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  • A diaper emergency kit in my purse and in the glove compartment -- save your bread bags and a pack of almost-empty wipes, pack two diapers and the wipes into the bread bag and twist tie the top. You can use the bread bag to politely dispose of a smelly diaper. Voila -- Diaper 911!

    by relaxnsmile on 17th June 2008
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  • Snuggli has been a lifesaver for me. It helped calm my extrememly colicky baby & I've lost about 10 lbs. Ofcourse my daughter is too big to wear all day but I still pack it in the stroller of wear her for short walks around the block or to the store.

    by Christie on 15th June 2008
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  • We keep tabs on activities, games, project due dates, etc., with a wall-size monthly calendar in the kitchen/dining room area of our small apartment. I got the idea from an article in Cottage Living magazine and then tweaked it a bit for my needs. The calendar has 35 8"x8" squares (1 for each day in a month, plus 4 blank squares for inspirational quotes.). I use thumb tacks to hang permission slips, meeting agendas and party invitations, etc. right on the calendar. I use 4'x6' Post-it notes or index cards to post notes such as "Parent conference - 3pm", "Game - 8am, field 2". Since it's large and in a central area, it's easy for us to see/update. Having the permission slip, etc right on the calendar means we don't lose paperwork or miss important deadlines. And since the calendar is covered with a pretty neutral-colored linen fabric, it's attractive as well as functional (I didn't want a giant eyesore in my kitchen.).

    by knamahoe on 16th November 2008
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  • each night before bed, no matter where my teens are I give them a last check in to make sure they know its almost that time (curfew) also to say I love them! And in the mornings I call to tell them good morning and keep up the good work of being in on time.

    by maliboo on 18th July 2008
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  • Homemade fruit smoothies. It is a fast, healthy breakfast and my son is addicted to them. Milk, plain non-fat all natural yogurt (Dannon makes it), and fruit (fresh berries, melons, whatever). I can get him to eat fruit he normally wouldn't if I blend it in. If you pair it with a slice of whole wheat toast with a smear of peanut butter, you have a perfectly well rounded breakfast for toddlers with hardly any prep time.

    by oceans mom on 25th February 2009
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  • keeping a bunch of tall kitchen bags in the actual garbage can so when I take on out, it's easy to put a new one on.

    by jamvir on 27th January 2010
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  • Cut down on dirty dishes. My mom bought me some red plastic meal baskets, like the ones used at 50's diners such as Hudson's Grill. I keep a stack of them in a drawer in my kitchen and the kids and I use them for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Line them with a cloth/paper napkin and you're set. I use them to serve sandwiches and chips, cheese and crackers, popcorn, toast, bagels and lox (I'll add lettuce to the bottom of the basket), wedges of fruit and cheese and more. When the meal or snack is over, simply toss out the napkin (or put it in the laundry to wash) and you're done. Sometimes we rinse the baskets when we finish, but it's usually not necessary. These baskets have brought unexpected blessing to my little home. The baskets are fun, easy to use and have saved my son and I countless hours of washing and drying stacks of dishes. Yea

    by knamahoe on 16th November 2008
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  • My kids hate having their hair washed. My husband gets the job done by squirting a little bit of shampoo into about a cup of water... pour it (carefully!) onto their hair and it lathers up instantly, is easier to rinse than straight shampoo, and the hair wash is over practically before the kids know it.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 30th November 2008
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  • It drives my family crazy when they can't find the right lids to go with the right plastic food-storage containers. I started storing them in a couple of clementine boxes -- you know, those cute wooden containers that the tiny oranges come in. Now, the lids are easy to see, take out, and put away.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 29th September 2009
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