37 hacks in September 2011

20 September 2011

Nonprofit Catalog Choice helps you cut down on paper junk mail

I'm on a quest to rid our house of clutter. (I always seem to be on this quest, but no matter.) And the constant inflow of junk mail and the waste it produces aggravates me every day. California-based nonprofit Catalog Choice can help.

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20 September 2011

Display seasonal books on a stuffed animal chain

Carrie already sounds way more organized than I am even BEFORE she came up with this: a clever hack for highlighting seasonal and holiday books.

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19 September 2011

Parent Hacks redesign! Prettier! Easier to browse! Better search! Come see!

Parent Hacks has a new look! Given that the original design was a pre-fab TypePad template I hacked together during my kids' holiday break in 2005, it's about time, don't you think?

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19 September 2011

Top ten tips for smart kid clothes shopping (plus a chance to win $150 at Old Navy)

Shopping for kids clothing takes equal parts of preparation and endurance. In my latest post at The Accidental Expert, I share my top 10 tips for streamlining the process. As always, my tips are a starting point. Share yours for a chance to win a $150 Old Navy gift card!...

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16 September 2011

Make homework more interesting and readable with color

Connie passed along a homework technique she and her niece devised to make papers easier to read and correct: My older niece likes to check over her homework when she's done. When it's something like matching words to their definitions or word search, she often has trouble following the lines...

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16 September 2011

MAKEDO connectors help kids turn found objects into art

A wonderful gift for little artists, engineers, architects, and hackers-in-training.

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15 September 2011

Evernote: How do you use it? Talk amongst yourselves.

Evernote is a popular cross-platform notetaking app. I thought it would be fun to find out how Parenthackers are using Evernote, given your collective intelligence and problem-solving creativity.

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15 September 2011

Keep medical- and health details accessible with Evernote

Opher's tech-enhanced tip for keeping hard-to-remember medical details at one's fingertips.

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14 September 2011

Divided food container inside a lunchbox keeps sandwiches un-smooshed

What's the bane of many kids' school lunch experience? Opening the lunch box to find a smooshed sandwich. Or bruised banana. Or crushed chips. Here's one easy way to avoid the problem without buying all-new lunchbox accessories.

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14 September 2011

Geeky parenting, or, encouraging your kids' passions (including video games)

In my latest Babble Voices post, I talk about getting behind your kids' passions, even when they don't reflect your own.

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13 September 2011

How to unclutter your handbag -- and keep it that way

A few little tweaks in how I use my purse have made a huge difference to my daily sanity, and to my level of efficiency as I move through my day. And they can be applied to any handbag, backpack or messenger bag.

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13 September 2011

Five ways to repurpose kitchen tools...in the kitchen

Any geek worth his or her salt loves America's Test Kitchen. The obsessive trial-and-error to make the perfect roast chicken or fruit crisp or whatever. Entertaining and interesting to read, gratifying to cook. And the illustrations are fantastic. Well, Adrienne (Baby Toolkit) tweeted me with a link to this lovely...

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12 September 2011

Hacks for larger families: 4 Kids or More

I've heard that when you have more than two kids, everything changes. Because you're outnumbered. But I've also heard from mothers of three-or-more that there's a special type of surrender that happens...a letting go of the illusion of control that was never there in the first place. Once it becomes...

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12 September 2011

Amazon deal: Buy three Command self-adhesive no-mark products, get one free

I use Command adhesive hooks all over my house, and they truly work as promised -- adhesive hooks and organizers that stick to the wall, hold a decent amount of weight, but remove with no damage, marks or residue.

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12 September 2011

Safety + parking reminder: take a picture of the kids next to the parking sign

Trish's variation on a hack for lost-kid preparation at amusement parks is so simple it could apply to all sorts of travel situations. I had to "promote" it from the comments so everyone could benefit. I take the picture of everyone standing in front of the sign where we've parked...

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