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15 hottest products of 2008: Wii Fit

Playing video games used to be a fun excuse for sitting on the couch, relaxing and doing much of nothing. Then came along the Nintendo Wii, and its...

How much is a name worth?

In the grand scheme of things, I have to admit that "Bruce" isn't a bad name. Although there were some unfortunate "Bruce the Moose" and "Goosey...

Baby bribes: NYC pays its kids for getting good grades. What about you?

While I wouldn't exactly describe myself as a problem child, I have to admit that elementary school wasn't an easy thing for me. It wasn't that it...

For the young Liz Claiborne in your family: Fashion Camp!

When I was ten, my mother sent me off to Boy Scout camp for the first time with a bar of soap and the desperate hope that I would actually use it....

Incredible Hulk movie ignites interest

hulkThe most recent Marvel Comics-based movie, The Incredible Hulk, is getting a lot of attention and it hasn't even hit theaters yet. The movie is...

An ode to the coloring book

The McLoughlin Brothers created the first coloring book in 1880 (The Little Folks Painting Book), and it was an instant hit. Young children -- and...

Wooden train set at the dollar store

My kids are grown and I'm still waiting on grand kids, but I couldn't resist this toy.

With all the recent hoopla about the dangers lurking in...

Recession watch: No zoo visits this year

This post is part of a series about real-life signs we're in a recession.

I was pregnant with my first son, Everett, when my family bought a...

It costs what?! More families request financial aid for summer camp

Kids may well count the days until summer vacation, but their parents are dreading it.

That's because when school's out, camps are in. And we've got...

Minor League Baseball: a great alternative to going broke

One of my friends has a 5-year old son who, as 5-year olds are prone to do, became fixated on the idea of going to a Boston Red Sox game. The problem...

More potent than movie reviews: box office reviews

I never thought I was the type to be affected by peer pressure. But Sunday night, I realized that I'm as susceptible as anyone else. I read an...