Corolle Classic Baby Doll Gift Set

I will never, ever forget that Christmas morning when my sister and I woke up to something we had been dreaming of all year long – our first store-bought baby dolls.  Waiting for us on our stocking-lined fireplace were two special dolls laid out in two matching doll beds.  I will never forget that first … Read more

Darda Victory Lane NASCAR Race Set

The first time I saw a Darda racetrack set, I couldn’t help but think that it looked like it had been designed by kids.  Surely no grown up would dare put so many twists and loops in a racetrack.  They would, of course, know that even little toy cars have to obey the laws of … Read more

LeapFrog My Pal Scout

I would like to introduce you to the only toy my daughter asks for by name, the My Pal Scout interactive puppy (This is of course assuming that his name is, in fact, "Woof Woof" as she insists that it is).  When I got to meet the LeapFrog rep at the Time to Play Holiday … Read more

Madeline Turns 70

Who doesn’t love an anniversary celebration?  We’re marking the 70th anniversary of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline, the book that first introduced the world to one of the most beloved characters of all time, by hosting a giveaway in her honor.  Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of reading one of the classic Madeline stories yourself, … Read more

Animal Planet Wooden Dino Playland

Any parent who has ever watched their living room slowly become engulfed in kids’ toys knows that the absolute best toys are the ones that are big enough to bring hours of fun and creative play, but then break down compactly when playtime is over.  The Animal Planet Wooden Dino Playland is my favorite pick … Read more

Here Comes Halloween!

Ah, Halloween… there’s the chocolate, the costumes, the sugar candy, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the corn mazes, the sour candy… what’s not to love about this time of year?    Unfortunately for little kids, they have to miss out on arguably the best part of Halloween – the ooey gooey sugary candy part.  So, how … Read more

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on DVD

Hurry, the Disney vault is open!   Re-released on 10/6/09 for the first time in 7 years, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs new Diamond Edition Combo Pack is out just in time for the holidays.  In preparation for my daughter’s inevitable “princess phase”, we have set about collecting the Disney movies as they come … Read more

I Have Your ticket to Family Game Night: Out Of The Box Games

We enlisted a large group of extended family and friends to help us test them and each and every one gave them a ringing endorsement. As board game connoisseurs, we are always thrilled when we find a game that we can add into the favorite game rotation and bring out at any event, and Out Of The Box has a full list of game titles that fall in that category.

Shred Sled Review

Thank you to Shred Sled for this review and giveaway opportunity. No compensation was received in exchange for this Rave Review.  “You’ll twist your ankle.”  That’s the response of everyone over skateboarding age when they see the Shred Sled for the first time. But you know what? This little skateboard-esque good time is not created for … Read more

Sophie the Giraffe and Chan Pie Gnon Friends

Meltdown Averted, Baby Distracted What would you do for an extra 5 minutes of baby glee during your cousin’s very formal wedding, an impromptu phone call from your boss, or during a meltdown after a long day?  What if I told you that the going rate for glee is under $20?  Sophie and the Chan Pie … Read more