birthday gifts 

Birthday gifts for boys under $20

The other day, Bethany Sanders offered up some suggestions for inexpensive gifts for girls. Being a guy, I thought I'd chime in with some thoughts on some cool gifts for boys, just in case you're not quite sure what it is that little boys like these ...

The end of the birthday party blowout?

My son attended a birthday party where guests were asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the fire fighter's toy drive rather than a present for the birthday girl. She had plenty of toys already and liked helping those less fortunate. Halfway t...

The best birthday party ever!

For the past two years, we have celebrated Ellie's birthday with a huge party at home. For her 5th, the theme was princess. About 15 kids came over, dressed in their royal finery. We had an inflatable castle jumpy thing, games and of course, cake and...

Toy store registries

I kind of hate gift registries for weddings. It's kind of my own fault, but by the time I get to the department store, there's usually a $ 600.00 barbecue and a $ 30.00 martini set left. And it feels kind of impersonal. I'd rather search for a heartf...

The arrival of the teen

We officially have a teenager in our home. On June 30th my first born, Loren, turned that magical age when parents realize that one phone line is no longer sufficient and that groceries are not meant to make it to the shelves before they are devoured...


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