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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hide and Seek Safari by R&R Games

Hide and Seek Safari

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 […]

Robotic Fish With Bowl: Hexbug Aquabot

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When I am hosting an event, I love finding unique ways to interest or excite my friends and family members. I even strive to find creative ways to host my kids’ birthday parties too! When my son turned four, we had a party and invited some of his new preschool friends. We stuck with a […]

What are Shmoozees? Visit the Shmoozee Facebook Page

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Style up a Shmoozee! Shmoozees are plush toys that are best described as a nice gremlin meets TY. They have glow in the dark ears and eyes, and the ears are plastic, with holes in them, so you can add earring-like collectible charms. Right now, there are six different colors and patterns retailing at $19.99, […]

VTech InnoTab 2 Baby Review

VTech InnoTab 2 Baby Reviews

My son is an iPad addict. Yet, on a trip to New York recently, we gave him the VTech InnoTab 2 Baby tablet to check out. We had gotten it at a blogging event for a review. Frankly, we were not quite sure if he even would give it a glance. You can see from the […]

Five Eco-Friendly Toys for Earth Day

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In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share five eco-friendly toys for your consideration. Whether to celebrate the earth on earth day or any time of year when you are looking for a unique, eco-friendly, gift. These five picks are made with respect for Mother Earth. Kinderfeets This wooden push bike is a low-to-the-ground, […]

Bright Starts Buggy (Having a Ball Count and Roll Buggie)

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I received this adorable little pink lady bug (officially called the Having a Ball™ Count and Roll Buggie from Bright Starts by KidsII) to review recently. When it arrived on my doorstep, it was like Christmas. We call it the second child syndrome! Our 3.5 year old son has ‘passed down’ his toys to his […]

Tips for Buying Used Toys for Kids

How to Buy Used Toys

If you have a limited budget for toys, buying new toys for your children can be expensive. Buying used or consigned toys, is a great way to stretch the budget, and is eco-conscious too! Here are some tips for shopping for used toys for kids and making an old toy “new” again. Look for advertised garage […]

iPieces Games: What to Bring to Grandma’s House this Holiday

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“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go….” But what happens when you get to Grandma’s house? Does she have toys to entertain a spectrum of kids that have descended for the holidays. Probably not. Which means you need to schlep a lot of stuff to keep the kids focused on […]

Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012

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Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012 is this Saturday, November 10th. This will be the 3rd annual day, coordinated by the non-profit organization ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the joy of shopping locally, while supporting the local retailer’s commitment to the community. Check out the website called www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org to […]

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty Gift List and Giveaway

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One of the biggest stresses for us during the holidays is travel. Car rides, airplane flights: it makes you want to wish it was 2013 already. This holiday season, however, I’m looking forward to trying out the Trunki Suitcase by Melissa and Doug. My full review of it can be found here. I’ve been coveting […]

Neat-Oh Dinosaur Toybox and Playmat is a Prehistoric Hit

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When I got the Neat-Oh! Dinosaur Toybox & Playmat to review, I knew immediately who needed to review this product; my 3.5 year old nephew who loves, loves, loves (did I say loves?) everything dinosaur. His room at home is decked-out-in-dino.     So I gave the Neat-Oh Dinosaur Toybox & Playmat to my brother […]

LeapFrog Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar and Learning Bus

It is always fun getting together with other Moms and their kids for a fun playdate. But add a pool, and LeapFrog Touch Magic Toys, and it became a rockin’ party and parade. Once we all arrived, everyone got into their bathing suits and had a splash in the pool. We then had a break […]

Summer Olympics Fun at Home

With the Summer Olympics back in the spotlight, there is a new crop of games that are sparked by this world-wide competitive championship. Even though the Games are about to wind down, you may find your kids energized. Sign them up for a gymnastics class, judo tournament, swimming lessons or tennis camp, and pick up […]

WonderWorld Toys

A lot of Moms (myself included) look to add a variety of eco-friendly, non-toxic, green toys to their kids’ toy repertoire. Yet, without a standard for such toys, there is a little bit of ‘buyer beware’. Because you may do a search for ‘green toys’ on Amazon.com, and this will come up. Which is probably […]

Top Toy Picks

A couple weeks ago, I did a whirlwind trip to NYC for Toy Fair 2012. While it is actually a four day trade show, I went for a rapid 24 hours, with a couple of great pre-events thanks to Hasbro and While I’ll be posting the highlights of what I thought were the coolest toys […]

Toy Giveaway (Lots of Toys)

The Holidays are fast approaching. Too fast actually and I needed to step away from the computer to actually shop and wrap. Not as fun, I have to say. But you may think this 10th and 11th giveaway as part of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways are fun though. As I organized my holiday […]

Happy Holidays HEXBUGS

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As part of the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways, my fifth giveaway is such that, if you are a Mom, it may seem a bit creepy. But your kids? They will love the “buzz”. Okay, what am I talking about? Anything HEXBUG. (Which, if you don’t know what they are, you’ll be happy to know […]

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