“Christmas smell” without chemicals

Kristen’s on a jolly roll. Here’s her second holiday hack (the first being “assemble then wrap“): nice, spicy house scent without chemical air fresheners or cloying scented candles: Here’s a great (and fairly cheap) way to make your kitchen (and adjoining rooms depending on your house size) smell great without the artificial candle scents, sprays, […]

Because reindeer need their carbs, too

Julie’s family doesn’t stop with cookies for Santa: We make reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer to snack on when he stops at our house. In a bowl, mix rolled oats, glitter (this is what helps the reindeer fly), cookie sprinkles and or sugar (for flavoring), and baby carrots (’cause they need their veggies). We then […]

Meet the Parenthackers: Duane Morin

Duane Morin hails from New England (NE United States), and has been a reader since just about the beginning. We “met” at Lifehacker, where he left a suggestion that Parent Hacks should publish its full feed (he was right; we published a partial feed at the time) and he’s been a stellar Parenthacker ever since. […]

Vote for your favorite Parent Hacks of 2006!

Parent Hacks is officially a year old. And along with the goopy cake and the uncomfortable hats, every good first birthday party includes a little reminiscing. “Remember her first smile?” “Remember when he started crawling?” “Remember when he peed on Grandma’s silk blouse while she was changing him?” Well, we’ve got plenty to look back […]

Assemble before you wrap

My friend Kristen of Motherhood Uncensored and Cool Mom Picks reminds us we can avoid the Ghost of Christmas Twisties: Make some eggnog, grab some cookies, get the family together and make sure all the toys (for the folks who celebrate Christmas) are put together BEFORE they go under the tree. This way, everyone can […]

Parent Hacks turns 1

A year ago today, Parent Hacks made its entrance into the world with my little ode to Purell. 1000 posts, over 4400 comments, and about 540K page views later, here we stand, a little older, a little wiser, and hopefully a little more sane. We’ve formed an incredible community, sharing our good ideas and helping […]

3-D snowflake templates


I recently saw elaborate versions of these 3-D snowflakes hanging at our local science museum. WikiHow explains how to make them. [Via Blogging Baby] Related: Cut wrapping paper scraps and seasonal catalogs into paper snowflakes

Nifty gifty: Leapfrog FLY Pentop Computer


Those of you who’ve been hanging around here for a while know I’m a fan of Leapfrog toys. My kids have enjoyed them starting when they were babies (LeapStart Learning Table) and the love affair has continued (LeapPad, Leapster, and the LeapFrog Explorer Globe which — I kid you not — got our son fascinated […]

Parent Hacks admin: Oh, Canada! Parent Hacks appears in Glow Magazine

Parenthacker Kelly (who wrote up this review of “Ablum” by Duplex) was kind enough to send me her copy of Glow Magazine (“Canada’s Definitive Guide to Beauty and Health”) because in it was a blurb about Parent Hacks written by none other than Ann Douglas. We’ve gone all mushy on Ann before, starting with a […]