89 hacks in October 2007

26 October 2007

Fall Shopping Guide: Honey, can you turn on the fire?

In my latest (and last) FM Fall Shopping Guide post, I share my family's and my strange attraction to our new gas log. This post just goes to show you that my tendency to think about the sociological underpinnings of just about anything can get a bit out of hand.

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26 October 2007

Amazon Friday Sale for 10/26: Huggies Overnites, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

On sale at Amazon, today only: Huggies Overnites size 5: $19.99 for two 27-count packs (that's about .37 per diaper if you keep track of these things). Keep in mind that Huggies are on their way to a price increase early next year. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers: $12.99 for a...

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26 October 2007

Household chores meet online gaming: Chore Wars

This takes the advice to "turn work into game!" to new heights. From Sarah: I wanted to let you know of a cool website I found that helps my husband and I get work done around the house without arguing about who does what. Chore Wars is an online game...

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26 October 2007

Fall Shopping Guide: Honey, can you turn on the fire?

In my latest (and last) FM Fall Shopping Guide post, I share my family's and my strange attraction to our new gas log. This post just goes to show you that my tendency to think about the sociological underpinnings of just about anything can get a bit out of hand.

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26 October 2007

Household chores meet online gaming: Chore Wars

This takes the advice to "turn work into game!" to new heights. From Sarah: I wanted to let you know of a cool website I found that helps my husband and I get work done around the house without arguing about who does what. Chore Wars is an online game...

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26 October 2007

Halloween hack: Tootsie Pop ghosts as decoration and hand-outs

Amie's hack makes me want to run out and buy Tootsie Pops! I love that these simple little decorations can double as the Halloween handout.

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26 October 2007

Combine door-to-door trick-or-treating with a block party for some grownup fun

Lyric shares the Halloween-cum-block party that happens in her neighborhood: I'm in love with Halloween in my neighborhood! (This coming from a parent who dreads anything that takes advanced prep.) We've made it into an event the kids love and the grown-ups get to enjoy too! This is perfect if...

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25 October 2007

24 October 2007

24 October 2007

No-spill car breakfast: oatmeal in an insulated travel mug

I discovered this while camping, and then again while rushing out the door to get my late-risers to school: oatmeal is the ideal on-the-go breakfast, especially when served in an insulated travel mug. Oatmeal stays hot, can be eaten in the car without spilling, and doesn't leave crumbs everywhere. Bonus:...

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23 October 2007

DonorsChoose update: We did it!

Thanks to 25 Parenthackers (and some donors who contributed to this project outside of my challenge), this special education teacher got her wish fully funded -- over $1000 for purchasing music and movement equipment for her students. We've made a big difference to 70 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, and...

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23 October 2007

Keep that maternity jacket! Fits perfectly when your baby's in a front carrier.

Doesn't really matter if the baby's on the inside or the outside, does it? From Cathy of Chief Family Officer: This seems like a pretty obvious idea so it may have come up before, but it was new to me so I just posted it on my own blog and...

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23 October 2007

DIY art display

WG's hack will help you make sense of the incoming avalanche of art: My kitchen had a fridge that was covered in paper and some blank walls that were crying out for decoration. I like the idea of framing kid art and displaying it, but not every piece warrants a...

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23 October 2007

Halloween hack: Give toys instead of candy

One way to avoid leftover candy is to avoid candy altogether. Says Judi: No candy at our house. Stickers or doodads from Oriental Trading instead! Anything leftover goes into the arts and crafts bin for use throughout the year. Bonnie and Gina mentioned this particular hack in earlier comments, and...

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22 October 2007

How to have an allergy-free Halloween

Those of you with food sensitivities in your families: Do you have favorite websites? Cookbooks? Brands of food?

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