App review: Planets Puzzle will delight and entertain elementary schoolers

Planets Puzzle – Game for kids is a unique puzzle game that requires placing character pieces on a rotating planet by matching habitats (easily color-coded). A few levels are timed, which may be stressful for some kids, especially since the puzzle itself is rotating. Advanced levels require sliding/flipping parts of the planet, but the app guides kids through new types of puzzles. Kids must complete a level before unlocking a new level. The app includes 10 levels for free; players can unlock the last 20 levels with an in-app purchase of $2.99. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: A tale of two bedrooms

My mom loved a party. So I'm pretty sure that when our big, noisy clan gathers together in the little cottage next door, where she lived at the end of her life, she smiles down on us from heaven. This little nugget of a house, perched on the edge of the lake, has become our favorite place to celebrate holidays and welcome visiting family members.

Home & Garden

Plumber: Hot trends for new bathrooms continued

Q: Hi Ed: I read your recent column about new bathroom collection plumbing fixture packages that perfectly coordinate and match up with each other and found the concept interesting. However, you did not go into any colors that are currently trending for new bathrooms. Do you have and color suggestions that are now hip for my new bathroom?


5 ways social media can be a force for good in the lives of kids and teens

From sexting to cyberbullying to FOMO, social media sure has its share of negatives. But, if it's all bad, how did 2,000 students protest their school system's budget cuts? How are teens leading the charge against cyberbullying? How did they organize a national school walkout day to protest gun laws? Easy: savvy use of social media. For a few years now, many teens have been saying that social media – despite its flaws – is mostly positive. And new research is shedding light on the good things that can happen when kids connect, share, and learn online.