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Category Archive for 'Gifts for Kids'

On the recent Camp Jean trip, I brought along a box set of The Monkees, Season 1. I bought this a while back on eBay because I thought the kids might like it. I was wrong. They LOVED it. They would watch the Monkees all day, if left to their own devices! It’s always great [...]

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I just got hooked on these books. Violet and Dash recently discovered the “Warriors” series and until they finished all six books, they were taking them everywhere and constantly reading them. (I have learned it’s preferable to have a child reading at the table in a restaurant instead of a child who tells you every [...]

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I recently got a license to Doozla, a new program from one of my favorite Mac software developers, plasq. These guys are known for products that appeal to your inner child: Comic Life, which lets you create comic books from your own photos, and Skitch, which has elevated the mundane task of creating screenshots into [...]

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My brother (aka Uncle Bob) and I have been plotting for some time to get a Wii for the niece/nephews. I have been wanting to play a video game called Guitar Hero for ages. Can you say “ulterior motive”? Now, Court (bro-in-law) says I only come over to play Guitar Hero, rather than to visit [...]

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I hate shopping in general, and holiday shopping in particular. I like giving nice presents, though. One of my goals for this blog is to share some of the good ideas I get for presents to give to niece/nephews of all ages. If you want to share your recommendations, you can do so in the [...]

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Five years ago, my sisters and I started a reading magazine for preschoolers. My sister Judy, the serial entrepreneur, was the motivating force behind it. She got the idea years and years ago, when she was volunteering at a children’s hospital. She noticed that even little toddlers would watch TV all the time. Books required [...]

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There are two places I avoid bringing the kids if I can: the toy store and the video store. It’s not too hard to avoid the toy store; I rarely need a toy. But if I’ve promised Violet a video for our sleepover, and I did not think ahead and order one on Netflix, we’ll [...]

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Last year, my brother (Uncle Bob) introduced us all to a DVD called Dan Zanes & Friends: All Around the Kitchen! Crazy Video and Concert Songs We watched it with the kids a kajillion times. And, I now confess, I’ve watched Dan Zanes even without the kids. He is that adorable. From his website: “Once [...]

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