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Asha Dornfest
Portland, OR // Twitter: @parenthacks Facebook:
Founder of Parent Hacks, a site devoted to sharing parents' forehead-smackingly smart tips, workarounds, and wisdom.
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Hello, friends! I hope your holiday preparations are going well. I've been on a surprise writing hiatus. "Surprise" because I didn't plan for it, even though it has been just what I needed. Hanukkah has begun. Not long ago, I turned in the first draft for the Parent Hacks book.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Parent Hacks
So! The holidays are upon us. Hopefully this collection of hacks will help you streamline so you can relax and enjoy the holidays a little quicker (which means enjoying them a lot more). Getting organized for the holidays Let your calendar remind you to try new seasonal activities Let Santa... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Parent Hacks
If holiday shopping is already feeling like too much, there are some simple ways to streamline your gift list without stifling your desire to give. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I JUST SUBMITTED THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE PARENT HACKS BOOK TO MY EDITOR. CAN YOU TELL I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS? A photo posted by Asha Dornfest (@ashadornfest) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:44pm PST This site exists because of hundreds of you were willing to share. People I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Given all the airline policy changes in recent years, I figured it was time to revisit the topic of flying with kids. Here are some ideas for streamlining the boarding process, but I hope you'll chime in, especially if you've recently flown with your kids. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Parent Hacks
So much goodness swirled around this week, but I've barely looked up or shared any of it. I'm heads down finishing the manuscript for the Parent Hacks book, which is consuming most of my conscious thought at the moment. This is only the book's beginning; my first attempt to transform... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Parent Hacks
There's still time for this to be the best Halloween ever. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Parent Hacks
My teenage son is going trick-or-treating this Halloween. I'm happy about it, and here's why. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Turn the last few picnic supplies cluttering your pantry into easy, clever Halloween decorations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Create a glow in the dark pumpkin by coating it with non-toxic zinc sulfide powder. Part Halloween decoration, part science project. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Pumpkin carving is one of my favorite Halloween traditions, but it's not the most kid-friendly project, nor is it without effort and mess. Time to hack the Jack O'lantern. Parent Hacks readers are a practical bunch, and together we've come up eight ways to simplify Halloween pumpkin decorating. Perfect for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Parent Hacks
How do you best prepare your toddler (and yourself) for her first Halloween? Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I HATE buying small, overpriced packages of anything. Because of this hack, the money I save on dog food will pay for the fancy pet food storage bin I now keep in my basement. I admit, I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself about this one. I invite you to follow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Having the butcher help me with dinner is the closest I'll ever come to having a prep cook. I'll take it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I already love the Oball by Rhino Toys -- it's my #1 gift for new babies. But THIS hack? Damn smart. From sueb262: From the very first, my granddaughter has been independent. When she was about 2 months old, she started trying to hold her bottle herself, but it was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Parent Hacks
The bottle warmer is one of those baby gear items you just don't need. At least Ingrid came up with way to repurpose hers. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I love "new uses for old things" -style tips. The cheapskate declutterer in me can't resist a) reusing an item I already have and/or b) avoiding buying another "unitasker" which will eventually make its way into the giveaway pile. As I've been sifting through the archives for book research, I've... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Jill's simple tip makes french toast easy and quick enough for weekday mornings. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Parent Hacks
My kids just started middle- and high school and I still hate packing school lunches. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Golden's hack helps her kids learn to better manage their time. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Last Spring I was invited to LAIKA for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how The Boxtrolls was made. “Behind-the-scenes” anything is fascinating. But I was especially excited to learn about (and share with you) an example of a vital workplace filled with artists and technicians. Especially because my daughter is a budding artist herself. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Why didn't I think of this? FOREHEAD SMACK OF BRILLIANCE. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Parent Hacks
I associate my kids' first week back at school with a return to routine and a predictable span of hours to work and think. Much as I'm sad to see summer fade, I think: it's easier during the school year. But it isn't. At least not right away. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Great post, Josh. As you know, we share U2 love, and I'm right with you when it comes to the relationship between cost/price/value/attention. Important consideration. Best of luck with your surgery.
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