Friday News Bites, Part 2: Republican Malarkey, Tianjin Explosion + More

After covering what’s going on in Ferguson and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, let’s get to other news stories of note this week.

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These Are a Few of Our Favorite (Dog) Things

With Black Friday looming, we thought we’d list some of our favorite things for dogs. Some of them are for the dogs themselves, and some of them are to make the dog owner’s life easier. We’ve avoided the decorative and cute things because, as most dog owners know, there are literally thousands of places to obtain them. Read More These Are a Few of Our Favorite (Dog) Things

Pink Shovels

I bought my daughter a snow shovel recently. She loves playing with the real one even though it’s taller than she is by at least a foot, and since she’s young enough to think it’s fun, why the heck wouldn’t I put her to work? Except I had to face the annoying decision of whether or not to buy her the pink one. Read More Pink Shovels

Birthday Giveaway: Bryn Gives Away Doctor Who Mini Figures!

There are plenty of Whovians around these parts, and we want you to know we love you deep down in our geeky hearts. OK, that kind of sounded like a poem. Read More Birthday Giveaway: Bryn Gives Away Doctor Who Mini Figures!

Lego Friends and the Problem of Gendered Toys

Lego has been making waves with its new “Friends” collection for girls. While some have praised the move for trying to encourage girls to play with building toys they might otherwise shun, others see it as unnecessary and pandering. The more I look at the issue, the more I realize I can see both sides of the argument. I have no problem with making more feminine toys available; a lot of girls, and a fair number of boys, like girly stuff and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m absolutely in favor of toys that encourage kids to look outside the pursuits typically approved for their gender. However, Lego really dropped the ball on execution. Read More Lego Friends and the Problem of Gendered Toys

Holiday Gift Guide: How to Shop for Babies and Toddlers

Let’s face it: tiny kids can be hard to shop for. It seems like everything’s either a choking hazard or so loud and obnoxious that it’ll mysteriously break or disappear in the night before the grownups start beating their heads against the wall. Here are a few ideas for the tiny person in your life that will tickle their fancy and please even the pickiest of parents. Read More Holiday Gift Guide: How to Shop for Babies and Toddlers