Why You Should Pass (or at least Wait) for a Hatchimal

If you haven’t heard, Hatchimals are one of the hot toys for 2016. The one that makes it to the ranks of store sellouts and jacked up prices on Ebay. (The other hard to find toy is the PJ Mask Headquarters, FYI.) Having been cornered at many recent holiday parties by guests that wanted to […]

Autism Friendly Toys Gift Guide

Wondering what toy to buy for a child who is on the Autism Spectrum? Needless to say, they are kids and love toys. However, sometimes a toy can be over stimulating, trigger sensory issues, or cause frustrations. Toys should be fun, and encourage play. Yet, that is not always quite the case if your child […]

The Toy Insider Toy Wish List

Some exciting news to share for you Toy shoppers! Just in time for the holiday season too! Brand new at The Toy Insider is an awesome Toy Wish List feature! If your kids are like my kids, when they see The Toy Insider’s Holiday Gift Guide, they start circling or pointing to their favorite toys for Christmas and […]

Holiday of Play Recap: Hottest Toys for the Holidays

Last week I hosted and got to mingle at The Toy Insider‘s Holiday of Play event in New York City. Over 25 toy brands showcased the hottest toys for the holiday season and The Toy Insider released its top picks in three toy categories: STEM, Tech and Top 20! As a parent of little Disney […]

Top 10 STEM Toys for 2016

Wondering what are the hot toys for 2016? What are the best Tech toys for 2016? The coolest STEM for the season? What to get your toys are best for toddlers or teens? What will be the most popular toys for Christmas? Then you have come to the right place! The Toy Insider released its […]

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers – Toys

Just 36 hours and counting! Each of these last minute stocking stuffers are under $20 and have tremendous play value – so those presents under the tree won’t get all the glory! You can see them in action in my TV interview on The Rhode Show here. And here is the recap of everything I […]

Toy Tuesday: LeapFrog Line Up!

There are a lot of LeapFrog products out there. These are my current top favorite LeapFrog Products for the holidays and for birthday gifts throughout the year: LeapFrog TV, LeapPad Platinum or Epic, The LeapFrog Word Whammer, The LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven, and the LeapFrog Build and Discover Tool Box. You can see my whole […]

Top Toys for 2015: HoliDAY of Play

You must already be inundated with holiday catalogues by this point, right? This the season for shopping and gifts, and that includes everyone from your niece to your Nana. Toys can be the perfect gift for everyone on your list because everyone loves to play and there is something for everyone as evidenced by the […]

Here’s the Hot Toys for Holiday 2015!

If you are looking for a comprehensive toy shopping list for the holidays this year, then you’ll want to bookmark this post with the total of 42 Hot Toys in 2015 that your kids want (or will want!) The general themes for this holiday season are anything to do with Star Wars Force Awakens (no […]

Minty Milk: Mmm Mmm Good

Add some sizzle to snack time or some pep to your post-dinner feast with this Milky Mint recipe. Not only is it a good way to get some protein and calcium, but it is festive too. Peppermint Beverage Recipe Warm a cup of low fat milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds to one […]

The Alternative to Five Common Hostess Gifts

If you are going to a dinner party, holiday party or a feast this holiday season, you might be tempted to grab the standard bottle of wine, candle or boxed chocolates. It’s time to shake things up people, and make your gift stand out amongst all the bottles of white wine. So, here are the […]

Holiday Board Games and Crafts for Kids

The holiday can be a perfect time to start new traditions with your kids. Even if it is not with the end goal of traditional, it is a great way to play with the kids on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Here are some fun options, including a new company find called eeBoo! Whether it is […]

Hot Toys 2014: HoliDAY of Play

It is a lot of fun to be the co-host of the HoliDAY of Play, but it is more fun to just play! Can you imagine being in a room with the coolest toys that hit the market this year? Whether it’s toys for little tots or toys for your teen, all of the products […]

Mega Bloks First Builders

It was a long time before I thought about building blocks for my kids. I always thought they were for ‘older’ kids. Until I hosted an event where Mega Bloks was a sponsor. Mega Bloks were toddler and preschool friendly blocks that fit perfectly in little hands (but big enough not to fit in their […]

Simple Tips for Classy Holiday Entertaining

As we were shopping for hot holiday toys at BJ’s Wholesale Club recently, we were also picking up soda and snacks for our holiday entertaining. As we strolled the aisles, we also saw the most yummy treats like gourmet brownie trays, pumpkin cream cheese bakery rolls, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake, and amazing appetizers. With all of […]

Ziftit Making Gifting Easy

I cannot believe that one week from today, my baby girl is going to be one years old. I guess I won’t be able to call her Baby G for much longer. She is getting ready to walk, and while she doesn’t have any teeth yet, she is about to have about 10 come in […]

How to Make Homemade Jelly Beans

Making jelly beans can be somewhat time consuming, but doable even for the cooking and candy making novice. (Such as myself.) I suggest buying a pot that you have dedicated to your candy making/jelly bean making endeavors. Over time, you’ll appreciate that the high heat won’t ruin the pots and pans you have for Spaghetti […]

Easter Baskets, Hersheys and Thankfulness

I was so excited to get a complimentary Hersheys Easter Basket, filled with chocolatey goodness, again this year to share on my blog. If you celebrate Easter, who doesn’t love to get Easter Baskets? It is like getting a surprise delivery of fruit or flowers for your birthday. Yet, when I opened the box containing […]

What to do with Black Jelly Beans

There are not too many people that like black jelly beans, resulting in people picking around them in the jelly bean bowl. As a result, you have the black jelly bean remnants that are usually tossed away. I’m not sure why there are black jelly beans in the various jelly beans bags at Easter anyway. […]

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

  Here is how to make a Leprechaun Trap so the kids can see if they can trap a Leprechaun on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a couple of ideas, but anything they can think up and imagine is always a great thing too. Just find empty coffee containers, empty cereal boxes, […]

How to Track Santa

A favorite tradition for many parents, is to track Santa’s whereabouts. Granted, it was old school for us back in the day. We relied on the weatherman on the local news station for a Six O’Clock News update. Now, however, there are so many cool ways to track the Jolly Old Guy. Almost everyone knows […]

Ten Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Not only do I need to finish my holiday shopping, but I need to start getting things for stocking stuffers. This is the first year we will be doing it as a family since my son is old enough now and it seems worth the effort. I just bought some stockings from PotteryBarn (on sale, […]

How to Make Chocolate Kiss Pretzels

Pretzels are awesome. Hershey’s Kisses rock. M&Ms are fabulous. Put all three together and you have a trifecta of crunchy, salty, chocolate-y goodness. Check out my video on how to make Chocolate Kiss Pretzels. Great for holiday pretzel treats or for those gifts you need for teachers or your mailman. If you don’t want to […]

26 Acts of Kindness: What will you do?

Recently, there has been a movement started by the inspiring warmth of Ann Curry and has grown to include a variety of people online and offline. Go to Twitter and search for #20Acts, #26Acts or #26ActsofKindness and be prepared to see people around the world bring light to the dark, hope in the face of sorrow, belief […]

The Polar Express Train Ride Experience

When I was given complimentary coach tickets for The Polar Express train ride on the Cape Cod Central Railway (Buzzards Bay, MA, Hyannis, MA) and the Saratoga & North Creek Railway (Saratoga, NY), I offered the tickets to my brother & his family because my soon-to-be four year old nephew is a HUGE Polar Express fan. He […]

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