Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 4/25/11

Amazon: The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood, by Meagan Francis

We've been sitting around here in Portland, waiting for Spring to spring, complaining about the cold, damp, gray that doesn't realize it has overstayed its welcome. But then the tornadoes hit the Southern United States, and it gave me pause. About what, exactly, am I complaining? There are parallels to parenting. The relative "hardness" of […]

How to help your kid/teen wake up on her own

Tweet: Suggestions on training your teenager to wake up on her own?

@MrsPJSimmons sent out a plea via Twitter asking how to encourage her teen to self-start in the mornings: Several "me toos" came back, and they had an air of desperation and resignation, as in "nothing I've tried has worked" and "it's driving me nuts." But some suggestions also came back: @espringer: Squirt gun! @babytoolkit: Start […]

Backyard clubhouse: staple oilcloth to a play structure


via www.prudentbaby.com Jaime of Prudent Baby passed along this adorable backyard playground hack. With a staple gun and some leftover oilcloth, Niko's mom turned the unused space under the slide into a sweet little playhouse, complete with matching picnic mat. Read the full post for details and more kill-you-with-cuteness photos. At Prudent Baby: The Oil […]

The Happiest Mom giveaway winners!

Amazon: The Happiest Mom (Parenting Magazine): 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood

My son is taller than I am. Okay, that's not saying much, as I'm barely five feet. The point is, he's growing up. I remember, when he was a baby and a toddler, feeling like my life would always be a crazy blur of hormones and nursing and frenetic toddler energy and baby food and […]

10 best tricks for fooling yourself to work

Amazon: Moleskine 2012 18 Month Weekly Planner Horizontal Red Hard Cover

How many "ten best productivity tips" articles have we read in our lives? Enough to know they are compulsively addictive, but not necessarily effective. This post from the creators of Swift To-Do List software, however, stands apart as truly entertaining and wise. You may not follow all of its tips, but one or two will […]

Amazon deal: Rayovac head-mounted flashlight 77% off


This hands-free lighting contraption comes in handy at our house several times a week. Great for: Crafters and model-builders Mechanics Campers Home repair Backyard spies and treasure hunters Sneaky bedtime reading Not the most attractive tool around, but VERY useful. And it just popped up in Amazon's lovely Gold Box for $6.99 (77% off the […]

I’m on CNN in about 15 minutes talking about the availability of porn on public library computers


When "Turner Broadcasting" shows up on your caller ID, you answer. Turns out CNN would like me to represent the "mom" perspective in a conversation about the availability of pornography on public library computers…in 15 minutes' time. If you're interested and near a TV in the next few minutes, tune in to CNN to see […]