Clever homemade Valentines are wonderful…but only if you love doing that sort of thing. If you feel the stress or “pressure to perform” ratcheting up, please remember that store-bought Valentines are not a sign of “slacking,” they’re a choice to focus on other things you care about more. As parents, we’re surrounded by hundreds of choices every day, and it […]
I put out the call for people’s easy, homemade Valentine ideas, and look what Tami Hackbarth sent in: her daughter’s sweet Valentine pencils fancied up with washi tape labels. Quick, creative, inexpensive, practical, and a welcome break from candy. A kid could knock out a classroom’s-worth of these in minutes. If you’ve never seen washi tape before, it’s Japanese […]
This hack first appeared here in 2008, and it epitomizes the forehead-smack quality of the obvious tip that wasn’t obvious to me till someone said it out loud. Zed’s hack might inspire you to dig out those heart-shaped cutters (or buy a set for a few bucks). — Asha Zed shares the versatility of the humble cookie cutter: […]
My youngest child just started middle school, so we’re done with classroom Valentines. But I’ve still got a soft spot for them. I remember how fun it was to get a box full of valentines from my classmates, and how I couldn’t wait to read and re-read them all, especially the one from the boy I […]
Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We did, for the most part. A couple holiday parties, a great visit with my parents and one of my oldest friends, my son’s first solo travel as a full-fledged GUY (not an “unaccompanied minor”), a New Year’s Day board game extravaganza, and a […]
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 take away the old toys, […]
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.
There’s still time for this to be the best Halloween ever.
My teenage son is going trick-or-treating this Halloween. I’m happy about it, and here’s why.
None of these costumes will they blow you away with their cleverness. That’s the point.