| Aug 29, 2013
I always say that when I was growing up I didn't play with enough blocks.
That is my usual excuse for not being able to assemble pretty much anything, including Legos.
But I am learning: from my son.
Part of being a good parent is playing with...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:00 AM
My son has been talking like Mr. Bean lately.
Not that Mr. Bean really talks much, he actually kind of grunts out his sentences when he does use complete ones.
I asked my son why he does this, and he said he likes the way...
| Oct 3, 2013
My husband is very handy around the house. It's one of the many reasons I married him besides his Dermot-Mulroney good looks.
A woman can't lose if she marries a man who can fix things.
If a toilet breaks, he knows how to fix it. He can hang drywall,...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 7:25 AM
Lego recently introduced a new series of mini-figures and one is a female scientist, a first for the company famous for its plastic building bricks and kits. Some hope the tiny plastic scientist will help girls see the hard sciences (Professor C. Bodin...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 7:41 AM
My son said to me last night, with a very serious look on his face, "Mom, I need to talk to you about something important."
I wondered what it could be. Lately, all the talk has been about his birthday, which is coming up, so I figured it had...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:35 PM
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for little Johnny or Susie? How about a "Breaking Bad" meth lab toy set?
No, I'm not joking.
It's astounding that anyone -- even the rabid "Breaking Bad" fans who live for Sundays to see what will happen to...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 7:58 AM
Changes to the Apple Store website appear to indicate that the Cupertino tech giant is now placing more importance on Apple TV, a product Chief Executive Tim Cook has referred to as a "hobby" many times before.
When Apple updated its store website to...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Those of us lucky enough to have siblings know a rewarding, lifelong loving relationship is built upon a firm foundation of taunts, noogies and tattling.
Interestingly enough, the mean things your older brothers and sisters inflicted...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 7:34 AM
You don't have to celebrate New Year's Eve on your sofa just because you can't get a sitter. Ring in 2014 with kids in tow (in some cases, a little early) at one of these fam-friendly celebrations.
"Build it Big" Bubble Bash
The DuPage Children's Museum'...
| Nov 8, 2013
Thor, Loki and their Asgardian pals are getting the Lego treatment in a new parody of the “Thor: The Dark World” movie poster.
The poster, released on Nov. 6, features Lego versions of the stars of the upcoming Marvel film in a promotion for...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:55 AM
On January 13th, 24-year-old Crystal Lake native David Howard started a new job kids (and more than few grown-ups) dream about: Master Model Builder at the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg. Howard joins an elite team of master builders all over the...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Consider the holiday retail race to be in full swing, as both Wal-Mart and Toys R Us moved early Thursday to stake a claim in the competitive toy market.
Discount behemoth Wal-Mart, which says it’s the largest toy seller in the nation, unveiled...