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Dec13

As festive as I’ll ever be

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During the holiday season at my childhood home, my parents played Christmas music from the end of November through the new year, always the same albums in the same order on the record player that sat inside a ten-foot long black lacquer console underneath an orange shag carpet hung on the wall. Our tree was […]

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Dec12
Melissa’s Anti-Gift Guide (Worst Children’s Toys)

Melissa’s Anti-Gift Guide (Worst Children’s Toys)

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I’m not someone who believes television is evil, because how can television be evil when Spongebob Squarepants is on it? No television isn’t evil, but advertising is (also, my husband works in advertising….hmm…). I know how to say no to my kids, so when they ask for every single thing they see on television it […]

Dec06
Best Children’s Board Games (Please, save yourself from Trouble)

Best Children’s Board Games (Please, save yourself from Trouble)

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I know it’s getting a little heavy on the gift-giving Christmaukkah postings here, so let’s just call this: “Family Bonding Not Gifting!” I mentioned before I’m not particularly good at general “playing” with my kids. Meaning anything which involves freestyle imagination. My brain shuts down and I’m left wearing lots of beads, a tiara and […]

Dec04
Best Holiday Family photo cards

Best Holiday Family photo cards

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I know you’ve already gotten the perfect shot of your children, ordered your holiday cards, addressed them and then lovingly licked each of them. You’re my mother aren’t you? I, on the other hand, have been stuck at step one: attempting to get a nice shot of my children. Also I have not bought my […]

Nov30
Best Children’s Holiday Craft Ideas: Kids love to work.

Best Children’s Holiday Craft Ideas: Kids love to work.

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I hope you’ve got that sweatshop in the basement all nice and toasty. I’ve got a few crafts you can use for your own home over the holidays and some you can give as gifts and your workers….er…children can do all the work. Make sure you look around at the sites I link to for […]

Nov28
Best Children’s Crafts Websites and Resources: Tiny hands must be kept busy.

Best Children’s Crafts Websites and Resources: Tiny hands must be kept busy.

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You all rolled your eyes at me a few weeks ago when I shared all the personalized gifts and the letters to Santa. “Christmas!?” You yelled at the computer screen in your bathrobe. “Why! We’ve barely passed Halloween!” I think you’re Jimmy Stewart. Who’s laughing now that you ate a wonderful feast and it’s time […]

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