About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

‘Tiny Stitches’ Gets Your Kids Crafting

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Embroidery is a great project for kids because they can make it how they like, following a pattern, drawing their own design, or making it up as they go. It’s also incredibly portable, needing only fabric, embroidery hoop, needle, embroidery floss, and scissors to do basic projects. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

‘Star Wars: Epic Yarns’ Retells the Original Trilogy in Soft Detail

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This trilogy of board books for beginning word learners is filled with spreads of painstakingly-made photos on one side and single words on the other. Meant to teach some basic words to young children in a fun way, the books also retell each story of the original trilogy in a minimalist style. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

‘Darth Vader and Friends’ Is a Fresh Take on The Rebels vs. The Empire

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Not restricted to the original trilogy, this new book from Jeffrey Brown, ‘Darth Vader and Friends,’ takes a lighthearted look at the Star Wars universe. With Darth Vader looking out for his kids, Luke and Leia, everywhere from Mos Eisley to the Cloud City provides a fresh context. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Bristol Banter #1: Firsts

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Bristol Banter is a geeky conversational podcast. Rory and Jenny Bristol discuss a new theme each week, with sections including “Did You Know?” and “Obscure Awesome Trivia” (OAT). Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Summer Camp for Gamers: The Game Experience, Part 2 — Personal Development

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The Game Experience is a fantastic way for each participant to find their path and reach their potential in the field of game design. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Traveling for Tea Towels

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Begin collecting a useful souvenir when you travel. Pass up the figurines and go in search of tea towels! Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Fun With History: The Bayeux Tapestry

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The Bayeux Tapestry is an important piece of history, and now you can make your own virtual collage in the same style. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Review: Kidz Gear Headphones With Mic

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If your kids aren’t just listening, but are also learning and creating with their devices in such a way that requires them to speak, they will need headphones that can do the complete job. But you’ll still want to protect their young ears from loud volumes. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Kickstarter: Kids Imagination Furniture by The Cardboard Guys

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Extremely sturdy cardboard furniture that your kids can help build and they can decorate themselves. What’s not to love? Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Show Off Your Love of Books With an Olde Book Messenger Bag

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This was one of those products that screamed, “You must have me!” I’d never seen anything like it. A book bag. Shaped like a book. In which you can carry books. (And your laptop.) Pretty meta, and also very cool. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Study and Dream With ‘American Homes’

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The new book ‘American Homes: The Landmark Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture’ is a feast for the eyes and the brain. It is filled with over 1,000 illustrations, home elevations, and floor plans. There are dozens of home styles, ranging from the Longhouse to the Saltbox to the German Colonial to the A-Frame to the Passive Solar. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Staples Offers Up Quality Goods

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There have been a lot of changes and shake-ups recently in the office supply market. How do the products at Staples fare? I recently got to test a few. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

‘This Is…’ Art

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Art history need not be dry and boring. Homeschoolers and autodidacts alike have some marvelous resources at their fingertips. Gone are the days when one needed a guided tour of a museum or a thick coffee table book from the library to dig deeply into an artist’s works and life. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Play With Science in ‘LEGO Chain Reactions’

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Think Rube Goldberg devices, but with LEGO. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

These Audio-Technica Earbuds Will Actually Stay in Place

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A lot of one-size-fits-all earbuds just won’t stay in place. Even the ones with interchangeable tips can sometimes wobble themselves out, depending on your activity. But you don’t need to move up to on-ear or over-the-ear headphones just to make sure they stay put. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Scoot Around on Your Xootr

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I never jumped on the Razor scooter bandwagon a few years ago. I’m definitely late to the scooter party. But now I think I’m spoiled against all other scooters. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

The Fun Versatility of Pentominoes

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If you have a kid who likes to fiddle, make patterns, or solve puzzles, get them a set of pentominoes. Pentominoes aren’t expensive and can engage kids (and adult) for hours. A quality set will last a lifetime. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

‘The World’s Great Wonders’ Explains the Planet’s Masterpieces

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If you’re looking for some fantastic background information on the world’s incredible sites and sights, Lonely Planet has another quality book that will teach you the wheres, whens, whys, and hows of 50 of them. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

‘Grids & Guides’ Puts Technical Paper Back in Your Hands

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Perfect for sketching out ideas, use these pages for all of your technical or creative needs. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Hacking Hot Chocolate

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Turn your hot chocolate into something much more interesting with just a few ingredients. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Stories by The Brothers Grimm Still Inspire

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Experience the stories of The Brothers Grimm once again in these beautifully illustrated picture books. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

You Are NPH in Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

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In Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, you are Neil Patrick Harris as you choose your way through life, making decisions about your upbringing, personal life, acting career, and mad magic skills. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Try Family Meditation for Closer Relationships and Personal Growth

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In an effort to go through life with more mindfulness and as a way to teach my kids to be more introspective and thoughtful about themselves, we have begun a daily family meditation. Not the legs-crossed/eyes-closed/upturned-hands/”Om” type of meditation, but rather the kind where you read short but meaningful passages and discuss them. It only takes about ten minutes per day, but it builds a lot of personal skills in all of us. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Spine Eyewear: Flexible, Fashionable, and a Perfect Fit

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This magnificent new hinge technology will make eyewear more durable. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

10 Things to Do to Be Ready for 2015, For Geeks!

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Here are some ways to get ready for 2015 to make it an even geekier and fun year than 2014. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Glowing DinoPet Will Fill You With Awe

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Ever wanted a magical dinosaur filled with luminescent creatures to keep you company at night? Now’s your chance. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

OgoSport’s BILD + AnimateIt! Stop Motion Animation Essentials Kit

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OgoSport’s BILD + AnimateIt! Stop Motion Animation Essentials Kit brings together the #ogosport OgoBILD line of construction toys with Aardman Animation Studios’ stop motion animation software. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Lonely Planet’s Amazing World Atlas App Is Fun for Kids!

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With this app, kids can learn world geography including maps, capital cities, locations on the globe, and more. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Isotoner Gloves and Slippers Are a Classic Gift Idea

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If your hands and feet get cold in the winter, Isotoner has you covered. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Wicked Audio’s Sentinel Headphones Are a Solid Entry-Level Choice

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Listen to music or anything else in comfort and style. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Play DIY Board Games This Holiday Season

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Decorate your own game board, apply stickers, and color playing pieces with this fantastic collection of games for kids. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

Lonely Planet’s Latest Travel Book Offerings

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Prepare for travel, or wander the world vicariously with these fantastic new additions to Lonely Planet’s library. Continue reading

About Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is a core contributor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, playing board games, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.