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14 December 2012

13 December 2012

What my kids cherish most about holiday rituals

In my next post in the Minimalist Holidays series, I've identified the two things that make our holiday traditions special, and they're surprisingly simple and affordable (often, free).

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07 December 2012

How to shorten the holiday to-do list without losing the magic

For so many, holiday cheer inevitably gets clouded by anxiety. But how do you choose what to cut? What if you lower your expectations to the point where the holidays no longer feel special?

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05 December 2012

Toys for kids with special needs: Ellen's got great advice

The straightforward pleasure of giving children gifts can be complicated when the gift-ee in question has special needs.

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04 December 2012

Creativity + craftiness, all boxed up and ready to go (or gift)

Kiwi Crate is the craft kit we all wish for our kids. These beautifully-packaged kits contain wonderful projects, use high-quality materials, and follow clever and interesting themes. Here's my review.

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29 November 2012

14 simple gifts your kids can make

In her next Minimalist Holidays post, Christine reminds us that kids' crafts don't need to be complicated to be fun, and shares ideas for gifts kids can make themselves.

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20 November 2012

Best of Parent Hacks: Thanksgiving

How are your Thanksgiving preparations coming along, either for your meal or your travel? Hopefully these tips collected at Parent Hacks over the years will help you along.

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19 November 2012

6 easy ways to involve kids in Thanksgiving

Sure, you could distract your kids with a few Thanksgiving printables and a box of crayons, but there's a bigger opportunity here. This year, involve your kids in the actual work of Thanksgiving.

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14 November 2012

Simplify, Celebrate, and Enjoy the Season: Introducing Minimalist Holidays

Welcome to Minimalist Holidays, a series of posts inspired by the central idea behind Minimalist Parenting: you can enjoy the holidays more when you do less.

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05 November 2012

Turn your disintegrating Jack O'Lantern into a garden experiment

Calling this a Parent Hack is a reach since it's little more than thinly-veiled avoidance of a disgusting job. But that won't stop me!

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01 November 2012

After Halloween: tips for cleanup, candy disposal, discounts

If you're like me, the day after Halloween is best spent on the couch with a cup of coffee and a good book. But if you can scrape together just a little more energy for some post-Halloween cleanup, you'll feel better about those mini-Snickers bars you ate this morning.

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30 October 2012

No Halloween costume? No problem. (I said so on TV.)

My appearance on AM Northwest demonstrating last-minute Halloween costumes. None are particularly flashy or magazine-worthy, nor will they blow you away with their cleverness. That's the point.

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19 October 2012

Plastic lettuce knife for kid-friendly chopping and slicing

In the comments of a recent post on kid-friendly knives, Emma mentioned that her kids safely chop and slice using a plastic lettuce knife.

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03 October 2012

Halloween: the endlessly hackable holiday

My ONEMoms trip to Ethiopia happens during prime time for Halloween hackery, so our usual swapping of hacks will be reduced this year. HOWEVER, if you're looking for ideas, there are a TON of great hacks in the Parent Hacks archives. Here are the shortcuts to finding the Halloween goodness.

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24 September 2012

Tiny food container keeps dice from rolling away

Melissa found this smart dice-rolling tip on Pinterest. (Which makes me wonder for the hundredth time if I should get on Pinterest.)

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