Healthy Food Choices at McDonalds with John Cisna #McDonaldsOpenTour

John Cisna, Keri Wilmot, ToyQueen, McDonalds, McDonalds Brighton MA, #McDOpenDoorToyr

Disclosure:  After attending the #McDOpenDoorTour event, I received compensation from McDonald’s in exchange for writing this sponsored post. All opinions are my own.   Most of my adult life post-college I’ve struggled with weight. Prior to becoming married, I rode the roller coaster, gaining 30 lbs. and losing it with exercise and Weight Watchers. When I was […]

Kinetic Sand Sales Raise Money for Autism Speaks

Kinetic Sand at Toy Fair

When I was asked by Spinmaster to share a few words about how much I love Kinetic Sand, it wasn’t hard. As an occupational therapist, I use this amazing product almost every day I work with children in the school system. Kids beg me to use it, and not only is it an amazing incentive and […]

5 Genius Tips to Motivate Kids to Play Outdoors

Ways to Motivate Kids to Play Outdoors

This sponsored post and $50 Toys “R” Us gift card giveaway are on behalf of the Toy Industry Association’s TheGeniousofPlay.org initiative, which celebrates the many proven benefits of play. Any opinions included are my own. This year, my family couldn’t be any more eager for Spring, happily leaving those monstrous snowbanks from the snowiest winter in history […]

Scratchy Clothing Can Be A Big Sensory Issue for Children

Keri Wilmot from ToyQueen.com at Hanna Andersson

If you have a child or are sensitive yourself, you know that scratchy clothing can be a big sensory issue for children. You know — the tags that people are adamant about removing, the way kids or adults rub clothing textures through their fingertips in stores before purchasing looking for something that “feels just right.” Or, […]

Hey Red Sox Nation, Get Free Red Sox Tickets for Kids

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Hey Red Sox Nation, Get Free Red Sox Tickets for Kids! Disclosure: I am part of the #RedSoxMoms and on occasion I may receive tickets and opportunities for free from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for sharing fun information with you. Any opinions included are my own. As even a family of 3 I […]

How To Help Kids Tie Their Shoes! Shoebuy.com Giveaway

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons Celines Photographer

In my opinion, THE hardest fine motor skill for kids to learn is the art of tying their shoelaces. When Shoebuy.com, an online retailer of shoes and accessories for men, women and children offered to sponsor a giveaway, it seemed like the perfect time to share some of my favorite tips on how to help kids […]

Gavin’s Toyota Sienna Review #SiennaDiaries

ToyQueen.com #SiennaDiaries Toyota Sienna Review

Disclosure: We were provided with a Toyota Sienna to test drive for 3 months as part of the #SiennaDiaries. While we received a stipend to participate in the experience, any opinions are our own. No one was happier to ride in the minivan for 3 months than our 4-year-old. The experience not only allowed us […]

Britax Pioneer 70 High Back Booster Seat Review

ToyQueen.com Reviews Britax Pioneer 70

Disclosure: We were provided with a Britax Pioneer 70 High Back Booster Seat to faciliate this review. Other than the booster seat, no additional compensation was received. Any opinions are my own. I only have one child and after 4 1/2 years of the buckling routine, I have been more than ready to put this routine […]

ToyQueen Donates $1200 In New Toys to Shriners Hospitals for Children Using the Toyota Sienna #SiennaDiaries

ToyQueen #SiennaDiaries Donation to Shriners Hospitals for Chidlren

There have been many times in my life where I’ve been fortunate to be part of something awesome and amazing. While “paying it forward” should be innate, there are moments when being part of a bigger initiative certainly helps spark the drive and provide momentum to do something fulfilling and rewarding. So thank you Toyota […]

Stop and Shop Peapod Pick Up Review (Giveaway)

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Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card to facilitate this Stop and Shop PeaPod Pick Up Review. Any opinions included are my own, no other compensation was received. Grocery store shopping once you have kids is not easy. Especially once they are old enough to stop giving the elderly people smiles and goggly eyes, they […]

CVS MinuteClinic Promotes Back-to-School Health and Wellness

7 Tips to Go Back to School Healthy

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post discussing how CVS MinuteClinic promotes back-to-school health and wellness. While I am receiving compensation, any personal thoughts portrayed within this post are my own. Information provided by CVS MinuteClinic is clearly stated as such. As many of us have finally just settled into our summer routines, back-to-school ads and […]

Kings Bowling Alley Back Bay is Great Family Friendly Experience in Boston

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Disclosure: I attended an event at Kings Bowling Alley Back Bay in Boston. I was hosted and received complimentary food, drinks, and bowling. I couldn’t believe it, we have never taken Gavin bowling. I figured we’d have at least been invited to a birthday party by now. He’ll be 4 1/2 and for some reason it […]

Tips for Traveling with Kids Podcast

About.com Parenting Roundabout Podcast, tips for traveling with kids

Today I was asked to take part in the Parenting Roundabout podcast, hosted by a colleague of mine  at About.com, Terri Mauro, the expert on parenting children with special needs. Every week, 4 About.com Parenting Experts engage in a podcast on all sorts of fun and interesting topics. Along with Terri, I was joined  by Catherine Holecko, About.com’s Family […]

Zorbz Water Balloons Giveaway ($50)

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Disclosure: I was provided with Zorbz Water balloons and a pumper for review, any opinions are my own. Water balloon games have been entertaining children and adults outdoors forever. However, many kids, whether they have fine motor challenges or not, have a hard time learning to tie-off the balloons once they are full of water. […]

McDonald’s Gift Card and Summer Tote Giveaway #McDChefChat

McDonald's giveaway

Disclosure: I participated in a Google chat hosted by Chef Jessica and McDonald’s of Eastern New England on providing wholesome nutrition strategies during the busy summer months. I received the same tote featured for participation which includes a McDonald’s gift card, but no additional compensation was received. Summer months are tough. The weather’s nice, it’s […]

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