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Author Archives: Sheri

The Doctor is Out.

We just received confirmation that Theo Klein Toys is going out of business. Since this is an international company, I’m not sure whether the entire company is closing up, or if they’re just ceasing their US operations. Either way, our very favorite Doctor’s Kit will no longer be available. I’ll be combing the aisles at Toy Fair next month looking ... Read More »

Rest, Relaxation and Field Testing

After a grueling holiday season, we were ready for some quality time with the kids. We had plenty of frequent flier miles and a wide window of time in January. I started researching (or as my husband calls it, obsessing). I found Tripadvisor.com, which was both completely invaluable and endlessly frustrating. There are literally millions of traveler reviews that cover ... Read More »

zzzzz….

If you’re wondering why it’s so quiet around here, it’s because I’m out of town. We’re wrapping up our first ever family-of-four vacation, enjoying some sun, beach and relaxation. I’ll have lots of observations and interesting insights on family travel┬áto share when I get home tomorrow. Read More »

Really useful jewelry

When there’s a newborn in the picture, life tends to be pretty fuzzy. Parents are usually sleep deprived, and the sameness of the routine causes the hours and days to blend together. This state of mind is directly at odds with your pediatrician’s desire that you keep meticulous records of how often your baby is eating. You consider yourself very ... Read More »

Do you know Wikki Stix?

If you don’t, you should. Wikki Stix are a lifesaver for parents who are hoping to keep kids quietly engaged for any period of time. They are basically a strand of yarn coated in a non-toxic, food-grade wax similar to what you’d find on a shiny red apple. The yarn is flexible, and the wax is sticky enough to bond ... Read More »

Building a fast car

Lego has just released their new Ferrari sets, featuring several models of the famous luxury cars. The completed product is beautiful and amazingly realistic by Lego standards. Car lovers, young or old, will drool over the 1:17 scale model of the new 430 Spider (pictured), which was just launched at the Geneva car show in March of 2005. The Lego ... Read More »

Fine Dining. Kids welcome?

We recently took a family outing to the New England Aquarium. We spiraled up the big tank, held some starfish and retreated from the crowds in favor of finding some lunch. We ended up at Sel de la Terre, a sibling of Frank McClelland’s superb Back Bay institution, L’espalier. I had heard rumors that children are permitted, but as it ... Read More »

Geuther ’round

In this brave new world of design-conscious parents, European wooden high chairs have become a ubiquitous presence. Whether it’s the clean zigzag of the Stokke Kinderzeat or the elegant curves of the Svan chair, these attractive seats offer the added appeal of longevity. Both will adjust to accommodate children or adults, using a simple allen wrench to move the seat ... Read More »

Mechanically inclined?

This is probably one of the most unique toy concepts I’ve come across in a while. Each Automoblox car comes apart into pieces, and if you have more than one car, you can rebuild the pieces to make new cars. The parts are big and chunky enough to be handled by a preschooler, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to ... Read More »

7am Enfant

It was about a year ago that I trailed a woman two blocks down Broadway in Manhattan so I could read the label on her stroller bunting. That was my first encounter with 7am Enfant, and it was worth the effort. These yummy buntings are more like miniature sleeping bags. They are beautiful, chic and very warm. The company had ... Read More »