winter 

Rocko Flake Sled

Be prepared for that next snow day. Credit: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum With this winter already registering as the snowiest ever recorded in some parts of the U.S., a sled seems more like an essential than a frivolity righ...With this winter already registering as the snowiest ever recorded in some parts of the U.S., a sled seems more like an essential than a frivolity right now.

Five Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Winter

Make cookies for a cookie swap. Credit: Getty Images This year, when Dec. 21 rolls around, why not celebrate the first day of winter with fun activities that can become your family's tradition? Here are five entertaining ways to usher ...Why not celebrate the first day of winter with fun activities that can become your family's tradition?

Puzzles: Why Old-Fashioned Toys Never Go Out of Style

Sleepy days spent indoors: All parents who stay home with their children know these days well. Cabin Fever is right here, right now. Deep in the clutches of winter. We're snowed in, our senses dulled by lack of sunlight, our motivation to burst into ...

Dad Caves to Condo Board, Destroys Snow Fort

John White's daughter, Clara, plays in the fort her dad built. Credit: John White
A gigantic snow fort built by a Canadian dad got a chilly reception from the owners of the property on which it was constructed. John White of Barrhaven, Otta...

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...

King of the Hill

Orvis just made sledding even more fun. Credit: Orvis
You may be dreading the first flurries of the winter (i.e. shoveling and slush), but your kids can't wait to careen down the side of the neighborhood's highest hill. At least you can agree o...

Octuplets, Cabin Fever, and Cool New Gadgets - Links we Love

Got cabin fever? Kids driving you crazy? Try teaching them to juggle or bring spring inside with an indoor terrarium. -- AlphaMom The division of labor in family life can feel more like tug-of-war than partnership. Here's how one couple finally le...

Mother-in-Laws, Levi McConaughey, and Anti-Princess Reading Lists - Links we Love

So you survived Christmas debt-free. Now you have to get through the winter. Learn how to lower your heating bill now, without freezing out your family. -- AlphaMom Reason #245 to help your mother-in-law stay healthy: Sharing a home with her can r...

Mother Nature Shuts Down Seattle Toys for Tots

After teaching for years in low-income areas, I've seen first hand the joy that Toys for Tots can bring to struggling families. The toys were often distributed right from school, relieved parents knowing that they'd have something special under the t...

Snow Play for a Snow Day

We had two snow days in a row last week, unusual for us in early December. The snowfall so far this year has been heavy, suggesting there will be plenty more opportunities this winter to sleep in, ditch the routine for the day, and play in the s...

Puppies Save Boy Lost in Forest

When three-year-old Jaylynn Thorpe wandered away from his babysitter last Friday night, his grandparents (who are also his guardians) were frantic ... with good reason. With winter-like temperatures dipping into the teens, they knew that a helpless c...

Photo Cards or Traditional Cards?

One of the most fun things I used to do every holiday season was head to Barnes and Noble (or wherever) and pick out holiday cards to send to friends and family. More often than not we choose "Holiday Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas" since ...

DailyDish - Don't Forget Your Chapstick

This Winter, keep an extra chapstick in your coat pocket so you don't ever to leave home without it....

Flu season worst in four years

Yesterday, after three whole days of sunny weather here, the mood at preschool pickup was amazing. If you live in the north, you know what a few days of spring weather can do for the soul. Last week, we were all pale, shivering, and huddled still in ...

A little bit of snow

We arrived at Lake Tahoe late yesterday afternoon, after an early morning packing frenzy and a long day parked on I-80. I have a very generous friend who graciously lets us stay at his house by the lake, so we've been going up every February for a we...

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