97 hacks in January 2007

26 January 2007

Those little voices in our heads start with our parents

My friend Morgan gathered a few people last night to help him brainstorm ideas he's been developing for his life coaching practice, and I was among the lucky participants. One of the questions that came up: Exactly whose are those voices in our heads telling us we're not good enough?...

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26 January 2007

Turn a laundry basket into a sled

Michelle at Scribbit ("Motherhood in Alaska") knows her snow and transformed a laundry basket into a cozy pull sled for her two year old. Look at that happy baby! [Thanks for the pointer, Brian.] Other things laundry baskets are good for: Packing for a trip Containing wrapping paper chaos Bathing...

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25 January 2007

How to make crayon scratch art

Crayon scratch art! I used to love doing this myself as a kid -- scratching through the black layer of wax to reveal neon-like colors. Mehhhhhh-mreeeeees.... Skip To My Lou's scratch art how-to suggests using tempera paint as the top layer (although black crayon will work fine, too). [Via Kiddley]...

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25 January 2007

Parent Hacks admin: New ad slots for small businesses

As pleased as I am when the Hitachis of the world buy an ad on the site, I especially like when a smaller business like Javis Davis or Baby Dagny decides to advertise here. There's so much creativity brewing among small, independent producers of family-friendly stuff...the stuff you're not likely...

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25 January 2007

Free printable folded paper toys

Print, fold and play! That's the idea behind the beautifully designed paper figures at Readymech. [Via Babygadget] Tags: Parenting, Printables, Readymech, Toys

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24 January 2007

Camelbak hydration backpack solves nursing moms' nighttime thirst

This hack brought back the memory of just how thirsty I was while nursing. Here's how Jerry and Sara solved the riddle of getting a drink while nursing a co-sleeping infant: My wife and I co-sleep with our 6 week-old daughter, which seems to help both us and her sleep...

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24 January 2007

Fixing bleach stains with Sharpies

In a brilliant reverse hack, Donna actually wants to draw on her clothes with colorful Sharpie permanent markers: We have bleach problems. We can't figure out which one of us ("Mom" or "Dad") keeps using bleach in the laundry but pouring it in the machine in such a way that...

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24 January 2007

Download old radio shows for your kids

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...Gray's bedtime hack: I download old radio shows (Superman, Lone Ranger, etc.) from RUSC.com (membership costs $7.50 per month) and burn them to cd, which I play for my kids in their bedroom after lights out. Our bedtime routine is bath, then stories (in...

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23 January 2007

Parentography: Social networking meets family travel

Launched today: Parentography, a new site where families can share their travel tips and reviews. I've been in touch with one of the founders, Tim Ludwig, for quite some time (he's submitted his share of hacks), and I'm really excited by how the site looks and feels. Very easy to...

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23 January 2007

Passing the time while your kid has a tantrum

You've tried comforting and reasoning, but your toddler or preschooler is still throwing a knock-down tantrum. Sometimes all you can do is wait out the storm. Beth pointed out her Silicon Valley Moms Blog post listing ten things to do while a tantrum is underway...written with the calm, seasoned (and...

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23 January 2007

Use Photoshop to clean up your baby

Zac of Baby Roadies posted a couple impressive examples of how a little Photoshop retouching can greatly improve baby pictures. Ugly car seat warning labels? Errant spitup? Gone with a flick of the cursor. If only it worked in real life. Reminded me of a past post on Shooting The...

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23 January 2007

Muffin tin as sorting toy

Inspired by a past hack suggesting poker chips as toys, Jamie ups the fun quotient with a muffin tin: I've discovered that if I throw a metal muffin pan in with the poker chips that both my 4-year-old and 19-month-old will sit and play contentedly and use the muffin pan...

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23 January 2007

Funny straw encourages kids to drink...anything

Mamaloo wields the tried-and-true curly straw: Getting my 3 1/2 year old son to drink milk is like pulling teeth. When he was smaller, we encouraged milk consumption with a little chocolate in the mix, but he certainly doesn't need the extra sugar. This morning, while struggling to get him...

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22 January 2007

Wearing a cap to bed helps kids sleep through a cold night

Landismom is a good problem solver: When it started to get cold this winter, my three-year-old son kept waking up in the middle of the night. We turn our heat down after everyone goes to bed, for environmental and money-saving purposes. He kicks off the blankets in his sleep--we re-cover...

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22 January 2007

Reasonably-priced winter socks for kids? Talk amongst yourselves.

Thin cotton socks + winter weather = cold tootsies. But I'm having a hard time finding decent wool socks for my kids (especially my 3YO daughter). I'm looking for non-scratchy and reasonably-priced. The only kids' wool socks I can find are at the outdoor store (for hiking) in the $8-10...

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