I fell victim to a classic blunder. No, I did not get involved in a land war in Asia. And no, I did not go in against a Sicilian when death was on the line. My classic blunder is blaming myself for my autistic son’s struggles. Let’s be honest, all parents gauge their success at parenting on how their children are doing in life; school, sports, friends. Some parents even cross the line and try to “help” their kids in areas where they are struggling. We’ve set the bar so high for what is considered success that only a small percentage can achieve it. And then we compare ourselves and our kids to that small percentage. Continue reading →
There’s a great song by Larry Groce called Junk Food Junkie. If you Google it, you’ll find that it was released in 1976 but don’t dismiss this comic gem because of its age. It’s the story of a man living two lives. By day he is the epitome of natural living: Natural fibers, organic products, vegan meals, composting, recycling, low carbon footprint. But at night, when no one is watching, his alter ego emerges. He binges on Big Macs and twinkies and drinks corn syrup sweetened caffeinated beverages while hiding in his closet. Continue reading →
Join the Geek Family for an unboxing of the March 2019 Theraplay Sensory Box. When you have kids that are on the Autism Spectrum it can be a challenge to find appropriate toys and tools to help them master fine motor skills, regulate their emotions or just have some fun. We will help you find some new tools for your sensory toolbox. Continue reading →
Join the GeekFamily as we visit Ironmonger Brewing Company and the Iron & Anvil Artists Alley. We took a little trip to Marietta, GA today to check out some local artists. The event was hosted by Ironmonger Brewing Company and featured over 30 vendors and artists. Jewelry, artwork, soap, crafts and loads of fun. If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this could be your ticket. Admission was free and it was a great time for the whole family. Continue reading →
Join the Geek Family of 5 on a fun family adventure to Con Nooga 2019. Con Nooga is Chattanooga, TN’s largest Multi-Fandom Convention covering everything from Anime, Comics, Authors, Artists, Music, Science Fiction, Horror, Cosplay, Costuming, Fantasy, British Media, Gaming, Paranormal and so much more! Continue reading →
Join the Geek Family for a review of the February 2019 Theraplay Sensory Box. When you have kids that are on the Autism Spectrum it can be a challenge to find appropriate toys and tools to help them master fine motor skills, regulate their emotions or just have some fun. We will help you find some new tools for your sensory toolbox.
Join our Geek Family of 5 on an outing to the Atlanta Oddities Market. The market featured vendors from near and far and offered the finest selection of the strange and unusual. We love to take our kids to interesting events that are a bit on the weird side. We believe it helps to round out their interests and helps them explore all the things the world has to offer.
The Atlanta Oddities Market was held at the Atlanta Circus School near Grant Park here in Atlanta. The vendors offered wares from the strange and macabre including serial killer collectors coins, skeleton keys, tarot card readings, and all manner preserved animals, insects and bones. The collections we saw were genuinely unique and interesting. Check out the video and enjoy!
Valentine’s Day.That can be a tough one in the land of the Geeks. But don’t worry. We’re here to help you find the perfect gift for that special geek in your life. And if you’re a geek looking for something to wow your special non-geek, we’ve got a couple of ideas in here for you too.
This year Valentine’s Day is a little sadder than normal for a lot of us. I am not talking about the single geeks who always must endure the syrupy sweet bitterness of a lonely heart on February 14th. I am talking about the lack of Necco Conversation Hearts to share with that special someone.
I can still remember those elementary school days where we swapped valentines and if you were lucky maybe that special someone you had your eye on would give you a small green heart with “Be Mine” or “Kiss Me” stamped on it. I remember getting a box of them and going to school and doling out the tiny symbols of my affection to all of the little girls I had hopes of getting to hold my hand. If I was really lucky maybe I would get my name written in a paper fortune teller (look that one up if you don’t remember them).
You see, last year Necco, who had been making these staples of Valentine’s Day treats since 1902, went out of business leaving a hole in the hearts of little boys everywhere. In 2018 when they closed, Necco was producing billions of Sweethearts candies every year. In fact, according to Candystore.com (Link), the candy hearts business represents almost 1.8B in sales every year. The popular Sweethearts may make a comeback next year as they were bought by another company, Spangler Candy Company. This year there is a shortage as existing stocks of the beloved candies dwindle, and prices begin to creep up ($25 for a 5lb bag).
Candy companies like Brach’s are looking to fill the gaps but to me, it still won’t be the same. I will have to be satisfied with telling my kids the ole “back when I was your age…” stories, scouring Amazon for some reasonably priced Necco candy, and waiting for next year to see if I can convince GeekMom to “Kiss Me” with a tiny green candy heart.