74 hacks in January 2008

31 January 2008

New fatherhood anthology available for preorder at Amazon

As I've mentioned ad nauseum, one of the things I appreciate most about the conversation here at Parent Hacks is the just-about-equal participation by moms and dads. I find the gender-neutral quality of the conversation here refreshing -- and eye-opening. As a mother, I've stumbled upon ways to create community...

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31 January 2008

"The Mr. Men Show" to premiere on Cartoon Network 2/4/08

Got a promo email today from the folks at Cartoon Network. But before I tell you what it's about, let me give you a little backstory. I basically can't stand the Cartoon Network. Now I like Looney Toons and Scooby Doo as much as the next person, but something about...

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31 January 2008

Fashion a fake dolly poo to encourage toddler's potty use

Simon's story is so, so...well, so PARENT HACKS, it makes me smile every time I read it. My Father-in-Law (FIL) came up with a stonking [American translation: fantastic or brilliant. -- Ed.] solution to encourage use of the potty in my two year-old daughter. He made fake poo by mixing...

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31 January 2008

links for 2008-01-31

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Valentine's Day Fortune Cookies CUTE. EASY. Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Flickr Finds: Bookcase Dollhouse CUTE. EASY. More Awesome Homemade Nintendo Party Favors | Geekdad from Wired.com I still find it amusing that a short, mustachioed plumber is the hero in a video game series. That said,...

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30 January 2008

Tips for RV travel with kids? Talk amongst yourselves.

Tiffany asks: We plan to rent an RV to travel with our 4 yr old and 7 yr old during Spring Break this year. Beyond your typical travel tips (we've traveled quite a bit in their little lives), I would like to ask if you have any hints that will...

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30 January 2008

Bring toddlers' toy shopping carts on actual shopping excursions

Ah, Target with a toddler. Those were the days. If only I had had Jennifer's ingenuity back when my kids were that age: In order to keep my 2 1/2 yr old and 4 yr old occupied at the grocery store or at Target/Walmart, I will bring along their toy...

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30 January 2008

Bring toddlers' toy shopping carts on actual shopping excursions

Ah, Target with a toddler. Those were the days. If only I had had Jennifer's ingenuity back when my kids were that age: In order to keep my 2 1/2 yr old and 4 yr old occupied at the grocery store or at Target/Walmart, I will bring along their toy...

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30 January 2008

links for 2008-01-30

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | How To: Changing Table Into Bar Happy days are here again! A Little Hut: recycle project no. 11 - egg carton turned into a heart Simplicity itself. [Via MOMformation.] Unclutterer » Cleaning your floors without effort … that is, if you don’t break your neck …...

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30 January 2008

links for 2008-01-30

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | How To: Changing Table Into Bar Happy days are here again! A Little Hut: recycle project no. 11 - egg carton turned into a heart Simplicity itself. [Via MOMformation.] Unclutterer » Cleaning your floors without effort … that is, if you don’t break your neck …...

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30 January 2008

Wash and store velcro bibs in a mesh lingerie bag

Who among us hasn't had an article of clothing destroyed in the wash by the velcro from a bib? Misha has an answer: We use bibs for our baby that have velcro closures and darn it if that velcro doesn't attach itself to everything in my laundry. It is especially...

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29 January 2008

Hack request: Send us your Valentine's ideas!

I usually start thinking about Valentine's Day on about February 10...too late to have a relaxed class valentine-making session with my kids. But this year is different! We've got our red construction paper and fancy scissors all ready to go. Nothing too involved -- just paper hearts and a few...

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29 January 2008

What to do when the tab on the disposable diaper breaks

The real poop! From Tiffany: If the tab breaks as you're trying to put a disposable diaper on your squirmy little one (and isn't it always when you're in a hurry?), there's still hope! Go ahead and fasten the tab on the other side. Now put on a second diaper...

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29 January 2008

Crib toy bag works well on the highchair, too

Emily's got a great idea for keeping the baby toys from getting underfoot in the kitchen: Sometimes while doing the dishes, I try to keep my daughter occupied in her high chair with various toys and books. I found myself constantly wanting a place to store all of these items...

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28 January 2008

Organize kids' clothes into color-coordinated "capsules" so they can pick their own outfits

Sara needs to dress my daughter, or at least help me pick out her clothes. I love clothes, and Miss J has so many clothes it's a tad embarrassing. Even worse, the daily question of what to wear was turning into a daily power struggle, with J saying "I want...

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28 January 2008

links for 2008-01-28

Z Recommends: Free Online Household Management Aids There's help out there! How to Dry Gloves or Mittens in the Winter @ raising4boys.com Awesome hack! It looks like a zombie emerging thru the heater vent, but we won't mention that to the kids. Mind Flush: ParentHack - Recycling waste construction paper...

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