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. 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 […]

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


via 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 actually put a number of methods to the test. Read […]

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 in an extra (unused) diaper […]

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, […]