Archive for tag 'toys'


The Only 10 Toys My Kids Really Play With

Charlie hadn’t been doing a good job of cleaning up his toys lately, so I put almost all the kids’ toys into a big trash bag. It’s been about two weeks, and surprisingly they do not miss them one bit! I’ve also found that the kids really play in a much more focused manner with their [...]


Go to gifts for pre-school kids

Since Drake started school this year, he has been invited to numerous birthday parties from his classmates. His class was very small this year — only 6 other kids besides him — but we ended up going to many more parties including those of family friends and friends from other classes we’ve made. Next year [...]


Ride On Toys

For Juliet’s birthday, she received a wonderful little ride on car from a friend of mine. Unfortunately a piece was missing from the toy and when I went to exchange it, I was told the toy was being discontinued for other issues and was given a store credit instead. Since I really liked the idea [...]


Toys that have lasted and new toys that are loved

Among our toys, some get played with for a moment and discarded, some never get a second look, and some are taken out and played with on a daily basis. I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of the toys Drake had when he was Juliet’s age that still interest him (as [...]


Gifts for One Year Old Under $15

Juliet got a wonderful array of birthday gifts this year. We truly feel blessed she was showered with presents, but truthfully at one she is just as enamored and interested with the wrapping paper, boxes… heck even a pile of laundry. Besides that she has so many hand me down toys to boot. When friends [...]


Target Blocks: Fun Foam Finds

I think we’re at a really fun stage in the Bear household right now. Both cubs are very enthusiastic when it comes to learning things – in Patrick’s case, he’s actually listening and trying to mimic my actions to the best of his ability then improving on my meager attempts at creative play. In Olivia’s [...]


Roadtrip Essentials

In just a few short weeks, we will be embarking on our first family road trip from New Jersey to Florida.  To say I am not daunted at the idea of such a long car ride with a 4 year old and a 1 year old would be a lie; I am terrified. Juliet has [...]

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