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Once again, we're looking for cool, unique gift ideas for tweens & teens. We prefer gifts that go beyond the usual requests (video games, phones,) but still have some sort of 'wow' factor.
Things are changing in our house. Our old playroom, once filled with blocks and Magna-Tiles and dress-up costumes and Nerf guns...has been recently renovated so our two boys (a teen and a tween) now have their own bedrooms. Instead of swinging on bars and building towers, there's a lot more moody listening of music going on. 17 Cool...
Obvi our kids were going to learn how to play chess. We’re not trying to raise grandmasters; we think chess is a life skill. From the best chess boards to apps & books: our 5 tips.
I first beat Mike on our honeymoon. We were staying at some small B&B in California, and it was raining that day. Moodily, we poked around the nooks and crannies of the ground floor, until we came upon a window seat, complete with a chessboard. It was one of those beautiful, carved things — we were immediately drawn in....
Let's play. Lest we overlook the obvious, board game nights are just right for playing with friends & family. Our top 10 co-op & competitive games, inside.
Sometimes at the end of the day, all I want to do is entirely unplug. Video games might be a passion, but man, I miss having board game nights with my friends. And so, I've put together a guide to all my favorite board games and all the board games I still want to play! Top 10 Board Games...
We're obsessed. Among Us has us folding in tasks at home & "you look sus" = the phrase of the day. So we're rolling w fun gifts, for the imposter among us.
You Sus and You Look Sus have absolutely become my favorite expressions of #2020, in Quarantine, while making the best of stay-at-home. Thank you Among Us, for giving this mom a great giggle, for the entertainment, and for some fun words to use, too! Two of my three kids are gamers. The third, generally has not been interested in online...
Just the kind of challenge kids & adults need: beautiful puzzles — double-sided, round, recycled, layered...perfect for indoor family time (& also for gifts).
I am mind-blown right now, in a great way, by a puzzle. This Gray Malin Beach Puzzle is not only a beautiful work of art, it's double-sided!!! Is this concept new to anyone else? I'm so excited about it because this is exactly the kind of new challenge we need in 2021 — a beautiful double-sided puzzle seems just about...
Mamas! It's the holiday shopping list we've all been waiting for, right? Cool gifts for teens, unique gifts for tweens — TME found 26. Presents they'll love...we hope.
Need some gift ideas for the Tween (or Teen) in your life? Not only is this age pretty tricky — they all seem to be caught somewhere between childhood and adulthood — but the desire to WOW this decidedly moodier breed of human is STRONG. At least...it is for this mama. 26 Cool, Unique Gifts For Tweens (&...
Chess is all the rage (oh, hey, The Queen's Gambit fans), so w/ fresh eyes, we're scooping up cool, modern chess boards — for those grandmasters in training.
If there's one holiday gift move to make this year, if you're also obsessed with The Queen's Gambit, it's this: order a Chess Board (this is my favorite) before they sell out. Holiday shopping this year is in fact a bit like speed chess — you need a good strategy and fast moves. I binged the Queen's Gambit, solo, all...
10 simple Halloween recipes that are cute, festive — &, yes, genuinely doable. Not to mention tasteful in theme — and in, uh, taste.
Should we state the obvious? OK, but let's make it quick. It's 2020. Things are weird. Halloween is most likely going to look like some half-assed version of itself. Let's band together (virtually, of course) and try to make the most of whatever at-home celebrations we can whip up with a week to spare. Enter: 10 simple Halloween recipes...
Need Mother's Day gift ideas for quarantine 2020? Got 'em. 10 outdoor games for the whole family = fresh air + at-home fun — for moms who play, that is.
Need a little pick-me-up in the form of fun? Or maybe some people in your home are asking what you might like for Mother's Day? We have ideas...ones proven to work! Spoiler: Indoor Bocce can be taken outside...doesn't take up much space, nor pose any of the risk of traditional bocce. And is so, so, so very fun!!! When we...
This post has been updated for 2021. So as a kid, sure I had stuff, but honestly most of the memories I can pull up with the ol’ brain box are of me, my sister, and a few cousins using the backyard hose to fill a dirt pit with water -- and that’s literally what we did all summer. So...