Holiday Gift Guide: Music!

December 16, 2013
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Sure, your tween may just want an iTunes gift card, by for younger kids, fill their stockings with music! Here are a bunch of our favorites for your enjoyment. Blink of an Eye – Frances England This may well be my favorite album of the year. It feels like the music hugs you when you […]

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A Tween’s Guide to Shopping for a Tween

December 10, 2013
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My tween correspondent, Elizabeth, saw the gift guides I’ve been posting and suggested that she write a guide of her own, letting you know how to shop for a tween. Her last piece of advice is my favorite. Dang, I hope she likes the presents I bought her (some of which are represented on this […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Little Kids

December 5, 2013
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OK, now that Books for Big Kids are covered, here are some of our favorite picture books, great gifts for your little ones. As always, these books and more recommendations can be found in the Media Macaroni store. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea Unicorn thinks he’s pretty great. Well, that’s how it […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Big Kids

December 4, 2013
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This list includes all of my favorite books I’ve read recently that I think your kids will enjoy, too. The list includes some Newbery winners, some assassins, some Star Wars, and some books written by friends of mine. And, as always, these have been added to my recommendation engine, my Media Macaroni store. Give books! Delilah […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Games!

November 30, 2013
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This next gift guide is dedicated to the games we love and want, digital and non. As usual, I’ve also popped these recommendations into the Media Macaroni store. Skylanders Swap Force Skylanders fans have undoubtedly added the new Swap Force to their list, now with the ability to swap the tops and bottoms of Skylanders […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Toys!

November 27, 2013
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It’s that special shopping time of year, so I thought I’d put together some gift guides that double as a highlight of all the cool stuff I’ve been seeing lately. My apologies to Hanukkah gift-givers that may have needed these guides, but Hanukkah came so darn early this year! Here’s a look at toys for […]

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10 Things to Know About Catching Fire

November 22, 2013
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Here’s my review of Catching Fire. If you’re read and enjoyed the book and/or saw and enjoyed The Hunger Games: go see it. It’s great. You probably don’t even need me to tell you that. But here are some things I’ll tell you about the movie (no spoilers). 1. All new casting is perfect, particularly […]

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Disney’s Frozen: Winter is Coming

November 18, 2013
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Outside of the teaser trailer and some posters, I new little about Frozen going into it. Olive and her best friend joined me at the press preview, and we all left delighted. The girls chattered about the movie the whole subway ride home, surely spoiling some of the spoils for our fellow riders. Even when you go […]

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Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective

November 2, 2013
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On the cover of the book, above the author’s name, are the words “Academy Award-Winning Actress.” Cue the eye roll. “Oh, great,” you think as you roll your eyes, “because winning an Oscar sooooo qualifies you to write a children’s book. Writing books for kids is sooooo easy.” The actress in question is Octavia Spencer, […]

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Sounds Like Halloween!

October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Here are a couple new songs by marvelous people to get you in the Halloween spirit, both about making awesome homemade costumes. Though I *might* have bought my kids’ costumes this year, I love the homemade ones the best. Grab a free download of three Halloween songs by the Flannery Brothers while you […]

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