Amazon deal: PlanToys Crane Truck 48% off

PlanToys Crane

If you've never seen PlanToys wooden toys before, you're in for a treat. They're beautifully produced in terms of material and detail, and they last forever. These are the toys your grandkids will be playing with someday. This Amazon deal is for the parents of (or gift-givers to) construction-vehicle obsessed toddlers and preschoolers. The PlanToys […]

Budget family travel idea: Create your own city guide

Staycation may be old as far as buzzwords go, but it's still a great way to maximize travel fun while keeping costs low. Chances are there's an entire summer's worth of adventure within a 50-mile radius of your house. But if this is the latest of several staycations, you might be looking for a way […]

Use rubber bracelets to babyproof cabinet latches

LiveStrong rubber bracelet

Simple, fantastic babyproofing hack from Linda: Everything in our house is a non-standard size, so it has been next to impossible to find babyproofing cabinet latches. We have had great luck with those LiveStrong-style rubber band bracelets looped around the cabinet knobs, keeping the doors closed. As an added bonus, since they can be purchased […]

MyLifeScoop caption contest: Winner!

MyLifeScoop Caption Contest (May 2010)

Congrats, Adrienne, you're the winner of the MyLifeScoop caption contest and a $50 Amazon gift card! Email me for details — and thank you to all who entered. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Reuse inexpensive knit stretch gloves as kids’ gardening gloves

Stretch gloves

From Pam, who, like me, takes a while to put away those winter clothes. (To be fair, some days it still feels like winter in Portland.) I love this idea! It's officially Spring and I've been meaning to put away the big box of winter clothes. My 3 year-old daughter and I were outside last […]

Reuse silica gel packets when storing your garden seeds

You know those little packets of silica gel desiccant that fall out of vitamin bottles and shoe boxes? Toss them into a tight-fitting glass jar (an old pickle jar, etc.) along with your packets of garden seeds, and store the whole thing in a cool, dark location. Your seeds will last longer when kept at […]

Road trip playlist: choose songs everyone knows by heart

Speaking of road trip entertainment, Lisa S. sent me this lovely hack a long time ago, and it has been waiting patiently in the queue till today! For a recent road trip, the Husband made a CD full of tunes that we all know by heart. It's amazing how fast time passes as we travel […]

Beyond I Spy: road trip games to try on your next vacation

Rubber Neckers Travel Game

Family road trips aren’t just about getting from here to there. Ideally, the journey is just as much a part of the fun. There’s so much to be learned from the road, whether it’s geography or meteorology or just catching a glimpse of other people’s day-to-day lives as you whiz by. But, really, does it […]