60 hacks in September 2008

23 September 2008

The Momspeak: Lunchbox inspiration, a parenting book rant, and a dollar store tour

I invite you to hop on over to The MomSpeak to read my most recent posts: Values await inside the dollar store: I've managed to strike a quality/value balance at the dollar store. Here's what I consider to be the best buys. Why I stopped reading parenting books (and then...

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23 September 2008

Trim fingernails during bathtime to minimize cleanup

Jenn's practical bathtime hack: The other day I had the kids in the tub and upon closer inspection, saw that they needed their nails clipped. I decided to trim their nails right then and there, in the tub. Not only were their nails softened by the water, but the bits...

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23 September 2008

A dash of cinnamon helps the milk go down

Here's how Whitney (one of the Rookie Moms) makes milk more palatable for her non-milk-drinking daughter: My 14-month old daughter does not like to drink milk. My pediatrician suggested offering chocolate milk and then to slowly reduce the amount of chocolate I add. Somehow, I just can't get comfortable giving...

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22 September 2008

Pop-up facial tissues keep potty training toddlers from unrolling the toilet paper

Monique no longer has to re-roll the toilet paper several times per day: I taught my 18 month-old to use the potty pretty successfully. I used the three-day method and it only took two weeks! But what I've never seen addressed is how to teach them about toilet paper. I...

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22 September 2008

Take advantage of television trance to serve vegetables

The beauty of this hack is that it encourages healthy snacking while not filling up the kids before dinner.

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21 September 2008

Parent Hacks admin: A note to email subscribers, and a little whining about my daily link roundup

Liz wrote to me wondering if there was a way to get her daily Parent Hacks email update on the same day the posts go up. Right now, the email update arrives the next morning, which is too late for her to grab Amazon Friday Sale finds. I'm doing a...

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20 September 2008

Flipper winner (a day late)

I am SO sorry, folks. First, I forgot to post about the giveaway. Then, things got busy around here yesterday evening, and, despite my calendar reminder, I completely forgot to post the winner of the Flipper toothbrush holder. Ugh, I'm embarrassed when my disorganization is so glaring. So...making an especially...

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20 September 2008

Stick magnets on the backs of puzzle pieces to be played with on the fridge

From Julie: Did you hear the one about putting magnetic strips on puzzle pieces and then letting the kids do the puzzles on the refrigerator? I love that one! Nope. Hadn't heard that one. Great idea, as long as the puzzle-solvers don't block all access to the kitchen. This could...

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19 September 2008

Amazon Friday sale: Noise canceling headphones

Our road- and plane trips have gotten quieter since we bought our son a pair of noise canceling headphones. He's very sensitive to sound, so the ambient noise that "leaked" through with regular headphones bothered him. The noise canceling effect helps him truly relax into his music. This set, the...

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19 September 2008

Leave the batteries out of toys to double the fun

Tracy, I don't know how long it will be till the kids are onto this, but it's brilliant. At our house we get double duty out of our toys. When introducing a new toy we try to use it without batteries first... Then after using it that way for several...

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19 September 2008

Bottle drying rack serves as a Ziploc bag dryer, too

Amanda's figured out a good use for that old countertop fixture: We're done bottle feeding here, but I've found that my Munchkin bottle drying rack is a perfect way to dry Ziploc bags after rinsing them out to reuse. They are way too pricey (not to mention hard on the...

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18 September 2008

Flipper toothbrush holder giveaway! Enter now!

I somehow missed the very kind email from Flipper saying, "Yes, we'd be happy to do a giveaway!" So head back over to the Flipper toothbrush holder review and leave a comment any time until 5pm Friday to get in the running!

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18 September 2008

Flipper: improving on the toothbrush holder

I live in an old house with a built-in bathroom medicine cabinet. The shelves in the cabinet are fixed in place, and we've never been able to find a toothbrush holder that fits inside. Holders that sit on the counter would invariably get knocked over, hanging holders wouldn't fit inside...

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18 September 2008

Hook shopping bags to the stroller with toy plastic links

The Mama figured out a way to ease the schlep factor while shopping with a stroller: We have a ton of those links that hook on to toys and car seats floating around our house. I was out running errands with a friend and we made multiple stops. The basket...

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18 September 2008

Sunscreen as face paint

Depending on where you live, there are still plenty of sunny days ahead. And sunscreen isn't a bad idea even when it's cloudy. Here's how Erin makes the daily application ritual a little more fun for her daughter: Our two-year-old hates to put on sunscreen but loved getting her face...

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