2009 Rundown: Deals, Steals and Things to Do for the Holidays!

Practice Salutations in the Sun: Who needs stuffing when you can spend the time getting toned and tanned with other holiday nomads in the sun and crystal blue waters of one of the most exotic parts of South America. That’s right folks, Escape to Shape is traveling to Cartagena, Colombia from November 22-28....more

Our Festival of Lights

This week it is time to dig out our menorah, dreidels and get ready for the Festival of Lights. ...more

Eight ways to Save on Hanukkah Gifts

Most of us are so wrapped up in Christmas we forget that the celebration of Hanukkah occurs this time of year too. This religious holiday celebrates the miracle of eight days of light from one-day worth of pure oil. Lighting a candle on each night of Hanukkah honors this miracle. Traditionally children received money for learning well and sharing their knowledge of the story of Hanukkah. This tradition evolved over the years into gift giving. ...more

I'm with TheAngelForever. Each and every Hanukkah we forget about a wrapped gift on one night ...more

Say no to paper Christmas cards

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Win a U-Command Wall-E and a "Kid Tough" Digital Camera!

This week in the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder Sweepstakes, you could win a Disney Pixar Wall-E U-Command Robot and a Fisher Price "Kid Tough" Digital Camera! The Wall-E U-Command Robot features a remote control that you can use to tell Wall-E to dance, change his expression, move, speak, and more. The "Kid Tough" Digital Camera, meanwhile, lives up to its name by being not only shock resistant and easy for a preschooler to hold and operate, but it's also waterproof! Kids can instantly see the photos they've taken on its 1.5 inch, color LCD screen. How can you enter to win these great toys? It's easy! Just add at least one playspace, with a photo, to the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Dec. 8. Start entering playspaces today! Learn more about the sweepstakes. ...more

Yes, Rhys, there is no Santa Claus

“Mom?” Rhys asks at the dinner table. “Mom? You know who Santa Claus is?” The hand lifting the fork to my mouth doesn’t even tremble. “Well, yes,” I say, slowly, evenly. My eyes meet Rachel’s across the table. “I do.” Inside, however, I am moving into crisis mode, trying to quell the five-alarm siren that my son’s question has set off in my head. It’s okay, I remind myself — you’re prepared for this. ...more

I don't know where I stumbled here, but I was intrigued. I'm a Christian, and even though I ...more

Chanukkah Traditions

We're not an eight-days-of-gifts sort of family. In fact, we're not really a Chanukkah gift family at all. While others give the twins gifts on Chanukkah, we give our family gifts a few months later during the holiday of Purim. Instead, we focus our family traditions for the holiday around food and art projects. ...more

Oh, I so love the dreidel gambling.  We play with m & ms. :-)

Venting about ...more

Trying to find an Elmo Live or U-Command Wall-E? You could win both!

Have you been searching in vain for the elusive Elmo Live or U-Command Wall-E? Well, here's your chance to win both! For the next few weeks in the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder Sweepstakes, we're giving away some of the hottest toys of the holiday season! This week, one lucky winner will receive both a Fisher Price Elmo Live and a Disney Pixar Wall-E U-Command Robot. ...more

Ditch Gift Wrapping: Make Your Own Holiday Bags

The holidays are almost here and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or something else, many people give gifts. Why wrap those gifts in wasteful wrapping paper when you could wrap it in a beautiful hand-sewn fabric gift bag that can be used over and over for years to come? You still have lots of time to make some! The idea behind the gift bag is that after you give someone a gift wrapped in a cloth bag, that person will use it again to wrap a gift for someone else or maybe they will even give it back to you someday….with a gift inside of course. ...more

Last week I made some fabric gift bags.  They came out great. Check out the picture on my ...more