via www.spousonomics.com I love the swing, but I especially love the story that goes along with the swing and the phrase "deeply plastic," which I intend to coopt. Thanks for the pointer, Paula!
I just had the lovely experience this week of saving over $40 on a $160 grocery bill. It was my first serious foray into using coupons. Now when I say "serious," I mean serious for me. I know there are coupon fanatics out there, with elaborate systems of organization, regular visits to coupon websites, and […]
Toy Troubles: My Toddler Won’t Help Clean Up! Well-reasoned (and reasonable) advice. Pay special attention to the need for clear, explicit rules and consistent follow-through. Thanks for the heads up, Sarina! School Library Exchange: Give Your School Library a Little Love Donate books to school libraries across the country! This site collects and publicizes school […]
Lisa tells a wonderful story about their hairbrushing-and-detangling breakthrough: Our daughter is 7 now but really it’s been probably 3-4 years that we’ve battled with the hairbrush. One of her priorities in life is to keep her straight hair long. Of course it needs to be brushed at least once a day which is no […]
Maggie’s simple recipe for homemade detangler: My 4-year-old daughter still has that fine, wispy, flyaway baby hair that is a nest of tangles when she wakes up in the morning. I bought a bottle of brand-name detangler a long time ago, but have been refilling the bottle with 1/2 regular conditioner and 1/2 water ever […]
Who uses a paper telephone book anymore? We don't, yet we can't seem to get our phone company to stop leaving them on our doorstep. Now that leaf-pressing season's behind us, what to do with these behemoths? Use them as a cutting surface! My daughter has taken to using a craft knife for some of […]
That's right, remind yourself to remember things! A brilliant use of the electronic calendar, from Anne: This morning I had a whole list of "next year for Christmas I want to …." things I want to change/try/do better. But I can never seem to remember the things that I wanted to change when next year […]
via gogingham.com My friend Sara of Go Gingham made this elegant cape for her daughter out of a dress found in the Goodwill bin. Yes, one must sew, but it sounds pretty easy for a beginner. Lovely! If you're a secondhand shopper, I imagine January's a good month to hit the stores…savvy thrifters can make […]
via www.prudentbaby.com If you spend your evenings putting your kid back to bed (because he keeps getting up for water, potty breaks, etc.) this simple "tape trick" from Jaime at the lovely site Prudent Baby might just be the ticket. Your mileage will vary (as always) based the temperament of your kid.
It's tempting to relegate thank you notes to the dustbin of outdated ettiquette. Busy schedules + email make physical paper notes (with actual postage stamps!) seem extra inconvenient. But the lesson they teach our kids is too important to ignore — that time spent expressing gratitude is time well spent. A little forethought and a […]