19 hacks in September 2010

28 September 2010

Toilet cleaning gel disc doubles as "pee target" for little boys

Kim's getting-the-pee-into-the-toilet hack: I found this hack while Googling for help on getting my six- and four year-old boys to more consistantly aim inside the toilet when they pee. I was so fed up with daily cleaning and watching them pee all over the back of the toilet! I bought...

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28 September 2010

Baby food jar as preschooler drinking glass

via michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com Michelle admits what many of us have experienced: that weaning kids away from sippy cups isn't always as easy as it sounds. Here's her solution: If you can believe it, my kids are 5 and 6 and until recently (I'm a little embarrassed to say it) they were...

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27 September 2010

How-To: LED Embroidery

via blog.craftzine.com My family shares an unusual fascination with sea creatures and LEDs. And look what's happening at Craftzine! Beautiful. (Also, a frog eating fireflies, a birthday cupcake, and a squid t-shirt. Wow.) Should I dust off my long-forgotten embroidery skills?

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27 September 2010

How to make a hooded towel for kids

via www.skiptomylou.org Cindy couldn't just stop at one great towel hack (linked in my post about how well the Turbie Twist towel wrap works for kids). She also made an adorable child's hooded towel out of a regular towel, a hand towel, and some rickrack. Go see! Related: Baby towels...

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27 September 2010

Turbie Twist towel wrap great for drying kids' long hair

Have I passed some dubious milestone by recommending an "As Seen on TV" product on Parent Hacks? Hey -- a good hack can come from anywhere. The Turbie Twist is a thin, terrycloth towel you wrap around your head after you shower. If you've ever tried the same trick with...

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25 September 2010

Uses for the personal laminator

Parenthackers and I talk about the myriad uses for a laminating machine...which seemed like a silly "need" until I actually owned one.

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24 September 2010

Cartoon stickers on healthy snack packaging increase kid appeal

via www.snack-girl.com Sigh. I appreciate this post by Snack Girl, aka Lisa/@Snack_Girl_, but it also crushes me a little. Through no fault of Lisa's! Her post brings to light a study that shows, yes indeed, cartoon characters on food packaging -- even healthy food such as fresh fruit -- makes...

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23 September 2010

Homemade flash cards help kids pack their own lunches

via nylonthread.blogspot.com Our recent brainstorming session on encouraging kids to eat their school lunches inspired this amazing project. Based on several Parenthackers' suggestions, Alanna was looking to teach her kids to pack their own lunches. She came up with this: flash cards. Remarkable. Read the full post at Tied To...

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22 September 2010

Amazon deal: One year of Sunset Magazine for $5

I've been reading Sunset Magazine since I was a kid. The relatively down-to-earth combo of gardening, cooking, home design and travel strikes the right balance of aspiration and "I can do that." If you feel like giving yourself (or a friend) a little treat each month, grab this Amazon Gold...

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17 September 2010

iPhone app helps keep household routines in order

So many parents (and kids, actually) rejoice in Fall's return to structure. The predictable daily and weekly rhythm that comes with the school schedule works for many. Not me. I love the openness of summer. I love waking up whenever I wake up and asking the kids, "what do you...

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16 September 2010

Print homemade crossword puzzles to help with test review

via kellicrowe.typepad.com On Twitter, @deniselaborde shared a link to this simple, fun idea: turn test review into a game by fashioning the answers into a crossword puzzle. Read the full post at Kellicrowe for details.

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15 September 2010

MyLifeScoop: The New TV, or, Cutting Your Cable Ties

In my next post for Intel-sponsored MyLifeScoop, I share my thoughts (and silly anxiety) about abandoning cable and switching to "new" TV. Would love to hear your experiences and tips! Related: More featured stories at MyLifeScoop

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15 September 2010

Rethread waistline drawstrings with a pen

So says Heather at Bostonmamas.com! You can also use a big, fat safety pin -- the tool of choice of my family in India, where everyone of every age wears pants with drawstrings. Thanks for passing this along, Christine! via www.bostonmamas.com

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14 September 2010

10 Environmental Games That Teach Kids About Earth, Ecology & Conservation

via www.makeuseof.com Longtime Parenthacker Soni shared this link to a great roundup of environmentally-focused online games. Play a game with your kid and see what conversation comes of it. I'm always surprised by my kids' thoughts on the state of the Earth. It's on their minds more than I realize.

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14 September 2010

How do I get my kid to eat more of her school lunch? Talk amongst yourselves.

@dampscribbler on Twitter asks: How do I get my kid to eat more lunch at school? She's bringing home 3/4 of what I give her. Never been a big eater, but wow! Frustrating. It so happens that I have a kid with a bird-like appetite, and this is an ongoing...

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