Minecraft Toys at Target

My Creeper daughter at Halloween

I live in a small Colorado town that does not have a Target store. During the two years since moving here, I've made a couple of trips to the nearest Target, which is in New Mexico. It's not convenient, but I can get there if I need to. Recently, I took my three kids on [...]

Thanksgiving Tip: Remove Guts from Turkey Before Roasting

by my 8 year old daughter, November 2013

Here's a story that we tell every year... Enjoy! We’d been married about six months by our first Thanksgiving together as a married couple. We lived in an apartment with a small electric oven. I was so excited! You know… “Look at me! I’m such a good little wife cooking for my new hubby…” I [...]

5 Signs that you’re TOO OLD for trick-or-treating

marijuana costumes

Every year, I'm puzzled and annoyed by the near-grown "children" who show up on Halloween. I think some of these teenagers just race around the neighborhood, doing as many laps as they can, filling up their pillowcases with candy meant for the younger kids. So if you're wondering whether you or someone you know is [...]

Educational Robot Toy – Science Gift Idea!

solar toy robot kit

My daughter saw this solar robot kit in our Hearthsong catalog, and she is hoping Santa will bring it for Christmas. Ever since she saw the movie Wall-E, she's wanted her own robot! This one is a solar powered robot that can be configured into 14 different shapes. It includes parts that allow it to [...]

The Walking Dead: Online Class


I've been infected! I'm obsessed with "The Walking Dead," the zombie apocalypse television series on AMC. The show has just entered its fourth season, and I've found a scholarly extension to enhance my zom-pocalypse enjoyment and expertise. I'm taking the online course called, "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's The Walking Dead," via the Canvas [...]

How to make edible Minecraft dirt and grass blocks

Ready for the party!

Hello, friends! Recently, I threw a Minecraft birthday party for my son, featuring dirt and grass blocks made from crispy cereal. Here is the recipe for those treats, which were delicious, and which scored highly on the Minecraft cred scale with the kids. Enjoy! 1/2 stick margarine Large box of chocolate Rice Krispies or Cocoa [...]

Minecraft Birthday Party

Minecraft party treats and potions.

My middle son just turned twelve, and we had a Minecraft birthday party for him. He chose the theme, and set up the LAN game for his friends. My part in the celebration was to provide Minecraft decorations and treats. Challenge accepted! First of all, let me admit that I'm not a super-crafty "Pinterest" mom [...]