Lawsuit: Inflatable Jump Bounce Houses Contain 70 Times Safe Level of Lead

Popular at birthday parties and fairs, inflatable bounce houses allow kids to jump and play to their hearts’ content.  I’ve always been concerned about the energy use and hearing damage caused by the blowers on these jump houses, but the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and the California Attorney General have found that they also “pose lead hazard to children”.

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Little Philanthropists: Hosting a Charitable Birthday Party

Am I alone in dreading all the packaged toys my children receive from their (well meaning) friends?  I try to suggest art supplies or other items which will actually get used instead of being discarded after a week of play, but we still end up with a lot of stuff.

Personally, I really like the idea of hosting charitable birthday parties.

After much brainstorming, we’ve come up with a few charitable parties to host with friends (and then have a family party with a few gifts).  This way, our child still feels special and they learn the importance of giving. [Read more...]