Category Archives: life

wish i was a GoldieBlox kid…

My parents bought us a beautiful, shiny new playhouse when I was about 9. It had a door, double-hung, screened windows that opened and shut and it was even carpeted. What did we do? My sisters & I chased each other around it, jumped off the roof, colored it, planted vines on it and did just about everything but play in it.

Instead, we would head into the woods behind our yard and spend hours building our own structures- weird, branch teepees with moss floors, listing every which way and collapsing at the first big wind, at which point we’d just start over.

If only GoldieBlox had been invented way back then!

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Can’t wait to see where this company goes in the future- I’m hoping more complex kits, instruction manuals with additional building ideas, more colors, boy figures (how about a little brother sidekick?)… Hey, GoldieBlox, need a layperson consultant?

http://www.goldieblox.com

If you want to read about one expert’s opinion of inequality in “The Toy of the Decade,” and the toymaker’s commitment to review, and hopefully change for the future, click here.


best tv commercial ever…

This is my new favorite commercial. Hope you like it, too.

Yay, Derrick Coleman!


Happy 2014!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014 and may the mystery shot sock monkey bring you happy surprises all year long.

Twin Anchors

Twin Anchors, Chicago, IL


ROAR! Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth

How can an inpatient hospital visit be fun?
Stop on by a pediatric unit and you will find the most charming, funny, hopeful, beautiful, smart, resourceful, kind people you’ll ever be lucky to know. That would be the kids in treatment and the people taking care of them.

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Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-

We love you! Kyle spent 2 weeks there this summer after hamstring release surgery & although there were  hours every day of hard, intensive therapy he also had a lot of fun making friends, trying new contraptions, playing with the amazing nurses, doctors and therapists.

A special shout out to Frankie and his family for being the best roommates imaginable, keeping us laughing and in Ding Dongs the whole time.

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Georgia- the Wonder Dog!

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cups

Yup, we’re all totally obsessed with this…

It’s so fun, we couldn’t help but break it out during a family reunion. Cousins, from 5 to 21, gave it a try after watching the video.

Anna Kendrick, reprising her role in Pitch Perfect, is completely adorable in this David Letterman version:

Are you reaching for your own plastic cup right now?


growing into yourself- just like Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman is just cool.

Watch her here…


Sky High Fun!

What? A workout on a trampoline that really counts as a workout? Sky High Sports provides just that. I tried the Niles Sky High Sports AIRobics class today and it was a blast.

Can’t tell you how much fun a cardio workout is on a trampoline. Unlike a regular class, where you’re packed in like sardines & given dirty looks by the regulars, there’s plenty of room to spread out at a Sky High workout. Everyone looks silly, is grinning with abandon & sweating like mad- there’s no way even a newbie will stand out.

Of course, in addition to the AIRobics classes, Sky High offers birthday parties, dodgeball, special times for the under 6 crowd, and lots of free jumping times.

Bonus: The First Tuesday of every month has special times for special needs kids and their siblings, at a reduced cost. Yup- some joy the whole family can participate in.

Check out this VIDEO from the NBC Bay Area news team to find out more about the special needs aspect of Sky High Sports.

Happy bouncing!