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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 (&...
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....
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...
Have a comic book lover in your life (or someone looking to start drawing)? We've found uber-cool gift ideas for them (think drawing, drafting & swag).
I think one of the most daunting things about walking into an art store is the 4,000 types of paper and 800 types of pencils lining the walls. If you have someone in your life who loves comic books or is looking to start drawing, I've gone uber hard finding some cool gift ideas for them. I’ll keep it...
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 I’m looking at this gift guide...
Just in: video games for National Video Games Day! We've got 8 for kids ages 6 to 17+, w/ a nice mix of single-player story games & multiplayer adventures.
Hey guys, it's Syd! Some of you may remember the last post I wrote about games for kiddos that aren't first-person shooters a while ago. Well, I'm back with more games just in time for National Video Games Day! This time around, I went a little past just games for younger kids. This is a mix of choices for...
Snow + school cancellations = oy! Get ready to be a super-cool Snow Day Mom, armed with fun activities to do with the kids inside & out. Here's your guide.
I am NOT a fun snow day mom. This post is MY PLAN for how to be a super-fun Snow Day Mom, not what I ACTUALLY do on snow days. When the text comes through that school is canceled, what actually happens is my stomach drops. Fortunately, I have multiple flexible part-time jobs right now, so I don’t have to scrounge to...
We LOVE when everyone from kiddos to grands gets to play on game night. These insanely fun family board games & card games are our favs —  what are yours?
Our family LOVES games. Games after dinner, games when it’s too cold to go outside, games when it’s too hot to go outside, games at the shore, games while camping, and especially games during winter vacation. We usually go to Ohio to visit family this time of year, and games are a super-fun way for all ages to get involved with...

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