38 hacks in October 2011

31 October 2011

Halloween: it's okay if you're not prepared

The pumpkins are carved, the spider webs are up, and the costumes are squared away.You know what? It doesn't matter!

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29 October 2011

Amazon TODAY ONLY: 36% off Ekobrew refillable K-Cup for Keurig coffee machines

Lots of you love this coffee machine and buy your K-Cup refills using Amazon Subscribe & Save, so I thought you might appreciate a heads-up about this deal. Discount ends October 29, 2011.

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29 October 2011

Win a tote bag full of goodies, change the world

The raffle has ended. We are proud (and very grateful) -- we raised $625 for Charity Water, which is $225 OVER our goal. Heartfelt thanks to all who supported us!

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28 October 2011

Advent calendar as potty training reward chart

"The prospect of opening an advent calendar door for each potty success worked amazingly well to motivate my 3-year old son after chocolate buttons, jellybeans, temporary tattoos and a sticker chart had all failed. It was like magic!"

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27 October 2011

Computer as kitchen appliance

Why am I so surprised by how much I love having a computer in the hub of our house: the kitchen?

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27 October 2011

Halloween costume hack: turn laptop bag pouches into play holsters

Even if you're a costume-making newbie, the concept behind this hack is within your grasp. The idea is this: instead of buying fabric from the fabric store and fashioning something from scratch, buy second-hand, already-sewn items that approximate what you want, then deconstruct and customize.

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27 October 2011

Habit change: baby steps or major leaps?

I've completed Week 3 of Fitness Boot Camp. Not only can I now do a side plank, I've learned an important lesson about habit change.

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26 October 2011

Print birthday party details onto mailing labels to avoid "invitation hand cramp"

Jenn's smart tip for streamlining the writing-out of birthday party invitations. Do you mail birthday party invitations? Or do you use a Web-based invitation service such as Evite? Are there Evite alternatives you prefer?

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26 October 2011

Want to read a library book that's already reserved? Grab the audio version.

There's more to Tracy's simple library hack than meets the eye (or ear, in this case). Note how she's creatively carving out time for her interests by using moments that might otherwise go to waste.

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25 October 2011

Turn an IKEA laptop holder into a kid-friendly iPad stand

A brilliant IKEA hack which turns a cheap plastic laptop support into a functional and good-looking iPad stand.

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25 October 2011

Flame-free Jack o' Lantern: use Christmas lights!

Have trouble keeping your Halloween jack o' lantern lit? Tired of burning pumpkin? Try Brian's hack!

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20 October 2011

Family tech: the agony and the ecstasy (plus an awesome giveaway)

How do you enjoy the best technology has to offer without letting it take over your life? Leave a comment on the Accidental Expert post for a chance to win a Dell Inspiron One 2320 Touch.

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19 October 2011

FlashBrite reflective stick-on patches add nighttime visibility to Halloween costumes

These reflective stick-on patches shine when hit with direct light (think: car headlights), and are great for Halloween, bike safety, and after-dark dog walks.

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19 October 2011

18 October 2011

Plastic pumpkin head Chia Pets

Turn a trick-or-treat bucket into a living Halloween decoration.

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