Play Doh Seek and Squish App

Check out a fun way to play with PLAY DOH! The PLAY DOH SEEK AND SQUISH App an all-new interactive storybook app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch by PlayDate Digital. It takes a child’s interaction (and imagination) with the classic PLAY-DOH brand to a whole new digital level of squishable fun. PLAY-DOH: SEEK AND […]

Versa Bricks: Connecting Toys Together

Have you ever backed a Kickstarter campaign? I never have, until yesterday. So why did I finally take the leap? Because I loved the concept of Versa Bricks. It was the first product that I think should be on the market, as opposed to just liking the concept for myself or supporting a start up. […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Tots to Teens

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Tis’ the season to shop till you drop. Well, hopefully not drop. It is all about shopping strategy – knowing the cool gifts to get (and doing most of the shopping online) so you can put your feet up and bask in the glory. This past year I had the privilege of being a part […]

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 […]

Tinker Toys

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If you had to name some classic games that all children should have, what would they be? I thought about it recently and one that came to mind was Tinker Toys. Spools, rods, flags, washers, end caps, and more are part of the Tinker Toys tools. Whether the classic set, the new girl pink, or […]

Games Giveaway: Crossways, Suspend & More

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Here are four great games to stock up on during the long days of winter or during the fun parties during the summer. Great for a range of ages, it can be fun for kids and parents (and grandparents) alike! CrossWays CrossWays is a game that encourages you to complete a path across the board […]

Teeter Popper by Fat Brain Toys

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Here is a fun play item you have to check out. It may not be on your radar, it’s called the Teeter Popper by Fat Brain Toys. I got a first hand look at Sweet Suite in July. It is fun for all children, but is also great for kids with sensory issues. It looks […]

Potty Training Toys and Tools

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I won’t bore you with the details (or the battles) but potty training my son has been one of the toughest challenges. I’ve used a lot of things in my attempts and there are two that have been very helpful. The Fisher Price Cheer for Me Potty and the Corolle Potty Doll. Corolle Les Classiques […]

Disney Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin

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Disney Royal Pets are fun and royal companions who loves to be pampered, just like their princesses. Cinderella’s Pet, named Pumpkin, is no exception. Cinderella’s pet, Pumpkin, comes to life with this adorable, interactive, remote-controlled puppy. The Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin can speak over a dozen phrases and sounds, follow movement commands […]

DohVinci PlayDoh Style and Store Vanity Set

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The DohVinci Sets are a fun take on play doh and a glue gun! Brought to you by the makers of Play-Doh, DohVinci PlayDoh design kits let you decorate and personalize your world in so many colorful ways. It’s really easy for almost kids to do! Just use the innovative air-dry design compound (the special […]

Lum Lums Doll

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One of the fun new toys for girls are the Lum Lums doll by Imperial Toy. They are hard, plastic dolls that are about 4 inches high, each with a different story and name. But where it gets fun, is the story of friendship. They are about being friends and when you are friends, they […]

Paw Patrol Toys

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If your kids watch Nick Jr., then you probably know about Paw Patrol. It is a nicely animated show about team work, helping people and caring. The twist is that it’s about animals doing the rescuing vs. being rescued! My 4 year old loves it because it involves fire trucks, diggers and police cars! What […]

Mega Bloks First Builders

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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 […]

PipSquigz – Fun Little Suckers

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As a parent of two babies in the past, I was always looking for little toys to throw in a diaper bag to entertain my kids on the go – in the store, in the car, in a restaurant. Yet, not so small that I couldn’t find it in the diaper bag! I came across […]

Corolle Babicorolle Babipouce Dolls

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If you have a little girl, you know her life will probably be filled with dolls and one of the first dolls that many girls have is one by Corolle. It was my daughter’s first doll and I am looking forward to adding more as she gets older! We currently have the Corolle Babicorolle Babipouce […]

The Happy’s Pets!

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You want to be happy, don’t you? Well, these puppies will definitely put a smile on your face. There is a huge trend in ‘robotic’ type toys that really interact with children. The old ‘remote controlled’ toys are so 2010! Now, these new fashion of remote controlled robotics toys almost have a life of their […]

Rockin Rider Rocking Horse by Tek Nek

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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 […]

Fisher Price Smart Stages Toys

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Fisher Price was a brand that was ever present in our home when I was growing up. As a Mom now, is present in my own home for my own kids, and Fisher Price keeps getting better and better with their new “Smart Stages” products. Fisher Price latest innovation is the “Smart Stages Technology” Line. […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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