Our Elf Changed Jobs: For The First Time It’s Actually Awesome

Sure, it was borderline trickster behavior, but I thought it was cute. My son, then 5, was thrilled Donnie had done something (anything) original. My daughter, who was just shy of her fourth birthday, was immediately pissed off.

I know, I was shocked too.


Reprise: Deck the Elves

I have found a way to make our Elf work for me, not cause me more work.

That, however, is a tale for tomorrow. Tonight, please join me in a reprise of Deck the Elves. 

Too Cool For Toys

39 & 40 – Yvolution scooters: Do you know a child who loves to spin and bounce? What about one who is leery of swinging or climbing? All of those have to do with the vestibular system, which is centered in the inner ear and has to do with balance and movement. 39. Y-Flyer – The…

Diversions For Active Hands

Fidgets can be a very useful tool, and these days there are plenty to choose from. I have found there is call for both the simple, and the complex activities to be standing by for those with busy hands. 1. Metal Chucks – Thumb Chucks from Zing’s EDP line  – Newest edition of Thumb Chucks now come…

Strong Habits Built on Pure Fun

Building healthy habits takes time, and can be boring. Especially for kids, the more fun, the more likely they are to stick with it. These products all bring fresh perspective and a fun new spin. 28. Kudo Banz – Kudo Banz is easy-to-use and effective positive parenting tool meets wearable sticker chart meets collectable charm…

Comfort and Cuddles

There comes a point in every day when we all want to curl up and chill out. Having any or all of these around to cuddle would be seriously comforting. 23. Squishmallows – Have you ever dreamed about hugging a cloud? That’s what Squishmallows feel like. They are uber soft and squishy, and super cute.…