65 hacks in December 2008

21 December 2008

Photo gift tags help kids connect the gift with the giver

Tracy's smart gift-labeling hack: In our family, a lot of gifts get exchanged where my daughter is the "giver". Many of these gifts go to other young children (the cousin gift exchange, classroom gift exchange, etc.). We use those "mini petite" pictures you get with many of the in-studio photo...

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19 December 2008

Parent Hacks admin: Up-to-the-minute announcements and Amazon deals on Twitter

Given that I'm a social networking curmudgeon, I'm amazed by how indispensable Twitter has become as a way for me to connect and converse. I've had so many fascinating, funny, helpful real-time conversations with Parenthackers via Twitter that I consider it an important part of every day. Twitter has become...

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19 December 2008

Amazon deal: Huge sale on DVD boxed sets

If you've still got tricky people to shop for, you're bound to find something at the monster Amazon sale on DVD boxed sets . They've discounted over 800 boxed sets, some as much as 60%. (And with free two-day Super Saver shipping, you'll get it in time.) There are tons...

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19 December 2008

Sprinkle powdered sugar on cookies with a tea infuser

Amanda's smart cookie decorating hack: My ladyfinger cookie recipe calls for powered sugar to be sprinkled on the cookies. I knew using the sifter would make a huge mess and hit more of the cookie sheet than the cookies, so I let my daughter use a tea infuser full of...

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19 December 2008

Use shredded paper as gift packing insulation

Maureen's reuse-it strategy for shipping gifts by mail: Last Easter, I used the shredded paper from our paper shredder as "grass" in my son's Easter basket because I couldn't stomach the idea of buying disposable cellophane grass. But it has occurred to me that the shredded paper could also make...

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18 December 2008

Christmas Craft winners!

Thanks to all who entered today's Christmas Craft giveaway. I loved reading your free-form comments sharing crafts, greetings, and a single joke, invented by Daffodil's two year-old: HIM: Knock, knock! MOM: Who's there? HIM: Gorilla! Gorilla monkey! Hahahaha! Toddler humor slays me every time. There was a period of my...

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18 December 2008

links for 2008-12-18

Christmas cookies? Get the dough rolling early Well, perhaps a week before Christmas isn't exactly early anymore, but you get the idea, right? DIY Menorahs - ContraCostaTimes.com Thanks for this, Mom! Santa Letter 2.0 | Mommy Poppins I'm a fan of the old pencil-and-paper letter myself, but Santa's up with...

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18 December 2008

Best last-minute, $5, no-shipping gift: Christmas Craft PDF

Amber Carvan, the lovely and talented force behind Kids Craft Weekly, has collected an incredible array of easy-yet-beautiful holiday crafts in her downloadable mini-book, Christmas Craft. At $5, this gift will provide hours (days! weeks!) of diversion. Think: Winter break "crafternoon"! It's also a perfect last-minute gift for the teachers,...

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18 December 2008

How to turn a backyard evergreen into a Christmas gift for the birds

We've covered decorating an outdoor tree with birdseed pine cones, but Megan takes it a few steps further: Instead of procuring a Christmas tree and then tossing it out with the garbage or storing it until the next year my family plans on decorating a live pine that is in...

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18 December 2008

Momversation: Am I Turning Into My Mother?

This time on Momversation, I'm the instigator of the conversation. My question: am I turning into my mother? Actually, in my case, it's my father. As time goes on, my knee-jerk parenting responses resemble his more and more. Which is odd, because I'm nothing like him. Or am I? Joining...

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17 December 2008

Use "Baby's First Christmas" blankets as Christmas tree skirt

Keen's hack is practical and sentimental at the same time: Now that my twins are three, we finally bought our first Christmas tree. We bought it about a week after everyone else, apparently, and by the time we got to Target the shelves had been picked clean and the only...

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17 December 2008

Best of Parent Hacks: Holiday edition

By now, everyone's knee-deep in holiday prep. Here are a few holiday-related hacks you might appreciate right about now: Baby shoes as Christmas ornaments Christmas tree light switch delights kids AND protects the tree Spread out the gift-opening to keep Christmas morning manageable How to buy gifts for young kids...

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17 December 2008

The MomSpeak: Holiday letters: an inexpensive alternative to Christmas cards, and more welcome than you might realize

My next MomSpeak post expounds upon the virtues of The Holiday Letter: Holiday letters: an inexpensive alternative to Christmas cards, and more welcome than you might realize I'm not the only one who loves holiday letters, am I?

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17 December 2008

links for 2008-12-17

Craftzine.com blog: HOW TO - Create a Snowstorm Garland With Two Supplies I'm not ruining it when I tell you that the two supplies are dental floss and white office supply dots. Check it out. the red thread lisa tilse: Crafting With Kids: Christmas Decoration Tutorial Another simple winter break...

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17 December 2008

If you want a little more sleep on Christmas morning, make stockings "fair game"

Another great Christmas tip from Liz: My brother and I, as kids, were always up well before dawn on Christmas morning, as early as 5! Here's how Mom kept us quiet until a more reasonable hour: Stockings were free game; we didn't have to wait for everyone else to wake...

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