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Birthday Party Tips

I like to think I'm a seasoned birthday party host. My daughters, 13 and 11, are social butterflies and enjoy taking a hand in organizing their parties, planning months ahead. Even at a very young age, they insisted on creating customized loot bags for each guest. Over the years,...

Bad Gramma! Is Gammy Shortchanging the Grandkids?

The popular perception is that grandparents empty their pockets to fill the toy boxes and closets of their grandchildren. Maybe that’s what some grandparents do. Not me. It’s not that I’m cheap, but if I am, that’s only part of the story. When the first grandchild was born (was it...

Raising Davis: Dealing with holiday greed

When I think of the holidays, I daydream about walking in a winter wonderland, roasting chestnuts and singing carols. The reality is I am walking in a Wal-Mart wonderland, emptying my bank account and trying to hold on to my sanity!

Raising Mary: Dealing with holiday greed

I have been thinking about how to find balance, especially this year, as Mary turns three and may be capable of understanding the holidays. How can we help her (and later, our baby, Adelaide), look forward to more than the acquisition of stuff?

Making Better Home Videos

Gear Up Why is it that people hate to watch home movies? Let's be honest; most people really stink at using a camcorder. Anyone can pick up a camera and turn it on, but with the right tools and a little know-how, you, too, can have Oscar-calibre home movies. Make sure...

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