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Are You Still Doing Your Christmas Shopping?

Shoppers in a crowded store scramble for last-minute gifts. Credit: Don Emmert, AFP/Getty Images Only five more days until Christmas? Eh, plenty of time for shopping. With Christmas hurtling toward us faster than a Red Bull-soaked...

12 Best Children's Books for the Holidays

Snow falling outside frosted windows, fire crackling, two girls curled in blankets on a cozy couch, surrounded by books. I'm seven years old and visiting my best friend who lives just down the street, and we are digging into a huge basket of seasonal...

Holiday Shopping With Your Child For Your Ex

Divorced parents may find themselves shopping for their exes during the holidays. Credit: nkpix, Flickr
If you're divorced, you might find yourself in the uncomfortable position of having to help your child buy a holiday gift for your ex-spouse -...

KB Toys Files for Bankruptcy

A toy store declaring bankruptcy just two weeks before Christmas? I only wish it was a sign that Santa was assigning the elves too much overtime. Instead, when KB Toys declared bankruptcy last Thursday, it was a clear signal that people just aren't ...

Free Shipping Day - Procrastinators Take Note!

Those of you who have finished your Christmas shopping and are now lounging on your sofa gazing at your beautifully decorated tree can just skip this post. The rest of you might want to pay attention. Even with the advent of online shopping, I man...

Great Gifts Under $20

Have you made your list and checked it twice? Have you added it all up and realized it is going to cost you a fortune? With the economy swirling in the drain, most of us can't afford to spend $60 to $100 per kid for a gift that is likely to get br...

Christmas Eve pajama party!

Every year, the very first thing on my Christmas shopping list is the same - pajamas. It is kind of my little holiday tradition. I buy each family member (including myself) the most festive and/or goofy pajama set I can find. I wrap them, mark the pa...

The biggest gift of all

Ellie has recently shown an intense fascination with her own babyhood, so we spent a good chunk of this past weekend strolling down memory lane. We brought out the photo albums and videos and settled in to reminisce about days gone by. Many of the ph...

Rebecca Romijn, ovulation reminders, and healthy lunch ideas - Links we love

Doing some early Christmas shopping? Pick safer toys for your little ones with these tips. -- Alpha Mom Your ovaries called. They want you to know that you're ovulating. -- BabyCenter Rebecca Romijn opens up about husband Jerry O'Connell, ex-Jo...

Cyber-Monday: why go to the mall?

Many of you get up early and head to the malls the Friday after Thanksgiving to take advantage of Black Friday sales. I admire your courage and determination to get a good deal. Personally, you couldn't pay me to get up while it is still dark and joi...

Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: the holiday season has begun

If you get the feeling that the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year, you aren't alone. Everyone one I know is crabbing about the fact that it's not even Halloween and some stores are already stocking Christmas items. While I am not a ...

Is it too early to shop for Christmas?

It's that time of the year. Lights and Carol songs everywhere. I know this is supposed to be the most enchanting season of the year. But my only obsession right now is to wrap the kids' Christmas presents before the end of November to avoid one of...

Shopping meltdowns, part of every parent's holiday landscape

After I wrote about my holiday shopping experience - the Christmas spirit was everywhere!, now, with meltdowns! - I went surfing around some new-to-me parenting blogs. I was particularly impressed with this post from The View From Crazy. Her two-year...

Christmas shopping with the kids, a story

I'd just pick a few things up for Christmas while my husband works, I thought. And I went shopping. We started at the bank, and my children were greeted with lollipops and smiles. When Everett ran off to push the buttons of the dumbwaiter in the gran...

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