links for 2009-02-23

Photographing Babies: Tips for Rookie Moms We're not all great photographers despite the cherubic models in our midst. Great tips for capturing the cute overload.

Stave off sleep deprivation by tag-teaming overnight feeding


Parents of newborns: Jenna’s overnight feeding how-to will save your sanity (or, at least, slow its departure): When my daughter was about 5 weeks old, we were going OUT OF OUR MINDS with sleep deprivation. A friend shared this with me, and I swear, its the best single piece of parenting advice i’ve ever gotten. […]

Momversation: Is it ok to fight in front of your kids?

Arguments with your spouse are part and parcel of family life. I mean, there is no way to manage a life full of jobs, kids, emotions, responsibilities, and details without running into conflicts with your partner. But should you keep those conflicts private? Conventional wisdom says “you shouldn’t fight in front of your kids,” but […]

links for 2009-02-19 blog: Brown Paper Bag Recipe Cards Anyone else detect the delicious irony here? Posting on a blog about recycling a paper bag to create a unit of the classic low-tech database, the recipe card file? I have my grandmother's old recipe cards and I treasure them. A lost art in my opinion, poised for […]

Read your kids’ favorite books Mad Libs-style for big fun

My old friend Alison St. Sure (who also happens to be an expert on living gluten-free), shares this tip for reinvigorating storytime: How to hear that infectious giggle from your 4 year old: You know how your child knows every word of her favorite book? Try this: read the same old story but replace key […]

links for 2009-02-18

True Twitter Confessions: At First I Couldn't Figure Out What The Big Deal Was About Why parents love Twitter, by the fantastic Ann Douglas (@anndouglas on Twitter).

Use a vegetable steamer or a crock pot as a stand-in for a humidifier


Is everybody in your universe sick, as they are in mine? Some virulent bug has flattened my kids’ school, and we’re just digging out now *sniff cough*. Maggie’s hack may net everyone a more restful night’s sleep while the viruses rage: I still haven’t figured out the difference between warm mist and cool mist or […]

Amazon today only: $27 off Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

Who doesn’t love Melissa & Doug toys? We’ve gotten so many of their puzzles and play kits over the years. One of the more useful M & D items just showed up in the Amazon Gold Box today: the Deluxe Standing Easel, usually $69.99, today $42.99. We’ve got the IKEA version of this, but if […]