42 hacks in April 2010

30 April 2010

links for 2010-04-30

Ask the Readers: How to Talk About Money with Teenagers? J. D.'s hosting a great conversation over at Get Rich Slowly. There's gold in the comments.

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30 April 2010

Gardening with kids: Best of Parent Hacks

Gardening with kids! There are so many reasons to get your kids growing things, digging in the yard, or even sprouting a few seeds in a pot on the front step. Here are our best "gardening with kids" tips to get you started. Creating a kid-friendly garden Save spring prunings...

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30 April 2010

Best of Parent Hacks: Time-saving tips for healthy family meals

The sun's coming out, and my already low motivation to cook is sinking even lower. I want to be outside in the late afternoon playing, not slaving over a hot stove! Over the weekend, I want to be at the park, not the grocery store! But people still gotta eat....

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30 April 2010

Oprah's push to end distracted driving: No Phone Zone

via www.oprah.com Have you ever had a close call while talking on the cell phone while driving? I'm embarrassed to say I have. I once narrowly missed a pedestrian. Another time, I almost rear-ended the car in front of me because I didn't notice the light had changed. We multitask....

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29 April 2010

Turn the changing pad into a soft landing pad next to a "big kid" bed

Here's Kelly's backup plan in case her toddler rolls out of bed: My firstborn transitioned into her 'big girl bed' at 17 months of age. As her toddler bed only had the head & foot area side rails, we were a little worried about her rolling out and onto the...

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29 April 2010

Store diaper disposal bags in an empty tissue box

Nancy's hack is a recycling dynamo -- reusing plastic bags and tissue boxes at the same time! In the April issue of Real Simple, I read a great hack - use empty tissue boxes to store plastic bags. I realized I could easily combine this with a hack I read...

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28 April 2010

Healthy family meals: Best of Parent Hacks

Keeping the family fed is one of my biggest time- and attention-consumers. We could all use a bit of help feeding the family when we get home late, or when we just want a break. Here are our best tips and recipes for easy, healthy family feeding. We add new...

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28 April 2010

links for 2010-04-28

Large And In Charge: The Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat And Stroller || ZRecommends Adrienne Jones, longtime Parenthacker and person I've been wanting to meet for years now, wrote an amazing review. Don't need a car seat/stroller? Neither do I. I'm just blown away by her hard work and incredible...

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28 April 2010

Pets as social skills teachers, Part 2

Part 2 of the story of why and how we came to add a dog to our family.

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27 April 2010

Is Your Local Warehouse Store Worth Your While? Here’s How to Find Out

As usual, Trent at The Simple Dollar has something smart to say about the value of warehouse club memberships. Is it worth it for you? I can’t answer that question – it’s clearly worth it for us, as we save literally hundreds a year shopping at Sam’s Club versus shopping...

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27 April 2010

Felt Dahlia Flower Brooch

via news.holidash.com From the brilliant mind of Megan Reardon, aka Not Martha. All you need is felt, glue, scissors, a brooch pin a needle and thread, a little cardboard and patience. Lovely Mother's Day gift or rainy day project for older kids.

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27 April 2010

Simple birthday cake decoration: use a real toy

Kim-Anh's no-pressure hack for a delightful birthday cake your kid will love: Instead of spending countless hours trying to figure out how to frost a cake to look like your toddler's latest obsession, go with a basic cake and top with a store-bought toy. This year, I made a Cars-themed...

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26 April 2010

Cucumber-dill yogurt "teacup snacks"

via www.fixmeasnack.com My mention of Edible Teacups in one of the link roundups prompted Cindy to send me a link to this idea in her blog...which also reminded her kid Willy Wonka teacups! Cindy's post is part of a series she wrote about 101 ways to flavor plain yogurt.

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26 April 2010

How to Make a Cheap, Low-Profile Wooden Bed Frame

via www.instructables.com Eric Wilhelm made this simple low-to-the-ground bedframe so his baby daughter could sleep on the bed without a long fall (if it ever came to that). Great idea for a toddler bed as well!

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26 April 2010

Backwards cardigan or fleece jacket makes a cozy car seat "Snuggie"

It was only a matter of time till the Snuggie made an appearance at Parent Hacks. For the pop-culture humor if not for the practical value. Erika's Snuggie-like hack makes the in-and-out of the car seat so much easier, especially during the variable Springtime weather.

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