Keeping Kids Healthy, Entertained & Organized During Holiday Travel

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I have received free samples of some of the products mentioned in this article.   The holiday season is an exciting time for kids, but it can also be very stressful. As most parents know, children thrive on routine. Holidays mean vacation time off from school, attending parties and church plays and other social functions, … Read more

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya’ Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks – while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition – and laughter – to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena. … Read more

Utter Nonsense: Family Edition

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Game night is a hallowed tradition in our family. I know it seems weirdly old fashioned in a world full of screen mania, but we prefer an evening of unplugged board games with an ever-evolving cast of family and friends, plus a decadent spread of fun foods and drinks. Utter Nonsense: Family Edition is one … Read more

Celebrating International Day of Friendship With My Little Pony

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We are multi-generational My Little Pony fans here at the Yam. Today I have tons of exciting news to share with you about the ponyverse! Check out the two sweet videos below, plus info on a limited edition Snapchat filter, new toy collection and the upcoming movie. In collaboration with digital media company SoulPancake, Hasbro … Read more

Choosing the Safest Car for Your Family

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Sponsored post.   If you’re like me, your mind might start to glaze over at the thought of choosing a new car for your family. Practical, safe, affordable…these aren’t the sexiest terms. Combined with the onslaught of information and statistics, your mind can start to drift off to a beach somewhere with your only hard … Read more

Ohio Renaissance Festival

The Ohio Renaissance Festival is one of the coolest experience around. For those of us who often feel we were born in the wrong time, having the chance to dress up and shed our modern day selves can be a joyous revelation! Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th … Read more

The People We Hate At The Wedding

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I’ve heard tales about families who get along well, have each others backs and actually look forward to seeing each other. Mind you, I’ve never met any of these mythical families, and I most certainly don’t belong to one. Apparently neither does Grant Ginder, because he has managed to perfectly capture the lying, backbiting, passive-aggressiveness … Read more

The Lotterys Plus One

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The Lotterys Plus One is one of the most delightful books I’ve encountered in quite some time. Within a few pages I was openly grinning and giggling out loud. Aimed at 8-12 year-olds, I have to say I can think of some adults who could benefit from reading it as well. This is the story … Read more

Conversations With My Family

Conversation with my mom.   (A factory in our town is being bought by a huge corporation from Bangkok.)   My mom: The Chinese are taking over everything. Me: …I’m pretty sure Bangkok is in Thailand. My mom: That can’t be right. I’m sure it’s in China. Me: No, really. It’s the capital of Thailand. … Read more

Cry For Everything Bad That’s Ever Happened

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Less than a week ago the world ended. That’s how it feels. I am not being my usual hyperbolic self. It literally feels as if someone important to me died, as if everyone I love in this world simultaneously suffered a catastrophic disaster. I am enraged and I am mourning. I am hate and I … Read more