Ingenious Moms

An open-and-shut case

open doors

Do you have a teenager who’s driving you nuts? Here’s a discipline technique you may not have thought of. Remove their bedroom door. I’m talking about talking if off the hinges and putting it out in your shed until the teenager in question earns it back. Remembering back to...

Freeze popsicles upright

Freeze popsicles upright for a clean cut

For a mess-free cut, freeze your popsicles standing up in the freezer rack. Brilliant!  

Leftover Peeps? Roast them!

Stuck with leftover Peeps? Make them into s'mores

Stuck with too many Peeps after Easter? Set up a family campfire this weekend and make them into s’mores!

Save trees while drying your hands

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There is a TED talk about ways we can make the world a better place, including using fewer paper towels when we wash our hands at a public restroom. Instead of grabbing a handful of paper, shake your hands off — a lot — and when you pick up...

Buy in-season food for best deals

blueberry

Usually you can buy things out of season to save money, but the opposite is true with food. You need to buy it in season to get the best prices.

Arm your first-aid kit with a red washcloth

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This one is such a great idea I have to share it right now. Keep a red washcloth in your first aid kit. That way, if you’re tending to a child’s cut, they won’t freak out because it’s a red washcloth!

Use monster spray to keep fears at bay

Monster Spray

Are your kids scared of the Boogeyman under the bed? Mix up some “Monster Spray” and squirt it under the bed or in the closet. Everybody can go back to sleep now.

Use Vick’s to ease nighttime cough

Juice box holders

To help lessen a nighttime cold or cough, rub Vick’s VapoRub on your child’s feet before they go to bed, then have them wear socks.

Use juice box corners to hold the box

Juice box holders

Pull up the little triangles on either side of the juice box to give your kids something to hold on to (and no squirting back at them).

Baby can bathe in a basket

Baby in bathwater

When giving your small child a bath in a tub, put them and their toys in a plastic laundry basket so their toys won’t float out of reach.

Host a science-themed birthday party

Birthday party with science

A friend of mine shared some tips from a birthday party his family threw for his 7-year-old daughter. They ordered kid-sized lab coats and goggles online, and then ran some experiments during the party. The best ones were the “Foamy Fountain” (also called Elephant Toothpaste), “Color Symphony” (a chemical...

Laundry list

clothes dryer

To keep your children’s clothes straight on laundry day, put one dot for the oldest, two dots for second oldest, and so forth, on their clothing tags. When you hand clothes down one generation, just add a dot!