64 hacks in January 2009

27 January 2009

Quick, thrifty, and retro: food remnant and leftover tips

With all of the dire economic news swirling around us, it's worth taking a closer look at the grocery budget. I do pretty well at the grocery store -- I buy in season and on sale, and I am working on home-cooking the most expensive regular items -- but my...

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26 January 2009

Amazon deal: 40% (and more) off indoor sports toys

I'm always looking for ways to keep the kids active when we're cooped up in the house. Despite living in the Pacific Northwest, my kids are relative weather wimps -- they would rather play inside during blustery weather than bundle up and face the elements. (I'm just the opposite, but...

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26 January 2009

Entertain your kids with e-card "movies" instead of DVDs

From Amy: I'm generally of the "no electronic media before age two" mindset. Heck, how about no media for as long possible, right? BUT (there's always a but) along the way, there have been moments when some new entertainment was in order -- and none of the videos on the...

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26 January 2009

Road rage hack: Don't flip the bird -- shake the maraca!

As if Kristen of Cool Mom Picks and Motherhood Uncensored fame doesn't make me laugh enough already. I invite you to picture what carrying this hack out would look like to your kids: I was driving with a friend of mine a few years back and someone cut her off....

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25 January 2009

Use storytelling to teach kids about how food and clothing (and more) are produced

Sara's inventive (and entertaining) teaching method: I want my daughter to understand is where things (food, fabric, etc.) comes from. To this end, I invented the "Little Farmer J--" stories. Little Farmer J does *everything* -- grows a garden, plants and harvests wheat, grinds it, and makes bread, grows cotton...

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24 January 2009

links for 2009-01-24

Candy Cane Hearts « Skip To My Lou WOW. If you've got leftover mini candy canes sitting around, here's how to turn them into Valentine treats. Thanks for the great tip, Cindy! Consumers urged to use caution eating peanut butter - CNN.com I assume you've heard about the peanut butter...

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24 January 2009

When moving kids to a different room to house guests, have them pack a suitcase

Jill's savvy followup to the kid bedroom/guestroom hack is a hack unto itself: When we have guests coming to visit and I know my boys will be displaced from their room, I have them pack a suitcase of clothes for the duration so they don't have to keep going into...

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23 January 2009

Amazon Friday sale: Gripe water, cupcake courier

Remember the Amazon Friday sale? In recent months, Parenthacker-worthy finds have been disappointingly spare. But I found a couple today! Many people swear by gripe water, the traditional natural remedy for colic and intestinal distress. Baby's Bliss Gripe Water, 4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2) is $14.99 today (37% off the...

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23 January 2009

Heat leftover pancakes in the toaster

Another quick breakfast tip! Jo-Anne's method for serving pancakes on school days: My husband always makes too many pancakes for my daughter. Well I wrapped up the leftovers (don't know why) and in a pinch threw them in the toaster on a school day. They turned out perfectly! Hot, a...

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23 January 2009

Cinnamon sugar in a salt shaker makes short work of cinnamon toast

Samantha just reminded me how much I love cinnamon toast (I may need to excuse myself for a moment).

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22 January 2009

Favorite brand of cotton training underpants? Talk amongst yourselves.

Following up on my inquiry about cotton training pants in yesterday's pantiliner-as-potty-training-helper hack, I've heard from several of you with favorite brand recommendations. I thought I'd post the favorites here and open up the discussion in case anyone else has something to add. Several of you gave Luvable Friends training...

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22 January 2009

Balloon as leg support for a kid sleeping in an umbrella stroller

Elizabeth's super-smart travel stroller hack: We have an umbrella stroller that we use for travelling when we don't feel like lugging along our larger, more comfortable stroller. One drawback to the umbrella stroller is that it has no leg rest -- our son's legs dangle off the edge of the...

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22 January 2009

Turning a guest room into a second kid's bedroom? Consider a full-size bed + bunk beds.

Sara! This is one of those Duh! hacks I wouldn't have thought of myself, either! If you are giving up a guest room in favor of two kid's bedrooms, do like my friend did: Put a full-sized bed in one bedroom and bunk beds in the other. Then, when people...

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21 January 2009

Pantiliners as economical potty-training helpers (certainly cheaper than Pull-Ups!)

Beautiful. From Cynthia: My family is on a very tight budget and I couldn't afford Pull-ups to use while potty training my toddler daughter. When I tried to train her using panties only, the ensuing accidents would not only get her clothes soaked, but also get all over the furniture...

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21 January 2009

Single-serve coffee machine makes instant oatmeal even more instant

Carrie's speedy breakfast hack: I just figured out that I can use my Tassimo coffeemaker to make perfect instant oatmeal. If you insert the cleaning disk rather than a coffee disk, it will dispense perfectly heated water for instant oatmeal. And when you're making four or five in a row...

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