26 hacks in July 2011

30 July 2011

Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 7/25/11

This week was ONEWeek, and I couldn't take my eyes or heart away from the ONEMoms' dispatches from Kenya. Right now, I'm on a solo retreat in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. A little alone time to unwind and make plans for the Fall. As I look onto the...

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29 July 2011

#ONEMoms: Community and entrepreneurship in Kibera

I spent this morning reading about the ONEMoms' visit to Kibera, a large slum in the city of Karen, Kenya. They are meeting with women entrepreneurs and community leaders there, and are finding out just how much can be done with small infusions of money and support. Just as important,...

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28 July 2011

#ONEMoms: Education for all

This picture about stopped my heart when Lauren Balog of ONE posted it on Twitter. Given how much thought, reading, research, and handwringing I've done over my own kids' education so far, seeing these children hit me hard. Their beautiful smiles, their school made of corrugated metal (imagine the heat),...

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28 July 2011

Start a school supply box to take long-term advantage of sales

Your kid doesn't need ten 15-cent notebooks right now. But she will later, so it makes sense to stock up when prices plummet.

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27 July 2011

#ONEMoms: Maternal- and family health care

The stories coming out of the ONEMoms' trip to Kenya are remarkable. (If you need context, read my intro to ONEWeek, the collaboration between advocacy organization ONE and ten parenting bloggers). Their first two days were spent observing work that comes out of the collaboration between the US Center For...

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25 July 2011

#ONEMoms: Landed in Kenya

The #ONEMoms have landed in Kenya, and, starting tomorrow, we will begin receiving their daily dispatches. Here's how to follow along.

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25 July 2011

23 July 2011

Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 7/18/11

Summer has finally kicked in around here, and we're having fun hosting my 16 year-old cousin for a week (cousins are the most magical of relatives, don't you agree?). A second watching of Harry Potter 7, berry picking, beach play, a free concert in the park, a local college tour,...

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22 July 2011

21 July 2011

ONE Week in Kenya: Using our voices on behalf of the world's poorest

On Monday, July 24, 2011, ten bloggers will travel to Kenya with the advocacy organization ONE. They will spend a week seeing, hearing, feeling what life is like for mothers in the developing world. Through their reports, we will all gain a better understanding of what many of the world's...

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20 July 2011

Take better photos...with an index card

Rachel's husband uses trash, er, regular household items to set up and light his photos.

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19 July 2011

Hack request: Biking with baby

Send us your best "biking with kids" tips! Summary to follow.

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18 July 2011

Magna Doodle doubles as car food tray

For a number of years, the Magna Doodle was essential travel entertainment in our family. Silent, no batteries, clean, versatile...the perfect toy for a car or plane. The only problem: ours was bulky. But Tracy's husband found a way to put that "feature" to good use as well.

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18 July 2011

Rainbow layer cake

This colorful cake only looks difficult to bake.

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16 July 2011

Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 7/11/11

In some ways, this feels like my first week of summer because we left for a long road trip right after school let out. Home re-entry after vacation is never easy for me, and it was made slightly more grumbly by the cool, cloudy weather (which, I'm sure, sounds like...

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