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.

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 heaven to many of you […]

Parent Hacks admin: Problems with comments?

I'm getting a few reports that folks are having a hard time getting the comment system to work properly. Some say the "See more comments" pagination link (it appears when there are more than 10 comments) isn't working. I've increased the number of comments visible to try to get around that problem. Folks can't read […]

Amazon TODAY ONLY: Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Swing 50% off


This is one of those simple, inexpensive items that will make your kid(s), future siblings, visiting friends and neighborhood children very happy for years to come. A swing hanging on a tree in the front yard invites families to come together. In fact, I met a good friend for the first time because our kids […]

Read this before you see the final Harry Potter movie

Amazon: Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

As I'm sure you know, the final installment of the Harry Potter film series premieres tomorrow. My family is full of breathless anticipation, and I've already got Sunday matinee tickets in hand. But as excited as we are, we're also sad to see the movie series end. It doesn't feel quite as bittersweet as finishing […]