links for 2010-10-20

GeekMom ยป 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. blog : R2D2 Pumpkin […]

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 to the site NOW. Cool […]

Bed bug prevention: Ziploc Big Bags or a sealed plastic storage box

Amazon: Ziploc Big Bags

As a follow-up to our discussion about avoiding bed bugs in used clothing, one of the suggestions was to seal second-hand purchases in a Ziploc bag before putting them directly into the wash. It occured to me that keeping a stash of Ziploc Big Bags in the trunk would be a good idea. Another option, […]

Chore cards: a creative way to break down the chore list


via My daughter finds chore lists daunting, so I came up with the idea of creating chore cards: one chore per 3×5 index card. Somehow flipping through a pack of cards feels more doable than going down a list. (Great use for my laminating machine.) I figured I'd Google to see if anyone else […]

Reinspiration: the weekly meal plan


via Despite all of my crowing and encouragement about how meal planning is a Good Thing, I still fall off the wagon. It's grocery shopping day, and I'm spectacularly unmotivated to even think about what we're eating this week. On days like this, I turn to Google hoping someone else will have solved my […]

Avoiding bed bugs in used clothing

Amazon: Bed Bugs, by David Carter

If you're a buyer of second-hand kids' clothes, a lover of the "free bin," or a garage sale or thrift store shopper, you need to be wary about bedbugs. Bedbugs are making a comeback across the United States and can stow away in furniture, mattresses, clothing…just about anything. I'm not much of a thrifter myself, […]