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Sep. 24th, 2008

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elle3

The pizza cutter

The pizza cutter is a great kitchen tool when you have toddlers. You can cut everything into bite sizes pieces or small enough for little ones to grasp. I like using it on:
*Spaghetti
*waffles
*Pancakes
*sandwiches
*tortillas
and of course Pizza!

Dec. 21st, 2007

devious, uma

blondieoubre

Breastfeeding Tip

I've taken many 5 hour drives with my little one, and the one place I've pretty much always found to be a good stopping place is Starbucks. Their products may be a bit expensive, soooo tasty, but they almost always have large cushy chairs which I've always liked for breastfeeding. I'd usually bring along my boppy, but they're still good even without it.
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Dec. 6th, 2007

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elle3

Dial a story numbers. These can be a great distraction on the go with kids.

Thanks for using Mosio.com QnA!

Your Question
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Are there any numbers i can call that will read a story to my kid for free?

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QnAgent Answer
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(707)746-4339

(415)437-4880

(707)746-4339

(510)577-6067

(408)730-7333

(650)903-6771 - press 1

(510)597-5054 - press 1

(415)499-6051 - press 1

(208)726-0033 - story menu: http://www.thecommunitylibrary.org/children/dialstory.html

Dec. 5th, 2007

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elle3

Here's a tip on keeping binkies (pacifiers) somewhat clean in public.

Here's a tip on keeping binkies (pacifiers) somewhat clean in public.  My son would never tolerate his binky being clipped to his person, so I was forever picking up, rinsing (or sometimes not!) and plugging him back in.  Then I started carrying a small, watertight snack container filled with water and a dash of Listerine mouthwash in the diaper bag.  Then when a binky hit the floor, I just popped it into the container, closed the lid and shook for a few seconds.  The Listerine has an antiseptic that kills any germs that made it onto the pacifier in the 3.2 seconds it was on the floor.

Nov. 4th, 2007

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elle3

Red popsicles help reduce the trauma and drama of a bloody lip

Hersch did a face plant and bit his inner lip pretty badly. There was a lot of blood and he wasn't up for letting me take a look, and certainly was in no mood for ice.

So I grabbed a Haagen-Dazs sorbet and yogurt bar. The coldness calmed him down and dramatically reduced the swelling. Also, the fact that the bar was red had the added benefit that he didn't notice it was covered with blood for the first few nibbles.

Oct. 25th, 2007

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elle3

No-spill car breakfast: oatmeal in an insulated mug

oatmeal is the ideal on-the-go breakfast, especially when served up in an insulated travel mug. Oatmeal stays hot, can be eaten in the car without spilling, and doesn't leave crumbs everywhere.

(All I could find at Amazon were the fancy stainless steel travel mugs but plastic insulated mugs work as well for this purpose, as long as you don't cook in them.)

If you use instant oatmeal, all the quicker.

Oct. 22nd, 2007

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elle3

What to do with all that Halloween Candy

With Halloween around the corner I thought this would be a good lightbulb to share:

If your kid's Halloween haul looks like ours, you'll be well-supplied with sugar till the candy canes start arriving in December. A few suggestions to help you disperse your little pirate's booty:

  • Chop it up and mix it into ice cream
  • Add it to cookie dough
  • Bake it into birthday cakes
  • Float Junior Mints in your coffee
  • Share it with your mail carrier, your garbage person, your dog walker, your housecleaner, your boss...
  • Freeze it to bring out for family movie nights
  • save it for decorating a holiday gingerbread house

And -- need it be said? -- sneak it yourself after the little ones are in bed and out of earshot.

Oct. 19th, 2007

devious, uma

blondieoubre

Not a clever idea I had, but...

I discovered something while at a baby store the other day. It's Stephan Baby (brand) mini medicine bottle. It's a little bottle that has measurements on it, so you can put medicine in it, and then dilute it with juice, breastmilk, or whatever you prefer, so you can give medicine (or in my case vitamins) to your youngin' without having to deal with screaming, struggle, and a medicine covered child. It's pretty darned nifty.

I tried to find a link to it on their website, but they only seemed to have it packaged with other products, and their website is pretty poorly made.

Oct. 17th, 2007

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elle3

Metal pet tags make great backpack IDs

When my son started kindergarten, I wanted to put an ID on his backpack. The luggage tag I got him disappeared pretty quickly, but the next time I was in the pet store, I got an idea. I bought tokens for the pet tag etching machine, and created a tag with his name and street address on it, and added my cell phone number. The metal couplers used to attach a tag to a collar work really well to attach it to the zipper of a backpack (and help keep rough play and busy fingers from removing it). Now, I know that if my son gets lost, he has our address and my cell phone number on him (and we can make sure he always takes home his own backpack, too).
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Oct. 16th, 2007

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elle3

Glue down collars on baby outfits to keep them clean

All those baby outfits with collars people gave us were cute, but not helpful at feeding time. The collars inevitably flip up and cover baby's mouth, or get in the way. I got so sick of them, I wanted to cut them all off, but then they wouldn't look cute. So, I tried stitching them down with a couple of stitches. I'm not much of a sewer, so this took too long, and then they ended up coming out after a few washes. So, I used fabric glue and tacked them down at each point and once or twice along the back. After they dried, I laundered them. No more collar stick-ups.

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