links for 2009-04-08

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!

Cookie sheet as “stepstool” helps little kids climb into bed

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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 and box spring, leaving about […]

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

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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 do with a broken crib? […]

Cookie sheet as “stepstool” helps little kids climb into bed

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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 and box spring, leaving about […]

Scoop up bath toys with a butterfly net

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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 find that you can kneel […]

links for 2009-04-03

Talking to Kids about the Recession Good, common sense advice. Thanks @Writesites! (via Twitter)

Amazon: Aerobed for Kids 50% off, Thomas DVD set 60% off

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I found a couple good deals at Amazon today: The Aerobed for Kids is half off today ($49.99 instead of the usual $100). We’ve covered this product before, as the half-off deal pops up every now and then. A quick online search of other outlets showed this to be a good price — I couldn’t […]

Candy Land board game as tabletop car racetrack

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Vanessa's son came up with a new way to play with his toy cars and trucks: I love being able to repurpose toys so I was thrilled when our son figured this out on his own. Our 4-year-old son bores easily when "racing" his cars and trucks across our floors and coffee table. Then he […]

Egg cartons and candy boxes as paint palettes

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Many of you are about to have plenty of empty egg cartons cluttering your kitchens, and possibly some divided candy boxes. Parenthacker Liz wrote in to suggest using either item as a paint palette. The compartments keep the paint colors separated, and the whole thing can be tossed or recycled when the project is finished! […]