We Had a Daughter This Weekend! (But Ended Up Returning Her)

  Pretty good sale today at Christmas Tree Shop. Though not too sure of the return policy on these. This weekend we got to see what it'd be like to have a daughter. Since there aren't any "Rent a Daughter" shops in our area of the country, we had to make due with our 11-year-old niece Amanda. Okay, fine. We had an impromptu sleepover with my sister-in-law's daughter, but for a day,  we got to pretend she wasn't our niece. My kids are always excited for any sort of sleepover, but extra excited when it's one of their cousins. What turned out as a regular boring old weekend, quickly turned into a ...

Big NFL Action in a Small Package – TeenyMates Review & Giveaway

I've written before about how Ryan loves to collect "guys." The smaller the better, because he can grab a handful and run around the house smashing them into each other. He's got Squinkies, Crazy Bones, Bonkazonks, little Japanese erasers, Lego Mini-Figs, you name it. So when I had a chance to review Party Animal's NFL TeenyMates, I couldn't really pass (pun very much intended) those up. Football's easily my favorite sport. I've been a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan since the early '70s when I was in Elementary School. I somehow jumped on their bandwagon then, and never jumped off, despite the awfulness of the 1980s. My dad's always been a NY ...

My Playlist or I Wanna Rock (blog hop)

Apparently Trisha over at Momdot.com has caught the blog hop bug because she's at it again. Or is it a blog carnival? I can't really keep it straight. All I know is that the poor woman desparately needs a new iPhone since her current one is cracked beyond belief. The latest Blog Carnival is a blog post showing off the playlists on your computer or iPod or whatever MP3 player you use. I've got my tunes on my iPhone, along with synched up iTunes on all my computers. I've got a few computers at home (laptop and desktop) and another at the office. Thanks to my friend Brian, I purchased iTunes ...

Fifty Shades of Pain

A few weeks ago I attended a Cafe Mom party tying in to the Blog Her 12 conference that was happening in NYC at the time. It was a great chance for me to meet the editors I've been working with for months now. I always feel it helps, no matter what the business, to make face time with the people you work with remotely. I had a great time at the party and am definitely glad I attended. And not just because of the free food and free booze... The only rough part, however, was when my editor Suzanne grabbed me by the arm and rushed me through a maze of ...

Get Your Kids Off the Couch and Outside to Exercise – Zamzee Review & Giveaway

Our first walk with the Zamzee activity meters was in a local park. You'd think with all the video games my kids play, that they'd each weigh 600 pounds by now. But if you ever watch Jason play the Wii, you'd see why he actually loses weight playing video games. He just never stops moving! But in general, my kids hate the outside. They're just not into sports and other than drawing mazes on the driveway with chalk, they couldn't care less about breathing in the fresh air. That's why I was super excited to try out Zamzee after I met with them at the recent Blog Her convention in New ...