Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tip of the Week

A few weeks ago on my website I created a tip of the week, so I thought I'd post them here as well. So if you haven't seen the past few weeks tips I listed them below.

Tired of going to the beach and dragging all the sand in your car when you leave? Sprinkle your feet with a little bit of baby powder and the sand brushes right off. Mom tested, mom approved!

Problem: Your kids want popsicles all day out in this heat, but you don’t want them to have all that sugar. Solution: Poor yogurt into popsicle containers and freeze them. To make them more fun add food coloring to tint the yogurt and do layers.

Do you have a child in an outdoor sport and another who’s bored when you go to the games? Fill a clear plastic container with sand and play toys to keep kids occupied while at outdoor games.

Your going to have unexpected company come over for dinner and don’t have time to clean the house. Drizzle a few drops of orange-scented Pine-Sol on a clean cloth and hide it in a bookcase. It’ll give the room that just-been scrubbed smell minus the work.

School is going to start before you know it. A great way for your child to brush up a little before school is by going on sites like
Of course all their hard work needs to be rewarded with some fun stuff like coloring pages from

If your shopping for clothes and don’t have time to wait in line ask the salesperson who was helping you to put your items on hold so you can pick them up later. Another idea is try everything on and order them online when you get home. Shopping during the week and in the morning also helps beat the rush.

Don’t forget Grandparent’s Day is on the September 9th. Do you want to find a cute way to make a card that you can get your kids involved in? Print out a picture of your kids and glue it to a piece of cardstock. Then on the cardstock side your kids can write a personalized message. That way it’s a 2-1, picture of your kids, but also a card. If you do 4x6 they can easily store it in a photo album so they can look at it for years to come.

Do you take a lot of pictures and want to share with family and friends? A great way for them to feel like they live close by is to upload your digital pictures to a place like www.winkflash.come so they can view your pictures and order copies for themselves.

No matter how many times you tell you child to stop playing with their gum they still do it. And surprise surprise they get it in their hair. Put peanut butter in their hair and it will help loosen the gum up, then shampoo as usual. I used to do this all the time as a kid so it was no surprise when my daughter did it. And that trick still works, plus conditions your hair a little
*NOTE Do not use if your child has a peanut allergy*

Are you nervous about using cleaning chemical around your kids? Mix 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and great for streak free windows. WARNING-May make you crave a saladJ

School has started and your child is bringing home tons of artwork. You don’t want to throw it out, but you also don’t have room to store it all. Here are two solutions for you. 1. Scan each picture on your computer so you’ll have a digital file for each one. 2. Video tape each one and have you or your child talk a little about it on tape.


kathryn said...

Oh good, now I can add your blog to my favorite blog lists!

Debbie said...

Wow Jennifer-

Pretty impressive! thanks for sharing all of the tips. :) I enjoyed reading them...very helpful. The best one was putting baby powder on the bottom of your feet before heading out to the beach. I will remember that.

Your friend Debbie Savage at www.babyemijewelry.com

Little Piddles said...

Debbie-When I first heard about the baby powder tip I knew I had to try it. Half our backyard is sand (we had 10 drump truck loads brought in. Since I love pools and my husband the beach that was our compromise I got my pool and he got his own beach) so needless to say if anyone can appreciate this tip it was me. It saved my downstairs carpet from so much sand this summer especailly after the girls would go swimming they were bound to have sand stuck to their feet, but not no more. Also good for using if your at the beach put some on your hands before eating so you won't have to eat anymore sandy food, ugh I hated that as a kid...lol!