83 hacks in May 2007

22 May 2007

Via Toy Box: Toy storage they won't outgrow

Just yesterday, a company I'd never heard of, Via Toy Box, booked a small ad on Parent Hacks (see it right there in the right-hand sidebar?). I always visit potential advertisers before I accept their ads, and I was immediately smitten with this product (and they're based in my hometown!)....

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22 May 2007

Scented lip balm as personal air freshener

Marie's hack made me smile because both my kids are very sensitive to smells. We often choose restaurants based on our kids' first sniff once inside the door. I read Parent Hacks almost daily but didn’t think I had anything to contribute until my friend commented on this one. We...

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22 May 2007

Goldfish crackers make vegie soup toddler-friendly

nducho's son likes his vegies with a little fish: My super picky son's vegetable consumption starts and ends with oven-baked potatoes and spinach. [Spinach? That's pretty good! -- Ed.] Last week, I made a soup (cooked split peas, carrots, potatoes in vegetable broth; pureed the whole thing). Then I served...

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22 May 2007

links for 2007-05-22

Ask Moxie: The (Hypothetical) Dangerous Book For Girls Have I mentioned that I'm in love with Moxie? (tags: parenting) Jumping Monkeys: Squeeze the life out of old markers We've all got 'em! (tags: kids)

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22 May 2007

Keeping little fingers safe from closing car windows

It's all too easy to absent-mindedly close the rear car windows without first doing a finger-check. Hence Tim's wise advice: With the spring weather, our three year old daughter has taken to having her car window open. When trying to close the window using the power window button, I worry...

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22 May 2007

Improbable dessert: Apple Pie a la Mode drink

Fun dessert the kids and I shared tonight. Because I had a bit of leftover cream: APPLE PIE A LA MODE DRINK From Moosewood Restaurant New Classics 3/4 cup apple juice 1/4 cup cream 1 teaspoon sugar dash of cinnamon and nutmeg Shake with ice, strain into a glass, enjoy...

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21 May 2007

GeekDad: Play instant messaging games with your kids

I've been meaning to write up our little iChat game for a while! Here it is, as a guest post on GeekDad.

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20 May 2007

The "random play" button makes kiddie music more bearable

Kathy's found the best use I can think of for the "Random Play" button on the CD player: have a fourteen month-old who loves music and has just begun to dance, and prefers a few of the children's nursery rhymes and the Baby Einstein Baby Bach/Mozart/Beethoven CDs. She's a delight...

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20 May 2007

Exchange email photographs before playdates with new kids

From Belinda, host of kid radio show Greasy Kid Stuff: When we have playdates with new kids, or kids we haven't seen for awhile, I ask the parent to email me a picture of their child. This helps my kidlet get past that awkward first meeting stage. She already knows...

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19 May 2007

Gas drops dissipate bubbles in formula

From Laura -- a mother of triplets, who can use every extra minute she can find: If you're mixing large batches of formula you are well aware of the foam that appears and takes forever to dissipate! Another triplet mom told me that a few drops of Simethicone gas drops...

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19 May 2007

links for 2007-05-19

Ask Moxie: Moxie Manifesto (May 2007 edition) Amen, sister! (tags: parenting) Cool Tool: Podee Hands-Free Bottle Bottle feeding in the car...not fun. This looks to be an interesting option. (tags: parenthacks baby babygear)

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19 May 2007

Kid-friendly chilled water dispenser

Loraine's helping her daughter help herself to a drink of water.

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19 May 2007

Movie adaptation of children's books? Talk amongst yourselves.

Margaret says: Sarah and I watched this great adaptation of The Secret Garden (directed by Albert Grint with a Colin Firth cameo at the end!). I'm sure there's lots of other adaptations of children's books out there that are done in a way that both parents and children enjoy and...

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18 May 2007

Kids bored? Dump the toy box!

Ah, the pleasure of forgotten toys. From Duane: Every once in a blue moon, just dump the toybox completely upside down, every single toy out on the floor. If your kids are anything like mine they'll have a blast rediscovering assorted toys that they've forgotten about for months. All morning...

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18 May 2007

Need to lie down on the job? Play Tattoo Parlor!

Merrill's a brave, creative mom who has hopefully hidden the Sharpies: I was a mom of a 4 year old and an infant. I was tired. My 4 year old had long since given up her nap and my baby was a great napper - during the day. Did I...

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