79 hacks in June 2006

26 June 2006

DIY artwork for your kids' bedrooms

Betty adorned her children's rooms on a budget: I'm a SAMH and a hacker myself, but didn't know it until I visited your website. I'm a proud mother of three rambunctious, feisty and VERY energetic children under the age of five. Having three children curbs my spending habits on everything,...

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26 June 2006

Teach kids their ABCs while they wash their hands

Jennifer shows how easily one can slip bits of learning into everyday routines: When I toilet trained my kids, I started singing the ABC's with them while they washed their hands. By the time toilet training was done, so was learning the alphabet! Tags: Parenting, Potty training

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26 June 2006

Free for Parent Hackers! Send personalized video e-cards with Jalapenyo

I've sent my share of e-cards, but they feel a bit, oh, I don't know, lame. Like I couldn't get it together to send a real card in time, so I dashed off an electronic version as an afterthought (this would be painfully accurate). Jalapenyo cards, on the other hand,...

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25 June 2006

Small-footed moms: buy Keens in kid sizes

Olivia nabbed a bargain on Keen sandals (super-popular with Portland feet): I went to REI and snagged some Keen sandals....in a kids' size 6. I usually wear a Women's size 8. Instead of paying $70, I bought them for $36! The fit works fine for me (kids' sizes run slightly...

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25 June 2006

Small-footed moms: buy Keens in kid sizes

Olivia nabbed a bargain on Keen sandals (super-popular with Portland feet): I went to REI and snagged some Keen sandals....in a kids' size 6. I usually wear a Women's size 8. Instead of paying $70, I bought them for $36! The fit works fine for me (kids' sizes run slightly...

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25 June 2006

Parenting's printable health and safety guides

Christy passed this along: As commercial and preachy as Parenting magazine can be sometimes, their website has a section with some handy, cool printables. Tags: Health, Parenting

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25 June 2006

Parent Hacks admin: Terms of service and privacy policy

Three things have prompted me to write up a terms of service and privacy policy for Parent Hacks: My encounter with a content scraper (not the first, I'm sure), The vague notion that Parent Hacks content could someday appear in print, and The fact that Parent Hacks has become a...

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25 June 2006

Check your local library for summer reading activites

Does your local library have a summer reading program? Ours does, and my son (a new reader just out of kindergarten) can't get enough of it. For every 30 minutes he reads, he gets to color in a spot on a game card. Depending on how many spots he colors...

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24 June 2006

How to quickly dress a newborn

Serrina provides a smooshy-newborn-dressing tutorial: Getting newborns dressed quickly is imperative to their happiness. Furthermore, getting shirts/onesies over their heads quickly is even more important. This is what I do: I put my hand down through the neck of the shirt and hold the baby’s head with my left hand....

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23 June 2006

Rainbow of cupcakes

Look at Super Sugar Star's rainbow of cupcakes! So much better than a birthday cake! Tags: Birthdays

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23 June 2006

Extra spoons as restaurant entertainment for baby

Here's how Steve keeps his baby happy while out to eat: Whenever we go out to eat, we ask the wait person for 10 extra spoons. Then we give them one at a time to the baby to play with. It's usually pretty hard for her to hurt herself with...

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23 June 2006

Snacksby: Fridge googling, only prettier

Snacksby lets you input ingredients you have onhand and then spits out an appropriate recipe, not unlike fridge googling. Should be a great service, as long as users bootstrap it by contributing recipes. A Lifehacker commenter said as much, only not as gently: "Great idea but completely worthless at the...

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23 June 2006

Talk amongst yourselves: How to make a sand and water table

My kids love sand and water tables, but good ones are so expensive. There must be a way for a non-carpenter such as myself to make one. Any suggestions? Tags: Parenting

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22 June 2006

Best float trip toy: a bucket o' river rocks

Steven has this excellent tip for river-lovers: We take frequent canoe float trips here in the Ozarks (especially on the Buffalo National River), and we've discovered a great way to entertain kids while on the river. Don't bring toys from home --- they get dirty, broken, and/or lost. Instead, bring...

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22 June 2006

Create a "vacation soundtrack" for travel entertainment

Chris Brogan came up with a fantastic way to get the whole family involved in creating travel entertainment: record yourself reading books (complete with funny voices), add some music, get your kids to do a little improv, and then listen to the recordings while on the road. He even suggested...

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