Ballard mom and publishing consultant Kerry Colburn has a knack for dispensing the kind of useful, no-nonsense advice that every parent wants and needs. Her newest book, Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers: 398 Ways to Save Your Time, Money, and Sanity (Chronicle Books, $14.95), published this past April, is an easy stocking stuffer for the moms and dads on your list, and offers a big assist with sage tips, including a few for navigating the holiday season.
TIP #1: Want a good place to hide Santa’s gifts from curious kids? Zip them up inside stored luggage.
TIP #2: Start a tradition: For every item on a child’s Christmas list, one old toy (or more!) must be donated to someone in need.
TIP #3: Find a good sale? Stock up on extras of a favorite toy, book or doll. Keep these on hand for birthday parties for the rest of the year and skip the last-minute run-around.