Easy Bake Oven Recipes

Cleaning up my hard drive, I came across a list of Easy Bake Oven recipes that I had posted years ago on Themestream (an early version of a large group blog that shut down in 2001). I collected them from various listservs in the '90s. Just before I trashed them, I...

Great December Ideas

With Christmas quickly approaching, I wanted to point you to some fun, family things you can do this month that I've written about in the past. Enjoy! Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant Yes, we'll be doing this again on Christmas Eve. Although we're considering a...

Best Toys Roundup

Over the past many months I've share with you our all-time favorite toys. These aren't sales pitches, they are (as always) my absolutely from-the-heart, honest opinions after 22+ years of mothering and 22+ years of buying toys — some that were hits and some that were...

Best Toys: Legos

I am under no illusion that I have to introduce anyone to Legos. But it's impossible to write a “best toys” series without including them. So here is my obligatory “Legos are awesome” post. We started almost 22 years ago with our first set of...

Best Toys: Quercetti Marble Run

When I was four-years-old, my neighbor friend, Chris Olsen, brought out the coolest thing I'd ever seen. It was a pair of wooden marble runs. You took a marble, put it at the top and watched it run down the little track about two feet, hit the end, turn the corner,...