57 hacks in October 2009

21 October 2009

In the Parent Toolbox: Family cash flow spreadsheet

If you haven't already dropped by the smart personal finance site Wise Bread, do. I discovered it when they joined the FM posse, and I'm hooked. Family Budget spreadsheet by Wise Bread View more documents from Julie Rains. Their contribution to the Parent Toolbox is so simple, and yet so...

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21 October 2009

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10 Simple Freezer Tricks to Save You Time and Money - Lifehacker I WANT to make better use of my freezer. Some inspiration.

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21 October 2009

No-mess applesauce: single-serve cup + straw

THE CUTENESS! Oh, and the hack's good, too. From Erin: While on vacation with my aunt, my daughter (almost 2) messed up a ton of outfits while eating applesauce. She loves to feed herself, but is such a messy eater. My aunt had the brilliant idea to put a straw...

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21 October 2009

Turn bread heels into kid-sized hamburger buns

The too-big hamburger bun? No longer! From Ellen: When we make hamburgers we don't make a full-sized burger for our 3-year-old son. So instead of wasting a full-sized bun on the little burger, we take the heels of the current loaf of bread and cut out a circle from each...

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20 October 2009

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Use extra costume fabric for doll clothes As if awesome homemade costumes weren't cute enough, Amida used the extra fabric to whip up a matching costume for her daughter's doll!

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19 October 2009

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Got the flu? Diaper cream works for grown-ups, too. ONLY click this link if you want more detail than that! (Adam is a pretty funny writer, though).

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19 October 2009

Freeze pureed vegies into cute shapes and then use them to cool down kids' food

This beats my "just add frozen peas" hack hands down. From Kelli: When I would prepare a meal for the whole family our food was either too hot for our preschooler and toddler or too cold for my husband and me. Because we also have a seven month-old baby, we...

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19 October 2009

Halloween hack: Use colored pencils in place of face paint for fine lines

Julie's precision face "painting" hack: I had some trouble when I was trying to make a thin scar on my little pirate. The face paints I had bought were anything but precise, and the colors weren't vibrant. I got out the kids' colored pencils (they should be water color pencils,...

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16 October 2009

In the Parent Toolbox: A slideshow explains Daddy's deployment to Afghanistan

Making the abstract concrete. It's a fundamental part of the teaching we do as parents. But how does one take a huge, scary concept such as a father's military deployment and make it understandable for a toddler and a preschooler? Daddy's Tour of Duty Slideshow by Cool Mom Picks View...

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16 October 2009

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Journey Into Unschooling: No Sew Hemming Solution Heh! What a great hack. May come in handy for Halloween costumes, too. Thanks, Amida! Flexible Dreams: 10,000 Knives And All I Needed Was A Spoon Buy spoons from the thrift store! Smart. For us, at least, spoons disappear even more quickly than...

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15 October 2009

Eyeball toddler's shoe size by looking at the insoles

Emily's smart shoe-shopping hack: I've been having a hard time keeping up with the rapid growth of my toddler's feet. It's so hard to get him to stand still long enough to check the shoe size with the "toe squish" method. Recently after a romp in the creek his shoes...

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15 October 2009

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Halloween Candy Bar Covers « Skip To My Lou I especially like the bat -- he looks like a lovable little flasher. [Via Craftzine] The Happiness Project: Seven Tips If You’re Chronically Late I'M not chronically late, of course. Nope. Not me. But just in case YOU are, here's a...

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14 October 2009

In the Parent Toolbox: "Make me a playdate!" chart

New in the Parent Toolbox: Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog came up with a smart playdate chart that not only puts friends' contact information front and center, it reminds her kids about the rules for setting up playdates in the first place. Have you come up with a visual...

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14 October 2009

Turn empty drink bottles into indoor bowling pins

Laura's indoor bowling hack is simple, fun, and (basically) free: In late Fall, and Winter especially, it can get pretty boring to have the kids indoors most of the time. My three young boys and I came up with a bowling game that they love, causes no mess and keeps...

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12 October 2009

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The Mom Sends the Msg PSA Contest - with cash prizes! - Mom Sends the Msg TheMotherhood.com is behind this public service campaign to reduce distracted driving. (Who, me?) Thanks, Cooper...you do so much good in the world!

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