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Chinese New Year - Activities for You and Your Child

Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year kicks off tonight, a New Year's Eve of sorts that the Chinese call Chuxi, or "Year-Pass Eve." This important traditional Chinese holiday, which officially starts tomorrow, will la...

Inauguration Day - How to Celebrate With Your Kids

My three-year-old has no idea what a President is or does. Oh, sure, we've explained it to her a time or twelve, but she's three ... "leader of the free world" pales in comparison to Dora Saves the Snow Princess. But our enthusiasm last November ...

DailyDish - The Recession-Proof Advent Countdown

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to countdown to Christmas? Try this....

Be Thankful for Thanksgiving Crafts That Keep Kids Out of the Kitchen

On Thanksgiving Day, there are either too many or not enough cooks in the kitchen. That makes it a good day to un-invite your favorite pint-sized chefs so that they don't get underfoot, or worse, hurt. But even if they can't help carve the turkey...

Daily Dish - Let the Kids Customize Their Table

Looking for a way to make the kids' table more fun and keep little ones out from underfoot? Here's an idea....

Don't know much about history? That's about to change

A few months ago, my older daughter was given a book about castles. Or more specifically, one hypothetical castle, and how it changed over hundreds and hundreds of years, the final page being castle ruins with sightseers crawling all over it. It'...

Catherine Zeta Jones, migraine benefits and misguided crushes - Links we love

Although she considers herself "pretty easygoing," even Catherine Zeta Jones has her limits. Find out how her kids know when they've crossed the line. -- Celebrity Baby Blog Here's one piece of good news for those ladies who suffer from migraines....

15 TV-free activities for a rainy day

Last Saturday, we woke up to a wet and gloomy day. We made a huge breakfast, hung around in our pajamas, and spent the day not going anywhere. After a busy fall and a busier Halloween, it truly was a gift. It's really tempting on a lazy, rainy da...

Pumpkins, pumpkins all around

Did you know that the first jack-o'-lanterns were carved out of turnips? Legend has it that Jack was a man cursed to walk the Earth forever, banned from both Heaven and Hell. The devil, the story says, gave Jack a crude lamp to light his way. The I...

Put a boo-boo bunny in your basket

If you're tired of stuffed animals but want a cute bunny included in your Easter basket, a boo-boo bunny may be the ticket. They're adorable, functional, and easy to make with supplies you probably have on hand. This tutorial gives more complete ins...

Bunny tangrams!

My husband and I are such geeks that we have a set of tangrams in the house and are far too proud of it. We both remember being introduced to them sometime in the fourth grade, fascinated then and now by how such simple shapes can make for such chall...

What to do with those old toilet paper rolls?

When I was a little younger, I believed that extraordinary things could be created through cultivation. Practice makes perfect, try, try, try again -- all that sunshiny crap. Now I believe that talents are mostly inherent. Sure, I can be taught to ba...

Get crafty with colorful felt garland

How lovely would handmade felt circles look strung around your house on a special occasion, such as your child's birthday? Much more unique than plain old paper or greenery, these felt garland decorations are the cutest around. The simple process is ...

Free holiday craft activities

I love all of the options we have now for making cards, stamping, scrapbooking, and personalizing things for holiday gifts. I have spent a fortune in the past on cards, gift tags and other cute things for Christmas gifts. I do a lot of holiday baking...

Holiday craft party

One of the parents from Jared's preschool organized a craft party at her home yesterday. The idea was to let the kids make some gifts, have some fun, and keep them busy for a bit. We arrived a bit late (the kids had their acrobatics classes) so we mi...

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