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The Circus makes a comeback

During my tour of the Playmobil booth at Toy Fair, I was nearly apoplectic with joy when I saw that they have redesigned and resurrected one of my all-time favorite Playmobil themes – the Circus. When we were little, my parents bought us the complete set with the big top tent, the horses, the elephants, the tightrope walkers, the whole ... Read More »

A whole new dimension for Set

I became a fan of the game Set during my senior year of high school when our college guidance counselors kept it on hand for distracting stressed-out students during free periods. Long after our letters had come, we still hung out in their basement office, playing that addictive game. If you’ve never played, Set is a wonderful game for children ... Read More »

One heck of a cardboard box

Making environmentally friendly toys has become a priority for a lot of toymakers, but one is taking that to a whole new level. Cardboard Design has come out with a line of sturdy, foldable cardboard play environments that are beautifully done and incredibly kind to the planet. My favorite is probably the Lemonade stand, coming later this year, but even ... Read More »

Apologies

I’m so embarrassed. I’ve got so much to tell you from Toy Fair, and I just can’t stay awake at night to get the posts written. This is what happens when you stay up until 4:30am when you’re pregnant: your body becomes exceedingly resentful of the sleep deprivation and turns you into a narcoleptic. This is what I did on ... Read More »

Familiar Faces on Flashcards

Goosie is a new company with an interesting concept. You purchase a Goosie pack in a store, and then log on to the company’s website, where you can create 10 custom flashcards using your own photos and captions. The cards are beautiful – thick and glossy – and they would make a wonderful activity and keepsake for any child. They ... Read More »

Sprig Toys

In the green department, Sprig Toys had one of the most interesting concepts. Their eco-friendly toy vehicles are kid-powered, meaning that the physical act of playing with the trucks provides enough power to activiate engaging sounds and lights. I saw a few different companies doing something similar – making toys with all the same bells and whistles as battery-operated toys ... Read More »

Toy Fair Day 1

I had to tear myself away from my new nephew to head down to New York for Toy Fair. It wasn’t easy, but it would have been much harder had my sister still been pregnant. So I’m counting my blessings and enjoying the trip. This year, predictably, there are a few major themes at the show. First, safety. More than ... Read More »

I’m an aunt!

On Thursday afternoon at 4:56pm, my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Mother and baby are doing very well. My parents are floating on cloud 9 — after three daughters and two granddaughters, they’re thrilled to finally have a boy in the family. And I have a nephew. As the oldest child, I’ve usually been the one to ... Read More »

Phil & Teds Double Your Buggy Promo

For a limited time, you can buy a Phil & Teds Sport and get the doubles kit free. Regal Lager only made a small number of these special packages, and if you’ve been thinking about getting a Sport, now’s the time. You’ll save the $90 it would have cost to buy the doubles kit. We’ve got the packages available in ... Read More »

The Birth Book & Blog

On my recent vacation, I read a book called “Birth: The Surprising History of How We are Born” by Tina Cassidy. I thought it was phenomenal – really well-researched, and the presentation was so engaging that it was as hard to put down as any good fiction I’ve read lately. I would highly recommend it, if you’re curious about the ... Read More »