Back to Nature: Educational Butterfly Kits

Kids can observe the butterfly life cycle up close with a LIVE Butterfly Kit. Insect Lore One popular one is from Insect Lore. As soon as the kit arrives, it comes with five, live baby caterpillars. Retail price is $27.99 and includes the caterpillars. You can also gift a kit without the butterflies (The Insect […]

Is Only Economics to Blame for Toys R Us’ Failure?

There has been a lot of online talk, written articles and whispered speculation about the future of Toys R Us. Everything from its restructuring bankruptcy in the fall of 2017 to announcements of liquidation six months later, Toys R Us has been in the negative news. Toys R Us Bankruptcy CNBC reported this week that […]

Hot Toy Trend: Soft n’ Slo Squishies Peel 2 Reveal & Surprise!

Soft’n Slo Squishies Peel 2 Reveal™ from ORB Toys is full of surprises that you reveal one layer at a time. Peel to Reveal First, open the packaging. Then peel off the top. Discover decorative stickers, directions and a playset. Next, flip the box to discover your surprise figures and theme. Peel open each circle […]

Fun Indoor Toys for a Snow Day

Just because it is a snow day, doesn’t mean kids can play outside in the snow. Whether it’s blizzard conditions or sub-zero temperatures, often kids are stuck inside on a snow day. Then they are on their screens! To get them away from that, and having fun, check out these indoor snow day toys. Links […]

Fun Toys for the Snow

Looking for toys to play with in the winter, outdoors or toys for the snow? Here are FIVE snow toys for snowy days to consider pulling out after the blizzard! (Links are Amazon affiliate links.) Artic Force Snow Trac Ball by Wham-o (MSRP $20, Ages 8+) All you do with this is scoop snow, mold a […]

The 2018 American Girl Doll is out of this world.

Meet Luciana Vega, the newest American Girl Doll set to be launched on January 1st. In my opinion, they have a hit on their hands. Astronaut This is not because I once entered a contest with the hope of winning a spot at Space Camp. (Instead, I won a year of Ben and Jerry’s ice […]

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 […]

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: Building Toys

Looking for gifts for kiddos that love to build things? These 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 […]

2017 Holiday Toy Gift Guide

The frenzy of the holiday shopping season is upon us and so many people ask me what to buy for their kids for the holiday season. So, I am going to help you all out, and make it easy to find the right gifts! Whether you want to know what are the hottest toys, what […]

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 […]

WWE Superstars Slams into the Doll Market

Whether you are a TV fan or wrestling fan, there is no doubt that there is a huge following of the show Total Divas, and now Total Bellas, on E! The Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie, are fan favorites regardless of how you follow them. What is even more interesting is that girls are the […]

Other Mad Ways to Play Mad Moves

Recently I was offered the chance to review a new card game called Mad Moves. It launched on Kickstarter recently and they are slowly reaching their funding goal. Mad Moves Kickstarter Not a surprise because Mad Moves is a simple, fun and creative game for the whole family. However, after playing with it, I wanted […]

Bust a Move to Kickstarter for Mad Moves

Whether you landed on this post because you did a Google search (hello Googlite) or you know me and my love for cool new things, then you’ll see why I had to share this new Kickstarter campaign for a game called Mad Moves. Before I get into what it is, let me tell you….. Why […]

My Sibling and My Pal Dolls

Loretta Rose, LLC is a family-owned business. It has been fulfilling the growing demand for boy dolls in the 18-inch doll marketplace for the past decade. It has My Sibling Dolls and My Pal Dolls. The company provides an opportunity for children to learn about important educational themes through their boy dolls. Boy dolls can […]