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Play with your food

Looking for a way to get your kids to stay at the dinner table a little longer? The Food Face Dinner Plate should do the trick. Using the same artwork as the classic “Dapper Dan” magnetic toy (remember him, from back before Game Boy, when we could be entertained by making moustaches out of metal shavings and a magnetic stylus?), ... Read More »

Twenty and Ten: the best new kids’ products from 2010

Happy New Year! Inspired by other year-end roundups, I decided to do one of my own. Here are my picks for the twenty best new baby gear items and the ten best new toys from 2010. Enjoy! Baby Gear Grass by Boon – a drying rack that’s beautiful, whimsical and utterly functional. Mamaroo by 4Moms – a soup-to-nuts overhaul of ... Read More »

Kindness, overflowing

On Wednesday, I got a strange email from a woman in LA claiming to represent Yahoo!. She asked if they could come into one of our stores on Thursday and spend $6,000 paying for people’s purchases, up to $150 per person. We were pretty sure it was some sort of weird hoax, but I called them anyway. The woman assured ... Read More »

5 products that make me thankful

This time of year, we’re supposed to count our blessings. For me, it is a very, very long list — too long for a blog post, certainly. Instead, I decided to focus on five products I’m thankful for as a mom, which is a much shorter list and seems more appropriate for this particular venue. 1. Xplory stroller Now that ... Read More »

Pancakes for all occasions

One day last week, my older daughter took a marker and added some new birthdays to our family calendar. Apparently July is a busy month for her stuffed animals, and she wanted to make sure that Zip (7/15), Marshalina (7/27) and Flip (8/7) each got the celebration she deserved. On Zip’s birthday — a Thursday — I came downstairs to ... Read More »

The Bubble Files

I’ve developed a small-scale obsession with bubbles this summer. At Toy Fair, the nice people hawking the Bubble Thing pressed one into my palm during the final moments of the show and told me to take it home and try it out. So I did, and then we were hooked. Blowing giant bubbles is wondrous and fun and it’s one ... Read More »

The sound of Mom

My mom sent me a link to a fascinating story on CNN.com yesterday – a scientific research study has just proven that young girls are comforted by the sound of their mother’s voice. And yes, OK, that does sound like they’re stating the obvious, but the researchers compared the response of girls who had physical contact with their moms after ... Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day for mothers. Which also means it’s a day for flowers. For sleeping late. For breakfast in bed or brunch (or both). For greeting cards. For macaroni necklaces. For snuggles and kisses. But more than anything else, it’s really a day for reflecting on your journey, and why you signed up for it. Motherhood is a ... Read More »

Magic Madness is upon us

For a few years, we’ve had a traditional March Madness bracket competition in our office. We have a few avid sports fans in the company and they get really into their “brackets.” Last year, we wondered if there was a way to create a tournament that mirrored the bracket-style fun of March Madness but, instead of basketball teams competing, we’d ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 5 – IdeaPaint Dry Erase White Board Paint

When IdeaPaint asked to do an installation in the Wellesley store’s playscape, I don’t think any of us imagined a project of any great magnitude. But after an onsite brainstorming session a couple of months ago, we ended up with a very big idea. We decided to create three large-scale IdeaPaint murals – one for each wall – that would ... Read More »