How much stuff does one child need? No, no, I'm not asking how much that child wants. How much does he need? When I was a kid I looked forward to birthday presents as much as anyone else did. Looking back, I don't remember much about any of the gifts I received though I'm sure I was thrilled at the time. After all, what was a special occasion without presents? Then I had two … [Read more...] about Birthday Presents: What To Do When Your Child Doesn’t Need So Many
We're at the beginning of a new calendar year. What are you doing to celebrate? One decision I made was not to write any resolutions this year. I decided to set goals instead. People generally don't expect to keep their resolutions. They expect to break them. Goals are different. They're something to continue working toward, even when there are temporary setbacks. My goal is … [Read more...] about 2015: Celebrate!
People often ask us, "What's the biggest thing you can make?" Truthfully, it depends on your budget and how much time is allotted. Bigger isn't always better, but if it's what's most important to you, we can do it. Check out this 5 story tall Jack & the Beanstalk we built with airigami.com and 100 balloon artists from around the world. http://youtu.be/bdMNTQCpqNs When … [Read more...] about Balloon Manor 2014: The Very Tall Tale of Jack & His Beanstalk
OK, I'll admit it. When my daughters were young I thought they were the most amazing beings on the planet, so very smart and talented, so much above average. If you have kids or know anyone who does, you've seen this kind of thinking. The whole self esteem movement has reinforced it and everybody's special. True? Or are most of us especially ordinary? Well, I still wouldn't … [Read more...] about Birthday Party Balloon Entertainment: Who’s Too Little?
TJ and I grew up with Depression Era parents. We both learned to "reduce, reuse, recycle" before that was a popular phrase. I still have beautiful quilts that my grandmothers made from the better parts of their worn out clothes, and we jokingly refer to our decorating style as Early Dead Relative. TJ spent the past 2 days shredding our leaves so we can compost them or use them … [Read more...] about Compost Balloons?!