27 hacks in September 2009

23 September 2009

Introducing the Slideshare Parent Toolbox

One of the reasons I started Parent Hacks was because I was hoping to find out how other people were doing this parenting thing. How do other people manage to remember to refill the diaper bag after an outing? How is it that other people's kids have snow gear that...

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22 September 2009

links for 2009-09-22

Kids Bike In a Box - Cyclelicious Interesting way to buy a new, good-quality bike for your kid. (Free!) Museum Day 2009 | Smithsonian.com Hundreds of museums are offering free admission the Saturday! I know what I'm doing this weekend. Thanks so much for the reminder, Serena!

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22 September 2009

How to prevent locking yourself out of the car after buckling your baby in

We've still got some warm weather ahead of us, hence Candice's tip: On warm days, I'm worried about accidentally locking my baby in the car after I buckle him in. To make sure that never happens, I usually crank up the car and get the a/c going to cool the...

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22 September 2009

Cut school flyers into quarters for colorful scratch paper

Does your school send your child home with a stack of flyers and announcements every week? Rather than toss them into the recycling bin (as I've always done), I've taken to cutting them into quarters and stacking them by the phone. I'm always scrabbling around looking for scratch paper, and...

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21 September 2009

How to make a milk carton handle? Talk amongst yourselves.

I see milk carton pourers are still on the market, but I'm wondering if anyone has a good idea for making one from scratch?

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19 September 2009

Almond meal makes for higher-protein cinnamon toast

I cut the traditional sugar/spice mixture with almond meal and lo! Higher-protein cinnamon toast!

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17 September 2009

links for 2009-09-17

Bonfire by AC/DC - Sheet Music Plus Found out about this via press release -- this company presents itself as a motivator for Guitar Heroes to become actual musicians. Sells tons of sheet music for rock/pop hits (among other genres). Pretty cool. Giveaway - KidCo PeaPod Portable Travel Bed Another...

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17 September 2009

Update your resume before you leave your job to stay home with the kids

I'm so impressed with Melissa's ability to think ahead, especially in the face of an impending move. I am getting ready to leave the workforce for a few years while we relocate for my husband's job. I will be staying home with the kids and know that at some point...

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17 September 2009

Serve yogurt tubes with a straw for easier eating, less mess

Janice solves the over-squeeze problem! I realized that it's much easier for my toddler to eat a yogurt tube snack (ie, YoKids Squeezers or GoGurt) if I put a drinking straw into the package so he can suck it up rather than squeeze it. He's gone from barely eating half...

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17 September 2009

Can't find a belt to fit your kid's tiny waist? REI cuts straps to fit.

Christina's friend solved the too-big-belt-for-tiny-waists problem: A friend told me about this and I thought it was clever enough to share. He was looking for a belt for his 3-year-old but couldn't find anything. Went to REI where they custom cut those grosgrain straps and throw a buckle on them...

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11 September 2009

links for 2009-09-11

Rookie Moms: Use scissors to get kids cooking Yes, indeed! Great ideas here for using safety scissors to get kids working in the kitchen. Another option for older kids: Tiny Bites food shears. http://tinybites.com

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10 September 2009

Help your kid "see" himself feel better with a daily mood journal

Well, folks -- school started Tuesday, and yet, I continue to be fleetingly online. Why? My son has started a new school this year (his third since kindergarten) and the transition is proving to be rocky. Each evening is filled with tears and tales of dread, and, no matter how...

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