links for 2009-06-16

TOOLS FOR THE TIRED & TIME-STARVED | Mommy Track'd Our friends at Mommy Track'd have a bunch of free downloads that can help you get a handle on the summer logistics.

links for 2009-06-14

Smart-Bottom Enterprises: My $13 Paper-Covered Wall Colorful and inventive. Check out the before-and-after pictures of Darcy's play room!

BlogHer meetup/Parent Hacks coffee date this Saturday

As many of you know, the (sold out!) BlogHer conference is coming up in July. This will be my third BlogHer, and I can’t wait for the infusion of inspiration and camaraderie. If you’ve never attended the conference before, the experience can be exhilarating…and overwhelming. Sort of like walking into a big, lively party when […]

Momversation: Do you let your kids go to slumber parties?

Summer’s here, and it’s time for sleepovers. Right? Dana of Mamalogues wonders: when are the kids ready? When are we? Giyen (Bacon is my Enemy), Mindy (The Mommy Blog ) and I share our thoughts. Join the Momversation! Leave your comments on the page for this episode.

Teacher gift ideas? Talk amongst yourselves.


It's the last week of school here in Portland. Is everyone as crazy there as they are here? According to my kids' teachers, everyone goes a tiny bit nuts during the last few weeks of school…all the expectations, activities, and anticipation of summer add up to lots of manic energy. One thing I tend to […]

Nail brush makes a great laundry scrub brush for tiny clothes

Kids’ clothes have more than their share of stains. My pre-soaking treatment for stubborn clothing stains does the trick most of the time, but every now and then I need to apply a little elbow grease. I’ve found that an old nail brush is the perfect tool for the job — it’s easy to hold, […]

Almost sure-fire clothing stain removal: The Two-Step Presoak


If you're like me, you're in full dresser emptying mode, making room for fresh summer clothes. I've come across plenty of outgrown, stained clothing which needs touching up before it gets shipped to Goodwill or the resale shop. I mentioned this hack long ago when writing up how to prepare second-hand clothes for sale, but […]

Breathing New Life: Mike Wooldridge’s Lung Cancer Triumph


Note: This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society; ACS has paid me to write the story and has purchased ads on the site. In general, I don't do sponsored posts because I don't want to mix the content at Parent Hacks with its advertising. Compensated product-hawking masquerading as blog posting isn't something I'd […]

Cut-off socks cover stinky car seat straps


We've all at least one throwup-in-the-car seat disaster, haven't we? Ours was an hour into a trans-Atlantic flight to Paris. Jennifer's was in the car…check out her brilliant solution for minimizing the yuck factor: When driving to our vacation destination, we found out the hard way that our toddler suffers from the occasional bout of […]

Nightlight on a timer tells early risers when it’s morning wakeup time


Here’s Marie’s brilliant hack for teaching her early riser about a reasonable wakeup time. (Especially handy now that the sun’s rising earlier.) My three year-old daughter was a very early riser and would wake me up repeatedly to ask if it was time to get up yet. [Don’t you love that? My kid would creep […]