13 hacks in July 2014

30 July 2014

Turn a wooden magazine holder into a corner shelf or charging station

This could work well over a kid's desk to stash art or homework supplies. OR as a charging station for the family's mobile devices.

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29 July 2014

Bake cookies on your car dashboard

Consider this the silver lining on your next drive in the insane summer heat.

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28 July 2014

A trick for for preventing spills because the drinking straw's too tall

A smart drinking straw trick from Sarah, via my spiffy new hack submission form on Tumblr.

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25 July 2014

Turn a t-shirt into a no-sew superhero cape

This DIY project breaks Edna Mode's #1 fashion rule for superheroes, but I don't care. It's quick, easy, cute, and it involves zero sewing machines.

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24 July 2014

Easiest frozen yogurt pops: mini yogurt + Popsicle stick

Frozen yogurt on a stick! I recommend Popsicle sticks (pick them up cheap at the craft or dollar store), but you could also use takeout chopsticks (as pictured here). Great way to prolong the life of yogurt nearing its expiration date. FOREHEAD SMACK OF BRILLIANCE to my_dream_future for sharing this...

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16 July 2014

Ever been on pregnancy bed rest? Please share your #parenthacks!

I'm writing the "Preparing for Baby" chapter in the forthcoming Parent Hacks book (did I mention I'm writing a book?) and it occured to me that some of my future readers may read it while on bed rest. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum Online Collection I'm doing research into how folks...

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14 July 2014

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to the Portland screening of BOYHOOD

It's one thing to make a movie. It's another to do something completely new with the medium. From the promotional material for BOYHOOD: Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named...

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07 July 2014

07 July 2014

Let Amazon help you better navigate your local library

I've already discovered the best reading hack of all -- our local library. The trick is to find a quick source of new material and recommendations...

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04 July 2014

Turn a binder + pencil pouches into a portable travel play kit

Jen of Mama Papa Bubba turned a binder and a set of pencil pouches into a sweet portable activity kit for little travelers.

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03 July 2014

02 July 2014

Should you force your kids into new activities?

When Christine and I launched Minimalist Parenting, interviewers inevitably asked us: But aren't you afraid "minimalist parenting" will lead to lazy, unmotivated kids? It's not a bad question. How can kids come to know their capabilities without a push (sometimes a firm one) out of their comfort zones? Kristen Howerton...

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01 July 2014

Kill viruses on wooden toys by freezing them

If you've ever witnessed the single-minded furvor with which some toddlers play with their Thomas the Tank Engine train sets, this hack merits a spot in your regular rotation.

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