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Discover the Best Toys for Kids

Where you do your holiday shopping matters just as much as what you buy. Supporting local stores provides real benefits to your community. Local businesses create jobs and help fund your town’s essential services such as public schools, police and fire departments through their tax dollars. (Read more about why my experience serving on a local school board turned me into a strong advocate for small businesses in my community.)  Shopping local is good for your … Read entire article »

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Have You Discovered “The WooHoo Factor”?

Have You Discovered “The WooHoo Factor”?

As a mom, I know that many of the toys advertised on TV look amazing but then sit unused in the toy box. When I enter my local toy store, I see items that I know my kids will love and use. With a special eye for relevance and all out fun, small toy store owners handpick each toy brand that enters their door and you feel it when you go inside. I am much happier knowing that … Read entire article »

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

As a blogger, I get a chance to see all of the hottest holiday toys at events such as Toy Fair, Time to Play and more. Here are a few of my favorite toys…. My Favorite Dolls: Little Miss Muffin: These adorable dolls transform from a cupcake into a doll. Visit the website to watch the video and to see why “there’s nothin’ like luvin’ a little miss muffin.”  My tween goddaughters love Little Miss Muffin almost as … Read entire article »

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Toys to Trust Picks and Recommendations

Here are some of our recommendations for Toys to Trust. We will continue to post new guides and add them to this list, because safety is a year ’round concern! Retailers of Safe, Non-Toxic, Lead-Free Toys and Gifts Craft with Confidence: Non-Toxic Supplies for Kids Dolls, Plush Animals, and Other Cuddly Friends Tips for Choosing Safe Toys We’d love if you would link to our guides to Favorite Safe, Non-Toxic, Lead-Free Toys and Toy Alternatives. If you have … Read entire article »

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Tips for Safer Toy Giving

Here are some Tips for Safer Toy Giving this season. Don’t forget to check out our list of Toy Boutiques and Stores to Trust and our 12 Days of Gift Giveaways for more ideas for safer toy shopping and giving. Buy American (or European or Canadian): Western nations have stricter oversight, which is one of the reasons toys made in these countries are more expensive. Consider purchasing fewer toys and looking for higher quality items that are not only healthier, but are built to last. Know Your Brands: Buying from certain countries is not a guarantee of the toy’s safety and there are some brands, like Melissa and Doug, who manufacture affordable quality toys in China but are committed to proper oversight and high standards. Even HABA (available at … Read entire article »

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Retailers of Safe, Non-Toxic, Lead-Free Toys and Gifts

These are stores that take special care with selecting non-toxic toys and informing consumers about their items. We’ve been working on a guide of our favorite safe toy picks. We also know that everyone has different kids of various ages with their own individual interests and ideas about the perfect toy. So, we’ve put together a list of stores that are very selective about which products they carry. Whether you are looking for handcrafted toys, … Read entire article »

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12 Days of Holiday Toy and Gift Giveaways!

This Holiday Season, we’re hosting 12 Days of Giveaways! There will be safe (non-toxic and lead-free) toys, fun gifts, and hip baby clothing and accessories. Plus, even if you don’t win, there will be lots and lots of coupons, too, for savings. If you want to be notified by e-mail when we post a new contest: subscribe to Mamanista! by e-mail. 1. Share or Link: Contests are more fun when you share! You do … Read entire article »

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