ages 3 to 5

iimo trikes for your tots

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I’m such a sap when it comes to tricycles, I can still remember the big red trike when I was little, it’s one of those things you never forget. Even though I have a feeling I didn’t ride it all that much, it’s one of those still images from early childhood that’s burned forever into […]

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stage and play

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Sometimes I love a product before I’ve even read the description. Such was the case with these Stage & Play sets from Chronicle Books. It’s either  the retro illustrations, the pack it up and take it anywhere pieces with their very own drawer, or the open-ended storytelling. Nope, it’s actually a combination of all of those things. […]

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which animal are you?

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Pretend play makes me so very happy. Well, I’m happier when I’m watching it happen – it’s kind of hard to really get into pretend play as an adult. Sad but true, right? Maybe we just haven’t found the right accessory. These printed canvas masks from the Lucky Fish Shop look like just the thing […]

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everyday to extraordinary: make these tea cups for your next tea party

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I recently visited the Children’s Museum of The Arts New York as a guest of American Express to learn about the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card (which I am an ambassador for). The current exhibit was all about the artful collection of everyday objects, and it reminded me that it’s possible to turn everyday things […]

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floating like a bath toy

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Birdie is deep into her summer swim lessons, and I just love watching her float around in the pool like a little fish. Watching your children learn and grow is a truly amazing process.   Her teachers are always telling her to practice her swim moves in the bathtub at home. But, as I’m sure you […]

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whoa, it’s the whoa-bots

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It is a rare thing for me to let a product description speak for itself. I almost never quote from someone else’s website verbatim. But these Whoa-bots deserve their original bio: “Aside from just being a bunch of goof balls, WHOA-BOTS™ pride themselves on their mesmerizing acrobatic feats, ceaseless wit, and impeccable taste in music.  […]

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teeny tiny pink friends

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Today I just felt the need to share something pretty and girly. Maybe it’s the stormy weather, or my over-tired body, but I’m in the mood to cuddle with a sweet little thing. Rose Minuscule (which translates to Tiny Pink) is filled with exactly the kind of doll I fall head over heels for. Anthropomorphized […]

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they send mail to toys

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We’re fortunate that we don’t spend a lot of time away from each other in my small little family of 3. But every time I travel, or my husband travels, I feel that burden of losing touch with Birdie. Plus, her grandparents and extended family are too far for daily contact. Imagine if you could […]

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these cars are better than yours

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Sometimes, the simpler the toy, the better. After all, the running joke among parents everywhere is to just give them a cardboard box! Sometimes I agree, but sometimes I want to add some inspiration to their lives. I have a feeling Nickster Toys would agree with me. Or I agree with them, or something like […]

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add a little sugar to your dolls

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It’s okay little darlings, I don’t mind if you have to travel all the way from Poland, or that I have to use Google translate to figure out how to make you mine. You’re totally worth it, with your beautiful fabric hair, your dress up clothing and accessories, and sweetly sad expressions. I’d even purchase a […]

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see the forest with the trees

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For those of us who love the wonder and possibilities of playing of blocks, I’ve found the perfect set of trees to go with your fantastical structures. I don’t think it matters if you build a fairy castle, the Taj Mahal, or the local fire station – a building looks more at home if it […]

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you’ll need these to help get through Monday

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I always put off one too many things over the weekend, saving them all for Monday morning. It means that, even though I love my “jobs”, Mondays can kinda suck. Especially if we’ve had a big weekend full of activities, like this past weekend. I am going to need several of Cotton Monster’s stuffed monsters to get […]

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snuggly but definitely not ugly

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Snuggly Ugly’s super soft dolls are clearly much more snuggly than they are ugly. Upcycled dresses, soft cashmere hair, and not a hard edged button or nubby nose in sight. These limited editions beauties are ready for some luvs – which one do we hug first?

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boho beauty all wrapped up in handmade dolls

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In a contest between the toys taking over your house and you, most of the time it’s clear who’s the coolest: you. Unfortunately, these dolls may disagree with that status quo. I think they’re cooler and more fashionable than my entire wardrobe. Boho Beauties are a big fashionable bundle of handmade charm. Each doll includes […]

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the 10 best bunnies for your Easter

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When I’m designing a new toy, I often start with a bunny first. There’s something about rabbits that appeal to everyone – and their basic shape is always familiar as long as it includes some tall pointy ears. That makes them the perfect animal for almost any stuffed toy idea. S0, all in all, stuffed […]

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