31 hacks in October 2010

30 October 2010

Draw your Jack O'lantern's face with dry erase marker

Amy's stunningly simple pumpkin-carving tip: We use a dry eraser marker to sketch out the face of the pumpkin. After everything was cut out, a wet paper towel wiped away all the marker and no lines were showing on the face. Um, duh. Why didn't we all think of this...

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29 October 2010

Weatherproof Halloween lollipop ghosts

If it's raining in your neighborhood, the tissue covering on the classic lollipop ghost doesn't fare too well. Here's an alternative.

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28 October 2010

Make your own pinata

blog.giddygiddy.com via Design Mom I'm not usually a pinata person, but what I love here is that it's easy enough for a kid to make! Plus, it would be a great way to use up some of your kids' Halloween candy. Step-by-steps at giddygiddy.com.

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28 October 2010

No-carve, no-pumpkin mini Jack O'lanterns

via www.instructables.com No time or inclination to carve pumpkins? Grab your Sharpies and a bag of clementines (or other small citrus fruits) and make your own posse of mini Jack o'lanterns! (This link came across my Twitter stream and for the life of me I can't find the original tweeter....

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27 October 2010

Use up the celery and save dinner prep time: make-ahead mirepoix

Who else routinely uses 1-2 ribs of celery, then, a week later, opens the fridge to find a sad, floppy bunch destined for the compost pile? My solution: mirepoix. Mirepoix is the French term for the finely chopped onion-carrot-celery mixture that forms the base of many soups and sauces. Chances...

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27 October 2010

iPhone Halloween Costume

unschoolplus.blogspot.com via @Caterina on Twitter I was just going to just retweet this, but the picture was so great I wanted to be sure y'all saw it. Thanks for passing it along, Caterina! More: Best of Parent Hacks: Easy Halloween Tips

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26 October 2010

Halloween dinner: Tentacle Pot Pie

Megan of Not Martha created these deliciously creepy pot pies using store-bought pie crust.

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25 October 2010

How to turn your mishaps into learning opportunities

Not long ago we were talking about parenting kids who tend toward negative thinking. Combatting my son's pessimism is one of my most persistent parenting challenges, and I recently had an unexpected opportunity to model a different way of thinking. Our car was broken into and essentially cleaned out. This...

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22 October 2010

Organize school portraits in a three-ring binder

via www.bellapamella.com Quick and easy way to keep track of your kids' school portraits! For long-term storage, I suggest acid-free envelopes, but, in the short term, this is a fantastic way to keep all the portraits in one place. Thank you, @irishgirl, for the pointer! By the way, Twitter and...

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21 October 2010

Martha can even make owl vomit look good

Martha Stewart Crafts Department via blog.craftzine.com In case you didn't know, owls regularly produce owl pellets: blobs of regurgitated bones, fur, and other bits that doesn't make it through their digestive tracts. Once dried up, these little nuggets of wonder are fascinating to dissect, as they provide a mostly-intact accounting...

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20 October 2010

links for 2010-10-20

GeekMom » 10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes from a Paper Bag The brown paper grocery bag comes to the rescue! Great ideas. Don't throw away stained kids' clothes -- tie dye them! Great idea from Savvy Source, assuming you can tolerate the idea of DYE and TOTS in the same sentence....

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20 October 2010

Welcome Cool Mom Tech!

Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase (Cool Mom Picks) have teamed up with Beth Blecherman (Techmamas) to launch a fantastic new sister site: Cool Mom Tech. I will spare you my gushing about these folks -- they are some of my dearest "coworkers" -- I'll just encourage you to get over...

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20 October 2010

Food Face Plate encourages kids to play with dinner

via www.coolmompicks.com Look what Cool Mom Picks found! Play with your food, indeed.

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19 October 2010

Prolonging the life of your jack o'lantern: the experiment!

via www.myscienceproject.org Look familiar? Pumpkin carving is one task that benefits from a little procrastination -- carve your jack o'lanterns too early and they will be a fuzzy, moldy mess by Halloween. We have a hack for preserving your pumpkins -- Vaseline -- but MyScienceProject.org actually put a number of...

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19 October 2010

In a pinch, wrap soiled clothes in a clean diaper

Tami left this tip on the Parent Hacks Facebook page: I was out and about with my one-year-old and he had a diaper blow-out. I had a change of clothes, but I didn't have a bag for the soiled clothes. What did I do? I wrapped up the soiled clothes...

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