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Asha Dornfest
Portland, OR // Twitter: @parenthacks Facebook: facebook.com/parenthacks
Founder of Parent Hacks, a site devoted to sharing parents' forehead-smackingly smart tips, workarounds, and wisdom.
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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 yesterday at Parent Hacks
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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 5 days ago at Parent Hacks
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Jill's simple tip makes french toast easy and quick enough for weekday mornings. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Parent Hacks
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My kids just started middle- and high school and I still hate packing school lunches. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Golden's hack helps her kids learn to better manage their time. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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
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Why didn't I think of this? FOREHEAD SMACK OF BRILLIANCE. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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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Victoria of ObSEUSSed noticed that baby food jars resemble LEGO minifig heads, so she decided to do something about it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Please take a minute to help Shot@Life unlock the last 10,000 vaccine donations on the way to the campaign goal of 60K. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Parent Hacks
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Tiny Beautiful Things is an incredible read for parents, but not because it’s about parenthood. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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I've got a download code for free advance screening tickets for ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR, playing 8/16/14 in IMAX 3D, at 11am at Regal Bridgeport Village! Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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On the ONE Campaign blog, I share my thoughts on a father's choice to teach his sons about videogame violence by taking them to Israel and Syria. While I respect his choice, it wouldn't be mine. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This post is my contribution to Blogust 2014—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for kids in need around the world. My goal for this post is to unlock 500 vaccine donations: you can help by leaving a comment or clicking “Tweet” or “Like” below. (Details at the end of the post.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This simple trick will dramatically simplify packing for a family trip, save you money in checked baggage fees, and get your family through airport security in record time. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Imagine this as the lock screen on your kid's iPod this summer. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This year, I'm contributing to Blogust -- a month-long blog relay organized by Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation. For every comment left on a Blogust post each day of August, Walgreens will donate a vaccine to a child, up to 60,000 vaccines. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This could work well over a kid's desk to stash art or homework supplies. OR as a charging station for the family's mobile devices. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Consider this the silver lining on your next drive in the insane summer heat. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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A smart drinking straw trick from Sarah, via my spiffy new hack submission form on Tumblr. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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This DIY project breaks Edna Mode's #1 fashion rule for superheroes, but I don't care. It's quick, easy, cute, and it involves zero sewing machines. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Frozen yogurt on a stick! I recommend Popsicle sticks (pick them up cheap at the craft or dollar store), but you could also use takeout chopsticks (as pictured here). Great way to prolong the life of yogurt nearing its expiration date. FOREHEAD SMACK OF BRILLIANCE to my_dream_future for sharing this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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I'm writing the "Preparing for Baby" chapter in the forthcoming Parent Hacks book (did I mention I'm writing a book?) and it occured to me that some of my future readers may read it while on bed rest. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum Online Collection I'm doing research into how folks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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