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Giveaways Day 6 – Swinxs Game Console

When I first met the Swinxs at Toy Fair in 2008, I was totally blown away. It was such a fresh concept – an interactive gaming console with no video component that aimed to engage kids physically and socially. It took a couple of years, but this Dutch product is finally available here in the US, and we are delighted ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 4 – My Backyard BBQ Set

Happy 4th of July! We loved this wooden grill when we saw it at Toy Fair this year, and we knew that it would be a must-have for all bbq-loving families. Including mine. It is a very well-constructed toy with a lot of details to really enhance the make believe play. The grill lid is designed so that there’s a ... Read More »

Forbidden Island: Keeping Your Friends Close

Although the illustrations on the game board are gorgeous, the true beauty of Forbidden Island by Gamewright is its focus on cooperation. Too many times, I’ve sat down with a group of friends to play a board game expecting a fun evening full of laughs just to have it devolve into childish taunting and name-calling. Players can finally come together ... Read More »

Playmobil update

First of all, thank you. We’ve had a huge show of support, and it’s really made us feel a whole lot better about this situation. In four years of blogging, I’ve only called a company on the carpet one other time, and it was when an Amtrak conductor insisted I cover up while breastfeeding on the train. I’ve seen the ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 17 – Star Wars Force Trainer

Rumors were flying at Toy Fair. There was a new toy that used the power of your brain waves to make an object move. Awesome. I had to try it. I hunted down the Uncle Milton booth and got on line. Sadly, the Force was not with me and although people before and after me were successful, my addled brain ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 16 – Deluxe Grocery Cart

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. We brought the Melissa & Doug Grocery Cart to Cape Cod with us this summer to photograph it for our catalog. Mira was a willing model, but the first few shots were a little stiff and we were trying to get her to loosen up. Suddenly, she started jumping, using the ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 15 – Kettler Happy Navigator

Riding a tricycle is blessedly straightforward. Sit, pedal, go. But riding a tricycle also has a number of benefits for children, both expected and unexpected. Expected: tricycles help kids develop their gross motor skills.Frequent riding makes them stronger and more coordinated. The more time kids spend riding a trike, the better their foundation for learning to ride a bicycle later ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 14 – Bananagrams

I’m not much of a banana person. I don’t like bananas au natural. I don’t like banana bread – not even when my friend Dustin makes it, though it is reportedly amazing. I don’t like banana in my smoothies. I don’t like slices of banana in my cereal. Elvis’s preferred combination of peanut butter and bananas is particularly unappetizing, since ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 13 – Annabel Karmel Kitchen

Four days ago, a British woman named Annabel Karmel won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Mother & Baby Awards in the UK. For any mom who has already been introduced to Annabel Karmel, this will not come as a surprise. She is the most prolific and progressive author of cookbooks for parents and children in the world. She ... Read More »