Category: family_toys

great board games for families.

myth busters

I am a huge fan of board games.  Huge.  I have yet to convince Viktor of their import in our lives, but the kids are finally old enough to appreciate their mothers’ mad skills. Mad skills. I think however, when the kids open up a package to reveal this Mythbusters board game on Christmas day, they might wipe the floor with me. I don’t know if it’s unhealthy or not but my kids are Mythbusters obsessed.  Charming knows what ballistics…
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wood toys

wooden toy

My friend Amy has an amazing business called Little Alouette.  She and her husband make the most beautiful hand crafted, homemade wood toys you’ve ever seen.  Gorgeous things. If ever I were to lament the fact that there weren’t such cool things around when my babies were small, now would be that time. That’s the sound of me lamenting. Little Alouette put gift cards in the SocialLuxe Lounge gift bags, and when I went to unwrap the package in New…
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Nintendo DSi free giveaway.

nintendo dsi

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for playing! Friends, the very electronic piece of gadgetry that is all the rage in the elementary school age bracket right now {aka, my 10-year-old won’t leave me alone about buying one}, the Nintendo DSi?  Well.  I have one to give away.  It’s normally $169.99 but right now it’s on sale for $149.  Dude.  The holidays are around the corner. Oh, did I mention it comes with two games?  I didn’t?  Well, it does….
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B. Toys Summer Contest Winners.

summer contest

The summer quote contest I told you about at the beginning of August is now over.  There were two winners!  Booyah. The first place winner of the B. Quote of the Summer is… Amy Cook from West Virginia who submitted a quote about her former kindergarten student Troy. While in her classroom, someone asked Troy, “Why are you coloring your face blue? Your face isn’t blue!”. Troy responded as he was looking down at his crayon box, “I couldn’t find my…
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B. Toys Summer Quote Contest

kid quotes

You know how B. Toys has seriously awesome toys for kids?  Like, really really fantastic toys that are smart and pretty and well made, and that make me 100% happy?  Right, all those things. Well, they’re doing a really cool B. Toys Quote of the Summer Contest.  B. Toys loves the cute things your kids say, {me too!} so much they have an entire quote page dedicated to them.  Go enter a cute quote from your kids and then share…
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awesome toys for kids.

awesome toys to buy

We took a trip to California a couple weeks ago, and aside from a TV in the car {best invention yet.  period.} our main source of entertainment for 12 hours {each way} was some toys from B. These toys are smart, well designed, pretty, durable, and totally created with kids in mind. My kids went nuts for the beads.  They’re all shapes, sizes, and colors and you can make rings, bracelets, necklaces, whatever your heart desires.  We literally played with…
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summer’s out: bags for kids

This year on the last day of school for my kids, I surprised them with bags filled to the brim with summer fun.  Each kid got a bag with color coordinated goodies inside.  Green for Charming, Pink {& Yellow} for Precocious.  I filled the bags with all the fun things I never buy them at the store: bubblegum, Cheetos, gummy worms, pool noodles, pool toys, sand toys, glitter, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, beach balls. I surprised them both when they came…
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fun board games to play with your family

Thanksgiving is coming, in case you weren’t already aware. We’ll be joining my in-laws again this year, as we have for all but one of the last 10 years. I haven’t enjoyed Thanksgiving with my own parents and siblings in over a decade, and some of my memories are beginning to fade a bit. I remember loving the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, which made for perfect entertainment while I helped my mom stuff the celery or devil the eggs or chop the…
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indoor catch

up in my neck of the woods, winter means a lot of time spent indoors. like 6 months of time spent indoors. I find myself searching for clever ways to beat the winter blues and cabin fever with my babes, so I am happy to be adding this to my list of rainy day activities. Easy enough my three-year old can help me make it. Tuck away anything remotely fragile and we’ll be ready to go. I saw similar gloves…
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