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Cooler Kid Food in an Instant

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks, Recent Posts | 2 comments

Cooler Kid Food in an Instant

We parents are mega multi-taskers.  Just yesterday, I was “making” (I should call it microwaving) my son lunch while holding the baby on my hip, talking on the phone to the realtor, policing my two-year old in time-out, and cleaning the counters.  As is common with me when I’m juggling this many tasks at once, at least one of those tasks is bound to drop.  In this particular case, it was the mac & cheese in the microwave.  I was in too big of a hurry to set the timer so it cooked for far too long, resulting in...

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Friday’s Find – My Favorite Totally-Unnatural Energy Booster

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks, Recent Posts | 3 comments

Friday’s Find – My Favorite Totally-Unnatural Energy Booster

Last night I was up until about 1:30 catching up on emails.  At 5:15 my oh-s0-charming baby woke up bright-eyed and brimming with energy.  At last, around 7:45 he finally started yawning.  Sadly for me, that’s the exact same time my other 4 kids’ days are just beginning. Since I have two little guys that sleep on totally opposite schedules and big kids who need rides, homework help, and dinner, a nap never really works out for me.  On days like this, I really only have two options: go through the day groggy and grumpy or find...

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Help Kids Focus with this Simple Trick

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks, Recent Posts | 0 comments

Help Kids Focus with this Simple Trick

Elementary School is sort of rough on parents.  A lot of the homework required demands parent interaction.  Listening to reading, quizzing on math facts, helping with spelling words, checking worksheets, finishing dioramas…they all require my direct supervision.  Since I have three in elementary school (2nd, 3rd, & 5th) my nights often seem to be an endless homework session. All of my kids need my help at one time or another so sending them to their rooms to finish homework just isn’t an option.  We set up a homework table...

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Best of MeckMom: Sick Day Roundup

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks, Recent Posts | 2 comments

Best of MeckMom: Sick Day Roundup

For the record, I had every intention of blogging this month.  Unfortunately my immune system just didn’t cooperate.  Over the last six weeks my family has been slammed by a very persistant flu bug.  It went through all seven of us multiple times.  If I never see another cough drop wrapper or wadded up tissue it will be too soon. Thankfully, I’m happy to report that we’re finally free of the germs!  I’m very anxious to get back to normal life and back to blogging.  I thought I’d kick things off with a little...

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Make Sunday Mornings Easier with this Simple Trick

Posted by on Nov 2, 2010 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks, Recent Posts | 4 comments

Make Sunday Mornings Easier with this Simple Trick

I hope you all had a fabulous Halloween.  My kids scored their biggest candy stash ever with the help of their determined Dad and Uncle.  My little Medusa, Indiana Jones, Miss Universe, Iron Man and Lumber Jack were out until 9 at night scouring the neighborhoods for king size candy bars.  They couldn’t have had more fun if they had tried. Today’s tip comes from many years of late-to-church experience.  If your family has a tendency to slide into the back row 10 minutes after the meeting starts – you may want to read...

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Friday’s Find – My Favorite Fine Hair Helpers

Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks | 4 comments

Friday’s Find – My Favorite Fine Hair Helpers

I’ve been blessed with a lot of things in my life.  Unfortunately, a gorgeous head of hair was not one of them.  My hair is fine, thin, stick straight and completely devoid of natural volume.  It’s so thin that I can fit my entire head of hair into a rubber band the size of my finger.  I’ve tried tons of different products with little success.  It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s salon quality or Suave – I can never seem to find the right combination to give my hair the lift and holding power it...

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Keep Top-Rack Dishes in their Place with this Easy Trick

Posted by on Sep 28, 2010 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks | 5 comments

Keep Top-Rack Dishes in their Place with this Easy Trick

If you’ve got little kids, chances are you’ve got a lot of plastic dishes, sippy cups and bottles. As cute and handy as they are, they have this annoying little habit…they love to flip over in the dishwasher. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out my top-rack to find a bunch of cups and bowls that look like this. Gross. I hate getting splashed with the dirty dishwater that hangs out in flipped cups. Don’t you? Thankfully, one Cook’s Illustrated (one of my favorite magazines) reader had a...

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‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 4

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks | 3 comments

‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 4

‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 4: Bring on the Breakfast They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So why limit it to the morning hours?  My kids love it when I pack breakfast for lunch.  We’ve done bagels, pancakes, yogurt parfaits.  This is one of their favorites… Yep, cold cereal.  Don’t ask me why they think this is so cool, but they love it.  I pack a big container of their favorite cereal and a spoon and then buy a cold milk carton from school.  Talk about easy.  My only rule is...

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‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 3

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks | 5 comments

‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 3

‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 3: Stick it to ‘Em What’s true for state fairs is also true for cold lunches…any food is better if it comes on a stick.  Don’t ask me why, but in the eyes of kids, skewering something with a toothpick suddenly changes it from humdrum to totally fun.  I think it makes them feel fancier somehow…like they’re having appetizers off a silver platter rather than ordinary foods from a lunch box. In fact, to up the fanciness one notch, I use these crystal toothpicks in...

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‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 2

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks | 4 comments

‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 2

‘Cooler’ Cold Lunches Mini-Tip 2: Sneaky Sandwiches My oldest son, Jack, loves peanut butter & honey sandwiches.  He would eat them everyday if I let him.  He’s not a big fan of wheat bread, however.  To give him a little boost of whole grain but still give him the softness he loves, I meet him halfway.  I use one slice of wheat and one slice of white. I also use big cookie cutters to trim off the crusts.  I know what you’re thinking - a good mom would make him eat every crumb of that crust because there are...

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