Wonki Wands: Mind-Blowingly Enormous Bubbles!

I know this guy who lives in a bubble. I've often wondered what it was like in there and how clean the air must feel. But a bubble of that magnitude isn't easy to duplicate and often requires an extra ingredient that can only be found in a delusional cupboard; so I usually end up just spilling small bottles of soap all over my hands and never getting anything larger than a donut to come out of that tiny, plastic ring....more

Valentine's Day Gifts For Kids

I can remember my Dad bringing Mom flowers for Valentine's Day. My Mom and Dad would also get us something, usually a card and a box of chocolates. It made us feel special and part of the Valentine's Day celebration.There are a lot of gift ideas you can give your kids to let them know they are loved and so they feel special on Valentine's Day too!...more

Great Gifts Less Than $10 for Tweens

Yikes! Holiday is almost here and I'm not done shopping. Time to pull out the cheat sheet. In my day job, I spend the year hunting for the best gifts for kids in each grade, from preschool through high school. This year, we decided to pick the best gifts that cost under $10. If you're feeling thrifty this season, check it out. Here are three great picks for tweens that will only set you back a ten-note or less: ...more

Hi Leighbra,

Thanks for the comments! Agreed. Shopping for kids this age can be scary. ...more

Holiday Buying: More Pressure Today Than 40 Years Ago?

Once upon a time there was a little girl whose only wish was for a Barbie Country Camper. This was 1971. For simplicity's sake, let's call the little girl Beth. Beth had seen the Barbie Country Camper in Saturday morning TV commercials, and she wanted her Barbies to have the fold-out picnic table, pop-out tent, sleeping bags, and camper kitchen. The Barbie Country Camper was the first and most important item in her long list of wants that she secretly wrote and mailed to Santa Claus. And for two weeks before Christmas, she dreamed about the Barbie Country Camper when she went to bed at night.Christmas Eve, she didn't even go to sleep at all. Butterflies danced in her stomach and Country Camper thoughts raced through her head. When Christmas morning finally arrived, she raced downstairs to find under the tree the Barbie Country Camper she'd been waiting for! She raced over to the Barbie Country Camper, grabbed it to her chest, and hugged it. And then she looked at the gift tag."To Fran, Love Santa"WTF? Okay, she didn't say WTF because there weren't text messages in 1971, and she wouldn't have known what F stood for anyway.  But still, WTF? ...more

@InkAndPixelClub  It is good ...more

Green Holiday Gifts for Babies, Kids and Teens: All from Small Eco-Businesses

As a savvy auntie, I feel especially qualified to cover this topic. Never a mom but nine times an aunt and even more times a FONM (friend of a New Mom), I’ve shopped for babies, kids and teens more often than I can remember. I know how hard it is to find just the right thing – not too scratchy, not too babyish, “in-the-know” and trendy but not trying too hard…So I’ve decided that this holiday season, the right thing is the green thing. ...more

Motoring Gear for Kids

Motoring Gear for Kids (cross-posted from Ask Patty) ...more