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playtime nyc – the best of the best for kids

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One of these days I plan to get back into the trade shows, doing the rounds in January, February, and March. But in the meantime, we’re all lucky enough to live in a digital world where we can get a sneak peek into the brands that will be debuting their latest and greatest at all […]

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ride’em high, ride’em low: modern ride-on toys

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I’ve been shuffling through the internet for good Toy Fair 2014 coverage. So far, I’m finding the most information on Instagram – social medai rules! I was amazed to discover that the adorabel Jelly Bean Racer (top of post) is made by Little Tikes. More shocking? It’s only $19.99. Seriously. It reminds me of the […]

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uncommonly good goods

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I have been a big fan of Uncommon Goods for many years now – I remember looking to them for gift ideas a decade ago! Wow, I’m old. These days you can find some of the most uncommonly cool gifts for kids from Uncommon Goods. In fact, they seem to have curated a collection almost […]

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you’ve got snail mail

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Though I love the look of natural wood toys, I’ve run into a constant theme with Birdie. She tells me they need to be painted. Though I adore her creative spirit and urge to add her own personal stamp to her toys – I’m just not wlling to do it to those expensive natural wood […]

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old teethers are new again

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If you have spent any time at all around a baby in the last 5 years, you’ve probably run across Sophie Giraffe. She’s become a mainstay for the cooler parents on every block across the country! But have you noticed these other retro lovelies that are beginning to join her ranks? It’s a little retro […]

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pin down your holidays with pinhole press

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Have you thought about Holiday cards yet? I’m still cringing over last year’s fiasco in our house. I organized the photos, set up the cards, placed the order… but somehow I typed my credit card number incorrectly and I missed the email that told me that fact! By the time my irate-customer personality kicked in […]

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everyone needs a cat family – except me

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I have just been informed by a very adamant 4 3/4 years old little girl named Birdie that her favorite stuffed animal of all time, Moe the Kitty, is in desperate need of a mother and father. She’s always wanted a cat family. And, though she didn’t say it, the reason she doesn’t have a […]

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I love moonlight

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It’s true, I really do love moonlight. But I Love Moonlight is also the name of a sweet shop full of sweeter animals. I’m guessing they all love moonlight, but some of them look like they might be a little scared of the dark. I have a soft spot for stuffed toys that look a […]

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what shall we play today?

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That’s what Collette Bream asks across the top of her Etsy shop, and it sums things up perfectly. I know around this house that question is asked many. many. many. times during the day. Her shop doesn’t give any kind of straightforward answer either. Instead, it feels like I’ve stepped into a perfectly curated little […]

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better “brika” brack

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I have two important things to note today! First, have you heard of Brika? It’s this gorgeous little site full of curated handmade goodness. It’s like Etsy without the filler. You can thank Brika for helping me find these amazing soft books, I’d recommend checking them out (Brika, that is. Ok and these soft books […]

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putting the mobile mojo in mobiles

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Travel-sized musical mobiles have always been the ugly cousin, at least the majority of them. While it’s possible to find some stunning beauties in the ceiling-hung variety of nursery mobiles, somehow travel-sized models are always lacking. Like, severely. So Ferm Living’s Music Mobiles are , heh, music to my ears! And to my eyes, because […]

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wooden gumballs are still fun to play with

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Bubblegum. The stuff of legend for my 3.5 yo. We keep telling her she’s too young, while she keeps seeing it all around her, taunting her. Followed by severe begging, pleading, and cajoling. This girl is a master negotiator. But, I will remain firm. Maybe we’ll add this amazing wooden Gumball Machine from Kaz Shiomo […]

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worth 1000 words: restoration elephant

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Sometimes it’s the sheer scale of a thing that makes it worth 1000 words. Or maybe it’s the price tag ($399). In this case it’s most likely both. Visit this wool felt elephant and his friend the regal giraffe at Restoration Hardware.

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aw sweet! my sweet muffin

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There are times when you need a special something, a little pick-me-up, or the perfect gift. Sometimes, in that moment of need, I know exactly what I’m looking for. But often times, I draw a complete blank. I think it’s time I share one of my favorite not-so-secret solutions. I just stop on over to […]

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heck yeah – toys with character

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Heck Yeah toys are hilarious, with names like Theater Geek and Artsy Girl, you’re bound to find your inner soul mate from those slightly terrifying high school years (oops, hang on, there aren’t any cheerleaders here!). I’ve noticed I like all of them except for Loner Bully, which kind of makes sense, considering my teenage […]

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