29 hacks in March 2011

09 March 2011

Transform cardboard containers into snack organizers

In my quest to render my job as "food hander-outer" obsolete, I'm making the kids' snacks more self-serve. To that end, I've put together a snack box that sits in the cupboard and is reachable by everyone. For a while, I was portioning everything into little single-serving cups, which works...

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08 March 2011

Let's Panic winners!

161 people entered the Let's Panic About Babies! giveaway, and there were almost as many parenting books mentioned, both good and bad. Surprisingly, most people find the right parenting books helpful. The trick, of course, is figuring out which book is "right." Which you won't know till you've read it...

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07 March 2011

Printable: cute meal planning template

via www.futuregirl.com What's for dinner? If I haven't planned the week's meals, it's the most tedious question in the world. Enter Futuregirl's adorable menu planning template. Graphical spots in each column for the meal, the grocery needs, and notes. I love how there are no days of the week listed...

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05 March 2011

Amazon this weekend only: Great $5 magazine subscriptions

I'm always watching Amazon for good deals, and $5 magazine subscriptions are one of my favorites. Five to ten minutes with a good mag perks me up on days when I don't have a longer snatch of time to relax. Today and tomorrow, Amazon's put a bunch of good ones...

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05 March 2011

Parent Hacks Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 2/28/11

A look back at the last week at Parent Hacks: Reduce hair combing drama with distraction: Strategies for keeping your kid's mind busy during the daily brushing. Reading is fun (and crunchy!) with letter-shaped cookies: How Amy turned snack time into learning time. Review and giveaway: Curly Girl: The Handbook:...

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04 March 2011

Curly Girl winners!

From the sounds of the comments (180 of them!) LOTS of you want curly hair advice! You also had great tips of your own, which I will be rounding up next week. A couple of you read an earlier version of this book and said it changed your lives. I...

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04 March 2011

Amazon today only: Earth's Best Organic Infant Formula 29% off

Any formula discount is meaningful, so here you go: in today's Friday Sale, Amazon's selling Earth's Best Organic Infant Formula (four 25.75 oz. canisters) for $92. Subscribe & Save members save an additional 15%, bringing the current price to $78.20. Two-day shipping is free for all. If you're an Amazon...

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04 March 2011

Simple budgeting: tips and tools

An absolutely fantastic post on simplified budgeting and money management with links to the Web apps, spreadsheets, and smartphone apps that make it possible.

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04 March 2011

How do you teach helpfulness while promoting responsibility? Talk amongst yourselves.

A problem has slowly been building in our home, one that's subtle enough that I haven't really recognized it till now. My kids ask for help when they don't need it.

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03 March 2011

Review and giveaway: Let's Panic About Babies!

Parent Hacks is all about poking friendly holes in the "expert parenting" racket. In their new book, Let's Panic About Babies!, Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy point a flamethrower -- an exceedingly smart and funny flamethrower -- in the same direction. Let's Panic is for anyone who appreciates the humor...

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03 March 2011

Homemade "sock keeper" holds stray socks while they wait for their mates

Delia Creates via www.ohdeedoh.com Cute way to keep track of single baby socks till their mates turn up. I can't help but imagine how my 11 year-old son's massive tube socks would engulf that frame! For the full how-to, read the original post at Delia Creates. (Thanks to Ohdeedoh for...

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02 March 2011

Contain hair styling supplies in a tackle box

In the comments of a hack showing hair accessories stored in a plastic cleaning tote, Mia shared her method, which may work even better for some: We've started using a tackle box to store my daughter's hair accessories. The bottom is big enough for brushes, detangler, etc. It can be...

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02 March 2011

Stop fighting long hair battles with your kids: cut it

Several folks have responded to my queries about kids' hair management with a simple just cut it. Ponytails are cute and all, but many folks would never go back after experiencing the freedom, peace and time gained by a simple chin-length bob. From Sarah: I love long hair and wish...

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01 March 2011

Safely trim your toddler's bangs with nose hair scissors

Summer's tip for safely trimming wiggly kids' hair: I cut my 2 year-old son's hair with blunt edged (but very sharp) nose hair trimming scissors. He wiggles and turns his head a great deal while I cut, but the rounded tips on the scissor blades keep him safe from pokes....

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