79 hacks in August 2006

31 August 2006

Store homework in a bin on top of the fridge

On Blogging Baby the other day, Jenifer Scharpen suggested (or rather, was suggested to by her daughter's kindergarten teacher) that all homework papers and supplies be kept in a lidded plastic bin on top of the refrigerator. That way, when it came homework time, everything would be in one place,...

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31 August 2006

Potty training: a personalized photo tutorial

We've all got our potty training tricks. Kirsten made an illustrated potty-training guide for her son: here's a potty-training hack that i'm using for my son. i took pictures of him in all the steps of going potty and then made a sequencing chart for him. the steps: pull down...

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31 August 2006

Parent Hacks admin: More posts per day

In an attempt to make faster progress through my queue of hacks you've submitted, I'm experimenting with increasing my posting frequency. My intention is to keep the frequency low enough that no one (including me) gets overwhelmed, but high enough that you don't have to wait so long to see...

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31 August 2006

Chocolate milk bath

Designer and doula Anne upped the fun quotient for her daughter's bath: My daughter was dragging her feet about getting in the bathtub, so I told her I had an idea for a special surprise bath. I added about 2/3 cup of powdered milk and a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened...

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30 August 2006

Putting your kid's cell phone under house arrest

Lisa Birnbach, host of the Lisa Birnbach Show and author of The Official Preppy Handbook (bring ya back to the 80's?), shared this hack during my interview yesterday. Lisa's kids are old enough to have cell phones, which is how they prefer to conduct most of their social planning. Privacy...

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30 August 2006

Gmail as recipe organizer

Gmail to the rescue again! This time, as Ashley's recipe organizer: I use the Internet to find almost all of my recipes [Fridge Googling! -- Ed.] . Now, I email myself the recipes to my Gmail account and I have a quick easy way to organize them. I apply a...

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30 August 2006

Cotton gloves help you grip slippery babies in the bath

Candace's tip for slip-proof baby bathing: Use hand moisturizing soft cotton gloves (the very soft kind that you don after slathering your hands with lotion, not the rough exfoliating kind!) to hold a wet, slippery infant during bath time. The gloves are soft and absorbent while providing a great no-slip...

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30 August 2006

Dealing with paper clutter: a foolproof system

I don't remember how I came across the LifeClever guys' system for maintaining a tidy desk, (43Folders? Lifehack.org? Lifehacker?). It's nothing new really, but somehow it felt fresh and encouraging and worthy of passing along. I'm constantly battling paper clutter, what with the daily deluge of mail, school papers, coupons,...

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29 August 2006

Fabric panel as DIY artwork for a kid's room

Rob made some beautiful fabric-panel art for his son's room: Your post about DIY artwork for a kid's room inspired us to do something creative (and easy for us craft-challenged folks) with a cool panel of fabric that we had found recently that tied in so nicely with the jungle...

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29 August 2006

Bagel hacking

Duane brings out the big knives for no-mess bagels: This one just dawned on me -- I'm surprised I've been doing it wrong for so long. My two girls will often split a bagel for breakfast (among other things). Cream cheese for one, jelly for the other. Neither is really...

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29 August 2006

My interview with Lisa Birnbach

Whew - it's 6:30 AM my time, and I just finished my first live interview on the Lisa Birnbach show. For those of you who missed it, or were unwilling to get up this early (Mom!), Greenstone Media will post a recording on their site later today or tomorrow. Hopefully...

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29 August 2006

Even babies can hand-paint terra cotta planters as gifts

Here's Emily's great idea for a teacher gift, or possibly, for Grandparents' Day (Hallmark holiday that it is, but grandparents deserve every bit of appreciation they can get): A few months ago we decided to get creative with the birthday gifts for the grandmothers. We let the baby paint some...

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28 August 2006

KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarms on sale -- 1 day only

http://woot.com is selling two KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarms for $14.99 + $5 shipping. If you aren't familiar with woot, they sell one item per day with limited supplies of that item. I thought other parenthackers might want to know. They have until midnight 8/29/06 central time to buy or until...

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28 August 2006

How to stir a jar of natural peanut butter

It's peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich season in the Dornfest household, so I've made my requisite back-to-school purchase of several jars of natural peanut butter (the stuff you have to stir -- we try to avoid partially hydrogenated oils). Stirring natural peanut butter takes finesse; if you work it too vigorously, you...

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28 August 2006

Help Hurricane Katrina evacuees at the Momready Clearinghouse

Momready is partnering with the Been There Clearinghouse to help Los Angeles-based families and individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina. From the Momready.com Hurricane Clearinghouse site: Since the hurricane, over 5,000 people displaced by Katrina have found a home in Los Angeles, the headquarters of momready.com. One year later, these families...

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