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Parent Hacks: Life Changing Tips to Make Parenting Easier | Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

Parent Hacks: Life Changing Tips to Make Parenting Easier

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Eight plus years ago when I was pregnant with my first child I did what every first time parent does…I read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I read no more than a week or two ahead at a time so that I always knew exactly what should be happening in my pregnancy at that moment…and freaking out if I wasn’t right on track.

Talk about a waste of time! Sure WTEWYE is a great book to read for the first time mom who is into all of the technical stuff (which IS important), but it isn’t going to prep you for the reality of parenting. You need a book that is going to be one that gives you some quick bits of information vs. paragraphs because you are going to have a baby in your arms or on your boob when you have the most time reading. Something that you can get some tips to make things That book just did not seem to exist at the time and I had to get my information the way that every modern mother does…Facebook.

Flash forward to a few months ago when I saw that one of my favorite bloggers, Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks and Minimalist Parenting, was looking for a promotion team for her upcoming Parent Hacks book. I jumped at the chance. Sure, I’ve got 3 kids now and have learned plenty of my own hacks, but I am always willing to learn something new.

My new #ParentHacks book has arrived!! Full awesome…I mean, honest…review is coming soon!

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Last week I got my book and I have had so much fun flipping through it. Many belly laughs and “why didn’t I think of that” moments followed. Asha has split her 134 Hacks into 11 Chapters and Craighton Berman brings each hack to life with the perfect illustrations.

These chapters cover a little bit of everything, but mostly geared towards the potty training and under crowd.

  1. Pregnancy & Postpartum
  2. Organizing Time & Space
  3. Poop, Pee, & Potty
  4. Sleep
  5. Bath Time & Grooming
  6. Getting Dressed
  7. Food & Mealtime
  8. Health & Safety
  9. Fun & Learning
  10. Travel & Outings
  11. Holidays & Special Occasions

My kids and I have outgrown some of these amazing hacks (the section regarding Pregnancy and Postpartum especially!), but there are still plenty to help us out!

Some of my favorites include:

  • 7 ways to keep your kids entertained on a plane WITHOUT ELECTRONICS – What is this sorcery? Our family lives and dies by our electronics, but getting a blanket to make an in-seat fort sounds way more fun than another round of Angry Birds.
  • Clean up GLITTER with play dough – WHY did I not think of this?! Glitter, while beautiful and fun, is the messiest craft item ever created. This Hack makes me actually reconsider my ban on glitter…and play dough.
  • Trick the public restroom autoflush sensor by covering it with toilet paper – Absolute genius…and I might use that as an adult.
  • Sort your to-do list by the time it takes to complete each job – Step 1: Make a to-do list…
  • While swimming keep valuables hidden in a disposable diaper – OMG YES! With beach weather here (Yay Florida living) the beach trips are just around the corner and I am all over this!
  • Before painting, rub lotion on kids’ hands for easier cleanup – So each!! This would have been very useful during those fingerpainting play dates when the kids were small.

I think that this might be my new go-to  baby gift…along with diapers. Do yourself a favor and get this book for yourself, and for the new mom in your life.

What are some of your favorite Hacks for making parenting just a little bit easier?

This book was provided FREE for review and promotion. Opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Katie

    I see a new look and a new blog post! How exciting! Love this hack: “Trick the public restroom autoflush sensor by covering it with toilet paper.” I do that for the kids at Disney!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Yup! I decided to revamp things a bit and take the pressure off of myself. I also have so many things in my head that needed a place to escape!

  2. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Oh my goodness… tricking the autoflush sensor of the toilet… GENIUS!

    Sounds like some great hacks!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely evening.

  3. Caryn

    Oooh. This sounds awesome. I will have to get my hands on it.

    • Anne Marie D

      It is a really fun book!! I think it is going to become my new favorite baby shower gift!

  4. Jen

    My toddler just yesterday found the glitter bottle and well, you can guess where it all lead to. I think I need this book. Thanks for linking this up at over at the Happy Now!

    Hugs! Hope you have a great week 🙂

    • Anne Marie D

      OH NO! GLITTER!!! That is a dangerous situation. You absolutely need to check out this book. I love it! 🙂

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