20 hacks in July 2009

26 July 2009

links for 2009-07-26

The Toby Show: Set a Time Limit on Tantrums It's amazing how timers can be part of the solution to so many power struggles. I love this hack because it's respectful of a kid's feelings without condoning fit-throwing.

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25 July 2009

Make your own play makeup kits using old eye shadow containers and nail polish

Kai's ingenious solution for indulging her little girl's makeup fascination: My daughter is getting into the "I'm a big girl/princess" phase. My parents didn't allow me to wear makeup until I was a teenager. When I finally applied makeup, I had no clue how to do it, had to learn...

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23 July 2009

links for 2009-07-23

Blog With Integrity Proud to be a part of this.

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22 July 2009

Momversation (our 100th episode!): Finding your "me" time

When our producer told us that today was Momversation's 100th episode, I couldn't believe it. Still feels new to me, perhaps because the conversation is always fresh and interesting (and my fellow panelists never fail to surprise me). We put together a special 100th-episode tribute on the Momversation blog. Today's...

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21 July 2009

Parent Hacks admin: Become a fan on Facebook

Parent Hacks on Facebook I may be what one friend once described as "old-school Web" (I've been online since '95) (that's almost 15 YEARS) (*cough*), but it's taken me till now to succumb to Facebook. Funny, really, because the conversation is the whole reason I love the Web -- blogs,...

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20 July 2009

Dr. Steven Parker, RIP

Wow. Just got a shocker while going through the backlog in my very-neglected feed reader. Dr. Steven Parker, author of the WebMD blog Healthy Children, died unexpectedly back in April. Dr. Parker was many things -- a beloved doctor, expert pediatrician at WebMD, director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at...

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20 July 2009

links for 2009-07-20

Cool Mom Picks - This build-your-own solar kit isn't rocket science Mmm. Robots. 40 Things To Teach My Kids Before They Leave Home | My Super-Charged Life What a lovely reminder. Via Simple Mom (simplemom.net).

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20 July 2009

Reuse sport bottles as spill-proof containers for drive-though beverages

Carrie's tip for spill-proof drinks in the car once the kids are past sippy cups: I keep empty sport bottles in the car for young kids. Should we decide to buy a drink from a drive-through (my daughters love the apple juice slushes at Sonic), I can order a large...

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19 July 2009

Amazon deal: 20% off gDiapers refills with purchase of Starter Kit

We've talked about gDiapers before -- the "missing link" between reusable and disposable diapers. gDiapers are reusable (and cute!) cloth pants with flushable inserts, and many love them. Cost-per-diaper is similar to premium disposables, but when you factor in the cost to the Earth, well, that's worth a lot. If...

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18 July 2009

How to avoid static electric shocks at the bottom of the playground slide

Vivian! I'm past the slide-catching phase so I'd forgotten about those awful shocks one gets from the slide! Thank you for this very practical hack: My daughter has a great time on the slide at the park but she needs someone to catch her. Up till now every time I...

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18 July 2009

links for 2009-07-18

Journey Into Unschooling: Piping Cupcakes Ziploc bags to the rescue! Again! Easy and fun. Summer Boredom Buster Boxes from Pizza Boxes | giverslog.com Great idea! (And your "About Me" section of your blog makes me want to invite you over for some lemonade, Amber. Lovely.)

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17 July 2009

links for 2009-07-17

Get Rid Of Wasps: Traps & Tips : TipNut.com (via Lifehacker.) DIY Moon Sand « Skip To My Lou Corn starch seems to be an ingredient in all the fun crafts! The Happiness Project Toolbox WOW! I have long been a fan of Gretchen Rubin's blog, The Happiness Project. She...

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17 July 2009

Amazon deal: One year of Real Simple magazine for $5 (ends tomorrow)

For me, magazines are some of the cheapest-yet-most-satisfying diversions around. And one of my favorites, Real Simple, is on big-time sale at Amazon till tomorrow: $5 for a one-year subscription. $5! That's 12 issues of premium organizational fantasy fodder for the price of a Starbucks breakfast. Hold the iced latte...

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17 July 2009

Cut-off bread crusts turn into homemade bread crumbs

Kate of Careermama.net turned one of the more annoying food fusses into a thrifty cooking tip: If you are constantly cutting the crust off of your child's sandwiches, don't throw it away. Save it in the freezer in a zip top baggy. In a week or two, you will have...

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16 July 2009

Turn an old sock into a "scratch-guard" to cover bug bites while they heal

Leanne has a great tip for helping kids deal with the inevitable summer bug bites: Toddlers and preschoolers have little self-control when it comes to not scratching mosquito bites. When my 2 year-old got a bad sting recently and almost infected it with his scratching, I hacked up a little...

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