History Gets Personal

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Can I tell you something? Growing up, I absolutely hated history. Detested it. In fact, I have distinct memories of traveling to Colonial Williamsburg as part of our family vacation and my memories are in black and white. I can remember asking my history teacher in high school why he would choose history as his life’s work. He […]

Knights and Swords and Little Boys’ Birthdays


Remember when our parents would feel generous enough to let us have birthday parties when we were kids? In the early years, it was putting on a party dress, eating cake and ice cream, and playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey. We might have even worn party hats and had streamers. It was fun, […]

Things You Probably Didn’t Know about National Geographic Kids


I mentioned a while ago that I’m working as a National Geographic Kids Insider. I may not have talked that much about what that means. I signed on to work with National Geographic Kids as a sort of unpaid ambassador for several reasons: 1. I have been in love with their magazine for as long […]

Blogmas 2013: Parents are People

Thanks for joining me for Day Four of Blogmas, where I bring you the best blog posts of 2013 according to you! If this is your first time here, you’ve got some catching up to do. On Monday, I picked my 20 favorite posts from all of the submissions. On Tuesday, I gathered up the […]

Preparing For Your Winter Feast

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I bet when I say things like “preparing” and “winter feast” you automatically think of a big, festive meal. You probably conjure up thoughts of the women heading down to the root cellar to gather up vegetables for a heart stew while the men head out to find a beast suitable to feed the castle. […]

Family Holiday Movies That Are STREAMING Good

Streaming Good Holiday Movies

That’s meant to be a play on words in the title up there. Instead of SCREAMING good, I used STREAMING good. I realize that if I have to explain it, it probably isn’t a very good play on words but I needed to do it anyway. I’m just not cut out to do straight up […]

Weird But True: Introducing #WeirdWednesday

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday… (I know we skipped Sunday but even God takes a day off once in a while.) Let’s keep it going with WEIRD WEDNESDAY. This is the day we share weird but true things. Ready? This should be fun. Weird Fact #1 : I can touch my […]

Relax. It’s Only Christmas.

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Does anyone feel like as soon as the turkey was cleared from the Thanksgiving table the Christmas tree went up and OMG OMG OMG it’s Black Friday but if I wait will I get a better deal on Cyber Monday or should I just go shopping on Saturday and support the small businesses and OH […]

Will FROZEN Be Your Thanksgiving Movie?


I don’t know if you know this but the movie theater is open on most major holidays. All major holidays, I think. I personally have been to the movies on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Sometimes it’s simply a great family experience and other times it can create a memory that will last forever. (My husband […]

The Buzz About Little Boys


Let’s admit it, moms of boys. It’s hard to find cool stuff for them. You’ve got Matchbox, Hot Wheels, and LEGO. And forget about the cute clothing. You walk into any store and you’ll see hundreds of racks of the cutest little dresses that even you might wear. And then there’s one lonely rack with a few […]

Fadra’s 2nd Annual Highly Unusual Gift Guide

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at least if you go by what the major retailers are telling us. I actually heard Christmas music in a store two weeks ago. Normally, it would make me roll my eyes. It’s too soon! It’s too much! my brain would say. But this year, I stopped, groaned […]