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Fun Every Day

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Today is Fun
! Could there be a more fun blog name than that? The site features one great thing to do with your kids every day. Tip-toeing, magnifying glass exploration, DIY parachutes, sticky note treasure hunts… Hello, jackpot! Kudos to Design Mom for this seriously good find. It’s a must-bookmark for those "I’m bored, Mom!" days.

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Braaaaaaaains! (or, How Did You Survive Sleep Deprivation?)

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Let’s face it: Uninterrupted sleep is a luxury that most new parents don’t get. At least, that’s what I always heard. I never thought much of it while my wife was pregnant. I always assumed this truth statement and moved on with life, not comprehending what was to come.

After all, I survived college! For example, when I was the managing editor of my college’s student newspaper, there were production nights that lasted 30+ hours. Sure, I was delirious and there not a few times when I started losing it and/or hallucinating. During one famous "episode" brought on by sleepless hysteria and stress, I took a black magic marker and labeled everything in my office. Including the walls. Seriously.

But, the one thing that always followed said production night-mare was a long coma-like stretch of sweet, sweet, delicious sleep. After I woke up (occasionally at 5-6 p.m.), all was well with the world. Suffice it to say, that ain’t an option anymore. Not only is it hard for me to sleep past 8 a.m. nowadays, I do have a few more responsibilities. That, and I think my job security at America’s Leading Magazine for Parents would be in severe jeopardy.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my daughter. She is the CUTEST BABY EVAR. I love when she coos and smiles and does cute things with the little hanging toys on her bouncer. I even love calming her down when she’s being a bit cranky. But…not having a large chunk of uninterrupted sleep is killing my wife and I. By three o’clock in the afternoon…I’m done for. I long for one of those gourmet sleep sessions that’s available up the road a bit.

So, I ask you gals and guys: How did you survive these first few months, and what advice can you offer a sleep-deprived dad who feels as if he should be an extra for Night of the Living Dead?

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Instructables Find: How to Amuse Toddlers

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Maybe it’s a bad sign that an Instructables post called "How to Amuse Toddlers" really amused me instead. But there’s something funny about seeing lots of (great, by the way) suggestions for keeping toddlers entertained in numbered, step-by-step instructions. Step 1: Playing with Water. Step 4: Tape. Step 7: Pretend to Fix Things With Tools. And no real world toddler owner’s manual would be complete without Step 24: Last Resort, Send Your Toddler to Someone Else! Too much.

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Ecothrifty Sippy Cup

Friday, October 26th, 2007

YcontainerI think turning your used yogurt containers into sippy cups is both simple + elegant. Read how to at Zakka Life.
link via yokiddo.

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Cheat Sheet: 5 Totally Unique Parenting Tips

Monday, October 15th, 2007

There’s a lot of advice out there on the interwebs. Here are my favorites from last week.

1) Tricks of the Trade has a great insider tip from a librarian on how to read a book to a young child.

2) Mommy Poppins tells us about snacks that will help our kids do better in school. Did you know that crunchy and chewy foods help make them more alert by engaging their senses? Or that sipping or sucking can help organize and calm children? I did not.

3) Parenthacks shares a cool idea: Make your bathroom mirror an information center. Read how and why.

4) Z Recommends is all about raising chickens with little kids—in the city no less.

5) Recover Girl realizes that the importance of staying one step ahead of her kids. How does she do it? By laying book traps around the house. via daddytypes

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Aye Aye Caption!

Friday, August 10th, 2007

266391949_86f0bb5861_m We can think of no better way to kick off the weekend than with another round of Goody Blog’s own write-your-own-caption contest! (Sure, getting a hug from Oprah would be nice start, too, but we’re not holding our breath.)

Now, this contest is purely for fun (simmer down!), but entering just might help you out on the karmic end of things in terms of nabbing one of the amazing Goody Bags we’re giving away on this site. You never know. ; )

For those of you new to the site and/or new to Aye Aye Caption, the rules are quite simple: Check out the photo to the right, and come up with a funny, witty, clever caption for it. ‘Nuff said. Make your caption as zany and out-there as you want. (We’re big fans of goofy, random humor in these parts.) Then post your suggested caption, and check back here next Friday to see who we thought had the funniest entry. Although we’re sure they’ll all be funny cause we have the hippest, most with-it readers on the Internet! (One hug, Oprah: Would it kill you?)

Goody luck, everyone, and have a goody time with it! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with …

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Dad to Speeding Motorists: Cut It Out!

Monday, July 30th, 2007

CutoutkidsIn what may be the greatest parent hack of all times, Mike Wood, an Ohio dad, got totally fed up with cars going 55 miles an hour down his street. So what did he do? Created life-sized cardboard cut-outs of his kids using a high-resolution printer and outdoor vinyl and put them on the side of the road ! Not only has this slowed down the drivers, but sheriffs have requested that he make some for them too (not of kids mind you, but of Johnny Law). Read the rest of the story at WKYC News (where they actually printed the poor guy’s phone number.) Link thanks to spluch.

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