Alternative Gift Ideas for Christmas

At this time of year, it can be really hard to figure out what to give for gifts to grown ups. Perfume – been there done that. Weekend getaway? Out of your budget. Thus, you are in desperate need for alternative gift ideas for Christmas. Maybe even gift ideas for hard to buy people. Either […]

My Favorite Gift For Tweens and Teens

I cannot begin to tell you how many people don’t know what gift to get their tween. It is the age between loving toys and not really playing with them anymore. They are always wanting gift ideas for tweens! Most parents end up getting gift cards to the mall, fast food places and the Apple […]

Two Great Games to Give To Grandparents

Believe it or not, this year I am gifting games and toys to my parents – my kiddos’ grandparents. Why? They have almost everything they need as retirees, but they love to entertain their friends and love having the grandkids visit. So time to stock up on grandparent games as gifts! Great Games for Grandparents […]

2017 Toy Guide: Toys for Teens

Teens seem to be tough to shop for. What do you get them? If you don’t know what fashion or music they are into, you may default to a store gift card. However, toys for teens can still be a good gift. Teens still are kids (despite them thinking otherwise!) so keep them in kid-zone […]

2017 Toy Guide: Art and Craft Toys for Kids

Looking for arts and craft toys for kids that love to craft items and make art projects? These art and craft toys are the latest in the market and, in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of them. They offer tons of play potential, work on imaginations, and build fine motor skills. Click […]

2017 Toy Guide: Mini Figures and Micro Toys

There are some kids that just love small toys. The smaller the better! Whether it is a mini doll or mini playset, kids who love the pint sized toys. So the selection in this category of toys in this year’s toy guide has the micro in mind! These are limited to character based toys so […]

2017 Toy Budget Guide: Toys Under $25

You don’t have to spend a lot on toys. There are amazing, fun and playful toys under $25. In fact, we have a gift giving rule in our family for the grandkids, cousins, etc. that we do not spend more than $25 on their toys for birthdays or the holidays! So I am always on […]

2017 Guide: Toys for Musical Kids

Do you have a little rocker? Kids that love to bang on the piano or sing to any song on the radio? Here are some musical toys picked to meet those high notes! Click the images listed below to be taken to the product page on (affiliate) Amazon or click here to shop the toys […]

2017 Toy Guide: Toys for Little Fashionistas

There are some kids that love to dress up and dress other things up too. My daughter is, hands down, a fashionista. She loves jewelry, bows, perfume, makeup, dresses, superhero capes….you name it! The fashion toys in this category are picked to meet those fashion needs. Click the images listed below to be taken to […]

2017 Toy Guide: Toys for the Gamer

This is the must have list whether your family always has Friday Night Game Night, or your daughter loves racing toys for first place. The toys in this category are picked to meet those the gamer in all of us. Click the images listed below to be taken to the product page on (affiliate) Amazon […]

Toy Guide: Hot Toys 2017 for The Caregiver

There are some kids that are born to nurture and my daughter is one of them. She is always wanting to take care of something. These toys in this category are picked to meet those needs – dolls, playsets, role-play toys. Click the images listed below to be taken to the product page on (affiliate) […]

2017 Toy Guide: Science Toys for Kids

Do you have a child that loves to create experiments? Or do you have a grandchild that loves figuring out how things work? This is the must have list for science toys for kids for your future scientist. Click the images listed below to be taken to the product page on (affiliate) Amazon or click […]

2017 Toy Guide: Minimalist Toys

Toys are fabulous, but the downside of some of them is that they take up a lot of room. Plus, sometimes we want a toy that does more than one thing to minimize the number of toys in our house. Sound like your family? I knew I needed to have a small category of minimalist […]

2017 Gift Guide: Toy Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers seem like an easy thing. How hard can it be to get things to stuff into a stocking? However, I feel that the things inside the stocking should have great play value as their out-of-stocking counterparts. So these toy stocking stuffers may be small, but they are mighty! Click the images listed below […]

2017 Gift Guide: Building Toys

Looking for gifts for kiddos that love to build things?┬áThese building toys 2017 are the latest in the toy construction market and, in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of them. They over tons of play potential, work on gross motor skills and imaginations. Click the images below to be taken to the […]

12 Days of Holiday Toy Giveaways

Want to win some great toys for the holidays? Then enter below to be eligible to win! You only have to enter once, but there are multiple options to enter. The more you pick, you’ll increase your chances of winning! There are 12 amazing gift giveaways! Holiday Toy Giveaways I know I am just one […]

Hot Holiday Toys: Here’s The Ultimate Holiday Toy List!

I have combed through the Hot Toy Lists, the Most Wanted Toy Lists and the Top Holiday Toys Lists from The Toy Insider, Amazon and TTPM for Holiday 2017. These are three industry leaders in toy reviews. Every year they come out with their respective Hot Toy lists in key categories. This year, I went […]

Host a Festive Fiesta!

This year I decided to host a Christmas Eve celebration for the family. Since it is crazy during the holidays, and leading up to it, I just did not have it in me to do all the shopping, menu planning and prep it requires. My kiddos are enough work! Since we received a complimentary Qdoba […]

Holiday Reflection Questions

Just because the presents are un-wrapped and vacation comes to an end, doesn’t mean gifts have ended! Christmas, Hanukkah, and other celebrations may be over, but consider keeping love, joy, peace and hope going into the New Year. Engage in some family reflection exercises everyday. Make sure to write down the answers as it can […]

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 […]

Four Holiday Traditions To Do With Kids

When we had children a few years ago, we needed to decide what holiday traditions we wanted to start in our family. Everything from gifts, to trees, to food, the goal was to make family memories. So, here are our four holiday traditions to do with kids – that we have found to capture the […]

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 […]