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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750

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Learn about history through graphic novels, from the point of view of individuals and groups not usually represented. 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.

Nokia’s Lumia 530 Phone Is a Great Option for Kids

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If you’re looking for a very functional but affordable phone for your kids or a second one for yourself, this Lumia is a great option. 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 Art of Space: Nostalgia Art at Its Best

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Float down memory lane with these stunning space art images from history and the more recent past. 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.

Students Shouldn’t Have to Speak in Front of the Class

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Not everyone learns in the same way. Those who are quiet in class are still learning, often even moreso than if they are speaking. 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 Kids Another Side of History With Howard Zinn’s A Young People’s History of the United States

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Learn about history from other points of view with this fantastic children’s adaptation of a modern classic. 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.

Connect With Your House With the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set

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Lighting you can control with an app on your cell phone is one of the most useful aspects of a connected home. 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.

Civil War in 3D: The Life and Death of the Soldier

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Learn about every day life for the Civil War soldier. 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.

Learn a Foreign Language With Pimsleur

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Learn German, or one of 50 languages, with the Pimsleur System. 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.

September Is National Piano Month: Try the Casio CTK-2400

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Play some piano this month to celebrate National Piano Month. Try a keyboard, or even a grand piano if you can find one. 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.

Create a Mini Me Figure With Shapify!

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If you’ve ever wanted a scale model of yourself, now is 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.

Cook Dinner With Your Phone With the WeMo-Enabled Crock-Pot

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Keep an eye on dinner with this wi-fi connected Crock-Pot! 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.

Carry All of Your Inventory in This Backpack of Holding

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If you’re in need of a spiffy backpack that looks like a traditional rucksack and will carry everything you need 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.

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs: Quick, Inspiring, and Useful Advice

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The book title says it all. It’s not hard to take a decent photograph. Just remember a few basic tips. 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.

Writing, Better: Read Me.

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Learn how to write better copy with this book full of useful, well-tested lessons. 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.

Awesome Tiny Houses

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Tabletop-sized houses for countless uses. Paint them. Decorate them. Assemble them. Disassemble them. They’re tiny. They’re awesome. They’re houses. 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.