Foolproof picture hanging: mark the spot with a thumb tack

Amazon: BAZIC Nickel Thumb Tack, Silver, 200 Per Pack

Who else has a hard time hanging framed pictures on the wall so they line up nicely? No longer, thanks to Tracy's problem-solving: I was a frustrated picture-hanger! The little hanger hooks on the backs of frames are often crooked, and it's hard to position the pictures on the wall. After a little brainstorming, I […]

Glass votive holder + latex balloon = adorable bud vase

Family Chic: Making Room for the Tiniest Flowers Ever

via Can you believe this mod little bud vase is made out of a glass votive candle holder and a latex balloon? An admirable hack, which April was kind enough to share on the Parent Hacks Facebook page. Find out how to make it at Family Chic: Making Room For The Tiniest Flowers Ever Related: Baby […]

Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 5/9/11

Amazon: 40% off Trunki

It was a rather quiet week around here, but it ended with a bang! Insulated alligator clips make better bib clips: Smart Radio Shack-type hack, but there were concerns about lead in the wire insulation. Radmama suggested clothespins as an alternative. Other suggestions via Twitter: binder clips and big, plastic chip clips. Post-it Easel Pads […]

Amazon deal: 40% off Trunki ride-on kids’ suitcases

Amazon: 40% off Melissa & Doug Trunki

The Trunki appeared here as an airport entertainment hack a couple years ago (see: Trunki suitcase keeps toddlers entertained during flight delays). Adorable hard-sided suitcase designed to be ridden around, which kids do with regular wheeled luggage anyway. Amazon has put a selection of Trunkis on sale at 40% off the regular price ($23.99; eligible […]

Post-it Easel Pads turn into an instant doodle art gallery

Post-it Easel Pad Art

via Ever seen the poster-sized Post-it easel pads used in office and school settings? Perfect for turning large-format doodle art into a makeshift, moveable wall gallery. Pictured here: Amy's artistic daughter with a pad of Post-its rescued from the recycling bin. Thanks for sharing, Amy! Full Post: Flexible Dreams: Repurposed Post-it Pad Art Related: […]

Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 5/2/11

Dr. Who's TARDIS

It has been a remarkable week. I'm still processing the amazing response to my interview at The Pioneer Woman: Homeschooling about why I homeschool my son. This is the first time I've written in detail about homeschooling, our school experience, and my son's Asperger's, so it feels like new territory. But, just like when I […]