80 hacks in October 2008

27 October 2008

Amazon Pampers/Luvs promotion ends Friday

You've still got time to get in on Amazon's Pampers and Luvs deal : buy $99 worth of selected Pampers and Luvs products (including diapers, Swaddlers, Cruisers, Easy-Ups, Kandoo wipes, soap, Underjams, and wipes) and get a $20 Amazon gift certificate toward a future purchase (as in, holiday gifts). Offer...

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27 October 2008

Bright lights make kids sneeze. Really?

Kerrie sent in this fascinating hack: I have 9 month old twins who seem to have spent more of their lives congested than not. They hate the snot-sucker (even the cool battery operated one!) and I'm always struggling to get their noses clear. The other day as we were headed...

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27 October 2008

Creative color-coding keeps siblings' stuff sorted

Simple and smart. From Terrie: With two boys very close in age, we decided early on to "color code" a few items to simplify life and to be able to tell at a glance who the owner is. Son #1 gets blue, green or purple (cool colors), while son #2...

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26 October 2008

Denture tabs clean more than just dentures

Who knew denture tablets had so many uses? From Sarah: I found the hack to use denture tabs for cleaning toothbrushes and teething toys, but they are also great for cleaning athletic mouth guards, night bite guards for teeth grinders, sippy cup valves, etc. I take a few with me...

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25 October 2008

links for 2008-10-25

DeliciousBaby Journal: Giveaway - Lands End Complete Kid's Winter Outfit ($200+ Value) Wow, Debbie! You've really outdone yourself with this giveaway!

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25 October 2008

Coffee beans in the diaper pail reduce the smell

Kristine's hack will set you back a few (Star)bucks, but may be worth it: When our son started eating solids, the poop -- and therefore the diaper pail -- got a lot stinkier. A friend suggested that I dump a bag of whole bean coffee in the bottom of the...

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24 October 2008

Amazon Friday sale: Annie Chun's noodles, magic erasers, Huggies wipes, Swiss army knife

Here's what I found in today's Amazon Friday sale : Like many, my kids are pastaphiles. They will eat any noodle preparation, especially those that are Asian-inspired. Pad thai, udon, lo mein, ramen ... it's all good. I always keep a few Annie Chun's noodle "kits" in my pantry --...

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24 October 2008

Thanksgiving craft project: Cup cozies

Maria's simple craft project would be a great diversion for hungry kids waiting for Thanksgiving dinner.

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24 October 2008

Make a photo calendar out of your kids' seasonal art projects

Amy's come up with a new twist on the annual photo calendar gift: Last year before Christmas, I scanned 12 pieces of my kids' art and uploaded the images to an online photo place (Shutterfly, but you could use any service that does photo gifts). I used the images to...

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23 October 2008

links for 2008-10-23

All Ears: Creating a Time Capsule We're living in unusual times. Here's a great way to capture that idea for the future teenagers and adults running around your house. Dabbled: HOW TO: Finger Puppet Bus Adorable. Make Your Own Iphone: Cause Your Kid Needs One Too! | Mommy Poppins -...

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23 October 2008

White grape/peach juice a good candidate for dilution

Rachel's juice selection tip saves money and cuts sugar: I try not to give my children much juice, but they do get some daily. I've found it more cost-effective if I buy any brand of white grape-peach juice. The peach is a strong enough flavor that you can dilute it...

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23 October 2008

The secret of restaurant high chair straps

It seems like every restaurant uses a different, impossible-to-operate high chair. Here's Kat's discovery: This falls under one of those "I can't believe I didn't realize this sooner" moments for me, but if it saves another frustrated new mommy from making a scene at a restaurant, I'll share! Many times,...

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22 October 2008

links for 2008-10-22

craftzine.com: Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids I'm not crafty enough to consider these "last-minute," but they sure are cute. How To Make Fake Blood I'd forego the chicken livers (bleccccch). Photojojo’s Guide to Scary Photo Pumpkins How to! For the pumpkin overachievers out there.

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22 October 2008

Amazon deal: Sci-Fi and Disney Princess DVDs on sale

Amazon has put a bunch of DVDs on sale. One group is close to my heart. The other is close to my daughter's. Amazon's calling its sci-fi blowout the Cosmetopia DVD Sale , and you'll find over 400 titles included. This isn't just the blockbuster stuff (although there's plenty) --...

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22 October 2008

Quick stain removal with a wet toothbrush

Ever since I became a mother I've had schmutz on my shirt. Now it's crumbs and inky fingerprints, but not so long ago it was spitup and nosewipe leftovers. Ah, the glamor. Do you think Angelina has schmutz on her shirt? If she does, she can take Leigh's advice: I...

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