I came home today to find my son’s cousins have come over to play for the afternoon. With my son suitably entertained for the time being and my husband on kid patrol, I am comfortably ensconced at my desk with a cup of hazelnut coffee and a croissant slathered in Nutella (what else?) and… Continue
Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 10, 2013 at 8:09am —
You know how you had that one toy in your bedroom as a kid that kinda creeped you out once your parents turned out the lights and tucked you in for the night? Mine was a clown who I swear glared at me from his perch high up on my bookcase. (Special thanks to Poltergeist for that little childhood fear.) But now that I'm an adult (allegedly anyway), my daughter has… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 24, 2013 at 10:30am —
One of the joys of, well, all of my pregnancies is that I organize and re-organize everything. Tell me you’re the same way, yes? During my last ‘nesting session’, I hit the toy room, purged lots of toys and re-organized everything. My head was spinning with options as to what to do with all of their toys and… Continue
Added by Angelique Lorence on November 16, 2012 at 6:28pm —
My new book, Pink is Just a Color and so is Blue will be available on Amazon in 2 weeks.
Pink is Just a Color and so is Blue is inspired by my 2 boys. I once heard my older son telling my younger one that he was “like a girl” because he liked the color pink and enjoyed playing with toys that some people might… Continue
Added by Niki Bhatia on September 27, 2012 at 12:00pm —
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Added by Abby Billings on September 6, 2012 at 11:37pm —
The Technology Savvy Baby And Fisher-Price...
Fisher-Price products have been a staple in my home since the birth of my children. Since 1930, Fisher-Price has been crafting products for young children that are not only safe and age appropriate, they help our children’s… Continue
Added by Shivani Cotter on July 19, 2012 at 6:05pm —
I can't decide when to purchase Izzy her first bike/trike. Once in awhile we make a trip out to Toys R US to play. It gives her the opportunity to play. We make a two hours of it just to window shop and try things out. The last time we were there was the first time she wanted to sit on a trike and was… Continue
Added by MamaTalesBlog on July 10, 2012 at 6:40pm —
As soon as a baby enters our world everything changes. We no longer have the extra funds to eat out, nor do we have the energy. After all, isn’t just finding time to take a shower a feat that makes us smile from ear to ear?
I don’t find it necessary to be an extreme couponer to be frugal. While I would truly love the idea of being able to dedicate the kind of time, focus, and dedication it requires to take couponing to that level of success that…
Added by Jessi McD on June 25, 2012 at 12:56pm —
After reading an article yesterday about how often you should bathe your child, I started to think about our own bath time routine. Joshua is 18 months old now and since he was a few weeks old we have given him a bath every night, without fail. In fact the only time he's missed his night time bath is on the odd occassion when we've had no hot water (thanks to a crumby boiler!). Continue
Bath time is important not just for the obvious cleanliness reasons but for Joshua it's a change of…
Added by chloeeloisebrewer on March 18, 2012 at 6:27am —
Pretty Dolls by Kimberly Dana, a finalist in the Children’s Picture Book category at the 2011 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, is a delightful story about overcoming jealousy and the love a girl can share with her special doll, no matter what she looks like.
Little Tasha has several… Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on February 27, 2012 at 2:27pm —
Grandparents are special people;
- There are lots of t-shirts complimenting their generosity (If daddy says no, grandpa says yes).
- We have special days to honor them with house plants & neck ties.
- They are presented with global awards for their outstanding service (World’s Best Grandparent).
- They are the most cost-effective child care option and provide a low grandparent-grandchild ratio to provide special…
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 25, 2012 at 4:40pm —
I'm a recovering Barbie-addict. I played with them until I was like 16, and I still would if I didn't have all boys. I'm a little burnt out on trucks, pirates and Spiderman, so anytime we're at someone's house and they have little girls, I'll immediately wonder if they have Barbies. I even have a method:
- I'll make eye contact with the girl. Whether she's across the room or simply in the seat next to me, eye contact will be…
Added by Crystal on January 24, 2012 at 11:02pm —
I’ve already confessed to forgery. But I’ve done other hard crimes too.
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me or reads this blog that Barbies were an important part of my childhood. Not in a BFF kind of way, but more in a drug addict kind of… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 20, 2012 at 3:55pm —
My son doesn’t have a Jack-in-the-box. Excuse me while I pause and breathe a sigh of relief.
But what does alarm me are the toys that play music, light up, or have some other battery operated function… especially at 3 am.
If you’re a mom it’s not hard to imagine that 3 am wake-up call from your child. You hear a small sound coming from the baby monitor and hope it doesn’t become a bigger more upset sound. But the moans and groans become a cry and you accept your fate (if you… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 14, 2012 at 7:10pm —
It's Friday the Thirteenth. Only seems appropriate to blog today about something creepy. How about your child's creepiest toy?
There really isn't anything that can make a horror movie freakier than having a traditional children's toy turn into some kind of demonic character. You could look at the other side of it all as in Toy Story where the toys actually come to life when 'people' aren't around. I remember being woken up in the middle of the night less than a year ago by one of… Continue
Added by Jen C on January 13, 2012 at 8:18am —
My sister is 4 years younger than me. When we were just kids, those 4 years felt more like 40. We were, and remain to this day, total opposites. I’m reserved, she’s outgoing. I play it safe, she takes risks. I like books, she likes being active. I’m girly, she’s a tomboy. But growing up in rural Pennsylvania gave us few options for playmates. We had no choice but to get along or be alone.
Opposites or not, we could always get along long enough to play Barbies.
Our evenings and… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 11, 2012 at 11:43am —
As I have said before, I have wanted children for a very long time. Despite this, I still cannot comprehend the fact that I am, actually, a mother now and responsible for a little dude. Although the desire was always there, the idea of having children always seemed foreign and distant; a concept too big to grasp, like pondering the size of the universe.
Now here I… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 10, 2012 at 2:16pm —
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our pad,
Every creature was stirring, being exceptionally bad.
The stockings were hung too close to the floor,
And Goatdog was eating each one that he tore.
The twins were bouncing off the walls in their… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 22, 2011 at 5:22pm —
To help you pick up all these great toys, one (1) lucky LAB reader will receive a $50 Toys R Us gift card!
How do I enter? You have a few options AND EACH COUNTS AS ONE ENTRY. Leave a comment with your… Continue
Added by Vera Sweeney on December 21, 2011 at 3:24pm —
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Added by Abby Billings on December 21, 2011 at 11:34am —