Archives for February 2014

Adora Friends Doll Giveaway

Adora Dolls, based in California, has been designing and producing handmade dolls and accessories for young children for 20 years. A few years ago I created a video at the Adora dolls booth at Toy Fair, which you can view below. When I was at Toy Fair just a few weeks ago this year, I […]

Radio Flyer Cyclone Bike

Disclosure: Radio Flyer provided a free Cyclone bike to facilitate this review, any opinions are my own. So many bikes and ride-on toys require children to have good control of their abdominal muscles for balancing and coordination and strength in both legs. This can be a challenging skill for kids to learn, especially kids with […]

Monster High Catacombs & New Monster High Dolls for 2014

Monster High dolls continue to be wildly popular with tween girls. These perfectly imperfect dolls will be able to hang-out in their own Monster High Catacombs right before the 2014 holiday season. Though there isn’t any specific retail pricing available now, the Catacombs will have room for 15 different Monster High dolls. Inside the toy […]

The Happy’s from Cepia

In April, some of the cutest little doggies and kitties with funny little personalities will be warming the hearts of children and families everywhere. Do you remember Zhu Zhu Pets from Cepia? About 4-5 years ago, those little scurrying hamsters were the hottest holiday toy of the year, selling out everywhere. While the Zhu Zhu […]

Skylanders Swap Force Dune Bug Giveaway

I just returned from my 5th annual trip to Toy Fair in New York City. Aside from previewing all of the newest toys the industry has to offer, hands-down, one of the most talked about experiences of any attendee is the Skylanders booth. This year, I got to pose and show my muscles with my […]

Rainbow Loom Monster Tail

Toy Fair is always packed with meeting interesting people and all sorts of photo opportunities. The first morning of the show within 20 minutes of opening, we wandered into the booth featuring Rainbow Loom. Rainbow Loom is the elastic band sensation that took children and their parents by storm this past Fall. It was honored […]

Wackytivities Skinny Spatter Video

Toy Fair this year was filled with a lot of crazy fun, especially in the Spinmaster booth. While playing with their new Kinetic Sand which is another amazing item kids will love to sneak up on you with, I got BLASTED with the new Wackytivities Skinny Spatter. Remember crazy string? Same concept. It’s got a […]

Paw Patrol Toys

Several months ago somehow we happened to watch Paw Patrol,  a new preschool television show that airs on Nickelodeon. Gavin was immediately enthralled watching these adorable puppies complete rescue missions. The puppies, Chase, Marshall, Skye, Rocky, Rubble and Zuma save the day in their rescue vehicles while working together as a team. From day 1 Gavin […]

2014 TOYota Sienna & Toy Fair NY

Though November and December are the biggest retail months of the year for toys, the real toy magic happens in February when toy companies and media representatives head to the Javits Center in New York City as part of the American International Toy Fair. Though the general public often thinks Toy Fair is a big […]

Glue Dots Review & Giveaway

Glue Dots provided samples free to facilitate this review and giveaway, any opinions are my own. Being a pediatric occupational therapist, my daily work life revolves around  color, cut, glue, rinse and repeat. I couldn’t work without a good pair of scissors, some crayons, mechanical pencils and glue sticks. So every year in August I […]

Frustration Free Way for Kids to Sign Every Card!

This past week at school I made “friendship cards” with my students so they could practice the art form of writing their names legibly and in those teeny tiny spaces before we handed them out to friends and teachers. As an OT I really value children being able to write their name by themselves, legibly. […]

Wrecker the T-Rex Sand & Snow Toy (Giveaway)

Gavin loves playing in the sand at the beach digging huge holes, and now that we are in the throes of winter, having just received another 8 inches of snow, aside from sleds and a shovel, until now we didn’t really have any dedicated snow toys. I could have kissed the UPS Delivery man when […]

Best Kid’s Apps

Over the past few years I’ve reviewed some really awesome iPad and iPhone apps for kids. I thought I’d compile them into a list so you could find them all in the same location. Feel free to add your favorite app in the comment section if you don’t see it listed here! I would appreciate […]

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