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Chuggington Quarry Stack Track Set and Chug Patrol Ready to Rescue DVD for My Little Chuggington

Chuggington Quarry Stack Track Set and Chug Patrol Ready to Rescue DVD for My Little Chuggington

My youngest son is BEYOND obsessed with trains, and more specifically Chuggington! Everything’s always “Chuggtastic” or “Perfecto” with him!  So you can imagine how loud the squeal was when I showed him the Chuggington toys and DVD when they arrived on our doorstep! The Stone Quarry Stack Track came out of the box immediately and we went right to work on setting it up with my son’s “assistance.”  What I loved about this set was how … Read entire article »

Filed under: Building Toys, Gift Ideas, Kindergartners, Play, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School)

Vtech Innotab 3S Brings Learning and Fun to a Tablet Just for Kids

Vtech Innotab 3S Brings Learning and Fun to a Tablet Just for Kids

Do your kids run roughshod over your tablet? I know both of mine do so when I was contacted by Vtech to try out their new Innotab 3S I hoped I would get my tablet back finally! The Innotab 3S is the next generation of their popular Wi-Fi learning tablet series that offers fun, age-appropriate learning games for kids ages 3-9. The games are all educational and teach a variety of subjects like reading, math, social studies … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Computer, Counting, Educational, Games, Geography, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Language, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Science, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

New Bath and Bedtime Toys from Peppa Pig

New Bath and Bedtime Toys from Peppa Pig

My young boys go nuts over the fun new Peppa Pig products we’ve been trying out this year. The toys and books are based on an animated television show, originating in the UK, called Peppa Pig which follows the life and adventures of the very loveable piggy, Peppa, and her brother George, Mommy Pig and Daddy Pig. The show itself airs on Nick Jr. where kids can watch the cute and clever antics of all the characters. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group)

Why Giving to Goodwill Creates Real Jobs

Why Giving to Goodwill Creates Real Jobs

I’ve donated a lot of stuff to Goodwill over the years, but I wasn’t aware until the past year that Goodwill used the sales of those items to provide support and job training to people who struggle with finding employment. Goodwill has a new tool to help people understand exactly how donating old stuff can create jobs, and I would love to share it with you because I think it’s just that cool. Using this tool, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Fair Trade, Socially Conscious, Women's Issues

Safari Challenge: Empowering Social Gamers to Impact the Real World!

Safari Challenge:  Empowering Social Gamers to Impact the Real World!

Love playing games on Facebook with your friends? What if you could play a game that actually creates a real-world impact? Safari Challenge, by Desert River Games, is changing the way social interactive games are developed and revolutionizing world giving. This flagship Facebook game enables players to travel seamlessly from 2D to 3D, creating personalized safari adventures that fund real humanitarian aid projects. FREE to play, social gamers journey on photo safaris, create their own African … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Computer, Educational, Games, Geography, Kindergartners, Learning, Play, Pro-Social Skills, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious

Luxe Pre-Holiday Gift Guide!

Luxe Pre-Holiday Gift Guide!

Fall is here! The leaves have changed colors, apple cider fills the air, fuzzy blankets have escaped their drawers, and our wallets are about to kick into overdrive. It’s officially 95 days until Christmas (thank you xmasclock.com!) and 68 until Hanukkah (thank you daysuntil.com!) so why not start saving for some truly decadent, fabulous gifts you and your family REALLY want? Here are some of my favorite, luxuriously fantastic picks for the Holiday Season: For Him: Kiehl’s Men’s Starter … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Ideas

Bonding with Baby

Bonding with Baby

That perfect, warm sensation when they first placed my newborn daughter on my chest and she was the exact same temperature as me…I can still feel it. She had just been born but it seemed for a few more minutes that she was still part of me. I never wanted that moment to end. We carried sparks of that feeling through her infancy, toddlerhood, and beyond through practices that many people call “Attachment Parenting.” In a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Attachment Parenting, Featured

New Barbie Dreamhouse

New Barbie Dreamhouse

If you could live anywhere, and build your own custom home from scratch, what would your dream house be like? Me? I would probably want a renovated Victorian with easy access to the rails and a short distance from New York City. We’d have a wraparound porch looking out our wooded property, dark hardwood floors, an ornate fireplace, and there would be plenty of character. My daughter’s dream house, on the other hand, would probably … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Featured

Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of having a doll house, but my mom (a single mother at the time) just couldn’t afford one. I’d visit friend’s houses, with their girly bedrooms all decorated with pink frilly pillows and their toy chests overflowing with the latest and greatest gadgets, but I always gravitated towards their doll houses. In it you could get lost in a sea of magic, decorating and redecorating a room … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Gift Guides, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Nursery Decor, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)