31 hacks in May 2010

27 May 2010

Busy Parent's Vacation Planning System

via mylifescoop.com Great MyLifeScoop guest post by Suzanne Rown Kelleher of WeJustGotBack.com (one of my favorite family travel sites). Packed with smart planning and money-saving tips.

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26 May 2010

Amazon deal: PlanToys Crane Truck 48% off

If you've never seen PlanToys wooden toys before, you're in for a treat. They're beautifully produced in terms of material and detail, and they last forever. These are the toys your grandkids will be playing with someday. This Amazon deal is for the parents of (or gift-givers to) construction-vehicle obsessed...

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26 May 2010

Budget family travel idea: Create your own city guide

Staycation may be old as far as buzzwords go, but it's still a great way to maximize travel fun while keeping costs low. Chances are there's an entire summer's worth of adventure within a 50-mile radius of your house. But if this is the latest of several staycations, you might...

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25 May 2010

Make a photo collage of your kid's facial expressions

via blog.carynsaidyes.com Gorgeous idea from Chris at CarynSaidYes.com: catalog your kid's emotional states and facial expressions in the form of a photo collage. Thank you, @IrishGirl, for passing along the link!

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24 May 2010

Use rubber bracelets to babyproof cabinet latches

Simple, fantastic babyproofing hack from Linda: Everything in our house is a non-standard size, so it has been next to impossible to find babyproofing cabinet latches. We have had great luck with those LiveStrong-style rubber band bracelets looped around the cabinet knobs, keeping the doors closed. As an added bonus,...

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21 May 2010

MyLifeScoop caption contest: Winner!

Congrats, Adrienne, you're the winner of the MyLifeScoop caption contest and a $50 Amazon gift card! Email me for details -- and thank you to all who entered. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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21 May 2010

Reuse inexpensive knit stretch gloves as kids' gardening gloves

From Pam, who, like me, takes a while to put away those winter clothes. (To be fair, some days it still feels like winter in Portland.) I love this idea! It's officially Spring and I've been meaning to put away the big box of winter clothes. My 3 year-old daughter...

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21 May 2010

Reuse silica gel packets when storing your garden seeds

You know those little packets of silica gel desiccant that fall out of vitamin bottles and shoe boxes? Toss them into a tight-fitting glass jar (an old pickle jar, etc.) along with your packets of garden seeds, and store the whole thing in a cool, dark location. Your seeds will...

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20 May 2010

Road trip playlist: choose songs everyone knows by heart

Speaking of road trip entertainment, Lisa S. sent me this lovely hack a long time ago, and it has been waiting patiently in the queue till today! For a recent road trip, the Husband made a CD full of tunes that we all know by heart. It's amazing how fast...

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20 May 2010

Beyond I Spy: road trip games to try on your next vacation

Family road trips aren't just about getting from here to there. Ideally, the journey is just as much a part of the fun. There's so much to be learned from the road, whether it's geography or meteorology or just catching a glimpse of other people's day-to-day lives as you whiz...

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19 May 2010

Reuse Ziploc bags as self-sealing car trash bags

I'm a Ziploc bag-washer. I just can't bear to throw out those freezer-weight bags when they've only been used once. Problem is, some bags rinse more cleanly than others. For those bags that really shouldn't do double-duty with food, I store them in the car to act as self-sealing trash...

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19 May 2010

"Head Snuggler" keeps sleepy baby heads from flopping

via www.yoyomama.ca Sherri passed along this link to a review for an "oddy but goodie": a stretchy thingie that keeps your sleeping baby's head from flopping around in the stroller. Hm. Read the entire review at Yoyomama.ca.

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18 May 2010

Independent painting station (the secret: paint-pucks!)

via broomhuggers.com Here's how Kathy created an art station (with PAINT) her toddler could use (and CLEAN UP) BY HERSELF. If that's not a feat worthy of lots of capital letters, I don't know what is. Details at broomhuggers.com.

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18 May 2010

MyLifeScoop caption contest: win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Best caption wins a $50 Amazon gift card! For details -- and to enter -- visit MyLifeScoop Community. I'll choose a winner this Friday!

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17 May 2010

Parent Hacks admin: Fits and starts, but good ones!

Well, hello! As you may have noticed, posting last week was in fits and starts (mostly fits). Progress continues on managing my new schedule as a work-at-home and home-schooling parent, but it's far from linear. Some weeks I'm on top of the world, and others, I'm scraping to get dinner...

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