31 hacks in February 2010

26 February 2010

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What I learned as a camp counselor | Manic Mommies® Media, Inc. Kristin recalls how her motivational and organizational skills as a camp counselor are perfectly put to use as a mom (when she remembers). Great reminders.

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25 February 2010

20 minute dinner: Chicken Dumpling Soup

The only thing that saved us from takeout this last night was that no one could agree on what to eat. Good thing, too -- I had all the ingredients for this delicious soup, and it probably took less time to make than we would have spent ordering food. (Certainly...

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24 February 2010

Last day to vote for Parent Hacks in the About.com Reader's Choice Awards!

Parent Hacks is one of five finalists for the About.com Reader's Choice Award for Best Parenting Blog -- and today is the last day to vote! If you're inclined to lend a click, head over to the voting page and click Parent Hacks (no registration required). It would be an...

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24 February 2010

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How To Support a School Project Without Micromanaging | GNMParents Oh, yes. Thanks for this, Megin -- great stuff!

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24 February 2010

Fashion a bandaid out of leaves

Sounds like something from The Jungle Book or Lost ! Awesome. From Brock: While out walking with the family, my 4 year old son's finger started hurting (from him picking his fingernails). He wanted a band-aid (now!), crying was immenent, and we were a 15 minute walk back to the...

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23 February 2010

Pack lunchbox condiments and dressings in medicine dosing cups

Kimberly's got a great lunchbox tip: We all have several of the dosing cups that come with our children's medicines tucked away in a drawer somewhere. I've come up with a great re-purpose idea for them: if you pack sandwiches in your lunches, but don't like putting condiments on them...

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23 February 2010

Amazon deal: Up to 50% off fave family DVDs and Blu-Ray discs

Wow! Amazon's put a bunch of kids' movies on sale , and just about every one of them is a keeper! Discounts range from about 38%-50%. Big showing by Disney and Pixar movies, plus Coraline , Fiddler on the Roof (and other musicals), and even The Three Stooges (!). Evergreen...

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22 February 2010

Minimize wardrobe fights by letting toddlers choose the night before...and wear to bed!

Several folks have written in about putting their kids to bed in the next day's clothes. Generally, it has been a time-saving strategy, but in Nicole's case, it also keeps the toddler rebellion to a minimum: A little before my son turned two he was having a hard time getting...

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22 February 2010

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Learning to Read with a Cootie Catcher How COOL is this? You remember cootie catchers, right -- the origami-like toy/game many of us played with in elementary school? Turn it into a learning toy! Thanks so much, Rachel, I'm going to do this.

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20 February 2010

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Spare change doodles A few coins scattered on a restaurant placemat inspire art. Thanks, Amida! The City Cradle – Bike wreath with plastic bottle flowers. Some people. So creative. Even the BIKE was from a thrift store! Thank you, Vicky! I love your style. At least somebody likes to clean…...

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19 February 2010

Momversation: Should you pull your kid out of school for "life experience?"

Is it ok to pull your kids out of school for "life experience?" That's the question I posed (in frightening close-up!) to the ladies of Momversation: in this episode, Jessica of JessicaGottlieb.com, Karen Walrond of Chookoloonks and Dana Loesch of Mamalogues. I got fascinating answers from them, from Momversation viewers...

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12 February 2010

11 February 2010

Momversation: Advocating for your child

Advocating for your child The timing for this episode couldn't be more perfect. The topic (thanks to Jessica of JessicaGottlieb.com): advocating for your child. Do you? Should you? If so, how? Why? In Jessica's case, becoming her children's' advocate has meant fighting for the best medical and educational care. In...

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09 February 2010

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Free Pretzel Day at Auntie Anne's: February 20, 2010 I can't pass one of these places without getting a pretzel.

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09 February 2010

Layer cotton pants and skirts to keep them from falling down

You know something good's afoot when kids start coming up with their own hacks. From Bethany: My oldest daughter actually came up with this one! She is really petite and we were given lots hand-me-down cotton pants, leggings, and other pants that lack belt loops. Since I’m not great at...

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