Holiday Gift Ideas for Tweens


Last weekend I went to the Kidzvuz Holiday House Party and got the complete low down on truly awesome picks for holiday gifts for tweens. If you've been wondering what to get this year, look no further.  They had all the right bases covered for the two kids in my house, starting with... Travel: We are a traveling family, so I was happy to find out more about Hilton Homewood Suites, for extended travel or residential style visits.  As a family, we always like spreading ourselves out, making our own meals, having a swim and chilling out with comforts. Read More


Cool Rainbow Loom Tips


I love the Rainbow Loom.  It's artistic, creative, stimulating, thoughtful, time-consuming (in a good way), educational and, most of all, fun.  My kids can spend hours upon hours making different designs and they're often at their most focused.  When they first got their kits, they read instructions and made simple pattens but over time they've started to watch instructional videos and are now coming up with the most amazing concoctions.  My husband and I proudly wear our bracelets to work everyday and we both get questioned constantly by our colleagues Read More


A Dose of Fashion Week at Barbie’s Dream Closet


One of the many perks of blogging is the events that I'm invited to.  From time to time, my children are also extended invites to these events.  I'm quite careful about the events that I choose to attend, for so many reasons.  For one thing, I live in Westchester and it's not easy to take my children into Manhattan. While I love going in, I choose what I bring them to as it is a good chunk of the day.  For another, I want to keep the thrill of going to these events very much alive and special. But when I get an invite that I know is going to mean Read More


2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Brain Breaks

If you’re trying to come up with some ideas for your holiday shopping for your kids without breaking the bank, here are some of the newest toys out on the shelves that I’ve personally tested on my kids..  Shopping for other people, even your kids, can sometimes be frustrating, so hopefully this list will ease the experience a bit. We're quite into family night, and the new game Brain Breaks by Cranium is quickly becoming one of our favorites. With more than 200 games that can be played in 60 seconds or less, families race to beat the timer using Read More


Holiday Gift Suggestion: StinkyKids, Dolls with Purpose


Today my daughter and I attended a very special event at the Madame Alexander Doll Company in Harlem.  I was a HUGE doll fan when I was a child and knew I'd be in element.  I stopped by the Madame Alexander booth at Toy Fair earlier this year and knew about the quality of dolls that they produce.  I was told the event was to promote a new line called the StinkyKids, and I had a feeling that this would be an event for both my daughter and I. So, you can only imagine my delight when we walked into a mini showroom, with thousands of dolls from their Read More


How to Find Out the Best Toys for Christmas? Head to Time to Play

Moshi Monsters

This past week, I stopped by the Time To Play showcase to see what was new for the holiday season this year. There was so much to look at and quite a lot stood out.  Here were some of my favorite products: 1. Moshi Monsters - My children are mad about the Moshi Monsters online games and I was pleased to see that the brand is making a big push to bring them offline, as well.  They are making a push for Moshi Monsters in offline toys and play with plush figures, collectible Moshling figurines, TV programming, and a magazine.  They understand that kids Read More


Product Review: Ridemakerz for Car-Serious Kids


This past Saturday I dragged my husband and kids into the city bright and early, not an easy feat in my house.  For one thing, my hubby is english and he likes to call home on Saturday mornings.  For another, my family just aren't morning people, none of us really are.  On the weekends, we all like time to CHILL OUT.  But I was invited to what I thought was going to be quite a special event hosted by Disney and I was quite demanding that we get up and out. And indeed it was worth the early trip in.  It was a an event hosted by the folks behind the new Read More


Product Review: Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides in Lego Form


Every once in a while, a new toy line comes out that captures the fantasy, action and adventure of a movie that our kids love. Kids love Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa and Blackbeard from the new film that released last month, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tide , and now Lego has made a set of models based around them. Their new Pirates set includes 3 minifigures: Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard and Barbossa with wooden leg.  It features the Fountain of Youth with skeleton figure, waterfall and translucent elements.  There are 125 pieces and the Read More


PopCap Games Giveaway (win $60 worth of kid’s video games)

PopCap Games

The other day I attended a luncheon sponsored by PopCap Games.  The event really stood out for me as a very positive blogger event.  First of all, it was with an amazing group of writers and bloggers from various publications including Parade Magazine, Psychology Today and GeekMom.   Secondly, it was at an exquisite Japanese restaurant downtown called En Japanese Brasserie. And lastly, we engaged in an interesting, intelligent conversation about video games and the family.  Since one of my clients is an app and story developer, the topic was of Read More


Review: Squinkies Nintendo DS Game


When my daughter found out that Squinkies is now available for the Nintendo DS, she was really excited.  For one thing, she was excited to play the game. For another, the game includes four ultra-rare, lovable Squinkies exclusively available only through purchase of the video game.  She was really happy to add more creatures to her growing collection. In the game, players become the Squinkies Princess searching for all of her friends in The Land of the Squinkies. As the player completes various mini-games and solves dynamic puzzles, more Squinkies are Read More