Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Author Archives: admincpp

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (access required)

In some ways, I’d like to give The Pirates! Band of Misfits two ratings: one for creativity and one for kid appeal. While I’m all for weaving science into any family movie, I’m not sure little ones will grab onto the concepts of Charles Darwin. Also, a few scenes might be disturbing to kids, like the main character nearly getting his head cut off with a cleaver, a pet bird...

Read More »

Even more ideas for budget birthdays (access required)

Last week we talked about some simple ideas for planning your child’s birthday party on a budget. Need some more ideas? Here you go: Ask for help. Recruit family members or friends with special talents to help out. My sister-in-law is a baker and generously provided my children’s cakes as her gift. A friend of our family helped me cut out decorations and...

Read More »

The Benchwarmers (access required)

Both of my boys play soccer in Hershey. It’s not cheap. At $85 per child, plus cleats, balls, shin guards and shorts, I had certain expectations. And, because it’s a recreational league, I also reasoned my kids would have fun while learning the rules of the game. We didn’t even have soccer when I was a kid, so the rules and regulations are entirely foreign to me...

Read More »

The Lucky One (access required)

There are several things you can count on with a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book. It’s going to include two handsome people who are drawn to each other, despite being confronted by obstacles and personal issues. There’s going to be a horrible tragedy that will either throw them together or tear them apart forever. And there’s...

Read More »

Let the kids play (access required)

We’ve all seen it. You’re at a youth soccer match to cheer on your child and the coach of the other team is a raving lunatic. He’s storming up and down the sideline, yelling at his players and complaining to the officials. Or you’re at a Little League game and the father of the pitcher relentlessly harasses the umpire for the majority of the game. This culminates with the father following the umpire to the parking lot after the game where a shoving and shouting altercation occurs before cooler heads step in...

Read More »

Living in a dustbowl? Tips for managing your family’s allergies (access required)

The beauty of living in the Susquehanna and Cumberland valleys is obvious from the mountains that surround us. But living in a valley can also wreak havoc on those with allergies. For many Central Penn parents, allergies seem inescapable. Your child may be allergic to flower pollen in the spring and tree pollen in the fall. "Kids have an autoimmune response meaning that the body recognizes the allergy...

Read More »

Birthday parties on a budget (access required)

I was pretty good at throwing a summer birthday party on a budget. Each year for my son, we held a birthday picnic outside on a beautiful summer day, gave it a theme and enjoyed the fun. Then my second child came along—in the winter. Since no one I know is going to come to a snow picnic, I had to rethink my plan. Here are some things to think about when you’re planning a birthday party on a budget...

Read More »

My son… the stud muffin (access required)

Based on a friend’s playground recommendation, my third-grader has decided he now desperately needs AXE body spray. He explained it to me this way: "If you buy me that stuff mom, I’ll smell like a man!" I think he thought that would please me, but it kinda made me sad. I mean, he’s a little boy. I want him to stay that way—forever if possible. But I agreed to the purchase because it made him so ridiculously happy and I thought that would be the...

Read More »

The Three Stooges (access required)

I was never a big Three Stooges fan. It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that it’s more of a guy thing, but I know women who like them too, so that theory doesn’t hold up. I’m just missing the chip that finds humor in hurting people funny. Oh, I know. It’s just comedy. And behind all the eye poking, head smashing and catapulting, you can tell the Stooges genuinely care...

Read More »

Three easy ways to make more money (access required)

Looking to make some extra money? You may not be able to depend on these resources for regular income, but each one may help you make a few extra dollars. Cash4books.net pays cash for your gently used books. Just type in the ISBN numbers of the books you are looking to sell...

Read More »

Stay-at-home moms don’t work? REALLY? (access required)

Hilary Rosen backpedaled like crazy last week after accusing Ann Romney of "Never working a day in her life" because Ann Romney is a stay-at-home mom. Then, during her later so-called apology, she continued to affirm that Romney could in no way have any clue about economics. WHAT? First, the definition of work...

Read More »

Smash is No Glee – And That’s a Good Thing (access required)

The main concern here is sexual content, which begins with a casting couch scene in the pilot and escalates into affairs, implied intercourse, kissing, and assorted love scenes, including gay lovers in bed together. It’s based on Marilyn Monroe, so expect seductive dancing and singing, as well as social drinking and a few drug-related storylines. The TV-14 rating is spot-on. When I first heard about Smash, the NBC drama that goes behind the scenes of a fictional Broadway musical, I figured it would be a lot like Glee...

Read More »

Buying a dresser the thrifty way (access required)

I love HGTV. I love watching the transformation of ordinary into extraordinary and seeing what designers can do with their talents. I like to think that I have an eye for design, although my limited income doesn’t allow for many of the items featured on the network. When I get an itch to redecorate my living room, I have to think of ways to do it on a budget...

Read More »

A PMS disclaimer (access required)

I used to think PMS was made-up nonsense. That is until, after giving birth to two children and hitting my particular age category. Then it cracked me in the face like a cold, dead, full-sized salmon. Well "hello" my hormonal Jekyll and Hyde sleepwalker. I had no idea how insidious you would be! I muddled through and pretended I was one of the uninfected...

Read More »