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 […]
With two elementary school aged girls in the house, Barbie has become one of the most played with toys in our house. Frequently Barbie movies are playing on the television. Mariposa happens to be one of our favorites. When we were given the opprtunity to review the Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess Dolls the […]
Learning to ride a bike is a childhood rite of passage. Strider Bikes aims to make the process easier, faster, and more fun for kids everywhere. The Strider is what is referred to as a no-pedal balance bike or run bike. In a nutshell, the concept is that learning to balance is easier when a […]
When our Shamzee arrived, my son could not contain himself. After seeing the commercial on TV, he had been begging me to get him a tiger Shamzee for his pillow. Having him wait for Bally to go through the wash (yes, they are machine-washable!) was sheer torment for him, but when he was all clean […]
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 […]
LeapFrog sent their new LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer for my family to review. We checked out some of the differences between this device and the original LeapPad and tested its functions and apps. If you are wondering whether to get a LeapPad2, just let your kids use your iPad, or skip tablets for kids altogether, here’s […]
My kids and I love to craft. Playdoh is always big in our house. We came across Floam thanks to Mamanista and couldn’t wait to see what we could create. Floam is a reusable molding compound that will keep you and your children creating endless possibilities for hours! Mold your floam into anything you can […]
We love the beautiful eco-friendly toys from Plan Toys. In fact, the sweet Pull-Along Snail inspired one of my son’s babysitters to write the following poem.
I loved the way classic Reading Rainbow episodes featured books with few bells & whistles, and I credit the show with inspiring a lifelong love of reading. Since I’m a fan, I was delighted to learn that Reading Rainbow has returned in the form of an educational iPad app.
Portable toys score big points in my household and with the increasing popularity of trains and train sets, a portable train set for my boys to play with is practically a necessity.