45 hacks in April 2011

20 April 2011

Learning to ride a two-wheeler bike: some tips

via goodenoughmommy.blogspot.com Stacy shared some great tips for making the transition from training wheels to a "big kid" bicycle: Keep your kid's first bike, the tiny one with training wheels. They will outgrow it but don't get rid of it. When you think they are ready to try two wheels,...

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20 April 2011

Amazon Gold Box next hour or two ONLY: Tivo Premiere HD DVR 83% off

Right now! In the Gold Box! Till 10am PST (or earlier if they run out)! The Tivo Premiere DVR is $49.99, or 83% off the list price of $299.99. Wha? If you're still an actual TV watcher (as opposed to a Net-only video junkie), a DVR's the only way to...

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19 April 2011

My family's favorite board games (as of today)

Adrienne of Baby Toolkit reminded me that it's Screen-Free Week...an event takes me by surprise every year, probably because my family is more attached to screens than I like to admit. So much of our entertainment, info gathering, communication and work revolves around screens that going screen-free would require an...

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19 April 2011

Take digital pictures of your kid's artwork so you can toss the originals

via www.everydayonephoto.com Here's how Melanie deals with the avalanche of kid art from school: To remedy the huge pile of art I've been accumulating, I take a picture of each piece the kids bring home from school. Of course I keep the treasures (see above) but most art creations end...

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18 April 2011

Mending hack: what to do when you cut the thread too short

I hand-stitch something maybe three of four times per year. But it's usually for something important, like sewing a treasured patch onto a uniform, or mending a hole in a favorite stuffed animal. Janice's hack solves my biggest problem: Often when I go to mend something, I seem to cut...

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17 April 2011

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

Our Weekend Catchup saunters in on Sunday morning this week. It, and I, are moving at a relaxed pace, soaking in the energy of beautiful New Orleans while attending the Mom 2.0 Summit. I'm on a plane today, pondering everything I've learned (or should I say digesting, given how much...

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15 April 2011

High protein and kid-friendly: Cheese and Potato Crustless Quiche

If your family balks at "eggy" quiches as mine does, you'll love this recipe. It's my new favorite for keeping in the fridge for ready breakfasts, lunches and snacks. You could even pack it in a lunchbox. Good warm, room temp or cold, easy to make, nice and firm, lots...

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15 April 2011

Pantry dinner that brings back memories: Indian hard boiled egg curry

I seem to have eggs on the brain. 'Tis the season, I guess. Ever tried egg curry? It's a dish I grew up with. My dad, who's from India and is an amazing cook, would make this on occasion. It took me a while to develop a taste for hard...

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14 April 2011

Homemade garden plant markers

During non-rainy moments here in Portland, I dart into my backyard and dig. I find that digging holes and doing other heavy garden work is the quickest way to clear my mind. (I find myself saying to my kids, "excuse me, but I gotta go dig a hole now." I...

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14 April 2011

You can do it: grow a vegetable garden

Last year, I grew a vegetable garden. Let me tell you about it, because if I can do it, you can, too. We have an old, cracked concrete patio in our back yard that gets blasted by the sun every summer. (In Portland, that's saying something.) The patio is what...

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13 April 2011

Parent Hacks admin: Mom 2.0 Summit, and a thank you

Tomorrow I'm flying to New Orleans for the first time to attend the Mom 2.0 Summit. I'll be speaking about the evolution of one's blog, and how to consciously help it change and grow with you. It's enlightening to think back over the history of Parent Hacks, and the journey...

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13 April 2011

Baking soda deodorizes a mattress after a stomach flu disaster

Perhaps the title of this hack was enough information, but in case you want more detail, here it is, from Rebecca: The other night I found out the hard way that baking soda is good for yet another thing. I was snuggling my 4 year-old to sleep. He had been...

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13 April 2011

Reuse long birthday candles: cut the tips!

Anna's birthday party hack: I almost never manage to reuse birthday candles -- there's always too much going on at the moment to remember to save them, and then they're not as beautiful when they have burnt tips. But for a recent birthday party I used Betty Crocker 4.25" candles,...

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12 April 2011

Free Range Kids winners!

Thank you for weighing in on thequestion of balancing freedom with informed parenting. From what I'm reading in the comments, lots (most!) people struggle with that balance and are concerned about their own overprotectiveness. Many said "I like the idea of giving my kids more freedom, but it's hard/scary to...

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12 April 2011

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: Season 2 premieres tonight

via abc.go.com Food Revolution was my introduction to Jamie Oliver, and I'm now a raging fan. This TED award-winner and chef is doing more to raise awareness about the state of school lunches and childrens' nutrition than anyone I know. An amazing individual, a compulsively watchable and important show. This...

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