72 hacks in July 2006

24 July 2006

BookBound: Charming, self-published children's books

My cousin Hayley put me in touch with her friend, Charysse Levine, author and publisher of BookBound Books. "You have to talk to Charysse," she said. "She decided she wanted to publish her own childrens' books, and she just went ahead and did it." I was intrigued. Publishing full-color childrens'...

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24 July 2006

Pez camera attachment encourages kids to smile

Melissa of Suburban Bliss sent along this brilliant photography hack [via Elfcakes]: attaching a working Pez dispenser to the camera's hot shoe to get the kids to smile. Tags: Parenting, Photography

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23 July 2006

Amazon kid's DVD sale

If your kids are anything like mine, despite firm encouragement to the contrary, they are mesmerized into a stupor by Barney, The Wiggles, Bob the Builder, and/or Thomas the Tank Engine. Yes? Yes. Well. Amazon's having an up-to-50%-off kid's DVD sale in which these characters figure prominently. Just so you...

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23 July 2006

The Zero Boss is back

Jay Allen, daddy blogger extraordinaire, has relaunched his blog, The Zero Boss, and is posting an online version of his unpublished book on fatherhood. Many wonderful parenting bloggers credit Jay's original posts as the inspiration behind their own blogs, and I can see why. His writing is powerful, funny, brave,...

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23 July 2006

Lingerie bags keep socks together in the dresser, hamper, washer and dryer

Both Heather and Sara suggested washing baby socks in a mesh lingerie bag to keep them out of the maw of the sock monster. Sara goes a step further, though: All socks tend to disappear into that black hole that exists in the time-space continuum someplace between your hamper, the...

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22 July 2006

Parenting bag o' tricks essential: Origami

Luke is a prepared dad! Read on: Whilst I haven't had a chance to use this yet I'm sharing it anyway. Our daughter is 3 months old and when we discovered we were going to have a child I decided I needed a few "daddy" skills. After some pondering I...

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21 July 2006

Parent Hacks admin: We've been stumbled upon

Several of you are users of StumbleUpon, a service that allows you to discover new sites by browsing those recommended by other people with similar interests. Parent Hacks has been rated "I like it" by a bunch of you, and for that I thank you! You're ushering new visitors here...

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21 July 2006

Photographing flying babies

Stephanie Simpson, author of the I Speak Film blog at Digital Photography Blogs, documented a fantastic technique for taking pix of flying babies. Tags: Baby, Parenting, Photography

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21 July 2006

Keep your house cool(er) with foil-covered windows

The whole country's getting baked! Here in Portland it's supposed to top 100 degrees today, so everyone's busy closing up their houses to keep cool. Just read this tip in the paper: Indoor blinds and curtains don't keep sun's rays from passing through the window, and once the heat comes...

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21 July 2006

Restroom hand dryer also blow-dries wet underpants

Kip's fast thinking made his daughter's drive home from the park a lot more comfortable: While at the playground, my daughter told me she wet her pants by accident. We proceeded to the restroom, and since her pants were less wet than her underpants, we were going to change to...

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20 July 2006

Nerd baby ABCs

Alphabet flash cards for geek babies, or, perhaps, the babies of geeks. [Via Blogging Baby] Tags: Baby

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20 July 2006

Breadsticks are a good stroller snack

This, from Stepan: Our jogging stroller doesn't have a tray or cup holders, so we use breadsticks as cracker and Goldfish alternatives. Our daughter loves to hold them and it takes a while for her to eat one, so we don't have to deal with spilled bowls or continuous refills....

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20 July 2006

Baby monitors work in adjoining hotel rooms

Here's how Sara solved the kid-in-a-hotel-room bedtime situation: When I realized I had booked *adjoining* rooms at our hotel instead of *interconnected* rooms I was slightly panicked -- was someone going to be stuck in a dark motel room starting at 8:30 every evening (reading in the bathroom the only...

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19 July 2006

It Works For Me: Post your own practical tips

Rocks In My Dryer is hosting "It Works For Me," in which she invites everyone to share the tips that make their lives easier. A woman after my own heart! Write up your tip, post it on your blog (you have one, right?), and link up using her simple web...

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19 July 2006

$10 rebate at Amazon Grocery

Speaking of which, Amazon.com now sells groceries (aisle-free!). In fact, they're running a special: $10 off a $49 order of groceries and household products (including diapers) in the grocery store. Enter the code GROCERY2 to get your instant rebate. If you're an Amazon Prime member, or if your order totals...

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