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Give and let give

Two things happened this past week that reminded me why this is called the season of giving. First, on Friday we asked our customers to help us collect as many toys as possible for a Boston-area event called Christmas in the City. The response was overwhelming, and according to an email we received, our truck load of toys was able ... Read More »

1000 toys in 1 day?

We just got an email: “I’m involved in helping a 100% volunteer run Boston-based charity that hosts an event ( for 3000 homeless children and hands out toys to an additional 4000-5000 children. The demand this year was overwhelming and we may come up 1000-1500 toys short. I’m calling area toy stores to see if they could donate 1,5,10,100 toys, ... 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 »

Team Works

It’s not an easy thing to open a store, whether it’s your first, your fourth or your four-hundredth. There’s so much that goes into it, from design to construction to ordering fixtures and merchandise to receiving that merchandise and putting it on the fixtures. There are so many details to remember. Getting it done with months of preparation is challenging. ... 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 » is cool beans

As busy parents of three, we need all the help we can get. It seems like there are never enough hours in the day to hit everything on the to-do list. An extra pair of hands can go a long way, but most of the time, we’re opting for babysitting so we can get all the other errands done. Imagine ... 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 »

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