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Fun LEGO Website for Families

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Our friends at LEGO have a great website for families,, which is chock-full of building directions (a Brickinstein and Brickzilla!), games (blindfolded building), and news and events (such as fire safety tips for Fire Prevention Month).


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A Hauntingly Good Book Just in Time for Halloween

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Who knew how expressive ghosts could be? In 100 Ghosts, author/illustrator Doogie Horner takes the classic Halloween haunt and turns it into a book full of clever, often LOL funny, permutations. Some of my faves: Russian Nesting Ghost, 8-Bit, and Grumpy Cat.




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Best Books for Kids

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The New York Public Library just announced their list of 100 Great Children’s Books. Their picks are a great mix of picture books (Don Freeman’s Corduroy) and chapter books (Matilda by Roald Dahl). I count 74 books from the recommended titles that I’ve read with my boys. Full disclosure: I was a children’s librarian before I became an editor at FamilyFun, so some may consider that cheating! How many have you and your kids read?

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Great Back-to-School Gear

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The kids are settled at school (whew!). But, if you’re like me, you’re realizing you still need a few supplies. Check out our picks for lunch bags, backpacks, and more.

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Emmy Award Picks

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Emmy Awards will air on Sunday night. Will you be watching?

While many adult-favorite—and office-favorite—shows are nominated (there’s always lots of talk about Breaking Bad, Project Runway, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, and more at our lunch table), there are a few family favorites in the mix.

My boys and I will be rooting for several contenders in the Outstanding Reality Program: MythBusters (all three of my boys want to be MythBusters when they grow up), Antiques Roadshow (yep, they really do like it!), and Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (what’s not to like about good food?) as well as The Amazing Race (nominated for 5 awards).

What about your family?

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