Your Kid Needs Dress Shoes? Loan Them Yours (Even If They’re 3 Sizes Too Big)

Cole Haan Penny LoafersThis is a little Jubbling but it’s mostly rooted in cheap. My son had a band concert last week and needed dress shoes and I wasn’t about to go purchase a new temporary pair for him. His feet are still growing, his concerts are infrequent and Jubbling is still grossing about $3.24 per week. So I did what any Jubblinger would do – I took out a pair of my old penny loafers, put in some insoles and asked him to put on two pairs of thick socks. Paired with a clip-on tie and white shirt and my son looked just like the rest of the 7th grade band and he was totally cool with it. As I was getting him set with the shoes, we must’ve repeated “this is pretty Jubbling huh?” atleast 10 times.

Honestly, my only concern was that he’d have to move quickly and possibly lose a shoe but this was orchestra stuff and not marching band. For marching band, I’d just have him wear three pairs of thick socks.


Need A Jubblinged Halloween Costume For Your Kid?

Vicious Koala Costume
Skip the Transformers or Yo Gabba Gabba! costume at the mall and head over to instructables halloween stat! Our new favorite instructable shows you how you can turn any cute and huggable stuffed animal your kid already owns into a blood thirsty predator costume.


Jubbling 101: Kids Making Pet Toys Out Of Trash

Cat Toys by Mandy and MaggieThis weekend, my daughter Amanda and her friend Maggie decided to make cat toys again. This time, their toy making materials included twine, toilet paper wrapper, a little tape and a pencil to draw eyes. It’s hilarious to see the results because they not only spend time studying how their respective cats play but they also factor in what they know about how cats hunt in the wild and then meet up to develop the toys.

Using the numbers from the American Pet Products Association, we calculated that Americans spent roughly $2 billion on pet toys in 2010; $700 million on just cat toys. It feels good not to contribute to a number that large.


Easy Bake Oven No More?

“The only way you’re taking my Easy-Bake Oven from me is if you pry it out of my dead cold dirty hands”
Little Keith M.
Scottsdale, AZ

Easy-Bake Oven from Hasbro

All hell is going to break loose as one of the first victims, the Easy-Bake Oven, is going to be discontinued thanks to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the push toward more eco – sustainable lighting. The problem with the original oven is its use of 100 watt incandescent light bulbs which will be phased out and no longer manufactured as of 2012.

Parents are already lining up to vent on behalf of their kids and their Easy-Bake Ovens:

“My kid wanted to be the next Rachael Ray. Now, without his Easy-Bake Oven, he’ll probably end up a crackhead.”

UPDATE: Swooping in like a hero, Hasbro has announced that it is currently working on an Easy-Bake Oven replacement – The Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven. No word on exactly how it will cook the individual cake and/or cookie but wouldn’t it be great if it involved a kid pedaling a bicycle? Just sayin.