25 hacks in January 2011

28 January 2011

How a disposable plastic lid can help keep your fridge clean

via babytoolkit.blogspot.com Here's how Parent Hacks Hall-Of-Famer Adrienne (Baby Toolkit) prevents ring around the sippy cup!

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27 January 2011

links for 2011-01-27

The Tiger Mother and You: Are We Preparing Our Kids for a Better Financial Future? I love how JD is wrestling with the whole Tiger Mother conversation. As a child of two cultures (my Dad's from India, my Mom's Jewish, of Eastern European descent), I find myself looking at this...

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27 January 2011

Easy, lovely rosebud valentines

via www.bostonmamas.com With all the extra time you've got lying around (because you're starting your Valentines early) you and your kids can make one or more of these adorable and easy Rosebud Valentines. Christine's daughter made them last year, and they're lovely. Too time-consuming for all the classmates, perhaps, but...

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27 January 2011

Classroom valentines: start them now!

My most useful Valentine's Day tip, especially for kids who pass out classroom valentines, is to start early! Homemade valentines are easy to make; the problem is usually the lack of time. Starting today, gather the supplies. You've probably already got them lying around. Card stock (old manila file folders...

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25 January 2011

Outgrown dress transformed into a pencil case

via allthingsbeautiful-charity.blogspot.com How gorgeous is this pencil case? Out of my skill range, but such a beautiful way to save a beloved dress. Thanks for the pointer, @CrystalC2B!

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24 January 2011

Amazon today only: Lorex LIVE video baby monitor 75% off

Video baby monitor? Really? This sounds like a setup for one of my rants about baby gear you don't really need. And you don't, in my opinion, really need this product. But if you're one of those parents who would rest easier every night with a video monitor sitting on...

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24 January 2011

20 January 2011

Bookshelf more useful as a toy shelf

Meredith of Overthinking Mom shared her one-hack-led-to-another epiphany about the usefulness of bookshelves as toy storage: I'm a new mom and was a little naive about when babies actually start to enjoy reading. I had neatly arranged my 9 month-old daughters' books on her bookshelf, but all she did was...

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14 January 2011

Wall file organizer as wooden puzzle holder

via mommagreek.blogspot.com Greek Momma (@greek_momma on Twitter) solved her wooden puzzle storage problem with a file organizer from Costco. Smart! More: Toy storage hacks

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14 January 2011

DIY dining room table tennis

via gogingham.com From Sarah at Go Gingham: how to use your dining room table for ping pong!

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13 January 2011

Homemade baby swing

via www.spousonomics.com I love the swing, but I especially love the story that goes along with the swing and the phrase "deeply plastic," which I intend to coopt. Thanks for the pointer, Paula!

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13 January 2011

Grocery coupons: balancing time spent with money saved

I just had the lovely experience this week of saving over $40 on a $160 grocery bill. It was my first serious foray into using coupons. Now when I say "serious," I mean serious for me. I know there are coupon fanatics out there, with elaborate systems of organization, regular...

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12 January 2011

links for 2011-01-12

Toy Troubles: My Toddler Won’t Help Clean Up! Well-reasoned (and reasonable) advice. Pay special attention to the need for clear, explicit rules and consistent follow-through. Thanks for the heads up, Sarina! School Library Exchange: Give Your School Library a Little Love Donate books to school libraries across the country! This...

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12 January 2011

Painless detangling: "roll" hair instead of brushing it

Lisa tells a wonderful story about their hairbrushing-and-detangling breakthrough: Our daughter is 7 now but really it’s been probably 3-4 years that we’ve battled with the hairbrush. One of her priorities in life is to keep her straight hair long. Of course it needs to be brushed at least once...

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12 January 2011

Homemade detangler saves money and gets the knots out just as well

Maggie's simple recipe for homemade detangler: My 4-year-old daughter still has that fine, wispy, flyaway baby hair that is a nest of tangles when she wakes up in the morning. I bought a bottle of brand-name detangler a long time ago, but have been refilling the bottle with 1/2 regular...

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