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Apr03
The Best Tea Party Sets: Like the Boston Tea Party, only less important.

The Best Tea Party Sets: Like the Boston Tea Party, only less important.

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A very nice lady named Sara emailed me to ask, “I’m looking for a tea set to give my niece. I don’t even know where to find something which isn’t plastic and decorated with princesses.” We all know how I feel about character themed items, so I felt compelled to save Sara. I found a […]

Mar15
Great Children’s Birthday Traditions:  Birthdays On The Brain.

Great Children’s Birthday Traditions: Birthdays On The Brain.

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Birthdays are on my mind this month since we’ve been invited to 6 birthday parties since March 1st and since I’m hosting a little party for Max on Sunday. The kids are bowling on a day when the alley offers something called ‘Pindemonium’. I hope this involves alcohol. I’ve been storing lots of ideas for […]

Mar08
Best Birthday Party Favors: Less Is More And Consumable Is Even Better

Best Birthday Party Favors: Less Is More And Consumable Is Even Better

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I have a few allergies. I am allergic to not having the last word and to paying full price for anything. I am also allergic to Polly Pocket’s shoes, or more specifically, tiny pieces of clutter which never seem to have a place. If you open my vacuum bag right now, you’ll find at least […]

Feb27
Best Children’s Social Networks: Virtual Worlds– Virtual Sanity.

Best Children’s Social Networks: Virtual Worlds– Virtual Sanity.

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I tend to beat figurative dead horses. They stay still when they’re dead and make it easier to aim. The dead horse I am currently beating, or was until yesterday is Midwinter Vacation. Midwinter Break, another attempt by school administrators to make me crazy (-ier). I picture them in a meeting with a pie chart […]

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 […]

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