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Tech Tuesday: How I get out the door faster with Shoe Time Music

July 29, 2014

I have tried many things to make mornings run smoother in my house — especially school days — like reconfiguring my kitchen so kids can make their own breakfasts, making lunches the night before, and choosing clothes a week in advance. One of our more successful family hacks is an alarm set to kid-approved music […]

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Star Wars birthday party ideas on a budget

July 25, 2014

What’s the difference between a third child and a first child? The first child has a “Star Wars fourth birthday party” and he’s never seen Star Wars. The third child can hum along the Clone Wars theme song before he can even speak. With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon and Clone Wars […]

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STITCH FIX delivers current clothing to lazy moms

July 15, 2014

I’m pretty sure that STITCH FIX was invented just for me. Since it started in the Bay Area, it is highly possible that someone overheard my weird clothes-shopping peculiarities in some coffee shop and launched it into a startup. That really happens out here. The deal is that real-life human stylists create a box of 5 items […]

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Tech Tuesday: Save hassle with Can I Stream.It

July 8, 2014

I share this tip in the hopes that I’m not the last person on Earth to discover Canistream.it. My family has “no cable;” instead we have a hodge-podge of other subscription services like Hulu-plus and Netflix with a little Amazon streaming and iTunes thrown in for good measure. Consequently, when we decide we want to watch […]

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Stuff moms should consider: keeping a birthday party shelf stocked

July 1, 2014

Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this post. The frequency of birthday parties, once your children are in daycare or school, can be overwhelming. That’s why I maintain a very low price point for gifts (higher for a good friend or a cousin) and try to implement efficiency measures like buying multiples. We keep a shelf […]

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7 flexible jobs for stay-at-home moms

June 24, 2014

This is a list of flexible jobs for stay-at-home moms, and I’ll acknowledge that for some women, none of them will be a fit. It’s not a list of flexible jobs for women who are lawyers, pilots, pharmacists, or product managers. The idea here is that there are some opportunities to leverage technology to earn […]

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Tech Tuesday: Clever home screen for people who are likely to lose their phones

April 22, 2014

“I’m prone to losing things,” said a mom I sat next to yesterday at the park, and then she proceeded to tell me about driving away with her cell phone on the roof of her car. I can relate, and I’m quite surprised that I have not lost a cell phone yet. Except in my […]

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How to email your baby and not screw it up

March 12, 2014

Years ago when my son was an infant, we set up an email address for him. It’s his first and last name at gmail.com. We thought it was nice to reserve that for him before hundreds of other Julians thought to nab it. We began sending him messages about his adventures on this planet, and […]

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Motherhood changes everything, but what, specifically?

February 13, 2014

Whitney and I attended the 21st Century Mom Insights Discussion at Babycenter yesterday and this is something we wanted to share with you.  Motherhood changes everything. We know this fact but what does it mean in real terms? Yes, I could go on about how it changed my feet, my hair, my sleep but that’s […]

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Activity #94: Send a message via diapers

February 12, 2014

I love ParentHacks.com; the site offers tons of clever suggestions from readers with kids of all ages. This is one of my favorite parent hacks, and I think it’s a sweet, simple Valentine’s Day gesture: Pass secret messages on diapers. The parent/hacker who submitted it wrote: The other day after “school” I was surprised at […]

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When babies are addicted to screens

January 7, 2014

Sometimes I post things and I let you be the judge. But today I can’t help myself. This baby seat from Fisher Price, called the Apptivity Seat, features a mirror for baby to look at that is designed to be popped open and replaced with an iPad. In case you want your baby to play […]

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{Sponsored} Virtual gift idea: Snarf up as many books as you want with Scribd

December 12, 2013

Thanks to Scribd for sponsoring this post, but it was already my idea to uncover the latest and greatest clutter-free holiday gifts. I love to read fiction, but I also have a habit of buying and adding to my wish list loads of craft books. I have so many craft books, I briefly considered starting […]

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