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The Hottest Holiday Toys for 2010

The Hottest Holiday Toys for 2010

We’ve been sharing our picks for the Hottest Holiday Toy Awards and offering you a chance to win some of our favorites during the 12 Days of Giveaways since 2007. We’re very excited to have the opportunity to share our 2010 selections with you and we’ll be launching the 12 Days of Giveaways very soon! We will be adding a few more selections as we have the opportunity to test more toys. And don’t … Read entire article »

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Imagination Takes Off!

Imagination Takes Off!

My son got a special treat for his birthday in April: the Shuttle Imagination from KidsCraft Playhouses.  That’s him in the photo right after he first spotted his new “spaceship.” Since then, we’ve had lots of fun decorating his spaceship with stickers and crayons, and it has held up for many hours of “make believe” play. My son enjoys peeking out from the shuttle windows and opening and closing the doors.  Since he loves the Toy Story … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Play, Play Houses, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Rosie Hippo Coupon Code (Deal of the Day)

Rosie Hippo Coupon Code (Deal of the Day)

We just love Rosie Hippo and mom, owner Kim. An amazing survivor and dedicated mom, Kim left the corporate world to pursue a dream of offering beautiful toys that inspire imaginative exploration. Follow her on twitter @RosieHippo or fan Rosie Hippo on facebook, where Kim shares many of her creative ideas for eco-friendly discovery and play. Rosie Hippo selections top our Easter Basket goody list with toys by HABA, Maple Landmark, Kathe Kruse, and  dozens of … Read entire article »

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A Mom Amok in the Hasbro Showroom

A Mom Amok in the Hasbro Showroom

Nicole Caccavo Kear is a college friend, a fabulous actress, and a stunning writer–plus she lives in Brooklyn and has launched a witty, honest, and insightful blog about motherhood, A Mom Amok. So, she is a natural fit for checking out New York City events for kids and parents. She visited the Hasbro Showroom and found some new twists on classic toys and games: Strawberry Shortcake 5-inch Doll Its Strawberry Shortcake’s 30th anniversary, too, and Hasbro is … Read entire article »

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Gifts with Heart

Gifts with Heart

One of my favorite stores is donating 25% of all Valentine’s Day purchases to Haiti. Click here to visit Rosie Hippo and to donate 25% of your purchase to Haiti use coupon code: HELPHAITI. RosieHippo.com is the place to shop for hip, eco-friendly toys. Many of their toys are on-sale right now, so you can get a great deal and make a donation to Haiti at the same time. For Christmas, I bought my son the wooden … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Coupons, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Made in the USA, Organic, Socially Conscious, Toys (All Ages), Valentine's Day

Educational Toy Awards

As a mom and an educational consultant, I believe in the power of play. A few carefully chosen toys can boost creativity and problem solving–here are a few of our top picks this year.  With the best educational toys, your children will not even realize how much they are learning! Preschoolers on up will enjoy solving the picture puzzle on these simple, yet clever Backyard Buddy Puzzle Blocks from ImagiPLAY (Wild Dill or Amazon – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Gift Guides, Language, Learning, Reading, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Crazy for Cars

Crazy for Cars

If your little ones are crazy for cars, make their holiday dreams come true with this line of exclusive cars from RosieHippo.com. RosieHippo.com is a top source for organic toys, wooden toys and handcrafted quality toys. All of the toys have been carefully selected by owner Kim Bloom. Kim is a mom, and the line of exclusive cars and trucks came from her son Ethan’s requests. My son has the small Rosie Hippo Recycling Truck toy ($6). … Read entire article »

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Shop Local: Support Neighborhood Toy Stores

Shop Local: Support Neighborhood Toy Stores

Going to the toy store is a magical experience and a real treat for kids. Local toy stores often have impressive displays of stuffed animals, dolls and trains. My son’s favorite spot is the train table at our local store. While he plays happily with Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, I have the opportunity to discover some high-quality toys unavailable at the big box stores. And I can count on the friendly store owner to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Building Toys, Contests, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Play, Toy Stores, Toys (All Ages)

Spotlight on Creative Pretend Play (Hottest Holiday Toys Awards)

Children are naturally creative. A few well-chosen toys are great “props” for their imagination.  The Creative Pretend Play Winners from our Hottest Holiday Toys Awards all support role playing, creative exploration, and discovery. Color Me House ($40) has an eco-friendly alternative to pricey, plastic play houses. Plus, your child gets to decorate with friends. We like the rocket ($50)–blast off! Future fashion designers will be inspired by Harumika, a mannequin wuth a rubber “style lock … Read entire article »

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Melissa & Doug Puzzles, Games, and More 30% Off

Melissa & Doug Puzzles, Games, and More 30% Off

I love the puzzles and games from Melissa and Doug.  They are my go to brand for affordable wooden toys.  Their safety record is great–in fact, they teach other toy makers how to manufacture safely!  I regularly give these beautiful, quality, educational toys for birthdays and holidays. This week only, save 30% on all regularly priced Melissa & Doug products at Little Jet Set including games, puzzles, lace and trace shapes, magnetic play scenes, grasping toys, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons, Pre-schoolers, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)