26 hacks in April 2009

29 April 2009

Much Momversation goodness!

While on my little due-to-real-life PH hiatus, I'm still Twittering quite a bit (thank God for the microblogging lifeline) and continue to thoroughly enjoy my work with Momversation. To call it "work" is rather silly...although I get paid, the fun and interest is worth much more. My most recent episodes...

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25 April 2009

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Ask Moxie: First Ask Moxie class: Release the Yelling Moxie's doing a month-long class! For $45, you get daily emails during the month of May, and two group check-in calls. Read her post to find out more. Great idea, Moxie! Half Full: Science for Raising Happy Kids » Punished by...

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24 April 2009

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Fighting In Front of the Kids - Motherlode Blog - NYTimes.com Hooray for marital discord! Seriously, thank you, Lisa, for singling out my Momversation bit about the value of fighting -- and finding resolution -- in front of your kids.

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21 April 2009

Parent Hacks admin: On the road

I am just bowled over by the outpouring of understanding and comfort brought on by my last post. Thank you for the comments and emails, and for all of the wonderful offers of help. I'm out of town right now -- on my first-ever blogger "junket" out to meet the...

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16 April 2009

Parent Hacks admin: Where are the hacks?

Wow. Once again, my parenting life has dropped me in completely unknown territory. With no map or GPS. And a tank hovering near empty. But I'm seeing a glimmer on the horizon, and I'm heading in that direction. I thought that parenting was tough during the toddler years. Well, my...

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14 April 2009

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Farm Fresh: Handy Hacks Lots of great ideas, including how to brown bulk ground beef, and using a cinnamon shaker to dispense toothpicks! Thanks, Jessica. Bag and Baggage - Kindle-card hack Surprise someone by sending a photo slideshow to his/her the Kindle! (Mother's/Father's Day treat?) Thanks, Denise!

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13 April 2009

Easily peel an orange by rolling it around on the table first

We're still getting great oranges around here, so this hack from Virginia (from Dublin, Ireland!) will come in handy at lunchtime: I asked my grocer today to point me to the easy-peel oranges, and he told me that any orange (also: clementine, satsuma, grapefruit, etc.) becomes easier to peel if...

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13 April 2009

Take a digital picture of the kids before entering an amusement park in case they get lost

Bridget (author of The Unauthorized Legoland Guidebook) offers this common-sense travel tip: This is an oldie-but-goodie so you may already know about it, but I thought it might help someone. Take a picture of your kids with a digital camera BEFORE entering an amusement park [...or sporting event, or zoo,...

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13 April 2009

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It’s Raining Eggs! « The Parent Bloggers Network Get rid of them eggs! Kristen at PBN just alerted me to a fun contest going on -- write a blog post about your favorite way to use up post-Easter eggs, and get in the running for one of three Williams-Sonoma gift...

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09 April 2009

Momversation: Concerned about vaccinations?

In general, you're a pretty evidence-based decision-making group, and so I'll wager that most of you support vaccination. Am I right? Or am I oversimplifying?

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08 April 2009

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Chief Family Officer: WFMW: What do you put in an inexpensive Easter basket besides candy? More great non-food ideas for the Easter basket. Filling Those Easter Baskets | Heavenly Homemakers Healthy, creative ideas. Thanks, Laura!

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08 April 2009

Cookie sheet as "stepstool" helps little kids climb into bed

Kelly's creative idea for helping her child climb into bed: Our 3 year old is tiny and needs help climbing in and out of bed. We tried an inexpensive Ikea stool that worked great except it gets 'misplaced' throughout the day. So, I wedged a cookie sheet between the mattress...

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08 April 2009

Turn an old crib into a baby gate and a garden trellis

Pam figured out a way to integrate a broken baby crib into her family's babyproofing plan: We broke our daughter's first crib (tiny plastic latch and the side rail wouldn't stay up anymore, turns out the crib was discontinued and we needed to replace the whole thing). What do you...

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08 April 2009

Cookie sheet as "stepstool" helps little kids climb into bed

Kelly's creative idea for helping her child climb into bed: Our 3 year old is tiny and needs help climbing in and out of bed. We tried an inexpensive Ikea stool that worked great except it gets 'misplaced' throughout the day. So, I wedged a cookie sheet between the mattress...

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06 April 2009

Scoop up bath toys with a butterfly net

Here's how Vanessa turns bath toy cleanup into a game: We use a small butterfly net to fish toys out of the bathtub while the water's draining. Makes cleanup a snap - older kids will get a kick out of "fishing" them out themselves. When you do use it you'll...

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