79 hacks in August 2006

28 August 2006

Back-to-school prep: have kids read the newspaper out loud

Here's how Stu helps his kids get into school mode: In order to prep for the first day of school, I have my kids read stories from the newspaper out loud. Then I ask questions about certain details from the story. This forces them to read all the words, not...

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28 August 2006

Parent Hacks featured on ClubMom's 'Parenting Pop Culture'

I recently did an online interview with Meredith O'Brien, author of the Parenting Pop Culture blog at ClubMom (when it rains it pours, eh?). It's now up, with pointers a few favorite posts, including our winning Parent Hackfire! Tags: ClubMom, Parent Hacks, Parenting

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27 August 2006

Listen to me live on the Lisa Birnbach Show

If you were mesmerized by my Life Hack Podcast interview, set your alarm clocks and listen to my live interview on the Lisa Birnbach Show Tuesday, August 29 at 6am PST / 9am EST. Yes, folks, that's live, with all the ums and ahs in real time! My interview is...

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27 August 2006

TiVo price slashed at Amazon

I'm not sure how long this is going on, but the TiVo unit we have (TiVo Series 2 80-hour Digital Video Recorder) is on a BIG sale at Amazon. List price $299.99, now on sale, and after a mail-in rebate, the price is $49.99 and shipping is free. TiVo is...

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27 August 2006

Baby "bungee cord" prevents dropped items from hitting the ground

The post title at Cool Mom Picks hooked me: Better than Duct Tape. Duct tape...the quintessential raw material for household hacks, and even a few Parent Hacks. Turns out the item the Cool Moms featured -- the Drop Stop -- solves a problem most parents of active babies face several...

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26 August 2006

Real moms on TV: 'Surviving Motherhood'

Here's what Stephanie (Crazy MomCat) has to say about the new-ish TLC show, Surviving Motherhood: While setting up my DVR to record my latest t.v. obsession (What Not To Wear), I stumbled across a little show that looked interesting. So, I began recording Surviving Motherhood on TLC. And, now, I...

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25 August 2006

25 August 2006

Digitize your kid's artwork and school papers to reduce clutter

School's almost back in session (for us at least -- I bet for some of you school has already begun), which means the avalanche of paper is about to begin. Here's how Louise, a former kindergarten teacher, deals with it: I struggled under the weight (mentally and physically) of all...

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25 August 2006

Sharpie your cell phone number on your kid's belly

Jennfactor's comment -- a practical alternative to personalized rubber bracelets as ID -- was worthy of promotion to the front page: When we go to crazy places like amusement parks and fairs, we just use a Sharpie and write on the kids' stomachs "My mom's cell # is...." The kids...

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24 August 2006

Baking soda as bathroom cleaner

Amberlynn reeeeealy loves her baking soda. So much so that she wrote up an entire post (complete with vocal effects) extolling its virtues as a cheap, non-toxic bathroom cleaner. Tags: Baking soda, Cleaning

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24 August 2006

KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm

My kids have been knows to sleep through the shrill sound of the smoke detector, so when I saw this at Babygadget I was fascinated. The KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm allows you to record a personalized alarm sound: a message and instructions, in your own voice. Apparently children are more...

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24 August 2006

Funniest Parent Hackfire: We have a winner!

Dang, you people are funny, and your children are smart. I'd like to thank Dennis, Amy, Nicole, Hedra, Anne, Gail, Caley, Charisse, Lisa, Julie, oddharmonic, and Marla for writing up their Parent Hackfires. (Be sure to read Cathy's, too, which snuck in a bit later. Too funny!) We've all been...

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23 August 2006

Buying pants that fit slim-waisted kids

The urbanMamas have recently been discussing how and where to buy pants that don't end up around the ankles of their slim toddlers and preschoolers. My solution with my daughter is to keep her in dresses (brilliant, I know, but it satisfies her quite nicely, girly girl that she is),...

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23 August 2006

Back-to-school clothes: Money-saving and money-making ideas

My kids have grown like weeds over the summer. It's not so noticeable while they're wearing shorts and sundresses, but as soon as they wiggle into last Fall's pants and long-sleeved t-shirts, it's obvious we need to do some back-to-school clothes shopping. First, however, I need to make room in...

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22 August 2006

Catherine Newman has a new blog

If you're an admirer of Catherine Newman as I am, you'll be sad to know she's ending her longstanding Babycenter journal, Bringing Up Ben and Birdy. I always felt a special bond with Catherine (as I'm sure thousands of other women do as well) because our children are the same...

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