Dec2

Holiday Magic — Just Add Elf!

Holiday Magic — Just Add Elf! I decided to add more magic and joy to our family’s little world with the Elf on the Shelf holiday tradition. As the website explains, “the magical scout elves help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by reporting back to him at the North Pole nightly.” Every night, the elf or elves return from the North Pole and end up in a different spot in your home. Often they are doing something silly or merry. Personally, I’m not a fan of the idea of coercing your kids into being good using Santa’s list but love the idea of these little elves enchanting kids with their holiday spirit. I gloss over the punitive aspect and focus on the magic. It’s up to you!
Nov29

Easy Gift Giving – Top Children’s Books

Easy Gift Giving – Top Children’s Books Do you have little kids to shop for this holiday season? Like many, it drives me nuts when my kids get a bunch of junky toys that they’re not interested in or break days after Christmas. Recently, I’ve started encouraging relatives to give subscriptions (museums, zoo, parks), experiences (lunch date, movie date, trip to the beach) or books. My kids can never get enough reading material and they love to reread their favorites.
Nov9

Electoral votes tell the story

Electoral votes tell the story Is this a new trend? This year’s presidential election came down to electoral votes – again. For the fifth time in U.S. history, the candidate who won the popular vote did not capture the presidency. In every case, victory was claimed by Republicans. This had appeared to be a phenomenon relegated to the distant past, last occurring in the 19th Century. Until the drama of the 2000 election. And this year’s circus.
Nov8

Weekly Presidential Polls

Weekly Presidential Polls The 2016 presidential election has been a tight race from the start. This Whencast charts the ups and downs of the polls since June when Clinton and Trump clinched their party nominations. The polls showed Clinton’s smallest lead after the Republican National Convention finished and before the Democratic National Convention began in July with Clinton and Trump polling less than a point apart. Clinton’s largest lead came in August when she was eight points ahead. Has Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson made much of an impact on the race?
Nov4

Dumb Things Election Tracker

Dumb Things Election Tracker Do you remember all of the presidential campaign’s most jaw-dropping, head-scratching, unbelievable moments? As the race heated up so did the scandals. Controversies that irked the electorate in the spring seem downright tame compared to the almost daily blunders and unearthed skeletons that October brought.