33 hacks in January 2010

30 January 2010

links for 2010-01-30

Media Macaroni "Media Macaroni is here to tell you about all of the best books, TV shows, video games, music and more for your kids from the crib to junior high." What a great site! Thanks, Brent, for pointing it out in the comments of yesterday's link roundup. Life360 Blog:...

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29 January 2010

Amazon deal: Monster kids' clothing sale at The Children's Place

I always find good deals on kids' clothes at The Children's Place, but none better than during their Monster Sale . Amazing discounts on clothes for little and big boys and girls. Shop early for the best selection! (The Children's Place has a storefront at Amazon as well as its...

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29 January 2010

Crank-operated camping lantern stands in for a night light -- no batteries required

Julia's money-saving, battery-saving, fear-of-the-dark solution: Sometimes a night light just isn’t enough for our sometimes dark-shy five year old. She was begging to take battery-operated flashlights to bed with her each night but we quickly grew tired of the incessant need to replace the batteries after the flashlight was left...

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27 January 2010

links for 2010-01-27

Babble: Best Kids iPhone Apps I'm so glad Babble dug into this! I've been meaning to spend more time looking into iPhone apps for kids. Great stuff here. If you know of an app not listed here, let us know in the comments of this post! YouTube - Do-it-Yourself: Brine...

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27 January 2010

Avoid using compact fluorescent light bulbs in lamps children can reach; broken bulbs release mercury

Laura shares a wise warning about compact fluorescent light bulbs: My husband and I want to share a parent hack that we've learned the hard way -- If you have small children, do not put compact fluorescent bulbs in lamps that can be easily knocked over! We had CFLs in...

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26 January 2010

Amazon deal: Lots of cute kids' shoes up to 65% off

Amazon's put a cute selection of kids' shoes on sale -- up to 65% off. Adorable brands including Robeez, Simple, umi and yes -- crocs -- in sizes for infants to big kids. I don't know about you, but I'm always caught off-guard by Spring's changeable weather, and my kids'...

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26 January 2010

"Label" Christmas decoration storage boxes with old gift wrap

I'm hearing reports of holiday decorations (and trees!) still hanging around, so I figure it's not too late to share Veronica's Christmas decoration storage tip: I use recycled boxes to store our Christmas decorations. Until last year, I labeled them by writing on top of the box with a Sharpie,...

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26 January 2010

Baby sock on the end of a hobby horse dulls noise and avoids floor scratches

Christy's hack is as useful as it is amusing: We have a few stick horses that our kids love, and I finally realized that putting a baby sock (or two) on the bottom dampens the noise and saves our 80 year-old wood floors a bit. It especially works well with...

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25 January 2010

Amazon Lightning Deal (right now!): Calphalon Commercial 9-piece set 72% off

Wow! If you're in the market for new cookware, here's a great deal: this Calphalon Commercial 9-piece set is $127.99 -- 72% off the list price of $492! This is an Amazon Lightening Deal which means it expires in about three hours, but this set is selling out fast so...

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25 January 2010

Keeps kids' toothbrushes and toothpaste in reach with a sponge holder

From Nicole of Parentville: I use a flexible sponge holder for kids' toothbrush/toothpaste, since typically kids' brushes/paste are too little to fit in a taller toothbrush cup. Plus, the bottom of this holder has holes, so water is less likely to collect and can drain on the bottom. Nicole! You...

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25 January 2010

Revive dry peanut butter with a drop of peanut oil

Anna shares the dead-simple peanut butter hack we all should have figured out years ago: I like being able to revive a super dry end-of-the-jar container of natural (separated) peanut butter but pouring in a dash of peanut oil and stirring it up. Then it won't tear apart those PBJs...

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23 January 2010

links for 2010-01-23

Things You Really Need to Learn ~ by Stephen Downes The depth and forthrightness of this essay blows me away. Incredible food for thought, especially if you've got older kids.

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20 January 2010

links for 2010-01-20

What Does Your Marriage Teach Your Children? (Time to get honest.) Brightest Bulb in the Book: Simplify Auto Light Replacement I've got two blown bulbs in my car, and, not surprisingly, Adrienne has a smart hack for it at Baby Toolkit.

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20 January 2010

Transparent blue recycling bags streamline getting donated clothes and toys out the door

Amy's tip for keeping Goodwill donations organized and visible: As our kids get older we have lots of outgrown clothes and toys to give away. We have lots of grownup things to give away when we attempt to de-clutter too. To streamline our system and make sure that my husband...

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20 January 2010

Pedialyte Singles + bendy straw = more drinking and fewer spills

Becky's hack may give you an iota of comfort during a flu day: In the spirit of the current season... just came up with a simple hack for Pedialyte for toddlers and older kids. The single-serve bottle was a little hard to manage with the tipping up and the strange...

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