45 hacks in April 2011

30 April 2011

Weekend Catchup: highlights from the week of 4/25/11

We've been sitting around here in Portland, waiting for Spring to spring, complaining about the cold, damp, gray that doesn't realize it has overstayed its welcome. But then the tornadoes hit the Southern United States, and it gave me pause. About what, exactly, am I complaining? There are parallels to...

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29 April 2011

"Childproof" kitchen cabinets by hiding the knobs behind towels

Did your childproofing standards change when you had more than one child?

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29 April 2011

"Save" Lego creations in digital photos as wall art

In the spirit of decluttering without destroying your kids' artistic masterpieces, here's a brilliant two-fer Lego hack, from Michelle: Hack #1: If you have a child that likes to build Lego creations, but wants to keep them together forever, here is a solution! Take a photo of the creation and...

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28 April 2011

How to help your kid/teen wake up on her own

@MrsPJSimmons sent out a plea via Twitter asking how to encourage her teen to self-start in the mornings: Several "me toos" came back, and they had an air of desperation and resignation, as in "nothing I've tried has worked" and "it's driving me nuts." But some suggestions also came back:...

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28 April 2011

Backyard clubhouse: staple oilcloth to a play structure

via www.prudentbaby.com Jaime of Prudent Baby passed along this adorable backyard playground hack. With a staple gun and some leftover oilcloth, Niko's mom turned the unused space under the slide into a sweet little playhouse, complete with matching picnic mat. Read the full post for details and more kill-you-with-cuteness photos....

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27 April 2011

The Happiest Mom giveaway winners!

My son is taller than I am. Okay, that's not saying much, as I'm barely five feet. The point is, he's growing up. I remember, when he was a baby and a toddler, feeling like my life would always be a crazy blur of hormones and nursing and frenetic toddler...

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27 April 2011

10 best tricks for fooling yourself to work

How many "ten best productivity tips" articles have we read in our lives? Enough to know they are compulsively addictive, but not necessarily effective. This post from the creators of Swift To-Do List software, however, stands apart as truly entertaining and wise. You may not follow all of its tips,...

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27 April 2011

Amazon deal: Rayovac head-mounted flashlight 77% off

This hands-free lighting contraption comes in handy at our house several times a week. Great for: Crafters and model-builders Mechanics Campers Home repair Backyard spies and treasure hunters Sneaky bedtime reading Not the most attractive tool around, but VERY useful. And it just popped up in Amazon's lovely Gold Box...

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26 April 2011

I'm on CNN in about 15 minutes talking about the availability of porn on public library computers

When "Turner Broadcasting" shows up on your caller ID, you answer. Turns out CNN would like me to represent the "mom" perspective in a conversation about the availability of pornography on public library computers...in 15 minutes' time. If you're interested and near a TV in the next few minutes, tune...

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26 April 2011

Review and giveaway: The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood

There was a time when the title -- even the premise -- of this book would have tripped my skepticism alarm. "What can a parenting 'expert' tell me about being happy, especially in ten little steps?" Harumph. I'm now older and more experienced, and I know better than to pooh-pooh...

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25 April 2011

Strawberry basket as small-parts holder for your dishwasher

Look how Angie put a strawberry basket and a bit of twine to use: I use a plastic tomato/strawberry container and some string as a flexible and affordable way to wash small things in the dishwasher. Perfect for baby bottle parts, sippy cup valves, and all the little stuff that...

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25 April 2011

Amazon today only: Dr. Who series collections 61% off

Holy Tardis! One of our favorite shows, BBC's modern-day Dr. Who, is today's Daily Deal at Amazon. The individual DVD collections for Series 1 (with Christopher Eccleston), 2, 3 and 4 (with David Tennant) are each on sale for $31.49, which is 61% off the list price of $79.98. We...

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22 April 2011

21 April 2011

Game review: Rory’s Story Cubes

via babytoolkit.blogspot.com If you're not yet subscribed to Baby Toolkit, get thee to your feed reader! Adrienne and Jim have been putting out consistently smart, thoughtful, hackerish stuff for years. Case in point: this review of Gamewright's dice game Rory's Story Cubes. Fun and stimulating for the entire family, including...

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21 April 2011

Serve kids rice with a cookie scoop

Sonya shared her husband's trick for making rice easier for little kids to eat: My husband found a good way to serve our children rice without it being so messy. He takes a cookie scoop and scoops up the rice, then clicks it out onto their plate. They have this...

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