Felt Dahlia Flower Brooch


via news.holidash.com From the brilliant mind of Megan Reardon, aka Not Martha. All you need is felt, glue, scissors, a brooch pin a needle and thread, a little cardboard and patience. Lovely Mother's Day gift or rainy day project for older kids.

Simple birthday cake decoration: use a real toy


Kim-Anh's no-pressure hack for a delightful birthday cake your kid will love: Instead of spending countless hours trying to figure out how to frost a cake to look like your toddler's latest obsession, go with a basic cake and top with a store-bought toy. This year, I made a Cars-themed cake for my son. To […]

Cucumber-dill yogurt “teacup snacks”


via www.fixmeasnack.com My mention of Edible Teacups in one of the link roundups prompted Cindy to send me a link to this idea in her blog…which also reminded her kid Willy Wonka teacups! Cindy's post is part of a series she wrote about 101 ways to flavor plain yogurt.

How to Make a Cheap, Low-Profile Wooden Bed Frame

via www.instructables.com Eric Wilhelm made this simple low-to-the-ground bedframe so his baby daughter could sleep on the bed without a long fall (if it ever came to that). Great idea for a toddler bed as well!

Best of Parent Hacks: Gardening with kids

Kids and gardening! There are so many reasons to get your kids growing things, digging in the yard, or even sprouting a few seeds in a pot on the front step. Here are our best “gardening with kids” tips to get you started.

links for 2010-04-23

Flexible Dreams: Making Compassion Real It's one thing to talk about homelessness, and another altogether to involve the kids in doing something about it. Another great post from Amy. Trip Countdown Map Beautiful way to mark the time till a traveling parent comes home (so much more interesting than X's on a calendar). Thank you, […]

Shoes too tight? Cut off the toe caps!

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And now, for a LITERAL parent hack. Jessica's not afraid to let scissors help her squeeze a bit more life out of old Converse sneakers: What to do if your daughter finds out in the middle of a hike that her feet have "suddenly" grown and her Chucks hurt her toes? Simply give some extra […]

Amazon today only: FamilyFun magazine only $5 for 1 year


Today only, Amazon's offering a one-year subscription to FamilyFun magazine for $5! Yes! I have been a waiting-room appreciater of this magazine for years. Every issue is full of crafts, projects, activities, recipes…stuff that's clever, simple, fun, and often using materials you already have around the house. I have been threatening to subscribe for a […]

Mind in the Making: Winners!


Wow! Over 100 of you entered the Mind in the Making giveaway by sharing the life skill you’ve found most useful so far. Just reading the comments was inspiring (I encourage you to read them yourself)…and a good reminder about the skills our kids really need as they get older. Thank you to all who […]