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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

CLINICAL BOX It certainly doesn't feel like summer in NYC yet, but if you're lucky enough to be in warmer temperatures, you may be getting a whiff of the fact that your regular deodorant isn't getting the job done. The latest odor-attacker out there is BAN Clinical Defense Roll-On, $7. It claims to work better than the other clinical-strength deodorants you've seen in drugstores because it uses a technology that eliminates two stress-related odors—spicy odor and s-odor—instead of just masking them. Give it a roll and let us know what you think.

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A Success Story!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

3366541636_9d7624364f A game that is both highly portable and creatively inspiring passes two very important criteria in my book.

Check out this super fun idea from The Toby Show—just get a few simple wood blocks (only 25 cents each from Casey's Wood Products!) and paint or collage each side with a simple, recognizable icon like a tree, house, butterfly, ball, etc. The idea is that Player 1 rolls a die and begins a story about that object. Player 2 rolls the 2nd die, and continues the story, but using her picture. And so on and so on. This would be a great waiting room game or restaurant distraction.

Found via (the ever-amazing) Crafty Crow.

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Solutions for Winter Break Blues

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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We are well into the second week of winter break, and I'd be willing to bet that many of you are trying to keep the kids from swinging from the chandelier. Don't worry…it's okay to admit that they're driving you a little batty. If you are in need of some fun, inexpensive home activities, check out this list from Destroydebt.com of 20 boredom busters; here are some of my faves…

  • Soda bottle bowling: Raid the recycling bin for empty plastic
    soda bottles. Set them up like bowling pins and roll a ball at them like you're
    bowling. Make the game more challenging by adding some water to
    the bottom of the soda bottles (if you still have the caps!) or by
    bowling blindfolded.
  • Bottle cap Shuffleboard: Create a triangle on the end of the
    kitchen table out of painter's tape, and divide into 3 sections:
    the tip of the triangle is worth 30 points, the center is worth 20
    points, and the larger base of the triangle is worth 10 points. On the
    other end of the kitchen table, place a piece of tape to create the
    push-off line. Use bottle caps and push them so they slide
    from the push-off line toward the triangle. Players can push another
    player's cap off the triangle and the winner
    is the person who reaches 200 points first.
  • Animate a stick figure: Find a pad of paper or a post-it pack.
    Start in one corner of the page and draw a stick figure. Lift up the
    page and draw the same figure on the next page, but move an arm or leg
    just slightly, and continue on each page of the pack. On each page,
    you'll draw your stick figure just positioned a little differently.
    When you flip the pages with your thumb, you'll have an animated stick
    figure!
  • Build an indoor “snow” fort: For some reason, kids love to
    build forts. Give them some blankets to hang on the back of chairs,
    couches and other items to hide underneath. Give each child a box or
    bag of crumpled up newspaper “snow balls” and let them have an indoor
    snow fight. Forts are great for playing house, or any number of
    activities active imaginations can drum up.
  • Find it in print: Gather some books, magazines and newspapers.
    Have the kids go on a “Where's Waldo” type adventure, finding various
    things in print that you call out, try: things that move, things that bark, animals that eat meat, something you find in a kitchen, things that breathe.

If you have any boredom cures you'd like to share, please do! I'm sure your fellow parents would appreciate any help they can get!

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Do You Have Family Game Nights?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

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There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned game night to bring your family together. But do people really have those anymore? I know I do, but maybe I’m just an old-school kinda gal.

So we want to know–do you have family game nights? (We’re talking non-techie games here, so Wii night doesn’t count!) Do you and your kids have a favorite game you play together? Does your extended family have a cool tradition where you play a game at get-togethers or holidays? We’d love to know!

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Color Coded

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

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Do you need a Friday morning distraction? Test your color IQ by arranging these color chips in order. It might make your eyes cross, but it’s fun to see how well you judge tone and hue. (I scored an eight, zero being the best, and I blame any mistakes on my poorly calibrated monitor and the florescent lighting in my office. Excuses, excuses.)

And if you’re curious to know what Pantone, the color giants, think is your color, check out Colorstrology. I was shocked to learn that Pale Mauve is my shade, but now I feel oddly attracted to it.

Both links found via How About Orange (go figure).

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8-bit Snacking: Super Mario 1UP Cakies

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Supermariomushrooms26There’s no guarantee that these little snacks will give you an extra life or an instantaneous growth spurt, but they look tasty and retro. And, even better, they look like something I can make, considering I have the decorating skills of a dead lava-soaked King Koopa.

You can find all the sordid details on how to make them at Snack or Die, where many delicious game geek snacks can be found.

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DIY Memory Game

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

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I heart this idea by Creative Chicks at Play: Make a memory game from scrap paper—you can use anything from junk mail to unusable pieces of arty, scrapbook paper. Just paste the patterns to 2-inch chipboard squares with Modge Podge or go super-eco and cut up cereal boxes and cardboard to use as the base.

Thanks to The Crafty Crow for the link!

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The Perfect Playdate?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

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Moms and dads (and grandparents and babysitters!), we need your help. How do you plan the perfect playdate? What’s the right length of time? The ideal number of kids? The rules if you’re the host parent? The guidelines if you’re the guest?
We want to hear your best playdate activities, your coolest snacks, and your never-fail solutions for dealing with discipline, problem kids (or parents!) and saying good-bye when it’s all over.
Please post your best tips, tricks and stories. Thanks!

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