47 hacks in February 2011

28 February 2011

Review and giveaway: Curly Girl: The Handbook

A serendipitous coincidence happened a couple weeks ago: just as I was asking for your hair care tips, I received Curly Girl: The Handbook in the mail for review. The publisher had contacted me a few weeks previous with a pitch, and I had said yes, knowing that dealing with...

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28 February 2011

Reading is fun (and crunchy!) with letter-shaped cookies

via flexibledreams.blogspot.com Look what Amy of Flexible Dreams is doing with Trader Joe's Cinnamon Schoolhouse cookies. I should say: look what her kids are doing! Smart and fun. Read the full post for more photos and ideas. Thanks for sharing this on the Facebook page, Amy!

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28 February 2011

Reduce hair combing drama with distraction

Few long-haired kids or their parents enjoy the daily hair-wrangling session. To calm the complaints (and even the tears), several PHers have come up with simple methods of distraction. From Mrs. Mordecai: I have a very squirmy twenty-month-old daughter. I grouped all of our commonly-used hair accessories (including small bottles...

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26 February 2011

Parent Hacks Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 2/21/11

Busy this last week? Just for you, a crib sheet covering the last seven days at Parent Hacks: Quick glitter cleanup with a lint roller: I, too, am wondering why I never thought of this. Excited that Mikeala shared this hack on the Facebook page. Tame tangles by "washing" hair...

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25 February 2011

Keep hair clips organized in magnetic spice canisters

Heather has found a solution to hair accessories scattered around the house: Hair clips and bands were constantly being lost and found at our house until I repurposed these magnetic containers. I think technically they’re spice containers, but really, they’re great for holding just about anything small. I found them...

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25 February 2011

Roasted curried cauliflower: effortless and shockingly delicious

Cauliflower haters: this is for you, and possibly even your kids. This is one of those recipes that's so simple, you may not believe it could be so delicious. I'm telling you, this is a cauliflower game-changer.

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24 February 2011

Clean up spilled glitter with play dough

This glitter cleanup tip leaves you with a bonus: sparkly play dough! From Karen on the Parent Hacks Facebook page: You can roll play dough all over your glitter-covered table -- all the glitter sticks to the dough and makes it sparkly. You can then keep using the glittery play...

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23 February 2011

Parent Hacks honored in the Say100

Wow. Thanks to a tweet from @chookooloonks, I discovered that Parent Hacks is one of ten parenting sites chosen as part of the Say100, a curated list of "voices that matter." Top-ten lists and "best of" contests have their limits. But, subjective as they are, they also help identify interesting...

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23 February 2011

Tame tangles by "washing" hair with conditioner

Start detangling your kid's hair in the shower by skipping the shampoo in favor of a conditioner rinse.

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22 February 2011

Quick glitter cleanup with a lint roller

Glitter is one of those lovely-but-infuriating substances that seems to want to spill all over the table and the floor. Here's how Mikaela makes short work of cleaning it up: Just discovered this site thanks to a fellow mama. She suggested I share my glitter cleanup tip: Use a lint...

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19 February 2011

Parent Hacks Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 2/14/11

For the time-challenged among us (which would be ALL of us), here are the highlights from the last week at Parent Hacks. It was a good one: Amazon Mom gets you cheap diapers and 3 months of Amazon Prime: This is a biggie, in terms of money savings and convenience....

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18 February 2011

Hack request: Caring for your kid's hair

We've got haircare on the brain. From what I'm hearing in the comments, on Twitter and on Facebook, keeping kids' hair groomed, corralling the paraphernalia, and generally getting a handle on hairstyling is a topic in need of more in-depth hacking. So: send me your haircare hacks! I'm looking for:...

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18 February 2011

Dental floss container as yarn cutter

Are you or your kid into knitting or crochet? Fantastic hobby that's creative, calming, inexpensive, portable, quiet, productive, and requires no batteries or headphones. I could go on and on about what crochet has done for me lately (maybe I will in another post), but for now, a hack I...

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18 February 2011

"Snag-free" hairbands still pull? Use cheap ones, then clip them off

Donna's found a solution to the painful hair-pulling that happens when you take out ponytail hairbands, even those billed as snag-free: I have a daughter who loves to wear ponytails almost everyday. We use the polybands (rubber hairbands that have a flat edge) because they are supposed to be no...

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17 February 2011

Hairband storage solution: a wine rack

via papernapkinsontheedgeofinsanity.blogspot.com Clever solution to the problem of hair thingies (elastic bands, ponytail holders, barrettes, headbands, etc.) taking over the bathroom. Read the full post for details and more photos. Thank you, Loridee, for sharing this on the Parent Hacks Facebook page! Related: Storing girls' hair accessories? Talk amongst yourselves....

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