40 hacks in August 2008

14 August 2008

The MomSpeak: Tips for camping with your baby

My next post on The MomSpeak highlights the fantastic series of family camping hacks we featured here throughout the summer: Tips for camping with your baby I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of those tips, and, in fact, am planning to pitch the tent in the backyard this weekend.

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14 August 2008

Reduce ketchup waste with single-serving cups

Alison's thinking about ketchup conservation: At my house, one of the things I despise most is rinsing globs of ketchup off of plates after meals. The smell makes me gag, and if it has dried at all it requires a fairly intensive scrubbing before putting it in the dishwasher. Additionally,...

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13 August 2008

Salad spinner as dolly thrill ride

Kim's hack will bring out the mad scientist in your kid: Got one of those big salad spinners with a clear bowl and an easy-to-use spinning mechanism? Show your little tike how to put one of his favorite dolls in there and spin it around. This impromptu activity produced about...

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13 August 2008

Trip of a lifetime? Take a spare camera.

Jamie, AKA Travel Savvy Mom, suggested I file this under "lessons learned the hard way:" For reasons I don't pretend to understand, cameras always seem to go on vacation when you're on vacation. Not long ago (in famously photogenic Seville) I looked through my viewfinder, zoomed in on my family,...

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12 August 2008

How to teach your child to tie shoes? Talk amongst yourselves.

From Susan: I need to teach my son how to tie his shoes. Does anyone know of any good shoe-tying lessons/hacks? We've talked about shoe-tying before, but the topic is worth revisiting as school approaches. I found these step-by-step instructions at Wondertime, but I'm sure you've got some clever hacks...

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12 August 2008

"Weight" new Diaper Champ bags with a dirty diaper

Steve, who bravely signed himself "Father of Two Still in Diapers," offers this bit of Diaper Champ optimization: This seems almost too simple, but if I can help at least one parent, it's worth it. [That's the Parenthacker spirit, Steve! Bravo! -- Ed.] When changing the trash bags on a...

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11 August 2008

Keep track of food introductions on the kitchen calendar

Danielle's "duh" moment will make life a lot easier for parents of new eaters: This one may be super obvious, but I was having a hard time keeping a mental and/or written log of the new foods we'd introduced to our 9-month old. It was easy at first, but when...

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11 August 2008

Mini M&M container as portable crayon holder

Here's how Joanne keeps crayons at the ready for outings: We enjoy eating out, but there's no guarantee that the restaurant will have crayons for our kids (almost 2 and 5). I try to be proactive and keep crayons in my bag, but got tired of them breaking, rolling around...

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10 August 2008

Build a fun, free crawling tunnel out of empty diaper boxes

Robyn's got an ingenious use for those big diaper boxes: My son is 10 months old and loves to crawl through boxes. I had three empty diaper boxes that he would crawl through one at a time. Yesterday I was looking for a way to entertain him and decided to...

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10 August 2008

Build a fun, free crawling tunnel out of empty diaper boxes

Robyn's got an ingenious use for those big diaper boxes: My son is 10 months old and loves to crawl through boxes. I had three empty diaper boxes that he would crawl through one at a time. Yesterday I was looking for a way to entertain him and decided to...

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09 August 2008

Keeping medicine accessible to elderly folks but out of toddlers' reach? Talk amongst yourselves.

A Parenthacker asks: I'm living with my father who needs to have nitro tabs around in case he has another heart attack. They are the most un-toddler-proof thing in the universe, and potentially catastrophic for a 2 year-old. I have Googled with no success on finding a childproofing hack that...

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09 August 2008

Keeping medicine accessible to elderly folks but out of toddlers' reach? Talk amongst yourselves.

A Parenthacker asks: I'm living with my father who needs to have nitro tabs around in case he has another heart attack. They are the most un-toddler-proof thing in the universe, and potentially catastrophic for a 2 year-old. I have Googled with no success on finding a childproofing hack that...

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08 August 2008

The MomSpeak: Bare-bones baby gear guide

My next post on The MomSpeak is something I've been meaning to write up for a long while: The bare-bones baby gear guide I remember, when I was pregnant for the first time, just how overwhelming it was to pick and choose among all of the "must-have" baby stuff. Every...

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08 August 2008

links for 2008-08-08 [delicious.com]

Flexible Dreams: Cleaning marker off of an Aquadoodle We LOVE the aquadoodle! Fun to play with outside, too. Thanks for the link, Amy. (Check out our nifty Aquadoodle techniques.) Cool Mom Picks Back To School Guide 2008 For the shoppers among you! 10 school resolutions for the slacker mom...

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08 August 2008

Home Style Guide: My (and other FM authors') musings about house and home

Last year I wrote a series of posts for the Fall Shopping Guide, a site created under the auspices an FM/JC Penney collaboration. It was such a rip-roaring success they've decided to it again, and, again I'll be contributing my decidedly practical (read: un-stylish) musings on house and home. The...

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