86 hacks in December 2007

20 December 2007

Xeko and Bella Sara winners!

Thank you to all who shared their stories of childhood collections. Isn't it funny to think about what we considered valuable back then? And now onto our winners: The Xeko game goes to Tiffany (lover of Breyer horses), and the Bella Sara cards go to Susanne (one-time collector of Cabbage...

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20 December 2007

Gift idea for Dad: Sharpie-embellished wallet

Brian's daughter used Sharpies to craft a unique gift for Dad: My "parent hack" turns out to be the brainchild of my, well, child. I recently bought a new wallet. It's a simple tri-fold style, made of cotton-poly blend (as opposed to a leather wallet). The wallet itself is a...

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20 December 2007

Paper clips as ornament hooks

Christmas decorating in true hacker fashion. From Duane: Inevitably each year you're left with ornaments that have no hook to hang it on. Sure you can buy those packages of hooks, but you end up with 500 when you really need 5, and next year you can never find them....

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20 December 2007

Working at home while the kids are on holiday break

Guest post by our friends at Work It, Mom!, a wonderful community site for working moms. School vacation is fast approaching and daycares are getting ready for their holiday break -- which means that if you have to get some work done during the holidays you'll be doing it at...

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20 December 2007

links for 2007-12-20

MetroDad: The Juggle: Parent Hacks for the Inherently Lazy There's no reason to be embarassed, MD. After all, we're the folks who describe how we pee in public restrooms while holding babies!

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20 December 2007

Endless love: "I Love You More" picture book

My cousin Hayley and I share many sensibilities that don't exactly fit with popular opinion. Here's one: neither of us like the popular children's book Guess How Much I Love You. Remember the one with the Nutbrown Hares comparing how much they loved each other? Yeah, that one. Every time...

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20 December 2007

Parent Hacks admin: Improved site search and comment spam update

The silver lining that comes with technical problems is that it often prompts you to find a better solution. Thanks to a little code switching and helpful pointers from AJ at Thingamababy, Parent Hacks now sports a new flavor of Google site search that does a much better job than...

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19 December 2007

Baby shoes as Christmas ornaments

From Kelly: My aunt gave me this decorating idea: when you have baby shoes your child grew out of that you'd like to keep because they're oh-so-cute and sentimental but don't know where to put them, hang them on the Christmas tree as ornaments. You can do this for the...

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19 December 2007

Parent Hacks admin: Problems with overeager TypePad spam detection

I apologize to those of you who are wrestling with TypePad's new spam detection "feature." Many of you have written to me telling me that you're having a hard time posting comments because TypePad thinks you're spam. I have no idea what triggers the bot, but I'm going to work...

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19 December 2007

Movie-inspired dinners: Ratatouille

Rosemary's story gives us eggplant-lovers hope: With all this talk about sneaking healthy food into our children's meals, the Disney/Pixar movie Ratatouille provides us a wonderful opportunity to get our kids eating healthy without all the trickery. I started making ratatouille after watching the movie way too much because it...

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19 December 2007

Alternative trading card games: Xeko and Bella Sara

It's easy to forget that trading card games are actually games, not just collections of tradable pieces of paper. And while Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic the Gathering and the rest dominate the field, two trading card games attempt to go in surprisingly different directions. Xeko uses kids' fascination with trading cards...

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19 December 2007

links for 2007-12-19

Chronicle Books : Ivy + Bean : Educators Elementary school teachers! Win a visit from Ivy + Bean author Annie Barrows. Details here. DIY gift tags | dooce ® I have this little fantasy that everything she touches looks lovely and elegant and simple, like this. Giggle the Superhero «...

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19 December 2007

Christmas tree light switch delights kids AND protects the tree

Christmas tree light switches are yet another way toddlers can get safely (well, relatively safely) involved with the tree. Your mileage may vary given the activity level of your toddler, but both Christy and Carly have had good luck: From Christy: I found these Ornament Christmas Light Switches a few...

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18 December 2007

Tie-dye tissue wrapping paper

As promised, Melissa's instructions for creating gorgeous tie-dye wrapping paper out of plain white tissue. This looks easy enough for young toddlers, and the results are stunning. Thank you, Melissa! Items needed: Tissue paper. Purchase at the Dollar Store or Costco. I got 400 sheets at Costco for about $5...

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18 December 2007

Toddler-enable your Christmas tree with a few unbreakable ornaments

Another great toddler + Christmas tree hack! So simple, but it works for Carly of durhamregionbaby.com: This is a little late, but I just discovered it the past week or so since our tree has been up. Our daughter is almost 2, and into everything as most 2-year-olds are. I...

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