52 hacks in February 2009

19 February 2009

links for 2009-02-19

Craftzine.com blog: Brown Paper Bag Recipe Cards Anyone else detect the delicious irony here? Posting on a blog about recycling a paper bag to create a unit of the classic low-tech database, the recipe card file? I have my grandmother's old recipe cards and I treasure them. A lost art...

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19 February 2009

Read your kids' favorite books Mad Libs-style for big fun

My old friend Alison St. Sure (who also happens to be an expert on living gluten-free), shares this tip for reinvigorating storytime: How to hear that infectious giggle from your 4 year old: You know how your child knows every word of her favorite book? Try this: read the same...

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18 February 2009

links for 2009-02-18

True Twitter Confessions: At First I Couldn't Figure Out What The Big Deal Was About Why parents love Twitter, by the fantastic Ann Douglas (@anndouglas on Twitter).

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18 February 2009

Use a vegetable steamer or a crock pot as a stand-in for a humidifier

Is everybody in your universe sick, as they are in mine? Some virulent bug has flattened my kids' school, and we're just digging out now *sniff cough*. Maggie's hack may net everyone a more restful night's sleep while the viruses rage: I still haven't figured out the difference between warm...

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17 February 2009

Amazon today only: $27 off Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

Who doesn't love Melissa & Doug toys? We've gotten so many of their puzzles and play kits over the years. One of the more useful M & D items just showed up in the Amazon Gold Box today: the Deluxe Standing Easel, usually $69.99, today $42.99. We've got the IKEA...

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17 February 2009

Other sources of diaper disposal bags now that we all use reusable grocery bags

It never occurred to me just how much I used paper and plastic grocery bags until they all disappeared due to my faithful use of my canvas grocery totes. I find myself getting a lot more creative in my search for trash bags. Here's L's inventory, inspired by our recent...

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15 February 2009

Amazon: Britax sale ends tonight

For those hoping to get in on the sale prices, Amazon's Britax sale ends tonight. Lots of great discussion in the comments of my original post about which car seat to get.

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14 February 2009

13 February 2009

links for 2009-02-13

Lazy Mama Designs: Last-minute nail-punch greeting cards Perfect for the little construction worker.

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13 February 2009

K'Nex "handles" help toddlers reach the light switches

Mike...is...BRILLIANT. Our toddlers would get very frustrated that they could not reach the light switches, and we always had to turn on the lights when they wanted to go down to the basement. We solved this problem by creating a simple “light-switcher” out of 7 ordinary Knex pieces. With this,...

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13 February 2009

Turn a Pringles can and OJ concentrate lids into a play money bank

Tracy's simple trash-to-treasure toy creates hours of fun: Can't say that this was my idea, but will give credit to my local parenting group. Save a cardboard Pringles Container (with plastic cover). Also collect a bunch of those metal caps from the frozen o.j. and lemonade concentrate containers (although these...

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13 February 2009

Turn a Pringles can and OJ concentrate lids into a play money bank

Tracy's simple trash-to-treasure toy creates hours of fun: Can't say that this was my idea, but will give credit to my local parenting group. Save a cardboard Pringles Container (with plastic cover). Also collect a bunch of those metal caps from the frozen o.j. and lemonade concentrate containers (although these...

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12 February 2009

Turn catalog pages into homemade Valentine stickers

See? All the garish pink and red splashed all over everything right now can be put to good use! From Rookie Mom Whitney: I just ripped out tons of pages from the Pottery Barn Kids catalog that had red gingham, lavender walls, and pink floral patterns. I cut hearts from...

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12 February 2009

links for 2009-02-12

Get 5 books for the Price of 1 and Aid Victorian Bushfire Victims Via another fantastic Aussie blogger, Darren Rouse of Problogger. Life Lessons of the Dread Pirate Roberts - Stepcase Lifehack Given our recent collective gushing about The Princess Bride, I thought this would be a nice followup! Craftzine.com...

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12 February 2009

DIY play money with a printer and used-up gift cards

Tracy's always got good ideas: In our house we have one of those electronic toy cash registers. I have to say they come with the flimsiest paper money ever (in addition to the fact that I have a 2-yr old that likes to tear paper). I found with my particular...

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