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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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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…

How To: Make Authentic But Easy Paella

How To: Make Authentic But Easy Paella

I made some new mom friends from PickyKidPix’s trip to Italy to play soccer! My friend Nathalie is originally from Spain and she taught me how to make authentic paella. In this version, she was clear that this is authentic Valencia paella which features seafood since it’s a coastal town.

There are many versions that utilize the bounty of their particular area which can include rabbit, chicken, and chorizo sausage. But this version does not; strictly seafood — squid, small shrimp, and scallops but those tiny octopi would be good too. She also made her own seafood stock by boiling cod in water with onions, bay leaf, and salt but she said an easy substitute is canned chicken stock. That works even if you are not adding chicken.

As for quantity, paella is meant to feed a crowd. She made enough for 10-12 (in her mind) but it really was enough to feed at least 15. Paella is great like that for stretching; you simply add more rice. Read more…

Rick Riordan's Keynote at Boston Book Festival

Rick Riordan’s Keynote at Boston Book Festival

There were wonderful H. H. Richardson buildings near the last U.Fund Dreams Tour that I went to at the Children’s Museum of Easton.

Boston Book Fair 2014

Was it a lucky coincidence that the last stop of the U.Fund Dreams Tour at the Boston Book Festival included Rick Riordan speaking at H. H. Richardson’s finest work, Trinity Church? Read more…

Dawn Beyond the Sink

#DawnBeyondtheSink GIVEAWAY

You might already know Dawn dish soap as the best grease cutting soap, hands down, but did you know that Dawn dish soap cleans greasy messes throughout your home from kitchen surfaces, to laundry pre-treating, to greasy tools, car wheels and bike tires? It’s amazing what one drop can do!

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Sports Injuries, Insurance and Meeting Desmond Howard

Sports Injuries, Insurance and Meeting Desmond Howard

This year, my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, switched from years and years of soccer to volleyball. She set her sights on making her high school Junior Varsity Team. She trained last year at a local volleyball skills program and with a private coach and she made the JVb team which is all freshman. Her volleyball experience so far has made her transition to high school very smooth and so far she’s hasn’t suffered from any sports related injuries which as not the case with soccer.

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