand-paint terra cotta planters as gifts

Here's Emily's great idea for a teacher gift, or possibly, for Grandparents' Day (Hallmark holiday that it is, but grandparents deserve every bit of appreciation they can get): A few months ago we decided to get creative with the birthday gifts for the grandmothers. We let the baby paint some terra cotta pots. We used […]

KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarms on sale — 1 day only

/ is selling two KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarms for $14.99 + $5 shipping. If you aren't familiar with woot, they sell one item per day with limited supplies of that item. I thought other parenthackers might want to know. They have until midnight 8/29/06 central time to buy or until supplies run out. [Thanks, Ashley!] […]

How to stir a jar of natural peanut butter


It's peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich season in the Dornfest household, so I've made my requisite back-to-school purchase of several jars of natural peanut butter (the stuff you have to stir — we try to avoid partially hydrogenated oils). Stirring natural peanut butter takes finesse; if you work it too vigorously, you get an oily mess all […]

Help Hurricane Katrina evacuees at the Momready Clearinghouse

Momready is partnering with the Been There Clearinghouse to help Los Angeles-based families and individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina. From the Hurricane Clearinghouse site: Since the hurricane, over 5,000 people displaced by Katrina have found a home in Los Angeles, the headquarters of One year later, these families and individuals are still desperately […]

Back-to-school prep: have kids read the newspaper out loud

Here's how Stu helps his kids get into school mode: In order to prep for the first day of school, I have my kids read stories from the newspaper out loud. Then I ask questions about certain details from the story. This forces them to read all the words, not just skim (which can land […]

Parent Hacks featured on ClubMom’s ‘Parenting Pop Culture’

I recently did an online interview with Meredith O'Brien, author of the Parenting Pop Culture blog at ClubMom (when it rains it pours, eh?). It's now up, with pointers a few favorite posts, including our winning Parent Hackfire! Tags: ClubMom, Parent Hacks, Parenting

Listen to me live on the Lisa Birnbach Show


If you were mesmerized by my Life Hack Podcast interview, set your alarm clocks and listen to my live interview on the Lisa Birnbach Show Tuesday, August 29 at 6am PST / 9am EST. Yes, folks, that’s live, with all the ums and ahs in real time! My interview is first in the lineup (gulp). […]

TiVo price slashed at Amazon


I'm not sure how long this is going on, but the TiVo unit we have (TiVo Series 2 80-hour Digital Video Recorder) is on a BIG sale at Amazon. List price $299.99, now on sale, and after a mail-in rebate, the price is $49.99 and shipping is free. TiVo is an essential part of our […]