Our home also serves as Baby Mama HQ. This can be tricky, especially since there’s not a lot of space to work with. In our dining room—with easels all over the place—it was starting to feel like the walls were closing in.

During his year at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia, my eldest son, Talin, picked up a trick or two, and has been using what he learned to help us out. At the Green School, instead of chalk boards, they use reclaimed windshields from old vehicles as dry erase boards in the classrooms! Since we don’t have old windshields lying around we had to come up with something different. Perhaps the glass from an old frame or two? The one you see being used here was a steal at a salvage yard. It’s original color: GOLD. That wasn’t going to fly in our household, but we fixed it… with a can of flat white spray paint.

Find a frame you like.

If your frame doesn’t already have glass, get a piece of window glass cut to the proper size.

Behind the glass, place a piece of white foam coreboard cut to size.

Make sure glass and foam coreboard are secured. We used 1.7 X 40mm nails, hammered them into the frame deep enough so they were tight, and then bent them over to hold the glass and coreboard in place. See picture for example.

Hang and use your favorite dry erase markers.


Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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