2012 Spring & Summer Trends We Love

10 French Summer Wines to Try NOW.

Our Facebook and Twitter feeds have been buzzing all morning with great responses to one of our newest community-member created lists.

With Summer winding down, wine-lover Christy Swildens has profiled the top 10 French Summer wines that you absolutely must try now. Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Vote, comment or add your own suggestion for Christy and the rest of our Skinny Scoop community to try.

…It looks like as if we’re going to have some wine drinking to do!

How to Keep Kids Entertained at Home: Is Boredom Dead?

Summer is so great! Freedom! Translation: kids in the house trying to find something to fill the time, and filing their complaints with me. Is boredom dead?

My kids roll their eyes when I tell them they don’t even know what bored is. I remember long stretches of hot summer days growing up in Texas – no camps, no pool, definitely no computer. Just us and our own ingenuity after my parents or a friend’s parents (they were all in this together) told us to “go find something to do.” And by that they meant: “don’t come back for a few hours.” Continue reading…

*photo found in Google images i.e. “bored kids”

Summer: There’s an App for That!

I really love that my kids are able to entertain themselves. My son and his best friend have been known to play with a pair of socks for two hours. Who knew there was that much you could do with them. My daughter is so prolific with her projects that she fills up entire sketch books with ideas. And since she can’t really read or spell yet, they are a little Beautiful-Mind-ish. Surely Einstein or someone had notebooks like this?

That said, we were only 5 hours into day two of summer when there was no “entertaining themselves” going on anymore, and the kids wore me to a nubbin asking to watch a mid-day movie or play games on my phone. My initial reaction was to tell them no.

We are a “get outside and play” kind of family. And we probably err on the conservative side as far as screen time. For example we bought a car that came standard with a movie screen but have never used it. We have all read about the dire implications that too much screen time has on kids. But what about the benefits of “the right amount” of screen time?

The kids pointed out to me that when I was little I didn’t have to entertain myself with only things that my parents had, like it was on Little House on the Prairie. Therefore, they shouldn’t have to make do with only the things I had (i.e. no electronics). Nice that they liken one generation ahead of me to a one room school house, no running water and squirrels for dinner. But still, not a bad point…Continue reading.