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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.
stocking stuffers

The Best Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family

I love stuffing stockings. And my philosophy is that there’s no reason a stocking stuffer can’t be a really awesome gift. (Maybe I’ve seen...
book review

Book Review: P Is for Pterodactyl

A few weeks ago, I was hanging out at home, just laying around on the couch eating bonbons and scrolling through my phone (I’m...
personalized

10 Delightful Personalized Gifts

I’m not about to turn down any gift, but there’s something extra special about a personalized present. Here are ten delightful personalized gifts for...
movie review

Movie Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet

My daughter and husband love the movie Wreck-It Ralph, so I knew we’d be checking out the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, when it...
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...