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HS Diploma – It’s Never Too Late And You’re Not Alone!

HS Diploma – It’s Never Too Late And You’re Not Alone!

Graduating high school is monumental. It is an accomplishment that you show pride in the rest of your life. The day you throw your hat in the air and celebrate everything you have accomplished is something to celebrate. Whether you go on to college, technical school, or a career – that diploma is something you need. Unfortunately, not everyone has that opportunity while in high school. It isn’t for lack of trying – there are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Educational, Socially Conscious

Welcome to Wishenpoof

Welcome to Wishenpoof

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post via KidzVuz. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) Wishenpoof, the newest Amazon Original Kids Series, will be available for Amazon Prime members beginning on August 14th,  One of the perks of being a blogger is the chance to preview new TV shows, and my boys (ages 4 and 7) binge-watched the entire 13 episode run of Wishenproof during a recent vacation. Created by Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, Daniel Tiger’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, Educational, entertainment, Featured, Free, Free Trial, Kindergartners, News, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious, Television, Toddlers, Video

The Top 5 STEM BUILDING Toys for Girls!

The Top 5 STEM BUILDING Toys for Girls!

STEM STEM STEM: That’s all we’ve been hearing lately. It’s everywhere. The New York Times, The Huffington Post. On CNN. On The Today Show. Being that it’s all around us, we as Moms should know what it is automatically, right? WRONG. I polled a group of Mommy friends and while they all nodded enthusiastically “YEP I KNOW STEM!!” They didn’t know specifically what it meant. “It’s like educational things like toys that teach the kids!” “It’s things where they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Building Toys, Counting, Design Your Own, Developmental Toys, Educational, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Language, Learning, Play, Science, Toys (All Ages), Toys (School Age)

Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

If you’re a classic toy lover like me, you may already be familiar with the iconic Ambi® brand, the manufacturer of infant and toddler toys with a fabulously retro design and feel. In years past, only a few items were available in the US for purchase. Now, the ENTIRE 44 piece Ambi collection is available in the US, under the direction of Galt Toys!!! For forty years, Ambi® Toys have been developing infant toys with a purity of design and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), 00-06 Months, 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Activities, Baby Gifts, Baby Shower, Birthday Gifts, Building Toys, Counting, Developmental Toys, Educational, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Language, Learning, Musical Toys, Play, Pre-schoolers, Shower Gifts, Swimming, Toddlers, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M)

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and I received samples of many of the toys featured. I was a part of the team that helped ASTRA create Neighborhood Toy Store Day in 2010, and I have worked with them as a consultant since 2009. However, my opinions are not influenced by my work with ASTRA. I’ve donated numerous hours to shop local campaigns after seeing the importance of local business while serving on the School … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boutiques and Stores, Chanukah, Charity, Christmas, Educational, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Toddlers, Toy Stores, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

DK Books – a Great Foundation for Kids!

DK Books – a Great Foundation for Kids!

I am a firm believer in raising kids who love to read. This is an area of life where I think the mantra, “Start ’em young!” is the perfect prescription. I’ve tried my best to encourage reading and model reading, and I am excited to see how it pays off. My boys love books of every kind. They enjoy being read to, they enjoy leafing through books on their own, and my oldest enjoys reading … Read entire article »

Filed under: 00-06 Months, 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Books, Books (0-3), Educational

Harmonious Childhood: 7 Benefits to Music-Making

Harmonious Childhood: 7 Benefits to Music-Making

Even as a little baby, my son responded to different tunes and rhythms. If he cried, I would just tap out a syncopated rhythm and the change up would grab his attention. By age two he was singing along in the car and demanding we “name that tune” as he hummed. Music was a big part of my childhood, too. My Fantasia soundtrack played on on a loop for so long as I danced around that the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Music

Summer is the Perfect Time to Head Outdoors and Discover the Forest

Summer is the Perfect Time to Head Outdoors and Discover the Forest

Bright sunshine, a fresh breeze, warm weather and the sounds of birds tweeting are just a few of the great things about summer. The gorgeous weather alone is compelling enough to tempt anyone off the couch and I am making it a point to get my family outdoors and active all summer long. Valley Forge National Park is very close to us and we’re lucky to have smaller parks nearby as well. Did you know that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Educational, Kindergartners, Parenting, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious, Summer

Sphero Will Change the Way Your Kids Play

Sphero Will Change the Way Your Kids Play

*I was provided product and compensation to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I always try to be honest with my reviews, and I have to say that I have not seen a toy quite like this. It’s hard to even call it a toy because it has so many possible functions and its definitely not just for kids! So what is a Sphero? Sphero is the world’s first robotic ball that kids … Read entire article »

Filed under: Computer, Educational, Games, Imagination/Creativity, Play, School Aged Children, Science, Toys (School Age)

The Lego® Movie Books from DK Bring the Adventure to Life!

The Lego® Movie Books from DK Bring the Adventure to Life!

*I was sent the books to review as well as a gift card for participating in this campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” My son is ecstatic about The Lego® Movie coming out on DVD on June 17. Like can’t sit still, talks about it EVERY DAY excited. I can’t blame him though, as they are one of his favorite toys.  And the movie was impressively well done for both kids and adults!   So you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Activities), Books (School Aged), Educational, entertainment, Kindergartners, Movies, Reading, School Aged Children