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 baking all over the country). But I'm back in the saddle and excited about what's ahead…including watching the last Harry Potter movie this weekend.
The highlights at Parent Hacks this week:
Great money-saving hack for when you're shopping at a grocery- or drugstore you don't frequent. Wondering who Jenny is? Read the full post for a bonus: the music video of the 80's hit song. Brings back memories of my MTV-watching days.
An unbelievably diverse list, including a few forehead-smackers of brilliance. Do you have more to add?
One of two of this week's vomit hacks! I apologize for putting the words "fried chicken bucket" and "carsickness" in the same sentence. We do what we must.
My major dessert victory. Would work well as popsicles, too. Version 2 is my inauthentic version of Indian kulfi: used light coconut milk, swapped out the vanilla for ground cardamom and a pinch of saffron, pinch of turmeric for color, and omitted the toasted coconut. OMG. Wanted to fold in toasted pistachios, but was overruled by my kids.
A basic "get organized" hack which set off an absolutely amazing conversation in the comments. Must read.
Are you seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 this weekend? Consider reading my (and sharing your) thoughts on the phenomenon before you go.
Vomit hack #2 of 2. For those who can't help but throw up while cleaning up throw up.
Twitter and Facebook highlights:
And, going along with this week's vomit theme, we've been talking about the effectiveness of Sea-Bands for nausea. Short answer: they work for many.
While I was on my road trip, I tweeted about how much I enjoy reading about people's lives (this, after reading a newspaper tribute to Betty Ford). Suddenly I had all of these replies with your recommendations for biographies and memoirs, which several of you asked me to share. Here you go, with Amazon links when I had specific titles:
- From This Moment On, Shania Twain
- Riding In Cars With Boys, Benerly Donofrio
- The Discomfort Zone, Jonathan Franzen
- This Boy's Life, Tobias Wolff
- Lucky Man, Michael J. Fox
- My Stroke of Luck, Kirk Douglas
- The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
- Personal History, Katharine Graham (mentioned by several)
- Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang
- Bio of Joshua Chamberlain (Civil War leader)
- Musicians! Bios of Slash, Anthony Keidis, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Nikki Sixx, John Peel
- Look Me In The Eye, John Elder Robison (a personal fave of mine, too)
- Bio of Greg Lougainis (still remember watching him dive in the Olympics)
- Bio of Warren Buffett
- Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff (several recs)
- Lost In Shangri-La, Mitchell Zuckoff
- William Wilberforce, William Haugue
- William Pitt the Younger, William Haugue
- Three Weeks With My Brother, Nicholas Sparks
- American On Purpose, Craig Furguson
- Hand To Mouth, Paul Auster
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince), Stacy Schiff
- Lake Effect, Rich Cohen
- Bio of Brett Butler
- Bio of Ellen Degeneres
- Bio of Frank Herbert (author of Dune)
- Bio of L. Frank Baum (author of the Wizard of Oz series)
- Bio of C. S. Lewis (author of the Chronicles of Narnia)
- Don't Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Neil Gaiman
- Bio of Lyndon Johnson
- The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, Jean Nathan
- Susan B. Anthony and Elisabeth Cady Stanton, Penny Coleman
- The Nazi Officer's Wife, Edith Hahn Beer
- Unbowed, Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prizewinner from Kenya)
- Bio of Tina Fey
- Bio of Sandra Lee
Thank you to all who replied…I can't wait to dig in. My library list is now full!
I got a lovely email from Adrienne of Baby Toolkit the other day. She and I have been corresponding since the earliest days of Parent Hacks, which means that we've now been friends for six years. Six years. It's a minor detail that our families have not yet met.
I was bowled over to see a rude comment on PH today. Then I realized that such a comment wouldn't surprise me ANYWHERE ELSE on the Internet. You run the nicest site on the web, lady…thanks for making Parent Hacks a civil haven on the sometimes snippy internet.
I wanted to share this because YOU are the heroes here. YOU are the ones who, since 2005, have been a part of a generous, intelligent, often funny, sometimes life-changing conversation about parenting. It's a huge deal that it feels so good here given how much the Internet has changed since Parent Hacks launched.
Thank you for doing this with me. Year after year, I am so grateful to do this "job."
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