Top 25 Gifts for Gamers

My son Garrett is 9 years old. Like most tweenagers these days, he is rarely seen without an iPad in one hand and a game console in the other. Just kidding. Kinda. But as he gets older he is getting harder to buy for because toys just don't interest him any more. He loves playing Roblox on his iPad with his buddies and every once in a while I'll catch him playing with his Grossery Game figures.  But mostly it's all electronic, all the time. So. I decided to compile a list of ideas for … [Read more...]

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Christmas Coloring Pages for the Kids Table (Christmas Printables Blog Hop!)

Back in the days of yore before every kid had an iPad permanently attached to their wrists, we had to entertain ourselves while the grown-ups chatted around the dinner table. There was nothing more fun than beating my sister in a game of Hangman or Tic-Tac-Toe. These days, every sit-down restaurant has a kids meal activity page with a three-pack of crayons that melt in your purse if you accidentally leave them in the car in the summer time. Speaking from experience here. So, if … [Read more...]

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Harry Potter Bath & Body Potion Recipes

Did you know this year is the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book? If you have a Harry Potter fan in your house, I'm sure you've already discovered that. My 9 year old son, Garrett, is OBSESSED with all things HP.  He is planning to dress up as Harry for Halloween, and we have not one but THREE Harry Potter themed events to attend between now and October 31st. Since we are in full-on Pottermania up in here, I thought I'd share some kid-friendly potions to conjure … [Read more...]

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Creepy Halloween Party Treats

Looking for some creepy Halloween party treat ideas for the kids? I gotcha covered, my witches.  Check these out. Serve up these super scary Frankenstein Toes, Sp-cookie Ghosts, Mummy Fingers and Werewolf Claws! These are so easy you won't even break out in a cold sweat. And talk about a hit at the Halloween parties!  You could also stuff 'em in goodie bags and give them away as treats for the classmates or neighbors. So, whatcha waiting on? Melt some chocolate and get to dipping … [Read more...]

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A Guide to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown with Kids Part 2

If you missed yesterday's post about our trip to Colonial Williamsburg, be sure to read it here first. It's chock full of photos to inspire your visit to this beautiful part of our country! A Guide to Colonial Williamsburg with Kids, Part 1 On Day 2 of our trip, we took a bit of a different approach.   My good friend Marcia lives in the Richmond area, so she wanted to bring her twin daughters over to tour Williamsburg with us.  We also took a vacation with them to Niagara Falls, so … [Read more...]

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A Guide to Colonial Williamsburg with Kids Part 1

The older I get, the more of a history geek I become. I was always kind of a history lover, but not to the extent that I am now. Give me a re-enactment of a historical village any day over a modern day city. My love of Outlander might have something to do with it, but mainly it's just in my blood. Historical places fascinate me, especially anything to do with the 18th and 19th century. For this reason, Colonial Williamsburg has been on my bucket list to visit for many years, and FINALLY we … [Read more...]

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Things Not to Miss at Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Spooky Halloween is a fun multi-night event at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom where you and your family get to Trick or Treat at Disney World, while meeting special characters and hopping on rides a lot faster than on your typical day to the parks. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticket event and takes place on select nights from August through October. We attended many years ago with Garrett, and I would love to go back and do it again with … [Read more...]

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Our Great American Eclipse Recap

The Great American Eclipse happened yesterday. It was awesome. At first I was skeptical. When my dad asked if we wanted to go see the eclipse in totality, I didn't really understand what that meant. All the eclipse maps put Birmingham at about 98% totality. Wouldn't 98% be just as good as 100%? I mean, it is THE SUN, so it's pretty much visible from the entire Western hemisphere, right? Turns out that nope, 98% is not AT ALL like 100% totality. Not even close. Every single thing I … [Read more...]

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20 Summer Road Trip Essentials for Kids

Who else is planning a summer road trip with kids?  Summer is nearly over, which means you better hit the road quick if you want to avoid those unexcused absences. If you want to try to kick it old school style and have a technology-free road trip then you are gonna need to get creative. Kids today are not as easily distracted as those of us who grew up counting the roadside power poles from the back of a station wagon in the 80s. That means you need to make a plan and be prepared. Here are … [Read more...]

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5 Best Free Kids Books for 9-12 Year Olds

We are coming into the last lazy days of summer before school starts back which means I'm hearing a lot of "Moooom... I'm BORED." from my 9 year old son. He is exhausted when he gets home from summer camp and just wants to veg out on the couch, so I let him do just that most nights. The Kindle app on the iPad has been a lifesaver because it's a way to keep him occupied that doesn't include mindless hours of playing Roblox or watching tv. Thankfully he is an avid reader, so I started … [Read more...]

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