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Category Archives: Holidays

Getting creative with Halloween costumes


Sometimes kids are VERY sure what they want to be for Halloween. Others, not so much. Either way, you’ve got a little less than a month to help them create the right look for this VERY important evening, and we’ve got some great options in our selection! The simplest route is to go with one of our all-in-one dress-up sets, ... Read More »

New Years’ Resolutions for Parents?


As we flip to the next page of the calendar once again, it’s natural to do a bit of reflection and think about what you might want to change in your life. The tradition of making major or minor changes at the opening of a new year is an ancient one, and is common in cultures all over the world, ... Read More »

Light up the night! Holiday sparkle all over Boston

Every family has their own traditions for the holidays, whether it’s before, during, or after Christmas or Hanukkah. My Hanukkah-observing family, for instance, would spend our Christmas Eve driving through the nearby suburbs to see what kinds of gorgeous, lavish Christmas displays other families had created. My sister and I couldn’t get enough of it – it would get late ... Read More »

Our favorite holiday hacks to make your life easier this holiday!

Families at Christmas

When it comes to parenting advice, the ultimate experts are out there in the field actively experimenting with what works with their own kids. Every parent has their little tips and tricks for keeping homes decluttered, kids content, and food on the table, and thanks to the internet, we can crowdsource solutions for everyday problems. When it comes to the ... Read More »

2014 Holiday/Christmas Gift Guide: Best toys for babies

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Baby’s first year is an exciting and precipitous one: he starts out tiny and completely helpless, unable to control anything aside from eating and crying. Over these 12 months, he begins to learn to grip and grab, how to roll, sit, crawl, stand, and toddle. He also learns to understand some words, and may be saying his first simple words. ... Read More »

2014 Holiday/Christmas Gift Guide: Best toys made in the USA


There are so many reasons to shop American this year: not only does it support the companies that employ your neighbors and enrich your community, but it’s eco-friendly! Less shipping means less fuel used, which means less emissions. And of course, these terrific companies make innovative, beautifully designed products that your kids will love. Gamewright Scrambled States of America Game, ... Read More »

2014 Holiday/Christmas Gift Guide: Best construction toys


In a celebrated anecdote from his autobiography, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright credited his childhood maple wood blocks (similar to these Standard Unit Blocks) for sparking his creativity. Wright wrote, “The maple-wood blocks are in my fingers to this day. These primary forms and figures were the secret of all effects which were ever got into the architecture of the ... Read More »

2014 Holiday/Christmas Gift Guide: Best new toys of 2014

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While designating a toy as “new” can suggest all sorts of tech bells and whistles, most of what’s new is actually what’s old: variations on play themes that have kept kids busy and happy for time immemorial. The latest top picks from Magic Beans are mostly what Harvard’s Susan Linn describes as “90 percent child and 10 percent toy.”  This ... Read More »