48 hacks in November 2008

26 November 2008

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, Parenthackers

Well folks, between my son's exciting ER adventure, my 40th birthday (!) and a technical glitch, posting has slowed to a trickle around here. Now that the keel is even (well, as even as it's gonna get), many of us are heading out of town for Thanksgiving. So rather than...

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26 November 2008

Momversation: Surviving the holidays

Now! On Momversation! Asha shares her angst over Thanksgiving travel planning. We had fun with this one. Here's who's talking: Rebecca Woolf of Girl's Gone Child Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog Lots more Momversation fun to be had: I love you, but I hate...

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25 November 2008

Parent Hacks admin: Technical trouble

Hm. I got a new computer over the weekend, and now I'm having trouble posting. Stay tuned...it's probably some silly thing I'm overlooking.

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25 November 2008

Personalized gingerbread "friends" make popular gifts

Katy Lee's (Adventures in Parenting) idea is less a hack than a holiday handmade project and gift idea in one: My teenage daughter used a gingerbread man cookie cutter, decorated them to look like her friends, and gave them to her friends for Christmas. Just use small candies and sprinkles...

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21 November 2008

Christmas Wrapped: How to ratchet down holiday gift-giving stress

The final extracurricular project I'm part of is a holiday-themed FM/Target collaboration. A bunch of FM authors (including me) are contributing their stories and tips for simplifying the holiday season. The result? Christmas Wrapped. While I may not be qualified to dispense advice about Christmas gifting (my family celebrates Hanukkah),...

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21 November 2008

Amazon Friday sale: Huggies diapers and wipes (that's it?!)

So here I was hoping the Amazon Friday sale would be packed with Parenthacker-ish goodies for your holiday gift-giving delight, but I'm not seeing it. Just some measley Huggies diapers and wipes on sale (useful, but still, where's the fun?). Well, there's always next week (or the week after --...

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20 November 2008

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20 November 2008

The MomSpeak: My favorite new Web site: Simple Mom

Simple Mom! Are you there? In the back? Raise your hand and wave so everyone can see you in all of your brilliance. Please give her a hand, ladies and gentleman. She's about to make your life a whole lot better. [Rousing applause] In my next post on The MomSpeak,...

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20 November 2008

Yucky-tasting medicine goes down easier with a chaser of flavoring syrup

Amanda found a way to make medicine a little easier to take: My kids have been sick all fall-- finally they were prescribed Augmentin, which apparently tastes "gross and nasty." It was too late to go back and have it flavored, and the price of the prescription is way to...

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20 November 2008

Cookie decorating hack: Ice cube tray as frosting palette

Sarah says "2 1/2 year-old" and "decorating cookies" in the same sentence. She MUST have a hack. OK, so my cookie hack is to make a simple, runny icing from powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Make a ton. Then separate into bowls and add food coloring until you have as...

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18 November 2008

Momversation: Sex after baby

Fun and real. Quotes from the episode: "Sexless khaki mom." "Afraid I would lose my swagger." "Objects shift during flight." "Probably more information than you want to know."

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18 November 2008

Empty cleaning wipe container turns into a fab yarn holder

Well, given that I was just telling you about my new crochet habit, I think Tracy's hack is perfectly timed: I often knit up baby blankets and booties and was always frustrated with my yarn getting unwound. So, decided to re-use an old disinfecting wipes container (cleaned out really well...

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18 November 2008

Parent Hacks admin: Life intervening; will return shortly

Hi folks, Sorry for the radio silence. The four-day weekend followed by my son's five-day bout with a mystery illness (complete with ER visit) has temporarily taken over my brainwaves. He's on the mend, as am I, and all's well. But, while waiting for his blood test results, I had...

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14 November 2008

Momversation: Childbirth Choices

Natural labor? Pain meds in the parking lot? Home birth? On Momversation, Daphne of Cool Mom wonders why mothers judge each other over their birth choices. What's up with that? And is birth choice really a choice? For me, it was more like hanging onto the reins of a runaway...

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14 November 2008

Turn newfangled gum containers into Cheerio dispensers

Isn't Tracy smart? We use our leftover gum containers to hold Cheerios for on-the-go snacking. It's nice because my toddlers have two different ways to get the Cheerios: the small opening for just 1 or 2 or the large top opening for handfuls :) It doesn't help keep the Cheerios...

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