27 hacks in May 2009

11 May 2009

Painter's tape keeps multiple toy parts together in the donation bin

Bekah's found a great way to simplify the seasonal toy clean-out: I was sorting a bunch of toys for donation, and trying to think of the best way to keep toys with multiple parts from getting separated. Painter's tape! It will be easy for the recipient/buyer to remove. And once...

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11 May 2009

Safety pin keeps baby socks together in the dryer and the drawer

Nicole's hack simplifies both the folding and the putting away of little socks: Hate to lose socks in the dryer? Hate little tiny baby socks even more? Pin together pairs of baby socks using safety pins! No more lost socks! And when they're washed? No folding or pairing, just throw...

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07 May 2009

Homemade, edible lip gloss

The perfect girlie-girl hack -- from Tracy: We've used the following recipe to make homemade lip gloss. This is a great birthday party idea. Vegetable shortening honey unsweetened drink mix (Kool-Aid) hot water cake decorating glitter (optional) Use a small bowl to mix 1 tbsp of the solid vegetable shortening...

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07 May 2009

Egg carton as seed-starting greenhouse

Sara's tip for getting a head start on your vegetable-, herb- or flower garden.

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06 May 2009

links for 2009-05-06

Simple Kids — Uncomplicated parenting in a complex world. With that tag line, who wouldn't want to visit?

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06 May 2009

links for 2009-05-06

Simple Kids — Uncomplicated parenting in a complex world. With that tag line, who wouldn't want to visit?

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06 May 2009

Cover bulky airplane seat belt buckles with a tube sock

Kim! BRILLIANT. The last time I flew with my 2.5 year old, she was obsessed with her huge belt buckle. On a recent cross-country flight, we cut a tube sock and covered it up so that she wouldn't be tempted to open her belt. Worked like a charm! It also...

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06 May 2009

Swim goggles protect sensitive eyes from nebulizer mist

Rachel's tip will help families dealing with asthma and other respiratory illnesses: My 4 year-old has recently gotten a terrible cold, and though he hasn't needed his nebulizer in two years, we had to pull it back out. He was okay with it until his eyes started bothering him. The...

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05 May 2009

Best of Parent Hacks: Colds, viruses, and general sickie malaise

With swine flu news swirling all around us, it seems a good time to remind you about the many keep-them-healthy hacks in the Health archives. These tips should help smooth the bumpy (snotty! itchy! whiny!) road a bit: Use a vegetable steamer or a crock pot as a stand-in for...

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04 May 2009

Chris Cuomo of Good Morning America wants to chat with you!

Twitter is an amazing thing. I just got a ping from Chris Cuomo, one of the hosts of Good Morning America. It seems as if he's got a "major parenting outlet" interested in sharing info and expert advice for open discussion on Twitter, and he's asked me to spread the...

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04 May 2009

Parent Hacks admin: Back in the saddle

Yes, indeed! The hacks return! Thank you all for understanding and being so supportive of my sudden disappearance. So much has happened in the last three weeks that I can't even begin to write about it. I've been pondering: the nature of learning and education my own particular "style of...

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04 May 2009

Toddler protein boost: Lunch meat "O's"

Brigita's tip for enticing her toddler's protein palate: One of my tricks to get my toddler to eat more protein is to take a slice of deli meat (or, in my case, fake bologna), fold it into quarters, and then get the kid to take a bite out of the...

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