35 hacks in November 2009

18 November 2009

Thanksgiving tip: Collaborate on meal planning with Google Wave

From: Andrea I was lucky enough to receive a Google Wave invite and am using it to collaborate the meal planning with the husband, the mother and the mother-in-law. We can all make edits to the original list as we change our minds or buy the necessary ingredients! So far,...

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18 November 2009

links for 2009-11-18

Surfing Mom SC: Parent Hacks. 3 Ways to Secure a Napkin Because noone remembers to pack a bib every time. Thanks, Eleni! ToweLocs: keeps towels on the bar Ha! This is a great idea. Thanks for the heads-up, Andrea! Empty Refrigerator: Black oilcloth tablecloth works as table-top chalkboard So, so,...

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18 November 2009

Color code warm- and cold-wash items so kids can sort the laundry themselves

ANYTHING that simplifies laundry (and gives kids a shot at more responsibility) is boss. From Cheryl: When my children were little, I used a permanent marker to color code the back-neck labels in their clothes. If a garment was cold wash, I placed a blue mark on the label. If...

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18 November 2009

In a pinch, "clean" sippy cups with mouthwash

Thorny's got a great travel hack, and she tells a good story, too: We stayed in a hotel while visiting family, and were back in our hotel room. Our twin boys were clamoring for their pre-bedtime cups of milk, and while we'd managed to find a convenience store open to...

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17 November 2009

Thanksgiving planning tips? Send 'em in (and win a prize)!

Are you already planning your Thanksgiving festivities? Are you going to cross your fingers and wing it (heh! turkey pun!)? Are you a grateful, relaxed guest? How do you keep the kids entertained during the slow march to the Thanksgiving table? Any Thanksgiving-specific travel tips? Leftover strategies and recipes? Conversation...

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17 November 2009

Online grocery services organize your shopping list for you -- even if you don't buy

Yesterday's post, in which I shared my Thanksgiving planning spreadsheets, prompted this brilliant comment from Chris: Many grocery stores now offer online shopping. You don't have to complete the transaction though. When I go shopping for my weekly groceries or for a big event like Thanksgiving, I always do my...

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17 November 2009

links for 2009-11-17

Learning Vicariously- Eclectic Preschool Activities at Home: Easy Cleanup Sparkles Gotta keep those kids busy while they're waiting for the turkey! Thanks, Emily! Cook Play Explore: Cleaning a Mini Muffin Pan One of the reasons I've made mini muffins, like, TWICE in my life is because of the fussy cleaning...

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16 November 2009

Printable shopping and supply lists for an organized Thanksgiving

Here are the novice spreadsheets I've created to keep track of Thanksgiving supplies and ingredients.

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13 November 2009

Microsoft Office giveaway at MamaPop: deadline TODAY

As part of all the good stuff happening at the Slideshare Parent Toolbox (a very cool project I'm working on in conjunction with FM and Slideshare, and sponsored by Microsoft), both MamaPop and Wise Bread each hosting Microsoft Office giveaways! The deadline for entries at MamaPop is 5pm EST TODAY...

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10 November 2009

Maclaren strollers recalled

Maclaren has recalled all of their strollers manufactured for the last ten years due to a badly-designed hinge mechanism that has injured childrens' fingers. If you've got a Maclaren stroller, contact the company to receive a free repair kit. Phone: (877) 688-2326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday...

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08 November 2009

Amazon today only: KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus Stand Mixer 42% off

Today's Amazon Deal of the Day is the KitchenAid Ultra Power 4.5 quart stand mixer at $179.99 (42% off the regular price). If you're a holiday baker or general lover of cooking, a stand mixer is a great investment. This appliance, according to the best cooks I know, makes mixing...

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06 November 2009

Remove gum from your kid's hair with olive oil

Not just gum in hair: gum in hair WHILE CAMPING. Brava, Jessie! My daughter got gum stuck in her hair the other day when she fell asleep with it in her mouth (I thought that was a myth, but it really does happen). Since she was out for the night...

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06 November 2009

How to get your kids to leave their favorite objects at home

Jennifer is a smart, smart mom. Here's her secret for getting out the door relatively unburdened by her kids' "special" treasures: As the mom of five kids age 11 and under, I have had a lot of experience dealing with little ones. It takes an enormous amount of time and...

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05 November 2009

Store bibs on the back of the high chair

Janell's got the right idea when it comes to keeping bibs close at hand: We have so many bibs and no storage space for them. We noticed there was a bar on the back of our high chair that could hold all our bibs! They are out of site and...

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04 November 2009

Need a dress-up skirt? Use a poncho!

For the dress-uppers in your life, from Tracy: We had a bunch of neighbor kids over and ran out of dress-up dresses and skirts... so we took one of our play sweater ponchos and just used it as a skirt. This particular poncho has a tie around the collar, so...

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