Tricks for keeping toddlers hydrated

Beat the heat with some kid hydration hacks, from Sara: We're traveling in the very hot and dry country of Turkey this summer with a two year old, and have found the following to be helpful in keeping her hydrated: "Juicify" your water. Miss J doesn't get much juice, so a little bit poured into […]

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Toys to Iraq: Edmay’s coming home

For the latest information about how to send toys to Iraq, please see the original post. Edmay — the amazing grandmother stationed in Iraq who has spearheaded collecting toys for children in Iraq — is ending her time there and coming home. From Edmay in the comments of this post: TO ALL: Please do not […]

Easy cooking project: Homemade tortillas

My kids both have an attraction to anything squishy. They love all of those stretchy, gel-like trinkets flooding the market, and all manner of playdough. When I can muster the patience, I pull out the flour, water, salt, baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring — my son’s favorite ingredients for “experiments,” and let the kids […]

Coffee stirrers make good juice box straws

Why do the juice box straws always end up at the bottom of the bag? Winnie’s solution: I had a ton of coffee stirrers left over from a party and figured I’d just use them for craft projects. However, I’ve found that hollow coffee stirrers make a great straw for kids. From toting juice boxes […]

Frozen yogurt tubes stand in for ice cream treats

From Sara: I wouldn't normally buy yogurt in tubes, but I picked some up the other day and noticed a suggestion to freeze them.  Sold!  I now keep "frozen yogurt" tubes in the freezer for a healthier treat than ice cream. Popping a frozen yogurt tube into a lunchbox keeps things cool till the lunch […]

Use carry-on bag as footrests for kids

Glennia's hack should make summer flights go a little smoother: If you are traveling on a plane with a toddler or preschooler who likes to kick the seat in front of him or her, it might be because their legs go numb from dangling from the carseat for a long period.  Put a small carry-on […]