100 hacks in March 2006

27 March 2006

Make a cheat sheet of baby's clothing sizes

Christy figured out a way to remind herself when her son "grew into" a new outfit: When my first child was a a baby it happened frequently where I would go put him in an outfit that he had outgrown without wearing it even once. Mostly this happened because their...

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27 March 2006

More on Flickr photo copyright/fair use

The post about decorating your kid's room with Flickr photos generated intense discussion (not all of it civil) about copyright and fair use. Many readers and photographers objected to the use of copyrighted images, despite the seemingly innocuous purpose. (Photographer Michelle Jones has written up a good summary of the...

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27 March 2006

CD Baby showcases independent musicians

Sara shares a musical treat: I just discovered cdbaby.com, which has tons of independent children's artists (as well as adult ones) AND you can listen to most (all?) of them via a realplayer stream before you buy. Definitely a good idea. "Crib Rock: St. Elmo's Pacifier" would be a "no"....

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26 March 2006

Restaurant survival kit

Cathy has her own trick for keeping her daughter occupied while eating out: I created a restaurant survival kit custom made for my toddler. I bought a plastic pencil box and filled it with a pad of paper, washable crayons, and (most importantly) stickers. She does not have access to...

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26 March 2006

Make your own buttermilk pancake mix

I love the idea of special Sunday breakfasts, but actually cooking them...let's just say my bed feels pretty good on Sunday mornings. Good thing I found this recipe for homemade buttermilk pancake mix. All natural (unlike Bisquick), and, once the mix is made, all you need is an egg, a...

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25 March 2006

Gaming4Kids looking for reviews

Scott Burton has created Gaming4Kids, a site devoted to news, reviews and information about kids' video games. Scott's looking for writers, so if you're interested in submitting a review, please get in touch. [Via Bryan Bell, designer of the Parent Hacks logo.] Technorati Tags: Gaming, Gaming4Kids

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25 March 2006

Piquing toddler's interest in toys by playing with them yourself

Eric has discovered that his casual interest in a toy often ignites his daughter's: Sometimes my 2-year old daughter just gets bored. She wanders around aimlessly, periodically asking adults for "more Elmo? more Wiggles?" only to be refused. The hack is this: I find one of her toys and start...

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24 March 2006

Banish guilt

I wish I'd heard this advice from Sara about six years ago. I'm not prone to guilt, but I AM prone to overthinking. It took a while before I trusted my gut when it came to parenting. This is more of a mind hack for parents -- particularly mothers --...

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24 March 2006

Toybox hack: Soft-sided beer cooler

Imagine how Kate's kid looks dragging his beer bag/toybox around the house! A soft-sided cooler bag makes a portable, flexible, tidy, and fairly child-safe toybox (no banging lid, anyway). We got ours as a promotional item when we bought a case of beer. These days, our 13-month-old son drags it...

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24 March 2006

Mom-friendly job search

Simply Hired has a parent-friendly job search filter: it shows jobs available in the top 100 "mom-friendly" companies as selected by Working Mother magazine. Technorati Tags: Simply Hired

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23 March 2006

Parent Hacks admin: Comments! Now with one fewer click!

To my RSS and email subscribers: See the new "Comment on this post" link at the bottom of each feed item? It's my subtle reminder to click through and read the comments and/or leave one of your own. What you'll find there is often as useful as the post itself....

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23 March 2006

Tree of shoes

AJ at Thingamababy keeps his daughter's shoes organized with a revolving shoe tree. I still prefer a hanging shoe organizer in the coat closet, but I can see how this would come in quite handy. [Thanks, Sara, for the heads-up.]

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23 March 2006

Funmallows: good for art projects, at least

If you've never tried Funmallows -- the colorful, fruit-flavored "jet-puffed" mini-marshmallows -- you're lucky. They taste like the unholy spawn of regular marshmallows and Tums. So, in an effort to get rid of a bag that crept into our house, we used Funmallows in holiday gingerbread houses and art projects....

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23 March 2006

Simon says get dressed!

Along the same positive lines as focusing on the body part, Mike uses Simon Says to ease kid battles: We have recently figured out that we can use a game of Simon Says to turn those battles of will into a fun game that works to our advantage. For example,...

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23 March 2006

Become an early riser

Getting up before my kids (at, like, 6am or earlier) is one of my secrets for a smooth day. Somehow, everything is easier after I've had a shower, a cup of coffee, and 15 minutes with the newspaper. Easier said than done, however, when I go to bed late the...

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