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Gift Guide: Best Toys for Arty Kids

Best Toys for Artistic Kids (and Adults)

My oldest, nearly 13-years-old, is a creative, arty kid who wants to go to RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). She decided this when she turned ten after visiting the RISD museum. I think it was the gift store that did it for her; all the items are created by students, alumni or professors. It really blew her away and we ended up buying a small pile of gifts. Read more…

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Why Johnny Appleseed is Bacchus

Johnny Appleseed as Bacchus and Biodiversity of Apples

It’s interesting that we view Johnny Appleseed as an American hero bringing apples to the people. Did you think Johnny Appleseed went around planting Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Rome apples? I did. Read more…

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Surviving Club Sports: 26 Tips for Parents

Club Sports Motto for Parents: Be Prepared

September was a blur of soccer, back-to-school events and more soccer. For the first time, my two girls decided to double their soccer by adding a club team to their town travel team. My son also decided that he was done with karate and replaced those slots with more soccer. Read more…

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The Container Store Inspires

New Container Store Opens in North Shore, Boston

I went to a Boston bloggers event last week to get a preview of the new Container Store with Capability: Mom and Random Recycling. We saw Mommy Niri there too, and made a new friend, Evan and Lauren’s Cool Blog.  The new store is gorgeous but what was even more inspiring was the story behind the family-owned private company that is a constant fixture on Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For. Read more…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Organization Helps Women Look Good to Feel Better

On behalf of all women who have battled breast cancer including my mother, this post is for you! And thank you to Look Good Feel Better for helping people with cancer get their lives back. Read more…

The Haunting Hour

The Haunting Hour Show Scares and Entertains Tweens

Horror Television Show for Brave Kids, Preferably Tweens!

R. L. Stein, author of Goosebumps, has a TV show series that scares and thrills called The Haunting Hour on The Hub. My kids held a small party to preview the show and pronounced it scary but good. Read more…

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Gift Guide: Best Math and Science Toys (New Additions!)

Best Science and Math (STEM) Toys

Science oriented kids need two things: to ask questions and to find answers. These toys let kids do both in the guise of games or experiments. Science in school is often too memorization-oriented and I think letting kids get their hands dirty is crucial to making science interesting, particularly for girls. Read more…

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Catching Up: Bloggy Business and New Gigs

Behind the Blog: Boring Bloggy Business

Artchoo! did a post on Boring Blogging Stuff but I have to admit that I find other people’s business, bloggy or otherwise, fascinating. Do you ever wonder what mommy bloggers do all day to build business and earn money from our blogs? Unfortunately, it’s not just writing posts all day. I wish! Read more…

How To Teach Kids About Money Management

Financial Literacy Training for Kids

I met the National Center for Family Literacy at BlogHer and enthusiastically support their agenda of teaching kids personal finance skills. If kid don’t learn how to Save/Spend/Donate as a child, I suspect that they will have to learn the hard way about managing money like I did, with credit card debt racked up after college. Read more…