Archive for tag 'toys'


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 [...]

nostalgic childhood toys

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 [...]


Backyard Fun

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer… and that means it’s time to get outside! This summer, I’m sure we’ll spend plenty of time at local parks and playgrounds, as well as all the local “reservation” land. There have been requests to go fishing and biking. And our schedule already has its [...]


Favorite Gifts for 3 Year Olds

Since Toddler Checkers is approaching three (next month), I thought it might be fun to share what some of our favorite toys/items are at the moment!

A Modern Take on Classic Toys

There was a great guest post on Hellobee recently about plastics. Luckily, I’m venturing into this fairly early and with a first child, so I haven’t amassed plastic eatingware or toys. I’ve said before that I’ve chosen non-plastic eating options for myself and then again when I invested in baby bottles (for the baby that never took to [...]


Favorite Toys at Two

What’s surprised me most about toys is how long Little M has remained interested in some of his toys – the longevity of some of these things is really remarkable! His stacking cups from when he was an infant, for example, were interesting to hold and look at back then, but now he loves to [...]

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