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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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Turn the last few picnic supplies cluttering your pantry into easy, clever Halloween decorations. Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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 3 days ago at Parent Hacks
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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
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How do you best prepare your toddler (and yourself) for her first Halloween? Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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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
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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
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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
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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 Sep 29, 2014 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 Sep 25, 2014 at Parent Hacks
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Jill's simple tip makes french toast easy and quick enough for weekday mornings. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 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