Splashlings is Making Waves Again!

This past Christmas, the number one toy that my daughter asked for (repeatedly, I might add) was the Splashlings Coral Playground Playset by TPF Toys. Now she will have a new wish list starting because another colorful wave of Splashlings is swimming into Walmart and other retailers this month. Invented by the famed Pound Puppies®creator, […]

GIVEAWAY! Monster Trucks Movie, Toys and Party Ideas

When the trailer for the Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies – Monster Trucks – hit our cable channel, my son (who is 7) immediately said to me, “I want to go see that! It looks AWESOME!”. Trucks + Racing + Action + Monsters? A boy’s dream! The premise of the Monster Trucks movie, in case […]

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 […]

Toy Gift Guide for Procrastinators

You may be realizing that you need to get a gift for a kiddo. Like, right now. This minute. Oh crap. Because you just realized that Christmas is in 6 days, that you are in the midst of Hanukkah, or that you need a last minute birthday gift. If you need all three, then (a) […]

Great Toys for Toy Donations

Whether December or May, the holidays or birthdays, everyone should consider donating toys throughout the year. Every child should be able to play every day. If you are wondering what to give to various charities for toy donations, here are some great toy donation ideas! These are gender neutral, cover a variety of ages, have […]

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 […]

My 2016 Holiday Gift Guide is Here

Here is my Holiday Gift Guide 2016 with top toys and other goodies! Just in time for those last minute gifts for the holiday season! However, don’t forget all those birthday gifts that you’ll have to think about in 2017! Stock up now at the great prices and be ready to go at a moments […]

Best Advent Calendars for Kids with Toy and not Candy!

Advent Calendars are popular in my house. We use them every holiday season. It is a fun way to get excited for Christmas. It also gives the kids some incentives to be good everyday leading up to the big day! So keep reading for the best advent calendars for kids that are toy focused and […]

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 […]

Alternatives for Halloween Candy

Sweet treats? Lolliops? It is one of the reasons that Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Access to tons of chocolate? (Yes, please!) However, not everyone likes (or should have chocolate). Whether it is concern about food allergies or the issue of the general consumption of sugar, you may want to give out […]

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 […]

Toy Fashion: Lion Guard Training Lair

This post has an affiliate link. If you follow my blog, you know I love toys and I love fashion. So, why not combine them together in my Toy Fashion posts! The latest is inspired by The Lion Guard. One of the newest toys on the market that is hot for the holiday season is […]

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 […]

Top 12 Tech Toys for 2016

It is Holiday shopping season! Don’t believe me? Well, when the big box stores already start their Holiday layaway programs, you know it is time to get ready for the holidays! So, are you wondering what are the hot toys for 2016? What are the best Tech toys for 2016? The coolest STEM for the […]

Popular Toys for 2016

Wondering what are the hot toys for 2016? What will be the most popular toys for Christmas? What toys are best for toddlers or teens? Then you have come to the right place! The Toy Insider released its top toy picks for Holiday 2016, and I got an exclusive sneak peek as a four-year veteran […]

Top Ten Travel Toys

Traveling with kids this summer! We have all heard the dreaded “are we there yet” and with a few simple toys, we can avoid most of this. Think games, small toys, easy to carry (and stow) activities or playsets. Each pick here also was selected because it works in the car, the restaurant along the […]

Set Sail at Blogger Bash 2016

If you haven’t heard, I am running my 4th Sweet Suite event this year on behalf of The Toy Insider. This year, I am also the team lead for Blogger Bash as a whole – managing all of the attendees, tickets and organizing all the content, in addition to working with all the sponsors for Sweet Suite. […]

American Girl Mega Bloks Grace Pastry Cart

It was perfect timing to receive this complimentary product for review. My son is very protective of his building bricks and he does NOT like to share them with his little sister. However, his little sister wants to build and play too! So she pleaded with me to get her some building bricks, and I […]

15 Egg-cellent Easter Basket Alternatives

Keep the kids healthy this Easter and all year long with the perfect non-candy alternatives in the Easter Basket. These are some egg-cellent Easter basket ideas and options to consider! 1. VTech’s Go! Go! Smart Animals ($5.99+) These are perfectly sized for Easter baskets and little hands with dogs, chickens, pigs and cows, to name a […]

Six Toy Inspired Valentine’s Day Cards

As you can see in my post here, I love DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for the kids. It got me to thinking about how I could modify the existing ideas out there, with ideas of my own. Since most of my ideas involve toys, I wondered how I could take some of the popular DIY […]

Playing at Play Fair 2016 NYC

Obviously, if you read this blog you know that toys are my favorite things. Seeing the hottest toys on the market AND being able to play WITH my kids is total toy nirvana though! And I get to do that at the new Play Fair 2016 in New York City. Play Fair 2016 is in NYC […]

Getting into Gaming (with Kids)

Back in the day (and I mean WAYYYYY back in the day) I enjoyed video games. I enjoyed playing Lego Star Wars with my brother on a Saturday afternoon and having a blast doing so. Yet, times changed; I got married to a man who was not a gamer, had kids, and life became too […]

#ToyTuesday: Toy Cash Registers for Kids

Using a post-Christmas gift card last month, I came across this toy by Fisher Price called the Fisher Price Fun 2 Imagine Cash Register. I vaguely remember something similar as a child and I took a closer look. As I did, I knew I had found a toy that would make my son AND me, […]

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 […]

Mission Chase Paw Patrol Toy Review

Mission Chase is one of the first ‘larger’ sized Paw Patrol toys in stores now. Last year, the Paw Patrol toys took the holiday season by storm with all of the mini-figures and vehicles, and the Paw Patrol lookout. This year, the Paw Patroller Truck and Mission Chase are the Paw Patrol toys to have. […]

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