63 hacks in March 2008

21 March 2008

Dye raw eggs for Easter

Here's how Daphne avoids the inevitable hard-boiled egg inundation that comes with Easter egg decoration: Every year for Easter, my five-year-old boys are wildly excited about decorating eggs. There is a week of anticipation, thirty minutes of setup, and five minutes of furious dunking. By the time they have plopped...

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21 March 2008

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Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | How To: Kids' "Spice" Labels Brilliant. I love Ohdeedoh. Thanks for the link, Kristi!

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21 March 2008

Oft-forgotten germ spreader: lip balm!

Lisa's on the germ hunt: My family has been passing the cold bug around to one another. So I've been trying to catch all the ways that our germs are spreading (buying new toothbrushes, careful with sharing cups etc). I just realized one germ factory that I had overlooked -...

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20 March 2008

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Laid-Off Dad: Post-Neck-Poop Stress Disorder Neck pooping. As if you didn't already know that parenting ISN'T for the faint of heart. Sorry, LOD. We feel your pain.

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20 March 2008

Too Tarts SmartChoice spray candy masks bitter medicine flavor

Before you scoff at this hack (as I did when I heard the words "spray candy"), read on. Jessica's onto something: The last two times my five year-old son has been prescribed cough medicine the taste has been completely awful. The pharmacist will add a flavor for an additional $5...

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20 March 2008

Straightening iron flattens curly bangs so you can trim them at home

Rednexmama came up with an excellent haircut hack: I refuse to spend $10 just to get my daughter's bangs cut, but it can be more than a little challenging since she has naturally curly hair and it's next to impossible to get them cut straight. Even if I wet them...

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19 March 2008

Keep a quick-grab snack bag packed

From Debbie: We keep a reusable lunch-type bag in our cupboard stocked with various nonperishable snacks (one of each type per child) so that we can grab it at a moments' notice; say for that trip to the ER after our son sticks his hand in yet another animal's mouth....

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18 March 2008

New online educational game/learning service from PBS

There's plenty of good (and free) play to be had on the Web, with the first stop for preschoolers often being the companion site for a favorite television network (PBS Kids, NickJr., or Playhouse Disney). PBS has just upped the ante with its launch of PBS KIDS PLAY!, an Internet-based,...

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18 March 2008

Games you can play with a flat sheet

Sometimes, disorganization paves the way for a new activity we never would have discovered otherwise. (Ha! An argument for chaos! The justification continues.) We were playing in the basement last night amid folded piles of clean laundry. My 4.5 year-old daughter tripped over a stack of folded flat sheets, and...

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18 March 2008

Insect repellant wristband keeps mosquitoes away safely

Deb passed along this kid-friendly alternative to chemical mosquito repellant: My little girl can't stand having anything on her skin, including sunscreen, and I hate coating her in toxic bug repellents. But she's one of those mosquito-magnet types. So now she just puts on an insect repellant wristband and she's...

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17 March 2008

Create a mural outline by "tracing" a television character

Wow. Look how John and Heather created a character-inspired mural: My wife wanted to create a Little Bear mural for our boys' bedroom when inspiration hit her. She paused the show on our big TV and used tracing paper to draw the characters. Next step is to retrace them on...

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17 March 2008

Free address labels are fun play stickers, too

Why is it that anything self-adhesive is fun to play with? Lisa's found a good way to put junk mail to work: My two daughters (2 & 4) love stickers. They go through them faster than the grandparents can buy them. One day I hit upon the idea to let...

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17 March 2008

Amazon Kitchen and Home sale - today only

I just got an enticing email from Amazon -- today (March 17) is a one-day Kitchen and Home sale with big discounts on all sorts of domestic goodies (especially good deals on cookware sets).

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16 March 2008

Little Steps Handrail mounts on (and hangs below) a standard stairway rail

Little Steps has gone out of business, but KidCo makes a toddler stair handrail called Care Rail.

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15 March 2008

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Thingamababy: Money Saving Tips for New Parents Good info here. (tags: babies money parenting)

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