How Much is Too Much At Christmas?

Merry Consumerism Holiday! With Christmas mere days away, the conversation around how much is too much for our kids on Christmas has come up with multiple close friends and new-mom acquaintances alike. In our house, we haven’t had to focus on this too much as of yet. Our [...]

By | December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Where does ‘The Force Awakens’ rank among the Star Wars films for you?

My family and some long-time friends waded through the lightsaber-carrying masses – Jedis, Rebel Alliance pilots and Wookies among them – to catch a 7 p.m. screening of the new Star Wars movie last night at the Reading Cinemas Rohnert Park 16. “The Force Awakens” appeared to be playing on [...]

By | December 18th, 2015|0 Comments

The Hottest Toys for 2016

2016 Specialty Toys of the Year Nominees The 2016 Toy Awards are upon us, and the contenders have been unveiled for voting. For this post, I specifically looked at the contenders for the Specialty Toy Awards. This Mama's Winners: 1. Boogie Board Play'N'Trace Doodle Pad  by Kent Displays, [...]

By | December 17th, 2015|0 Comments

When schools are closed for an email threat, do terrorists win?

So someone from Frankfurt, Germany – or someone just using a Frankfurt server - sends a 360-word amateurish email to schools in Los Angeles and New York threatening a possible terrorist attack and it not only results in the closure of 1,100 schools in L.A. but it makes front-page news [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|1 Comment

Santa’s Lap – Next Year I’ll Do It Myself

The face I caught vs. what the photographer captured... For the last few weeks, each day has brought a slew of kids-on-Santa’s-lap pictures to my various social media news feeds. Some are sweet and picturesque; most are just downright hilarious as tantrum after tantrum is captured and shared [...]

By | December 14th, 2015|2 Comments

Did your Christmas tree-shopping experience fall short on the Hallmark scale? Mine too

I once had a Waltons-type perspective on what getting a Christmas tree should be like. You know, the family dressed in flannel venturing off into the evergreen forest to surround a single majestic arbor which is felled with a few swift ax blows and carted away by siblings singing carols [...]

By | December 10th, 2015|1 Comment

The Elf on the Shelf is watching you

Is he Santa's Little Helper or is he a threat to your child's future autonomy? Weigh in.

By | December 4th, 2015|5 Comments

Closing gates at low-cost colleges

Scrolling through my Facebook feed last night I stumbled on a story about a couple that was up to their eyebrows in debt for their son’s college education. We’ve all read these before. They were in so deep retirement was only a dream. Their son, with a communications degree, worked [...]

By | December 3rd, 2015|5 Comments

Will you be home for Christmas? – Viral video reminds us about family

In my teen years, I often would ride my bike go over to my grandparents’ house to mow their lawn and do small chores. My grandmother, a strong Swede in her late 80s at the time, was always so appreciate that she would roll out a full meal whether I [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015|1 Comment

Light A Fire: Raising Kids In A Scary World Isn’t Easy

How can parents talk to kids about the scary world we live in without raising them in fear? Writer Stephanie Ansley takes on that question...

By | December 1st, 2015|3 Comments