73 hacks in March 2009

23 March 2009

How to teach kids to put on their own jackets

Ah, the wisdom of preschool teachers. If you've never seen the "magic jacket trick" that helps kids put their jackets on by themselves, Kim spells it out: I think preschoolers learn this in class, but the younger toddlers can do it too. Tell your child that this is a "magic"...

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21 March 2009

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Magpie Musing: Eco-Monograms in the Lunchbox I use cloth napkins in my kids' lunchboxes -- here's a cute idea for monogramming them. Thanks for the heads up, Kristen!

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20 March 2009

Keekaroo adjustable high chair makes baby feeding easier

Ellen's high chair recommendation comes with a liberal helping of dry humor: A year or so ago we bought a Keekaroo, a stellar wooden feeding chair that gives great support. We got ours with a supercushy plastic cushion that's easy to wipe down. It's for tots ages six months up,...

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20 March 2009

Bedtime Ice cubes satisfy thirsty kids AND help them stay dry at night

Bethany's hack for potty training families: When my 3 yr. old was learning to stay dry at night we wanted to help without dehydrating him before bed so my hubby had a wonderful idea. He puts a few large ice cubes into the cup with just a little water. Our...

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19 March 2009

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Flexible Dreams: Cupcake Safe Hack Ridiculously, head-slappingly obvious once you see the picture. Thanks, Amy! How Do You Deal With Bullies? | Momversation Great conversation going on in the comments of this episode. Click over and join in!

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19 March 2009

Kids share a bed? How to stop them from fighting over the covers.

Linda, AKA minnemom, offers a great tip for kids who sleep in the same bed: My little girls (ages 3 and 5) share a double bed. They were always kicking each other and fighting over the covers until I tried this: I put them sideways on the bed, stacked pillows...

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19 March 2009

Compressed sponges as bath toys

I had forgotten how much I loved compressed sponges as a child -- the way they magically expanded in water. Good friends and delighted parents Dave (Rollyo, Davenetics) and Gina (Splendora) reminded me: We use little sponges for the bath and shower. Hersch loves seeing them go from flat and...

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18 March 2009

Momversation: Do you lie to your kids?

Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog runs with a topic brought up by a recent Redbook article: Do you lie to your children? Rebecca (Girl's Gone Child) and I answer: YES. (Hopefully the video adequately explains why.) What about you? Do you think that lying to our kids is just...

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18 March 2009

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Safe Kids: Travel Savvy Mom: Dude, Where's My Kid? We've all done it. Yes we have. (Plus, enter the Safety Tat giveaway.) Win a Flip Video Ultra! (WeJustGotBack.com) A great gadget giveaway from a great travel resource.

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18 March 2009

Amazon: Up to 80% off eco-friendly Simple shoes

One of the basic components of an efficient day, for me at least, is slip-on shoes. I take my shoes on and off at least five or six times per day, and fumbling with laces messes with my flow. Amazon's just put several styles of Simple shoes on sale...up to...

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18 March 2009

Amazon: Up to 80% off eco-friendly Simple shoes

One of the basic components of an efficient day, for me at least, is slip-on shoes. I take my shoes on and off at least five or six times per day, and fumbling with laces messes with my flow. Amazon's just put several styles of Simple shoes on sale...up to...

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18 March 2009

When traveling, have baby supplies shipped directly to your hotel

We've talked before about avoiding packing hassle by shipping diapers to your travel destination, but good friend and frequent traveler Cory Doctorow (of BoingBoing and Craphound fame) took it a big step further with great results: Don't suppose I'm the first to come up with this, but I've had amazing...

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18 March 2009

A word find puzzle hack for preschoolers

Meagan (whose blog, Sage Parenting, documents her adventures in green, frugal parenting with triplets) shared a big moment for her son, who discovered a way to solve word search puzzles even though he's not yet a reader: I was so proud of our soon-to-be four year old today! He discovered...

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17 March 2009

Powder Art winners!

Thanks to all who shared their favorite mess-free art projects in the comments of the Powder Art post! Color Wonder is a hit with quite a few of you. Other great and simple ideas: painting the driveway/house with water (perfect warm weather activity) sidewalk chalk making collages and crafts out...

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17 March 2009

Serve green food on St. Patrick's Day!

Well, I forgot about St. Patrick's Day, and now I'm lamenting that I sent the kids to school wearing not a speck of green. Wish me luck...it may be a long afternoon. Anyway, I haven't always forgotten about it -- here's a hack about using St. Patrick's Day day as...

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