‘Tis the season for the creepy little dude known as the “Elf on the Shelf” to invade the homes of millions of children, doing the work of Santa by serving as his eyes and ears and reporting back about the kids’ behavior.
Slightly weird for kids to know there’s a tiny elf hanging out around the house watching their every move, but also stressful for parents because the whole point of the elf is that he “hides” in a new spot every night, which means the parents have to remember to shove his little elf body somewhere creative for 24 days.
That’s 24 different ideas. That’s exhausting. That’s also why it’s important to have a few tricks up your sleeve. And spoiler alert: Sometimes it can get a bit “interesting.”
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They say you should never work with kids or pets, but at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, they couldn’t disagree more.
In fact, they combine those two things — along with a love of books — to create an innovative program in which everybody wins.
Ask almost anyone and they’ll tell you that junk mail is the worst invention since hair in a can. But not 12-year-old Mathew Flores. In fact, up until recently, it was the only thing he had to read.
A lot of people turn up their noses at the mention of vegan food, but you know what? Vegan food is simply food (and delicious food at that) except it doesn’t contain animal products.
These cookbooks show that plant-based meals are not only nutritious and delicious enough to win over vegans and carnivores alike, but also easy, affordable, and accessible.
Based off the hugely popular, award-winning blog Oh She Glows, Angela Liddon brings the same recipes featuring animal-free recipes and drool-worthy photography from her blog to the cookbook that will please both vegans and omnivores.
If you’re thinking, “Oh, I can just get Dad another tie this year for Father’s Day,” think again.
While Dad might act thrilled at the sight of another piece of neckwear, he’s really hoping (deep down inside) for one of the 22 gifts we’ve suggested below.
And we know that every dad is different, so we’ve given you suggestions in a variety of different areas of interest and price, so there’s a little bit for everyone.
Do the right thing, folks…
1. Frying doesn’t have to be messy…
The T-fal Ultimate EZ Clean Deep Fryer is perfect for the dad who loves to fry up some hot wings, but hates having to do all the messy cleaning afterwards.
As any book lover knows, there’s nothing like feeling the weight of a physical book in your hands.
E-readers are an amazing technological development — we certainly don’t miss the days of packing five books for a weekend vacation “just in case” — but they’re not the same.
Unfortunately, environmentally-speaking, paper books are just terrible…until now.
Haylie Duff may have grown up in front of the camera playing fictional characters like Sandy Jameson (on 7th Heaven) and Summer Wheatley (in Napoleon Dynamite), but it’s her real life in front of the camera that keeps her busy now.
With the second season of her cooking show The Real Girl’s Kitchen now airing on Cooking Channel (Saturdays at 1 PM ET), we sat down with Haylie Duff to discuss cooking, motherhood, Napoleon Dynamite, and much more.
And be sure to check out one of Haylie’s own favorite recipes at the very end of the story!
Image: Yoni Goldberg
Reading is awesome. So much so, in fact, that you are doing it right now. And the best way to instill a love of the written word into the young and moldable minds of youth is to offer the joy of books to them at an early age.
While that sounds good in theory, it can take a slightly disturbing turn when the books either intentionally or unintentionally convey a message that might be “questionable.” Sometimes it’s the name, sometimes it’s the cover, and sometimes it’s just weirdly inexplicable creepy feeling.
Some of these writers may have had good intentions, but a lot of these books take a really strange approach to teaching children how to deal with adult-themed dilemmas.
Don’t believe me? Check out 25 of the most questionable kids books ever.
If a Peacock Finds a Pot Leaf
Well, I guess that’s one way to explain why he sees so many pretty colors.