The Journal Gazette

Holiday celebrations, gift-giving can be friendly for environment too

During the holidays, a lot of us throw our usual common sense aside.

December 7, 2019 7:00 am

Toy catalogs a traditional part of Christmas wishlist making

My 4-year-old doesn't know how to write, but that didn't stop me and my husband from putting a pen in his hand a few weeks ago....

December 6, 2019 7:00 pm

Celebratory t-shirts may be a gimmick, but people will still buy

One of the cutest things I noticed during the Black Friday shopping blitz last week was two women breezing quickly through Macy's with...

December 6, 2019 3:30 pm

'Tis the season to unsubscribe from glut of emails

If you're anything like me, the holiday shopping season has made you all too aware of just how many websites you've signed up for email...

November 30, 2019 9:10 pm

Smartphones a useful tool for keeping track of what catches kids' eyes

In just a year, my son has evolved from deeming a toy "too expensive" before returning it to the shelf to proclaiming,...

November 29, 2019 6:30 pm

Sometimes answering the lure of the coupon a good idea

Those coupons offering $10 off of any item $10 or more in a department store...

November 29, 2019 6:20 pm

If you can't buy it, bake it instead

I received storage containers of homemade chowder and cheesy Mexican chicken dip from different co-workers on the same day. I felt...

November 27, 2019 6:00 am

Brace yourselves, shoppers: Long lines are coming

The Christmas tree went up at work by mid-November, the one that gets adorned with paper ornaments noting gift requests from families who...

November 26, 2019 6:50 pm

Today's hot toy trends inspire STEM learning

The question might come printed in the parenting handbook: If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?...

November 22, 2019 6:30 pm

Men projected to spend more than women on gifts this season

Every year, the folks at the National Retail Federation survey consumers to find out how much they expect to spend on the...

November 21, 2019 6:00 am

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