How Santa Travels the Whole World in One Night

When you were a kid, did you ever ask your parents how it was possible to visit every house in every country all in one night (you know, except for the homes of those who were naughty)? Perhaps they came up with something clever to tell you, like tha...

DailyDish - Turn Off Your Holiday Lights at Night

Whether you're lighting a Christmas tree, Hannukah candles or a Kwanza bush, turn everything off and blow everything out before you hit the sack to avoid fires....

Kid-Proofing the Christmas Tree

Growing up, I always had a Christmas tree. When I was little, I don't recall considering pulling it over or removing (and eating) the ornaments on it, but those of us with kids know those are the serious risks we take when we engage in one of the m...

Adventure - An essential ingredient of childhood

Schools have banned tag and other chase games. Playground equipment is safe and non-threatening. Swings are short so they can't swing too high. Climbing a tree is a lost art. Keeping kids safe is important, but are we protecting our children too much...

Dad builds awesome fantasy treehouse

It's been a year and a half and I've accomplished nothing, but I haven't given up on the idea of building a treehouse for the kids. It's just that a lack of time, a lack of funds, and no shortage of more pressing tasks have kept me from doing anythin...

The joy of creating Christmas traditions

Keeping with tradition (and, by "tradition," I mean something we came up with a few years ago) my husband and I pulled out the Christmas tree for decorating on Friday night. Since we have a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, we weren't sure how things wo...


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