The Gift That Keeps on Giving

What I thought was the perfect gift, a lucky bamboo plant, turned out to be "the gift that kept on giving."...more

Holiday Gift - {Simple} Fabulous INEXPENSIVE!

The malls are CRAZY right now and I still haven't purchased any teacher gifts yet.   Instead of braving the massive crowds, I decided to whip up a batch of this fabulous Candy Cane Sugar Scrub!  Its so {simple} to make, smells great and softens rough, dry hands.  Mix up a batch, put some in a mason or canning jar and tie a pretty bow just below the lid. Who wouldn't love a jar of this festive scrub?!...more

Great Science, Tech, STEM and STEAM Gifts for Kids

In recent weeks. I've discovered a lot of pretty cool STEM gifts (I did this in 2012 too)....more

Christmas Shopping for Your Geek

http://platypusdirective.blogspot.com/2013/11/christmas-shopping-for-you......more

Dreading the upcoming Holiday Season

Here it comes, that time of the year again when my kids have already started to write infinite letters to Santa with immesely unreasonable demands, dropping hints every step they take about how much they'd want this and that... ...more

Bad Gifts From Your In-laws

   "I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury." Groucho Marx nailed this one. This is what crossed my mind, along with plenty of expletives, when I saw my husband standing in front of me holding the latest gift from my in-laws....more

Fun and Frugal Ideas for the Holidays

Christmas is just around the corner! While this may be one of the happiest times of the year, it may also be one the most expensive times. But don’t let the demands of the holidays get to you. You can still enjoy the holiday cheer without being a scrooge! Take a look at these fun and frugal holiday ideas for this year!Shopping...more

Procrastinate No More; Christmas Presents for Little Girls

I've spent my morning in virus recovery, blowing my Rudolph-red nose while writing a post entitled Teachers, Students and Sandy Hook, which I've decided not to post because it's just too sad....more

The Glossy Blonde Holiday Gift Guide

I've been perusing the internet for fabulous gifts for the holiday season, not only to give but also to add to my own holiday wish list.  I've collected a multitude of my favorite items in various price ranges, and today, I'm sharing these finds with you in the hopes of sharing some of my own holiday inspiration!I've consolidated my lists into lookbooks with items under $200, under id="mce_marker"00, and under $50 to accommodate every price range.  Enjoy!...more

Conscious Box November Review

For those of you who follow my blog, you know I recently wrote about the Conscious Box back in October. I cannot say enough great things about the brand or the products contained within each box — for me personally, its like Christmas in my mailbox each month....more