10 Unique Gift Basket Ideas For Trendy People

Whether you are shopping for a holiday gift basket, a new baby gift basket, or a birthday basket, here are some ideas and resources to help you shop and figure out what gift you want to give! Popcorn and Pretzels While the Popcorn Factory is a good go-to – check out Popinsanity for a trendy […]

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

 Here is how to make a Leprechaun Trap so the kids can see if they can trap a Leprechaun on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a couple of ideas, but anything they can think up and imagine is always a great thing too. Leprechaun Trap Items Just find empty coffee containers, empty […]

Play Holiday Bingo With This Free Printable for Kids

Playing games is a great holiday activity. However, if you are looking for something particularly festive, play a Holiday Bingo game. Use marshmallows as your pieces for a fun alternative treat. Just download the free printable below. Then print it out, follow the directions and have fun! Need more New Year’s Activities ideas and printables? […]

Here are the Unique Toys Your Kids Will Want for Christmas 2020

Despite being a toy fanatic, it is always hard to narrow down all the toys in the market to just a select number of unique toys your kids will want this Christmas and for other upcoming holidays. However, here is my list of top twelve unique toys, games, crafts, and sets your kids will want […]

The Best GUND Plush to Give as a Gift

You “Gotta Getta Gund” this holiday season. Yes, that is their official motto but an accurate one. I love plush and GUND makes some of the best plush out there. It is perfect for the holidays. With so many of us being away from family and friends for the holidays, consider sending a GUND with […]

Ten Best Christmas Zoom Backgrounds for the Holidays

Whether it is getting into the festive spirit on remote learning sessions, or using a background for DIY holiday card pictures, you may be needing some Zoom backgrounds themed for winter, Christmas or Chanukah. Many of us will probably be opening presents with extended family on virtual calls vs. in person. Make sure to ship […]

How to Make a Winter Window Box – Idea on a Budget

The challenge of Winter Windowbox ideas is how to make Window Boxes look festive. Yet, still get through the New England Winters. I love the window boxes on our house. This is the first full season I have got to enjoy them in our new home. Yet, it is always a challenge to figure out […]

An Easy Budget Friendly Idea for a Classic Winter Planter

If you read my winter windowbox idea with faux filler, you can see I like the challenge of being on budget, being creative and having a winter scape that will last until spring. So I also created a winter planter! In a similar fashion on how I came to create my winter window box, I […]

The Top Toy Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2020

Stock up on educational toys for the holidays and beyond with these 2020 Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Deals: LearningResources.com – 25% off everything on their website on Black Friday and Cyber Monday Educational Insights – 30% off everything on their website on Black Friday and 25% off from 11/30-12/4 Hand2Mind.com – 20% off […]

Awesome Advent Calendars that also make great stocking stuffers

I love advent calendars. In our family, the tradition is that our Elf brings little goodies and toys to put in our personalize advent calendar decor we use every year. However, the goodies and toys from Holiday advent calendars also make great stocking stuffers. Just remove from the box compartments! For parents of younger children, […]

Five Thanksgiving Zoom Backgrounds For The Holidays

Here are five Thanksgiving Zoom backgrounds to use for your holiday virtual gatherings!

See the Sweet Stocking Stuffer Swag

The Holiday of Play event, hosted by The Toy Insider, was an epic virtual display of holiday wonder! It was so fun to attend (and organize the event!) One great thing about going to parties is getting a goody bag, and even though Holiday of Play was virtual, most attendees were able to get a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Toy Tuesday: LeapFrog Line Up!

There are a lot of LeapFrog products out there. These are my current top favorite LeapFrog Products for the holidays and for birthday gifts throughout the year: LeapFrog TV, LeapPad Platinum or Epic, The LeapFrog Word Whammer, The LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven, and the LeapFrog Build and Discover Tool Box. You can see my whole […]

Top Toys for 2015: HoliDAY of Play

You must already be inundated with holiday catalogues by this point, right? This the season for shopping and gifts, and that includes everyone from your niece to your Nana. Toys can be the perfect gift for everyone on your list because everyone loves to play and there is something for everyone as evidenced by the […]

Here’s the Hot Toys for Holiday 2015!

If you are looking for a comprehensive toy shopping list for the holidays this year, then you’ll want to bookmark this post with the total of 42 Hot Toys in 2015 that your kids want (or will want!) The general themes for this holiday season are anything to do with Star Wars Force Awakens (no […]

Minty Milk: Mmm Mmm Good

Add some sizzle to snack time or some pep to your post-dinner feast with this Milky Mint recipe. Not only is it a good way to get some protein and calcium, but it is festive too. Peppermint Beverage Recipe Warm a cup of low fat milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds to one […]

The Alternative to Five Common Hostess Gifts

If you are going to a dinner party, holiday party or a feast this holiday season, you might be tempted to grab the standard bottle of wine, candle or boxed chocolates. It’s time to shake things up people, and make your gift stand out amongst all the bottles of white wine. So, here are the […]

Holiday Board Games and Crafts for Kids

The holiday can be a perfect time to start new traditions with your kids. Even if it is not with the end goal of traditional, it is a great way to play with the kids on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Here are some fun options, including a new company find called eeBoo! Whether it is […]