86 hacks in September 2006

26 September 2006

Amazon diaper deal on now

Stock up on $99-worth of Pampers or Luvs at Amazon by 9/30 and get a $30 Amazon gift certificate good for holiday shopping. Details at Amazon. [Via Want Not] Tags: Diapers, Parenting

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26 September 2006

Kids calling you by your first name? Talk amongst yourselves.

David's in an interesting quandary: I have 2 girls. 5 and 1, and their birthdays are both in November... so they'll be 6 and 2 this year. My 5 year-old is actually my step-daughter. She has always called me "Dave." I think you can see where I'm going with this....

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26 September 2006

Digital cameras for kids

My kids are always begging to use our digital camera, and, for the most part, we let them. We recently replaced our camera for something smaller and faster, so the first, rather beat-up model has been designated the kid camera. The beauty of not having to wait for (or pay...

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25 September 2006

SPREAD THE WORD: Send your used stuffed animals and toys to children in Iraq

Updated 7/08: Edmay's comrade has taken over her role, and is still accepting toy, clothing and supply donations. Send your donations to: Michael R. Fellenz USACE-GRN-MAO FOB Marez APO-AE 09334 I am speechless. I just got an email from Edmay Mayers, a member of the U. S. Army Corps of...

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25 September 2006

Closed captioning helps TV-watchers learn to read

From Bret: My wife got an unsolicited tip from a random grandma in a store: When your kid is watching TV (no comment on that), you should turn on closed captioning. Random Grandma said her grandchild showed up for kindergarten reading at a third grade level. Haven't tried it ourselves...

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25 September 2006

Diluted dish soap: good for all sorts of things

The subject line of Kip's email to me was "Dilute! Dilute! OK!" -- a quote from the bizarre treatise-label on bottles of Dr. Bronner's soap: I keep a squeeze bottle of diluted dish soap by the sink. I used to keep a spray bottle, but the bottle would eventually become...

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24 September 2006

Captain Bogg and Salty: a live show report

It's been a busy weekend in the Dornfest abode. We've hit a patch of Indian summer, so there was much frolicking to be done. Part of our weekend was spent at the Portland Pirate Festival (this is, after all, the home of Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket, the inventors of...

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23 September 2006

Pimento jar as toddler drinking glass

Back in July (she says sheepishly, revealing the length of her queue...), AJ of Thingamababy pointed out the utility of a Kraft Pimento Spread jar as a toddler drinking glass. What he didn't reveal was whether he actually ate the Kraft Pimento Spread in order to get the jar. Here...

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23 September 2006

Better toddler potty seats

AJ at Thingamababy has just reviewed toilet seats with smaller-toddler versions integrated into the lid. The timing couldn't be more perfect for us -- I just watched my petite three year-old scoot herself onto the big potty and almost fall in, which sounds like a classic recipe for Freudian trauma....

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22 September 2006

Non-slip shelf liner helps keep toddlers in their chairs

From Sara: A clever hack I picked up from our child care center: Toddlers just learning to sit, unstrapped, in chairs (especially small molded plastic chairs) benefit from a piece of non-slip shelf liner to keep them from sliding off as quickly as they wiggle. [This gives new meaning to...

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22 September 2006

How to make homemade Febreze-like odor remover

Who knew you could recycle fragrance? Lisa, apparently: Let’s face it, kids create stink! I love Febreze, but it can get quite expensive. I have been using the lavender/ vanilla scented liquid fabric softener (which, by the way, has a fabulous smell and is available in generic brand at Walmart)....

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21 September 2006

Trezr: It's Digg for cheapskates like me

Shopping used to be a lazy Saturday afternoon activity. My pre-kid free time was spent perusing the neighborhood shops for good deals, whether on clothes or furniture or groceries or whatever else. Once the kids arrived, though, my browsing days came to an abrupt end. I now shop in surgical...

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21 September 2006

Use dry erase markers to remove permanent marker scrawls

Toni came up with a brilliant Sharpie removal technique: My two little artists (2 and 5) have a number of washable paints, markers and such but somehow they always seem to find my stash of permanent markers when they decide to decorate the house. I have discovered that on slick...

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21 September 2006

More on babies + keyboards: BabySplat

Sounds like some of your kids are happy to pound on unplugged keyboards (for a while at least), while others insist on the real, working McCoy. For those kids, an option (thanks for passing this on, Fernando): I just came across a piece of Windows software (donationware) called BabySplat. It...

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20 September 2006

Digital photo frames get your pictures out of your computer and into your home

I had every intention of writing up our digital photo frame as a hack -- we got it as a thank-you freebie (!) for one of Rael's conference speaking gigs, and it's one of our favorite gadgets. Finally, we could display our digital photos without dragging our friends over to...

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