47 hacks in February 2011

16 February 2011

No closet in baby's room? Hack an IKEA Expedit bookshelf.

Via IKEA Hackers via www.ohdeedoh.com This IKEA Expedit bookshelf hack is brilliant and totally doable. Read the original post at IKEA Hackers for details. This would also be a good solution for storing dress-up clothes assuming the bar's lower and the shelf is bolted to the wall. Related: Fashion a...

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16 February 2011

Book light lets baby sleep through nighttime diaper changes

Scott's lighting solution for when he needs to change diapers in the dark: Get a book light! A simple off-the-shelf book light produces just enough light so you can see what you're doing, but still keeps the room dark so your child can sleep through the process. You can clip...

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15 February 2011

No-fuss birthday cake decoration: Mr. Potato Head parts

Stephanie's quick tip for decorating birthday cakes: We were decorating the cakes for our twin boys' 2nd birthday when I realized I had bought the wrong decorating supplies. No longer able to make black icing at the last minute, my mother in-law suggested we use toys. Our boys love Mr....

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15 February 2011

Take notes in the shower with bathtub crayon

Who's turn is it to shower? Is it hair-washing day? What day is it anyway? Busy family life entails a lot of plan-juggling, turn-taking, and scheduling, and it's impossible to keep it all in your head. If creating a "shower schedule" calendar in your smartphone seems a bit much, try...

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14 February 2011

Make a Shrinky Dink cell phone charm

My husband made me this adorable cell phone charm: a pixelated Shrinky Dink rose. No doubt inspired by the 8-bit flower bouquet at ThinkGeek, he hand-drew this pattern onto Shrinky Dink plastic, colored it with Sharpie permanent markers, baked it in the oven, and made a sturdy tie out of...

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14 February 2011

Socks in the pool cut down on slipping and scrapes

Tracy Hengst, originator of many fantastic hacks, sends this one for those of you fantacising about warm afternoons spent at the swimming pool: We were at a local hotel with a group of people. There were several kids running around in socks as they got in and out of the...

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14 February 2011

Amazon Mom gets you cheap diapers and 3 months of Amazon Prime

Amazon's gotten smart about reaching out to busy parents with its new program Amazon Mom. Free membership in Amazon Mom nets you the following benefits: 30% off diapers and wipes ordered through Subscribe & Save -- twice the 15% offered to regular Subscribe & Save buyers. Three free months of...

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14 February 2011

Roll cookie dough out inside a Ziploc bag

via www.makegrowgather.com Did Kelly think that her post about her homemade gingersnap dulce de leche Valentine cookies was ACTUALLY a parent hack? Well, it certainly was a revelation to this rolled-cookie-challenged person. Read the full post at Make Grow Gather to see how a Ziploc bag makes rolling AND cutting...

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14 February 2011

Homemade storage solution for dress-up clothes

via blogs.babble.com via Design Mom A lovely, simple way to store dress-up clothes. I'm thinking there's an Ikea hack in here somewhere. Or you could approximate homemade dress-up storage with a rolling laundry organizer. Hm. Related: Fashion a no-build "closet" out of a curtain rod and a bookshelf

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12 February 2011

11 February 2011

How Facebook and Twitter are enriching the conversation at Parent Hacks

I'm not much of a personal Facebook user. But I AM digging the conversational capabilities of the Parent Hacks Facebook page, especially now that Facebook has updated its functionality. With PH, it's always been about hacks as jumping-off points for conversation. I've hemmed and hawed for years about...

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11 February 2011

Built-in potty seat: good for butts of all sizes

Is it weird to say I love a toilet seat? I discovered the NextStep built-in potty seat in a kid-friendly Portland cafe. It hit me just how much easier life would have been had this been in my bathroom when my kids were ages 2-5. Because potty training is just...

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11 February 2011

10 February 2011

Amazon today only: Wooden food play set 65% off

This is one of those toys (like the Brio train set or the Lego bricks) that gets played with periodically for years, and then makes a great hand-me-down for younger relatives or future grandchildren. "Cutting" through the Velcro fruit feels immensely satisfying. At Amazon today only, it's $17.64 (and eligible...

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10 February 2011

Self-folding Valentine envelope

via tinkerlab.com Another creative, easy Valentine craft idea from Rachelle! Read the full post at Tinker Lab for how-to, and to see her adorable use for the leftover heart-shaped cutouts. You'll find loads more ideas here: Best of Parent Hacks: Valentine's Day

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