31 hacks in May 2010

17 May 2010

MyLifeScoop: Track your kid's allowance online

I've got money on the brain, and I'm still thinking about the great conversation we had here last week about paying kids for household jobs. Tangentially related, in my next post at the Intel-sponsored site MyLifeScoop, I talk about how my kids' weekly allowance distribution is now a whole lot...

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11 May 2010

Ironing board turns into hotel room dining table

Even now that my kids are older, during road trips, we have the best (and cheapest) meal success when we eat dinner in our hotel room. No one wants to sit in a car for hours, only to sit in a restaurant waiting for food. We usually stop by a...

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10 May 2010

Crocs-xifiction!

via leechbabe.wordpress.com Marita mentioned her Crocs hanging garden in the comments of the toilet roll seed holder post and there was NO WAY I could resist sharing it with all of you. What better way to reuse a single Croc (or, in Marita's case, a hated pair)? Click through to...

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10 May 2010

Amazon deal: Trumpette Mary Jane baby socks 53% off

Not the most important problem, but one I recall all the same: when my daughter was 8-12 months old (pre-walking), I rarely put shoes on her. Because, why? The only time this was an issue was when she was dressed up. A cute dress + socks just looked odd. If...

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08 May 2010

Toilet roll seed starter

Here's a fun project for you and the kids -- start seeds inside empty toilet paper rolls!

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07 May 2010

Save money while teaching skills: pay your kids for household jobs

In the last year, we've adjusted our kids' allowance system and we've seen a remarkable change in how they handle money, and in their awareness of needs versus wants. We've made three basic changes: we've upped the amount we give them each week, we've stopped buying them toys and goodies,...

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06 May 2010

Helping your toddler overcome car seat angst

Talk about positive reinforcement! Rachael's (@pineapplebabble) friendly but firm response to her daughter's car seat fussing: Recently, my 18 month-old daughter, Pineapple, has been kicking up a fuss when it's time to get in the car seat. This had gotten to be near torture for her father and I who...

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06 May 2010

Traveling With Kids: Making Long Flights More Bearable

via www.citymama.com Airplane travel with kids -- a favorite topic at Parent Hacks. CityMama Stefania Butler wrote a great post about how she and her husband recently managed a long flight with their girls. See also: More travel tips in archives

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05 May 2010

Garage sale creamers make good pour-it-yourself milk pitchers

Often, encouraging kids to be independent means giving them the simple tools to do so. Breakfast-making is the perfect example. My daughter is perfectly capable of pouring her own cereal. But reaching the bowls and hefting the gallon milk jug? Not yet. For the bowl problem: I got an IKEA...

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05 May 2010

Amazon deal: Melissa & Doug puzzles up to 40% off

I credit this Melissa & Doug wooden puzzle for teaching both of my kids their United States geography, which is now better than mine. We got a few of these puzzles as gifts when my kids were preschoolers, and they were played with for years (and are still in great...

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05 May 2010

Homemade sand table

via twolittlevikings.blogspot.com Beth left this link in the comments of our easy, DIY sandbox post. Way too good to stay hidden there...I had to "promote" homemade sand table to full hack status! Thanks, Beth (and FamilyFun Magazine, where she got the original idea).

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04 May 2010

Slow the toilet paper roll's spin to make it last longer

Rabia, I am so impressed that you took the time to send in your toilet paper-saving theory: Found this out quite by accident as my brother was doing some painting and remodeling in our bathroom. The bar that holds the toilet paper roll was covered in plaster dust and when...

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04 May 2010

Simplify meal planning with a set weekly menu

via thelittlebig.wordpress.com If it's Tuesday it must be spaghetti? Like Carrie Anne, I used to think that a set weekly menu would get boring. On the contrary! A fixed weekly schedule of meals satisfies my kids' desire for predictability where dinner is concerned, and it helps streamline shopping and cooking...

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03 May 2010

The Sharpie Sex Change

via www.gluesky.com It's a tiny hack, but that photo is worth a thousand words. And thank you, Vanessa, not only for pointing it out, but for letting me snag the post title I'm sure you were dying to use yourself.

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03 May 2010

Easy DIY sandbox in reach for just about everyone

via www.flickr.com Jose says: "the whole thing came together for about $150 (lumber, sand) and about an hour of work. our 2 year old son is thrilled." Brilliant. And right when I'm considering building some planter boxes (with NO experience). Check out Jose's photos at Flickr.

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