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Christina Fairman

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Christina lives in Northwest Illinois with her husband, daughter, and two English Springer Spaniels. Before becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom, she worked in a variety of customer-service-oriented jobs while dreaming of living in the lap of luxury as a housewife. Unfortunately, having a child threw a wrench in Christina's plan to do nothing but eat bonbons while lounging in the Jacuzzi reading all day. Now, she spends her time looking for fun activities and crafts for her daughter and easy-to-prepare meals for her family, while trying not to land the kid in therapy when she grows up. Christina volunteers at her local library, and does both volunteer and paid work as a sexuality educator. She loves to read, and to learn about--and share--new products and resources.
movie review

Movie Review: The Grinch

When it comes to How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, I’m a purist. By that I mean that the only correct version of the story...
movie review

Movie Review: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

I have a confession: my family is a house divided. My husband believes in “No trees before turkeys,” and he should consider himself lucky...
Remie Girl

Review: Mom + Mini Dresses by Remie Girl

I love to enter contests, and my husband jokes that I win them often enough that we should be declaring the value of my...
bullying

Sometimes A “Bully” Is Just Plain Mean

You know something? Kids can be mean. Little kids, big kids, tween kids, teen kids—you name an age group, and the kids in it...
Trick-or-Treat

Too Old to Trick-Or-Treat? Jail Time For You!

The Grinch who stole Halloween? Yes, this is a real thing, folks—at least in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Behold the area of...
Amazon 4-star

Amazon Launches Amazon 4-Star Store

Back in 2015, Amazon launched a small chain of 18 brick-and-mortar bookstores called Amazon Books. In 2016, Amazon launched four brick-and-mortar grocery stores: Amazon...
costumes

20 of the Best Halloween Costumes for 2018

Halloween is just about a month away and there are some fun, cute, scary, and just plain amazing costumes out there this year. From...
homework

A Plea to End Homework for Elementary Students

Kindergarten: On her first day, my four-year-old brought home a forty-page packet of worksheets. Each weeknight, my kindergartener was supposed to complete one page...
pepperoni pizza

Recipes to Celebrate National Pepperoni Pizza Day

Food holidays are the best holidays, aren’t they? And no, I don’t mean holidays associated with food, like Thanksgiving—big family gatherings and your aunt’s...
harry potter

Magical Harry Potter Pieces for Your Home

Unless you’ve been living under the sorcerer’s stone—or maybe one of Hagrid’s rock cakes—you know that Muggles everywhere are celebrating the 20th anniversary of...
sleepover tips

First Time Sleepover Tips

There are a lot of milestones in your child’s life, and we tend to think of most of them happening either when a child...
12 Tailgating Recipes to Try

12 Tailgating Recipes to Try

Football season is upon us and you know what that means: tailgating! And even if you don’t tailgate—or football—the season is an excuse for...