Shorten pajamas with first aid tape


Kendra’s quick, no-sew pajama-hemming hack: We’re big fans of superhero PJs and sleep pants, but we either have to buy several sizes too big to even get a pair (e.g. Life Is Good lounge pants) or the buggers are simply far too long. After about the millionth cuffing / quick-basting / waistband rolling gave out, […]

Stave off sleep deprivation by tag-teaming overnight feeding


Parents of newborns: Jenna’s overnight feeding how-to will save your sanity (or, at least, slow its departure): When my daughter was about 5 weeks old, we were going OUT OF OUR MINDS with sleep deprivation. A friend shared this with me, and I swear, its the best single piece of parenting advice i’ve ever gotten. […]

Use storytelling to teach kids about how food and clothing (and more) are produced

Sara’s inventive (and entertaining) teaching method: I want my daughter to understand is where things (food, fabric, etc.) comes from. To this end, I invented the “Little Farmer J–” stories. Little Farmer J does *everything* — grows a garden, plants and harvests wheat, grinds it, and makes bread, grows cotton and does all the steps […]

Blow dryer handles bedtime water spills

Oh, yeah, Molly! Few things are more onerous than late-night bedding changes (especially when they involve washing and drying): After having JUST washed the sheets on my daughter’s bed, her (supposedly spill-proof) sippy cup of bedtime water leaked right where she sleeps. After considering letting her sleep in a wet bed — only for a […]