50+ Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas

50+ Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas

    Homemade holiday food gifts capture the best of the holiday season.  Not only does the effort of creating these treats imbue them with love and thoughtfulness, their very nature makes them extra considerate:  since they're consumable, your good cheer won't overstay its welcome by cluttering up anyone's home or office. Make this holiday season a delicious one for friends, neighbors, or colleagues by infusing some booze, mixing up a batch of sweet or savory munchables, or putting together DIY food kits.  Our collection of[...]

Ten Photos: The More The Merrier

Ten Photos: The More The Merrier

  Now that the holidays are here, it's time to think about all the people you will be spending time with. Family members, young and old.  Good friends.  Frenemies who always show up at the same holiday parties you're invited to.  Co-workers who consistently steal your advancement opportunities.  Pompous colleagues.  Your weird Aunt Sally. Panic attacks are optional. In the spirit of togetherness, I searched for photos using terms that indicated groups of people.  What I found made me feel better about spending the holidays[...]

Video Games Are My Zen Meditation

Video Games Are My Zen Meditation

This post was originally run on Maple Brown Sugar. People complain about how playing video games is bad for you, contributing to a sedentary lifestyle, anti-social behavior, major time-suckage, and a host of other issues.  However, I find them a form of Zen meditation. Keep in mind that I’m not talking about Grand Theft Auto or anything like that. After a long day or stressful situation, I find some video games the perfect antidote in unwinding and laying out any problems in[...]

Creating Christmas Memories

Creating Christmas Memories

It's the most wonderful time of the year and for a child it's even more magical, suddenly everything is brighter, there is glitter, sparkle and magic all around them and memories made now will last a lifetime for many. Creating Christmas memories is something that we all do with our children, however big or small, do you remember stirring a Christmas Cake or leaving out a cookie for Father Christmas. This year start new traditions and create memories that your child will[...]

BBL: Jessica Ziegler and Kate Hall – Concept to Book in 30 days

BBL: Jessica Ziegler and Kate Hall - Concept to Book in 30 days

POSTPONED DUE TO SICK KIDS - Go figure, right? New date and time below. . . In this episode, Val will be chatting it up with Jessica Ziegler and Kate Hall LIVE on December 16, 2014, at 11:30 AM PDT. They will be discussing their recent insane inspired project where they went from a concept to a Book in one month! Topics We Will Be Discussing: How did the concept for The Big Book of Parenting Tweets come about Getting the eBook started and gathering content Hot tips[...]

WIN! The Short Attention Span Gift Guide

WIN! The Short Attention Span Gift Guide

We're giving away the entire collection, enter now! Who doesn’t love to give books at the holidays? They fit in a suitcase; they ship easily; plus you get to pat yourself on the back for supporting literacy while looking like a real smarty pants. It’s a way of saying, I just LOVE to read, and I assume you do too, if you are AT ALL intelligent... But when you’re on the receiving end of a hefty tome, it doesn’t feel like a[...]

2014 Holiday Movie Preview

2014 Holiday Movie Preview

    By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media reviewer It's that most wonderful time of the year again -- not only because of family gatherings and holiday feasts but also because of the great movies hitting theaters. This fall, families with kids of all ages are in luck: There's everything from animated adventures (Big Hero 6), funny penguins (Penguins of Madagascar), and singing orphans (Annie) to serious biographical dramas (The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, Unbroken) and big-budget franchise sequels (The Hunger[...]

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