SpinCycle: St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day

When we started our web site for kids, the first theme we did was St. Patrick’s Day. I was and always have been the creative part of our team, while my husband has been the technical part. Together we make a great team. We’ve worked hard and agonized over many decisions to do with our […]

Teaching Your Teen to Drive: Should You Start With Manual or Automatic?

Teaching your teen to drive

There are a lot of things to consider when you start teaching your teen to drive. One of the biggest question parents face is whether to start out their child on manual or automatic transmission vehicles. As of August 2013, just 3.9 percent of new cars sold for the year in the U.S. had manual […]

Tech Tuesday: Sen.se Mother

Sense Mother

When it comes to personal technology, it doesn’t get much more personal than Sen.se Mother. Sen.se has created something here that has enormous potential. Through a combination of small sensors (called Cookies) and a  home base, Sen.se is hoping to make, well, sense of your world and the things that matter to you. The Sen.se […]

Snowed In and Bonding: What the Family Can Do Indoors on a Snow Day

Snowed In

Snowy winter weather brings work and school snow days the only option. Winter vacation time can also mean “staycations” during cold and snowy days. When you find yourself stuck at home with the family without any plans, it’s time to get creative and dig up something fun to do. Snow days are the a perfect […]

Tech Tuesday: Santa Tracker

Pictures of Vintage Real Santa Claus carrying gift sack

In honor of the fact that this is the first Tech Tuesday to fall on Christmas Eve, I thought I’d help you to keep abreast of Santa’s whereabouts. You may or may not know of the NORAD Santa Tracker, but you probably don’t know the story of when and why NORAD started tracking Santa each […]

Tech Tuesday: Using Cell Phones to Protect Your Tween from Trouble


If your tweens don’t already own cell phones, they have probably been begging you for their own. While you may think that they are too young to own a phone, more than likely, a number of their peers already possess one. According to a survey conducted by the National Consumers League (NCL), 56 percent of […]

Halloween: Carving Pumpkins

Halloween Decorating

Our family has had a love/hate relationship with Halloween but one Halloween activity our family has always enjoyed doing over the years has been carving pumpkins. This year was no exception. When we saw pumpkins were on sale 2 for $5 Techno Dude and I couldn’t resist. Picking pumpkins is quite a fun activity in […]

Tips for Teaching Children Good Financial Habits


Having good financial habits is essential to make it in today’s world. It is important to teach your children how to handle money responsibly now so they will have an easier time with their own finances when they are older. Fortunately, following these tips can help you establish effective habits in your little ones: Give […]

Playing I Spy

Boy Spying Through Binoculars

This summer I had the opportunity to get reacquainted with some of the little people in our family during a much overdue family reunion. It’s been a while since I’ve spent more than just a few hours in the company of little children. Our family reunion was over a long weekend and we had lots […]

3 Ways Parenting Classes Can Help Navigate Parenthood

Parenting Class

You know how every kid is special? That means every problem, ever misbehavior, every power struggle you have with your child will be special, too. While you can’t prepare for all of parenting’s uncertainties, taking a parenting class not only prepares parents for the ins and outs of mommy- and daddy-hood, it provides a supportive […]