Terrible craft my little kids absolutely love


A nice way to add some color to a house full of people who are pretty much tired of brown, white, brownish white, and black.  This is one of those crafts that is easy, but you have to not give a crap about your furniture or clothes. Step 1:  sit on a bunch of coffee filters to flatten them.  Irene, 4, notes that this step is important, "although it's a little bit vulgar." Step 2:  drip some water on them. Step 3:  drip food coloring on them.  You may also do food coloring first, and … [Read more...]

At the Register: Ten ways to raise pro-life kids

. . . without having to get off your hiney and go out in the horrible, freezing cold. … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: When I Was Little


Just for fun, let's go way, way back to early childhood-- say, age five and under.  For reference, I was born in 1974.  Here's what I remember: 1.  My favorite outfit I had a dress that was white on the top and knit plaid on the bottom.  It had a breast pocket that was clear plastic so you could see a picture of a lion inside.  It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life.  Actually, I'm sure it was hideous and unbearably tacky, but I remember wearing it to Mass, which … [Read more...]

At the Register: Why busy parents should always go to midnight Mass

And it has nothing to do with "misery loves company!" … [Read more...]

Irene’s Silent Night

Doesn't know the words; doesn't let it slow her down. (Ugh, thought I had fixed the sideways image. Sorry, will try again.) … [Read more...]

At the Register: The Stupids Buy a Tree (UPDATED WITH LINK)

And how it pains me that I can't find a good picture of Aunt Loweezy to illustrate this one. If the link doesn't work, cut and paste this: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/the-stupids-buy-a-tree Sorry, I have no idea why the link isn't working. … [Read more...]

How to wear an infinity scarf


Warm and stylish! … [Read more...]

A boy is a boy is a boy. . .


. . . and always has been. Here's an endearing story about some centuries-old notes, doodles, and other documents from Russia. Almost a thousand of the perfectly preserved documents, scratched on the bark of birch trees, have been recovered from the deep layers of Novgorod’s anaerobic clay soil over the past century... The birch-bark documents date from the 11th to 15th centuries and include tax returns, school exercises, wills, IOUs, marriage proposals, prayers, spells and curses … [Read more...]

Barbie alternatives!


We are doing some Christmas shopping today, and I just discovered that Melissa and Doug make what look like very nice dolls for girls.  We've always had good luck with Melissa and Doug products.  They are sturdy and pleasant.  (Not a paid endorsement or anything. We just like Melissa and Doug.) These dolls are 14", so a few inches taller than Barbie - but Barbie clothes wouldn't fit anyway, because the M&D dolls aren't rail thin with giraffe legs. Don't get me wrong. With seven … [Read more...]

Ten Great Alphabet Books

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I love, love, love alphabet books.  There is something so satisfying about getting everything all squared away by page 26.  Here are ten of my favorites:    --1-- Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod So great.  Each letter has its own superhero -- no one you'll recognize from Marvel or DC, but heroes like Captain Cloud, who calmly catches crooks, or Laughing Lass, who laughs loudly at lawbreakers (she's a little looney).  Funny and clever, and occasionally a little crude, but not … [Read more...]