Archive for tag 'toys'


Travel Toys at the Target One Spot

We’re leaving for our annual trip to visit Mr. Bee’s parents in the Philippines next week, which means that I’ve been in full-on preparation mode! The trip is 3 flights one way, and about 40 straight hours of travel. I was terrified the first year we made this trip when Olive was 9 months and [...]

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5 educational toys for summer vacation

Now that we’re into the second month of summer vacation, I am already starting to think about getting HJ ready for the school year. She had a great kindergarten year, but she still needs some extra practice in phonics and letter recognition to catch up. (HJ has verbal apraxia, which makes reading a little more [...]



I am not a scary movie type of girl. I haven’t watched a scary movie since the original Scream (I couldn’t use public restrooms for months, and I always use the one against the wall now so I only have one unexposed side). Sometimes my over active imagination gets to me after seeing or reading [...]

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Toys I Want to Make My Kids

I love toys.  Even before I had kids, I used to like to pass through the toy aisles in Target to look at what was out there. Now that I have kids, I spend a lot of time researching the best educational toys and games to buy them.  Recently I started to pin some toy [...]


Packing for an Airplane: Using the Dollar Store

Mr. Pen’s family lives in New York, so he tries to make a point to visit every year. This year, due to my school and work schedule, I’ll be unable to join him – but he’s planned a fun-filled trip with J and spending lots of time with his family he scarcely sees. In preparation [...]

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Nostalgic Childhood toys

I was super excited to round up my favorite childhood toys, but was I sad to see that the updated versions of Operation, Guess Who, the EZ Bake Oven and countless other toys look markedly different than I remember, and the consensus is that they aren’t as well made as they used to be. But [...]


Gifts for an Animal Lover

Kids often get fixated on certain things as they are growing up. For some kids it’s dinosaurs or sports or princesses. In this house it’s all about animals, morning, noon and night. If we aren’t pretending to be an animal, we are drawing one or playing guessing games about them. This is animal central. Needless [...]

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