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Remove Cherry Pits with a Lollipop Stick

Remove cherry pits before you serve a bowl of cherries and you won’t have to worry about your kids chocking on the pits–or spitting them out at their siblings. First, wash the cherries. Use a narrow-necked bottle, like a wine bottle or an old-fashioned soda bottle. If the cherry has […]

Remove Water Stains with a Hair Dryer

Remove water stains from your coffee tables, dining room table or even your piano bench (!) with the concentrated heat of your hair dryer. Cool glasses of water or hot cops of tea–along with those sippy cups full of juice that your kids love–leave a white mark on wood furniture. […]

Keep Ice Cream Soft and Ready to Eat

Keep ice cream soft and ready for the whole family to enjoy with one simple trick: a freezer bag. No one likes to wait for ice cream to soften–especially kids! When you bring your favorite frozen confection home from the store, put it in a Ziploc bag before you put it […]

Hang Paper Towels on a Coat Hanger

Hang paper towels the easy way at your outdoor events this summer. When you’re manning the BBQ, or watching a bunch of kids at a pool party, you don’t have time to trek back to the kitchen to grab a paper towel every time you need one. Try this: cut the […]

DIY Stain Treatment for Baby’s Clothes

This DIY stain treatment is easy to make and gentle on your baby’s clothes. You don’t want to use harsh chemicals on your child’s clothing and, let’s face it, babies are expert at making their own stains (spit-up being their specialty). Mix up your own pre-wash treatment with equal parts […]

Untangle Doll Hair with Fabric Softener

Untangle doll hair without pulling your own hair out. Barbie, Skipper and even baby dolls come with long hair that looks shiny and pretty at first, but can turn into a complete mess after a night in the toy box. Mix fabric softener and water in equal parts, and put […]

Frozen Yogurt Pops the Easy Way

Frozen yogurt pops are a delicious, refreshing low-calorie treat. Kids love them so much they might not even realize the pops are made from healthy ingredients! Now you can make your own pops at home. You’ll save money and you can control exactly what goes into your kids’ warm-weather treats. […]

Remove Sticker Residue with Vinegar

Remove sticker residue once and for all, the easy and natural way. Kids love stickers, and most kids go through a stage of putting stickers on everything. Some stickers slide right off; others leave a gooey mess behind on toys, walls and furniture. Here’s the simplest way to remove that […]

Freeze Juice Boxes to Keep Lunches Cold

Freeze juice boxes overnight to make creative (and juicy) ice packs for your kids’ lunches. Separate the drink boxes, and then place them, straws and all, in the freezer at for least a few hours (overnight is best). The frozen juice box will act as an ice pack, keeping sandwiches and […]

Keep Sliced Apples Fresh the Easy Way

Keep sliced apples fresh for your lunch, the kids’ lunch and after-school snacking. First, wash the apple. Then, remove the core. Did you know there’s a tool for that? There’s also a tool that will let you core and slice the apple in one step. The trick is to hang […]

A Snack Station Makes Lunches Fun

A snack station is a great way to get the kids involved in packing their lunches on school days. Select snack items–pretzels, crackers, cheese sticks, almonds, and other healthy choices–that you approve of and that your kids enjoy. Pack the snacks in Ziploc bags and place in the “snack station” in […]

Sticker Clues for Right and Left Shoes

Sticker clues are fun for kids as they learn which shoe is right and which is left. This hack will save lots of time and also boost your child’s confidence in solving the age-old kids’ question: “Are these shoes on right?” Start with a large sticker–it can be a freebie […]

Colored Dots Help Kids Sort Their Clothes

Colored dots on the labels of children’s clothing will help your kids identify which piece of clothing is his or hers. For example, if you have three kids, each gets a different color dot. Use a magic marker to place a dot on the inside label of each t-shirt, sweater, pair of […]

Shower Caddy Food Tray for Kids

A shower caddy can be used to carry soaps and shampoos, and it also can double as a kids’ food tray. Start with a clean, new caddy of course! (You can find them at Dollar Stores for, you guessed it: $1.) Line it with paper towels, napkins or wax paper […]

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DIY Vacuum Extension with a Paper Towel Tube

A DIY vacuum extension can come in handy when the parts that came with your vacuum just aren’t doing the trick. Let’s say you want to reach all the way under your couch or bed, or behind the t.v., without having to move the furniture around. You can make your vacuum […]

Keep Earrings Together with a Button

Keep earrings together when you travel, so you won’t have to rifle through your bag when you’re getting ready for a big event. It’s easy: just use a simple button. Insert each earring through a buttonhole and attach the back. If the earrings are “French wire” style (with no back), […]

Pack Half in Your Luggage, Half in Your Partner’s

Pack half of what you’re bringing on vacation in your luggage, and the other half in the luggage of your travel partner. And, your partner should do the same: half of his stuff in his bag, half in yours. That way, if one bag gets lost or delayed, it won’t […]

Keep Ice Cream Soft and Ready to Eat

Keep ice cream soft and ready for the whole family to enjoy with one simple trick: a freezer bag. No one likes to wait for ice cream to soften–especially kids! When you bring your favorite frozen confection home from the store, put it in a Ziploc bag before you put it […]

Keep Basil Fresh the Simple Way

Keep basil fresh for up to a week with a simple cup of water. This method is similar to keeping a bouquet of cut flowers fresh. First, trim the stems of the basil with a sharp knife. Then, place the bunch into a glass of water. Cover with a plastic […]

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DIY Stain Treatment for Baby’s Clothes

This DIY stain treatment is easy to make and gentle on your baby’s clothes. You don’t want to use harsh chemicals on your child’s clothing and, let’s face it, babies are expert at making their own stains (spit-up being their specialty). Mix up your own pre-wash treatment with equal parts […]

Remove Water Stains with a Hair Dryer

Remove water stains from your coffee tables, dining room table or even your piano bench (!) with the concentrated heat of your hair dryer. Cool glasses of water or hot cops of tea–along with those sippy cups full of juice that your kids love–leave a white mark on wood furniture. […]

Sticker Clues for Right and Left Shoes

Sticker clues are fun for kids as they learn which shoe is right and which is left. This hack will save lots of time and also boost your child’s confidence in solving the age-old kids’ question: “Are these shoes on right?” Start with a large sticker–it can be a freebie […]

A Snack Station Makes Lunches Fun

A snack station is a great way to get the kids involved in packing their lunches on school days. Select snack items–pretzels, crackers, cheese sticks, almonds, and other healthy choices–that you approve of and that your kids enjoy. Pack the snacks in Ziploc bags and place in the “snack station” in […]

Remove Cherry Pits with a Lollipop Stick

Remove cherry pits before you serve a bowl of cherries and you won’t have to worry about your kids chocking on the pits–or spitting them out at their siblings. First, wash the cherries. Use a narrow-necked bottle, like a wine bottle or an old-fashioned soda bottle. If the cherry has […]

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Sticker Clues for Right and Left Shoes

Sticker clues are fun for kids as they learn which shoe is right and which is left. This hack will save lots of time and also boost your child’s confidence in solving the age-old kids’ question: “Are these shoes on right?” Start with a large sticker–it can be a freebie […]

Freeze Juice Boxes to Keep Lunches Cold

Freeze juice boxes overnight to make creative (and juicy) ice packs for your kids’ lunches. Separate the drink boxes, and then place them, straws and all, in the freezer at for least a few hours (overnight is best). The frozen juice box will act as an ice pack, keeping sandwiches and […]

A Snack Station Makes Lunches Fun

A snack station is a great way to get the kids involved in packing their lunches on school days. Select snack items–pretzels, crackers, cheese sticks, almonds, and other healthy choices–that you approve of and that your kids enjoy. Pack the snacks in Ziploc bags and place in the “snack station” in […]

Colored Dots Help Kids Sort Their Clothes

Colored dots on the labels of children’s clothing will help your kids identify which piece of clothing is his or hers. For example, if you have three kids, each gets a different color dot. Use a magic marker to place a dot on the inside label of each t-shirt, sweater, pair of […]

Hang Paper Towels on a Coat Hanger

Hang paper towels the easy way at your outdoor events this summer. When you’re manning the BBQ, or watching a bunch of kids at a pool party, you don’t have time to trek back to the kitchen to grab a paper towel every time you need one. Try this: cut the […]