Alligator clips (like electricians use) can be kept packed in a diaper bag to provide instant bibs for your baby. Just clip a paper napkin or a wash cloth to their clothing. You can also thread cord thru the ends to create a set that looks like something your dentist uses.
For a baby gift, you can find lace or special cord to create these for new parents. http://en.wikipe dia.org/wiki/Crocodile_c lip
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Remind yourself not to overeat using messages on place cards
SparkPeople recommends eating more slowly, and I've been making an effort to chew more thoroughly. To remind myself to do this, I made a little card saying, "Slow down". I attached it to a place card holder that I keep with my condiments. 4 Setting it in front of me when we sit down to eat reminds me to look at it during my meal, and I chew more thoroughly.
It is working really well: I feel full before I have overeaten.
With my place card holder, you can use both sides. On my cards I have: "Slow down"; "Chew 100 times"; "Enjoy your food"; "Put down your fork between bites." Here is the kind of place card holder I use; it has an alligator clip: http://tinyurl.com/4xxxccb
Baby wipes as instant stain removers (from a TV wardrobe person)
I learned this trick from the wardrobe person on "Friends': A baby wipe is an excellent instant stain remover when you spill something on yourself. It's what they use on the set on taping days if an actor spills! When a spill happens, blot the stain with a napkin, then blot with a baby wipe until the stain is gone. It works on coffee and most foodstains. I find even if I can't get it out completely, it will usually still wash out! I don't have kids but I carry a small pack of baby wipes anyway!
Binder clips to hold a sheer curtain behind a drape
I have drapes on my windows and sheer curtains. Rather than install a second set of screws to hold the curtains, I used binder clips on the already installed drapery holders. The smaller curtain rod easily slides through the binder clips.
A lot of today's drapery hardware juts about 3 inches out from the wall. The binder clip is placed upside down on the jutting piece and its "clips" unfolded to straight down. The gap in the clips is large enough to hold the small diameter curtain rods.
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