(BPT) - The advent of popular 1970s video game Pong marked the start of a competitive and social nature of playing video games, where kids across the country would gather to compete and crown one person champion. Since then the gaming industry has seen countless changes and updates from gaming consoles, accessories, game features, graphics and of course, the style of game play. What once was a social activity evolved into an isolated hobby. ...
(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself starting to dread the holidays? Ever felt more like saying 'bah, humbug' than 'merry Christmas' when you run into family and friends? Don't worry, you're not alone. While the holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, trying to meet unrealistic expectations from decorating the mantle and trimming the tree, to hosting and entertaining family and friends, can bring out the Scrooge in anyone. Suddenly the desire ...
Choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones can be a difficult task. However, you don't have to stress about going from store to store wondering if you're picking out the right size or color or whether it fits your budget.
NEW YORK (AP) - Even people without coffee tables enjoy coffee table books as gifts, especially if they're thoughtfully chosen rather than hastily snatched from a store shelf at the last minute.
NEW YORK (AP) - Not all the testers for Good Housekeeping's annual Best Toys list wear lab coats. Some are barely out of diapers.
"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing,' Irish playwright Oscar Wilde once said. But Wilde, for all his wit, probably never envisioned the modern practice of giving an experience as a gift.
Drug abuse. Divorce. Homelessness. Imprisonment. Little Forrest has witnessed them all. With his father in prison and his mom lost in a haze of drug abuse, Forrest's maternal grandparents took custody of him when he was just 2 years old. For Forrest, his dad's prison sentence seemed like a punishment for him, too.
Finding a perfect gift doesn't always mean spending a ton of cash. Whether it's a handy gadget, a fashion accessory or a day's worth of spa-quality pampering, the following gift ideas for women are all available for $50 or less.
The holiday season is full of festivities from children's plays to office parties to checking off shopping lists. That means many consumers are multitasking. Never fear, there are an array of apps for both the iPad and smartphones to help you accomplish your seasonal tasks on the go.
From cocktail parties to New Year's bashes, 'tis the season for endless celebrations with friends, family and food - and lots of it. Facing multiple parties packed with those indulgent holiday goodies can be a challenge to anyone's weight loss goals. But with the right strategy, you'll be celebrating even after the party has ended.
The holidays are the perfect time to reconnect and mingle with family and friends. However, the stress of hosting holiday get-togethers can sometimes be discouraging. This year, avoid a festivity fiasco by keeping in mind the following five preparation tips:
From baking cookies with loved ones to caroling through the neighborhood or celebrating with family and friends, fond memories of holiday traditions abound. Each year, scents, sights and sounds promote the season's spirit - continuing long-standing traditions and creating new memories.
As holiday decor springs up and seasonal tunes begin to flood the airwaves, it's time to embrace the most wonderful time of the year. If you didn't line up on Black Friday, and decking the halls is something you typically save for the last-minute, not to worry.
If you're like most Americans, you'll be approaching this year's biggest gift-buying season a bit more cautiously. With ongoing economic uncertainties, shoppers are expected to take a different approach to holiday shopping this year, preferring gifts that provide long-term real value versus those that provide an immediate, but short-lived "wow" effect.
The building anticipation, the frantic ripping of wrapping paper and the discovery of what those colorful packages hold - holidays and birthdays are great times to be a kid. But as any parent can attest, gifts received during holidays sometimes end up gathering cobwebs in the following months.