Last week, I went to a Cool Mom Tech/CNET event about awesome tech holiday gifts. And there were many to lust after, from a Sonos S5 wireless home music system to the Belkin Screencast that lets you hide your gaming systems in a closet and beams them out (buh-bye, cluttered living room). Particularly lovable: The Le Papier Studio iPhone Case, above, custom-made with a silhouette of your kids, for $42. Don't tell Dave, but I'm getting him one for the holidays. The gift bag I received, alas, did not include a device for preventing your husband from hogging the remote control.
Melissa & Doug are doing a "North Poll" holiday event. Just head on over, vote for your favorite toy, and you'll save 25 percent on your order.
McDonald's annual "Give A Hand" fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities is happening through tomorrow. Submit a photo of your hand (or your child's!) with a phrase showing your support for RMHC. You could win $250 and a McD's prize pack, plus a $500 donation to your local Ronald McDonald House. You can also contribute by buying a paper hand for $1, $3 or $5 at participating McDonald's.
If you're coming to New York City anytime in the near future, you absolutely need to see Traces. Sabrina and I received tickets for it, and I have never witnessed feats of human acrobatics like that. Yes, that's a man standing on his head on several chairs. The seven performers tossed each other around, spun around polls and in a giant silver circle, jumped through hoops, skateboarded across the stage, and in between made charming chit-chat about themselves. There were no nets. Our jaws were open the entire time. It'll be in Dayton starting 12/6, and Costa Mesa as of 2/28.
For every MyOwnPet balloon purchased (kids can take them for walks!), $5 will go toward Canines for Disabled Kids, a nonprofit that helps kids with disabilities gain independence with the help of a pooch. The critters go for $15; you just have to purchase them here.
For those of you who aren't into camping out overnight to get into stores on Black Friday (or who try to avoid them completely), Toys "R" Us is opening its doors at 9:00 on Thanksgiving night. Way to work off that stuffing! Enter their Black Friday Sweepstakes to win a trip via limo to the store that night and a $1000 Toys "R" Us gift card; a hundred winners will snag $100 Toys "R" Us gift cards.
I am just a little too excited about The Muppets movie, which is opening Nov 23. Usually, Dave takes Sabrina to movies but I have dibs on this one. Max, I know, will not venture in. I have amazingly fond memories of these guys from childhood. My favorite muppets: Miss Piggy, Waldorf & Astoria and Rowlf. Who are yours?