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It’s all a blur…

The last day of Toy Fair is always crazy. The exhibit halls close at 4pm, and it’s a race to the finish. There are booths to revisit, decisions to be made, and we’re all trying to commit every last product to memory. The toy industry hasn’t had a megahit in years, and I don’t think I saw anything that’s going ... Read More »

Third Day’s a Charm

Today was my most productive day yet. I covered a lot of ground and saw a lot of interesting things, including a couple of guys who can stack cups so fast, you can’t see their hands move. The stacks just appear and disappear, with an occasional cup flying into the aisle. Is it fun? It’s certainly a spectacle. I got ... Read More »

Day 2 – Lost in Legoland, Surrounded by Superheroes

Our second day at Toy Fair started with superheroes. We encountered several of them standing guard near the entrance of the exhibit hall, and — who could blame us? — we struck a pose. But we spent most of our day previewing the new products from Lego (and planning our entire year’s inventory for 2006, to make sure we’re in ... Read More »

Blizzard in the Big Apple

This day has been such a series of adventures, it’s hard to think straight. When we woke up this morning, the snow was already piling up, drifting and blowing all around. We ignored the mayor’s pleas to stay off the road, and we borrowed a four-wheel drive car to make the slippery, icy trek downtown to the Javits center. We ... Read More »

The fairest of them all

Sorry for the relative quiet here this week. We’ve been in high gear preparing for our annual pilgrimage to the American International Toy Fair in New York City. I will be reporting live each night with my find-of-the-day and other impressions from this mammoth industry show, which officially kicks off this Sunday morning. Read More »

“Thanks” for the Grammy

Sadly, our beloved Ralph’s World did not win the Grammy yesterday for best children’s album, losing out to a compilation of songs from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood (stiff competition). But, another favorite of mine, Marlo Thomas, did walk away with the prize for “Thanks and Giving All Year Long”, her worthwhile (and long-awaited) follow-up to the venerable 1972 classic, “Free to ... Read More »

Time’s up

A couple of months ago, my 3-year old wanted to learn to tell time. I’m actually ashamed to say that I thought it would be easy. She’s a smart little girl (really – I’m not just saying it because I’m her mother), and I thought it would be a pretty basic concept. First, I sat her down with my watch, ... Read More »

New moms – Oprah needs your help

Oprah Winfrey is planning an upcoming show about baby gifts. Or maybe she’s planning another mega baby shower? In any case, she’s asking new moms to submit information about the best and worst gifts they received. It’s listed in the “Be on Oprah” section, so who knows? Click here for more information. 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 »