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Christmas presents 2013

Here it is, my annual holiday gift round-up. As usual, no pictures — don’t want the kids peeking anything from across the room. This list isn’t quite complete. I’m a little bit using it to figure out what else I need. Though we are being real hammers this year about not getting too much. Our [...]

Slow Christmas: Start Planning Now!

Hello all. This is your annual reminder post about having Slow Holidays. You can read the original post here; what it says, basically, is that you should give fewer gifts, make them more meaningful, and encourage everyone to open one gift and enjoy it for a while before going on to the next one. As [...]

Zuzu’s new birthday toy

It’s really hard to figure out what to get your third child for her first birthday. She’s got everything she needs, and she’s not actually going to remember if she doesn’t get anything. But I felt guilty about that and decided I need to get her something. I finally decided that she needs a little [...]

Pop culture luddite

Is it wrong of me to encourage Henry when he gets facts about kid culture wrong? Today he was talking about how some of the kids in his class have Wepkin pets, and why don’t we have any Wepkin pets? (For the uninformed, he’s talking about Webkinz, which are these stuffed animals that have a [...]

Your Weekly Zuzu

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22 Hours in the Car? Piece of Cake!

So last week, while you were all reading up on a week’s worth (more or less) of book recommendations, the five of us at World of Julie were packed into the car and driving down to Maryland and back, to visit Dave’s parents. I have a lot to tell about it, and will probably spend [...]

Marble Run

So far the most-played-with toy from Christmas has been the HABA Marble Run. Henry has literally wanted a marble run for his entire life. For years, whenever we go into a store that had one, he’d play for it for the entire time, and would have to be dragged away. If we ever got a [...]

Handmade Toys in Jeopardy

Hey everyone! Check out this information from Cool Mom Picks. New laws, which are being enacted for reasonable reasons, are going to go into effect in about two months, which will make toys safer for kids, but, at the same time, will also make it extremely difficult (pretty much impossible) for artists and crafters who [...]

Christmas is upon us, with all of its plastic and cheer.

Last Christmas, Dave and I had one of those dumb “The Atlantic Ocean is better!” “No, the Pacific Ocean is!” fights, wherein he said it was stupid to buy toys at the fancy little local toy shop downtown, and we should just go to Toys R Us. I finally conceded to going there with him, [...]

The Pumpkin Fairy brought me poop.

Yesterday Dave left at noon to go to Ohio for four days (he’s going there because he wants to vote in a swing state) (kidding). When he leaves town it’s usually the best idea for the rest of us to get out of the house so we don’t sit around feeling sorry for ourselves being [...]

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