December 10, 2013
Find Your Town
Surprise! From the Fruit Company
Christmas Comes Early to the Mac Kid Offices
There was a bit of buzz around the Macaroni Kid office this week when the delivery guy showed up with an awesome fruit basket from The Fruit Company
. We get a lot of things sent to us, but few have elicited the kind of excitement as this tasteful fruit basket.
So if you are looking for a gift for the person who has everything, or reallly just about anyone, check out the Bountiful Harvest Basket
. If you are skeptical about how fresh fruit ships, each apple I ate was fresh ...
Macaroni Kid Wants to Know ... Frosty or Rudolph?
Let us know and be entered to win!
We've watched the holiday classics growing up, we now watch them with our kids and we want to know who is your favorite classic character: Frosty or Rudolph?
Tell us and be entered to win one of 6 Holiday DVD gift sets, The Original Christmas Classics or The DreamWorks Holiday Collection.
Click HERE to enter!
***No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. You must be 18 or older to enter. Entries must be received by 12/8/2013 to be eligible to win. Click here for complete rules.
Holiday warmth at the movies!
Over the weekend, like many parents, I took my kids to see Frozen
, the latest animated feature from The Walt Disney Studios.
As a parent who's seen dozens (hundreds?) of kids films, I have developed two simple tests for how good a movie is. First, and this applies to all movies, is how many times did I check my watch? Second, how rowdy were the kids in the theater. These two tests will tell you how good or bad any kids movie is.
So first the watch test. And ...
The nail-biting is driving us crazy.
A Macaroni Kid Reader Asks:
My five-year old daughter’s nail-biting seems to be getting worse and worse – her hands look awful. We tell her to stop when we see her do it and explain why she shouldn’t do it, but whatever we do doesn’t seem to make a difference. What do you suggest for bad habits like this?
Parents often come to us wanting to know how to help get rid of their child’s worrying habits, such as thumb-sucking or fingernail biting.
Keep the Peace this Holiday Season AND a FREE gift from Ruby's Studio
Want to keep the peace in your family this Holiday Season? The Holidays can be rough for us all, with the overstimulation, high expectations, long dinners and late nights often turning our little elves into little nightmares! Wish you could find a way to help your kids communicate instead of acting out this year?
In the award-winning Ruby’s Studio
children’s series of books and videos, your kids (age 2-7) will learn how to do just that. With a curriculum guided by world-renowned parenting experts, Ruby's Studio is ...
Holiday Shopping the FabuLESS Way!
How do you ensure that you're saving time, money and your sanity this holiday season—as well as getting the items that your family really wants? Just a smidge of planning will go a very long way and make your dollars work just as hard as you do.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Sweeten the deal.
Whenever possible 'stack', or combine, discounts on top of discounts. If you get an additional 20% off coupon from a retailer, rather than using that coupon on a full-price ...
Top Holiday Toys
Toy makers are a bit like mad scientists..."what if we combine this and that? Bwhahhaaa" (evil laugh). This year's toy roundup has toys that combine two things or beg the question..."what if?"
Take the "ground-breaking Pinkie Cooper and the Jet Set Pets
line, that combines high-style, world travel and hair play...with pet mania! Pinkie Cooper and her talented pals met as students at a fashion design school and instantly became jet setting BFFs." Seriously, I don't know what any of this means, but my daughter ...
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Putting it all back together
The kitchen, that's pretty much the only room without holes in the walls. As we continue to renovate our home, it seems no room is untouched. There are holes in the bathroom walls and ceilings, our kids' rooms now have exposed ductwork for the heat and AC upstairs, and Joyce and I are living the life of Harry Potter.
No, we are not learning magic at Hogwarts; we are sleeping in "the cupboard under the stairs." Since our daughter's room was turned into the stairwell, she's been ...
Better Snacking on the Go
Good Bag for Kids.
Convenience or nutrition? It's a huge trade off we face every day, for ourselves and our kids. When we are out and about doing "Macaroni Kid" things, like hitting the museum, it's easy to sacrifice nutrition when grabbing a quick snack. But we've found a product that we like, kids love, and you can feel good about...GOOD BAG for KIDS
GOOD BAG for KIDS is a shelf stable, all-natural snack concept for kids – providing ‘snacks for a day’ or a ‘shelf stable meal replacement’ for busy ...
Do You Do This?
Introducing a better hair tie
I always have a hair tie around my wrist . . . because I never know when I might have to pull my hair back. Usually my hair ties are black and slightly ratty so I was thrilled to discover Bandtz
-- hair ties that are pretty enough to almost double as jewelry.
In beautiful colors and nice fabrics, some with lace trim and some in gold, the hardest part is choosing, though I confess this month I’m feeling partial to the Rudolph Collection
and have my eye on black and silver
Meet Jupiter LaLa
Jewelry Designed to Make Your Spirit Bright
Alchemy, nature, dreams and fairy tales – Jupiter lala
is all about the story.
Through a collection of handmade jewelry, artist Megan Victoria seeks to make your spirit bright and remind us that even when things are dark and stormy, there will be a time when the sun shines or the moon lights the sky for you again.
Can that kind of hope be captured in a single piece of jewelry? We say yes, when that single piece of jewelry is one of Megan’s hand-wrought moth necklaces, an incredible pair ...