Catan Junior is a game for elementary-age kids with elements of both strategy and luck. It's perfect if you're a diehard player of Settlers of Catan and want to get your kids' feet wet, but it's also great for families that have never played strategy games before, or who think they don't like them.
People attending synagogues tend to dress rather formally, although the precise level of formality varies by denomination and geographic location. Here's a handy guide to what to wear when you attend synagogue.
Here are some steps you can take to get your first freelance job or increase your business and help make freelancing a viable career path for you.
Who likes doing laundry? Not I, especially when I have to do between 5 and 7 loads each week. But I've found a way to make the task a little easier — I've taught my daughter how to help with the laundry.
Is there a super-popular song that you love, but you just can't remember the lyrics? Do the words on your karaoke machine move too fast for you to follow along? Maybe you want to sing folksongs around the campfire, but end up singing "la la la" after the first verse of Kumbaya. Whatever your...
Teens are often sleep-deprived from too many demands on their time and too little belief in the power of sleep. Shift your priorities! School and homework come first; sleep comes second; and everything else is a distant third.Try it for a month and see how much easier school is when you have enough...
Converse sneakers are hot again, and they're so easy to personalize. Buy a plain pair on sale and make them completely unique. Have fun painting and sparkling them up!
Can you feed your family on $1.44 per person per meal? Taking a week from our lives to try to feed our own families on the equivalent of food stamp benefits can help us see the sufferings of others and compel us to become more generous in helping others in need.
Not all casual photographers want or need to be experts. Read on for a review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 written for people used to point-and-shoot cameras who are looking to upgrade to a compact camera with a powerful zoom lens.
The story of Noah's Ark is a favorite for parents and children alike. Here is a guide to some of the best illustrated versions of the Noah's Ark story for children, including recommended ages.
Mad Libs are great at keeping kids occupied and entertained. Learn how to make your own—it's easy and fun!
Do you need the perfect gift for your daughter or granddaughter? Girls from eight to ten years old love 18-inch historical or contemporary dolls. Many come with books that girls can read and enjoy over and over again. Find out more about American Girl, Our Generation, Carpatina, and Madame...
If you have children, you know that it isn't always easy to get them to stay in the moment. Here are some games to use to bring your family together on Thanksgiving and help everyone have fun.
Do you find trivia games too difficult, too easy, too boring, or too time-consuming? Now you can easily make your own trivia game from scratch! Includes instructions for making question cards, game pieces, and a game board.
You can make an American Girl doll look like new again for the cost of a wide metal bristle brush and some things you already have around the house.
Do you have an adorable ball of fluffy hamster at home but can't decide what to name him? Your problem is solved with this great list of hamster names, including suggestions by type, appearance, and the number of hamsters you have.
Facebook, Pinterest, funny cat videos — these are the bane of any freelance worker's productivity. Find out how to focus on your work and stop wasting time goofing off!
Getting kids excited for the holidays is a perennial problem. Here's a fun way for kids who love arts and crafts to prepare for Sukkot if you don't have a real sukkah for them to decorate.
Some Greek leaders of the Trojan War come to mind immediately, such as Achilles and Agamemnon. Others may take longer to think of, such as Nestor and the two Ajaxes. Read on for a comprehensive listing of all the Achaean forces and their leaders, as well as short bios of the most important leaders.
Did you grow up always throwing your eggs out at the first sign of a red spot? It's not always (or even usually) necessary anymore. Learn about what to do in a kosher kitchen if you find a blood spot in your egg.
Stuck for an idea for your grandpa's Christmas present or a gift for your great-aunt's 86th birthday? Check out these inexpensive gifts. Includes ideas for handmade gifts, gifts for active seniors, and gifts for the homebound elderly.
Kids love to pretend to be adults, and what better way is there than to mimic the shopping you do with your credit card? See easy instructions for making pretend credit cards, play suggestions, and simple financial literacy for young children.
Rosh Hashanah is a time of praying for a sweet new year, so Jews eat special foods associated with sweetness and other attributes we hope for in the coming year. Includes menu ideas for your high holiday table.
The idiom "Achilles' heel" comes from the mythology surrounding Achilles, the greatest Greek warrior during the Trojan War. Find out why his heel was special, what the saying means today, and what medical term comes from the same myth.
Even if your fish is not cuddly, it's just as much an individual as a cat or dog and deserves a name of its own. Read on to find cute, creative, and unusual names for goldfish.
Celebrate Halloween in matching costumes for the whole family. Whether you're hosting a costume party or just going trick-or-treating in style, there's a theme that's just right for your family.
Take the time to cook with your child, and you can develop a lifelong bond.
Making a hamsa is a great craft project for home or religious school. Teach your kids about the history and symbolism of the hamsa, and then have them paint and decorate their own.
Feeling hot? Cool off with this easy, kid-friendly watermelon ice (watermelon granita) recipe.
Welcome your new daughter according to Jewish tradition with a Hebrew name and a beautiful naming ceremony. Read on for ideas.
One of the most important decisions you'll make in your son's life is what to name him. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for Jewish names that you'll love.
Need help deciding on a fitting name for a black dog? Look no further! Here are dozens of names arranged by category, including physical characteristics, gender-specific names, and names derived from popular culture.
Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park is centrally located near Kiryat Gat in Israel, about an hour southwest of Jerusalem. Expect to spend half a day here exploring caves and learning about history. Here are some things not to miss.
You're probably so busy doing your work as well as paperwork and marketing that you couldn't possibly do one more thing. But there is one very big thing that you musn't forget: retirement planning.
Taco Bell Bean Burritos are a universal favorite. Find out the nutrition facts, see some funny uses for leftover burritos, and get an easy burrito recipe to use at home when you can't make it to Taco Bell.
Gymnastics is a perennially popular afterschool activity, worth the time and expense. Watch your child become more coordinated, stronger, and more confident in social situations.
Vegetarian meat substitutes provide a healthful alternative to high-fat, cholesterol-laden meat products, and they come in flavors and textures to appeal to all tastes.
If you're more than 100 pounds overweight, you have special concerns when it comes to exercising. Here are some tips to help you get your body moving so you can be healthier and feel better.
If you've never been to a bris before, here are suggestions for appropriate presents along with information about what to expect.
Donating to Goodwill or the charitable organization of your choice is easy; read on to see why you should choose some items to donate today.
You can take your kids to Israel without losing your mind! Read on for travel tips, kid-friendly activities, and more.
The Marzipan Museum in Kvar Tavor, Israel is small, but worth a visit if you are staying in the Galilee with children.
The most fun you can have with toddlers or young kids for a dollar!
Make a quick and easy Halloween costume out of a cardboard box and some common craft supplies.
Here's how to make traditional Jewish chicken soup for holidays, times when you are sniffling and sneezing, or whenever you need some comfort food and a hug from Grandma.
Helping your child in her quest to become a vegetarian will ultimately be much easier than trying to change her mind. Follow these simple tips for peace in the family, especially at the dinner table.
If you're looking for a healthful variation on tuna casserole, this isn't it. This is a delectable, delicious, decadent dish of gooey goodness. Cheesy tuna noodle casserole—it may not be sophisticated, but it sure is good.
If you're raising an animal enthusiast, there is plenty to do in Palm Beach County, Florida.
caracolquiscol, CC BY 2.0, via flickr Are you interested in learning Latin? Maybe you know a few phrases, but don't want to sound ignorant if you mispronounce them. Or maybe you'd like to sing with a church choir, but what they're singing doesn't...
I have been an editor of English as a Foreign Language textbooks for many years, so I know that many students struggle with learning to speak English fluently. Here are several things students can do to learn to speak English well. Find a language...
One very obvious area of ancient greek influence is architecture: Just look at the downtown of nearly any major city in the U.S., or many of the great cities of Europe. Read on to learn about the three Orders of ancient Greek architecture, the names of commonly used architectural elements, and...
The conversion process for becoming a Conservative Jew involves extensive study, living a Jewish life, circumcision (for men), examination by a rabbinic court, and immersion in the ritual bath.
A lot of details go into a Jewish wedding; here's a handy guide to what you need to know when beginning to plan yours.
According to Jewish tradition, it is customary to bring food to a house of mourning immediately after a funeral and for a week thereafter, during the period of mourning called "shiva." Mourners should not be burdened with taking care of their everyday needs, so family and friends band together to...
A lucky few kids go through life with perfect teeth; however, many kids have teeth that require more attention, possibly including tooth extractions. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare.
Here's a colorful pasta salad your kids can help you make for a fast, easy dinner.
Enlist some young helpers to make these perfectly delicious, easy matzo balls for your chicken soup.
There's a lot of preparation that goes into making Passover ritually acceptable. Here are some ways to make it fun, too!
Homemade tapioca pudding is a delicious, comforting treat that you can make with your kids. Stop buying pudding in a box and make the real thing, in just over half an hour.
There's nothing like a good fiddly recipe with lots of measuring to give our young children confidence in the kitchen. Make Lentils Ranchero with your kids to let them practice their kitchen skills and help you make a delicious, healthful meal.
Here's an easy way to solve the dessert conundrum: let your kids make fruit salad for dessert while you're in the kitchen making dinner! You can supervise their efforts, but they'll feel a sense of accomplishment from having made dessert "all by themselves."
Knowing how to put together a green salad is a crucial skill for people who want their families to eat healthfully. Teach your kids how to make a salad when they're young, and not only will you lighten your load in the kitchen, but you'll set them on the road to healthy eating for life!
Where do you find the fingers on a chicken? On a dinner plate, of course! You and your kids can make a delicious dinner together that you will all enjoy with just a few simple, healthful ingredients.
Make a Death Star pinata for Star-Wars themed parties out of simple household ingredients. It takes time, but the whole family can be involved. Have fun making it together before you smash it!
I've been a freelance editor without an office job for eleven years now. Here are some benefits and pitfalls of the freelance life.
Do you struggle to get vegetables and healthier options into your kids' diet? Are you tired of the expense and health drawbacks of eating a lot of red meat? Add kid-friendly vegetarian chili to your weeknight repertoire and satisfy your whole...
Are you coming to Palm Beach County to visit your parents, and freaking out because you don't know what to do with your little kids? Maybe you live here, and you don't know what to do with your kids when they have a few days off from school. Either...
Do you need help getting motivated to write your Hubs? Do you feel you're weak in some areas of Hub-related knowledge, but strong in others? Get together with a friend for a Hubbing retreat!
Some children are wise beyond their years when it comes to matters of the heart. Find out what common-sense tips one bright girl can offer you about online dating.
A light-hearted guide to what to expect during your first mammogram.
You can easily decorate your son's room so that it looks attractive but remains livable for him and reflects his lifestyle and favorite things. Here are some guidelines for themed decorating, using his favorite colors, and incorporating updated styles into his bedroom.
Get the little Star Wars fan in your house a present he or she will love! With suggestions for Star Wars toys, books, and clothing and accessories.
Does your young child eat, sleep, and breathe Star Wars? If so, it may be time for you to plan him a special Star Wars-themed birthday party, including pool noodle lightsabers, a Jedi training obstacle course, and a cake featuring his favorite characters.
Dominion is a customizable card game where the goal is to develop a deck that contains as many victory points as possible. You and the other players are all feudal lords, trying to gain control of as much land as you can, while fighting off incursions from the neighboring lords.
Stories about the Greek gods have been around for three millennia, and they're not going away anytime soon. In fact, they're hot again, popping up in children's literature like turkey timers on Thanksgiving. Leave your dusty old Edith Hamilton on the shelf, and take your kids on a wild ride to meet...
A good mystery novel transports you into another time and place, makes you eager to follow the thought processes of the detectives involved, and gives you satisfaction when you figure out the answer to the mystery before the protagonists. Here are some great mystery novels that will keep your kids...
Children are natural detectives, curious about how and why things happen. Introduce them to the world's greatest fictional detective and his methods with these engaging, high-quality mystery series.
Make the Revolutionary War come alive for your children by immersing them in colonial American. You can find books, music, TV shows, online games, and more that they will enjoy so much, they won't even notice that they're learning!
Some children love history, and want to find out everything they can about a period. Here are some great age-appropriate books for kids interested in the Revolutionary War.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to help your daughter or granddaughter find new historical fiction series to enjoy without having to slog through thousands of options? Check out these series, and get her excited to learn about how girls lived in other times.