Fadra’s 2nd Annual Highly Unusual Gift Guide

2013 Gift Guide

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 […]

Sponsored Video: First Christmas, First Toy


Do you remember the very first toy you bought your child for Christmas? I was lucky that Evan was born in January. By the time his first Christmas rolled around, he was 11 months old and could almost understand the excitement of Christmas morning. He probably couldn’t understand the anticipation but I knew that I […]

My Best Halloween Costumes Ever


I miss Halloween of yore. I mean, sure, we had razor blades in apples and poisoned candy and all the stuff that went along with Halloween in the 70s. But we didn’t worry about peanut-free, gluten-free, food dye, and strangers. Not too much anyway. My biggest worry on Halloween night was whether or not it […]

5 Things to Creep Your Kid Out Before Halloween

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I have to be honest. I’m a big scaredy cat. I freak out over spiders. I’m scared of the dark. And I can’t stand to watch horror movies. I don’t even like super tense action movies. I prefer to live in my world of rainbows and unicorns. My 6 year old son, Evan, however, likes […]

On NOT Running a Marathon

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I spent the past weekend attending yet another social media conference. This time, it was the Digital Family Summit right here in my newly adopted hometown of Baltimore. The difference was that this was a family conference geared towards parents and their tweens and teens active in social media. So I, of course, brought my 6 year […]

Not My Kid


If you’re anything like me when it comes to parenting, you’re still shocked by what you hear in the news. Boy, 14, Arrested for Cyber-Bullying 12-Year-Olds Not my kid. Abstinence-Only Teaching Doesn’t Curb Teen Sex Not my kid. ‘High school dropout crisis’ continues in U.S., study says Not my kid. Teenage Pregnancy Rates Rise in the US Not my kid. […]

The Great Nature Photography Project for You and Your Kids


There’s VOCATION and AVOCATION and it’s important to know the difference. A Vocation  is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified. An Avocation is an activity that one engages in as a hobby outside one’s main occupation. Many years ago, I went to college bound and […]

My Kid Meets Campbell’s Wisest Kid

If you’ve been watching TV lately, you might have seen a kid that Campbell’s has “discovered.” It’s an 8 year old boy dubbed the Wisest Kid in the Whole World. He’s not just 8, he’s eternally 8. Now, my son is only 6 and he’s pretty darn smart but I can tell you at 6, he’s nowhere near […]

Using the computer for MORE than Minecraft


So was that title total link bait? Maybe. Because I’m not going to talk about Minecraft. I’m going to talk about things other than Minecraft. Because if you’re a mom like me, to a little boy like Evan, you totally need a break from talking about that game. And trust me, I feel your pain. If your family is […]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Disney’s PLANES!


There’s a new movie out this weekend and in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or maybe you just don’t have kids, it’s Disney’s PLANES. Let me explain this difficult concept: It’s just like Disney’s CARS but with PLANES. Quick synopsis of the story: Dusty Crophopper is a little cropduster plane that has dreams […]

The Irony of Summer Vacation


My son is spoiled. Or rather undisciplined. Whichever one makes me sound like the better parent, pick that one. I actually base a lot of my parenting on my own childhood. I don’t mean the way that I was parented, although I’m sure I have some traits that resemble my own parents and their style (hello, yelling). […]