Reuse Ziploc bags as self-sealing car trash bags

Ziploc freezer bags

I'm a Ziploc bag-washer. I just can't bear to throw out those freezer-weight bags when they've only been used once. Problem is, some bags rinse more cleanly than others. For those bags that really shouldn't do double-duty with food, I store them in the car to act as self-sealing trash bags. That way, when my […]

“Head Snuggler” keeps sleepy baby heads from flopping


via Sherri passed along this link to a review for an "oddy but goodie": a stretchy thingie that keeps your sleeping baby's head from flopping around in the stroller. Hm. Read the entire review at

Independent painting station (the secret: paint-pucks!)


via Here's how Kathy created an art station (with PAINT) her toddler could use (and CLEAN UP) BY HERSELF. If that's not a feat worthy of lots of capital letters, I don't know what is. Details at

Parent Hacks admin: Fits and starts, but good ones!

Traffic light

Well, hello! As you may have noticed, posting last week was in fits and starts (mostly fits). Progress continues on managing my new schedule as a work-at-home and home-schooling parent, but it's far from linear. Some weeks I'm on top of the world, and others, I'm scraping to get dinner on the table. But while […]

MyLifeScoop: Track your kid’s allowance online

I've got money on the brain, and I'm still thinking about the great conversation we had here last week about paying kids for household jobs. Tangentially related, in my next post at the Intel-sponsored site MyLifeScoop, I talk about how my kids' weekly allowance distribution is now a whole lot easier with the help of […]

Ironing board turns into hotel room dining table

Ironing board

Even now that my kids are older, during road trips, we have the best (and cheapest) meal success when we eat dinner in our hotel room. No one wants to sit in a car for hours, only to sit in a restaurant waiting for food. We usually stop by a grocery store on the way […]



via Marita mentioned her Crocs hanging garden in the comments of the toilet roll seed holder post and there was NO WAY I could resist sharing it with all of you. What better way to reuse a single Croc (or, in Marita's case, a hated pair)? Click through to see her entire shoe garden! […]

Amazon deal: Trumpette Mary Jane baby socks 53% off

Trumpette Mary Jane socks

Not the most important problem, but one I recall all the same: when my daughter was 8-12 months old (pre-walking), I rarely put shoes on her. Because, why? The only time this was an issue was when she was dressed up. A cute dress + socks just looked odd. If I had a pair of […]