Tips & Tricks: Simple Ideas for Busy Parents

Being a parent means you’re always on the go. But that doesn’t mean there’s no time for crafts, treats and handy fixes to pesky problems! Check out our tips and tricks for a simple October treat, an autumn craft and two solutions to irksome issues with socks and zippers.

If you’ve got a life hack that other parents just need to know, tell us about it and we could win $25 and a spot in an issue of Metro Parent

Candy Corn Parfait

Impress your little guests with this simple seasonal dessert. Layer mandarin orange slices on top of pineapple chunks in a clear plastic cup, top with whipped cream and crown with candy corn.

Puffy Paint Slip Stop

Give rug rats’ socks grip action with puffy paint. On the soles, dot two rows of paint – or zigzags if you’re feeling zany – and let dry. Helps halt slips and spills around the house.

Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Peel labels from 10-20 crayons and crack in half. Slop tacky glue around the stem of a pumpkin; stick down crayons, sunray style. Hit with a hair dryer until colors roll down sides. Do over plenty of paper and watch for splatter!

Wax Paper Zipper Fixer

Fall coat got a pesky zipper that keeps sticking? Try wax paper. Rip a piece and rub it on the zipper to lube it up. Fresh out? Bar soap, candles (unburned) and a bit of lip balm can also do the trick.

Share Your Savvy

Got a great tip or trick? You can tell us about it here or email us at tiptrick@www.metroparent.com. If selected, your tip could earn you $25 and a spot in an issue of Metro Parent!

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