38 hacks in October 2011

17 October 2011

Non-candy treat: Halloween-themed erasers

The Dollar section at Target can be a dangerous place, but Tracy's found a fantastic deal there that keeps a bit of candy out of kids' trick-or-treat bags and is cheaper than candy as well.

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17 October 2011

Halloween hacks! We got 'em! We want 'em!

Halloween. We've got hacks by the dozens. But we could always use more!

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14 October 2011

13 October 2011

Amazon deal: Scotch Thermal Laminator $21.99

A personal laminator is useful for so many things, you'll wonder why you waited this long to buy one. Amazon Gold Box price ends on 10/22/11, or earlier if they run out.

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13 October 2011

Don't be afraid of "hard"

This week's Babble Voices post isn't so much about my experience with Adventure Boot Camp as it is about the importance of trying something you're sure is too hard for you. Don't be so sure.

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13 October 2011

DIY budget bento-style lunch kit

If you've priced out bento-style lunch kits, you know they're not cheap. Here's Courtney's alternative, made out of disposable (but reusable) food containers you buy at the grocery store.

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12 October 2011

Not-As-Sloppy Joes: use hot dog buns!

That's right, we're building a better Sloppy Joe.

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12 October 2011

Elastic hack: how to tighten loose pants without sewing

Donna's hack retrofits any pair of pants with belt loops, and it's a cinch to do. Get it? Cinch? Oh, how I amuse myself.

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11 October 2011

Upside-down crazy straw + cup lid "locks" the straw inside a to-go cup

Raise your hand if your kid takes the straw out of milkshake and soda to-go cups, thereby dripping on, spraying or wetting something nearby. *Millions of hands go up around the world.* THANK YOU, HEATHER, FOR A SOLUTION.

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11 October 2011

How to exercise with a preschooler in tow? Talk amongst yourselves.

Parenthackers who are exercising with little kids...how do you do it? When do you do it? What do you do?

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10 October 2011

How to make a Halloween horror movie with your kids

One dad's account of planning out, filming, editing and screening a Halloween "horror" video with the neighborhood kids.

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10 October 2011

Childproof a switch cover with recycled plastic

"The kitchen sink in our new house is on the island, which means that the disposal switch is at a height of three feet, begging my son to play with it. What could be a worse idea?" Here's one way to babyproof it.

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08 October 2011

Weekend tour: How to get Parent Hacks updates

Each weekend I'll choose one feature to highlight. Up first: how to get Parent Hacks updates.

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07 October 2011

Coping with a younger sibling's "homework jealousy"

Ah, that adorable, inexorable toddler desire to "be a big kid." Here's how Dr. Efrat Schorr handled it with respect to an older sibling going to school.

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06 October 2011

Fitness Boot Camp: Week 1

The first time I heard about Fitness Boot Camp, I secretly thought the women who signed up were either hyper-competitive or insane.

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