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ugly holiday sweaters and other terrible gifts

Ugly Holiday Sweaters and Other Terrible Gifts: Day 6 of 12 Days of Shopping

Has anyone ever complained about those holiday decorations outside your home? Really?! No one? You are missing out on an important rite of passage. Jeanette and I are going to ensure that you get those public letters to the editor complaining about your tacky religious celebration and you’ll be the talk of your company party in these memorable ugly holiday sweaters. Don’t miss out. It’s the holiday season. Time to break out the tacky!

Day 6 Oops, I Did It Again

  • Tackiest holiday gifts and accessories
  • Ugly Holiday Sweaters and Other Terrible Gifts

 

Let’s start with some Ugly Sweaters!ugly holiday sweaters

This is from The Frisky. I’m not sure you can buy it but if you are crafty, you can make it yourself. It just needs a little glue gun action!

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Massachusetts Book Award Part II, Kid Lit Blog Hop

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Part II and Kid Lit Blog Hop

This is part II of the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list from last year. Part I is here and covers 3rd and 4th grade books for kids. The grade levels suggestions are from either School Library Journal or Booklist. This year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list is here.

What books for 5th or 6th grade are you and your child enjoying?

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gifts for kids who hate art and books for kids who hate reading

Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading: Day 5 of 12 Days of Shopping

Jeanette and I thought we’d search for gifts today that open young minds; gifts for kids who hate art, and books for kids who don’t like to read.

What gifts have you had success in introducing your kids to something mind-expanding that they have resisted?

p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:

Art Activity Books

45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter

10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids

Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids

Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading

Wreck This Journal, $9, to bring out the inner artist in any child!

Here’s a completed Wreck This Journal to see the possibilities!

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gifts for men and dogs

Difficult To Shop For Gifts: Day 4 of 12 Days of Shopping

Today, Jeanette and I are focusing Day 4  on Difficult to Shop for Gifts including your spoiled pet and those who have everything yet you must procure a gift during the holiday season. This includes husbands, wives, father-in-laws and mother-in-laws.

This is a tough category for me. I’ve started using The Gift Huntress for help because I’m running out of ideas for my difficult-to-shop-for list but I hope my old ideas will work for you!

My husband would also like a 1970 Porche 911 like Jeanette’s or a $5000 watch, but then he just recently sent me this video of a car that flies that he fell in love with. So that’s on the list too. The FANTASY list that is!

How about you? What is your best idea for difficult to shop for people? Please share!!!
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gender bending gifts for kids

Gender Bending Gifts for Kids: Day 3 of 12 Days of Shopping

For Day 3 of the 12 Days of Shopping, Jeanette and I wanted to break down gender stereotypes with gender bending gifts for kids. We want to celebrate mighty girls AND sensitive boys; crafts for boys and science kits for girls; and imaginary play can go beyond tiaras and tutus!

How about you? What are your favorite gender bending gifts for kids?

 

Tools and Ovens for Boys and Girls

10 Piece Tool Set from Red Toolbox, $43

Combine this set of REAL woodworking tools with a book and a trip to the local hardware store! My girls and my son took woodworking classes at summer day camp and in middle school. It’s a great life skill and a lot of fun too!

If you are not handy (like me), you can take it slowly, step by step, and learn together!

gender bending gifts

The Kids’ Building Workshop: 15 Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together by Craig Robertson and Barbara Robertson, $10

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gifts that give back, 12 days of shopping

Gifts That Keep on Giving: Day 2 of 12 Days of Shopping

For Day 2,  Jeanette and I are fixated on gratitude and gifts that keep on giving. I’m choosing both charities and gifts that give back that kids can relate to. I hope this inspires yours kids and mine to think about others in need this holiday season. What are your favorite ways to give back? Please share!

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Gratitude Advent Calendar, Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar for kids

DIY Gratitude Advent Calendar: Day 1 of 12 Days of Shopping

Jeanette of Tiny Rotten Peanuts and I are doing a 12 Days of Shopping series. We cooked this up over a giggly Skype session with gift ideas that hopefully will help you out this holiday season. A few of our ideas are meant to amuse you as well! We hope you enjoy our series for the next 12 straight days.
Piglet noticed that although he had a very small heart, it could hold a lot of gratitude.
A. A. Milne
We are kicking it off today with Advent Calendars with a gratitude twist. When I think of gratitude, it seems to go hand in hand with acts of kindness. I think a kind act helps us appreciate what we have and those around us. My idea for a Gratitude Advent Calendar is to make a DIY Gratitude Journal and choose a Random Act of Kindness to do that day OR simply write down what you are grateful for.
My kids like Advent Calendars for the chocolate and you can add that element too by doling out a piece of chocolate for each day in which a Random Act of Kindness is completed or when you write down something you are grateful for.

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Kids Caught in the Act ... of READING!

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Yay! The books from parents who sent me photos are arriving. This Google + message is from blogger Ashley dM at ChiTown and All Around.

“Happy mail for JAM from +PragmaticMom! He’s so excited! Check out her site to find out how your child can earn a free book”#ReadingRewards #ThankYou #CaughtHimReading Read more…

internet safety advice from Dr. Michelle Borba, web safety app,

Web Safety Advice from Dr. Michele Borba

I am thrilled to interview one of my favorite rockstar parenting experts, Dr. Michele Borba, whom I met online — is that irony given that I am talking to her today about internet safety. I’ve turned to her before for advice and support on the importance of play and how to pay for college.

Dr. Michelle Borba

Dr. Michelle Borba

What I love about Dr. Michele Borba is how practical and do-able her advice is. It’s clear that she is a mom who understands parenting from someone in the trenches.

Internet safety is a scary thing with kids (mine) consumed in communicating in ways I never did as a kid … email, Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter and probably more that I don’t even know about. Bullying, though, is something I do have personal experience with, both as a child and as an adult. The combination — cyberbullying — can lethal. Dr. Michelle Borba has practical, sane and pragmatic advice for parents on what to do to keep your children safe. Read more…