Tag Archives: fun

Indoor Picnic

16 Sep

TablePicnic4Stuck inside? Missing summer already? Head under your table. That’s right.

Spread out a blanket under your table, and have an indoor picnic! Continue reading

Free Seattle: Ballard Splash Park

15 Aug

BallardSplashLet’s face it. Seattle has a very limited number of hot, summer days. Take advantage of them while you can with a trip to one of the city’s many splash parks. My favorite, location-wise, is the Ballard Splash Park. Here’s why …

Continue reading

The 4 Pillars of Play

29 Apr

CreativeBrainWhen I worked at Cranium, I learned a lot about Dr. Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory.

It stressed that there are multiple ways to be “smart,” beyond standardized tests for verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematic skills. Gardner demonstrated that humans actually have eight intelligences:

Continue reading

7 Seattle Secrets

22 Apr

Seattle From AboveHeaded to Seattle? Read this first.

Already live here? See if you know all seven of these Seattle secrets …

1. The Name

Legend holds that every time we use the word Seattle, we’re basically making death a living hell for its Native American namesake. According to folklore, the chief was uncomfortable when the settlers named their town after him, since his tribe believed the dead couldn’t rest in peace if their name was frequently spoken by the living.

The good news is, Continue reading

Top 3: New Toys for Girls

11 Apr
Ummm ... seriously?

Ummm … seriously?

As a progressive, free-thinking mom with a daughter, I’m always looking for girls’ toys beyond the traditional options, like Barbie and Disney princesses.

Not that there’s anything wrong with those (with some exceptions), but why limit burgeoning imaginations to such a small field of options? Research shows we shouldn’t. Same holds true for boys.

That’s why I’m thrilled to have discovered these new toys for girls.
(I expect they’ll turn a few boys’ heads, too.)

Continue reading

Top 3: Board Games for People Who Don’t Play Board Games

28 Mar

Would you rather watch a movie than play a game together? That might be the fault of the games you’ve played.

Think outside of the Candy Land and Monopoly box. Here are my top 3 board games for people who don’t play board games (which hopefully will change after you give these a try).

Game_SettlersofCatan1. Settlers of Catan
Age: 10+ (also 4+ and 6+ versions)
Players: 3-4 (5-6 with expansion packs)
Time: 45-90 min.

It’s the gateway drug of good board games. It’s well balanced, fast, fun, easy to “get,” and has just enough luck to help even the playing field. There’s also an app that can walk you through how to play it, so you don’t even have to read the game rules!

Ready to kick it up a notch?
Try Puerto Rico or 7 Wonders.

Continue reading

Dinner Party Ideas

28 Feb

FuMin Dinner Party

Dinner parties don’t have to be fancy pull-your-hair-out affairs. They can be a convenient way to fit in time with family and friends between work trips, holidays, and extracurricular chauffeuring.

The trick is to make them easy and fun.

Here are my favorite 5 dinner party ideas. I’d love to hear yours, too!

Continue reading