Yearly Archives: 2013

Saige Countdown: 16 days!

Saige Countdown: 16 days!

Last year, when asked what she wanted for Christmas, my daughter was solid that McKenna, the 2012 Girl of the Year from American Girl was her one positive want. She consistently informed us that “You can only get her until the end of ...
Pan for Gold in Your Kitchen

Pan for Gold in Your Kitchen

We take pride in exposing our kids to a wealth of learning activities and information, and have done so for their entire lives.  A little over five years ago we took a winter vacation to the Wisconsin Dells for some swimming and general  ...
M&M’s or Coal in Your Stocking

M&M’s or Coal in Your Stocking

A couple years back I got coal in my stocking. Yes, I said coal. From my mother-in-law. I’ll let that digest for a minute… Those of you that know me know there is no way I could have done ANYTHING at all to deserve that kind of ...
Weighing Our Options

Weighing Our Options

It is hard to believe that a few years ago, when I stepped on a scale, I would get really upset. Sadness and depression always followed. The scales tipped at a weight that – based on my height – classified me as obese. As we sta ...
Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast

Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast

Just before Thanksgiving, we had the opportunity to spend some time in Chicago. Breakfast at the hotel included a lavish children’s menu that included crepes and stuffed French Toast utilizing chocolate hazelnut spread. Miss M has nev ...

HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Spot It!)

We’ve all played some type of card-matching game with our kids.  CSE Games showed a modified version of this classic with their new “Spot It!” series of card games.  They recently obtained NHL licensing and will undoubtedl ...
Hey Ocarina!

Hey Ocarina!

What a silly title.  That song will be stuck in my head all afternoon now (hopefully yours too). In fact, it really doesn’t do justice to the latest musical instrument to enter our household. Over the past year we have been subjected ...
Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven Delivers

Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven Delivers

If there is one thing I love, it’s Rotisserie Chicken. Specifically, the one they sell at Sam’s Club. It is full of flavor and always hits the spot. Leftovers? If there are any leftovers, it’s good hot or cold. By itself o ...
From Frizz to Perfectly Fabulous

From Frizz to Perfectly Fabulous

  For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a problem with frizzy hair. While I wish I could attribute it to coloring my hair, I can’t. It has been a problem going back much further than that. When I was younger and had disposable ...
HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Oversight)

HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Oversight)

Returning to the 2013 Chicago Toy & Game Fair was Griddly Games, makers of Oversight, Wise Alec, Words of the Wise and many others.  Last year we received an autographed copy of Oversight directly from the President and Founder, Reisa S ...