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firefly5 March 16th, 2015 10:00pm

When our kids' soup is too hot for them, we stir in some frozen veggies to cool it down. Do you have any lifehacks, kid-related or otherwise?

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alynn Somewhere wonderful
03/17/15 8:33 pm

If you need fabric for a clothe shower curtain but aren't an expert seamstress, buy a twin flat sheet. Use your machine to do button holes at the top of the sheet, where the hooks go, and just cut off and hem the bottom. It's usally a perfect width.

alynn Somewhere wonderful
03/17/15 8:36 pm

Years ago I had a clear curtain with cactii on it, but I wanted color behind it. I bought a bright purple twin sheet and did the above steps. Then I dropped a clear liner behind it. I also bought a hot pink sheet and could change them when I wanted.

slickspin Heart of Texas
03/17/15 8:52 am

Put a shower curtain liner open, under the high chair.

A pool noodle, under the fitted sheet, keeps them from rolling/falling off the bed.

WildRice With a side of sass
03/17/15 7:48 pm

We use a shower curtain on their bed when they're potty training

Ru12bseen Ignoring the Ignorant
03/17/15 5:07 am

When making thermite at home... Wait... Is this a secure line?

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mc88 Cleveland OSU
03/17/15 5:32 am

Lol. I made some thermite last year. It was so fun

firefly5 the verse
03/17/15 5:51 am

It's some pretty cool stuff.

MorKurt Oregon
03/16/15 11:10 pm

The best life hack for dealing children: Wear a condom next time and you won't have kids to deal with!

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TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
03/16/15 10:48 pm

Tuck corners of fitted sheets so they'll stay flat.

Celadonne ballfield
03/16/15 8:43 pm

I use Diet Coke as a cheap window and surface cleaner. No sugar so no sticky mess, acidic so it cleans fabulously.

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firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 11:25 pm

And you don't have any sort of tricks to make your life easier?

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
03/16/15 7:50 pm

What an excellent idea! When my grandkids say they don't like something I just say sort of nonchalantly. "Oh you're probably not big enough to like that yet. When you're more grown-up I know you'll like it then."

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
03/16/15 10:03 pm

Reverse psychology is in my repertoire, too.

firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 11:26 pm

We do this, too.

justastarfish paleoconservative
03/16/15 7:34 pm

Greatest life hack of all time for do it yourself type men. Don't start a job before you research it. I do auto work on the side and I just spent 4 hours on a BMW doing what would normally be a 30 minute job on an American or Japanese car.

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justastarfish paleoconservative
03/16/15 7:35 pm

And crashing the thing head on into a tree was on my mind the entire time

firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 11:27 pm

Oh no! I totally agree: research first!

aclincoln memphis
03/16/15 7:31 pm

Use a pizza slicer to cut up pancakes, sandwiches, etc
Baking soda+water on jellyfish stings
When getting them off the pacifier, cut all the tops off and they won't want it anymore
Number of timeout minutes=age (I've heard this but idk if I agree wit

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TheIndian Virgo Supercluster
03/16/15 7:46 pm

I do the pizza slicer thing all the time

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
03/16/15 7:51 pm

I use an ice cream scoop like that it's good for making muffins serving up portion sizes and many other things

TheIndian Virgo Supercluster
03/16/15 7:54 pm

Nice! Bad things happen when I try to cook or bake 😞

firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 11:29 pm

We use our pizza cutter a lot. But it's one of those crescent-moon blades, so it's not quite the same thing. Either way, it's direct force from above, so it works well.
Very clever!

april4175 Florida
03/16/15 7:03 pm

Hiccups? Drink upside down. Take the water in your mouth...touch your toes...swallow. Do this 2-3 x and no more hiccups!
Brain freeze? Stop eating the cold thing and rub your tongue furiously on the top of your mouth. Brain freeze goes away!

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firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 11:29 pm

That brain freeze one is totally true. Brain freeze happens because the roof of your mouth is too cold!

EmWalt Meet Jim the Duck
03/16/15 6:53 pm

When I'm babysitting and the (very messy) 7-yo boy is having pizza lunchables, I tape two paper towels to the table so I don't have to wipe down the table afterwards. Works like a charm.

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MrsCzarCastic
03/16/15 6:22 pm

Baking soda and boiling water to help clean the gunk out of the drain in the sink. Do this once every few weeks and your drain will stay clear.

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firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 11:31 pm

That's a good one. Although, will the pipes handle boiling water if they're fairly old?

MrsCzarCastic
03/17/15 4:27 am

I'm not sure. In that case, maybe use hot (but not boiling) water.

alynn Somewhere wonderful
03/16/15 6:19 pm

When I rinse my toothbrush, I do so with hot water. Swishing hot water in the sink washes away toothpaste gobs and splatter far better than cold water does. My sink always looks clean.

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mac Oregon
03/16/15 6:18 pm

When scotch has too much bite, I place a drop of water in it.

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firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 11:25 pm

Thanks! They're like food ice cubes.

mc88 Cleveland OSU
03/17/15 5:30 am

I think I'm gonna start doing that.

TerryQuinn Stardust
03/16/15 4:25 pm

After microwaving popcorn, open the bag just a little bit and shake out uncooked kernels before fully opening bag.

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TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
03/16/15 10:52 pm

Officially, those are UPKs. Unpopped kernels.

TerryQuinn Stardust
03/16/15 4:23 pm

Microwaving corn on the cub in husk. Quick and easy.

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WildRice With a side of sass
03/16/15 5:49 pm

I've heard of ppl doing that with baked potatoes before but never corn on the cob. Interesting! Thanks!

alynn Somewhere wonderful
03/16/15 6:15 pm

Yes! It's so easy, and much faster than boiling a whole pot of water and waiting eons for it to cook. 🌽

Praetorianus Fair enough.
03/16/15 4:19 pm

A t-shirt that starts smelling a bit musty can be sun-cleaned. The rays break down the offensive stuff and the broken down molecules evaporate. It won't be laundry-fresh but scentless and can be worn one more time.

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WildRice With a side of sass
03/16/15 3:49 pm

So... When my kids soup is to hot I put frozen veggies in it to cool it down... 😁

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imanag My heaven on Earth
03/16/15 4:25 pm

I do that, too! If we go out to Sweet Tomatoes, we also use that piping hot chicken noodle soup to "cook" the raw broccoli from the salad bar. That way the picky people will eat it with their greens.

firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 5:34 pm

Brilliant! And we wonder where the youngest gets her sass...

WildRice With a side of sass
03/16/15 5:48 pm

I don't think we ever wondered that sweetness 😘

april4175 Florida
03/16/15 7:01 pm

At Sweet Tomatoes, I take out the chicken from the chicken noodle soup and use warm chicken chunks on my salad!

imanag My heaven on Earth
03/16/15 7:05 pm

Ooh, I like that idea, too, April. :)

Rosebud Ohio
03/16/15 3:24 pm

Not so much a life hack but breathing deep through your nose can help with anxiety. Had a fun time just now driving an hour in rush hour.
I had one but can't think of it now. Boo.

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Rosebud Ohio
03/16/15 3:25 pm

Now I remember ha. Had to see Kay's. Lotion helps with staticky hair. A very light coating on hands then run it over your locks. And unlike hairspray it won't lead to very tangled hair.

firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 5:33 pm

No kidding? I haven't heard that one before.

alynn Somewhere wonderful
03/16/15 6:17 pm

Take those same hands and run them over staticky clothes while you're wearing them.

Kay41 the Midwest
03/16/15 3:14 pm

Any spray (hairspray, Lysol etc) makes a good "Ghost Be Gone" and "Bad Dream ByeBye" spray. :)

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firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 3:23 pm

That is a good one. Febreeze is great for this, especially if you make a label for it.

Maj Worth Economist
03/16/15 3:05 pm

I finally got sick of cleaning up pee in the bathroom and posted a sign this morning that says anyone who doesn't sit down is cleaning the bathroom. Does that count?

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firefly5 the verse
03/16/15 3:09 pm

I'm not sure... But it's pretty funny.

twss trump is a garbage human
03/16/15 7:56 pm

Maj is a woman after my own heart. I am so tired of pee on everything.

Now I just need to figure out how to avail my house of the dreaded glue turd (yes, another one has surfaced).

Celadonne ballfield
03/16/15 8:33 pm

Lol, I hear ya, Maj. Potty training here and the house smells like the Port Authority

Maj Worth Economist
03/16/15 9:41 pm

It's working! He sat down all day today because he knows my threat of making him clean is real. 😆

My life hack that may or may not work for others: Gi loved to crawl. He was Knee Lightning. To get him to switch to walking...

Maj Worth Economist
03/16/15 9:42 pm

I dressed him in really long shirts when he was at home. He got so frustrated trying to crawl in those things that he was walking inside a week. 😈

Maj Worth Economist
03/17/15 10:07 am

One more idea that this morning's adventure reminded me of: On my iPod, I have a list in Reminders of all 50 states. We mark a state off when we see a license plate from it. We saw two cars from Hawaii today, and one from Alaska. So that was cool. :)