Jul 242014

everything is awesome banner version 1My kids are obsessed with Lego. If they could design a lego school curriculum, my eldest would be a straight A student. He’s recently discovered Minecraft, and he likes it. There’s ONE upgrade he’s dying to have though… the one that makes it all look like Lego. I don’t have any objection. I can tell that his abstract thinking skills are developing, and he’s obviously having fun. If he gets bored of the structured buildings that come in kits, he just creates his own. He’s got a really fun book of ideas that he pores over like a gourmet with a new cookbook- and then creates something entirely of his own making. I love how they encourage creativity and sneak important skills in under the radar.

So, naturally, when the topic of his most recent birthday party came up, he immediately demanded a Lego Brick Party. I was happy to oblige, since I know lots of his friends love Lego as much as he does. I started looking up party ideas and quickly realized that a lot of them are a little on the pricey side. (And we all know I’m a slacker, so I wanted it to be simple and stress free, too.) In the end, we held this party for 12 elementary school kiddos and a handful of little sibs for under $100, including decorations and food. Obviously, prices vary depending on where you live, but our actual strategies should be friendly for your wallet no matter where you are. So here’s what worked for us! Continue reading »

Jun 122014
Cruel to be kind in the right measure

We’ve all been admonished to “Be nice!” at least once in our lives. We understand it to mean that we should use manners or behave politely, and there’s a broader meaning of “don’t make others unhappy.” But the word “nice” (as in “too nice”) also has implications of people pleasing for its own sake. And too much of that is not good for us.

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