The Book With No Pictures – Win It

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Can you imagine reading a book with no pictures to your kids? Seems like that would be the last thing a parent would want to do. Yet, when I got a pitch to review a book called, “The Book With No Pictures” written by actor/celebrity B.J. Novak, of The Office fame, I had to see […]

Rockin Rider Rocking Horse by Tek Nek – Win It!

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Here is the new fabulous giveaway! The Rockin Rider Rocking Horse by Tek Nek Toys. It takes the classic wooden rocking horse, that I had as a kid, to the next level. From the stirrups to the saddle, the songs and the sayings, this Rockin Rider Rocking Horse not only rocks, but has realistic features […]

Pack for a Purpose

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When I travel to the Caribbean in a matter of weeks, I won’t be just wondering what shoes to pack or if I remembered my sunscreen. I’ll also be taking down a suitcase of supplies for Pack for a Purpose. The Pack for a Purpose Project is part of the Sandals Foundation. Many of you […]

New Pound Puppies: Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Do you remember some of the toys you loved as a kid? Or that your kids loved? A big toy trend is seeing the resurgence of toys, that were a big hit back in the 1980s but we haven’t seen since then. Whether it is nostalgia or cool toy your kids will love, you love […]

How to Make a Lego Table

My kids have really gotten into LEGOS. More specifically, the DUPLOS. Rather having the LEGOS all over the floor, I wanted to get a DUPLO® Compatible Wood Table, but I wasn’t sure if my kids would be interested. So, before I committed to a big set, I decided to do my own LEGO table DYI […]

Keyboard Labels and Modern Labels for Parents

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There are a lot of label brands for kids camp, school, and more. Some that I mentioned here. Yet, what about us Moms? Yes, we can label our gym bags, tennis rackets or supplies with our name on it, but aren’t we kind-of past the “This is {insert my name here}?” So what options do […]

LeapFrog LeapBand: Fitness Tracker for Kids

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With the new Apple Smart Watch that also serves as a way to monitor exercise, the world is firmly entrenched with fitness bands. While there are lot of fitness bands for adults, there are not many options for kids – until now. The LeapFrog LeapBand is a fitness and activity tracker for kids 4-7 years […]

Saving for College

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We spent a super fun day at the Newburyport Riverfest Music Festival last weekend. Newburyport is an historic New England town right next to the ocean. There were boats, music, free samples and fun brand booths to explore on a gorgeous sunny Labor Day weekend. I went to the U.Fund Dreams Tour Tent first! The […]

Top Labels for Kids

School has begun! {Yay!}. But so begins the list of requirements. It is always that first week or two that teachers seem to not only assign copious amounts of homework, but also assign a long list of supplies and necessities for the year. For example, I just went to my son and daughter’s Parent Night […]

Edaville Railroad Pirates Weekend

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Edaville Railroad is undergoing a major renovation! One of the new items they are bringing are “themed” weekends. Last weekend, we went for Pirates Day at Edaville. We brought the kids’ Pirate gear, but, in typical kid fashion, when we got there, they didn’t want to wear it. However, my daughter did want to wear […]

A Kid Camp & Summer Travel Must Have

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Swagger Tags are a must have for Camp and travel this summer. It’s not your traditional name tag for a backpack or a suitcase. But a fun alternative for kids and adults alike. It easily attached to any gear and is water and impact resistant (for those bags for swimming lessons or the beach!). It’s […]

Summer Board Games for Beach and Barbecues

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Summer is here and if your kids haven’t ended school yet, they’re probably getting out soon. Then the I-need-to-figure-out-how-to-keep-them-entertained juggle begins. There is also the goal of having their brains not turn to mush during the break from school. So, how does a parent keep their kids entertained, educated and engaged? With games!! Whether you […]

GoldieBlox: Reading Meets Building

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After getting samples of a cool product called GoldieBlox, I had to share my excitement with you. GoldieBlox is reading, combined with play, combined with engineering. It really takes reading to a whole new level, and I’m thrilled with the possibilities that it can provide to my kids.     Each GoldieBlox™ comes in a […]

Treasure Trax: The Game for Kids

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Treasure Trax™ is a new game by USAopoly (the company behind Scrabble, Monopoly and Candyland, to name a few) and is a game that my 4 year old absolutely adores. He requests to play it and wants to play it multiple times. There are several ways you can play the Treasure Trax game. You use […]

Disney Magic Bands Accessories

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After traveling to Disney this month, I learned more about how to use the Disney Magic Bands, which you can see from my post here. I also discovered some fun accessories you can buy to make your Magic Band Magical with Disney Magic Bands Accessories! There are three kinds: Sliders, Bandits and Covers. The Bandits […]

Hide and Seek Safari by R&R Games

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Hidden in the jungle (of your house or backyard), a plastic monkey is hidden in the bushes (or behind a bookshelf) and you must use the Seeker Wand to find him! It is the premise for the Hide & Seek Safari Game by R&R Games. One person hides the Monkey and the others must use […]

Disney Junior: Give a Book Get a Book Program

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“There have been great societies who have not used media, but there are no societies that haven’t used storytelling” was a inspired quote that Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, of Disney Junior Worldwide, used during the kickoff of the Disney Junior Get a Book Give a Book program.     […]

Juice Plus+ for Toddlers and Kids

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As I mentioned in this previous post explaining what is Juice Plus®+, I also mentioned in this post that my son is an “extreme” picky eater. As a Mom, I want him to enjoy a variety of foods. As I work on it, I also want to make sure he is at least getting the […]

Pretty as a Princess with Just Pretend Kids

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When I was a little girl, I loved to play dress up. Not to date myself, but there were no products on the market to foster dress up when I was young. My dress up was the ‘old-fashioned’ way. I would take things out of my Mom’s closet or would use items that my Mom […]

Best Disney World Attractions for Preschoolers

We recently came back from a complimentary #DisneyKids trip to Disney World in Orlando Florida with my toddler and preschooler. I have written a lot in the past year about traveling to Disney with toddlers and preschoolers because there is a whole other dimension of considerations when you are traveling with kids of this age. […]

Kohls Disney Apparel with Jumping Beans!

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Whether you love dressing your kids in cute clothes, are looking for cute clothes for a Disney trip, or your kids are big all-year Disney Minnie and Mickey fans, the Jumping Bean® line at Kohls has just launched their Disney “Magic at Play” line of mix and match Disney apparel. I received a $50 Kohls […]

Animal Kingdom Lodge Review

Earlier this month, I got to check one thing off my “Disney Bucket List”, which was staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to stay there. My stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and my review of it, was part of a complimentary 4 day stay […]

Character Dining at Disney

Even though I have been going to Disney World for years, I have never experienced Character Dining at Disney until 4 weeks ago. To be honest, it was something my family could not afford when we were growing up. When my parents finally could, us kids were beyond the ‘Meet the Characters’ phase as we […]

First Haircut at Disney World

My daughter has the most amazing curly hair. Of course, when she is a teenager, she may not think it is amazing, but I digress. I think it is beautiful. Yet, because of the curls and because I love it so, I have been hesitant to cut it. Besides, she is a girl, right? And […]

Pirates League Review at Disney World

My son had his first Pirate experience at the Pirates League at Walt Disney World last month! Let me just say that he is four and has a minor interest in Pirates; mainly Jake and the Neverland Pirates. He also has a mild form of Autism. Thus, I was not sure if scheduling an appointment […]

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