How to Make a Super Easy Zombie Cake

What’s better than birthday cake? Zombie birthday cake, obviously. I have few domestic talents, but this is a cake that even the most clueless chef can tackle with ease. Mistakes? No such thing. This zombie rises up out of a grave of chocolate cake, frosting, and crumbled cookies. What you need: foil cardboard box Oreo… Read More

OK, TSA, This Breast Pump Thing is Just Too Much

TSA, I’ve had it with you. Really and truly. I know we never really got along in the first place because I wasn’t impressed with your security theater and your poor treatment of passengers and general ineffectiveness. But I thought we could get along, develop a kind of working relationship. You’d learn from your mistakes,… Read More

6 Reasons to Get Your Kid a Smartphone

A few years ago I would have written a post arguing that no child needs a cell phone, let alone the mini-computing marvel of the contemporary smartphone. But now? I’m a believer. I got my son a smartphone last year as I was changing service providers and getting myself a new phone. They made me… Read More

The Value of the National Spelling Bee in the Age of Spell Check and Predictive Text

Yesterday 275 kids gathered in Washington, DC, to take a spelling test. Today, they’ll start spelling in the preliminary rounds until just 50 spellers move on to the semifinals of the National Spelling Bee. A few of them are here by luck. Most of the spellers, however, got here through incredible hard work and determination.… Read More

There’s No Such Thing as Girls’ Toys and Boys’ Toys

We’ve had a lot to say about princesses, Disney-style and otherwise, during this past week. Our relationship to princesses is as much about our personal identities as it is about the social messages about princesses that come from both popular culture and corporations. Throughout it all, I think the essential question that nags at us… Read More

Holiday Air Travel: Getting Yourself and Your Geeklings Through the New TSA Procedures

*Note: Use discretion when clicking the links to read the discussion and viewing images produced by the TSA scanners as some material is inappropriate for children. As a frequently flying GeekMom, I’ve flown under the old and new guidelines, had my very first aggressive pat down, and learned a few things through the friendly and… Read More